I wanted to share with you something I ordered today that I think would help a lot of you when it comes to prepping your meals or even prepping lunch/dinner for your family.
If you are constantly on the go and needing to pack your lunch, or you have active kids and your family is regularly out of the house each week thanks to events, games, activities and you want to avoid eating out every day, these will be for you!
I found them over at Jane and there are a couple of deals available for you to choose from. One of them ends today I believe (the 2-container set), but the other is until Friday.
They each come in packs of ten and they are inexpensive, BPA Free, Dishwasher safe, Microwave safe and they are great for packing in lunches or meal prepping for an entire week.
I just purchased both the 2 compartment and the single compartment myself because I swear it feels like we are never home to eat at the table. I would prefer to have everyone home at a certain time to eat together, but right now, that is not our reality.
I also don’t want to eat out every single night as that is just not good on the wallet or on our overall health. So investing in these tools seems like a pretty sweet deal to me!
Would love to hear your thoughts! Have you purchased these containers? Do you love them?
Be a Size You,
*The links enclosed above are affiliate links. Should you choose to purchase through those links, I do receive a small commission. Thank you in advance! I so appreciate you!
Raise your hands if your kids are PERFECT and eat all of their fruits and veggies without complaining!!!
There is probably one, maybe two people who could raise their hand (honestly…you can’t fool us!) because let’s face it: Kids can be picky.
We do our best to introduce them to good foods that we know are tasty and really good for their growing bodies, but it does take time for them to accept it. Green colored foods just don’t look as appetizing as beige or candy colored.
I know. I hear you. I am right there with you!
I get asked regularly if Shakeology is good for kids. The short answer is yes, but we also say that it really depends on the kid AND their needs. One big concern many parents have is that Shakeology, although made with gluten free ingredients, it is not certified gluten free and they were concerned about other possible allergen and sensitivities. In short, we are willing to give the best to our kids!!!!!! Maybe not to ourselves, but to our kids, we will not spare giving them what they need.
Welcome Daily Sunshine.
Daily Sunshine was specifically created with the nutritional needs of kids in mind. It was made for picky kids and for pickier parents. It has the nutrition that our kids need to help support their constantly growing bodies. As parents, this is important to us. If you have a child who struggles with eating their veggies, then you can be sure their bodies are not getting what they need, so this is FOR YOUR CHILD!
Daily Sunshine comes in two flavors: Chocolate and Strawberry Banana. Each flavor is made with organic fruits and vegetables, organic pea protein, and healthy fats, and has 3 grams of fiber, probiotics, Vitamins C& E, calcium, and vitamin D. I love that Daily Sunshine is soy-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, and non- GMO, and it contains no artificial flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives.
How do I make Daily Sunshine?
It is so easy! All you need is 1 scoop or packet of your choice flavor and 8 oz of water (or your choice milk if you would like to boost the calorie intake a bit, which with water is 120 calories). It is a high quality snack for your kids and guess what….for you too!!!!
I will advise that this is NOT a meal replacement. For children and their growing bodies, good quality calories count right now, as they are still growing. Unless your child is under the care of their pediatrician and need to be on a special diet or calorie cutting due to health issues associated with their weight, simply treat Daily Sunshine as a highly nutritious snack.
Here is a great video about Daily Sunshine from the creator, Isabelle Daikler:
My kids also tested for themselves. I mixed it up for them: Madi drank Strawberry Banana and Sean drank Chocolate. I only mixed it with water. While they were doing their homework, I asked them to taste test my new snack option that I had for them. These are their initial reactions.
*Disclosure: Sean initially said he liked Chocolate, but after he drank it a little more, he did comment that he would like his made next time with milk. Just so you know! That is his honest opinion. Today, he just asked for Daily Sunshine for a snack with his homework, which means he does like it and I am happy to make it for him!
What is the difference between Daily Sunshine and Shakeology?
Daily Sunshine provides key nutrients in a simple yet healthy formula designed for young, growing bodies. Shakeology focuses on providing an array of exotic superfoods, adaptogens, prebiotics, digestive enzymes, and other important nutrients for adult bodies. While they both have unique ingredients, Daily Sunshine and Shakeology contain some overlapping essential ingredients, but at different levels to suit nutritional needs of kids and adults.
Can I drink both Daily Sunshine and Shakeology?
Yes!! If you are already consuming Shakeology as part of your nutrition plan, simply use Daily Sunshine as a really simple yet nutritious snack in between meals.
You can order Daily Sunshine here, Try a sampler pack here, and get a Daily Shaker cup here!
Of course, if you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to let me know! I would love to share more with you and help you in any way possible.
Inspiration is everywhere. Have you noticed that? Whether we are being inspired to create a beautiful home, or new delicious recipes that will wow your family and friends, or outfit inspirations, we are literally inundated with inspiration and ideas that are meant to move us to action.
Pinterest is a dreamers haven. But I have also found it is the place where dreams go to die.
Because being inspired is not the same as action. Honestly, it is easy to be inspired. Dare I say, it is even easy to be motivated.
Action, on the other hand, is harder. Because that means you have to make a decision to move or do something based on what you have seen.
If what you saw inspired you enough to move, and you actually took action, then fantastic! It worked!!!
But, if you are constantly being inspired but nothing happens….then you don’t need anymore inspiration.
You need an action plan. You need to move.
People like to chat about being inspired. But being inspired costs you nothing. Literally. It is free. I post on social media every day my workouts, or about something I have read that encouraged me, in order to inspire and encourage all of you. And it is all free for you. I don’t charge for my inspiration. I give that away because I know it can benefit the heart of the reader.
But, if you come to me wanting my help to take action, I will require YOU to put some skin in the game. That means, you will have to invest your time and dollars in order for you to reach your desired goal. Action requires skin in the game. It does not require more motivation or inspiration. Those help to keep momentum. Heck, we all love an “Atta Girl!” Now and then! No shame in that!
But if you aren’t willing to move and put some skin on, then you are wanting to achieve anything.
Are you ready for this? I say this in love. Completely. Because I love you.
You just want to be inspired. You aren’t looking to change. You don’t want to change, yet. You are not there yet.
“But why do I have to spend so much money to get healthy/build my business/get training/etc.
Because. If you put into it, it will matter more to you. You will care more. It will hurt more because it cost you something. My journey was not free. It still isn’t. I invest regularly into my health, my relationships, my home, my business, because it matters to me! I have skin in this. It matters.
I know that part is painful. We don’t like to give any part of ourselves if we aren’t sure if it will work out. There are no guarantees, really.
But what if. Just what if you decided to take that inspiration, invest in it, and be surprised by the outcome.
You may discover it was worth it.
Be a Size You,
P.S. If you are ready to take charge of your health, and put some skin in the game, I always offer one on one support. Apply here so I can help you reach your health and fitness goals.
I love Panera Bread, and truthfully, they have awesome healthy options for those who are looking to eat well. But since I am doing the Whole 30, a lot of things, like BREAD, are not allowed.
I was so excited to chat with my sister friend and we were busy talking and I was just thinking about grabbing something nutritious, that I forgot about the rules a little bit. Ordered an egg white, spinach, and avocado power sandwich. Woops! By the time I realized my mistake, my hungry self wolfed it down.
It was really good though! LOL!
I wanted to share a couple of my favorite recipes with you guys so far that I have enjoyed this week and last week. I shared two on my week 1 recap, but here are a couple more.
Please note that I am no food photographer, nor am I one to really recreate fancy recipes. I love cookbooks and following their suggestions. I am just not that creative in the kitchen, even though I do enjoy cooking.
On Monday, I made Lemon Rosemary Salmon. AMAZING!
I got the recipe for the Salmon from Practical Paleo cookbook (page 375). It called for it to be broiled, but you can bake it as well. A really simple and easy recipe and I added Kale and Sweet Potato Zoodles for veggies. My hubby devoured it. And we had plenty left over for lunch the next day. Score!
Another great recipe I made, that I actually wasn’t sure I was going to like was the Mediterranean Baked Chicken with Cauliflower, also from Practical Paleo (page 294).
Mediterranean flavors are so interesting! There is cinnamon, paprika, citrus notes, garlic, onion, and so much more. I really, really enjoyed this dish. And the Cauliflower with all the capers and bacon…yes please! Such a great meal.
Dan and I have really enjoyed eating this way the last couple of weeks. Obviously, we have not been perfect. It has also taken our kids a bit of an adjustment to since I am enforcing more veggies and protein and less processed meals for them. I just can’t make multiple meals for their tastes. They will come around and I require that they at least try a few bites of what I have made for dinner. They don’t have to like everything I make, but they should at least try it. So for those of you struggling with your kids eating healthy, give it time. Every parent has a kid or two who doesn’t want to eat their veggies. But keep introducing them to new flavors and include them in the kitchen. (Fellow control freak mamas, I hear you. Do the best you can to include them. They really just want to be with you, more than they actually want to cook.)
What are your favorite Paleo recipes? Did you discover recipes that you were surprised you would like? This has been such a fun experience for me, even if I have not done it perfectly! Only a couple more weeks to go!
I hear this statement a lot, especially if the individual who is interested in a fitness program is doing a nutrition plan that they have seen on TV (think Weight Watchers, etc). Those nutrition plans are awesome, but I will still tell you that you still need Shakeology with your fitness plan. Here is why:
Those nutrition plans, though educational and they provide great resources, still lack in the nutrient department. They may be helping you find lower calorie options, and they will help you eat less processed foods, but you will still be missing certain nutrients that your body needs in order to function at its most optimal.
What do you actually get in a bag of Shakeology? Keep in mind, this is not a fat burner or crazy weight loss shake. It is a nutrient dense meal replacement meant to do the job of one meal. You get
*16 Grams of Protein. That is a proprietary blend of Whey, Pea, Sacha Inchi, Flax, Chia, Quinoa. If you are Vegan, we use brown rice instead of Whey.
*Superfoods and Antioxidants. Let me tell you that cold and flu season is happening upon families with a vengeance. People are spending a ton of money on prescriptions or over the counter medicines in order to feel better. How about instead having nature do most of the work? You get super foods like Goji Berry, Rose Hips, Luo Han Guo, Camu-Camu, Acerola Cherry and more!
* Phytonutrients like Moringa, Chlorella, Spirulina, Spinach, Kale
* Adaptogens like Ashwagandha, Astragalus, Maca, Reishi and more
*Pre- And Probiotic/digestive enzymes like Yacon Root, Chicory Root, and all the good bacteria your body needs.
There is so much more that I can tell you about Shakeology. So if you tell me that you eat clean, I will still say 100% that yes, you still need Shakeology because I can guarantee that you are not getting all that your body needs on a daily basis.
“Well, who says that all that stuff is actually good for you? What if it is too much for our bodies?”
Can I be honest with you? The majority of the people who say this haven’t done their research. And truthfully, most people are more likely to be lacking in nutrients than they are in overdosing on them. Did you know that the Daily Nutritional Standards set by the FDA are based on the needs of a sedentary 12 year old? I don’t know about you, but I am not 12. And I am certainly not sedentary. And even if you are sedentary, if you are reading this, you are probably not 12. Your body needs nutrients! Vital, living, good for your gut nutrients! You want a hard working body? You need to really take care of it from the inside.
“Shakeology is expensive. I can find what I need at a much cheaper price.”
Shakeology is definitely not the cheapest meal replacement on the market. But I have seen cheaper ones, and I trust the quality of Shakeology over the cheap ones. If you see something for less, more often than not, they have had to compromise on the quality of their ingredients in order to have it set at the price they have. I am willing to go cheaper on electronics, clothes, gadgets etc, but not on the food I put inside my body and into my family. Beachbody is unwilling to compromise the quality, which is why it often takes them a long time to come out with new flavors. They spend a great deal of money and time on researching the best ingredients because they care about that a great deal.
“But what if I hate the flavor or I find it doesn’t work for me? Will I then be out of luck?”
No way! Did you know that you can use Shakeology for 30 days and if you hate it, or you truly don’t feel different after drinking it for a month, you can send it back for a full money back guarantee. Send the empty bag back and you will get your money back.
“What if I am pregnant or nursing? Is it safe to take?”
I believe in the safety of Shakeology because it is whole foods based. But, because I am not a doctor, I always recommend a pregnant or lactating mom to go to her doctor with the ingredients in hand and ask their opinion. That being said, still do your research. Many pregnant moms are drinking Shakeology and taking their prenatals and Omega 3’s. But every women is different, every pregnancy is different, and every doctor is different. But, if you people are scarfing down big macs or unhealthy meals most of the time, this would be a much better option for them.
How can I get started with Shakeology? I also have more questions.
Super easy! Shoot me an email or fill out the contact form and we can chat about your goals and help you get started on Being a Size You.
You and your family are worth it to give yourself the best possible things for your health. Don’t compromise. In the long run, if you do compromise, it will cost you more!