Healthy Camping Snacks – Fitness Friday {May 27, 2022}

Hey Guys!

Today i’m back with another Fitness Friday. Sorry there was no Fitness Friday last week, we went camping.

Which is why today i’m talking about healthy snacks to take camping, that way you don’t find yourself reaching for the bad stuff and blowing all your weight loss/health goals.

Here are some of the healthy snacks i took camping…

Fruit – I packed bananas and apples, just because they are the 2 easiest fruit for transporting and they don’t need refrigeration.

Rice Cakes – I love the white cheddar flavor, and at only 45 calories per cake it’s a great snack for weight loss.

One Protein Bar – I did a review recently on these bars, if you want to know more about them, you can read that post HERE. I love the maple glazed doughnut flavor and these are great to take camping.

Trail Mix – At 140 calories for only 1/4 cup, this isn’t the greatest weight loss snack in my opinion. Plus it has a lot of sugar. But for me it’s not camping without trail mix. My whole family loves to eat trail mix when camping. Which is why i didn’t get a picture of it, my whole family ate it all up before i could. Anyways this is the one we like, the Walmart brand Indulgent flavor.

What’s your favorite healthy snack to take camping? I’d love some more ideas for next time.

Built Bar vs. One Bar {Protein Bar Review}

Hi Guys!

Today i’m back sharing my thoughts on two different protein bars.

Built Bar vs. One Bar

*Side note: i’ve only ever had the Maple Glazed Doughnut flavor of One Bars, so that is the one i am doing this review on. I have tried almost every flavor of Built Bars, so i am picking my favorite flavor which is Coconut.*

One BarMaple Glazed Doughnut Flavor – Pack of 4 for $7.47

Calories 220

Protein 20G

Sugar 1G

At 220 calories the One Bar is more of a meal replacement for me than a snack. When trying to lose weight, i keep my snack calories at no more than 150 calories. I do love the texture of it more than Built Bars. Built Bars are very chewy, so they get stuck in my teeth and the One Bar is more dry, which i like. I love the Maple Glazed Doughnut flavor, it’s very delicious. I love the protein that it provides and i love that it doesn’t have that much sugar. Overall, i highly recommend the One Bar, just beware of the calories if you are trying to lose weight.

Built BarCoconut Flavor – Pack of 12 for $29.95

Calories 130

Protein 17G

Sugar 4G

I love that the calories on built bar are very low, i can easily eat one of these as a snack while trying to lose weight and not worry about it. I don’t like that they are very chewy, they always get stuck in my teeth. They are also more expensive than the One Bar. I could get 16 One Bars for less than a package of 12 Built Bars. I do love that Built Bar has a ton of flavors and they are always coming out with new flavors. I have tried pretty much every flavor and they all are good. Overall, i would also recommend Built Bar if you like a chewy protein bar.

What’s your favorite protein bar??

Meal Prep Ideas – Fitness Friday {May 13, 2022}

Hey Guys!

I’m back with another Fitness Friday!

Today i’m sharing some meal prep ideas to help keep you on track with healthy eating, so you can accomplish your weight loss goals.

It’s much easier for me to eat a healthy lunch, if i already have them prepped and ready to go.

Here are a few of my favorite meal prep ideas…

Lo Mein – I’ve shared this before in my “what i eat in a day post”, i love this meal. It’s so delicious, and i figured out the calories are only around 179 for one container. The whole wheat pasta makes it a very filling meal, and i love that you can customize the veggies.

Beef & Broccoli – My 16 year old even loved this meal, he said he actually prefers this recipe than the original Beef & Broccoli i make with stir fry meat. At only 252 calories per serving, it is a great meal for weight loss.

Turkey Taco Salad – This one is 203 calories per serving, healthy and delicious!

Peanut Butter Banana Wrap – This one can’t really be made days in advance, because the banana would turn brown, but it is a yummy meal quick meal. I’m not sure on the calories, but all my kids love it too.

Snack Lunch – Turkey, Cheese, Crackers, Cherry Tomatoes, Hard Boiled Egg, and grapes. This is a good one to have on the days you are just wanting a snacky type lunch.

I hope you enjoyed these different meal prep ideas. Which one was your favorite?

2021-2022 Homeschool Year Recap

Last month we finished our homeschool year, for the 2021-2022 school year.

Today i thought i would share how the school year went, what we liked, what we didn’t like, etc.

We started our homeschool year in July 2021 and our schedule this year was Tuesday – Friday. We love having Monday’s off. It makes the week go by much faster.

Our group subjects this year were:

Art – I bought Melissa & Doug Drawing Pads for each of my kids and every day i would have something drawn on our white board for them to copy. On Thursday’s i did something called “Think Outside The Box Thursday”, where i would have like half of a drawing done on the board and they would have to complete the drawing, but they couldn’t pick the obvious thing (for example: i draw half a heart, then they have to change it into something else, they can’t just draw a full heart.). All the kids loved “Think Outside The Box Thursday”, so i am definitely doing that again next school year.

Spanish – We’ve been working through Flip Flop Spanish for awhile now, i love it. I think the kids are learning a lot. We will continue to use it.

Bible – This year for Bible i just bought the kids a Christian Gratitude Journal with Bible Verses, it worked ok. After awhile the kids felt stuck having to come up with 3 different things every day to be grateful for. They didn’t want to repeat things, so it became tricky for them. Next school year i am switching things up for Bible.

History – We’ve been using The Good and The Beautiful’s history curriculum for the past several years now. This year we were on history 3. The one thing we don’t like about it, is the audio recordings. They are so cheesy, that we skip over them. But when we skip over them, then we are missing out on some information that they ask review questions about, so i’ve had to change the review questions up a bit.

Science – We did several The Good and The Beautiful science curriculum this year. We did Space, Botany, and Energy. All the kids agreed that Space was the best one. It was a lot of fun. The Energy one was our least favorite.

Geography – We started on Expedition Earth by Confessions of a Homeschooler, we didn’t complete it. We will continue using it next school year. I don’t use it how she has it recommended to use. A lot of the stuff she has in it, is just stuff we don’t care to do, so i make it work for us.

Literature – This is our read aloud time. I had high hopes that we would make it through several different books, but we didn’t even make it through one book. Probably because we started with The Green Ember and it’s a long book and my kids weren’t really enjoying it, so instead of picking another book i would skip days.

Those were all our group subjects.

For individual subjects:

We used The Good and The Beautiful for language arts for my 3 oldest kids and we will continue to use them.

For Math we used Teaching Textbooks for my oldest 2 kids and will continue to do that. My 5th grader uses Math-U-See and will continue with them again next school year. My littlest 2 use Lessons For A Living Education and also will continue with that for math next school year.

All my kids use Wordly Wise for vocab and will continue to do so.

We use The Good and The Beautiful for handwriting and will continue with that as well.

Logic, which i did a review on already, personal finance, careers & trades, and photography were some other classes that some of my children took over the school year.

That was all the book work we did, aside from that we also did life…

We went camping.

We went on hikes.

We built a storage shed.

We re-did the siding on our house.

We built a greenhouse.

We planted lots of things.

My daughter started horseback riding lesssons.

It was a great school year, so many fun memories were made. In fact, the kids can’t wait for July to come so we can start school again.

*This post may contain affiliate links.*

Fitness Friday ~ May 6, 2022

Hi Guys!

For today’s Fitness Friday, i’m sharing what i eat in a day, weight loss edition.

I start the morning off with black coffee and water.

Breakfast: 10 AM – toasted English Muffin w/butter

Lately i’ve been loving eating these Multi Grain English Muffins, they are only 100 calories and so delicious. I toast it and then add a little bit of butter. At this time i also take my vitamins for the day.

Lunch: 12:30ish – Lo Mein Meal Prep

I love having some meals prepped and ready to go. Today i enjoyed eating one of these lo mein meal prep meals from damn delicious.

I also have an afternoon coffee with cream.*Not pictured*

Snack: 3:00ish – Key Lime Crumble Chobani Flip

This is my favorite flavor of the Chobani flips. It’s so good.

Dinner: 5:30ish – Chicken, Rice, and Salad

Marinated chicken, white rice, and a garden salad. This is a meal we make a lot, it’s a very yummy meal to end my day with.

That’s what i eat in a day, i also drink a gallon of water *not pictured*. I hope you enjoyed this Fitness Friday, and let me know what your favorite weight loss meal is, i could always use new ideas.