Friday, August 29, 2014

My Favorite Clean Eating Snacks

Sometimes you just need a quick, no-fuss snack to hold you over until mealtime, and it can be SO temping to reach for cookies or chips...but, since I've been gradually making over my lifestyle to be a healthier one, I've found a few favorites that you don't have to feel guilty about. They are easy to take on-the-go as well!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Toddler craft: name painting

I picked up some cheap canvases from Hobby Lobby the other day and had to find a special project for them. This was a lot of fun for the little one and now we have some personalized art for her room :)

1 8x10 canvas
Adhesive letters (mine are from hobby lobby, 50mm helvetica)
Washable crayola paints

Arrange the letters of your child's name in desired position on canvas. It's ok if they don't stick super well, I found they still stayed in place well enough even with a little toddler roughness. Have your little one pain the canvas. Let it dry, could take 3-4 hours depending on how thick the paint is. Peel off the letters. If they moved around a little during painting, you can touch up with white paint or just leave as is like I did, doesn't have to be perfect! 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

vegan lunch idea: creamy avocado garlic pasta


Sometimes I run out of ideas for lunch, and I get tired of the same old thing all the time, so I decided to get creative with the ingredients I had on hand. This recipe turned out to be super simple and delicious! 

8 oz dry pasta (I used quinoa/rice fusili)
1 avocado
2 cloves garlic, unpeeled
Handful baby carrots
Handful kale leaves
1/3 cup olive oil or more, depending on what consistency you want
Sea salt and pepper to taste

Bring pasta water to boil, add pasta and unpeeled garlic cloves. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, peel and chop your avocado, and wash your other veggies. When pasta is done, drain it and remove garlic cloves. Add the avocado, kale, carrots, cooked garlic, olive oil and salt and pepper to your blender or food processor. Blend until smooth and toss with pasta immediately. Enjoy!