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Mama Matters Fitness http://mamamattersfitness.com Helping Mamas everywhere find health and happiness Tue, 14 Mar 2017 21:12:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 https://i2.wp.com/mamamattersfitness.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/cropped-mepregoprofile.jpg?fit=32%2C32 Mama Matters Fitness http://mamamattersfitness.com 32 32 97118521 DIY Kodiak Cake Flapjack and Waffle Mix http://mamamattersfitness.com/2017/03/14/diy-kodiak-cake-flapjack-and-waffle-mix/ Tue, 14 Mar 2017 21:12:36 +0000 http://mamamattersfitness.com/?p=1009 ]]> In case you haven’t already figured it out, I kinda love breakfast food. Like…all of it! I love the convenience of Kodiak mix and the fact that they use simple real ingredients. Since it seemed so simple, I went searching for a version I could make at home! After a few adjustments, I found one that is a total winner. Throw the mix together on a lazy Saturday and have quick and easy homemade breakfast for days to come!

DIY Kodiak Cake Flapjack and Waffle Mix
A simple DIY version of the popular Kodiak cake mix!
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups whole wheat flour
  2. 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or regular all purpose would work too)
  3. 3 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  4. 3 T. baking powder
  5. 3 T. coconut sugar (or sub brown sugar)
  6. 1 T. salt
  7. 1 T. baking soda
  8. 1 T. cinnamon (optional but our family loves it!)
  9. 1 cup canola oil
Instructions
  1. Pulse oats in a blender until a fine oat flour forms
  2. Combine oats with other remaining ingredients, except oil.
  3. Stir to combine.
  4. Slowly pour in oil until completely incorporated in the mix.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. The mix will keep indefinitely!
To Make Pancakes/Waffles
Combine 1 cup mix with the following
  1. 1/2 cup milk (almond milk works too)
  2. 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt (for the protein!)
  3. 1 large egg
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
  5. Stir just until combined and let sit while your pan or waffle iron heats up.
  6. Use about 1/4 cup batter per waffle/pancake and cook until golden on each side!
  7. Add your favorite toppings and eat up! We like a little yogurt and fresh raspberries or peaches and whipped cream! Peanut butter and applesauce is also a favorite among the little ones!
  8. Each cup of mix will yield approximately 8 medium waffles
Notes
  1. Store any extra pancakes or waffles in the freezer and reheat in the toaster for an easy breakfast another day!
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Healthy, Sneaky No Bake Cookies http://mamamattersfitness.com/2017/01/20/healthy-sneaky-no-bakes/ Sat, 21 Jan 2017 03:06:28 +0000 http://mamamattersfitness.com/?p=997 a healthier alternative to this classic no bake treat that is so sneaky, nobody will notice!

I’m all about the no cheat treats at my house, and this one is delicious AND sneaky! It makes a HUGE batch and these are the perfect treat to hide in the freezer for those chocolate cravings. They are loaded with healthy protein too!

No bake cookies the kids will love without sacrificing your commitment to healthier living!

Healthy, Sneaky No Bakes
A quick and easy no bake cookie that will curb those chocolate cravings and fuel your body with healthy protein!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups coconut sugar
  2. 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (vanilla flavored is fine, can sub other milk as well)
  3. 3/4 cup coconut oil
  4. 1/4 cup cocoa power
  5. 1/2 cup hemp hearts (uncooked)
  6. 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut (optional, may add more oats instead)
  7. 3 cups old fashioned oats
  8. 1 1/4 cup peanut butter powder (like PBFit or PB2)
  9. 1 T. vanilla
Instructions
  1. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and set aside
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine coconut sugar, almond milk, coconut oil and cocoa powder.
  3. Bring to a boil on medium heat, stirring occasionally and boil for 1 minute
  4. Remove from heat and add hemp hearts, coconut, oats, pb powder, and vanilla, stirring thoroughly until evenly coated.
  5. Drop heaping teaspoons onto wax paper and form into cookies.
  6. Place in refrigerator or freezer until set, about 20-30 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. May sub brown sugar for coconut sugar if desired.
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5 Freezer No Cheat Treats–That Are So Good You’ll Think You’re Cheating! http://mamamattersfitness.com/2016/12/13/5-freezer-no-cheat-treats/ Wed, 14 Dec 2016 01:46:45 +0000 http://mamamattersfitness.com/?p=673 ]]> I’m not gonna lie–it’s tough to eat clean during the holiday season. There are so many good treats around! But I also don’t like that yucky sugar “hangover” I get from eating all those treats. So I keep clean ones around instead! All 5 of these delicious treats can be kept in the freezer–so they’re out of sight, and they’ll last for a LONG time–but when you need them, they make the perfect sweet “no cheat” treat! 

1. Up first is the BEST EVER Chocolate No Bake Bars. That also happen to be clean. I seriously like them better than regular no bake cookies. Our family's favorite no bakes! Made with dark chocolate chips!

 

2. Pumpkin Pie No Bake Cookies

While we’re on the no bake kick, and with Thanksgiving approaching, take a few minutes and make these amazing goodies. It really is like a pumpkin pie in a cookie. So yummy!

All the goodness of pumpkin pie in a good for you cookie!

 

3. Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites

What better treat than a guiltless cookie dough? And don’t worry, there’s no eggs in it either. Just simple, real ingredients, that taste just like eating regular cookie dough! Someday I just might bake a couple of them and see if they turn out.  

Cookie dough that is safe to eat and healthy too!

4. Double Chocolate 10 Minute Mini Muffins

You do have to cook these treats–but from start to finish it only takes 10 minutes! And these are AMAZING! Did I mention they are flourless too? And I bet you already have all the ingredients. I seriously make these EVERY time we have overripe bananas. 

A sweet treat that satisfies kids and moms alike--and is healthy enough for breakfast!

 

5.Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Any Reese’s lovers out there? This is our favorite homemade version! It’s easy and it makes A TON. Plus you can make them as big or small as you’d like!

healthy homemade peanut butter cups--just like Reese's

 

I’m just a mom out to make healthy eating a lifestyle that is family friendly too. Hope you enjoy our family’s favorite treats!

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Christmas Service for Kids–Christmas In A Box! http://mamamattersfitness.com/2016/12/13/christmas-service-for-kids-christmas-in-a-box/ Wed, 14 Dec 2016 01:16:44 +0000 http://mamamattersfitness.com/2016/12/13/christmas-service-for-kids-christmas-in-a-box/ ]]> As you probably know, our family has been using our church’s #lighttheworld campaign to teach our kids a little more about service and how being like Jesus is the most meaningful gift they can give this Christmas season! As I was working on this amazing advent calendar from Brightly Street, I found this adorable Christmas In A Box idea I wanted to share!

I loved this little project so much that I made a set of blocks for my kids too. Shh…don’t tell–it’s a surprise for Christmas! 

Working on little handmade projects like this was always the highlight of my Christmas memories from childhood, and I’ve looked long and hard for a way to incorporate handmade gifts and service into our family’s Christmas traditions. 

I love that this is an inexpensive way to create a meaningful gift for a person or family in need! And–all the hard work is done for you! (That’s my favorite part–graphic design and I are NOT friends) 

Luckily, Melia from Brightly Street is incredibly talented and created all of this for us and has all the detailed instructions below:

So, what’s inside the box?  Well, you will find a Christmas tree made out of blocks, a colorful stocking, a reading and writing journal and lights!  Of course, there is an awful cute box to go with it.  

Christmas Gift Idea Christmas-in-a-Box #LighttheWorld

Melia has designed all of the printables for you to use to put together your own Christmas-in-a-Box and serve someone you love or even a stranger.  Let’s jump right in and share a few how-to tips.

Box:  Print on white card stock as full bleed or borderless if possible.  Laminate the paper for durability and also laminate a plain white card stock page.  Do not cut around the paper just leave the laminating edge as is.  Measure from the edge of the paper with a ruler using the width of your ruler as your measurement and use the end of a pair of scissors to score the paper.  Fold along all four sides.  At the top and bottom of the paper, cut a a slit until it meets the other fold line.  Fold corner together and staple.  Do the same thing on all four sides.  Repeat with the bottom box, but fold just a hair smaller on all four sides, cut and staple corners.  Fit top over bottom of the box.  Print and cut out tag and ribbon.  Place ribbon around top of the box cover and tape it under the sides. Attach the tag with tape to the topside. Please refer to the YouTube video to see a demonstration of who to make the box, it really is quite simple!  

Journal:  Print, cut in half and hole punch each page.  Using a metal ring attach page together.  You can add ribbons to the ring if you want.  The journal is a 10 day advent calendar.  The person can read a page everyday starting anytime in December or just read a page throughout the month and finish it by Christmas.  The journal is called “READ His Story, WRITE your story.”  Everyday there is a scripture found in the New Testament about Jesus Christ’s life starting with his baptism and ending with the resurrection.  After the person reads the story, there is a writing prompt question or statement on the next page to help them write their own story.  Just a bit of family history and strengthening your testimony of Jesus Christ during the Christmas season.  At the bottom of the scripture page, you will find a QR code.  Scan it with your smart phone and go directly to Brightly Street’s website where you can watch a video about the scripture you just read and listen to a Christmas song!  It’s the best interactive advent calendar around.

DOWNLOAD the Journal Printable.

Brightly Street Christmas-in-a-Box Instagram Image

Christmas Tree Blocks:  Purchase 1.5 inch blocks from Hobby Lobby or purchase a 1.5 x 1.5 inch piece of wood and cut them into squares with a miter saw.  Lightly sand the wood edges.  Print the Christmas tree pages on white card stock.  To prevent smearing the ink, laminate them first.  Cut out squares and glue them to the wood pieces.  See the printable page for where to place each square.  Modge podge the entire block and let it dry.  Build the blocks to make a Christmas tree on one side.  There are also sides for: Christmas Songs, Scripture Story, Writing Prompt, Days 1-10 and Nativity characters.  The blocks coordinate with the journal.

DOWNLOAD Christmas Tree Printable.

Brightly Street Christmas-in-a-Box Pinterest How-to Blocks #LIGHTtheWORLD

Brightly Street Christmas-in-a-Box Pinterest How-to Blocks #LIGHTtheWORLD 

Stocking:  Print on white card stock. Pick one of two stocking designs, cut around stocking and then trace another blank one onto card stock and cut it out to use as the backside of the stocking.  Punch holes along the sew lines and sew together with yarn. You can also laminate them before you thread with yard.

DOWNLOAD Stocking and Box Printables.

Brightly Street Christmas-in-a-Box Stocking

Christmas Card:  Print on card stock, cut and sign your name on the backside of the postcard. Place it on top of all items inside your Christmas-in-a-Box. 

That’s it!  Place all of the parts inside the box and you are now ready to hand deliver or mail your box!  This will be an unforgettable gift to just about anyone.  Here’s a list of ideas of who you can gift your Christmas-in-a-Box too:

  1.  Someone away from home serving in the military.
  2.  A person sick and staying in the hospital through the holidays.
  3.  Visit a Children’s Hospital and find a child that needs some extra cheer this year.
  4.  Take it to a nursing home and give it to someone lonely.  Make friends with them and help them write their story.
  5.  Send it to a college student to help them bring in the Christmas cheer as they cram for finals the last few weeks before joining family or friends for Christmas.
  6.  Gift it to a missionary in your area or abroad.  Missionaries can put a block in their pocket and find someone to share a scripture or song.

Feel free to make a set of Christmas tree blocks for your own family.  You can cut larger blocks and turn them into a table center piece!  We hope this helps your family work together on this project as your kids help cut, glue or sew with yarn to make this a fantastic family fun time as we serve others this Christmas season.  Help us and Brightly Street #LIGHTtheWORLD with the true meaning of Christmas.

  Brightly Street Christmas-in-a-Box Inside Box #LIGHTtheWORLD

Please use the hashtag #LIGHTtheWORLD and @BrightlyStreet as you mail or deliver your Christmas-in-a-box to someone.  We’d love to see how you used this kit and how it was received!  May we “Light the World” with the true meaning of Christmas this year and serve our fellowman.

** Don’t forget to visit and leave a comment for Melia at BrightlyStreet.com and follow her on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter today!  **

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The EASIEST Best Sugar Cookies EVER. http://mamamattersfitness.com/2016/11/16/the-easiest-best-sugar-cookies-ever/ Thu, 17 Nov 2016 06:02:14 +0000 http://mamamattersfitness.com/?p=967 ]]> img_5942
You may not know this, but before I got all into clean eating–I was a hard core treat lady. Pinterest gave me new ideas every day and I baked them. Like every day. So I’ve tried my fair share of sugar cookie recipes!

And this–THIS is the one that never fails.
Plus it’s CRAZY easy! No refrigerating or weird ingredients!

The BEST Easiest Sugar Cookies
Easy, delicious, and fool proof!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 1/2 tsp almond extract
  5. 1 egg
  6. 2 tsp baking powder
  7. 1/2 tsp salt
  8. 3 cups all purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar together
  3. Beat in extracts and egg
  4. In a separate bowl combine baking powder, salt and flour
  5. Add flour mixture in small batches until all ingredients are combined and smooth.
  6. Dough will be stiff.
  7. Roll dough out on a floured surface about 1/4 in thick.
  8. Cut into desired shapes and bake at 350 for 8 minutes
  9. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer--about 3-5 minutes
Notes
  1. You may substitute additional almond extract in place of vanilla if desired
  2. This recipe is easily doubled!
  3. If you want super soft cookies, bake for 6-8 minutes. If you want crispier cookies, bake until the edges are golden, about 10 minutes.
  4. If you want to stray from the traditional frosted sugar cookies, try dipping half the cookie in melted chocolate or drizzling melted chocolate over the top, then finish it with shredded coconut, toffee bits, mini m&ms or whatever else you'd like! The cookies pictured have a layer of white chocolate drizzle and a sprinkle of unsweetened coconut. Yum!
Adapted from from Katrina's Kitchen
Adapted from from Katrina's Kitchen
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Family Favorite Homemade Pizza Dough http://mamamattersfitness.com/2016/10/28/family-favorite-homemade-pizza-dough/ Fri, 28 Oct 2016 23:47:18 +0000 http://mamamattersfitness.com/?p=962 ]]> Since we have pizza every Friday night at our house I’ve been playing with pizza dough recipes for awhile–and this one is our favorite so far! With pizza dough I’ve had the best luck doing half regular and half whole wheat flour. Want to try it with all whole wheat? Let me know how it goes!

Want to cut some of the carbs from your pizza? Skip the dough and make it on a tortilla instead! I like the Maya’s whole wheat tortillas which can be found at my local Winco. : )

Best Pizza Dough
A simple homemade do that's both crispy and chewy--and better for you than delivery!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 packets active dry yeast (11/2 T.)
  2. 2 tablespoons honey
  3. 2 + 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  4. 2 teaspoons sea salt
  5. 3-4 cups all-purpose flour
  6. 3 cups whole wheat flour (or whole wheat pastry flour) + a bit extra, as needed
  7. 4 tablespoons olive oil
  8. Cornmeal for dusting pan
Instructions
  1. Combine the yeast and warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  2. Stir in honey and let sit for about 10 minutes or until foamy.
  3. Add salt, flour, and 2 T olive oil and mix the ingredients using a paddle attachment
  4. Once combined, switch to the dough hook attachment and add the remaining olive oil on low speed.
  5. Then mix at med-high speed for about 6-8 minutes, or until dough becomes a smooth ball
  6. Cover and let rise until double in size (about 30-60 minutes)
  7. Punch down and let rise again (about 15 minutes)
  8. Roll dough out to 1/4 in thickness and add desired toppings
  9. Bake at 425 for 8-12 minutes, or until cheese is melted and edges are crispy
Notes
  1. To refrigerate extra dough, stick in a bag and punch down occasionally as dough cools. Dough will keep for 2-3 days in the fridge.
  2. To freeze, place dough ball in freezer bag and place immediately in freezer.
  3. To thaw, place in the fridge the night before, then on the counter the day of use until no longer cold in the middle
  4. Let rise in an oven that has been preheated and turned off prior to rolling out and cooking
Adapted from from confettiandbliss.com
Adapted from from confettiandbliss.com
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Core De Force Coming Soon! http://mamamattersfitness.com/2016/10/24/core-de-force-coming-soon/ Tue, 25 Oct 2016 04:59:05 +0000 http://mamamattersfitness.com/?p=944 ]]> So, I’ve been waiting for this program for the last 3 MONTHS—and now there’s only a few days left!!!core-de-force-blog  

Why am I so pumped about it?!

It’s the first ever MMA inspired workout–that I can DO! 

Every other similar style I have tried either required way too much skill, was only at the gym, or was WAAAY too long for my crazy life as a mom. 30 minute workouts or less, baby. 

That’s how I roll!

 

So here’s the scoop!!:

It’s 30 days.

30 minute (or less) workouts,2507a4bffa66641e33041ecea0246d30

No crazy choreography to learn.

And meet Jessica, she’s the modifier. She was crazy successful with this program. 

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NO equipment.

NO calorie counting.

Simple, real food meal plan–and because of the intense workout–you need more calories than you think! They’re bringing back my favorite color coded containers! : )

And get this–it was co-created by a NEW MOM (Jericho McMatthews)–who wanted to get her core back after baby. (Which she did–in case you were wondering) The coolest part?! She was still nursing her baby and pumping–even with the crazy schedule of filming. And she made her family a priority, while still rocking out these incredible workouts.  AMAZING!

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Oh and one other thing?! It’s the perfect couples workout. Say what?!

Joel Freeman, the other co-creator, is strong and motivating, and this workout is ANYTHING but “girly”. It’s all about punching and kicking with intent and accuracy and feeling strong. My husband is a fan too. Yes, he likes it. Without any coercing or bribing. And that’s a big deal!

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Am I the only one jumping around like a crazy person counting down the days until it’s released?!

Haha….probably.

But I’m pretty sure you’re a little curious! 

So here’s what I’ve done: I’ve created a Facebook event where I will be posting all the info as I get it. 

The challenge pack will release on Oct 31st at a discounted price and once you’ve got your stuff ordered–you can start streaming the program the NEXT DAY! And that’s what I’ll be doing! 

We’ll have a group starting Nov 1st to take us through Thanksgiving. You’ll have 23 days! By then you’ll be almost done!

In the workout, the trainers always say, “It’s time to earn your break!”

Well–I’m going to take it a step further!

I want you to EARN YOUR THANKSGIVING PIE! : )core_de_force_review14570277_1798574977089240_7077754815305683548_n

The harder you work, the cleaner you eat, the better you’ll feel come Thanksgiving. 

Want to learn more? 

Join the event here for all the details and to be the first to try the program!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1843360429233034/?ti=icl

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The Hidden Battle of OCD http://mamamattersfitness.com/2016/09/22/the-hidden-battle-of-ocd/ Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:06:33 +0000 http://mamamattersfitness.com/?p=917 ]]> This is an atypical post for me but it’s something I’ve been trying to find the words to say for several months now. I hope you will find insight and understanding from our family’s experience. 

My name is Britney Holden. I’m a wife, a mother of four kids, a nurse, a health and fitness coach, and my oldest was diagnosed with OCD when she was 5 years old. As a family, we want to expand the network of support and understanding for children with OCD in hopes that our daughter won’t be afraid of her condition, but instead be able to acknowledge it and choose daily to be free from the intrusive thoughts that currently control her life.
 
The Hidden Battle of OCD

Control. So many of us spend our time battling to control the people, the things and the activities that make up our lives. We all have that basic need for order and understanding.
But what if something else was controlling YOU? 

That inner voice almost shouting that you need to count, complete a ritual, or ask the teacher ONE MORE TIME when the assignment is due.
What if that voice constantly said you were weird, mean, and flat out un-loveable? 

What if every time your parents told you “No”—that voice in your brain told you yet again that they don’t love you?

 What if your friend showed up late for a playdate—and that voice said you can’t be friends anymore? 

Or that she clearly hates you, or she wouldn’t be late? 

What if you had to count EXACTLY how many days are left until your birthday—365 days a year? 

What if you had nowhere to run, nowhere to find refuge, no WAY to get peace—because that voice is CONSTANTLY haunting you with its demands—OR ELSE. 
That’s what living with OCD is like at our house. 
As a parent, it can mean your child takes hours to get ready for the day, spends her entire Saturday cleaning her room, is constantly struggling to keep friends, is afraid of her own bed, gets so frustrated she screams and throws things and uses the most hurtful language she knows—all in an effort to obey that voice or to make it go away. 
We have spent many hours learning about this horrific disorder and crying and praying for her relief. We want there to be so many positive voices in her life–that they drown out the negative shouting of the OCD voice. 

So many that she can finally say—enough is enough—and I’m NOT going to listen this time. 
But here’s the thing—we can’t have those positive voices if not enough people understand what OCD actually is. 

Until a couple years ago, I just assumed OCD was related to wanting things to be straight, washing your hands a lot, and being a little neurotic. 
Boy was I wrong.
OCD is not those little neurotic things we do to maintain some level of order in our lives. It is a very real disorder of the brain that generates obsessions that are outright ABSURD much of the time. It will say things like, “If you don’t wash your hands exactly 14 times your mom is going to die.” And it says that OVER and OVER until you don’t care how crazy it sounds—you do it. Just in case it’s right. And in hopes that THEN it will finally stop tormenting you. 

But it doesn’t. 
It never stops.
Not unless–with the help of friends, family, therapists, and in many cases—medication—you can find the ability to take a stand and say NOT THIS TIME. 
I am always telling my daughter that we can do hard things. 

That we want to see her be brave. 

That the OCD voice is a bully and it’s wrong.
Probably the most heart breaking thing as a parent is the fact that OCD has taken away much of my daughter’s childhood innocence. 

When we say ‘I love you”—she doesn’t believe us. 

When we offer to read books together—she’d rather be alone so she can count and do other rituals without us watching.

When her friends are going to dance and gymnastics—she’s going to therapy. 

We’ve had to stand up to family who believed that our daughter shouldn’t be “hopped up on drugs” at such a young age.

 And to be honest—we are sick of trying to figure it out alone! 
So here’s my challenge to you—think twice before you take the Facebook OCD test or share the meme about how “OCD” you are. 

 Treat OCD like Autism and Diabetes and every other life-altering disease that can affect you for the rest of your life. 

Because that is what it is.

Are we hopeful? YES.

Do we think our daughter is pretty incredible? YES.

She has already defied the odds and learned to excel at school and on stage—despite her daily struggles.

She and every other child deserve an army of positivity and hope around them.

So let’s focus our energy on that instead. 

How can you lift a child up today? 

We truly never know the battles they are fighting.

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Healthy-Ish Smores Bars (Dairy Free!) http://mamamattersfitness.com/2016/08/26/healthy-ish-smores-bars-dairy-free/ Sat, 27 Aug 2016 01:25:27 +0000 http://mamamattersfitness.com/?p=913 ]]> We had WAAAY too much Smores stuff left in our house after camping last weekend and the toddler was sneaking marshmallows every time I turned around. 

So what’s a mama to do?

Use them in a treat, of course! Haha. At least that way we could give some away!

Obviously graham crackers and store-bought marshmallows aren’t exactly “clean”–but other than that the ingredient list is pretty darn healthy! Enjoy!

Healthy-ish Smores Bars
Serves 12
A simple summer treat for all my Mama friends who can't have dairy
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  2. 1/2 cup honey
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 T. vanilla
  5. 3/4 tsp salt
  6. 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  7. 6-7 full size graham crackers, roughly chopped
  8. 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips (I like the Guittard brand--and they are dairy free!)
  9. 1 cup marshmallows
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Melt coconut oil in microwave safe bowl for 15-30 seconds and allow to cool slightly (so the eggs don't cook when you add them)
  3. Line a 9x13 pan with foil and coat with nonstick spray
  4. Whisk together coconut oil with eggs, honey, salt and vanilla in a large bowl
  5. Add flour and whisk until no dry spots
  6. Gently fold in graham crackers (including any crumbs from chopping), chocolate chips and marshmallows
  7. Bake at 350 for about 20 mins--until set and edges are becoming a little golden
  8. Let cool in pan for about 10 mins before removing and slicing into bars
  9. Store leftovers in an airtight container or freeze to warm up later!
  10. Best served warm!
Notes
  1. This recipe is kid, toddler, baby, husband, and friend approved! : )
Adapted from from averiecooks.com
Adapted from from averiecooks.com
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Clean Zucchini Carrot Banana Muffins–Toddler Approved! http://mamamattersfitness.com/2016/08/11/clean-zucchini-carrot-banana-muffins-toddler-approved/ Thu, 11 Aug 2016 21:05:09 +0000 http://mamamattersfitness.com/?p=906 This recipe is a simple spin off my favorite Carrot Cake Power Muffins and the kids really liked them! My daughter’s friend kept commenting on how good they were–even though there was zucchini in them! Enjoy!

Clean Zucchini Carrot Banana Muffins
Yields 24
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (may substitute with oat flour as well, or do half of each)
  2. 2 teaspoons baking soda
  3. 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  4. 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 cup peeled and shredded carrots (you can also mince them in a food processor to be a little more sneaky!)
  7. 1 cup shredded zucchini, drained
  8. 1 cup mashed bananas
  9. 1/2 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
  10. 3 large eggs
  11. 1/3 C. coconut oil, melted
  12. 1/3 C. plain greek yogurt
  13. 3/4 C. honey
  14. 2 teaspoons vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin, or line it with papers; and a mini muffin tin, if desired (or make a second regular muffin tin)
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, spices, and salt.
  3. Stir in the remaining ingredients until combined with no dry spots
  4. Spoon the batter into the prepared pans (they'll be full almost to the top; that's OK).
  5. Bake the mini muffins for 8-10 mins, until they're nicely domed and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. For regular muffins, bake about 8 minutes at 400, then reduce heat to 350 to finish baking--about 7-10 more minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven, let cool for 5 minutes in their pan on a rack, then turn out of pans to finish cooling.
  8. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for several days; freeze for longer storage.
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