Berry Bake Goodness!

Hi everyone! Happy Monday!

I just wanted to share another easy recipe with you all. I posted a quick little video on YouTube for this super easy recipe!

This recipe for my healthy Berry Bake has simple ingredients that many of us have on hand. I’m a mom of five and I can’t stand fussy recipes with loads of ingredients that are hard to find! It takes me 5 minutes to throw all the ingredients together for this Berry Bake! Those are the kind of recipes I need in my life! I’m sure you will appreciate them if you’re pressed for time with your busy schedule too.

I listed all the ingredients and quantities in the YouTube video description for you. You can also substitute chopped up fruit that you might need to use up instead of the berries. I pretty much tried every combination and everything has worked well. This is another reason why I make this Bake often. I can make sure I use up all my fruit, even if it’s not at its freshest. Nothing bothers me more than throwing good food in the trash! Let me know what fruit combinations you try in the comments below.

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Here’s a link to my video.

https://youtu.be/M5O4o69hIBg

Enjoy!

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Happiness Is Me Time!

When was the last time you did something for yourself? When was the last time you put yourself and your well-being first? If you can’t remember … well that’s a big problem.

How can you care for others or work optimally if your running on fumes? Why do people feel guilty for taking time for themselves? I was once that person. I thought if I took time for myself then I wouldn’t get my endless list of things I had to do accomplished. I felt like spending money on things I didn’t really have to do or really need was wasteful.

I learned that I had to make the time for “me time” because guess what? It actually makes me a better parent when I do so. I feel happy, rested, energized, confident and more patient.

I also learned that simple things are all I need to be content. I love going to the book store on days off for a bit, getting my nails or hair done, grabbing a coffee or lunch with a friend, sitting in the sunshine in the summer, tending to my veggie garden, taking a walk, listening to a podcast or just relaxing at home catching up on Coronation Street with a coffee.

Until a few years ago I didn’t even know what “me time” looked like once you were a parent. I was a stay at home mom for years when my first children were small and I never, ever did anything for myself. I look back at those days and wonder how I got through them. Always alone, never putting myself first and never having a break from parenthood. I thought taking a shower without children in the bathroom was “me time” back then. That only happened on the rare occasion lol.

I now know that making the time for ourselves is vital to our health and wellness. Even a one hour coffee break can create a new you!

Schedule out pockets of time where you can sneak some quality time in for yourself. If you schedule it then your more likely to stick to it!

Release the guilt about putting yourself first because the only person your hurting is yourself. You are worth being made a priority too. You deserve to be pampered from time to time. You should buy yourself that book your being called to purchase. If you feel like you should then from my experience there is a lesson to be learned from it. Perhaps that book is exactly what you need to read at this moment in your life. Nothing in life is a coincidence.

I’d love it if you tried scheduling in your “me time” starting next week. A new week = A fresh start! Once you start making time for yourself it will become a habit. Before you know it, your scheduled in gym time and coffee date with your bestie will become the norm. Let me know in the comments below what you enjoy doing and how it’s improved your life!

I hope the new week brings you health, happiness and success!

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Crazy Easy Granola!

Hi everyone! I just wanted to share a super easy and fast to throw together granola recipe with you all.

I like to keep granola on hand so I can eat it as a healthy cereal or toss it onto my coconut yogurt. We even added it to our vegan vanilla ice cream tonight! It was so good!

You can add any nuts you have on hand as well as dry fruit to the granola. I like using cranberries because I always have them in my house. Homemade granola is so easy to make and you can try so many different types of combinations.

Some people like adding brown sugar or cane sugar to granola. I prefer to only use pure maple syrup in mine. It cuts down on unnecessary added sugar in my opinion. Why do we feel the need to add so much extra sugar to our foods???? Let’s make it a goal to decrease sugar intake in any way we can for 2018! Trust me you won’t miss it!

Let me know in the comments what combinations you enjoy when you make your granola? I’m craving blueberries lately so I think my next granola will have dehydrated blueberries in it! Yum!

Have a wonderful week and don’t forget to connect with me across social media!

Healthy Cashew Bites!

I posted a quick and easy recipe on my new YouTube channel. I’m new to video creation and editing. It was a lot more difficult than I thought but I’m learning slowly.

I thought I’d share this easy recipe with you because I find it’s awesome to take while on the go!

If you could take a moment to like and subscribe I’d be so grateful! Enjoy your weekend!

What will you bring forth into 2018?

My hope is that everyone here is more interactive for the new year! Let’s learn from each other as well as support one another’s health and wellness goals! By commenting more we are encouraging and learning from one another.

With that being said here’s a question for you all. What’s one thing that you would like to continue doing into the new year because you feel it’s helping you on your health and wellness journey?

My daughter made a comment to me earlier about how I need to start juicing more often again. Apparently my mood and health are greatly affected by incorporating this into my routine. I can’t believe the kids notice this! This was a reminder of how our kids really do pay attention to us. Even teens! l already knew I feel better by juicing but after hearing how I’m a happier person when I do, it pretty much confirmed it for me.

So juicing will continue on into the new year with me obviously and I plan on being more active in my FB juicing group. Please feel free to join me there too at Juicing with VeganMommyDee.

Share what you plan on continuing doing into 2018. Maybe it’s a certain veggie that has increased your energy, workout routine, incorporating meditation in your day or a supplement you swear by. Whatever it is, if it’s working for you and you feel great keep it up! It’s exciting when you find something that works!

Have a fantastic week & Cheers to our Wellness!

Celebrate The Little Victories!

I find it so important to for us to celebrate the little victories we achieve along our health and wellness path. It’s a long and sometimes quite difficult path with tons of hurdles along the way.

Once you achieve one set of goals a challenge in your life can sometimes set you one step behind on your journey. It’s life and guess what? It’s gonna happy people!

What if instead of always focusing on the negative aspect of our set backs we actually looked at the positive decisions we’ve made lately. The ones where we decided to only have one treat at the holiday party instead of sampling every single one. Even the ones your aren’t even into. Yep those could of somehow got on your plate too. You made the decision to treat yourself and you deserve it but you also decided to be reasonable with those choices.

Focus on rocking those positive decisions instead of beating yourself up about indulging in that holiday dessert. In my personal experience allowing yourself a “cheat meal” or “cheat dessert” is actually a good thing. You work hard on your wellness journey and it’s nice to enjoy a treat every once in a while.

That doesn’t mean your gonna turn it into a cheat day in the sense that every meal will be a health junkies nightmare! Let’s be real people! A treat and binging are two totally different things.

I say enjoy your holiday parties and festivities. Enjoy something that makes your heart sing and don’t feel guilty about it. Remember to focus on all the positive choices you also made that day and how amazing you are.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Throw Away that Scale!

Don’t define yourself by the numbers on your scale! Focus on your Health and Wellness and toss those negative thoughts that creep up throughout your Wellness journey!

I really hate scales because people obsess about getting to that “perfect” weight. Throw away the scale and focus on setting daily goals to bring you to where you want to be. Try letting your clothes and how your feeling in them guide you along the way. Let your energy and mood be an indication of how well your doing!