Winning the Day with Jack’s Pizza!

I was compensated by Nestle for this post, including product to review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Let’s talk about football game day. We are football family, through and through. I enjoy watching the game as much as any guy and I actually want to WATCH the game.

Our kids enjoy football, but they aren’t glued to the TV when a game is on. They usually want to play some football. And eat. They want to eat all the time.

Here is our most common game day situation: Mom wants to watch the game and the kiddos want to eat. How do we make this work? What can I make them to eat quickly that will make both them and I happy?

Enter Jack’s Pizza.

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Jack’s Pizza has been a staple in the frozen food aisle of our local grocery store since 1960. Jack’s is made with Midwestern pride and 100% real Wisconsin cheese. We picked out an original, preservative-free thin crust – another reason to love Jack’s!

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Did you know you can grill Jack’s Pizza? Our last game day was a warm one and I didn’t feel like heating up the oven, so we just set the pepperoni pizza right on the gas grill and it cooked up beautifully with a nice crispy crust! And all of it was ready in just 12 minutes – perfect for making during halftime! We served it up with apple slices + chocolate milk – a little something fun for game day!

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Can you tell how much they enjoyed their pizza? Jack’s is a favorite for families because everyone in the family loves it! We’re a pepperoni household, but we also have the cheese variety in our freezer to mix it up.

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I’m giving Jack’s Pizza a thumbs up with Double J because the price is low (just a few bucks) and the quality is high!

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I was totally winning this game day because the kids loved their food and I didn’t miss much of the game! Thank you, Jack’s Pizza!

What kind of Jack’s Pizza is the favorite in your house?

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Making Meals with NOW Foods!

I am a #NowWellness Blogger Ambassador. I have received monetary and product compensation for this post. This post contains affiliate links. All opinions, recipes, and ideas are always my own.

It has been my pleasure over the last week to be adding some amazing NOW Foods products into my daily life! I had no idea the breadth of products available from NOW Foods before becoming a blogger ambassador, so it’s been fun to try these high quality, natural, and affordable products that meet the stringent quality standards set forth by NOW Foods!

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Look at that haul we get to try! So many amazing products – food, personal care, sports nutrition, and supplements! I’m not a patient person, so I’ve been diving in to try everything these past two weeks!

My focus this week: making meals with NOW Foods!

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One of our current obsessions is grain bowls. We’ve been trying different kinds of rice and quinoa mixed with meat and veggie combos, so the Living Now® Gluten-Free Organic Tri-Color Quinoa was a perfect fit for us!

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This tri-color quinoa is not only delicious, but also beautiful! I prepared the quinoa based on the package instructions, using chicken broth as the liquid. Quinoa is even easier to cook than rice and it doesn’t come out sticky! I also love that quinoa adds extra protein and iron to my meal.

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To partner with the tri-color quinoa, I baked chicken breasts in Ellyndale Organics™ Coconut Infusions™ Garlic Flavor. I also stir-fried the veggies for our bowl in the same oil. The subtle garlic flavor added by this oil was scrumptious!

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Here is the end result – garlic baked chicken, tri-color quinoa, zucchini, red pepper, and onion! We both wanted two bowls because it was so delicious! We refrained and I’m glad we did, because the leftover quinoa was the perfect side for our grilled chicken and vegetables lunch over the weekend.

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Doesn’t this look like the perfect light, healthy summer meal?! The tri-color quinoa has quickly become a favorite in our household!

Another favorite summer lunch for me is a protein smoothie! 

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Protein smoothies are cool, refreshing, filling, and quick to make! My favorite combo is unsweetened vanilla almond milk, plain Greek yogurt, frozen banana, PB2, and chocolate protein powder. I was thrilled to find the  NOW® Sports Sprouted Brown Rice Protein – Chocolate in my package because it was perfect for this smoothie! One tablespoon of this protein powder is just 30 calories and 4g of protein, and it is soy-free + dairy-free – so great for those with food allergies.

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One last meal idea for you today – a giant salad. The Hubby and I love big salads topped with lots of veggies, a little bacon, and something crunchy. NOW Real Food® Organic Toasted Hemp Seeds are a fabulous salad topper! They lightly sea-salted (yum) and are a valuable source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. One serving also packs 5g of protein! My mind is already thinking up new ways to use these nutritious, delicious seeds!

If you think these NOW Foods products sounds fabulous, you’re right, and I have SO much more to share! Look for another post next week highlighting the great personal care products I’ve been trying!

Which of these NOW Foods products would you like to try? How would you use them in a meal?

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A Healthy Work-in-Progress

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This is a sponsored post for the Sara Lee® Delightful Bread Campaign with SITS Girls.

Health and fitness have become two of the top priorities in my life over the last two and a half years, but the changes in my life weren’t instant or easy.

It all started with the inspiration of my husband who, at the time, was a fourth year medical student determined to not only TELL his patients about making healthy choices but also SHOW them by example. I was eight months pregnant with our third son when he joined a gym, started running, and lost 40+ pounds in less than six months. I was inspired and I wanted this new found healthy lifestyle for myself.

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Six weeks after #3 was born, I started running and never looked back. It was a challenge to get going with three children six  years old and under + a husband in medical school, but we both made it a priority for each other to get a workout in and eventually the habit stuck.

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I don’t have any huge weight loss stories to share with you. I’m not a fitness professional here to tell you how I have arrived at being fit and that you can arrive just like me. I’m a healthy work-in-progress and that’s exactly how I want proceed in life.

I’m not the skinniest I’ve ever been, but I am the strongest. I make time for exercise at least six times a week and it boosts both my mood + energy. I still have workouts I want to quit or skip or that leave me sore for days, but the past two and half years of my healthy living journey have taught me this is NORMAL. And in that time, I’ve also accomplished things I never dreamed: running six half-marathons, doing a 14-mile training run, completing the Insanity program, and more.

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Since I’ve stretched myself in these new ways, I find myself always up for trying new workouts and never want to settle in to a routine that leaves me bored. If something seems too hard, I’m even more intrigued by the challenge because I know it will make me better in the process!

I don’t always make the healthiest food choices and I’m totally “anti-diet,” but our meals +snacks + the food we keep in the house on a regular basis have undergone a real transformation. We love food, so treating food as fuel + finding healthier options of our favorite foods + learning to love moderation have become our go-to methods for making better eating choices.

A healthy work-in-progress in all areas. It’s a good place to be.

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Sara Lee® Delightful Bread is one of those healthier options of a food I already love: BREAD. I just can’t get rid of the carbs, people. I love them too much. With Sara Lee® Delightful Bread, I know each delicious slice is just 45 calories with no artificial colors or flavors, and no high fructose corn syrup. And the flavors are just as delightful as the nutrition facts: Oatmeal, 100% Whole Wheat (made with real honey), Healthy Multi-Grain, and Wheat!

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This time of year, there are so many ways to use Sara Lee® Delightful Bread! French toast made with Delightful Bread makes a lovely Christmas morning breakfast. And leftover turkey or ham sandwiches are a staple for us around the holidays. Delightful Bread is the perfect sandwich bread that doesn’t add too many extra calories to your meal!

Sara Lee® is all about providing healthy choices AND celebrating them! The Sara Lee® 45 Delightful People Program is looking for your healthy transformation story. Every person who enters receives a free t-shirt! The 45 finalists will receive free bread for a year, an iPod shuffle, workout gear, and more! And the winner (as voted by the Sara Lee® Facebook page fans) will win $4,500!

What is your healthy transformation story? Where are you as a healthy work-in-progress? Tell me you story here and don’t forget to enter it in the Sara Lee® 45 Delightful People Program for your chance to win!

This is a sponsored post with the SITS Girls campaign for the Sara Lee® 45 Delightful People Program!

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