Yes, I am that mother who will give my daughter a popsicle for breakfast. Wait, hear me out! See Mr. Chris bought my daughter some popsicle molds for her birthday and she loves them! Being a summer baby who just so happens to live in a hot environment, she may as well start her days off right with some refreshing fruit! When you make popsicles at home, I know exactly what’s in them!
I blend fruit and coconut milk together and instead of a smoothie, make popsicles. The one pictured is simply the juice from watermelon I had in a container in the refrigerator. I also cut fresh strawberry slices and put it on the sides to make it look pretty and taste extra yummy.
She gets a great serving of fruit with NO added sugar, No dyes or Food coloring! 100% all natural and a serving of fruit! Win-Win and she thinks it’s fun. Let’s face it, kids like a little rebellion and doing things unorthodox! Easy cool Mom points all the way around, Dads like them too! Lol…
My daughter’s Aunt Michelle sent her a box of Wicked Whoopies! OMG first off, they are HUGE! Secondly, they are wickedly delicious. She sent a variety pack with Chocolate, Strawberry, Maple and Vanilla Bean!
I’m guilty, I ate a maple for breakfast. They are so moist, soft and creamy. Imagine biting into a cloud that’s sweet and creamy. Yup, pretty much heaven. I ate a whole one and was full all day. My daughter ate a half of 1 and was soooo full, she fell asleep.
They have so many flavors. I want to taste them all. Luckily for me they are individually wrapped, so they freeze great! Big score for me, there’s no way we could hurry and eat all these.
If you every get a chance or need to send someone a Wickedly great gift, try Wicked Whoopies…
The bakeries are closed until further notice due to Covid, but they are shipping online.
During Covid, I have been extremely serious about not ordering any food out. (Unfortunately, I don’t know the health status of those working at restaurants. I’d rather not take the chance). All meals have been cooked at home. Pizza is one of my daughter’s favorites and is a staple in my home monthly. Pizza night is a must (WE LOVE PIZZA) and it makes a great breakfast! So, the next best thing to delivery is sometimes you just have to make it yourself. For you homeschoolers, pizza is a great science and math lesson using measuring and they get to make dough rise!
Anytime the mixer comes out my daughter is there for it. It’s one of her favorite things in the house. Plus when children are involved with the preparation of their meals, not only are teaching life lessons for their future, but they take pride in their work and are more likely to eat well.
It takes about an hour and 30 mins total.
4 cups of Bread Flour
4 teaspoons sugar
1 envelope instant yeast
1 1/2 cup of water (110 degrees F)
2 tablespoons olive oil plus, 2 teaspoons
***During Covid I wasn’t able to get packaged yeast or bread flour so I used self-rising flour and it worked just as good***
1. Combine the bread flour, sugar, yeast and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and combine. While the mixer is running, add the water and 2 tablespoons of the oil and beat until the dough forms into a ball. If the dough is sticky, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together in a solid ball. If the dough is too dry, add additional water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead into a smooth, firm ball.
2. Grease a large bowl with the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil, add the dough, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in a warm area to let it double in size, about 1 hour. I use this as multitask time. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into 2 equal pieces. Cover each with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let them rest for 10 minutes. Then roll out. Add your favorite sauce and your favorite toppings. My daughter loves turkey pepperoni, and I like plain ol Cheese.
Using bread flour will give you a much crisper crust. If you can’t find bread flour, you can substitute it with all-purpose flour which will give you a chewier crust. It also freezes well if you want to make a couple of pies for later! I refuse to buy frozen pizzas…
I believe it’s more important to focus on the ingredients in your meal than the calories of your meal. Here is where my old Boss, Tyrone’s saying “KISS” comes into play. Keep It Simple Stupid! Quality over Quantity!
Cutting out energy-dense, unhealthy items is crucial to weight loss. It’s more important to pay attention to what you’re eating! Watching the sugar grams and sodium intake, if you want to watch something.
The counting calories thing can throw you off because although avocados and nuts are high in calories, they are packed with nutrients like fiber and healthy fats that can promote weight loss. See how lines get blurred? Trusted Source
It’s all about having a healthy relationship with food! Make sure you are picking foods based on what nourishes your body rather than obsessing over which foods are “good” or “bad”.
Rule of thumb if it says “Diet,” don’t touch it! The word diet within itself is a scam. Diet soda, salad dressings, and prepackaged meals are all full of chemicals and artificial sweeteners. If you are interested in learning more about nutrition or simply refreshing your relationship with food, hit me up for a nutritional consultation. Check out my wellness programs at teamcheriej.com.
I am allergic to chocolate, so I don’t get to eat the regular Oreos, but I am in love with carrot cake. So, no… this is not my usual nutritionist post. This is my premenstrual, I need to eat something sweet, post.
Before the whole quarantine situation, I was in Target doing a little Easter shopping while my daughter was with my mother and I saw these little bad boys on the shelf. They were with all the Easter stuff not with the food, so I bought two bags. Went home and started eating them as we were putting the groceries away and thought to myself, “Oh my God, these are heaven.”
Long story short, a week later they went on sale, then I may have purchased another two maybe or three …and I just may have bought six packs! (They freeze well.) They’re really good if you throw them in a blender with a vanilla shake. They are really good if you use it with any ice cream, they also make a pretty good piecrust! I couldn’t find them anywhere but Target so if you happen to like carrot cake, I promise you that you won’t be disappointed! 🥕 I have to admit I’m sad this is a seasonal item and I hope they bring it back next year!
If it is at all
possible to be in love with the fruit, I have to admit I’m in love with red
grapefruit. It all starts with the smell. I can’t smell a red grapefruit
regularly may be beneficial for your immune system. They help break down
calories and burn fat! That’s why they say it aids weight loss.
Its high content of
vitamin C, which has antioxidant properties known to protect your cells from
harmful bacteria and viruses. Grapefruit also provides small amounts of B vitamins,
zinc, copper and iron, which all work together in the body to promote immune
Eating grapefruit may
help control insulin levels and it has the ability to reduce your likelihood of
becoming insulin resistant. Which coming from a family of diabetics, makes it 1
more reason I love to eat it! Prevention instead of treatment will be my choice
Ladies if I haven’t
given you enough reasons to grab a grapefruit during your next shopping trip,
research shows the smell of grapefruit on a woman makes them appear 5 years
younger to men!
*Be careful because
when taking certain medications like the heart medicine Procardia, you cannot
eat grapefruit. I learned that the hard way during my pregnancy. Grapefruit was
my only craving and because I was put on Procardia, I could not eat it!
I love walking in the
grocery store and seeing fruits that I’ve never seen before. I had no idea what
a pummelo was. I asked a couple of people standing next to me if they had any
idea what it was, nobody knew. So, I couldn’t just leave it there I had to
bring it home and find out.
From the outside, it has a fresh citrus smell, kind of like a grapefruit. It looks like it could be a very large, yellow grapefruit. Maybe even an orange, whatever it was it seemed like it was very citrusy.
I looked it up on Google, of course, and found out the pummelo is from South Asia and people were comparing it to a grapefruit. Well, I love pink grapefruit. So, I waited for breakfast the next day.
I was excited about waking up and cutting right into it. I cut it in half as I would a grapefruit. It was pink in color and smelled so good, just like a grapefruit. The taste was definitely that of a red grapefruit after you put sugar on it. It tasted like pure sweetness, nothing like the bitterness and tang of a grapefruit.
For the first half, I used my grapefruit spoon to pull it out, and for the other half I decided I was going to peel it more like an orange. I have to admit, I enjoyed the side that I peeled more than I did the side that I used my grapefruit spoon for. I pulled the thick skin off of the outer perimeter and pulled out the inside pod. It was so juicy.
I had to fill you in just in case you have never tried one and you like pink grapefruit. It will definitely be my go-to citrus anytime I can find it!
120-ounce bottle of
soda contains 65 grams of sugar. That’s pretty much equivalent to 16 packets of
sugar and it affects your entire body: your brain, your heart, your liver and
endorphins which is a good chemical, but it triggers sugar cravings that can
definitely affect your mood.
People who have a diet
high in sugar also leads to having a bad heart. Too much sugar makes your
insulin levels go high, increasing the risk of heart disease overtime.
Oh, it affects your
liver as well. Sugar takes a toll because the quick sugar load causes a fast
riding blood sugar that overwhelms the liver and leads to a fatty liver and
could lead to you battling cirrhosis overtime.
If you suffer from
joint pain, it could be inflammation from eating too much sugar, which leads to
vigorous joint pain and eventually arthritis.
If you suffer from any
of those things or are you just eat an abundance of sugar, it’s never too late
to try to turn around the affects. Think about an all-natural detox with Team
Cherie J. It could do your body some good, especially in the long run.
I want to share a cooking secret with you. No, I’m not completely vegan but there are some things that I am learning to cut out of my diet. A great resource for me has been Going2Natural.com
I am not huge on
eating eggs. (I feel like I’m eating an aborted chicken.) I am not big on chicken
either unless it’s fried with a whole lot of hot sauce and bread wrapped around
it. But I’m getting off track. I stole these tips about substitutes for eggs AND
THEY WORK! So, I wanted to share that with you.
Recipes requiring eggs
~Applesauce – Use 1/4 cup of unsweetened
applesauce in place of one egg in most baking recipes. Some sources say
to mix it with 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder. If all you have is sweetened
applesauce, then simply reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe.
Applesauce is also a popular healthy replacement for oil in many baked goods.
~Banana – Use 1/4 cup of mashed banana (about
half a banana) instead of one egg when baking. Note that this may impart
a mild banana flavor to whatever you are cooking, which could be a good thing.
~Flaxseeds – Believe it or not, heart-healthy
flax seeds can be used as an egg substitute! Simply mix 1 tablespoon of
ground flaxseeds with 3 tablespoons of water until fully absorbed and
viscous. Use in place of one egg. (You can use pre-ground flax
seeds or grind them yourself in a spice or coffee grinder.)
I had to be ashamed of
myself but I’m not. I walked into Walmart and begin laughing hysterically. They
had pumpkin spice everywhere. Now I’m a give you a little backstory: my friend,
Shawn despises pumpkin spice, pumpkin spice season and everyone who loves the
taste of pumpkin. He thinks it’s the most ridiculous thing in the whole world.
And because I pictured his face when I walked into the store, I began laughing
so hard I was crying.
Let me explain this
pumpkin spice thing to my white friends. Never bring a pumpkin pie to the
cookout. Black people’s thing is sweet potato. Sweet potato pie is like our
national apple pie. And it doesn’t matter how good you think your pumpkin pie
is, it’s never going to measure up to a sweet potato or bean pie.
Oh, this Walmart haul is ridiculous. They got pumpkin cupcakes, cookies, rice crispy treats and ice cream. I even bought pumpkin hand soap. (So far, the ice cream is my favorite.)
My initial reaction
was to call you for something stupid and ask you to come over. Then, I realized
I moved to a whole different state so in the middle of trying to annoy you, I
have a whole bunch of pumpkin spice stuff that baby girl and I are going to be
eating in honor of you because nobody else in the house will eat it. They all
looked at me like I was crazy and turned up their noses.
Just the image embedded
in my head of your turned up face brought me so much joy. I love you with all
my heart. Let me go drink this latte…Pumpkin Spice Latte, that is. LMFAO
(I hope the kids at
soccer will eat some of this pumpkin stuff I bought.) Lmfao