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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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    Renee Fox

    I have been pinteresting healthy dinners meals for my family as well as meal prep ideas. I am starting to eat healthier and am cutting out carbs for snacks with fruits. I work out in my living room with Beach body and trying to hit the gym on the weekends in my free time.

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    Ruth

    I love these recipes !! My resolution this year is to spend more time in the moment and less on social media . My daughter and I love your clothes.

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    Stacey Str

    I need to stop snacking at night! Always my downfall!! These recipes are also great, I’ve been trying to find new, healthier meals for my family so I will def be trying them out !!

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    Katrina Barlage

    I have joined weight watchers!. Love the healthy banana bread recipe. I am slowly starting at the gym. A work in progress!!

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    Jennyrose Hiller

    Love your recipes!! I’m just trying to stay healthy for this pregnancy this year by cutting junk food;)

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    M

    I meal prep on Sunday, I even meal prep healthy snacks so I’m not tempted to grab an unhealthy snack. I also do a home workout by Alexa jean since I don’t have much time to go to the gym and when we have good weather I take my little on walks in her wagon or run around with her :)

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    Tracy Hammer

    I just gave birth to my 2nd daughter on 12/22/18 so I am eating healthy for me and my little breastfed bundle of joy! Once I am cleared for workouts by my doctor, i’ll start working out again, too. Setting an example for my children is my motivation.

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    Stacey Abraham

    I have been trying to meal plan every week based on sales and what’s in season. It helps make dinner time easy, saves money, and I don’t end up just throwing corn dogs or nuggets in last minute!

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    Sarah

    I am trying to get back on my keto plan! I will say it is very hard to do low carb and no sweets when you have a 3 year old who loves carbs! Thanks for the new food ideas!

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    Karen Chevier

    I was just diagnosed with an autoimminue disease so my goal this year is to cut out processed food and eat more real foods! So these recipes are great. I’ll be saving them!

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    Elizabeth Tindell

    These recipes sound great! Looking forward to trying them. My goal this year is cut back on sugar and junk food my biggest addiction. Doing pretty good so far , so hopefully I can keep it up. Thanks again!

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    Sara Purvis

    Thanks for the food ideas. I am also trying to eat better and have just joined weight watchers to get a few pounds off! My daughter loves all of your outfits!

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