Hi Friends….It’s been a while since I have written a blog post…So today is the day to start! I am feeling especially Grateful today …So, I wanted to share a SIMPLE and special recipe with you from my cookbook Nourishment Made Simple. We are all so Busy….So its nice to have a little nourishing snack that is simple to make and also rich in protein. These granola bars are comfort food for me…
Enjoy this recipe….and what are you grateful for today? Would love to hear from you! I am grateful for you all…thank you!
Grateful Granola Energy Bars
¼ cup melted coconut oil
3 tablespoons of almond butter
¼ cup flax meal
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1 ¼ cup organic applesauce
3 cups rolled oats
¼ cup dried cranberries
½ cup goji berries
¼ cup pumpkin seeds or slivered almonds
¼ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In a medium mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients –set aside
- In a small saucepan over low heat melt coconut oil, almond butter, maple syrup until melted.
- Combine heated mixture with dry mixture and stir until well combines
- Transfer the mixture to a baking pan lines with parchment paper
- Press mixture with your hands to create even surface- kind of looks like a meatloaf but flatter
- Bake until golden brown, about 35-40 mins
- Cool completely and then cut into little bars
- Store in airtight container in fridge
With love and sparkle…
Today I will be talking about STRAWBERRIES…It’s April and Strawberries are in season. They are so nourishing. I love strawberries and so does my daughter Nylah! Here is some information about strawberries.. Enjoy!
Strawberry fun facts: Where do strawberries grow? In the earth or those funny looking strawberry pots!Strawberries have their seeds on the OUTSIDE. How cool is this!
The small seeds on the outside are actually the “real fruit”. The strawberry is not a fruit; it is a swollen stem like a rose hip. There are on average 200 seeds on every strawberry
Buy Only Organic Strawberries. Lots of pesticides on strawberries
Nutrition facts about strawberries: High in Vitamins C, A and E. Great source of Anti-oxidants. The fruit is a rich source of vitamins B. Contains good amounts of important minerals like: copper, potassium and iron
Strawberry kale smoothie:
1 cup of rice milk
1 cup of frozen organic strawberries
1 small handful of kale
Dash of cinnamon
1 tablespoon of almond butter
1 teaspoon of coconut oil
Strawberry Arugula Salad
1-2 cups of washed Arugula
½ cup of sliced strawberries
¼ cup of pumpkin seeds— Dressing- Salt, pepper, lemon and olive oil on top
Hi Friends- I have not blogged in Sooooo long. I am so glad to be blogging and connecting today with all of you. I am going to be talking about the fun FLU today. It’s that time of year when you are surrounded by the funky flu. How can you not get sick? or if you do get sick..get less sick?? My answer is boost all year long and double boost when your surrounded by sickies.
Here are some simple suggestion to follow to feel nourished and boosted:
- Make sure you are sleeping good. Go to bed early if you can
- Stress Less..Stress makes you sick! lowers immunity
- Exercise a few times a week
- Wash your hands, your kids hands and sing your ABC”S when washing baby!
- Eat warming seasonal foods- soups, bone broths, stews, cooked greens and lots of turmeric and cumin spices added to food
- Eat a Rainbow of color on your plate with beautiful vibrant fruits and veggies
Supplements that can help:
- Vitamin D3 – 2,000 ius a day is good. Take more if you feel yourself getting run down or sick- get you vit d levels checked if you can
- Probiotics – 70% of your immunity lives in your gut so boost it up baby
- Omega 3s – I love cod liver oil and so does my 3.5 year old..crazy right?
There is so much more I could say about boosting immunity but these are some really simple ways to stay boosted.
Be Well, Amy
Hi friends…I am writing today and feeling very happy and loved! I have really been trying to look a little closer and appreciate the “simple things” in life. Sometimes I can get so caught up in the “hurry” of my daily grind and not stop and “smell the roses”. The bottom line is that life is crazy, will be crazy, and NOTHING is guaranteed..The one thing you can count on is enjoying the “little things” and being mindful of how you are thinking about things that surround you. Stress can be hard to pin point and deal with. In fact, for me it’s a constant struggle to be “somewhat ZEN”. I feel like “what’s wrong with me”?? Well…I am starting to realize that nothing is wrong with me..It is simply the way stress hits my body..I do believe that I can change the way that I deal with stress by simply being more accepting of what is happening around me! I have been told for years just to “let go”…Well, I am not sure about you but…This is hard to do!! Simple but hard…I am writing to all you “type A” moms (or parents) and saying that “letting go” is a daily process for me and it probably will be for a while…I have a very active and verbal toddler. People kept telling me “just wait until she asks WHY about everything” Well, it has happened and it is FIERCE. So, I am having to breath differently and try to roll with it more lately than before. I am paying close attention to what happens in my body when I feel stress. It will take time but I am eager to feel more calm and “at ease” when I am in the throws of a busy life, my own business and a 3 year old!
The bottom line is LOVE and ACCEPTANCE sometimes every moment on some crazy days…
Happy Tuesday Friends…It has been a while since I have written. I find myself taking a while to get to some things lately as life is AGAIN really busy. I wanted to remind all of you how important it is to make sure you are staying boosted all year long with your immunity. I have not been sick in forever and I got a weird throat thing just this past week. I was under some stress and not sleeping well..BAM BAM BAM..The virus hit me like a ton of bricks…I thought I was pretty strong but I got out of balance and the body has a funny way of making you STOP right?? Here are some simple tips to stay boosted all year long (yes..even summer…)
Make some immunity broth or bone broths and sip on these even when your strong
Take vitamin c when you feel run down or are around sickies
Keep stress down..this is a biggie for me and its what got me sick this time for sure!
Laugh, smile and do fun things- this keeps the positive energy flowing and the love fresh
Eat less sugar and white food..Eat a diet that is anti-inflammatory
Vitamin D helps boost ya as well….so does a healthy dose of omega 3s daily
I hope you enjoy these simple tips or reminders…I will be posting more soon….Enjoy
The first two people to email me will get 1/2 off there first nutritional consult with me…email me at
Be Well, Amy
Happy Sunday everyone! I just wanted to talk a little today about how important your gut health is. Did you know that over 70% of your immunity lives in your gut? Also, a lot of major neurotransmitters live there as well….A lot of autoimmune issues are all linked right back to how your gut is preforming and how strong it is. I work a lot with digestive issues in my private practice. I have also struggled with digestive issues throughout my life. It is so easy for the gut to get off balance with the food we eat and the stress in the world right? Well, there are some little things you can do now to improve your gut health. Here are some basics:
Stress less! Stress raises stomach acid and stops normal digestion
Eat fermented foods to get good probiotics into your gut- miso, sauerkraut, kombucha, pickles
Take a good quality probiotic- I take 5 billion a day of Jarrow brand
Eat a diet that is anti-inflammatory- cut back gluten,dairy, soy , and nuts
Eat grass fed meats- these meats are said to be less inflammatory as non grass fed meats
Take a good Omega 3 and enjoy flax and olive oil daily- omega 3s reduce inflammation
I am sure there is some more tips but this will help you get started or remind you of some things to start doing again. I will post some recipes soon…Enjoy and Be well, Amy
Hi friends! I know it has been a while since I have blogged. I have been in the process of creating a new website. My intention is to have my blog and my website all together. It’s coming along and I am having fun creating the website I love. I am blogging today for my very first time on my new website. It it a little different but I am getting use to it. I will be adding some amazing pics and changing things around on my new website when time permits..You will no longer go to my old blog site. Instead you will just log onto busybeenutrition and see my blog posts on my website. So thats all the updates I have for you at this time..more to come soon..Lots of new things in the works with Busy Bee Nutrition.
Health tip…make sure that you are staying hydrated in this warm weather. some great ways to stay hydrated are:
drink coconut water- amazing electrolytes
eat lots of cucumbers, celery and watermelon- very hydrating
add some chia seeds to your water- hydrates the body and good source of omega 3s (ALA)
add some lemon, mint or pinapple
Hi friends..I have been a busy bee lately (when am i not…hahaha) so sorry I have been missing for a bit..Anyways, I am here now and I want to talk to you about my love for salads..The weather is getting warm and its nice to have a light salad that makes you feel nourished and also FULL….Im not talking about one of those little rabbit food salads…I am talking about a really nourishing, full of life, full of protein and fats salad! Here are some great salad ideas that I use a lot and Nylah and the hubby love as well..
Lettuce greens with pumpkin seeds, avocado and little bits of orange and goat cheese
Quinoa salad with cilantro, kidney beans, dried cranberries and cherry tomatoes
brown rice (cooked then cooled), tomatoes, shredded carrots, white beans and feta cheese
Avocado salad with sliced tomatoes and white onion
Dressing: Make your own: Olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon, salt and pepper (make up what tastes good to you…)
Add cooked chicken, grass fed beef, olives, or cooked tofu to any of these salads to add an extra protein boost. I love salads and enjoy mixing them up a bit so my family (and myself) does not get bored,…Hope you enjoy. Be well, Amy
Hi there friends- Happy Saturday…What is on your agenda today? I love the weekends but sometimes its hard to slow down and “let go” of work and the go go go mindset for me..I am really trying to work on just being in the moment. I don’t know about you all but living in the moment” is not that easy for this mama. So I practice daily. I just wanted to write a little about this today because I am thinking about it RIGHT NOW…Do you try to live in the moment? Is it hard for you? What comes up for you when you try to live in the moment??Something to ponder….Have a wonderful weekend and remember to stop and smell the roses, get out in nature and be grateful. Here is a pic of my sweet girl that helps me stay grounded and remember that I have a whole lot to be grateful for.. Also, here is a little recipe to share and make with your family (or yourself..) BE Well, Amy
Baked Oatmeal Bites
1-tablespoon baking powder
3 cups organic rolled oats
1-teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup organic shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 375. Mix all ingredients together. Spray muffin man with non-stick spray (or use little liners). I used mini muffin pans. Made 36 mini muffins. You can also use a regular muffin pan and you will get 15 muffins. Bake 15-20 mins (for mini-muffins) 20-30 mins for regular muffin pan. Check muffins around 15 minutes, you will see the edges get brown and they will be firm to touch when there ready.
These baked oatmeal bites came out good but a little bland. I only sweetened with banana, dried fruit and vanilla extract. If you wish to have a sweeter flavor you can add one the following:
Use vanilla non-dairy milk instead of unsweetened
Add some cut up dark chocolate
These treats have protein and fiber in every tasty bite. Enjoy!
Hi friends- Hope you are are great..what nice weather are having!! Love it! I wanted to make sure that you all are eating enough omega 3s and healthy fats…Its so important to make sure we are getting out omega 3s every day…Omega 3s have a lot of health benefits. One of the biggest benefits in helping reduce inflammation. Some ways to get omega 3s in your diet:
take a supplement-I love nordic naturals (great way to get the DHA in)
Flax oil (contains ALA omega 3 may convert to DHA in body over time)
Chia Seeds- 3 tablespoons a day is all ya need to get the daily dose of omega 3s (ALA not DHA)
If you want to make sure you are getting DHA you need to get it from algae or fish. You can sometimes get DHA from sea veggies.
Other great oils to get the fats in your daily diet: coconut oil and olive oil..Coconut oil is great in hot cereal (put a teaspoon right in there and stir it up and enjoy) make a dressing out of olive oil or put it on top of any foods you consume to get all the nourishing benefits of this low heat oil…
Whenever I am feeling dry in the scalp and skin I know I need more fats and oils…It’s good to have these healthy fats in your diet and it is very easy to forget to implement them into your meals and snacks. Have a great rest of your day!!
May is already here tomorrow and I am offering 2 people to get 1/2 off their first nutrition session with me and if they refer a friend the friend will get 20.00 of their first visit..this is a great deal…email me if your interested…firstname.lastname@example.org
Be well, Amy