Toasted Coconut Chips

  Back in March when we began our grain-free journey with a Whole30, I found myself doing a ton of research on paleo eating, specifically related to paleo snacks that my children and husband would enjoy. I knew that their normal snacks of granola bars and muffins were easily paleo-itized. But those snacks used pound after pound of insanely expensive almond flour or a dozen eggs per batch of muffins. When reading one of my now favorite cookbooks,... Read More

Snacktime

Good afternoon! I wanted to stop by and let you know that I have been busy over on Instagram sharing the snacks that my kids have been enjoying this week. Check out all of the posts by searching the hashtag #cleaneatingsnacks and #cleaneatinglunch. If you’d like more ideas for fabulous clean eating and whole foods recipes for your family check out the hashtag #kideatingwhole on Instagram.  Read More

Homemade Baby Food

When L began eating solids back in March we loosely followed the Baby-Led Weaning approach. I was surprised at how well he did feeding himself cute pieces of super soft foods. So, honestly we haven’t had a huge need for homemade baby food purees, like we did when M was a baby. I am really loving the ease of simply feeding L a bit of what we are eating or leftovers from another meal, like sweet potatoes. L’s favorite foods are sweet potato,... Read More

Quinoa Protein Cereal

I posted this picture last week and got lots of requests for the recipe, so I thought I would pop in while the kids finish up their naps to share this very simple recipe that has become one of my go-to snacks. I love to top my Quinoa Protein Cereal with either fresh berries, banana or Rhubarb Strawberry Sauce. Also, be on the lookout for a new twist on Rhubarb Sauce this spring. This recipe is inspired by Gina’s Cookie Dough Cereal, which... Read More

A Day In the Life with Two Under 3

I love when fellow mommy bloggers share Day In the Life posts, so I thought that I would do a quick run down of a day in the life of the Peters family! I am following the The Eat-Clean Diet Stripped plan as our beach vacation approaches, so all of the eats that you see are my interpretation of the meal plans from the book. Please keep in mind that I exclusively breastfeed a ravenous 20+ lb 6 month old, add to that 4-5 fast and furious workouts per... Read More

Carob Raspberry Amazeballs

I was first introduced to amazeballs when I participated in the Fitnessista’s Winter Shape Up. I immediately fell in love with the ease of preparation, portability and fun flavor combinations. We are hooked! Every other week I make a batch (or two) as snacks for the whole family – with protein powder for Allan and I and without protein powder for Matthew. So far, Carob Raspberry is hands down our favorite flavor combo. This recipe is based... Read More

Green Apple Pie Smoothies

Between our regular grocery trips, my in-laws trees and our CSA fruit share, we have an overabundance of apples. Of course I have been busy making crockpot applesauce any chance that I can get; however, our new favorite way to enjoy the fall harvest has been Green Apple Pie Smoothies. Matthew has been teething since Luke’s arrival and loves a cold, refreshing smoothie mid-morning. This morning was no exception. Green Apple Pie Smoothie adapted... Read More

Gluten-Free Summer Strawberry Cornbread

Can you believe that we are in the midst of strawberry season already?!? I adore sweet, local berries and am so excited that the season is arriving early and with a vengeance this year. Usually the local MN strawberries are bright red, extremely sweet and very fragile. They can be difficult to handle and bake with because they easily fall apart in your hands and have a high water content. However, this year I had the pleasure of buying a case of... Read More

Grain Free Banana Muffins

Yikes! It is hot and humid. Seriously, last week it was rainy and the mercury barely rose above 60˚. Gotta love MN weather! I wasn’t quite sure how my pregnant body would tolerate the heat and humidity of Minnesota summers, but so far, so good. Matthew and I are both warm blooded and like to sweat, but surprisingly, it doesn’t bother either of us if the air conditioning is off, the fans are on, the windows are open and we are sweatin’... Read More

Matthew’s 2nd Birthday Party

Sorry for the delay in posting photos from Matthew’s party. We’ve been a little out of sorts over here, so I had a delay in getting the photos pulled together. Last Sunday we celebrated Matthew’s 2nd birthday with family and friends. The following are some highlights from the party, including the party menu. We started off the party with snacks and appetizers: Guacamole Strawberry Avocado Salsa Train Track Trail Mix Refrigerator... Read More

Fun in the Sun

Have you been wondering to yourself, where in the world has that Maria Makes Muffins been?!? She hasn’t posted in weeks! Today I am here to answer that question… With the second trimester in full swing, Matthew and I have had quite a bit to catch up on. It felt like the first trimester moved in slow motion, filled with morning sickness, nausea and fatigue; however, the second trimester is FLYING by! This morning Matthew and I used up... Read More

Whole Wheat Maple Donuts

I had to stop in briefly this afternoon to tell you about the most amazing treat that I whipped up for bible study tomorrow morning. When I signed up for fellowship at bible study I immediately knew that I wanted to bring a healthy baked good. There were a few reasons for my decision: 1. All of the baked goods and sweets at bible study are loaded with white flour, sugar and (most likely) shortening or conventional butter. 2. Most people think that... Read More

Four Things Friday + Giveaway

1. A couple weeks ago, I was sent a sample of Morrocco Method Styling Dragon Pomade. As you know, I tried the complete line of Morrocco Method shampoos and conditioners this summer, as I tried to go ‘poo-free. I was very saddened when their products didn’t work out for me at that time; however, I was still very interested in finding some of their products that would work for my hair type. When they offered to send me the Styling Dragon... Read More

Gluten-Free Cookies: Winter Spiced Biscotti

Let’s talk cookies. Specifically, clean, low-sugar, low-fat, gluten-free cookies. It’s the week of Christmas and I can’t believe that I haven’t brought up cookies yet. I love sweets… but they do not love me back. So, I choose to enjoy them in moderation and to modify recipes to reduce sugar, cut fat and increase whole grains. With the added twist of making all things gluten-free, baking has been interesting around here.... Read More

Banana Chai Muffins

I am still in love with Ashley’s chai spice blend. Yum! Every week I make a batch of clean and healthy snack muffins or cookies for Matthew to enjoy throughout the week. It’s an easy way for me to ensure that he is getting enough healthy fat, whole grains and fruits/veggies. Plus, I can pop a few in my purse for snacks away from the house without having to solely rely on organic dry cereal. When I saw Heather’s recipe for banana... Read More

Chai Spiced

Last week Ashley from the edible perspective posted a recipe for chai spice mix. I love chai spices and immediately ran to my spice rack and mixed up the spice blend. Upon first sniff, I immediately knew that it was a winning combination. I then got to work using it. We were running low on nut  butters, so I borrowed Ashley’s idea and made Chai Spiced Cashew Butter. This would make a wonderful Christmas present for someone that you really... Read More

Gingerbread Two Ways

Matthew and I have been enjoying our Advent Calendar activities. Matthew looks forward to opening the Advent Calendar door and unfolding the little piece of paper every day. I found little clip art photos to represent each activity so that he can recognize what we are doing without the need for me to read the activity out loud… even though I always do. Each day we talk about how God sent his son, Jesus, to save us. I honestly think Matthew... Read More

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas…

“…yet not my will, but yours be done.” Luke 22:42 As Christmas nears I find myself getting more and more strapped for personal time. There are so many things that I would like to do, people I would like to visit and experiences I would like to enjoy with Matthew. However, it seems that there are just not enough hours in every day to do all that I would like – which I am ok with. I tend to get caught up in the perfection of... Read More

Five Things Monday + Recipe

Since we last spoke… 1. We now have a decorated Christmas Tree in our living room. I love visiting our local Bachman’s to pick out a Christmas tree. Last year we bought an overpriced Fraser Fir at Whole Foods. It was a near fiasco where Allan had to secure the tree to our car on his won using budget twine. Allan drove 15 mph the whole way home. Never again. On the other hand, Bachman’s has a heated greenhouse filled with beautiful... Read More

Uh-Oh

Yep. I messed up. I accidentally fed my family gluten this week. We were only supposed to add soy back in this week, not gluten. Here’s what happened… I usually buy the Trader Joe’s tempeh and completely forgot that it contains barley, which has gluten. Guess what we had on Monday night – tempeh spaghetti. And guess who didn’t feel well on Tuesday? Allan. Well, I guess we now have a good idea what has been causing Allan’s... Read More

Spooky Summer Throw Back

I bet I am not the only one who has a hundred pounds of shredded zucchini in my freezer. Well, maybe I am the only one… No matter how much of summer’s bounty you have preserved in your freezer, I bet that you would love to enjoy a dark chocolate brownie that is delicious and packed with nutrition. Or you could at least use up one of the bags of shredded zucchini that haunt you every time you open the freezer. Either way, these are the... Read More

Apple Cider Donuts

Hello my friends! Things are starting to settle down around here. I am loving not having the urge to check email every five seconds to ensure that everything at work is ok. Rachel Cosgrove (via The Female Body Breakthrough) is still kicking my butt at 5:30 AM. I added in a little Yoga is Yummy on Thursday morning, my body needs a good stretch once a week! And I am starting to get used to being a brunette. Although, Allan keeps thinking that I am a... Read More

Wordless Wednesday: Family Favorites: Pumpkin Donuts

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10 Pumpkin Donuts Serve these pumpkin donuts with a side of scrambled eggs for a special weekend breakfast or with a slice of string cheese as a quick grab and go snack during the week. Print this recipe. Makes 6 donuts 1 cup white whole wheat flour 1/4 c sucanat (I used 2 tbsp in this batch) 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp... Read More

Family Favorites: Snack Muffins

A dear friend of mine, Natalie, has a son who is three weeks younger than Matthew. Prior to becoming a mom, she relied on simple meals to feed herself and her husband; however now that she is feeding a youngling, she has been revamping their diets to focus more on sustainable, organic fare that is quick and easy to prep while an energetic toddler is scooting around the condo. Recently, she asked me for tips, tricks and recipes that she could make... Read More

Cha Cha Chia for You (Chia Seed Giveaway)!

As you know, I love chia seeds! They are an amazing superfood that can make or break a bowl of overnight oats, oatmeal or pudding. Chia seeds are a wonderful whole foods supplement that boosts your fiber intake, adds essential Omega-3s to your diet and provides plant-based protein. Plus, they are just so much fun to eat! I usually purchase chia seeds in the bulk department of my natural foods store; however, have been looking for a less expensive... Read More

Chocolate Cherry Truffle + Giveaway

Today is supposed to be the last day of the oppressive heat and humidity that we have been experiencing here in the upper midwest (and across the rest of the country!). I cannot wait for the storms to roll in and for the cooler, fall-like low-humidity seventies to arrive tomorrow. Matthew and I plan to spend the rest of the week enjoying the weather! This morning it was humid and cloudy, so we decided to do our monthly shopping trips to Valley Natural... Read More

Dolce Vita

We had another glorious weekend filled with sunshine, family and amazing food! On Friday night Allan and I went on a date to Doolittle’s Woodfire Grill where we dined alfresco on amazing food including a cosmo for her and a mojito for him (my first vodka since having Matthew). We shared the mediterranean flatbread, mediterranean salad and a beef tenderloin with red potatoes and veggies sans butter. The food was amazing, but for some reason... Read More

Peanut Perfection

For a the last couple months, I have been making the most creamy, dreamy, decadent peanut butter for Allan’s lunches. You would not believe how unbelievably delicious and sweet this fresh peanut butter is compared to the pre-packaged varieties. And even better yet – it’s cheaper than Skippy! So, here’s how it goes down in our house… Trader Joe’s peanuts are less expensive than buying peanuts in bulk at the co-op,... Read More

Beer, Tofu and Guacamole… Need I say more?

Today was a beautiful, mellow day. Perfect for a long walk to, around and back from Lake Nokomis, which, according to Google Maps, is 4.0 miles on the dot. It took us about an hour to complete our walk, as we made an extended pit stop at the swings along the water. Matthew and I love our morning walks together. He was so excited this morning when he saw me pull out the stroller, he could hardly contain himself. I love that we are able to enjoy my... Read More

Cuppa Joe

Allan is usually caffeine-free. This post is not. Lately we have had several late nights and early mornings in a row coupled with the intoxicating smell of freshly ground organic Caribou coffee, so, for good reason, Allan has been enjoying a single cup o’ joe with breakfast. When I did our monthly meal plan, I decided that Friday and Saturday’s breakfasts would be special, gourmet meals. On Friday mornings we enjoy breakfast bakes. Thursday... Read More

Two Spoons Are Better Than One

Lately Mister Matthew has been on a utensil kick. If he sees a fork or a spoon he must have it and use it to consume whatever masterpiece that I make for him. The other day he insisted upon feeding himself leek soup with a spork and a spoon. This was the resulting mess. Not much food was actually consumed. To those of you who think that simply handing Matthew a spoon to play with and then using another spoon to feed him would work. It doesn’t.... Read More

For the Love of Leftovers

Allan and I have never been big fans of leftovers. Over the years I have learned to creatively use up leftovers in a gracious manner, but most of the time leftovers are presented at our table in the same state that they were originally created. Don’t get me wrong, leftovers make wonderful quick lunches and fast weeknight suppers. It’s just that some people have a way of magically transforming leftovers into completely different meals... Read More

Chocolate Heaven

We have been on the run lately, so it was essential that I take half an hour and whip up a couple batches of various protein bars and snacks for grab-and-go snacks while in the car, running errands, or going to play dates. During the week , Matthew and I have been enjoying quality time with a couple different groups of moms. Today we joined a new group of lovely ladies that we met through Allan at Lake Hiawatha Park. Matthew and I both had an amazing... Read More

Somebody Call 911!

Listen up! Put down your remote and head to the kitchen immediately (after reading this post) to prep this breakfast for tomorrow morning. You’re welcome ahead of time. Trust me, you will love me in the morning. We had a handful of extra organic cherries that needed to be used up and after seeing the beautiful cake Coco made for her twenty sixth birthday, I knew that I needed to make a delicious cherry breakfast. And so I did. To make morning... Read More

Rhubarb Strawberry Sauce

Today was an amazing day filled with laughter, sunshine and family. I love afternoons spent talking, munching and playing in the sunshine with those that mean the most to me. It was glorious! Last night I was so excited to enjoy a Cooler 2 breakfast that I threw together this simple Rhubarb Strawberry sauce that simmered away on the stovetop while we got Matthew ready for bed. Very easy and super simple. Enjoyed alongside an egg white + 1 yolk spinach... Read More

Don’t Sneeze!

Did you know that if you say “watermelon” before you sneeze that it will most likely prevent you from sneezing? I don’t know if I believe this wives tale, but it’s worth a shot! Allan took the following pictures while I was cutting up the watermelon for Matthew’s birthday and they were so beautiful that I wanted to share them with you in a quick how-to post. Cut the watermelon in half. Beautiful! This watermelon was... Read More

Coconut Cornbread Bake

This is my first week working 10 hours from home and I am loving it. Matthew and I have been able to spend quite a bit of quality time together between meals and naps. The weather has been beautiful, so we are taking at least one walk per day. Matthew loves going to the park and swinging. Although, he does not like to keep his hat on, but we’re working on that. Since we plan to spend so much time outdoors, I am in search of the perfect... Read More

Dough Balls for All!

One afternoon day per week Matthew and I spend quality time together in the kitchen prepping food for the week. I hate washing dished, but I love to cook and bake. So, to indulge my creative side and to minimize clean up I cook in large batches of similar items all in one afternoon. That way I can make all of the items one after another (or simultaneously) using similar ingredients and/or equipment. Saving me prep and clean-up time. Also, washing... Read More

Feta Hummus

I love easy, nutritious and delicious recipes that my entire family will enjoy. Hummus is a food that has a fabulous, complex flavor for Allan and I along with a smear-able fun factor for Matthew. While I was shopping at the co-op, I sampled a chunky feta hummus and was instantly intrigued. However, I did not want to shell out the big bucks to purchase the small container of deli-made hummus. So, later that day I got to work on my own recipe. I served... Read More

Microwave Protein Cake

I feel like I have been so busy that I can’t keep my head on straight. Sometimes I don’t know if I am coming or going. Juggling Matthew (naps, feeding, playtime), workouts (4-5 times per week), clean eating prep (quick start ingredient prep), selling the house (cleaning for showings), work (super busy!) and the blog (posting every day + theme/site tweaks) is really starting to take its toll on me. So, I have been trying to find ways that... Read More

Purple Pride Smoothie

Today was one of the first nice days that we have had yet this year. It is hot and steamy! This week I cut back to 20 hours and will stay there until Memorial Day, when I have my final cut back to 10 hours per week. I am so excited to spend more time with the little muffin! This morning Allan took Matthew to Grandma and Grandpa Peters’ house by bike (and Burley), while I went to work. During my lunch hour I had to swing by the house to stage... Read More

Blueberry Banana Tofu Muffins

I am excited to share my very first muffin recipe with you. This recipe for Banana Blueberry Tofu muffins was originally created for Matthew; they taste amazing, are nutrient dense, unsweetened, low in fat and are very moist. Matthew loves baked goods – muffins, bread, pancakes. He gobbles them up in a heart beat. Usually Matthew is an excellent eater. From the time that he began solids, he has always been extremely interested in food; however,... Read More