>U Mom Knows Best: August 2020

Monday, August 31, 2020

Best Desserts Made Without Sugar

Discover some amazing desserts that are made without sugar

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 I have a sweet tooth and I like to indulge in desserts. While the occasional sweet is perfectly ok for those who do not have diabetes, too much sugar is not healthy for the body. Excessive sugar intake can affect your body in many ways. Chances are you already know that eating too much sugar isn’t good for you. Eating too much sugar can affect many parts of your body and health. So how does too much sugar affect your body?

How sugar can mess with your health

When most people think about consuming too much sugar, they think about cavities, weight gain, and hyperactivity in children but sugar can be harmful to other parts of the body like the brain and the heart. Without going into too many details about excessive sugar intake and the body, I will list some parts of the body that sugar can wreak havoc upon. The below sugar information I found at WebMD.

Brain ~ Sugar can be addicting and eating sugar gives your brain a feel-good chemical called dopamine. This can be the reason why you crave sweets.

Mood ~ While sugar can give you energy, it can also give you a crash. So that sugary treat too often can have an effect on your mood and studies have linked high sugar intake to a greater risk of depression in adults

Teeth ~ Sugar can damage your teeth as the bacteria that cause cavities love to eat sugar.

Joints ~ If you have joint pain, eating lots of sweets can cause inflammation which can worsen the pain.  Plus, studies show that sugar consumption can increase your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.

Skin ~ The inflammation that sugar causes can make your skin age faster. As sugar can damage collagen and elastin which can result in wrinkles and saggy skin.

Liver ~ An abundance of fructose can damage the liver.

Heart ~ The extra insulin in your bloodstream can affect your arteries to get inflamed, grow thicker/stiffer which stresses your heart.

Pancreas ~ Sugar makes your pancreas pump out insulin. Too much sugar will overwork the pancreas, setting you up for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Kidneys ~ If you have diabetes, too much sugar can lead to kidney damage.

Body Weight ~ Excess amounts of sugar can inflame fat cells causing them to release chemicals that increase weight.

Immune System ~ Too much can sugar intake can suppress your immune system. When your immune system is compromised, you are more likely to get sick.

Check out this recipe for Healthy Homemade Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Granola 

Sugar has many names

 When I did research on eating too much sugar, I not only learned some new information on what sugar can do to the body but it also encouraged me to try to lower my sugar consumption. Sugar can be in so many foods like sweets, drinks, ice cream, and even foods like bread and tomato sauce. Sugar also has so many names like corn syrup, agave nectar, palm sugar, cane juice, or sucrose so it can be hard to know which foods contain sugar. Nutritional labels do make it easier to know how much sugar is in a food and whether it is natural sugar(from fruit) or added sugar. While one can totally eliminate sugar from their diet, it can be a difficult stressful thing to do. So I recommend lowering your sugar intake and swapping out sugar for natural sugar replacements. Some of the natural sugar replacements that I like to use are monk fruit, stevia, and Swerve. In foods that I would normally add sugar, I will replace the sugar with these natural sweeteners that have a similar taste to sugar.

Natural sweeteners help me lower my sugar intake

 Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Made With Swerve

Benefits of natural sugar replacements

 Using natural sugar replacements can be beneficial to your health and many natural sweeteners are zero-calorie, non-glycemic, and safe for those living with diabetes. A natural sugar replacement will also contain no artificial ingredients, preservatives, or flavors. Many of these sweeteners taste similar to sugar and can be used in your favorite baking recipes or your cup of coffee.

 Swerve is a delicious natural sweetener that measures cup-for-cup just like sugar! Swerve is made from ingredients found in select fruits and starchy root vegetables. Swerve can be used in your favorite recipes in place of regular sugar or other sweeteners. Swerve is keto-friendly, gluten-free, and plant-based.

Discover baking mixes that are gluten-free & sugar-free

 These Swerve Sweet baking mixes are wonderful and will help you on your journey to lower your sugar intake. If you have sensitivities to gluten or dairy, then you will love that these delicious baking mixes are plant-based and gluten-free. The mixes are also keto-friendly and perfect for diabetics. While I don't have to follow a gluten-free diet, I do have a dairy allergy so I get excited when I discover baking mixes for cakes, cookies, and sugar-free brownies that are plant-based.

 I made the Swerve vanilla cake mix and they were so easy to make. My family thought the cupcakes were so delicious. I also made a berry frosting using the Swerve Sweetener Confectioners. My frosting is naturally colored and flavored with an all-natural fruit/berry-flavored drink mix that I featured in my Better for You Beverages For Summer article.

 You can use my code MOMKNOWSBEST to get 35% off at https://macrolifenaturals.com on this wonderful berry-flavored drink mix that is a perfect way to add color to frosting without any artificial colors.

Other delicious recipes that can be made without sugar

 Once you discover how easy it is to bake without real sugar, you can make your favorite desserts sugar-free and lower your sugar intake. I use zero-calorie sweeteners in all my baking recipes in place of sugar and the cookies and cakes still have a delicious sweet taste. My family can't tell the difference and it makes me feel good that they are consuming less sugar. I like baking with natural sugar replacements that measure cup to cup so swapping out the sugar is simple. I also have recipes that use natural sweeteners like dates. So take a look at the below recipes and start consuming less sugar for a healthy body. While some of the below recipes may contain sugar, I have successfully used Swerve in place of the sugar for delicious results.

 Non-Dairy Date Salted Caramels

Plant-Based Healthy No-Bake Salted Chocolate Brownies

Simple Dairy Free Apple Pie Cookies 

The Best Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe

 Low Sugar Cranberry Sauce

No Peel Summer Apple Crisp

Friday, August 28, 2020

Activewear Deals at Columbia Sportswear

New activewear for fitness motivation

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 I seem to live in fitness clothes more than ever now that I am staying home more. I wake up in the morning and change into my running clothes before I head downstairs. Gym class with my boys the first thing that I do for the day as I head out the door to go running with my two boys. Then once we get home the boys do their online school while I head up to my upstairs workspace. Most days I do not bother changing my clothes as I am not going anywhere for the day. My activewear clothes are comfortable and perfect for the warm weather. Also, 2 days a week I do my at-home strength training so it makes sense to stay in my fitness clothes.

Amazing deals on activewear clothing

 Even when on days that I am not exercising, I still choose to wear clothes made for active people as they are so comfortable. The fact that I am a fitness influencer also is another reason that I wear clothes made for fitness as it comes with the job. So I am always looking for sales and deals on fitness clothes to add to my wardrobe. There is something about new activewear that motivates me to workout. Right now Columbia has some great discounts on many of their activewear clothing and other select outdoor gear. I am loving their outdoor clothing sale. I like saving money!

Why pay full price when you don't have to?

 Whatever your adventure, you'll find great gear at great prices with outdoor clothing from Columbia Sportswear on sale. Whether you're shopping for this season or the next, you can take advantage of big savings on quality apparel, footwear, and accessories for the whole family.

Great coupons for clothing for outdoor sports

                         This dress is so cute and on sale

 I found some amazing coupon codes for Columbia at Slickdeals.com so I decided to buy some new workout clothes. I found a discount offer that gave me savings of up to 50% on Columbia's summer clothing. I found some cute dresses that come in so many fun prints and I had a hard time selecting my favorite. This sports dress will motivate me to change out of my running clothes in the morning.

Deals of footwear for the whole family

 While I was browsing through the outdoor clothing sale, I noticed that there were even promos on sporting shoes. My boys wanted to do some hiking this fall so I decided that I needed a new pair of hiking shoes. Low prices are always a good reason for new shoes! Columbia has some amazing discounts on shoes for the whole family. My husband also needed a new pair of fitness shoes for the gym so I used a coupon code that I found at Slickdeals and bought him a new pair of shoes.

Clothing for the kids

 Winter will be here soon and my boys will need new jackets. A sale is a perfect excuse for new clothes! Columbia had the fleece jackets that my boys love wearing when it is cold outside. The discounts on kid's jackets were too good to pass up as some of the kid's jackets were more than 50% off and the selection was good too. The boys liked that they could choose a different color of the same fleece jacket as they did not want matching jackets. It is not cool to wear the same clothes as your brother.

 So if you want to save big on outdoor clothing for your favorite sport or for just relaxing at home, you need to check out the deals at Columbia. The Outdoor Clothing Sale at Columbia is the perfect time to save money on apparel and footwear for the whole family. The discounts and coupon codes make it easy for me to shop for clothes for the fall and next summer.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Back To School Savings At Nordstrom Rack

Check out the deals for back to school essentials

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 I thought that I could save some money this year on clothes with the kids doing online school. I thought that I could skip the back to school clothes shopping as the boys were not leaving the house. My teen boys had other ideas. For my teens' new clothing is a big part of going back to school, even when staying at home for school. Back to school for my boys is going to be different this year. The school just announced that learning will be online for the first semester. So my boys will be at home for their school learning doing their school classes on their computers. The teachers will be having Google Meets with all the students and the school informed the parents about the dress code. Some parents are upset about the school dress code and don't like that the kids can not attend the online classes in their pajamas. I think the dress code for at home school is important and it helps the kids learn better. The dress code is teaching the kids to take their online learning seriously. One would not attend in person school in their pajamas so they should get dressed for an online school.

Make school fun with new school clothes and a sale

 Back to school shopping has always made heading back to school a bit easier. New shoes and new clothes help kids get excited about school. While school may be online, my boys still want to look good for their online classes. So I am glad that I discovered the amazing deals at Nordstrom Rack for back to school essentials. Nordstrom Rack has everything that kids need for back to school clothes shopping. They even have backpacks and shoes. Nordstrom Rack has the styles and brands of clothing that my boys like. Nordstrom Rack even has some awesome sales on back to school shopping and more. This mom likes saving money so this sale got me excited for back to school shopping.

Savings for the whole family

While I was browsing the Nordstrom Rack for boy's clothing I could not help but notice the discounts they had on activewear for women. I was excited to see that Nordstrom Rack had activewear leggings for under $50. Soon the weather is going to cool down and I am going to need new leggings for running. My boys and I run in the morning before school, so new clothes are always a good thing for gym class with mom. Nordstrom Rack even has deals on Nike sports items for the family. You can save up to 45% off Nike with the discounts that Nordstrom Rack has. So even my boys can get some new running shorts and shoes.

Savings on items for the home

 I get excited when I discover coupon codes for items that I want. Nordstrom Rack always has some amazing promo codes on so many items like clothing, shoes, and more. So since I was saving money on my boy's clothes, I had extra money to get some items for the home. We are spending extra time at home so I thought that these iron lanterns would brighten the family room. Nordstrom Rack has up to 80% off select items in their Comfort of Home Shop so I can get all the pillows and throws that I need to make the workspace comfortable for my family.

 So many promos and discounts

 I was amazed at all the promos that I found at Nordstrom Rack. This store has discounts that I like on clothing for kids, men, and ladies. The list of Nordstrom Rack Coupons & Promo Codes that I discovered at Slickdeals.com was huge. The last time I looked at the list, there were 61offers available on so many different categories from shoes, clothing, things for the home, and so much more. So head over to Nordstrom Rack for your back to school shopping for the whole family. It does not matter if your kids are heading back to school or learning at home, Nordstrom Rack has the deals on clothing for the whole family.

A sale is always a perfect reason to go shopping

The best part about shopping at Nordstrom Rack, after the prices, is you don't have to leave your house. You can buy new clothes for school and accessories for the home school room all in your pajamas. The kids may be doing online meets and have to get dressed but who said anything about mom having to get dressed for the day.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

3 Strategies to Find Your New Favorite Book

With having to stay home, many people have rediscovered their love of books. Books can help you escape and help you learn. Reading can also be good for your brain. My local news even did a story on some local bookstores. It is amazing how a year ago bookstores were on the way out and now they are very popular. Discover some amazing tips to help you find books that you enjoy. So grab a cup of coffee( discover some new coffee products here) and enjoy some reading time.

 Many people are finding themselves with extra time on their hands during the current pandemic. One useful way to spend your time is an age-old classic — reading! Not only is it a way to keep your brain engaged without the same rigorous work or school activities, but it also may help you support your local independent bookstores. But how to find books you actually want to read? Never fear: this handy guide will explain a few basic strategies for finding your dream books.

1. Browse Your Favorite Bookstore 
 Local, independent bookstores can be especially helpful here. Often, they curate their books intentionally and personally, so they’re a great resource to offer recommendations for offbeat, newly-released books. Some even specialize in different genres or types of books, so be sure to find one that suits your needs!

2. Find an Author You Like 
 Many authors have more than a single book released. If you read one book and enjoyed it, why not find that author’s other work? For example, an author like Daniel Handler has written many books for young adults under the pseudonym Lemony Snicket. If you believe that your favorite best author Daniel Handler has many books you may like, check out his other listings on a site like Goodreads or Bookshop.org.

3. Ask Your Friends for Recommendations 
Often, friends share reading preferences, even if they’re not aware of it. Your best friend’s favorite book right now might be your favorite tomorrow — give it a try!

 While no method is perfect, these are three ways you can fulfill all your bookworm needs. While the pandemic is no joke, some are finding themselves with extra time on their hands — extra time a book can fill. Pour some tea, curl up on the couch, and dive in; a new chapter is waiting for you around the corner.

 While you are enjoying your book, make sure to also enjoy some delicious homemade Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. Cookies are always the best for relaxation time with books.

Keeping My Kitchen Clean With ARM & HAMMER Garbage Disposal Cleaner

A simple and safe way to keep your kitchen smelling nice

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 With everyone home all day, it seems like the kitchen is always messy. No sooner do I clean up the breakfast dishes, someone is fixing themselves a snack. That is a problem with the kids doing online school and the husband working from home, the kitchen is always in use. I remember the good old days when everyone left the house in the morning for school and work and I stayed home with a clean kitchen. That was five months ago and I long for those quiet days as well as a clean kitchen.

I have learned to ignore the kitchen mess

 I have learned to ignore the dirty dishes piling up in the sink and the sticky countertops during the day. I used to be bothered by the constant mess in the kitchen, ok it still bothers me, and just clean the kitchen up once a day. I am just thankful that my family puts their dishes in the sink and makes their own meals. I tried teaching my husband how to load the dishwasher but he never puts the dishes in the right place. Sometimes I think my husband loads the dishes wrong just to annoy me. When I move the dishes around in the dishwasher, he does not seem to understand that dishes need to be in a certain direction to get cleaned. Placing a cup upside down will not get clean.

 My boys did a somewhat good job of loading the dishwasher but they do better at unloading the dishwasher. So their chore for the day is putting the clean dishes away. So now my cleaning routine is to clean the kitchen after dinner. While this way of cleaning keeps me sane it can lead to kitchen odors. Dirty dishes in a sink all day and food scraps in the garbage disposal, leave behind a bad smell. So I load up the dishwasher with the dirty dishes and wipe down the kitchen counters. Then I close up the kitchen, how I wish I could keep the kitchen clean until morning but that will never happen with growing boys who are always hungry. The last thing that I do before I walk away from my clean kitchen is to place an ARM & HAMMER Garbage Disposal Cleaner in my garbage disposal.

+ Eliminates Odors
+ Easy to Use
+ Leaves behind a fresh citrus scent

Can I least have a neon sign that says "kitchen closed?"

 Arm & Hammer Garbage Disposal Cleaner cleans and deodorizes my disposal with the power of baking soda, leaving behind a fresh citrus scent. The best part after a great smelling kitchen is this product is made with safe ingredients that do not cause me to have an asthma attack. These small orange balls are scented with essential oils and make my kitchen smell like oranges. It is like tossing fresh orange peels into my garbage disposal but better. So now I can toss my orange peels into my compost pile for great garden soil and let the power of baking soda clean my kitchen.

It’s easy to use – just 3 simple steps – and only takes a minute

 I like how easy the Arm & Hammer Garbage Disposal Cleaner is to use. I just run the water and disposal ~ turn off the disposal ~ toss in the orange capsule and run the kitchen disposal again. This only takes a minute and my kitchen smells amazing with a fresh citrus scent. The instructions on the package say to use twice a week or as needed to clean and deodorize your garbage disposal. I like the scent of citrus so I use the ARM & HAMMER Garbage Disposal Cleaner several times a week.

A clean kitchen makes me smile  

 When my kitchen is clean it makes me happy. A clean kitchen also makes it easier for me to be creative in the kitchen. When my kitchen is clean, I have more room to cook. I don't cook every day but when I do start cooking I cook many dishes. The other day my husband brought home an abundance of tomatoes from the church food pantry. So I made oven-roasted sun-dried tomatoes. Then one thing lead to another and before the day was done, I made homemade 60-minute white bread, roasted potatoes in the air-fryer, homemade spicy carrot hummus, grilled onions, and roasted tomatoes in the air fryer. My son wanted to bake some soft pumpkin chocolate chip cookies but since my tomatoes were drying in the oven I had to say no.

 I also discovered a new way to roast tomatoes and trust me when I say they are delicious. Since I had an abundance of tomatoes, I decided to roast some in the air fryer. I was not sure what to expect as I was hoping that I could sun-dry the tomatoes faster. I am glad that I decided to place some of the tomato halves in the air fryer basket. The air fryer roasted tomatoes turned out incredibly sweet and full of flavor. You have to try my recipe for Roasted Tomatoes Made In The Air Fryer. The air fryer perfectly roasts the tomatoes into delicious sweet and savory delicious gems. These will not disappoint you.

 My family loves when I mad cook as it means that we have a fridge full of delicious food. It also makes eating meals simpler when everyone is busy with work and school. For me, it means that I can take the container of caramelized onions and some roasted tomatoes out of the fridge. Then slice a piece of homemade bread to create a delicious pizza in no time. After all this cooking, my kitchen was a mess and I had no one to blame for the mess. My kitchen also did not smell the best as I also cooked some onions. I am glad that I had ARM & HAMMER Garbage Disposal Cleaner to give my kitchen a nice citrus scent.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Roasted Roma Tomatoes Made In The Air Fryer

Looking for a delicious side dish for your next meal? These air fryer roasted tomatoes are incredibly sweet and full of flavor. These roasted tomatoes are so easy to make and the best way to cook tomatoes.

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 When life hands you a huge amount of tomatoes, one has to get creative. This past spring I planted a garden for the first time in 20 years. Living in the desert has always been my reason to not try planting a garden as the lack of rain and sandy soil makes growing things difficult. The only thing that seems to grow in my backyard is weeds. I do have some other plants but they are drought-resistant plants that require no water or care whatsoever.

The virus pandemic made me garden

 If someone had told me a year ago that I would start a garden, I would have laughed at them. I am the person who has killed a cactus. I really don't know what got a hold of me when I decided to grow tomatoes and other veggies. Maybe it was my way of coping with having to quarantine from the Covid lung virus or maybe it was seeing my friends on Facebook starting a garden. Maybe it was not being able to go to the grocery store to buy fresh vegetables. Maybe it was because I had time on my hands. Whatever the reason that motivated me to grow my own food, is a thing of the past, as I have caught the gardening bug and I am proud to say that I am growing veggies. My garden is producing kale, beets, spinach, and tomatoes. While I don't have a huge amount of produce, I have enough to enjoy some fresh veggies every day.

~ Delicious
~ Easy to Make
~ Healthy 
~ Loaded with Antioxidants
~ Great Use of Garden Surplus
~ Plant-Based
~ Perfect Side Dish
~ Summer Meal Idea

When life hands you lots of tomatoes

 When your garden produces a huge amount of tomatoes and you need recipes for unique ways to cook tomatoes. Then you need to check out this recipe for oven-roasted sun-dried tomatoes. Oven-roasted tomatoes are so sweet and they are the best way to preserve garden-fresh tomatoes. Sun-dried tomatoes are perfect on pasta, pizza, and Rosemary and Caramelized Onion Sun-Dried Tomato Focaccia.

 My tomato plants only gave me about 10 tomatoes so my dream of filling my freezer with dried tomatoes for recipes did not happen. God had other plans and I am glad that His plans were my husband's surprise of 20 pounds of fresh Roma tomatoes that were leftover from the church food pantry.

While I was busy drying the tomatoes in the oven, I decided to cook some of the tomato slices in the air fryer. I really was not sure if the air fryer could sun-dry the tomatoes like the oven as I was looking for a faster way to roast my tomatoes. I gave the air fryer a chance at cooking my fresh tomatoes and I am glad that I did. The end result of cooking tomatoes in the air fryer was a tomato that was packed with flavor. The tomatoes ended up being incredibly succulent and delicious. They were so sweet and juicy.

 You have to try my recipe for Roasted Roma Tomatoes Made In The Air Fryer. The air fryer perfectly roasts the tomatoes into delicious sweet and savory delicious gems. These will not disappoint you.

 Air fryer roasted tomatoes are delicious all on their own but they are also perfect for so many dishes that you would add tomatoes to. These succulent roasted tomatoes would be perfect on a salad or a pasta dish. They would make an amazing tomato bruschetta appetizer. I love adding roasted tomatoes to a slice of homemade 60-minute white bread along with vegan cheese for instant pizza.  If you like fresh tomatoes you will love these air fryer roasted tomatoes.

So many different ways to enjoy

The heat from the air fryer causes the Roma tomatoes to wilt just a little bit and become extremely juicy. They end up looking amazing and you could only imagine the way they taste. You’re really missing out if you’ve never tried cooking tomatoes this way! So make sure to cook a double batch of these tomatoes that are roasted in the air fryer. The uses for these flavorful tomatoes are endless.

Some ideas for roasted tomatoes are:

+ Add some to a sandwich, they would be perfect on vegan tuna salad
+ Toss the roasted tomatoes on cooked pasta
+ Add fresh basil and mozzarella cheese for an amazing appetizer
+ Add a couple tomatoes to a slice of homemade pretzel bread 
+ Combine with caramelized onions for an amazing pizza topping
+ Add some roasted tomatoes to a vegan scrambled eggs
+ Eat them straight from the air fryer
+ Add to a bowl of grits or oatmeal

So easy to make

To make these delicious morsels of tomatoes you just need a couple ingredients and an air fryer. You will need 6-12 Roma tomatoes, olive oil, salt, and fresh rosemary. If you don't have a rosemary bush in your backyard, you can use dried rosemary.

Ingredients Needed
~ Roma Tomatoes
~ Olive Oil
~ Rosemary
~ Salt

Can I use other varieties of tomatoes?

 I have not tried other varieties of tomatoes in the air fryer but if you grew other kinds of tomatoes like beefsteak, Early Girl, etc, I think they would cook just fine in the air fryer. I would not recommend cherry tomatoes as they are too small. If you choose to cook a different type of tomato, slice the tomato in half and keep the skin on. Place the tomato in the air fryer basket skin side down. You may have to adjust the time so check the tomatoes halfway so they don't burn. You may also have to cook bigger tomatoes longer.

Tomatoes are healthy

 Tomatoes are not only delicious but they are also healthy. These red gems have the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K. The best part of cooking tomatoes is it increases the level of lycopene!

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How to air fry tomatoes

Before you start cooking, make sure to wash all of the tomatoes and pat them dry.

Cut each of the tomatoes in half and put them in a bowl.

Drizzle in the olive oil and add the rosemary, and salt to the tomatoes. Toss everything really well to coat evenly. I have made these roasted tomatoes without using oil and they turned out fine but were more chared. They also lacked flavor. So I recommend using the oil if you want amazing flavor.

Transfer the tomato slices to the bottom of the air fryer basket, skin side down. It is ok if the tomato halves touch each other. Cook them in the air fryer at 390 degrees for 20-25 minutes. The tomatoes are roasted when they are wilted with a small amount of blackness. The black part is the sugar of the tomatoes caramelizing.

Carefully remove the roasted tomatoes from the air fryer and enjoy.

Cooking Tips

~ If you’re worried about making a mess in the air fryer or want minimal cleanup, you can lay a piece of parchment paper at the bottom of the air fryer but that is not necessary and cleanup is a breeze. The tomatoes will not stick to the pan.

~ You can substitute other spices for the rosemary like Italian seasoning or Thyme. You can even add some garlic to the tomatoes.

~ The extra roasted tomatoes can be stored in the fridge for a week.

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Yield: 12-16 tomato slices
Author: Mom Knows Best
Roasted Tomatoes Made In The Air Fryer

Roasted Tomatoes Made In The Air Fryer

The best way to cook tomatoes. These air fryer roasted tomatoes are incredibly sweet and full of flavor.


  • 6-8 fresh Roma tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil  
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh rosemary


  1. Before you start cooking, make sure to wash all of the tomatoes and pat them dry.
  2. Cut each of the tomatoes in half and put them in a bowl.
  3. Drizzle in the olive oil and add the rosemary, and salt to the tomatoes. Toss everything really well to coat evenly.
  4. Transfer the tomato slices to the bottom of the air fryer basket. It is ok if the tomato halves touch each other. 
  5. Cook them in the air fryer at 390 degrees for 20-25 minutes. 
  6. The tomatoes are roasted when they are wilted with a small amount of blackness. The black part is the sugar of the tomatoes carmelizing.
  7. Carefully remove the roasted tomatoes from the air fryer and enjoy.


You can substitute other spices for the rosemary like Italian seasoning or Thyme. Dried spices are ok to use in the recipe. You can even add some fresh garlic to the tomatoes.
Created using The Recipes Generator

Friday, August 21, 2020

Lakanto Fall into Baking Party & Chocolate Chip Cookies

 I love introducing healthy products to my friends and one of the best ways to do just that is with a delicious recipe. I received some products from Lakanto to share with friends. Lakanto makes monk fruit sweetener and other delicious products that contain monk fruit. Lakanto sent me several bags of their delicious zero-calorie sweetener, along with some other goodies to share with my friends.

  If you are not familiar with monk fruit and Lakanto, it is my favorite zero-calorie sweetener to bake with. I can substitute this keto-approved sugar substitute in my baking recipes like cookies and my family can't taste a difference. Trust me I have tried other natural sweeteners like stevia in my baking and my family complains about the taste. While I love stevia for my coffee, I don't like it for baking.

 You may wonder why I use monk fruit instead of sugar, it is so I can make my treats healthier for my family. Lakanto Classic Monkfruit Sweetener is a zero-calorie, zero-glycemic sweetener that is made from a proprietary mixture of high-quality monk fruit extract and non-GMO erythritol. This sweetener is a convenient, one-to-one sugar substitute that tastes like sugar and has no bad aftertaste. I Lakanto Monkfruit Sweeteners in my baked goods so my family can enjoy cookies without all that sugar.

I let them taste the cookies 

 A recipe for chocolate chip cookies was included with my goodie box. The recipe used the Lakanto Classic and Lakanto Golden monk fruit sweeteners instead of cane sugar. So I made the cookies and brought them to my Friday bible study group. I placed the plate of the chocolate chip cookies with the other food that people had brought to share. Usually, there are about 10 people at our meeting, so there is always a good variety of food to eat. Everyone filled their plates with the food and I was happy to see that everyone grabbed a couple chocolate chip cookies.

 While I had brought the bags of Lakanto sweetener to share with everyone, I hid them so no one saw them. I wanted everyone to taste the cookies first to see how they liked them. Everyone enjoyed their cookies and several people went back for more cookies. We then had our usual Bible study and fellowship. Then I passed out the bags of the Lakanto Classic sweetener. One person was familiar with monk fruit while the others had never heard about this sweetener.

They were surprised that the cookies were made without sugar

 I then revealed to my friends that the chocolate chip cookies were made without sugar and instead made with the Lakanto sweetener. They were surprised and said the cookies were delicious. I gave everyone a copy of the chocolate chip cookie recipe that is found on the Lakanto website. One of my friends said he was going to make the cookies later this week.

Delicious Suntella chocolate spread

 Lakanto also sent me a container of their Suntella Sugar-free Chocolate Spread. Suntella spread is a mixture of decadent chocolate, sunflower seeds, and other all-natural ingredients. I tried it on my toast and apple slices and it was very delicious. Suntella is Keto, diabetic, candida, paleo, vegan, low-carb, low-sugar, and all-natural. The best part about this chocolate spread is that it is not loaded with sugar like similar chocolate spreads and it is dairy-free. Since it is made with sunflower seeds instead of hazelnuts, my daughter can enjoy it. My daughter has a nut allergy and I have a dairy allergy so I have to be careful with my baked goods when she visits as I tend to use almond milk. So when I know that she is visiting, I have to use coconut milk in my recipes.

So if you are looking for a way to reduce your sugar in your favorite recipes, you need to try Lakanto sweetener. Here are a couple dessert recipes that I have used Lakanto in and my family loves them.

The Best Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe

Best Low Sugar Cranberry Sauce Made In The Pressure Cooker

No Peel Summer Apple Crisp Recipe

Simple Dairy Free Apple Pie Cookies Made With Real Fruit

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Patriot Supreme CBD Gummies For The Best Sleep

Why I use CBD for sleep

            Sponsored post: I received a sample from Patriot Supreme to facilitate this post.

  I am not a big fan of sleep and like a child, I fight sleep. My kids think that I never sleep. I don't know what it is about sleep and me but I am that person who stays up late. My husband is the opposite and loves sleep. My husband is also that person that can lay his head down on the pillow and be in a deep sleep within minutes. I have to force myself to go to bed every night so I will get at least 6 hours of sleep as I know that sleep is important for a healthy body.

 Since I am not a fan of sleep, it can take a long time for me to fall asleep. I am that person who needs to start the sleep process about 30 minutes before I want to fall asleep and I have to follow most of these 12 sleep tips to get a good night of sleep. My bed has to be comfortable and so does my pillow. Then the bedroom has to be quiet or I just can't fall asleep. I also have a hard time sleeping in a strange bed. So most nights I take CBD oil to help me sleep.

 I have been using natural sleep supplements for quite some time. In the past, I used a magnesium drink for sleep and while that helped me fall asleep it did nothing for helping me fall back asleep in the middle of the night. Last year I decided to try a CBD supplement to help me fall asleep and it not only helped me fall asleep faster but it kept me asleep. I also like that CBD does not have any side effects like melatonin. I once tried a melatonin sleep supplement and it gave me bad nightmares. My favorite way to take CBD for bedtime sleep is in a gummie. CBD gummies are the sweet bedtime treat that helps me sleep.

A delicious tasting CBD Gummie

 Not all CBD gummies are alike and I am very picky when it comes to buying CBD gummies. Taste is a big factor in my decision of which CBD edible to buy. I also do not want artificial colors or flavors in my gummie with CBD oil in it. The amount of CBD in the gummie is important too. So when Patriot Supreme asked me to try their CBD products, I liked what I saw.

 Patriot Supreme is owned and operated by disabled Air Force veterans and I love that they do lab tests on all their products. The CBD Oil in their Gummies comes from reputable US crops which are both Organic and GMO-Free. The thing that I like the most about their gummies is the ingredients as they use all-natural colors and flavors as well as no artificial sweeteners. I care about what I put into my body and I want my CBD oil products to be all-natural.

 Gluten-Free, Kosher, Halal, Vegan & 0.0% THC in each gummie

When my box from Patriot Supreme arrived, I was excited to try it. I had just spent 2 nights sleeping on an air mattress at my daughter's house watching my 1-year-old grandbaby while my daughter was having another baby. While my granddaughter was a good sleeper and I had the best time with her, I did not sleep well. So I was over-tired when I got home from my grandma visit. When I am over-tired, I have even more trouble falling asleep as my body does not want to shut down. So I was glad to try a CBD Gummie from Patriot Supreme at bedtime.

 The first thing that I noticed about this CBD supplement was the sticker that was included with my gummies. I liked that this company supports veterans. I am a mom to 2 military boys. My oldest son is in the Navy and my younger son attends the Merchant Marine Academy. The other thing that I loved was the size of the CBD gummies. I also loved that the product was vegan and had no THC in it. The gummies had a sweet fruit taste and I enjoyed one CBD gummie about 20 minutes before bed. The taste and texture of the gummie reminded me of those orange slices candy. The CBD gummie had no bad aftertaste. It was a bedtime treat that I liked!

I sleep like a baby

 The CBD oil product must have worked because all I remember is saying my prayers and waking up refreshed the next day. My son asked me in the morning if I heard the rain or the loud thunder. I thought he was messing with me because I did not hear thunder or rain but my husband confirmed what my son had said. I usually am a light sleeper and wake up from things like my husband snoring or getting up to use the bathroom. So I was amazed that I was able to experience a deep sleep and I was not groggy the next day.

My favorite sleep aid

 I am glad that I discovered a delicious CBD product that helps me fall asleep and stay asleep. I enjoy a CBD gummies almost every night. Since this CBD edible is made with natural ingredients, I don't have to worry about harmful side-effects. Each gummy has 25 mg of CBD oil which is the perfect amount for sleep for me. Since CBD is not habit-forming, I feel safe taking it every night. On the nights that I forget to take my CBD oil, it takes longer for me to fall asleep and I wake up several times during the night. I like getting the proper amount of sleep.

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