I used to be the best sleeper. I never had issues falling asleep. I maybe woke up once or twice during the middle of the night in between sleep cycles and then effortlessly fell back asleep. I would wake each morning at the same time without an alarm, feeling refreshed and ready for a new day. Well, having a child changed ALL that!
I have struggled with sleep on and off since the birth of my son back in September 2014. Over time, I have found a few things that work for me and have gotten my sleep back on track. Unfortunately, my son still doesn’t sleep through the night (I know, right?) but following a few sleep “rules” I am able to effortlessly fall back asleep after waking with him.
So, here are my personal tips for getting better sleep:
*Note, these are tips that have helped me, personally. I am not a doctor or nutritionist or health expert. Just a mommy sharing what has helped me improve my own sleep 🙂
Do you have trouble sleeping? Are there any tips you have for a good night’s sleep?
Stir-fries are great meal options because they are quick and simple. As long as you have some sort of meat and a few different veggies in your fridge, then you are good to go! But what really makes a great stir-fry is the sauce and flavorings you use. This Chicken Stir-Fry recipe uses my go-to sauce that tastes good with any combination of meat and/or veggies.
I love baking with plantains. They are the perfect ingredient for creating a grain-free, egg-free, and nut-free recipe because they form a cohesive dough that binds together and bakes into a dense, moist treat! If you use plantains before they ripen, they have a very mild taste; making it easy to highlight whatever flavor you are looking for.
My recipe for plantain brownies is made using just 4 ingredients: plantains, pitted dates, cocoa powder and protein powder. This recipe is low in sugar, but if you have a preference for sweeter desserts you can always add more dates, or any sweetener of your choice. Read More
There are a million recipes on the web for banana muffins and breads. Why? Probably because they are so darn easy to make and as far as baked goods go, they are pretty nutritious. Also, who doesn’t have a few extra-ripe bananas laying around from time to time? Anyone that eats bananas will come to the predicament about what to do with these spotty fruits that having been laying around for a few too many days. But fear not, I have a recipe that is free of gluten, grains and eggs and that you can make with just a few ingredients in a reasonable amount of time. Read More
I have been experimenting with cracker recipes because, well, I have a toddler and crackers make for an easy, slightly less messy snack. I like to have crackers on hand for car trips and “emergencies” (when a toddler is hungry, he/she is HUNGRY NOW) but I find that the “healthier” the product, the more expensive it is. These Grain-Free Graham Crackers taste like the real deal, but they are so much more nutritious! Read More
As a child, I loved most all beans, but I would not eat chickpeas. There was something about them that just turned me off. It wasn’t until I got to college and learned that hummus was made from chickpeas that I gave their “natural” form a try. And of course, I loved them! Read More
Have you ever eaten a parsnip? As far as I’m aware, this root vegetable is not very popular. In fact, I didn’t even know they existed until a couple years ago. I do not like them raw…but baked?…now that’s a whole new story.
I think it is pretty safe to say that “fries” are a popular food these days. Whether it be regular old white potato fries, sweet potato fries, squash or carrot fries, they are a staple in many people’s diets (mine included). In my opinion, parsnip fries should be a part of that staple list because not only are they delicious, but they’re healthy too.
If you haven’t had parsnips before, then this recipe is the perfect way to introduce yourself. These Parsnip Fries are Paleo, Vegan and only 4 ingredients. They are a great alternative to sweet potato (or any other) fries.