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Hello, everyone! I'm so sorry this blog post is a little later than planned, this month has been so busy! We hope you all had great holidays and that your January is off to an awesome start.🙂 

I, (and I know I'm not alone), have really wanted to focus on health this year. Of course, the whole "New Year's Resolution" thing. There are a lot of ways to get healthier but as a busy mama of four kids, I don't have the time to go to the gym regularly so what I can control and what I can do better at is healthy eating. Have you noticed that when you've had even a few days, of healthy eating, you feel so much more energized? But then... kids are hungry, you didn't get much sleep, and Chick-Fil-A is right around the block... It all goes out the window! Haha. We have all been there. So I'm here to help as much as I can. I'm NO expert, obviously. But I do have a passion for cooking healthy, my husband is a fitness guru and finding recipes that aren't horrible for my family, but still taste yummy is a hobby of mine! You don't want to be known as the "bland mom", right? So here's a few ideas for you all and I hope you give them a try because these are Tried And True in my home!👍

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First up, what I'd recommend is meal prepping. Sounds daunting but this recipe is one that I make at least once a week and it is DELICIOUS, it tastes fresh even for a few days. 

         Grilled Chicken & Veggie Rice Bowl

Chicken

        - 4 Chicken Breasts, cut into cubes

        - 1 Tbls. Sesame Oil

        - 1 Tsp. Onion Powder

        - Salt/Pepper to taste

 

Cube chicken, and cook in sesame oil on cast iron grill or pan, with onion powder, salt/pepper. Cook through. Set aside.

Veggies

        - 1 Tsp. Coconut Oil

        -2 Heads Broccoli Florets 

        - 3 Whole Carrots, sliced

        - 3/4 lb. Fresh Green Beans, trimmed

        - 2 Garlic Cloves, minced

        - 2 C. Bean Sprouts (optional)

        - 1/2 Tsp. Onion Powder

        - Salt/Pepper

        - Pinch Red Pepper Flakes (optional)

        - Coconut Aminos

 

Start with the coconut oil, and saute carrots and green beans first. Cook until tender but still have a crunch. Add broccoli, bean sprouts, garlic, and seasoning and cook together for a few minutes, covered, until broccoli is tender. *You can add a little water to steam veggies if needed.*

Serve over rice. I like to use Basmati rice, but you can do whatever you like. Even some rice noodles are yummy! You can top this with soy sauce or eat it plain, but I discovered coconut aminos and I am HOOKED! I will link you here to the one I buy: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B019QR8MQQ/ref=mp_s_a_1_2_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1547850414&sr=8-2-spons&keywords=coconut+aminos&psc=1

I will make this recipe on a Monday and my husband and I eat it for lunch or dinner throughout the week. If you're wondering about portion size, a good rule of thumb is this; Your protein should be about the size of your fist. So in mine I do about 1/2 C. cooked rice, about 4 oz. chicken, and I load on the veggies. SO YUMMY!!!

 

             Healthy Banana Bread *Gluten Free!*

This one has become a total staple in our house with ingredients you probably already have!

        - 3 Ripe Bananas

        - 2 C. Regular Rolled Oats

        - 2 Eggs

        - 1/3 C. Maple Syrup OR Honey

        - 1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon 

        - 1 Tsp. Baking Soda

        - 1/4 Tsp. Salt

This is where it gets tough... You put all ingredients in a blender and mix well. Bam! I blend ours for about 1-2 minutes, then it makes the eggs a little frothy and makes for a lighter bread. Bake in a loaf pan at 350 for about 35-40 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. (I do sprinkle a little brown sugar on the top but you certainly don't need to.)

My kids gobble this right up and I don't even care because I know what is in it and it's all good stuff!

For anyone who is into protein shakes, I thought I'd just give you make go-to shake recipe. It's a meal replacement for me and I make it the exact same every time, but it's delicious!

        - 1/2 C. Almond Milk (or water)

        - 1 Tbls. Natural Peanut Butter (I use Adam's Chunky PB)

        - 1/4 Frozen Banana (I buy a bunch of bananas, peel them and cut into          fourths and store in the fridge in a Ziplock.)

        - 1 Scoop Chocolate or Vanilla Protein Powder (Link to the one I use              here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B019QR8MQQ/ref=mp_s_a_1_2_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1547850414&sr=8-2-spons&keywords=coconut+aminos&psc=1

        - 1 Tsp. Chia Seeds (optional)

        - 1 Tbls. Ground Flax Seed (optional)

        - Add a little ice and blend until smooth

I hope these recipes give you a little inspo to stay on track or at least have some ideas up your sleeve. Let's do this together and get SIP HEALTHY! 💪

Love Always,

Jessie, Blogger for SIP 

 

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  • Jessie Cozzens

    Anna Patt

    So cute!

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    Latasha Wolfe

    Awesome ideas!!

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    Violet Sluder

    Finally getting back in the gym this week after the polar vortex here in Indiana. It was -55 on Wednesday to cold to get out of the house!! Shared!!

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    Jennifer 33

    I had surrogate twins in October (15lbs combined birthweights) and my first c-section. I had ab muscle separation so I have been working on the specialized floor exercises to help stregthen my core.

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    Jennifer Cook

    Just realized I didn’t put my last name.
    am doing a more mental health then diet. We are craking down on keeping our house cleaner and everyone more organized. I feel like this past year we really didn’t have it together and I feel like that’s a big hit for you health wise. Staying focus and more organized will make everything less crazy and hopefully be better for the whole family.

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    Jennifer Cook

    Just realized I didn’t put my last name.
    am doing a more mental health then diet. We are craking down on keeping our house cleaner and everyone more organized. I feel like this past year we really didn’t have it together and I feel like that’s a big hit for you health wise. Staying focus and more organized will make everything less crazy and hopefully be better for the whole family.

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    Jennifer

    I am doing a more mental health then diet. We are craking down on keeping our house cleaner and everyone more organized. I feel like this past year we really didn’t have it together and I feel like that’s a big hit for you health wise. Staying focus and more organized will make everything less crazy and hopefully be better for the whole family.

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    Brooke Larrabee

    Yay!!!!! I love healthy eating! My husband and I are currently on the Keto diet! Yes it’s hard but so so so so so worth it! I’ve never won anything ever so I hope you see my comment!

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    Alyssia Williams

    To get healthy this year my brother has the family trying a vegan diet. I’m not sure how long it’ll last with three kiddos and a busy life, but it’s worth a try lol.

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    Carina Russell

    My husband and I are doing intermittent fasting and also eating clean. We’ve already lost 40lbs combined. It’s been maintainable so far and we are excited to continue on. Love all these recipes on here!

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    Mandy Castleberry

    Get back to the gym, eating lots of veggies, cutting back on coffee and energy drinks, and have been pretty successful avoiding my notorious junk food binges. Feeling great! ❤️

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    Dom

    I signed up for power 30 fitness classes at my gym to keep me motivated

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    Erin Wenningham

    It’s so difficult for me to stay on a healthy diet because I’m not very good at cooking. But that doesn’t stop me! I try learn new recipes to cook and mix things up. My biggest setback would have to be snacking. To keep from snacking during the day/late at night, I crochet and sew. I love diy projects and they’ve helped me cut calories! ❤️

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    Morgan H.

    We are doing the Clean Simple Eats recipes & challenge. I’m also filling my life with positive woolens, books, music, podcasts etc, and cutting out things that would normally bring me down.

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    Inga Volkoff

    The goal this year is to eat cleaner and healthier and in the process lose weight. I have joined diet bet for a 6 month challenge, i do intermittent fasting and eat clean low carb no sugar foods. I also go to fitness classes Monday-Friday 45 a day.

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    Sue Golliver

    Have cut out coffee(lots of cream & sugar) and pop. Healthy eating and adding some kick boxing! Excited!

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    Meghan Fraught

    We are cutting out soda as a family! I’ve been off of it almost a year and My little family is now joining Me:) We are also trying to cut down on sugar! ❤️

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    Katy

    Those recipes sound great! This year I’m really trying to cook and make things homemade we totally live off frozen dinners here and I want to show my daughter a better life style no matter how much I hate cooking so I’m always looking for new ones so thanks for sharing!

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    Heather ekstrum

    Im going to try to cut back on caffeine… we’ll see how that goes lol

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    Jessica

    What great recipes! Cant wait to try them. I have been slacking working out, but really trying to be healthier with my eating. I want to focus on that first and then plan on easing my way into a good workout routine. I love blogs like this, where mommas can get great ideas for recipes, healthy routines and be able to support each other. Thanks Sparkle in Pink for being such an amazing company! I cant rave about you enough!

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    Jamie Aboulafia

    2019 for me is all about healthier decisions and trying new things!! I stopped eating fast food right before Christmas and dropped 10 lbs fast! And I have also been drinking celery juice each morning. It has helped with my nasal allergies, carpal tunnel, digestion, acid reflux, bloat and skin! And 30 minutes of exercise a day atleast, no excuses !!! Does browsing your website for hours on end count as cardio? Haha. Thank you for the consideration sip!!! Happy new year!!

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    Cassidy

    A few things I’m doing to stay healthy is keeping myself accountable. I allow myself treats and sweets but I also make sure I’m working out. If I don’t work out I make sure to take the stairs at work (I work in a hospital so lots of stairs) and walk extra. I usually prep some foods for the week and keep to my meal plan.

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    Sara Martin

    I made the decision just prior to the holiday season to start living a better lifestyle. I have begun by working on my physical health by going to the gym 5 days a week. I also made the decision by working on my mental health as well. I’ve been focusing on my mental health by reading, taking more time to myself (away from the 3 kids haha) & the gym is a wonderful place that takes care of bith my mental & physical health. Cheers to a new year & good health!

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    Ali Incollingo

    I work in a gym so I’ll be taking advantage of the classes and picking the brains of the trainers. Surrounding myself all day with people coming in to better themselves has been motivating and inspiring.

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    Leah McClellan

    Once I have my 4th baby girl, I am going to start going back to my refit class and start a new diet plan! I am wanting to be healthier and happier for my 4 girls this year!

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    Maria Saavedra

    We have already started our new active lifestyle! Jan 19 I took my 3 kids, my niece, and nephew to a Legoland Mike Marathon for kids. The kids ran a mile through Legoland and then were rewarded with an entry ticket! They loved it! We have already signed up for two mud runs this summer. I have also signed each kid to a sport or piano lesson. We will continue to do No sugary drinks for us and no fast food.

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    Victoria Crockett

    Lots of water. Having a plan and small attainable goals.

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    Sylvia Curry

    The whole family has tossed out soft drinks and drinking water! We are meal planning a week at a time. We have even had a trip to the nutritionist. 2019 is going to be a year for the whole Curry Family!

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    Alyssa mellinger

    Ive been working out and cutting all processed foods out! So glad you shared the banana but bread recpice! I was just about to make some!

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    Samantha Stiff

    This past year (2018) I had my second child and have been ebf him and I’ve been only eating healthy food haven’t touched a soda since the day I found out I was pregnant with him and I do a 30 minute walk around the neighborhood with him strapped to me and my 3 year old daughter in a stroller every day. My 3 year olds closet is full of y’alls clothes 🤣 she loves getting them in the mail so she can put them on as soon as they come in

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    Autumn Ward

    I’m new here, and I shop for my 3 year old Step daughter and she absolutely loves the outfits. Every year I say “oh ima do better ima lose weight” it last maybe a month them boom back to secret runs to Krispy Kreme, but this year I’m sticking to it! Ive joined a amazing gym and I’ve started small but I’ve changed my diet and stop drinking sodas and I’ve started eating healthy meals and these recipes are really going to help!

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    BRANDY TUCKER

    I have been counting calories, limiting myself to 1200 per day. I lost 17 lbs in 2018! Am trying to lose another 5 to reach my target weight! Love SIP for me and my daughter!

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    Fahren dent

    These recipes look great, im not big on vegetables but trying to incorporate them more into my diet this year! Love love love sparkle in pink wish I could buy every outfit for my little girl!😍

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    Laurie

    I am going to try to cut down on my sugar but also on my diet soda. Lol I love both. I babysit 3 grandkids hopefully we will all get outside a lot this summer and burn a lot of calories

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    Lexy Celli

    We bought a treadmill for Christmas! and we are watching the sweets and junk food

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    Bobbi Jo Park

    Im working on planning my dinners. Writing them down helps me stay more organized so im not just throwing something together or ordering pizza.

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    Lindsey Wilhelm

    I have a newborn, so, getting exercise in is really hard right now. We are trying to eat healthier as a family though. My husband & I have quit drinking soda & that has helped a lot too. I’m excited to try some of these recipes especially the banana bread!

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    Lauren

    I’m trying to drink half my body weight in ounces of water

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    Mandy Moots

    This year I started the 2B Mindset to get my eating habits under control. I’ve always enjoyed fitness, but have had a constant unhealthy love affair with food. I’m sticking with it!!

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    Vanessa

    This year I’m trying just to be more mindful of what I eat and when. You can find good healthy food anywhere and I’m incorporating more of it. Now off to order some of these cute clothes.

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    Victoria Perry

    My goal this year to workout 5-6 days a week and get into shape! Love these recipes!!

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    Laura

    I have dedicated myself to drinking at least one isagenix breakfast shake a day and sharing with at least two new people a month. I have never had such a nutrient dense meal that has tasted so good. My kids love it too. My kids think it’s a dessert milkshake but what they don’t know is that it’s good for them.
    https://volcomgirl805.isagenix.com

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    Felisha Bailey

    This year I am working on healthier eating for not only myself but my family. We have started meal prepping and have learned to incorporate more veggies.

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    Jasmine

    I’ve actually made that veggie plate and its very delicious!! What I’m doing to stay healthy this year is eating healthier, eating vegetables and drinking more water! Also I’m trying to go to the gym everyday and when I can’t I just do exercises at home!

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    Lindsey cicogni

    To stay healthy this year I’m counting my macros and running anywhere from 3-4 miles a day. I’ve always had the active part down it’s the eating right that’s the hardest for me. So this year I’m focusing on foods that fuel my body and don’t bring me down. Thank you for all these amazing recipes can’t wait to try!

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    Mrs. Fry

    To stay healthy, I am working on my mental health. I’m not sweating the small stuff. I’m working on being slow to react and quick to listen. I’m also working on realizing, I can’t let someone else’s actions dictate my life and my health.

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    Julia Elliott

    Meal prepping saves me from eating badly because I know if I don’t eat my meal I waste money. I’ve also been making sure to get my water in daily. Little steps help a lot!

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    Violet

    I have been trying new recipes making more stuff from scratch so we have healthier options. I keep telling my self to use that gym membership..

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    Marybet Melendez

    I am working out 4 to 5 times a week. Cutting back on fat and carbs.

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    Tamara Edgingt

    Iam currently 32 weeks pregnant with my 4th child! I have been trying to workout at least 4 days a week. I have been trying new recipes for meal prepping and snacks. I have introduced new healthy recipes to my family also. Thanks for the recipe ideas!!
    BTW my girls love your clothes! 😊

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  • Tamara Edgingt:

    So cute!

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    Awesome ideas!!

  • Tamara Edgingt:

    Finally getting back in the gym this week after the polar vortex here in Indiana. It was -55 on Wednesday to cold to get out of the house!! Shared!!