Remember when I had time to eat?

I basically need seven arms. Between lugging around a monster baby of 20 lbs (and she’s not even 5 months old yet) and trying to keep up on the house and chasing a toddler and trying to remember to pee, it can be hard to eat healthy. Or at all.

But I have issues when I don’t eat. And even worse issues when I eat stuff that isn’t good for me. I turn into a moody, unpredictable, irritable monster.

Add to that my recent realization that white flour/sugar makes all those symptoms worse for me, it was starting to feel impossible to eat. Cause I need food quick, easy, and healthy. And quick. And preferably one-hand-able (did I mention my monster baby who is teething and always wants to be held?)

So, I’ve discovered “breakfast cookies.” Basically, they are “cookies” that are full of good-for-you energy-sustaining goodness. And you can modify them to your tastes and needs and they are these quick, one-handed miracles that I can eat right out of the freezer. It’s AWESOME.

So I wanted to share a few of my favorite recipes. Just in case anyone reading this struggles like I do.

First, Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars. Recipe here.

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These are AMAZING! I just recently made a double batch after the first ones went so well. I grab one when I have a sweet tooth craving or when I just need a boost of energy between meals. And I just recently got a couple bags of Lily’s Stevia dark chocolate chips, so they’re gonna be even healthier next time I make them ;D And they honestly don’t taste “healthy.” They’re divine. 

Second, Carrot Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies. Recipe here.

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These sounds scary. And they kinda are. Cause you have to grate carrots. But holy crap, these are delicious. And SO FREAKING GOOD FOR YOU! If you can get over the lengthy ingredient list and prep work (they call for cooked quinoa, and like I said, grating carrots) they are so worth it. I was honestly surprised and how yummy they were right out of the oven, and right out of the freezer when I needed a snack later. Try these!!

And last but not least, Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies. Recipe here.

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I made these when I found out I was going to be induced into labor in three days, so I would have something healthy and easy to grab when I was home recovering. And these things saved me! They are full of fall-pumpkin spice-holiday flavor, and kept me going when I was too exhausted to cook.

All of these yummy “cookies” are great right out of the freezer, which I love. I tried making a million muffins to keep in the freezer for quick, healthy snacks, but you have to thaw them or microwave them and aint nobody got time for that.

Hope you enjoy these like I do! Happy one-handed eating!

 

Obnoxious Amounts of Vitamins.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always struggled with having energy. Especially now that I’m a mom.

A year or so ago I started relying somewhat on massive Diet Dr. Peppers from sonic to give myself a productive boost. But I started noticing I needed more and more of it to just function at a normal level. And it occurred to me that we shouldn’t HAVE to have something like that just to feel happy and awake and normal. I hated depending on a chemical concoction I knew wasn’t good for me (even if it was supposedly diet). So I quit. Cut out ALL caffeine.

And it SUCKED.

My adrenals were all screwed up, I was grumpy, and I just felt awful.

Then I started taking vitamins.

You guys. These have changed my life. I take an obnoxious handful of supplements and vitamins and minerals every morning and they help me SO much!

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I want to recommend a few key vitamins I take that have helped me see a BIG difference in my energy levels.

First, get a good B-Complex. We take Mega Foods brand which is AMAZING. They’re pricey. But I’m starting to see the value in investing a little more in quality health products. And really, if you aren’t taking any B-Complex, try a kind you can afford, and you WILL see a difference in your energy levels and overall well-being.

Second, if you’re adrenals are thrashed from years of drinking caffeine (hey, I wasn’t even drinking coffee or energy drinks and I was still so messed up), get an adrenal support supplement. I take the Vitacost brand of “Adrenal Complex” and I noticed a big difference within a few days. It helps heal the damage caused to your adrenal glands, and helps support normal, natural energy.

Third, minerals. I had never even thought about taking minerals before. I take ConcenTrace brand “Trace Mineral Tablets” and love them. They help balance me out and help me feel better overall.

Also, if you struggle with stress and anxiety, try out Ashwagandha. I started taking it when my doctor recommended I try it to help with my anxiety as I was weaning off of Zoloft and trying to be a normal person. Ha! That didn’t work out so well. Zoloft is still my saving grace. BUT adding Ashwagandha to my supplements helps me relax at night and helps me deal with stress during the day and I really have noticed a difference in my ability to handle stressful situations. It’s worth a try!

Anyway, I’m no doctor or health expert or anything, just want to pass along what has helped me! I haven’t had caffeine since January 2016 and it’s amazing what our bodies are capable of without that stuff!

Also, here’s a few links if you’re interested in any of the vitamins I mentioned. These aren’t those links where I get paid when you click or whatever, I don’t even know how people do that. Ha. But in case you want to check them out!

ConcenTrace Minerals

MegaFoods B-Complex

Adrenal Complex

Ashwagandha

Go forth and have energy or whatevs!