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Be Well Kids: 5 Tips for On the Go

Readjusting to school, sports, and homework often leaves mom's feeling like their fresh-start, good intentions of meal planning and organization are just out of reach. What can you do when life happens fast but you still want to teach healthy habits to your kids?

Read these five tips to help stay on track and teach your kids that healthy eating and convenience can co-exist!
      1) Plan to avoid fast food: keep snacks in the car or bring some from home each day to help fight the urge to give into fast food when the afternoon hunger strikes! An after school snack on the way home from school may help keep kids from darting to the kitchen.
      2) Plan Ahead: Look at online information and aim for under 600 calories per fast food meal. This may mean leaving off the mayonnaise or choosing a small fry over a large one. It will help you to see how many calories can be sneaky...800 calorie Zaxby's salad? It may be tough in the beginning, but keep trying and it will become easier to pinpoint hidden calories!
      3) Set limits: communicate with your kids what they can order. Pick 2 options and let them choose 1. In my experience, picky eating stems a lot from families who eat out often. Allowing a child to choose from endless menu items, means they usually pick the same thing and refuse anything new. Help steer them in a healthier direction by offering two mom-approved options. Say something like "Do you want grilled chicken nuggets and fries or fried chicken nuggets and fruit?" to make them think they ultimately get to decide. So you want ice cream? "Ok, then you need grilled chicken nuggets and fruit, then you may have ice cream." 
      4) Monitor Portions: Kid’s meals are often good portions for adults too! This helps kids see what portions are more realistic. Remember that eating from a smaller plate helps the brain feel fuller? The same is true when looking at larger portions. We feel fuller off smaller portions if that's the size we start with.
      5) No sugary drinks: This is always a number one tip and includes juice and Gatorade, too. They should really be called "child sodas" because of the way they are digested by the body. I see kids from overweight to underweight, and everywhere in between who have issues with juice and we always talk about why we don't need them. Eat the fruit rather than drink the juice. Be sure your child knows they need more water! (Hey, it’s free too!)

      Overall, it's about figuring out what works for your family and your schedule. Some people eat out every day and others rarely do. Any small change could help no matter what your family style is!

What tips would you share with mom's looking for convenience?

Foodie Finds: 5 Birthday Gift Ideas

Another successful birthday is in the books and left me feeling loved and grateful for the people in my life!

1) Looking for a birthday gift idea? I am loving my new Avocado (from the Be Well Girls) print by Artwork By Kaitlin

2) Maybe a new shirt from Alabama Goods? Because, it is nice to have you in Birmingham. 

Photo cred: dear old dad.

3) Coffee drinker in need of a new--large-- mug? You know those mugs that look large but then end up with a tiny amount of actual coffee space? This is not one of those mugs. Please note, my new shirt, too!

4) Maybe you would like to wake up to this view? On a new air mattress! I knew I was old when I was super excited to get a new air mattress from JT for my birthday! 

This could be your morning view (minus my husband;)! Check out Joseph Carter Realty and get a new house for you birthday! ok, maybe not, but you see what I did there.

5) New running clothes are always a hit and Janey found the perfect shirt!

A new addition this year was a card from my niece!

Thank you to all who helped celebrate this year! You are really the best!

Southwestern Quesadilla

Mexican tends to  be my go-to if I have a lot of leftovers or not a lot of time. I blame it on my Jasper roots. 

Feel free to use any cooked chicken that you like. If you work, and understand the value of a crockpot, (or don't work, but still understand the value of a crockpot) you should definitely make my Fiesta Chicken recipe ahead of time! 

Southwestern Quesadilla
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5-7 minutes
Ingredients (2 quesadillas)
  • 1 pound chicken (cooked and chopped or shredded)
  • 2 low carb tortilla (Ole brand)
  • 1 cup Pepper Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1/4 cup onions, diced
Optional toppings
  • salsa
  • light sour cream
  • avocado
1. Spray a medium skillet with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Over medium heat, saute onions and corn together for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
3. In the same skillet, cook 1 side of 1 tortilla until golden (about 2 minutes).
3. Flip to the other side and fill with Crock Pot Fiesta Chicken* or any grilled chicken and 1/2 cup cheese.
4. Allow cheese to melt, add 1/2 of the corn and onions.
5. Fold in half and press quesadilla until bottom side is golden and cheese is completely melted (2 more minutes).
6. Repeat with remaining ingredients for quesadilla number dos (2).
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