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Benefits of Turmeric


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First and foremost, I am not huge into supplements. I’m typically pretty skeptical because the bottom line is: they are not regulated. There are soooo many different brands and types of supplements that it’s hard to really know what you’re consuming. Something worth a shit or just $20 dollars worth of filler?

I only take a couple of supplements: fermented cod liver oil, a probiotic, and now, turmeric. I don’t take a multivitamin because I don’t really see a reason to. I think your best bet is to try and get your multivitamins from food. Anyway, back to turmeric.

I’ve seen turmeric used as a supplement kind of floating around the internet for some time now. Then I had a friend tell me about how she’s been taking it for joint pain.

I picked it up and decided to give it a try since I’ve been having shoulder pain, (basically) chronic hip pain, and off and on neck pain. The neck and hip come and go and have now for years. I’m blaming hip from long distance running and neck from sleep and possible workout injury. I realize a smart person would say, “go to the doctor.” But I’m either stupid or an egomaniac and think I know all the answers…or assume the answers would be “rest.” Am I right? (Yes. I am right).  I feel like I have rested too. I’ve given my hip tons of rest, but the pain still comes.

Anyway, these “injuries” haven’t been debilitating, just inconvenient. Since the shoulder pain was somewhat new (been about 4 months), a few weeks back, I took a solid week off of exercise to let it rest. The pain continued after that week. So, that’s when I bought some turmeric and have been using it since then.

This might just be coincidence, but I think I’m a believer? My shoulder hasn’t been bothering me at all. My hip and neck haven’t been acting up either. I’ve probably been taking the turmeric twice a day now for about 3 weeks (maybe 4). I haven’t done anything else differently so I’m gonna go out on a limb and say the turmeric has helped?

I’ll get back to why I started taking the turmeric in the first place.

(Potential) Benefits of taking Turmeric:

Anti-Inflammatory Properties: 

Turmeric has a compound in it called Curcumin. Turns out curcumin has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. The effects of curcumin have actually been compared to anti-inflammatory drugs. This is great news! You get the effects of a painkiller without the potential side effects (source).

Because of its’ ability to fight inflammation, consuming turmeric could also help fight heartburn or acid reflux.

It may protect the brain…

There is another (less studied) compound in turmeric that may promote repair of stem cells in the brain. This compound is called Aromatic turmerone. The study that claims these potential effects studied rats with the same stem cell that humans have. The incredible thing about this (potential) find is that these stem cells help with recovery from neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimers or stroke.  So maybe this compound could be used in the future for treatment? Let’s hope! (source).

It may help to prevent heart attacks:

There was a study involving bypass patients and what the study found was that patients given curcumin three days prior to surgery and 5 days post surgery had less heart attacks than the patients given a placebo. 30% of the placebo group experienced a heart attack post surgery compared with 13% of the curcumin group. This could be (again) because of curcumin’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Interesting stuff!  (source).

There are more potential benefits out there too like cancer prevention, delaying diabetes, and anti-depressant effects.

Consuming Turmeric as a Supplement:

One thing about it is, the turmeric spice (what’s in your kitchen cabinet) contains a very small amount of the curcumin. In order to get an effective dose, you need a more concentrated version. That’s where the supplements come in.

Another thing that’s very important to remember with turmeric is the curcumin is poorly absorbed in the blood stream. Taking the turmeric supplement with black pepper (or piperine), however, helps aid in the absorption. So, make sure your supplement has that added to it or you consume black pepper with it (some people eat a few peppercorns).

This is the turmeric supplement I bought off Amazon. Like I said, I think it’s working? This is the first time I’ve noticed a “difference” when taking a supplement. There might be something to it…

I’ve also noticed there are “health drinks” coming out that contain turmeric. I can’t speak to any of those, but I do know people make what is called “Golden Milk,” a turmeric concoction.  I haven’t tried this yet, but there are tons of recipes online. One I found sort of intriguing was posted by Epicurious.


(Photo from Epicurious)

The primary ingredients are turmeric, coconut milk, coconut oil, cinnamon, ginger, honey, and some peppercorns. Sounds interesting and looks delicious, right? I’ll have to try it and report back.

My Takeaway

So far I have to admit, I’m a believe in turmeric as a supplement. Like I said, I’ve never really seen results from a supplement and have always been skeptical since they could be made of horse shit for all we know. I think the “health community” may be on to something though with this turmeric..

Do you use turmeric as a supplement? Thoughts?

**One thing to keep in mind is turmeric as a supplement is NOT regulated by the FDA. It is NOT medication. Before you take any supplements, talk to your doc. Do your research.**

A New Workout, Vanilla Latte Protein Shake, and a Giveaway!

Hey ya’ll! What’s goin on? First of all, I know the pictures in my previous post are all out of whack.  That always happens when I post from my Ipad (ugh) I will fix them, I swear.

Anyway, we are still enjoying bomb weather here in ski country. Speaking of skiing, the resorts open in like, two weeks and it hasn’t snowed at all. Should be interesting! I love it though. Can it stay this warm all winter long? Moving right along…

I have been loving exercise bands lately. They are cheap, easy to pack (I take one with me to the gym because they don’t have any), and will definitely make your workouts harder. Such a simple tool but it does so much! You can find them on Amazon for around 10 bucks.

This workout is focused on your lower body and will definitely make that booty sore. Don’t you love that feeling though? I mean, to a point. I don’t want to take a tumble down my stairs…

I recommend going through each set in this workout four times. I just want to make sure that your legs are pure jello at the end. If you notice though that it’s too much, stop at 3 sets. That’s great too! Here’s a breakdown:


Band Side Walks- You can place the band around your feet or around your thighs. You could actually double up with a band around thighs and feet if you’re feeling extra saucy. Once the bands are in place, sink down into a squat (go low, baby!), and take 15 steps to the right, then 15 back to the left.

Bridge with Abduction using the Band-  Lay down on the ground with knees bent. Place the band around your thighs. Lift your hips and bottom off the ground (squeeze that bum), then push your knees outward, bring them back, and lower back to the ground.

In/Out Jumps- Place the band around your ankles. Sink down low into a squat and jump out, then jump back in staying down in a squat the whole time.

Donkey Kicks- Place the band around your feet and get on all fours. Bend your right leg and push your foot up towards the ceiling. So your leg is bent the whole time and your squeezing your right butt cheek as you raise your leg. Do 15 reps then switch legs.

Standing Abduction- In a standing position, place the band around your ankles. Standing on your left leg, lift your right leg to the side keeping it straight. Slowly lower back down for 15 reps. Switch sides.

Star Jumps with Weights and Band- Grab a light pair of dumbbells and place the exercise band around your ankles. Bring the dumbbells to shoulder height. Squat down low (with legs together), then jump up and out bringing legs out wide and simultaneously pressing weights overhead. Land back into squat.

Step Ups with Weights- You can do these with weights or without. If using the dumbbells, keep them at your sides. Step up with right leg onto a bench while bringing your left knee up towards your chest. Then lower the left leg down onto the ground and repeat 15 reps. Switch sides.

Lunge Walks- You can use weights with these or not.  Step forward with your right leg into a lunge. Then straighten out that right leg and bring left leg forward into a lunge. Repeat for 15 reps on both sides.

Jump Lunges- Start with your right leg forward and drop down into a lunge. Jump up and switch legs bringing your left leg forward into a lunge.

Yesssss. So much burn. You’re gonna love it.


Vanilla Latte Smoothie and Giveaway!

I love the flavor of the coffee. Yes, the caffeine is obviously an added benefit, but I also really enjoy the flavor. Coffee, coffee ice cream, coffee yogurt-you name it, I’m on board.

What I usually do with my protein shakes is add whey protein, leftover coffee from the morning (so it’s not hot), frozen banana, ice, almond milk, and sometimes cocoa or PB2. All those flavors just mesh so well together.

When I had the opportunity to work with Click, a protein powder mixed with gourmet espresso coffee and flavors like vanilla latte, I jumped all over that. What a great (and obvious) idea! I already love this combo, so they’re saving me step. 🙂

Here’s the smoothie I whipped up after my leg workout:


Vanilla Latte Protein Shake (featuring Click protein powder and espresso):

  • 2 scoops Click Vanilla Latte protein powder
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 scoops PB2
  • almond milk
  • crushed ice

That’s it! It tastes amazing, trust me. If you like the flavor of coffee, you’ll love it.


I used the powder in a protein shake, but you can actually just add it to water and drink it hot like a cup of coffee. You can also enjoy it cold too during those summer months (iced coffee, anyone?).

CLICK Nutrition:

One thing I always check when it comes to protein powders is labels. This one especially you may wonder..does it have a lot of sugar? It’s not bad actually.

2 scoops of vanilla latte:

  • Calories: 120
  • Fat: 1g
  • Carbs: 11g
  • Protein: 16g
  • Sugar: 5g

So, the amount of sugar is not too bad but it is more than other “regular” protein powders. There is also less protein. But, this is a great substitute for your morning coffee with definitely more protein than a normal cup and possibly less sugar too.

Giveaway Time! 

The best part! 🙂

One reader will receive a full canister of CLICK in whatever flavor they choose: vanilla latte, mocha, or caramel and a CLICK shaker bottle.  




To enter: leave me a comment below telling me what flavor you’d like to try: vanilla latte, caramel, or mocha. That’s it! Easy peasy.


For more recipes featuring CLICK products, you can visit their website at  They have some yummy ones including a pumpkin spice latte (’tis the season) and no-bake CLICK mocha protein bars.  Don’t forget to follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest!

Giveaway ends Monday November 14. Good luck!

*edited: I decided to extend the giveaway!*


Toddler Friendly Pumpkin Spice Balls

I’ll just start by saying these are both toddler friendly AND adult friendly. Also, hi!

It’s been a while, right? Sorry about that. I swear I get busy, time flies, and suddenly it’s fall (dangerously close to winter here in Colorado). Is anyone else experiencing that? Or is it only us crazies living at 8,000 feet? It actually snowed in September. What the hell is that about?! But, today, it’s lovely so no complaints.

Snow in September

I guess it’s time to put away those deck toys. Ugh. I am NOT ready for winter. I don’t think I ever will be though #summerforlife.

We’ve been having fun though! Going on hikes, celebrating birthdays (hello 33), hittin’ up pumpkin patches, and visiting with family.

(Snapchat is officially my favorite by the way.)


33rd birthday







Can we talk about the attitude on this girl? She don’t take no shit from no one. ?

This chilly fall weather just screams “bake!” To me…anyone else? I made two banana breads on Sunday actually. Two delicious, not remotely healthy, banana breads. Sometimes ya gotta stick to what works. My husband always rolls his eyes at me when I take a recipe and try to make it healthy. I have to admit, a lot of times, it just doesn’t work.

I’m talking all about baking but these balls are no-bake..even better, right? Don’t we all appreciate recipes that are a little less work?

These little balls are not only toddler friendly (as in they will actually eat them), but they can also help you in the kitchen. There’s nothing dangerous involved, just potential stickiness ?. My four year old actually rolled them into “snakes” initially. Then her unfun mom went back and rolled them into balls. Here’s the recipe:

Pumpkin spice balls

Super easy! You could substitute regular oats if you don’t have GF (or you love gluten), use peanut butter instead of almond, honey instead of maple syrup, and of course, leave out the chocolate chips if you want less sugar. I love snack balls because you can really customize them however you want. To make them more “adult friendly” you could add some protein powder too.

Let me know if you try them!

How’s your weather? Does it feel like fall where you are?


Recipe: Roasted Cherry Tomatoes


I’m sort of embarrassed to say that I’ve never cooked cherry tomatoes…or even regular old tomatoes?

Truth be told, my husband doesn’t like tomatoes, so I don’t use them often. My kids, on the other hand, love cherry tomatoes. They pop those suckers in their mouth like they’re candy (which, I obviously love!).

I’ve seen some beautiful pictures floating around of roasted cherry tomatoes and decided to mix things up one night and roast some of my own. Maybe the kiddos would love them like this too?

I wish I was growing tomatoes in our (sad) little garden, but sort of forgot about them since the hubs isn’t a fan. He does like marinara and salsa though so I could have made different sauces, etc. Oh well, maybe next season!

Anyway, I picked up a few little containers of cherry tomatoes-red and yellow-from the grocery store and roasted them up. This was actually super easy AND quick.


Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

  • 1 container of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp of olive oil
  • garlic powder to taste
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

I try NOT to use the oven much in the summer, but made an exception for these little beauties. The good news was: they only took about 20 minutes to cook so the house wasn’t on fire.

All I did was coat my tomatoes in oil, shake on some garlic powder, salt, and pepper, and cook in the oven at 400 for 20 minutes. I added a little parmesan cheese once the tomatoes were done.


So, I really liked these! I thought they turned out delicious. I definitely recommend eating them right away; they taste great when they’re hot.


My kids, sadly, were not huge fans. I guess they prefer the simplicity of raw cherry tomatoes. Hey, I get it..those are great too.

Will I make these again? Probably not often since I’m the only one that liked them. That being said, if you love tomatoes, give them a try! It’s a great way to add some variety!


Do you cook tomatoes? What are your favorite ways to use them?

Grocery Budget Challenge: Week 2

Hey friends! I officially survived my first week of a grocery budget. Like, literally, I survived. I didn’t starve. Shocking, I know.


I did do better this week. I had my goal in mind ($200 for the week) and stuck to it. I was still a little disappointed with my first grocery run of the week because I spent $129 dollars, only leaving $70 for the rest of the week. In hindsight, that shouldn’t be a problem, but I was hoping to spend less because my husband was out of town this week, therefore I was only feeding 3 mouths. Eh, it’s okay. Still met the goal, right?

Since I did spend slightly more than I was hoping, I saved my receipts to see where I could cut down on spending next week. Here’s what I found:


  • Egg Whites– $4.99 These are store brand, but still a little pricey. I eat egg whites almost everyday, so I’ll probably keep these on the list. I hate to buy or use regular eggs just for the egg white. It seems wasteful to me.
  • Magazine– $3.99  Oops. My grocery temptation: the magazine. I notice I’m especially prone to buying magazines when my hubs is gone because I flip through them at night. It’s not the worst thing (or most expensive thing) in the world, but they add up. They just do. Most of the time too, I don’t find anything useful in them so I’ll try to watch that habit of mine.
  • Spaghetti Sauce–  $4.19 Little pricey for spaghetti sauce, but here’s my reason for buying this brand: no sugar added. I swear I looked at a million different labels and almost all of them had added sugar. I like that about this brand so I’ll probably keep buying it.
  • Apples– $4.60 Hmmm…apples. They’re not in season, so maybe they’re a little more pricey than they are in the fall. Honestly, I don’t really know. Maybe I could buy another fruit that’s in season and a little cheaper, like peaches? It might be worth looking into. I like having apples around though because they’re a.) healthy, b.) easy to transport, c.) yummy.
  • Peanut Butter and Co. Peanut Butter– $4.19 Sort of an impulse buy…oops. I just love having some sort of flavored peanut butter or almond butter around. I guess it satisfies a sweet tooth. Hey, at least I didn’t buy Justin’s or something? Could have been like, 6-9 bucks instead of the 4. So, I kind of cut down on costs… :).


My second trip to the store during this week was pretty good too, only spent $20.34 (but again, just three mouths this week).

My expensive items during this trip were a head of cauliflower ($5.37) and green grapes ($4.52).

These were the highest priced items on my receipt, but both of these provide enough food for at least 2 meals/snacks so I think they’re worth the price.

I actually looked up what the price of these items are on average and found that cauliflower usually runs about $4 for a head, (so I paid more), and grapes are around $2.87 a pound. I paid less for the grapes at $1.99 a pound #winning.

Total For the Week

My total grocery spending for this week was $149.83. I came out under my $200 AND under $150, which is awesome!

Overall, I did a pretty good job sticking to my lists. I see a few spots I could work on (impulse peanut butter), but I’m satisfied with week #1.


Next on the agenda I’ll be tackling Amazon orders, whether coupons are worth it, Costco, and Farmer’s Markets.

What are your best strategies for cutting costs at the grocery store? Do you use coupons? Hit up Farmer’s Markets? Buy in bulk? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Review: Kirkland Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bar


Does everything Kirkland/Costco do hit it out of the park? Pretty much, yeah. (No, this post is NOT sponsored… I just like finding yummy new treats and I’m betting you do too).

I saw these bars all over Instagram and they looked amazing; I had to pick them up. I’ve been trying to stay away from Costco lately because…well, see the budget post :). I have a tendency to impulse buy there and that is NOT a place you want to impulse buy. This time, I went in with a purpose: protein bars.

The box comes with 20 bars in 2 flavors: chocolate chip cookie dough and a brownie bar (ten each). The price of the entire box was about $18 dollars making each bar about .90 cents. Not too shabby.


My immediate reaction to the cookie dough flavor was that it looks just like the chocolate chip cookie dough Quest bars. Quest fans, am I right?? Do they taste as good? YES they do.



The flavors are different, but in my opinion, both bars are delicious. This Kirkland bar had some major chocolate chunkage which I am all about. They actually tasted a bit fresher to me too…which I don’t even know how to describe to you, but it was a good thing.




The nutrition facts are very similar to Quest bars too:

  • calories: 190
  • Fat: 9 grams
  • Carbs: 22 grams
  • Fiber: 15 grams
  • Sugar: 1 gram


So, these Kirkland bars (at least this flavor), are a win. They are significantly cheaper than other bar (for example, Quest bars are about $2.40 a bar depending on where you buy them), taste great, and have good nutrition stats.

Will I buy again? YES!

I haven’t tried the brownie flavor yet, but once I do, I will post a review on that one too!


Have you tried these bars? What did you think? What’s your go-to protein bar?

Grocery Budget Challenge: Take 1

Hey guys! Sorry about the major lack of posts lately. I go out of town (in this case, back in March?), then fall out of the habit of posting regularly. I’ve been meaning to before today, but to be totally honest, have just been lazy. Typing on a computer? Ugh. So much work (but not really).

My new goal is to post 3 times a week on the same three themes. Right now I’m thinking 1.) eating healthy on a budget, 2.) a food review (like, a new protein bar, for example), and 3.) a recipe. What do you think? If you guys have suggestions on posts you’d like to see, I would love to know what you think!! Gotta give the people what they want :).



Anyway, let’s talk about grocery budgets. Or in my case, lack thereof.

Ugh, where do I begin? I’ve followed a budget for groceries before but always fall off the wagon. I’ll be honest here, I never grew up understanding budgeting and definitely didn’t follow one in college. So, my “adult years” have been a little inconsistent when it comes to spending.

At this point in my life, I spend the most on food. Should I be embarrassed about that? Gone are the days when clothes and makeup made up the pit that my money would fall into…now it’s food. But food is awesome so nope, no shame here.

Of course, food can and DOES add up quickly. Especially when you start shopping at places like Costco or Sam’s Club. You have to have a budget for those places otherwise the money just vanishes. Or you can take my approach and steer clear of them unless you really need something (my approach for now).

Average Food Budgets for American Families: 

For someone like me, who really doesn’t know how much is considered “a lot” when it comes to food budgets, it’s great to know what a typical family spends on food per week. The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) actually posts a breakdown of the average individual and families cost of food at home by week and month.

My family is a family of four with two kids- 2 and 4. Under this group, here is the breakdown of average food costs at home per week (info was from February 2015):

  • Thrifty Plan– $131.00 per week
  • Low-Cost Plan-$167.30
  • Moderate-Cost Plan– $207.10
  • Liberal Plan-$256.50

(Here is a link to that page).

Just looking at these numbers, I believe we would (or could) fall into the Moderate-Cost Plan. We eat most of our meals at home or pack lunches, so we should be able to pull this off.

My Current Situation

My current “budget” for grocery shopping is…I have no budget. True Life: I’m 32, a mother of two, and have no grocery budget (does anyone else miss that MTV show True Life? True Life: I have calf implants..ha! Maybe they still have it… I donno..again, I’m 32).

My guess on how much I spend weekly on groceries is probably around $300. Some weeks more, some less. That is only groceries. So, you can see that we go above and beyond liberal.

Of course, what you spend on groceries depends on your personal income. Without getting into too many details, I will say $300 ish a week, is too much. We could and need to shave that down.

The real issue for me is just keeping track of where the money goes. Instead of going to the store and buying whatever catches my eye, therefore spending who knows how much, keeping track will give me and my family a good idea of spending, budgeting, and self control.

My Weekly Grocery Budget Goal:


My NEW goal for groceries only is $200. Two hundred dollars for a family of four (2 small kids). That’s basically the moderate-cost plan.

I could do this the hard way: show up, buy some stuff, and whatever amount is left for the week will have to get us through. Or, what I assume is the easier way: take an inventory of food we have (hello, pantry!), plan out meals for the week, shop accordingly.

For now, I’m only going to shop at our local store-NO Costco. Costco is another beast for another day. Baby steps.

I’ll update you next week with how the week went! Anyone want to join me on this budget challenge?

Do you stick to a grocery budget? Any good tips?? 

Amazing Abs Workout

*This post was originally posted back in 2012. But hey, I still like training my abs in 2016…anyone else? 🙂 *

I am NOT a fan of working out my abs. To be honest, they are the weakest part of my body (legs coming in close second) so exercising those muscles is just plain hard.

Since I hate doing them, I make myself do it. A strong core is extremely important, especially after having kiddos when all your ab muscles are obsolete. I try to give my abs/core some attention at least a couple times a week.

Like I said, this workout is one I posted on YouTube back in 2012, but the exercises are still good to go! Speaking of, I should get back on YouTube..right?!

This workout should take you about 10 minutes if you run through it once. All you will need is a pair of light dumbbells and a swiss ball but if you don’t have equipment, I show you some modifications you can do.

Here are the exercise:

  • Mountain Climbers
  • Hand to Toe Touches– Switch sides after 30 seconds
  • Side Plank Dips– Switch sides after 30 seconds
  • Swiss Ball Passes
  • Side Plank with Shoulder Raise– Switch sides after 30 seconds
  • Russian Twists
  • Supermans with Shoulder Press
  • Plank

That’s it! I hope you guys like it. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!



Aladdin’s Magic Carpet Pizza *Recipe for Kids*


How young is too young to help in the kitchen? There’s obviously no real answer to that question. I do think, however, that getting those kiddies in the kitchen with you early on is a good thing. There’s something about making a dish or creating something, that fires kids up and actually makes them want to eat their food. They may destroy your kitchen in the process, but hey, it’s worth it :). (clean kitchens are overrated…oh wait, no they’re not).

My oldest daughter is going on four (come September) so she is definitely ready and old enough to be recruited for some kitchen work. The best part is, she wants to participate. The minute she hears a blender, food processor, or mixing bowl going at full speed, she drags her stool in to see what I’m making.

I don’t make too many “kid-centric” meals. Meaning cutsey, stereotypical, fun kid food. Honestly, I should probably do it more. There’s a reason people make “kid food” or food cut into shapes, made into animals, whatever it is! IT WORKS. I guess food tastes better when it’s shaped like a heart.

I saw this recipe on the Disney Channel actually. I thought it looked pretty cute but my daughter was the one who said she wanted to make it. So make it we did!

Just a head’s up, our pizza was not as cute as theirs, but we all got the idea. It still tasted good!


Aladdin’s Magic Carpet Pizza

(original recipe found on Disney Channel website)

  • whole wheat pizza dough (store bought)
  • hummus (store bought)
  • golden raisins
  • black raisins
  • dried figs
  • parsley
  • jack cheese

Obviously, you can go more of a homemade route with homemade pizza dough and homemade hummus, but I was all about store bought.

First, we broke the pizza dough into three equal pieces and molded each section into the shape of a magic carpet.


Next, I baked the pizza dough for about 12 minutes at 400 degrees (or until they were slightly browned).

Now for the toppings! We spread some hummus on each pizza, then topped it off with raisins, figs, and finally cheese.


The original recipe is super cute with the raisins alternating colors around the edges of the pizza and the figs sliced and placed down the middle. We sort of went for that…then just piled them on. 🙂


I baked the pizza’s for another 5 minutes or until the cheese was nice and melted then topped with a little parsley.



This was so fun and such a cute idea! My daughter loved every minute of the prep and then of course, the eating. But I think she would pick prep over eat any day. It’s so easy to get caught up in day to day stuff and just to focus on “getting dinner on the table.” Sometimes it’s nice to take a step back and let kids join in on the fun. It’s messy, but again, worth it.



Do you make special kiddo meals? Any cute ideas? 



Flapjacked Mighty Muffins Review

** This review is my personal opinion of this product. Flapjacked did NOT send me items to review. I just like talking about fun, new, products out there! :)**

*One more disclaimer: I’ve only tried the chocolate, apple cinnamon, and maple pumpkin flavor*

I’ve been buying these Flapjacked Mighty Muffins now for a couple of months. There are tons of things I love about them…and a few things I don’t. So, I’ll share my thoughts!

What are Mighty Muffins?

Have you seen mug cakes/muffins? I feel like they were a rage for a couple of years there…as they should be! What a brilliant idea. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, there were recipes for mug cakes popping up all over the place. A mug cake is basically a single serve piece of cake (yes, the size of your mug). You throw together a few ingredients, mix in your mug, microwave, then eat it up! They are awesome when you need some dessert in your life, but don’t want a whole cake in your house. Anyway, Mighty Muffins are basically mug cakes (or muffins in this case).

They pack way more nutrition though! Mighty Muffins are gluten free, high protein, high fiber, and super easy to make. The muffins typically pack around 200-240 calories, 20 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, and 8 grams of sugar. 

I love the high protein count. The other thing I love about these muffins is how quickly you cook them. All you do is add a little water (very little. There’s a line that shows you) then microwave for 35 seconds. That’s it. You could take these anywhere and cook them. So easy!

They come in 6 flavors: double chocolate, chocolate peanut butter, cinnamon apple, peanut butter, maple pumpkin, and s’mores. (I’ve only tried double chocolate, maple pumpkin, and cinnamon apple).

In case you don’t have time to read any of those paragraphs, I’ll break down my pro’s and con’s:


  • Nutrition Facts: protein: 20 grams, fiber: 5 grams, calories: 220, sugar: 8 grams
  • Added probiotics to aid in gut health/overall immunity. I don’t know the details on their patented strain of probiotics, but I’m sure they couldn’t hurt.
  • Take 35 seconds to cook.
  • The taste! Maple Pumpkin is the bomb. Seriously. I thought it would taste kind of funky and artificial, but it’s really very tasty. I think I like the apple cinnamon better than the chocolate which surprises me. Chocolate is good, but I love getting those bites of cinnamon sweetness.







  • Price: I’ve been buying a pack of them (6) from Amazon at $21.99. That comes out to $3.66 a muffin. On their site, I don’t see the 6 pack only 4 or 12. They are slightly cheaper there. Vitamin Shoppe sells them too, but I believe only single muffins at $3.39. So, yeah, they’re not cheap.
  • Adding the right amount of water is crucial: So, this might be user error….I admit, it’s possible. There is a line on the side of the cup showing you where to add water to. Clearly, sometimes I’ve gone over this and am basically left with sort of a doughy mess. That’s a bummer..considering the cost I just told you about. I usually eat it anyway because I’m gross. 🙂  Every now and then too, I notice too little water? The muffins can be a little dry. Overall though, they’re good.

I like these Mighty Muffins although I have to control my consumption since they are pricey. I usually save them for a busy morning when I want something quick or an after snack when I’m madly craving chocolate.



I may or may not continue to buy them. I’d love to keep them around, I’m just not sure it makes sense given the cost.

Like I said, you can find them on their website, Amazon, and Vitamin Shoppe. 


Have you tried Flapjacked Mighty Muffins? Anyone try the other flavors? Thoughts?