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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Creamy Peanut Butter Pie

I made this pie for my husband on Valentine's day and he loved it.


  I like to make a special dessert for Valentine's day for my husband. I decided to make him this creamy peanut butter pie as I have been teasing his taste buds for quite some time with this pie. I was going to make it last Thanksgiving but the family wanted my traditional chocolate cream pie. Then Christmas came and we just had too many cookies so I did not want to make another sweet. My teen did make chocolate lasagna, though. So it was finally time for me to make that peanut butter pie and since Once Again sent me four jars of their Organic nut butters, I simply had no more excuses. I am glad that I finally made this creamy peanut butter pie as it was so delicious. My husband and boys loved this rich creamy pie that was full of peanut butter flavor and it was so easy to make.



                                           Creamy Peanut Butter Pie
                                  Ingredients  Serves 8-12

            For the crust
                  14 whole graham crackers
                  1 tablespoon sugar
                  6 tablespoons melted butter
          For the filling
                 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
                 1 cup powdered sugar
                 1 cup creamy Once Again Creamy No-Stir Lighty sweetened peanut butter
                 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
                 1 ½ cups container whipped topping, thawed
      For the topping
         Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, cut into pieces

DIRECTIONS

For the crust
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Crush the graham into fine crumbs. Pour the melted butter over the top and stir with a fork to combine. Press into a pie pan and bake until set, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
For the pie filling
In a medium bowl beat the cream cheese and the peanut butter until well blended and smooth. Add the powdered sugar and beat until well blended. Gently fold in the whipped topping just until combined.
Pour into the crust and spread evenly. Sprinkle the Reese’s Peanut Butter cups over the filling
Chill for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight.

Notes: because this peanut butter has less oil than regular peanut I had to add 2 tablespoons oil to make the peanut butter mixture creamy.



Rosemary Cashew Butter “Cheese”



  The other day I was sent the most awesome gift. It was a cute box filled with Organic Nut Butters and once I opened this box my mouth was drooling. My head was also spinning with ideas on how to use all these delicious nut butters. Since Valentine's day was coming up, I immediately knew that I had to make a peanut butter pie for my husband. I have been wanting to make a peanut butter pie for quite some time but my family requested a chocolate cream pie for the last holiday and the holiday before that my daughter was visiting so no peanut butter pie as she is allergic to all nuts. So when my box of nut butters contained a jar of peanut butter I knew it was time to make a peanut butter pie as these organic nut butters were too good for my boy's sandwiches. I am sure Once Again Nut butter taste great on bread but I just wanted to use them in recipes. So when I went searching for a peanut butter pie recipe, I came across this recipe for Cashew Butter "cheese" on their website along with many others that I want to try. I just had to make this as it sounded so similar to my vegan cashew pate that uses raw cashews. I wanted to see how a creamy unsweeten cashew butter would work in a vegan cheese substitute.  This pate is one of my most pinned posts as it is an awesome vegan cheese substitute. I found out that cashew butter was a great replacement for my raw cashews as this Rosemary Cashew Butter "Cheese" was so creamy and flavorful. It satisfied my cheese craving and then some. Don't worry, my husband also got his peanut butter pie for Valentine's day. You can get that recipe and see how my pie looks at this link.
 http://www.momknowsbest.net/2017/02/creamy-peanut-butter-pie.html


  So let's talk more about those wonderful nut butters that Once Again sent me. They sent me a box of four organic nut butters along with a cute raccoon plush. In this box, I discovered a jar of Creamy No-Stir peanut butter, a Creamy Roasted Almond Butter, a Creamy Cashew Butter, and a Sunflower Seed Butter. I love that these nut butters are unsweetened and salt-free so that all I taste is the wonderful taste of nuts. They are also Non-GMO, vegan, and gluten-free! That also makes the butters awesome to use in recipes and smoothies. I think I need to make a chocolate peanut butter smoothie for breakfast. The almond butter would be great to use in my Easy No Bake Homemade Granola Bar recipe. It is a good thing Once Again sent me four jars of their delicious nut butters so there will be some for my boys to enjoy on their sandwiches as they sure do love their nut butter sandwiches. To find out more about these delicious nut butters and if they are available at a store near you, then click on the below links.


                                          https://www.onceagainnutbutter.com/

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Rosemary Cashew Butter “Cheese”


Serves 8

Ingredients:
1 cup Once Again Organic Cashew Butter
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary

Place the cashew butter, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, water, garlic powder, onion powder and salt in a food processor.  Pulse until well combined.
Add the fresh herbs.  Pulse again to incorporate.
Line a small bowl or ramekin with plastic wrap.  Scoop the cashew butter cheese into the bowl/ramekin, packing down and smoothing the top.
Refrigerate until chilled and set.  Once chilled, cashew butter cheese can be turned out of the bowl/ramekin.  Remove the plastic wrap and slice to serve.


TIP: Nutritional yeast can be found in health food stores and many supermarkets.  It is loaded with B-vitamins and gives this spread its robust, cheesy flavor.


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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Easy Ways To Add A Little Health Into Your Everyday Life

Sometimes, the idea of getting healthy seems almost overwhelming. Although the dream is to be the sort of person who happily runs marathons and gets up at the crack of dawn to make protein shakes, let’s face it: who’s like that in real life, really? Luckily there are some much more manageable things you can do to bring a little more health into your life.
Switch Up Your Breakfasts

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Not everyone is a breakfast person, but the truth is that it really is one of the most important meals of the day. A good breakfast will fill you up until lunch, meaning that you won’t be tempted by any of those mid morning snack candy bars at work, and that you won’t fill up on sugary soda that’s bad for both your body and your teeth. Even if you’re the sort of person who just eats a piece of toast over the sink so you don’t have to wash a plate, why not change it up a little? Add peanut butter and sliced banana to your whole-wheat toast for some healthy protein, fats and potassium, and go for a supplement on the side like calcium to help your bones stay strong – check out real AlgaeCal reviews. You could also try out making smoothies, particularly if you aren’t great in the mornings – you could make them at night with your favourite flavour combinations, like banana and strawberry or a more tropical mix of pineapple and coconut water.
Start Getting Active

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A lot of people think that exercising means that you have to hit the gym for hours at a time – but that definitely isn’t true! A lot of us with our busy lives simply don’t have time to prioritise exercise and keeping fit, but you can shoehorn it into your life if you try a little harder. Make sure that you always take the stairs instead of the elevator, and walk instead of taking your car over short distances. If you have any friends with dogs then why not offer to walk them a couple of times per week? Remember that short bursts of exercise are a lot easier to fit into your schedule than longer ones, so try out some of Yoga With Adriene’s ten to fifteen minute yoga routines.
Get Mentally Healthy

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So many people neglect their mental health, which means that they just end up feeling worse and worse. If you have a busy life it’s important to try to take time for yourself, no matter what form that might take. Make sure that you see your friends on a regular basis and that you have date nights with your partner so that you can reconnect. Life with kids can be hard and busy, but you can’t let your relationship take a back seat all the time. A lot of moms find themselves feeling pretty exhausted a lot of the time but if you’re unhappy or anxious, go to see your doctor. Therapy is helpful for a lot of people, but you shouldn’t be ashamed or upset if medication is prescribed – you never know, it could help.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Giveaway-- February Is Heart Health Month

Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with Natural Vitality. Regardless, my opinions are honest. 

                                   Discover a delicious way to take care of your heart!

  We all know that stress is not good for the body. Did you know that stress is also bad for the heart? February is Heart Health Month and I discovered a great drink that not only helps with stress but also is great for the heart. This Raspberry Lemon supplement tastes like a glass of refreshing lemonade and contains natural magnesium which not only helps your body relax but is great for the heart. I love my magnesium supplements to help me relax at bedtime. I was only taking my magnesium supplement on nights that I could not fall asleep but now that I found out magnesium is great for heart health, I will be taking them every night. This delicious drink from Natural Vitality is the perfect way to end my day and help my heart.

I discovered so much about how good magnesium is for the heart on this website:
I learned that magnesium can help lower the bad cholesterol and it also helps with high blood pressure. High cholesterol runs in my family, so I love that I have another natural supplement to help with that. My husband has high blood pressure so I need to encourage him to drink this delicious drink. I love that this delicious lemon raspberry drink is also vegan, gluten-free, and verified non-GMO. One bottle has 56 servings so there is plenty for me to share with my husband.  If you sign up for the newsletter at http://www.nutritionalmagnesium.org/ they will send you a free e-book about magnesium so you can learn so much more about this natural supplement.

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Ways to Help Your College-Bound Child

When it comes to your children you may not want to face it, but they do grow up. The fact of life is that, no matter how much you’d like them to stay young and tiny forever, there will come a day when they’ll not only be big enough to be able to move out, but they’ll want to move out too. College is the first opportunity for many young people to be able to get away from the family home, which is why you should seek all the help you possibly can when it comes to this milestone in your child's life so that you can make it as easy for both them, and you, as possible.

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First of all, you have to remember that everything you feel about the move: the excitement for their future mixed with the sadness of everything they’re leaving behind — they will be feeling it all, only ten times worse than you. For every time they say things like ‘I’m nearly 18, just leave me alone’ or ‘I deserve some independence’, they will ask for your help or guidance. Because of this, you must be able to take whatever they throw at you with a pinch of salt; this means to be able to handle the cries for independence, as well being able to remain as there for them as possible. After years of dealing with the teen mood swings, I'm sure you can face just a few more. You should also reaffirm to them just how important these next few years are to them — both in the sense of being important in setting up the rest of their lives and in the sense that they need to create memories that they will retain for a lifetime.


As well as dealing with them in an emotional way, you also have to make practical plans for them, because they’re probably not going to want to do this themselves. You should discuss the financial budgets imposed on them, as well as who is going to pay for what. For instance, you may agree to pay for books and other supplies they’ll need academically at college, and you may tell them to fend for themselves when it comes to buying snacks and other, more fun, things. You should also inform them as much as you can about technology driven payment, i.e. the use of debit and credit cards.


You should also lend a hand when it comes to their big move. This could be anything from driving them to their destination; giving them advice on what to, and what not to, pack; or making sure that they are covered financially to get there on time and in one piece. If your child insists on taking much more than just a few items of clothing because they are moving into housing that offers more space than a dorm room does, consider getting the movers in. They will take the stress away of having to hire and drive a vehicle you may have no previous experience driving, such as a van or a lorry. You will also be able to have a peace of mind in knowing that all of their worlds possessions will make it to where they need to go.


So, there you have it. Your children (yes, they will always be your children), may be flying the nest, but that’s not to say that they still don’t need as much help from you as they did when they were babies. And it’s also not to say that they won’t be back upon occasion because they will!

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Getting Ready For Your First 5K Race

Congratulations, you signed up for your first 5K race!


  You have been running for a while and decided to sign up for your first 5K race. I want to say congratulations for all that training that you have done. Signing up for that first race is awesome! I know you are probably nervous and have many questions. I don't really remember my first race as that was many years ago. I have been running on and off since I was 20 years old. Over the years I have done many races and I am now about to run a 5k after taking a two-year break due to an ankle injury. So I will do my best to give you some tips on preparing for the race.

The day before the race

The morning before the race.  I like to eat a breakfast that has little fiber. Races are always early in the morning and I am not a morning person. That means I won't have time to empty my bowels in the morning so by eating a low fiber breakfast the day before, I won't have to do number two while running the race. Do drink your coffee though for your day before breakfast so you take care of number 2 potty business the day before the race. The rest of the day I try to eat healthy meals with low fiber also for potty reasons.

Running the day before the race? I like to run a couple of miles the day before the race. I already run every day so my body is used to it. If you are an every other day runner than don't run the day before.

Pick up race packet the day before. If you are able to pick up your race packet the day before I highly recommend it as the lines to pick them up at the race are always super long.

Look at the race info  I like to look at the race info the day before so I can figure out where the race is and where to park. I don't see a need to look at the race course as there is always plenty of people along the course to guide the runners.


Lay out your items for the race  I like to pin the race number to my shirt and lay out the clothes that I will be wearing for the race. This is also a good time to put the timing chip in your shoe laces if there is one. I also pack a bag with items that I need for the race. In that bag, I will put a bottle of water(great for hydration before the race), my iPod, a small microfiber towel(great for wiping up all that sweat after the race), a hair tie, a waist pouch for my keys, and a high carb granola bar. I just love this microfiber towel set as it includes a smaller one that fits perfectly in my waist pouch so I can immediately wipe all that sweat off after the race. It also includes a bigger one that is great to stash in my car for after the race. I love the bigger bag that I can place all my gear in.  These light-weight towels are ultra absorbent and dry so quickly. Unlike other microfiber towels, these are very soft. They even have attached loops to make them easier to hang up

Sleep I have a hard time sleeping the night before the race as I am a bundle of nerves. I take a warm shower and try to go to bed at my normal time. I also set my alarm clock.


The day of the race

Arrive at the race early  I like to get to the race at least an hour before the race starts. That way I can get a good parking spot close to the starting line so I can place items like my jacket and water bottle in the car before the race starts. Getting there early also gives me a chance to warm up, stretch, and use the potty. I like to go potty 15 minutes before the race starts.

Eat a good but light breakfast  I like to eat a healthy granola or meal bar an hour before the race so my body has time to digest it. Other good options to eat are bagels, bananas, oatmeal, or anything that is high in carbs. Just stay away from greasy foods. I don't drink coffee before a race as it will make my body want to do number 2 during the race. I will take some energy chews 15-30 minutes before the race for extra energy.  Below is a couple that I like to use. Also, make sure to drink about 8 ounces of water before the race.


Warm up  It is always good to walk or jog a bit before the race to wake up your muscles. I like to jog for about 5-10 minutes and do my usual pre-run stretches that way my muscles are ready to run.

Get in early Take your place in line about 5 minutes before the race starts. I am very competitive so I line up to the side in the very front as I don't want the other runners slowing me down at the start. Since this is your first race, I recommend lining up in the middle as that is a good place for beginners.

Enjoy the race  This is a tough one for me because of my competitiveness. I bring with my iPod so I can listen to music as I run. My goal for races is to win in my age category so I always push myself to run faster that the person ahead of me. Maybe this will be the race I just enjoy running.

 Pace yourself  This is something I learned from http://www.active.com that I need to try on race day.
Most racers give their best effort in the first mile leaving two more to go! Aim to negative split your effort on race day—that simply means finishing the second half of the race faster than you ran the first half. Start conservatively and build your effort throughout the run. When you start out too fast, your body works too hard too soon and fizzles after the first mile, making your overall time slower, not faster. In the last quarter mile, kick it into the finish line to finish strong.



After the race

You crossed the finish line! Give yourself a pat on the back for running your first race. Grab your microfiber towel and wipe up the sweat off your face. Go to your car and get the larger microfiber towel if needed. I like to wet the smaller towel and cool myself off. Then I use the larger towel to dry myself. Then I walk over to the refreshment table to get some water and a snack. Drink plenty of water to hydrate your body at least 8 ounces. Enjoy the snack as you earned it.

Find out your time  Find out where the race results will be. Sometimes they post them up on a wall after the race or other times you have to go online for them. I like to stick around for the medal ceremony to see if I won 1st, 2nd or third in my age category. I am hoping that since I am older that I will win one of these places. The last race that I ran two years ago, I won 1st place in my age category. It always feels so good to win as it gives me a sense of accomplishment for my hard work.


I would love to hear any tips that any other runners may have so we can help out the first time 5K racer. What are your best tips for running a 5K?

Here is the link so you can more information on this microfiber travel towel set that is great for races!
                                      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/b01lxjz6fu



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