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Honeybee Health: Get Old Well (Sponsored Post)

Lets face it were all going to “get old” eventually. I for one would like to get old “well”Get Old is an initiative developed by Pfizer to challenge people of all ages to rethink what it means to Get Old and take a more active role in their health and quality of life at every age. 
I’m a firm believer in taking preventive measures to help get old well! From the inside out it’s about making healthy food choices and staying active! I try to steer clear of fried, processed and fatty foods as well as drinking in moderation. Finding a consistent balance with eating well but still indulging in moderation I believe is key to getting old well. 

My go to meals usually consist of lean proteins, colorful veggies, whole grains and healthy fats!  Taking a multi vitamin and staying active are also a great way to stay healthy inside and out! I’ve been taking these maxi hair pills from Whole Foods for years and love them!  With a New Year right around the corner, you’ve probably started thinking about your resolutions – but have you taken into consideration how the activities you chose to participate in 

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Honeybee Health: Toddler Meals

Good morning ladies! You seemed to really like the last toddler meal post I did so i’ve tried to be better at taking shots of Ava’s meals to share with you before she dominates them 😉 First let me say from talking to other moms I think were pretty lucky we’ve been blessed a good eater. Lately though I feel like she is becoming a vegetarian lol but really she is not very big into meat. I’m not sure if this phase every happened with you any of your kiddos but we have to try to sneak in protein whenever possible! Here are some toddle meal shots from last week ….. Breakfast seems to be the meal Ava can be most picky at so we try to switch it up every week. These are Fig & Flax waffles are from Whole Foods and we spread  thin amont of the maple/agave blend on top. Breakfast is always some sort of whole grains, fruit and turkey sausage (yeah for protein!) Some organic berries, half a Morning Glory Muffin from Trader Joe’s and some Honey Greek Yogurt (also from Trader Joes)

This is a new oatmeal from Trader Joe’s and Ava loves it.

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Spaghetti squash

Have you ladies spaghetti squashed? 😉 It’s something I’ve always loved whenever i’m out to eat but was always a little intimated to make at home. If you’re looking to cut calories this is a great option for you! There’s only about 40 calories per cup compared to pasta which has about 200. The best part is it tastes great and I honestly didn’t miss the noodles either! I picked one up from Trader Joe’s last week and they make it so easy for you with the cooking instructions right on the squash! 

It really is pretty simple to make! The hardest part was cutting this sucker 😉 Preheat your oven to 350. Cut this baby in half and scrape out the seeds (think pumpkin carving).

 Place it in a baking dish, drizzle with a little olive oil and sea salt and bake for 40 mins. You can tell the squash is done when the sides of shell become softer. Once its out of the oven just take your fork and start scraping the sides and it will start to look just like spaghetti! Top with your favorite sauce! (I make mine with garlic,

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Honeybee Health: Benefits of Bee Pollen

  Hi ladies! First off thank you for your patience with new blog layout! I’m so glad to finally have my navigation bar back up and running! If you’re looking for a new blog designer I highly recommend  Fabulous K . She was great to work with and really came through for me when my blog header went haywire last month.
 Okay now on to todays post,  the health benefits of bee pollen. Bee Pollen has been on my list to try for FOREVER and I finally started using it last week. Bee Pollen helps with  boosting your immune system, enhancing energy levels, reducing seasonal allergies, anti aging, asthma and lowering blood pressure to name a few!  I will say it does have a bit of a distinct taste to it and wouldn’t recommend eating it by itself. I use mine on top of my acai bowls and in my smoothies and can’t taste it at all! You can also you use it on top of your yogurt, sprinkled on top of a salad and in homemade granola (if you’re crafty like that 😉

I purchased mine from Whole Foods and it was around $12. 

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Honeybee Health: Ordering Out

Ordering out can be really tough when you’re trying to eat healthy. Here are some random shots via the camera roll on what I order when we dine out…. When at Pei Wei I order for steamed veggies chicken and rice and i’ll add some soy sauce. Its a pretty big portion so I only eat about half and save the rest. We also always order the gluten free Vietnamese Spring rolls…SO good!  I hadn’t been to Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill in awhile and was pleasantly surprised when I came across their healthy menu with gmo free, all natural and organic options…super impressed!  I ordered the Naked Chicken Tostada Salad and it was SO good! It had a thin whole wheat tostada, low fat cheese and sour cream, brown rice, black beans and TONS of veggies. I’ll definitely be ordering this again soon!  Out on a date night with His & Hers burgers 😉 On my burger I requested a bison burger instead of the regular patty and a “dry” bun as they usually slather butter on it. I also took off the top bun and had a side salad instead of fries.

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Easy Homemade Bruschetta

Some of you asked about my recipe for my homemade bruschetta I posted on Instagram last night so here it is. It’s SUPER easy to make and is perfect for entertaining!

Here’s what you’ll need:
 4 Roma tomatoes
1/2 Onion
1/4 cup Olive Oil
3 Tbsp of Balsalmic Vinegar
1 Garlic clove (more or less depending on your love for garlic)
Sea Salt
4 Basil Leaves (and some for garnish)
1 Baguette Loaf

This recipe is so easy to throw together in a hurry! Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Next dice up your tomatoes, onion and garlic and place them in a bowl. Then add your olive oil, balsamic vinegar, shredded basil, sea salt (to taste) and mix well. Let your mixture sit for about 20 minutes so the tomatoes really soak up that flavor. Meanwhile prep your baguette. I used a french baguette but Whole Foods also has an amazing loaf made with grains and flax that would kick it up a notch in the nutrition department if you’re interested. Slice up your baguette and drizzle a little olive oil on each piece.

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Strawberry Summer Trifle

Alright loves lets talk dessert! I made this Strawberry Summer Trifle for a BBQ with my in laws last week (hey a girl likes to impress the in laws 😉 and it was a HIT! If you’ve been following The Honeybee for awhile you may remember this is kind of similar to the Skinny Fourth of July Dessert I made last year but without the skinny ;). This trifle was just to yummy not to share the recipe so here we go…..

Ingredients: 

2 16oz containers of strawberries
1 cup of blueberries
1 package pre made angle food cake (I used a whole grain pound cake from Whole Foods)
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1 cup cold milk (I only had had 2% and it worked fine)
1 package vanilla pudding mix (3.4oz) (I used a 4oz vanilla pudding packet from Whole Foods)
1 cup Cool Whip (I used Tru Whip also from Whole Foods)

Directions:
Cup your cake into one inch cubes and cut all your strawberries in half
Mix your heavy whipping cream until thickened (use an electric beater to really speed things up!)
Combine your milk,

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Honeybee Health: Random Shots

Alright these bad boys totally live up to their hype! They do have a little more calories in a coffee drink thank I would like so I try to have them sparingly.  What a typical meal looks like for me at True Foods. We usually start with the vegetable appetizer and a skinny margi (of course;) and this time I ordered the chicken tacos. After filling up on the veggies I was stuffed after two tacos and took the rest to go. Cobb Salads can be a caloric nightmare so I love making mine at home and lightening it up! I use reduced fat cheese, turkey bacon, only one hard boiled egg, and replace the fatty ranch with a lighter balsamic. DELISH and super filling!  Pretty much always in the diaper bag for a quick snack to share with the little 😉 Pretty much the standard in my TJ’s grocery cart each week. I try to buy the bulk of my groceries there and then only a few specific items from Whole Foods. I think we all know how fast $ goes at good old Whole Foods! 

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Honeybee Health: Heavy Hitters

I’m sure you’ve ladies have heard of these nutritional heavy hitters before but here’s a little breakdown of  their benefits and how you can use them…

(Gelatinized Maca Powder, Sprouted Chia Powder and Goji Berries) Maca Root increases stamina, combats fatigue, boost libido and helps with hormonal balance (lol my husband thinks I need to eat a lot of this ;). It’s a nutrient dense whole food packed with vitamins, plant sterols, essential minerals, fatty and amino acids. I purchased the gelatinized Maca powder from Whole Foods. It’s a little more expensive than the regular Maca powder but it goes through an extrusion process of removing the starch from it which in turn concentrates the active ingredients. Now this does have a little taste to it but its not bad. I pretty much only use it in my smoothies but you can also use it in tea, cereal and yogurt.  I’ve been hearing about Goji berries for forever and finally decided to pick up a bag. Goji berries are a powerful antioxidant that help reduce cholesterol and maintain healthy blood pressure. Now you would think that these would be the easiest health food to incorporate but for some reason I rarely reach for them.

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The Easiest and Prettiest Caprese You’ll Ever Make

If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw my fancy scmancy caprese I made last week. It is SO yummy and super easy to recreate so I had to share it with you ladies! You’ll need:  A few large tomatoes  A couple handfuls of fresh basil  Fresh Mozzarella (the kind that comes in a round ball) Sea Salt Olive Oil  Balsamic Vinegar Turn your tomato upside down so the stem is on the bottom. Then make four slices in it (careful not to slice them all the way to the bottom). Next cut a few slices of mozzarella and layer them like this with the basil in your tomato. I would try to make my mozzarella slice a little thinner the next go round.  Here’s the game changer….a ready made balsamic reduction! This one is from Whole Foods (and i’ve seen one at Trader Joes as well). I’ve made caprese several times in the past but always thought it was a  bit of a pain to reduce the balsamic myself. This ready made reduction really speeds up the process.You can literally make these in under 5 minutes!  Lastly just drizzle a little olive oil and balsamic reduction on top,

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