String Beans with Toasted Hazelnuts

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp Olive oil, use one at a time.

1/2 cup of chopped hazelnuts

1 cup chopped mushrooms

1-1 1/2 lbs of string beans, trimmed and cleaned

salt and pepper

 

Directions:

  1. In a large pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium heat and add the hazelnuts to the pan. Hazelnuts will toast quickly so keep an eye on them. Stir them frequently. Once they darken and smell nutty, remove them from the heat. Put them aside and save for later.
  2. Heat the same pan on medium-high and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add mushrooms and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the string beans to the pan. Stir frequently. 
  4. Cook until string beans reach desired tenderness, around 6-10 minutes. 
  5. Remove from heat and add hazelnuts.
  6. Serve immediately and enjoy! 

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Simple Bone Broth

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Benefits of Bone Broth:

No doubt you have heard the buzz about bone broth. There are many people, including myself, that sing the praises of it. And why not?

Bone Broth...

  • Heals a leaky gut
  • Eases joint pain
  • Supports bone health
  • Helps digestion
  • Is full of minerals
  • Promotes healthy hair and nails
  • Fights inflammation

By my standards, it's awesome.

Bone Broth is so simple to incorporate into your healthy diet.

What I have for you here is a very basic recipe to create a simple and nourishing bone broth for yourself and your family. Once you get comfortable with this basic recipe, you can build upon it. You can add celery, carrots, parsnips, or other veggies you like best. Experiment with flavors and find what works for you. You can add a chunk of ginger or fresh herbs like parsley.  Although beef marrow bones are my "Go To" bones for broth, you can certainly try any bones you wish or have access to!

If you are ready, go for it! 

Ah, but now what? How do you use it? No worries! I got you covered.

Try these ideas:

  • Heat up a cup of broth and sip it from your favorite mug (My personal #1 choice).
  • Fill your thermos before heading to your kiddos outdoor games this season.
  • Use it in soups and stews.
  • Use it in place of water when cooking rice, other grains or beans.
  • Heat up and pour over mashed sweet potatoes or veggies.
  • Add as any base liquid when cooking.
  • Anytime you might normally go to add a 1/2 cup of water or store-bought stock, stop what you are doing and grab your own homemade amazing broth!

 

Simple Beef Bone Broth

Prep time: 20 mins

Cook time: 24 hours+

Ingredients

  • 2.5-3lbs of beef marrow bone
  • one whole head of garlic, peeled
  • 2 small onions (I use yellow), peeled and quartered
  • 2 Tbsp of raw apple cider vinegar
  • 12 cups of water

Instructions

  1. Put bones in crockpot and spoon the vinegar over the bones.
  2. Wait 15 minutes.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients to the crockpot.
  4. Set on low for 18-36 hours. (I usually do something in the 24 hour range).
  5. Remove and discard as much of the bones, garlic and onions as possible.
  6. Strain the remaining broth using a colander or, even better, cheese cloth.
  7. Allow to cool. A layer of fat will form at the top. Remove the fat and toss.
  8. Separate into storage containers.
  9. Bone broth will store for 3-5 days in the refrigerator, up to 6 months in the freezer. 

 

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Let's sum this up: bone broth is easy to make, full of health benefits and, with a few little tweaks in your normal food habits, is easy to incorporate into any healthy lifestyle.

SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Go make a batch and tell me how it goes! You know I want to hear all about it and so do other moms JUST LIKE YOU. We have a supportive community of moms who are trying to figure out the "mom thing" and the "healthy thing" and make it all work together.

Join the Real Moms Collaborative, our free online community for busy moms. 

 

Eat well, be well,

Michelle 

5 Minutes for Mommy

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Just sitting down to write this post made me want to take a huge inhale in..... hold....and release a big, wonderful, cleansing exhale.  

Go ahead.  

You do it, too. 

Breathe in the positivity and love.

Hold that breath.  

Now let it go and release any negativity you are feeling today. 

Go ahead and do that a few more times.  

Feels great, right?

And just like that you took back (not even) 5 minutes for mommy.  

As busy moms sometimes all we feel like we get is 5 minutes for ourselves. We squeeze those 5-minutes in here and there, IF we are lucky. But those 5-minutes can be totally worth it.

When we find the time, we try, try, try to do a little something for ourselves. We take a mental break and maybe even treat ourselves to something in those 5 minutes. 

We deserve and NEED those 5 minutes and THEN SOME.  

But let’s stop and think for a second about how we are using those 5 minutes.  Are we checking Facebook and power-eating a sleeve of Oreos? (Which I have done. Yes, I have.) So, maybe. And well, shoot, seriously sometimes commenting on my girlfriend’s adorable puppy pictures and a mega-sugar rush are the only things saving my kids from the ultimate mommy meltdown, so I might have to go with it.   

 

But if that become a habit, it will become a problem.

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Instead of relying on social media and sweet treats when it comes to taking 5-minutes for ourselves, I want to encourage you to change it up.

We can empower those 5 minutes to make us feel refreshed, energized and positive

We can make the most of that little bit of time. 

So, because I love you and I know that sometimes all you get are 5 minutes, here are some of my favorite, tried-and-true healthy, happy swaps that i regularly use to help me make the most of the 5-minutes I get for myself: 

  • Instead of checking social media, listen to 5 minutes of your favorite podcast. 
  • Instead of getting lost in the TV, spend 5 minutes in a new book, trashy or otherwise! 
  • Instead of sitting down with a coffee, make your own matcha green tea. The process is so soothing!  
  • Instead of pouring a little glass of wine in the evening, call your mom, sister or bestie. Hearing your favorite voices is soothing to the soul.  
  • Instead of grabbing a few sweets, pour a tall glass of lemon water.  
  • Instead of catching up on the latest gossip, jot down 3 reasons you are grateful and add that to your gratitude jar.
  • And when all else fails, just breathe. Breathe in the positivity, breathe out the negativity. That might be good enough when it comes to treating yourself well.  

 

 

Sure, the “naughty” 5 minute steals feel good sometimes, but it is what we do MOST of the time that makes the difference. Try some of these healthier swaps for the next time you get 5 minutes to yourself. Tell me if you notice a difference. Share your experience with me or share your experience with our amazing and supportive community of moms, The Real Moms Collaborative.

We would love to hear from you.  

 

 

If you want to schedule some time to chat with me about making these self care strategies a reality even if you feel overwhelmed by your hectic mommy to-do list, click here!  I have been there, girlfriend. We can make this happen!