Back to school is in full swing and this week I am all about making your life easier as a parent when it comes to lunch boxes and after school snacks that are healthy and kid-approved! I know it can get old packing the same old lunch boxes every single week and I know that your kids get tired of those same lunch boxes too! I am hosting a back to school series over on my Instagram throughout the whole week to provide recipes, tips, and tricks on how to get your child to actually eat the good food that you pack them that will keep them nourished and energized throughout their day! I have also rounded up my top 25 lunch box and after school snack ideas that are perfect for meal prepping, healthy, and they are kid-tested and approved!
Over the weekend, we went to Louisiana to see our new niece who was just born! It was a whirlwind of a weekend and we were all pretty much wiped out last night when we got back home. After a good night's sleep, I am waking up feeling ready for the week! And it's a BUSY one! One of the ways I prep for a busy week is to make a batch of energy balls! My new favorite combination of flavors and ingredients is my chocolate coconut energy balls that taste delicious and are the perfect snack to get you through the afternoon slump!
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My happy place is in the kitchen cooking up something delicious and nutritious for my family. And now that Parks is getting older, he is also expressing a lot of interest in helping me in the kitchen! I have every hope that he will fall in love with cooking just like his mama, but even more than that I hope I can teach him about where his food is coming from and what it takes to prepare it. I think it's important for kids to learn how to prepare food for themselves and that comes from spending time in the kitchen! One thing that we have really been working on is washing our hands before and after we make anything so that our hands stay clean. With constant hand washing however, toddler hands (and mama hands) can become dry! That's why I am loving Dial Complete® 2 in 1 Moisturizing & Antibacterial Foaming Hand Wash for me and for my son to keep our hands sanitized and moisturized at the same time!
Let me start this off by saying that yesterday it was 65 degrees and sunny...felt completely like a Spring day...today it's supposed to snow and I'm totally confused by it all! This Texas winter has been the craziest yet! But anyhow, I hope we actually see some snow today because Parks will love it and I will love an excuse to make some hot cocoa and cozy up in my PJ's and not leave the house! The thing with snowy weather is that I always want comfort food, which usually comes in some form of a carb. However, I have really been trying to stay conscious of eating a little bit lighter on the carbs during the week so any kind of recipe that gives me that comfort satisfaction while keeping me on track is a winner in my book! My mini pizza frittatas are just the thing to satisfy my carby comfort food cravings without any guilt!
It's almost been a week since my new book, First Bites, has released! I can't begin to tell you how much it warmed my heart to hear your reactions to the recipes that you made in your own kitchens and that your kiddos (and you) are already loving them! While the past two weeks have been full of devastation for a large portion of my community, this book release was a bright spot in the midst everything else going on around me. I feel like I didn't get the chance to talk to you about the book before it got released as much as I wanted because we were preparing for Hurricane Harvey and what would end up being a catastrophic flood. I decided to make up for it this week by sharing one of the most popular recipes in the book, and one of our favorites around at our house! My mini zucchini muffins are perfect for the whole family to enjoy, especially tiny hands, and are made with only good for you ingredients!