Hey guys!! As you’re reading this, I’m out hiking at Green Mountain, which is a new-to-me hike. Today I’m honored to present you with my very first guest post on this blog, from one of my favorite fellow bloggers, Kelly! Kelly actually lives in Colorado (LUCKY!!) and I’m going to be meeting her for the first time at the Blend retreat!! Enjoy.
Hello, Oatmeal after Spinning readers! I’m excited to be able to share with you today. My name is Kelly, and I blog over at No Sugar Sweet Life. I am a fellow healthy living blogger AND a fellow upcoming Blend retreat attendee where I will finally get to meet Lauren in person Struggling with my weight for my entire adult life, I finally decided life is too short to live perpetually unhappy. I recently lost 50 pounds after celebrating my daughter’s first birthday (Lauren here: That’s amazing!! And so inspirational!!), and am currently working on the last 30. I am a busy full-time mom of a 20 month old toddler, who also has a full-time job as an accountant, who is a wife and helper to an amazing man, and who thought it would be fun to start a blog!
Here’s a quick before and after so you can see where I’ve come from:
Lauren and I both have a lot in common – we both love Colorado, both are artists (I *almost* became a high school art teacher until I decided I didn’t love teenagers all that much. Ha!!), both drive Subaru Outbacks, both have 2 crazy but sweet doggies, both love pizza and beer with the hubsters, and both enjoy blogging about our journeys and taking pics of our food.
When we talked about writing guest posts for each other while we are at the Blend Retreat, (soooooooo soon!!!) I was super excited for the opportunity to share with you.
With seemingly so much in common, I wanted to try to bring something unique to this experience and to you.
So what did I come up with?
I bet Lauren has never (correct me if I’m wrong Lauren!!) written on this blog once about using “baby food” in a healthy living recipe!! (Lauren here: No- but I’m open to trying anything and trust you if you say it’s good!)
When I became a mother… to a daughter, that’s when I decided I needed to live a healthier life. I had “talked” about losing weight, for literally YEARS. But never did anything about it. It obviously wasn’t something that was really important to me then, or I would’ve made better choices.
But all of a sudden, I had this other person counting on me: Counting on me to teach her how to live a healthy happy life. I wasn’t doing this myself, so how could I teach her? It was this realization that propelled me to action. And her cute little face:
So what did I do?
I realized that I was the sole person in charge of putting each bite of food into her little mouth. I wanted to make the best choices and get her used to a variety of healthy foods at a very young age. So as I carefully chose what she would eat, I did the same for myself.
We ate TONS of fruits and veggies. We developed a love for hummus. We enjoyed homemade veggies juices like “Mean Green” – full of kale, spinach, cucumber, parsley, apples, and lemon as an afternoon “pick-me-up.”
I cut out added sugar from my own diet. Why would I put that “poison” into ME if I wouldn’t let it pass Babycakes’ little lips?
We ate less meat; but when we did eat it we chose organic, hormone-free beef, chicken, and fish.
I was just more mindful of food’s intended use: as fuel for our bodies – to grow, to be strong, and to accomplish things.
In doing so, I’ve lost 50 pounds and hopefully started Babycakes on a lifelong journey of good health and happiness.
Lauren doesn’t know it (yet), but she has inspired me in a couple of different ways: She recently inspired me to get a silicon baking mat and “maybe try tofu” because of this post. She inspired me to give overnight oats a try even though I’ve never really been an “oatmeal person”! And she inspired me to go ahead and declare Fridays as “Pizza Night”… YAY!!!! (My hubby is over the moon and thanks Lauren on a weekly basis, around 6PM Friday nights. Here’s our most recent pizza adventure).
So now, without further ado, I’d love to share with you a new favorite recipe utilizing “baby food.”
Introducing Peanut Butter, & Jelly Pancakes:
I love these baby food pouches – completely organic, no added sweeteners, JUST VEGGIES and FRUIT. They are super easy to take on the go in your purse and are a great “contained” healthy snack. You don’t need a fridge, or even a spoon. Babycakes loves a variety of them, but her favorites are: 1) Ella’s Kitchen “Broccoli, Peas, Pears” and 2) Happy Tots Plus “Strawberry, Kiwi, Beets, Pears.” I just recently discovered they’re great in pancakes!
- 2 cups Healthy Start Bisquick
- 3 Tbsp PB2
- 1 pouch of Happy Tot Plus: “Strawberry, Kiwi, Beet, & Pears”
- 1 cup milk
- Toppings: extra PB2 & sliced strawberries, or sliced ripe banana with drizzled honey, or whatever sounds yummy to you!
Directions: Mix together in a medium bowl. Cook over low – medium heat. Serve & Enjoy
~ Serves 2 – 3
Here is a close-up of the prepared batter:
A perfectly browned pancake:
Adorn with your favorite toppings – mine happened to be sliced ripe bananas, some extra PB2 made with water, and some drizzles of local honey.
Or to really keep in line with the theme, top with PB2 & fresh strawberries (this was breakfast a couple weekends’ ago!)
You’ll have to let me know what you think if you try it! Even if you don’t have a baby… you don’t have to be afraid of buying or cooking with baby food pouches!! Just think of them as conveniently stored versatile fruits and veggies.
Motherhood changed me. I still have about 30 pounds left to go, but I am well on my way towards living the happy healthy life… no sugar added.
1) Have you ever cooked with baby food?
2) What has Lauren inspired YOU to do lately?