Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Coffee & Collagen


How do you take your coffee? 


As of January I took the plunge into the world of adding collagen peptides into my morning cup and have to say it has changed my world for the better. I am a researcher so after seeing Vital Proteins constantly flooding my Instagram feed, I decided to read up on all there is to know about collagen peptides and its benefits. A few favorite resources for me were:
Vital Proteins
The Balanced Blonde
Wellness Mama


For me, anything that promotes cartilage, bones and joint help is something I am willing to try. I can't say that I feel a life changing difference in my osteoarthritis but I do have less pain in my joints which is a win.


Around November I had made the slippery slope of adding 1/2 & 1/2 into my coffee and at 2-3 cups a day the calories and fat was adding up. Thankfully good friend introduced me to Nutpods and I was able to easily kick that habit.


Last but not least I add a dash of cinnamon. Personally I add it for the taste but it also has added benefits, most importantly it's an anti-inflammatory.


So now I must know, how do you take your coffee?




Friday, April 21, 2017

Quick, easy meals with BrightFarms!



Meal planning and prepping is an essential part of me being able to stay on track with my eating throughout the week, especially as a full time working momma. This week I partnered with BrightFarms to focus on incorporating more greens into our family meals, which there never seems to be enough of!



All of their greens are from local farms and are also sold in Giant stores, which is great because we do most of our shopping (or PeaPod pick-up) from there and Trader Joe's.



For breakfasts this week I have used the Bright Farms local baby spinach on my egg sandwiches.


I've been making a one pan open faced sandwich every morning this week which is quick and delicious. 
I sauté the spinach while toasting my Ezekiel english muffin, multitasking at its best! When the spinach is almost finished cooking I push it to the side and crack my egg which I prefer over easy, because runny eggs are the best eggs. 



Once the english muffin is toasted I spread ricotta cheese on top, sprinkle some bagel seasoning then add the spinach and egg. The entire process takes less than 10 minutes and I am fueling my body with nothing but the best to tackle a busy day!



For lunches this week I made mason jar greek salads with the local spring mix as my base.
I'm not sure why it took me so long to get into mason jar salads but now that I have there is no looking back.


For dinners I made Mexican inspired burrito bowls. 
In the bowl:
Bright Farms local baby kale
Black Beans
Fresh mango
Brown rice
Diced tomatoes 
Cilantro

For my dressing I used freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice with a dash of sea salt  to tie all of the flavors together which was the perfect finishing touch.


As a mom I find myself hiding greens in most meals I make for Molly, I will try anything and everything but usually lose the battle of the picky toddler. This week I made a fresh batch of juice using carrots, blood oranges and an entire container of Bright Farms baby kale inside. 
Eddie and I both loved the juice but for Molly I blended it with one of her yogurts and to our surprise she drank the entire thing!


Thank you to Bright Farms for allowing us to incorporate more greens into our meals this week, it's definitely something we plan to do more of in the future.