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Same Lunch 4 Different Ways {school to work}

lunch week 1 2014

It’s the first day of school and already parents are dreading what to pack for their kids school lunch!  I hate to admit this,but I too dread making lunches! Especially now have all three of my boys in school full time! Oh, let’s not forget about making a lunch for me and my hubby – so that makes five lunches!

“To make it easier for me, I made the same lunch but four different ways!”

Since it is the first full day of school, I decided to keep it simple and basic. The kids are nervous about returning to school. The last thing they need to worry about is eating an unfamiliar food! It’s best to give them something they are familiar with and something you know they will eat!To make it easier for me, I made the same lunch but four different ways!

On the menu today:
Deli Organic Turkey and Boar’s Head Mozzarella Cheese
Organic Costo Whole wheat bread
or Ezekiel bread
(substitute with GF bread or bread of 
your choice)
optional add ons:
greens, onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, guacamole and hummus
fresh veggie (carrots or tomatoes)  and fresh fruit (blueberries)
apple sauce and Annie’s Bunny Graham cracker’s and/or more fresh fruit
lunch kindergarten

For my younger boys, I made it fun! They don’t like to eat the crust, so I had no problem using a cokie cutter. My 5 year old wanted moon shapes, while my 8 year old wanted stars.

lunch third grade

Normally my 8 year old is fine with the usual square-rectanglish shaped sandwiches that you cut with a knife in four squares. Bu when he saw his brother’s lunch, he insisted I do the same, use cookie cutters!  
Basically, cookies cutter’s can do wonder’s to get a young child excited about eaing food!
My third grader is the picky eater in the house. He wants the samething everyday. He is very limited when it comes to eating fresh or cooked vegetables. However, he does like most of the green smoothies I make! We are making progress!

lunch middle school

Luckily, my pre-teen is easy when it comes to lunches. He pretty much likes anything and is willing to try new foods.  Today, his turkey and cheese sandwhich is packed with mixed salad greens, cucumber, tomatoes and avocado. He didn’t want the Annie’s Bunny graham’s (I don’t blame him, not cool for a 7th grade boy!).
Instead he chose a granola bar for his afternoon snack and an apple as a side. Usually he prefer’s water for lunch but I gave him a juice box!

lunch daddy

Last but not least, this is my husband’s lunch. I used Ezekial bread and filled the turkey and cheese sandwich with tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, onions with a touch of balsamic and olive oil dressing. It lays over a bed of salad greens with hummus and cherry tomatoes as sides. As a side or afternoon snack he has a plum. For a sparkling beverage to wash it down, he enjoys Lacroix Water. It’s so much better than drinking soda pop!

What did you pack for school or work lunch today?


Grilled Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Balsamic Vinaigrette

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My latest obsession are Brussels Sprouts! As a kid, I hated to eat them. The smell, the texture and the color did not appeal to me at all as a kid. Plus they reminded me of cabbage patch kid dolls! LOL

Now, that I’m older and love eating a plant based diet, I have learned how to add more vegetables to my diet, including Brussels sprouts, without making it boring or bland.  I love experimenting with different dressings, dips and/or cooking methods. Since we are in the summer season, all I’ve been doing is grilling my vegetables!

My favorite home-made dressing is my version of Newman’s Own Lemon Balsamic Vinaigrette. It makes everything so yummy, including Brussels sprouts! Even my kids enjoy eating them this way too!

lemon balsamic vinaigrette


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If you are not into Brussels sprouts, check out other grilling recipes on my site:

What are your favorite vegetables to grill?

Grilled Brussels Sprouts
Servings:4 / Serving size: one skewer or about 4 to 5 sprouts
Weight Watcher pts: 2
Calories: 60/Fat: 4 g/Protein: 1.5 g/ Carbs: 5 g/ Fiber: 2 g


  • Heat a grill to medium. In the meantime,  cut off the stem end of the Brussels sprouts and remove any yellowing outer leaves. I like to use a pairing knife to insert a “x” shape on the stem, not too deep but deep enough so the sprouts stay in tact. I do this so the dressing can seep inside the sprouts and to cook well.
  • Add the lemon balsamic vinaigrette dressing  to the Brussels sprouts,  toss to combine.
  • Skewer 4 to 5 Brussels sprouts onto each metal skewer leaving some room  in between each sprout, about a half an inch or so.
  • Place the skewers onto the grill. To facilitate even cooking with the sprouts, have all the stem ends in the same direction on the skewer and with stem end closest to the flame.
  • Close the lid to the grill and cook for 5 minutes. Using tongs, turn the skewers over and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Serve.

The Perfect 10 Minute Fat Burning Workout Challenge!

jump rope

Being active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle program. When you’re active, your body uses more energy (calories) and when you use more energy (aka burn more calories) than you take in, then you loose weight.

Being consistent with your workouts and clean eating is just as important too. This past month we went on a few family vacations, the last one was a road trip to Orlando, Florida. Our hotel had a gym but mostly cardio equipment and a few Cybex machines. What I thought was strange was they only had machines for upperbody, not lower body. Anyhow, it didn’t matter because I brougth along my jump rope and bands for my on the travel workout.

Below I posted a 10 minute jump rope challenge that I like to do a few days a week. I even did this on vacation in the hot humid temps in Florida! Talk about major sweat!

Some of the benefits of owning a jump rope! It’s so light wieght that you fit it into your purse or travel bag. Tones your entire body, shoulders, core, legs while improving your cardiovascular system. Depending on what brand you get, a jump rope can cost you anwhere from $8 to $20 and it can be used by your entire family.

My favorite reason to add jumpe ropes to my workout routine is that I can burn major calories in less time! According to this article in Livestrong, ” Jumping rope for 15 minutes, for example, provides a comparable workout to running 1.5 miles in 15 minutes, at a speed of 10 minutes per mile.” Now that is my kind of workout!

The Mayo Clinic has a chart comparing various exercises and calories burned, check it out. Also, it’s important to have the right rope for your height and for you workout goals. Check out this website,

After a month of doing this workout, I can do 100 skips in 45 seconds. If I can get one of my kids to video tape me, I’ll share it on Instagram! Now my next goal is to do double unders!

jump rope 10 min challenge

Do you like to jump rope? What are some of your favorite jump rope workouts! Please comment below and share! Don’t forget to visit me on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram!



{Protein} Strawberry Almond Granola Clusters

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What’s SUP Detroit!!!


sup yoga me a

How is your summer going? I’m enjoying my summer. This past May I attended Lori Harder’s Bliss Project in Chicago, to meet like minded women (stay tuned as I’ll share my experience soon). I’m really listening to that inner voice this summer and venturing out to try new things in life, even if that means going out of my comfort zone.

Speaking of trying new things! I totally went out of my comfort zone…. I tried SUP yoga for the first time! SUP yoga, stands for stand up yoga on a paddle board.  Now, I love yoga and have pretty good balance and coordination but mind you doing it on a paddle board, well now that is a whole nother level of challenge! I had to over come my fear of deep water, especially in open water. Thankfully Walled Lake is pretty shallow lake so the few times I fell in, the water was knee deep!

Doing yoga on a paddle board really requires you to let go of wanting to do everything perfet, you have to let go of that control because at any moment there can be a small current or just slightly being off center on the board changes everything and then I’m in the water! Huffington Post has an article on 10 Reasons You Should Try Yoga on a Stand UP Paddle Board.

I have to say my favorite pose was the Savasana pose (corpse pose). It felt great to lay down on the paddle board, the waves were calm the morning sun was shining and it was so peaceful! I would definitely reccommend this workout. My core and upper body were sore, I used new muscles that I have used in awhile!

Here are a few pictures of my SUP yoga experience!

sup yoga boards

sup yoga truck sup yoga lake

Here is a link to That’s was SUP for more information on class times and cost.

sup yoga sign


Right next door is a cute small functional fitness studio, called Function of Fitness. I only got a picture of the first half of the studio, the other half had kettle bells, ropes and more. I hope to try a few classes this summer!

Before I forget, I’m participating with Bikini Booty Club as their Nutrition Coach for the Fit and Fierce in 30 Days Challenge from July 1st to July 30th. For more info, check out this link and if you want to register, click “fill out my form“.  Become a fan of BBC on FaceBook to find out more information and to see day to day before and after pictures of some awesome transformations!

sup yoga fxn fitness studio

Have you tried yoga? How about SUP yoga? What is your favorite yoga pose on or off the board?