Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Chocolate Almond Yogurt Parfait

Thanks to my friends at Post Foods for inspiring today's recipe by sending me cereal!

My husband and my son eat a snack of yogurt every day, mid morning. One particular day last week we had several appointments that would overlap our normal lunch time. I wanted to offer the guys a snack that satisfied their yogurt routine but added a little something extra to keep my son full for a little bit longer and hopefully avoid a hunger induced meltdown, as well as the quick solution to the meltdown {a Happy Meal}.

Inspiration hit me. With 2 ingredients I created yogurt parfaits that my guys went wild for.

To create a Chocolate Almond Parfait you will need:

1/3 cup of yogurt (we used Dannon Light and Fit- Vanilla}

This recipe is so simple. All you need to do is layer the cereal and the yogurt. Serve it for happy and healthy snacking. I love that each cup of Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy Chocolatey Almond Crunch has 6 grams of protein and 33 grams of whole grains per serving. My son liked the crunch in his yogurt and he survived the 30 minute delay in lunch meltdown free.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Tell Me About It Tuesday

Welcome back blogging babes! I am so glad you came to party with us again this week!

Ugh, no features tonight. I had a great post ready and lost it. Sorry ladies but I am due to "clock in" in just a few moments!

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Ways that You Can Reduce Your Risk of Prostate Cancer

Ways that You Can Reduce Your Risk of Prostate Cancer

One man dies from prostate cancer every 2.3 seconds. Almost 2.5 million people are diagnosed with the disease. Every man should be aware of the risks of prostate cancer and take the steps to prevent it.
There are a number of things that you can do to minimize the risk of prostate cancer. Here are some important lifestyle tips that you should keep in mind.

Choose Fats Carefully

You can reduce your chances of developing prostate cancer by following a low-fat diet. However, the amount of fat that you consume isn’t the only thing that matters. The type of fat that you consume is also important.
You should try to minimize the amount of fat that you eat from pork and beef. Fat from plants is less likely to cause prostate cancer. The fat from fish also contains Omega-6, which has antioxidants that can help fight prostate cancer.

Add More Fruits and Vegetables to Diet

You will also want to consider eating more fruits and vegetables in your diet. Researchers aren’t sure exactly what nutrients help reduce them, but they have clearly seen that fruits and vegetables reduce the prevalence of prostate cancer.
Marina sauce has been shown to be a good food to reduce prostate cancer. It seems to be even more effective if it has garlic in it.

Became More Active

You will have a lower chance of developing prostate cancer if you are heavily active. Try to engage in intensive cardiovascular exercise for half an hour at least 3-4 times a week. Running, jogging and drag racing are all good ways to fight the disease.

Lose Weight

There appears to be a correlation between obesity and prostate cancer.  You should also try to lose weight if you have a body mass index of 30 or higher.

Drink in Moderation

Research hasn’t conclusively shown a link between alcohol consumption and the risk of developing prostate cancer. However, a couple of studies have shown that men that continually binge drank were more likely to develop it. You should consider scaling back on alcohol to reduce your chances of developing it.

Have Your Doctor Check for Risk Factors

Your doctor can look for warning signs that you may be at risk of prostate cancer. You will want tospeak with them regularly and see if there are any lifestyle changes that you should make. You should also let them know if there is a history of prostate or other types of cancers in your family. You may be at an increased risk of developing the disease so they will be more cautious to make sure that they conduct a thorough diagnosis.
Sunday, July 20, 2014

My Lifelong Journal of Firsts

Thanks to Journals Unlimited for inspiring today's post.

Every day is an adventure in my life. I guess every mother probably feels that way, especially when the kids are small. As they grow and we try new things, create fun memories and explore new places I have often wished for a way to document the days of our lives without sharing every detail of my life here on my blog.

My Lifelong Journal of Firsts by Journals Unlimited is a great tool for keeping track of special moments like the first time we visited a water park, went geocaching or camping as a family of 4.

Let me tell you a little more about this journal:

When was the last time you did something for the first time? No matter your age, record life’s milestones – whether it be baby’s first words, your first time riding a bike, your first date, your first home, or your first grandchild. In addition, challenge yourself to do something new every day. Expand your horizons, fulfill your dreams, build confidence, grow and learn. This journal will allow you to look back with great fondness on all of the things which helped shape who you are.

We all do something for the first time more often than is realized, even as adults… start writing it down and treasure the memories forever.

Printed in the USA
Soy-based ink
Acid-free recycled paper
Durable hard cover design

My thoughts:

I liked the durable cover and generous amount of pages that the journal contains. This book is going to become a great way to tell the story of exciting first moments in my life and the life of my family. This is a better alternative to me than a standard diary type of journal. I love that I can  focus on the firsts and exciting times  without worrying about the mundane.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

WEEK 3 GREAT Kids Snack Box

Thanks to Great Kids Snack Box for sending my son a box of treats and inspiring this post.

While we are a week behind in this series that explores the Great Kids Snack Box, Roo has been snacking faithfully waiting on me to catch up. I have to tell you, having this box of healthy kids snacks on hand has been very handy! With the trouble I have been having with my foot and the fact that days have rolled past with me in a pain pill induced haze, having someone take control of snack time for me has been a blessing.

The Great Kids Snack Box delivers 30 healthy snacks that are perfectly portioned for children to your door. During Week 3 Roo got to try a few new products. 

Up first 18 Rabbits Organic Granola Bar Jr in Cranberry Apricot was a nice size little granola bar. Roo didn't love this, he wanted me to help him eat all of the cranberries. I thought it was pleasant and had a unique mix of flavors.

Veggie-Go's are like a sophisticated fruit leather type food. Roo would not eat this. He ran at the sight of it. 

Sharkie Organic Fruit Chews were awesome. Roo let me try one, and wow! He was a huge fan of this snack!

Roo was wild for plantain chips also. He has asked for more plantains several times since trying them.

Roo was sold on these Earth's Best Organic Sesame Street Very Vanilla cookies. He loves cookies, he loves Sesame Street. He was happy with this snack!

Roo liked the Kettlepop Kettle Corn also. Popcorn is one of his favorite snacks and this was just the right size for a kid.

You can read about 2 other weeks of great kids snacks and learn more about getting a box delivered to your kids every month.