I feel a little late to the egg muffin party… I have always made quiche instead! But Starbucks makes delightful little egg bites that are around $4-5 for two, and in the interest of saving money, I decided to whip up some egg muffins yesterday afternoon. I used what I had on hand, which included eggs, chorizo sausage, fresh baby spinach, bell pepper, and shredded cheddar…and just like that, I have a favorite new healthy breakfast option!

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Tiny Green Mom’s Veggie, Chorizo & Cheese Egg Muffins

Makes 6 egg muffins

Ingredients

6 eggs
1 package chorizo sausage, cooked
1 cup fresh baby spinach, chopped
1/2 yellow or orange bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup shredded organic cheddar cheese
Salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Optional: diced yellow onions

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Grease muffin cups with olive oil or coconut oil, or line with paper liners.

Cook chorizo sausage over medium/high heat until cooked through; set aside.

Chop baby spinach and dice bell peppers; set aside.

Mix eggs, salt and pepper; set aside.

In each muffin cup, add equal amounts of chorizo sausage, bell peppers, spinach. Sprinkle each cup with cheese. Pour egg mixture to cover each cup equally.

Bake for 15-18 minutes. Insert a knife or toothpick into center of egg muffin to see if it comes out clean; if so, they are done!

Pop out onto plate and serve. Enjoy!

Last week, my little ones came down with a horrible cold virus, and almost like magic, I received a big bag of fresh, juicy Sunrays mandarin oranges to try in the mail! We pulled the bag out and immediately started snacking… my little guy noshing on at least three by himself! Easy to peel and sweet, the Surays were such a huge hit that they were gone within a day!

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We are now big fans of Sunrays Citrus, as in addition to the mandarin oranges being absolutely delicious and sweet, they are non-GMO project verified, and all of the packaging used is recyclable! Talk about a win!

Plus… imagine if each bag of sweet and juicy mandarin oranges that you purchased helped to make the world a better place! Sound too good to be true? With Sunrays, that is their mission… to ‘snack with impact.’

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What makes Sunrays unique in the marketplace is their incredibly strong charitable component, as well as their commitment to our earth. By combining forces with consumers, making it a team effort to help others in need, Sunrays makes a donation to Save the Children for every bag and box that they pack. As a mom, this is a company I can really get behind as this organization believes that every child deserves a chance to grow and thrive properly!

In a nutshell, the more people that snack on Sunrays, the more the company will pack and the more they will be able to donate! Working together, we can make a big impact in children’s lives while enjoying a fresh, healthy snack.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this article. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*

Making cookies today? Here is an incredibly delicious sugar cookie which happens to also be nutritious and healthy with only 5 g of sugar by leading Nutritionist and Personal Trainer, Sloane Davis.

Healthy Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

1 scoop Vanilla protein powder (“Mom” prefers Nuzest Clean Lean Protein – Smooth Vanilla)

½ cup oat flour

¼ coconut flour

¾ tsp cornstarch

¾ tsp baking powder

⅛ tsp salt

1 tbsp + 1 tsp unsalted butter or ghee, melted (“Mom” prefers organic)

¼ cup unsweetened almond milk, room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

⅓ cup granulated sugar or sugar substitute

For the topping:

3 tbsp granulated sugar or sugar substitute (“Mom” prefers Stevia in the Raw)

Preparation

Mix together the protein powder, oat flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter, almond milk, and vanilla.

Stir in the granulated sugar.

Add in the flour mixture, stirring until barely incorporated. Chill the cookie dough for at least 30 minutes, but no more than 3 hours. (otherwise cover the cookie dough with plastic wrap to avoid it from drying out.)

Preheat the oven to 350°F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

To prepare the topping, place the sugar in a small bowl.

Create balls from the cookie dough.

Place the ball of cookie dough in the bowl of sugar.

Make sure it is fully coated and place on the prepared baking sheet. If the cookie dough was chilled longer than 1 hour, flatten the cookie dough balls slightly.

Bake the cookies at 350°F for 10-12 minutes.

Makes 9 LARGE cookies

Macros per cookie: 119 calories, 17g carbs, 4g fat, 5g protein and only 5g sugar

About Sloane Davis
Sloane Davis is a Certified Nutritionist and Personal Trainer who has helped thousands of people, both men and women, around the world get in to top shape both mentally and physically. Sloane has her undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Arts from Syracuse University and became accredited through ISSA with her degree in Sports Nutrition and Personal Training. She works personally and online with thousands of clients around the US and globally.

She has been featured in People, Fitness Magazine, New Beauty Magazine, Apple News, The Daily Mail, Yahoo News, FOX Good Day New York, FOX Good Day DC, NY1, Bay Area Focus, Women’s Fitness, Womanista, Livestrong, Mind Body Green and Westchester Magazine.

*Recipe and images courtesy of Sloane Davis, Pancakes and Push-ups.*

A couple weeks ago, a colleague asked me a personal question. Her friend had heard the worst words that a parent ever will hear…that her son had only weeks to live after his cancer returned, and would need to be placed on hospice. She asked if I had any advice since I had been in that same awful situation just three short years ago as we watched our beautiful 5 year old daughter pass away from neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer, after relapsing. She wanted to know ways in which she could help but at the same time did not want to be a bother. What they are facing is insurmountable, unthinkable & a parent’s worst nightmare. Everyone reacts differently in these situations…some want to feel supported & have people around to help, and some just want to soak up every last ounce of time alone as a family. It’s such a raw time for everyone.

Here are 5 ways you can support a family facing this grim reality at the holidays.

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This morning I woke up early, missing you… and I came downstairs, made a cup of coffee, turned on all the beautiful twinkling lights on our Christmas trees, and looked at the 5 stockings hung on our fireplace mantel. There’s a unicorn for your little sister, who is now the same age as you were when you left this Earth, a choo choo train for the little brother you never got to meet, and a gorgeous angel with white wings and a tutu (of course!) for you, sweet girl. Your stocking will be filled this year, just like it has been the last two years, with your favorite things… princesses and My Little Pony, glitter, a green mermaid, and other little odds and ends that we know you would love to find tucked inside. But you won’t be here to open it. Last year your little sister excitedly opened all the gifts for you, while your daddy hid back the tears, and I cried openly. I know this year will most likely be a repeat of the same.

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Nosh on healthier holiday-inspired snacks through the holidays! Nutritious and festive, this Gingerbread Granola will have the entire family clamoring for more!

Gingerbread Granola

Ingredients

4 Cups of old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 Cups of raw pecans
1 Teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
1/2 Scoop of VeganSmart Vanilla
1/2 Teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon of ground ginger
1/2 Cup of melted coconut oil
1/2 Cup Molasses
3/4 Teaspoon of vanilla (“Mom” prefers Nielsen-Massey Organic Fairtrade Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract)
1/3 Cup of chopped, dried cranberries
1/3 Cup of chopped candied ginger

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Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a half-sheet pan with parchment paper.

Combine the oats, pecans, salt, VeganSmart Vanilla, cinnamon, and ground ginger into a mixing bowl. Stir mixture thoroughly.

Add the coconut oil, maple syrup, molasses, and vanilla to the mixture. Continue to mix together until fully combined.

Turn the granola mixture out onto your prepared pan and spread into an even layer.

Bake for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove the granola from the oven and stir to make sure the granola cooks evenly. Place the pan back in the oven for 10 more minutes.

While the granola cooks, chop the dried cranberries and candied ginger.

After 10 minutes is up, remove the pan from the oven, add the chopped cranberries and candied ginger to the granola and mix to combine.

Let the granola cool for about 10 minutes before eating. As the granola cools off, it will continue to cook and may be wet at first, this is normal.

Enjoy gingerbread granola on-the-go or around the house as you celebrate the holidays this season!

*Recipe and image courtesy of VeganSmart.*

It’s that time of the year again! With Christmas sneaking up on us once again, Tiny Green Mom has put together their ‘Top 5 Eco-Gifts for Babies & Toddlers!‘ While the tiniest member of your family may be more intrigued by the twinkling lights, wrapping paper, and boxes, Mom and Dad will appreciate the following gifts for little ones!

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Organic Taxi Lovey by Estella NYC

This adorable and super-soft organic cotton lovey features an iconic NYC taxi, and is made perfectly-sized for tiny hands! With bold black and white stripes, tactile pom poms for the wheels, and a plush knit cotton feel that makes it easy to cuddle and hold, the Organic Taxi Lovey is a fantastic eco-stocking stuffer this holiday season! Hand knit in Peru. Machine wash on gentle. For additional ideas for baby’s 1st Christmas, check out their gift guide, too!

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Gunapod

A favorite last year, Gunapod continues to make our eco-friendly gift list! With gorgeous new prints and sizes that fit infants to toddlers, your little one will stay toasty and warm all night long in this safe, smart, and extremely soft wearable blanket! (Yes, we wish it came in adult size, too!) Like sleeping wrapped in a cloud, Gunapod features the WONDERZiP® system for easy changing in the night and temperature control to prevent overheating. The WONDERZiP® opens completely from underarm to underarm, with 4 separate pulls functioning in a multitude of ways as you choose. Generously sized for maximum comfort, Gunapod provides baby with plenty of space to fold legs or spread out, as well as move arms freely. In addition, you can unzip the Gunapod® along the bottom to accommodate a carseat or stroller safety strap, which allows your baby to kick freely. Gunapod® adheres to the strictest standards of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CPSIA. Now that our little guy is a toddler, we love that it prevents him climbing out of the crib, too!

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Organic Baby Mum-Mum

Tuck these favorite teething biscuits into your little one’s stocking! Baby Mum-Mum now offers two new organic varieties…Organic Sweet Potato & Carrot and Organic Blueberry & Goji. These all-natural teething biscuits are always a hit with my little teethers, and now that my youngest is a toddler, the line has Organic Strawberry Rice Biscuits for toddlers! Baby and Toddler Mum-Mums are made without GMOs, artificial flavors and preservatives. Gluten, lactose, egg and peanut-free. Plus, each serving is individually wrapped for convenience, making it a breeze to take a few along in a diaper bag or purse!

Baby Butz

Baby Butz Cream

They may not appreciate it… but mom and dad will! To treat baby’s diaper rash naturally and effectively,
Olen Cosmetics’ Baby Butz cream is a trusted brand, recommended by pediatricians and used in hospital neonatal units. Baby Butz cream is a barrier and a healing cream that prevents and relieves diaper rash in as little as 4 hours. It’s all-natural, free of perfume, alcohol or chemicals. Baby Butz Cream can be purchased on www.amazon.com.

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Pure Spoon Fresh Organic Purées

Is your little one learning to self-feed? The gift of Pure Spoon will be a welcome one! Pure Spoon Fresh Organic Purées are 100% fresh certified organic fruits and veggies that are cold pressed, cold packed and delivered right to your door! Yes, your little ones will love them… and you will love that they are nourishing their growing bodies. Flavors available include Apples & Broccoli, Blueberries, Bananas & Apples, Butternut Squash, Apples & Oats, Carrots & Zucchini, Creamy Avocado & Apples, Simply Apples, Simply Carrots, Simply Pears, Spinach, Pear & Bananas, and Sweet Potato & Apples.

*Companies generously provided samples and images for this article. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*

Embracing the Filipino purple yam or ube trend, this is a delicious and unique recipe from TV personality, cake designer, chef and Cake Boss: Next Great Baker contestant, Greggy Soriano. The Purple Yam Bars are sure to make a statement this holiday season! ​Top with organic powdered sugar for that extra touch!

Purple​ ​Yam​ ​Bars

Prep​ ​Time:​ ​5​ ​Minutes Cooking​ ​Time:​ ​1​ ​Hour​ ​15​ ​Minutes Total​ ​Time:​ ​1​ ​Hour​ ​20​ ​Minutes

Ingredients

The​ ​Crust:

2​ ​cups​ ​Graham​ ​cracker​ ​crumbs  (“Mom” prefers Annie’s Organic Honey Grahams, crushed)
1/2​ ​cup​ ​sugar (“Mom” prefers Organic Sugar in the Raw)
1​ ​tsp.​ ​kosher​ ​salt
8​ ​Tbsp.​ ​unsalted​ ​butter,​ ​melted (“Mom” prefers organic)

The​ ​Filling:

2​ ​cups​ ​grated​ ​purple​ ​yams​ ​(Use thawed​ ​if​ ​frozen.​ ​​​You​ ​could​ ​also​ ​use​ ​whole​ ​Purple yams,​ ​cooked​ ​until​ ​tender​ ​by poking ​with​ ​fork​ ​and​ ​wrapped​ ​in​ a ​moist​ ​paper​ ​towel​ ​in a microwave​ ​for​ ​7-8​ ​minutes​ ​on​ ​high).​ ​​
1 ​14oz.​ ​can​ ​of​ ​Eagle​ ​Brand®​ ​Sweetened​ ​Condensed​ ​Milk
3​ ​large​ ​eggs (“Mom” prefers cage-free, organic eggs)
2​ ​tsp.​ ​pure​ ​vanilla​ ​extract (“Mom” prefers Nielsen-Massey Organic Fairtrade Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract)
1​ ​cup​ ​heavy​ ​cream (“Mom” prefers Organic Valley Heavy Whipping Cream)
Organic Powdered​ ​sugar​ ​for​ ​garnish​ ​(​optional)

Preparation

How​ ​to​ ​Make​ ​the​ ​Crust:

1. Preheat​ ​oven​ ​to​ ​350°.​ ​Line​ ​an​ ​8″-x-8″​ ​baking​ ​pan​ ​with​ ​parchment​ ​paper​ ​with​ ​two pieces​ ​overlapping​ ​each​ ​other​ ​with​ ​extra​ ​parchment​ ​coming​ ​up​ ​the​ ​sides​ ​of​ ​the pan.​ ​​ ​You​ ​can​ ​use​ ​binder​ ​clips​ ​to​ ​secure​ ​the​ ​parchment.​ ​ ​In​ ​a​ ​bowl,​ ​add​ ​graham cracker​ ​crumbs,​ ​sugar,​ ​salt,​ ​and​ ​melted​ ​butter​ ​until​ ​combined​ ​and​ ​holds​ ​it’s shape​ ​when​ ​pressed​ ​together.​ ​​ ​Press​ ​into​ ​pan​ ​and​ ​bake​ ​until​ ​golden,​ ​10​ ​minutes.

How​ ​to​ ​Make​ ​the​ ​Filling:

2.​ ​​​Mix​ ​together​ ​all​ ​filling​ ​ingredients​ ​until​ ​evenly​ ​combined.

Bake:
3.​ ​​Add​ ​filling​ ​to​ ​crust​ ​and​ ​bake​ ​until​ ​set,​ ​about​ ​for​ ​48​ ​to​ ​50​ ​​ ​minutes.​ ​Set​ ​aside​ ​to cool.​ ​Garnish​ ​by​ ​dusting​ ​powdered​ ​sugar​ ​on​ ​top.​ ​​​Slice​ ​and​ ​enjoy!

Makes ​12-16​ ​servings.

*Recipe and image courtesy of TV personality, cake designer, chef and Cake Boss: Next Great Baker contestant, Greggy Soriano.*

As a busy momma, I love learning about the solutions other moms have come up with to meet a need or challenge that all parents face! One of the biggest challenges I have faced as a mom is finding the time to cook and prepare healthy, nutritious meals for my little ones. I am a big advocate for food as your medicine… that what you eat is so incredibly important for your health and well-being, and I have wanted to make sure my children have all started off on the right foot! Our fridge and pantry are always stuffed with organic, natural brands, tons of fruits & veggies, organic yogurt and cheese…but it was sometimes hard to make all of the baby purees and foods that I would have liked. Pure Spoon addresses that issue, head-on!

Pure Spoon avo pear

Pure Spoon is 100% fresh certified organic fruits and veggies that are cold pressed, cold packed and delivered to your door! As my little guy learned to self-feed with a spoon, he got to try delicious & nutritious flavors such as Butternut Squash, Apples and Oats, which he happily gobbled up!

What makes Pure Spoon stand out is that the company uses a process called High Pressure Pasteurization (HPP). Foods are placed into a high-pressure chamber that is flooded with cold water and pressurized in order to kill pathogens without heat, thereby retaining those fresh tastes and a maximum amount of nutrients. Plus, Pure Spoon was concerned with the lack of iron found in the food choices for young children/infants at the grocery store. They carefully included ingredients such as spinach, avocados, broccoli, and gluten-free rolled oats to add iron.

The difference shows in both taste and quality, and we are now huge fans of the line! There hasn’t been a flavor that my son hasn’t enjoyed, and our samples disappeared in no time!

Pure Spoon Butternut

Pure Spoon currently has the following flavors available: Apples & Broccoli, Blueberries, Bananas & Apples, Butternut Squash, Apples & Oats, Carrots & Zucchini, Creamy Avocado & Apples, Simply Apples, Simply Carrots, Simply Pears, Spinach, Pear & Bananas, and Sweet Potato & Apples. You can learn more on their website, https://purespoon.com/.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this article. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*