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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Mamma Chia Energy! #powerupwithchia ad

This is a sponsored post.

There are some days when I need a little extra get up and go. It can be mornings when I am dragging and need pep in my step or in the middle of the day when all of my adrenaline associated with taking on the day wanes. I know a lot of people swear by coffee but I am not one of them so I look for alternatives when I need a boost. I was recently to  Organic Mamma Chia, Chia Energy and honestly, I think I’m in love! I am going to tell you this upfront, if you are not a fan of things floating in your beverage, this might not be for you because it is full of chia seeds. I really like texture, so Chia Energy is perfect for me. This product is organic and is naturally caffeinated with 90mg of caffeine. This is from Guayusa, which has been a part of Amazonian culture for over 2,000 years! Guayusa doesn’t cause jitters or a crash when it leaves your system, a win for me!








Of course, the main component of this beverage are the Chia seeds that provide 2500mg of Omega-3s, complete protein and fiber! It has twice the antioxidants of green tea, 4 grams of protein and the 10 oz bottle only has 120 calories. I have been enjoying Mamma Chia Chia Energy for the past week and can honestly say that I will keep a few bottles on hand for when I need them! I’ve tried the Blackberry Blast and Raspberry Razz flavors. There are two other flavors - Cherry Charge and Grape Power, I am hopeful that my Walmart will have them back in stock soon so I can try them too. Mamma Chia has a price point of $2.48 per bottle and one percent of sales are donated to support farmers, community groups and organizations that build healthy food systems.


The founder, Janie Hoffman started Mamma Chia in the kitchen of her small rural farm outside of San Diego. She is a champion for the power of Chia and credits it with the eradication of her 20 year battle with autoimmune disorders. All I know is that I really am enjoying Mamma Chia Energy on those days when I need an extra pick me up. This will be a staple in my refrigerator!




Monday, August 29, 2016

Back to School marinated chicken Bento Box #SandersonFarms ad




This is a sponsored post. 


With back to school season in full swing, I know that one of the things I do daily is ensure he has a school lunch. I’ve been doing this since he was in daycare sending milk and homemade baby food. He has eaten chicken nuggets for lunch as long as I can remember but has expanded and now will eat sandwiches, crackers, etc. Hey, this makes it easier for both of us. He has started to make his own lunch some days, it is hard to believe my son is growing up so quickly! Folks aren’t flying when they say time flies be sure to cherish every childhood moment. I have so many moments that I’ve forgotten, I love having this blog as a diary of sorts for my early adventures in parenting. Anyway, I could go on about parenthood but I want to talk about Bento Boxes.

I’m a big fan and for me it is less about the cutesy boxes (cause I ain’t got time for that!) and more about the modular nature of eating lunch making it easy to pack and eat. I have to tell you I am going to continue to experiments with bento boxes, this one I’m pretty sure I can get my son to eat. Even if he doesn’t, I know I will!  I can prepare multiple boxes so I don’t have wonder about what I’m eating for lunch on a daily basis. In my box I have marinated chicken breast fillets (I used Sanderson farms) cut into strips, a little lettuce, crackers and some grapes for dessert. I work from home so I just get salad dressing from my refrigerator if I decide to make a salad. In the event that you make it for your child, you can place the dressing on the salad or in a baggie.




I love this Bento Box and see many of them in my (and maybe my son’s) future!


Monday, August 22, 2016

BTS dinner - Grilled Balsamic Herb Chicken (recipe) ad




The school year is rolling along here in Atlanta. Although we start earlier than most, I am now seeing the BTS first day of school pictures of my friends kids all over facebook. The transition can be a bit challenging after the more laid back days of summer but I have an idea for weeknight dinners that can help take some of the stress away. I am so into quick and easy meals, who wants to slave away for hours in the kitchen? I strive to make meals that take 30 minutes or less to prepare because that helps make my life easy and fits into a schedule jam packed with homework, after school activities and of course quality time with my son. Grilling is the perfect solution for dinner most nights in my home. I tend to grill a great deal of food ahead of time and that way I have meals for at least a few days of the week. Since it it still summer, I don’t want to turn on my oven or stove top for that matter, so grilling is perfect for me.

One of our favorites is chicken. I love preparing chicken various ways but today I am sharing a grilled Balsamic chicken with you. It is so simple to prepare and you can let the chicken marinade all day or even for a couple of days before cooking it. In this instance, I marinated my chicken for 3 days because I had a family emergency that I had to tend to. I have to tell you, this was delicious and the marinade was fully integrated into the chicken!

To prepare, I placed about 2 pounds of chicken wings in a gallon size storage bag from Walmart (all of the items I purchased for this meal I bought at Walmart). Next I added half a bottle of Lawry’s Balsamic Herb marinade on the chicken. 


I placed it in the refrigerator and turned the back over whenever I thought of it to ensure all parts of the chicken were equally marinated.

 

When I was ready to grill I simply placed my chicken and let the flames do their work! 


I let the chicken cook for about 40 minutes and checked the internal temperature reached 160 degrees before removing it from the grill. I also grilled some asparagus that I’d coated in olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper.



This meal is a no brainer and perfect for a school night. It is delicious, quick and easy!  





Monday, August 15, 2016

Back to School at Walmart ad



As a native New Yorker, when I was a kid I equated going “back to school” with shopping for clothes that were appropriate for the Fall weather that was soon coming. However, my son is being raised in Georgia where it is still hot when school goes back in session. My son attends a school that requires uniforms and the only days the students can express themselves is Friday. For the rest of the week you can find them in khaki or blue pants with red, white or blue tops. Very patriotic (especially in light of the Olympics) because his school is named after a very special President! Anyhow, I have been pleased with the durability of the uniforms that I’ve purchased at Walmart and highlighted them last year. For this year I decided to show share some fun items that you can find for back to school at Walmart.

For most kids nationwide, back to school coincides with the beginning of football season. Now, I may very well be the only mother thinking in terms of football but I tell you I am a diehard New York Giants fan. Since I live in Atlanta, finding NFL gear for my team is impossible. In the past I’ve ordered online from Walmart but this year I was able to find a great licensed NFL Giants tee($12.88)   for my son on a visit to Walmart in New York! This is my son’s first bit of Giants apparel and I know he is going to go crazy because like me, the Giants are his team! When he goes to class on a Friday he will represent in style!



In addition to clothes, a staple that is needed for back to school are undergarments and I was pleasantly surprised to find Batman v Superman boxer briefs that are moisture wicking, stretch fabric with shape retention. My boy is growing and well, he needs some new drawers! At $6.83 for a two pack, I am sure I’ll be returning for more. With his uniforms, a new Giants tee and some underwear my son is ready for the school year and I’m able to shop while staying well within my budget! Check out Walmart for more back to school finds for your youngsters!




Thursday, July 28, 2016

Panko Breaded Chicken Tenderloins #sandersonfarms ad



This is a sponsored post, compensation was received all opinions are my own. 

For many, many years I was pescatarian. During college I gave up beef, pork and poultry but didn’t go full vegetarian because I am a lover of seafood. Being a pescatarian was easy, I ate burgers occasionally and the only pork I ate was bacon and ham sandwiches. I didn’t miss it. Except for chicken. I absolutely loved hot wings and the very last time I ate chicken it was a bad experience - a wing had been poorly cleaned and there was something that looked like a claw on it! At the time I had already given up all other meats so adding chicken was a no brainer after that. However, there were many times over the years that I had a craving for Buffalo wings but for over two decades I didn’t go with it. I thought that when I was pregnant I might break my no poultry rule but that didn’t happen. The only thing I ever did was eat some crispy chicken skin from a piece of fried chicken - delicious but not enough for me to actually eat the meat.

A few years ago I started strength training with a personal trainer. I was hitting the weights hard and working on building muscle. Building muscle requires a large intake of protein, to the tune of 8 ounces at every meal. Living in landlocked Atlanta meant that buying fish came at a premium. I was spending money left and right trying to keep up with my nutritional needs and busting my budget! I decided that my physical goals were more important than NOT eating poultry so I decided to add it to my diet once again. I have to tell you that I’ve discovered I LOVE CHICKEN! Love, love, love it! I like it fried, grilled, barbequed....you name it, I like it!



Panko breaded chicken tenderloins are one of my favorite quick and easy recipes. My son is a very picky eater but he too loves chicken and really who can resist lightly fried chicken? Of course, you can also bake the chicken with this recipe but it takes more time and in the summer I try to refrain from using my oven. I served the chicken with a green leafy salad and seafood salad, it was a big hit! For my recipe I used Sanderson Farms chicken. It is always fresh, never frozen with no hidden ingredients like seaweed, broth, salt or water. I really like the fact that Sanderson chicken has only 45mg/sodium per serving as compared to pumped chicken which averages 360mg/sodium per serving. If you are looking for a quick and easy meal this summer, I suggest you try panko breaded chicken tenderloins.



Panko Breaded Chicken Tenderloins

Ingredients
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1 tbsp adobo
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp thyme
Salt
Pepper
1/4 cup olive oil

Method
Heat oil in skillet on medium heat.

Sprinkle tenderloins with salt and pepper.

Place panko crumbs on a plate, blend in all other seasonings.

Coat tenderloins with panko crumbs and place in heated oil.

Cook until internal temperature reaches 170 degrees and panko is brown and crispy.

Drain on paper towel and serve.
 

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