Mini Egg “Muffins”

Perfect Lunch for Kids

I hit big with these mini quiches that I made for my boys’ lunch last week. So much so that during dinnertime my four year old asked me if he could have the egg muffins for dinner. I smiled and said I had already made a special dinner for our family, to which he responded “Ok fine, then just give me the egg muffins for dessert!” Mental note to me…make egg muffins for lunch every week from now on. The great thing about this recipe is that it is made with real ingredients and is an excellent source of good fat for young kids (which need this fat to help develop their brains!!!)

And for moms of picky eaters, this is a great opportunity to sneak in ingredients they would normally not eat willingly. My youngest son puts up a battle for certain foods such as smoked salmon or leafy greens, but he eats these quiches willingly. Try these and please let me know if they’re a hit in your house as well.

Delicious Egg Quiches with Smoked Salmon - Real Ingredients

Delicious Egg Quiches with Smoked Salmon – Real Ingredients\

RECIPE

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup of plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons of milk
  • 1/2 cup of smoked wild alaskan sockeye Salmon
  • 1/2 cup of spinach
  • 1 Cup of Kerrygold Skellig Sweet Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a mini muffin pan
  • In a large bowl whisk your eggs, yogurt and milk.
  • Mix in the salmon, spinach, cheese, salt and pepper
  • Pour the mixture evenly into the mini muffin pan
  • I like to then shred some extra cheddar on top of each muffin
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes. (Cooking time varies from stove to stove. Check the eggs after 15 minutes by inserting a knife or toothpick through the center)
  • Let the pan cool down and then scoop the muffins with a spoon.

Magic Spaghetti

This post is not about a spaghetti recipe. Magic Spaghetti involves a recipe for problem solving. The key ingredients are:

  1. Teamwork
  2. Creativity (think outside the box)
  3. Perspective

Let me tell you what happened. On Sunday I experienced one of those “worst mom of the world” moments. Truth is I didn’t abandon, abuse or neglect my child. So to say I was the worst mom in the world at that moment was a complete over-dramatization on my part…but a legitimate feeling that we moms feel when we make a mistake that we feel really hurt our kid’s feelings. Sunday was the night before my eldest son started first grade. During the school orientation the week before, we parents received a little note that said “first graders don’t open until the night before first grade.” I thought I had packed it in the folder with all the other papers I was given but on Sunday evening right before Orly was about to tuck in, I opened the folder to grab the note and realized it was not in there. I checked the folder again to make sure. Nothing. I checked my purse. Nothing. I ransacked my car. Nothing. My heartbeat was racing and guilt was starting to set in, but I was trying to stay positive. “No big deal” I thought…”I’ll just text one of my school mommy friends to text me a picture of the note, read it to Orly and I’ve redeemed myself!” So I texted three separate moms and a few minutes later I received the picture of the note. The clock was ticking and my son had to get to sleep so I didn’t even bother reading the note before I ran happily into orlys room, climbed up his bunk bed and said “Orly, don’t forget to read your teacher’s note before you fall asleep!” I handed the phone to Orly, snuggled up beside him and he began to read the note aloud. As my eyes skimmed the note faster than Orly can read, I realized the note was about the night before school jitters and this “magic confetti” that the teacher had sent home to help the child sleep through the night without jitters. The confetti was attached to the original note and the note instructed the parent and child to sprinkle it under the child’s pillow. OMG!!!!!!!!! Secretly I began praying Orly had poor reading comprehension skills and would not notice he is missing the confetti. But no such luck. Orly looked at me with his big blue eyes and asked “mommy, where is my confetti?” Dagger to a mother’s heart.  I then had to explain to my 6 year old that I did not have the confetti, because I must have left it at the school accidentally.

My six year old shoved his head into his pillow and started crying. “Orly I’m so sorry,” I said. Without raising his head, in a muffled little voice Orly responded “mom I know you didn’t do it on purpose.” My very logical next thoughts were “I’m the worst mother in the world;” “this will inevitably cause long lasting trauma;” “he’ll be in therapy for sure.” I gave him a big kiss, apologized a few more hundred times and climbed off the bunk bed to go cry to my husband. As I confessed to Orlando every last detail, he quickly jumped up from the couch and said “I have an idea”. Trailing behind him like a lost puppy, we ended up in front of my kitchen pantry. Orlando opened the pantry cabinets, rolled out the pantry drawer, and stared at the array of items. Then he spotted a container of the noodles we put in our chicken soups and said “ah-hah!” Still confused, I followed my crazy scientist-like husband straight to my sons’ room and watched him create his own magic. Orly propped up his head over the bunk bed rail and his father proclaimed “who needs magic confetti when you have magic spaghetti!!!” throwing noodles up over orly’s head like… well, like confetti.

Magic Sphaghetti

Orly burst into laughter. Just like that the tears were gone. Orlando told him the magic spaghetti worked just like magic confetti only it was better because it was edible!!!  My little boy whispered in a sweet voice “thank you daddy”. Then my husband said  to him “you’re not really crying over the confetti are you buddy? You’re just a little nervous because tomorrow is your first day back to school” he nodded and his dad reassured him he was going to have a great day with his new teacher and friends. Now despite the fact that “I” really didn’t redeem myself from my failing mother syndrome, I did learn something. None of us are perfect and we all make mistakes. However, all I was doing was focusing on the mistake. My husband focused on the solution. Sometimes I am the one finding the solution when my husband’s head is too crowded with the problem…but that is the key to the first ingredient in this recipe…teamwork. Pulling together and allowing the person who has clear vision to guide the way when you’re blind…and then vice versa. Then he deployed the most important ingredient in my recipe, his magic bullet.. Creativity. He used creativity and humor to make light of a situation that for a six year old (and his vulnerable mom) was a big deal. By thinking outside the box, he made the night before first grade even more magical.  And finally, my husband mixed in some perspective (and gave me some which I was missing at that moment)! My son’s crying wasn’t only about the confetti…and the confetti wasn’t the end all be all of making his night special. It wasn’t about the confetti at all.  At that moment, as Orly saw his parents standing next to his bunk bed throwing spaghetti noodles in the air like lunatics, he knew he was deeply loved and his feelings mattered. We as parents have a lot of pressure on us to be perfect. Our generation is known for over-parenting or helicopter parenting. But despite our attempts to make our kids worlds’ perfect, that is not reality. Life is not perfect. It’s probably a good thing our kids learn to deal with disappointment from a young age and that we’re going to mess up from time to time!!! We don’t have to be perfect or create the perfect world for our kids. What really matters is letting them know that regardless of the circumstances, we love them. The rest is just details. We may lose our magic confetti from time to time…but there’s no reason we can’t invent magic spaghetti.

 

Oh the Places You’ll Run!

Congratulations! 

Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! 

You’re off and away! Dr. Seuss 

Recently I’ve been on the road traveling. Traveling is wonderful for some things…seeing new places, taking time off from the grind, meeting new people… But it could be disastrous for other things I.e. Diet, exercise, and routine!

And that is where the term lifestyle really starts to mean something.

It’s hard to stay on track during vacation or even a business trip. But if wellness is truly a lifestyle for you, you find ways to eat well and exercise (even if you do allot yourself some treats here and there. :))

Personally, I never exercised on vacation. Except one time I took a spinning class during a cruise. But that’s it. When I left Miami it was like a pass to leave exercise behind also. Until I took up running.

When I decided to join my girlfriend Betsy in training for a half Marathon I thought it was going to be a temporary thing. I had concerns, such as losing too much weight. But as my dad used to say, 90% of the things we worry about never actually come true. And in this case he was right. I did not lose weight. On the contrary, running increased my appetite and to compensate for the burning of calories and release of lactic acid I began consuming more complex carbohydrates. My legs got thicker and stronger and generally I felt better. After the half marathon was over I continued running on my own.

In July I was scheduled to leave to Washington, D.C. to attend the National Speakers Association Annual Convention. I knew my friend Bruce, who was also attending the conference, was a runner also so it occurred to me to ask him if he would be running in DC. I confess I was surprised to hear that he was! I guess I thought most people were like me and left their exercise shoes home when they traveled. Knowing he was going for a run inspired me to join him. We ran twice during the convention and now I must say I’m hooked on running on vacation. No matter where I go, I run. Some food for thought…

  • The great thing about running is that you can do it anywhere. It doesn’t require equipment or special classes. It’s free. And even if you pack like a minimalist it’s pretty easy to squeeze in a running outfit or two and a pair of sneaks. (I simply wear mine on the plane to and from).
  • Running in different places allows you to see the city with a different set of eyes. I run early in the morning so I get to see sunrises, calm streets, and beautiful views during my morning run. In DC, Bruce and I ran to the Cuban embassy and saw the Cuban flag that was brought up for the first time in over 50 years. It was so cool to do that while running. There were no crowds or tourists or heavy traffic. We ran up and down the streets of Washington, D.C. And really enjoyed the city in that short while.

Bruce and Caro Cuban Embassy

  • Shortly after I was in Sarasota with my family and friends. I ran several times during my week stay…some by myself and some with my friends Frances and Jeannis. I witnessed this spectacular view on one of my runs   Just magical! Truth is if I wasn’t getting up to exercise, I wouldn’t have these experiences or seen these sights.
  • Sarasota 2015I can’t emphasize it enough. Exercising with friends really allows you to connect with them. My favorite time with Bruce during the convention was in our morning runs. Same with my girlfriends in Sarasota. It wasn’t only running, we also did Bootcamp exercises together. It was a lot of fun coming together in the mornings, working hard and then getting together for coffee and smoothies. It’s a great feeling to know you are doing something good for your mind and body and you’re doing it with people whose company you enjoy.

The girls sarasota

  • Running with Bruce led me to run with his running club here in Miami. As a result I have met other really cool and interesting runners that have different professions and hobbies.  I find meeting new people is always an opportunity to learn. They’re also better runners than I am so I push myself harder, run faster and more miles. Joining groups to do an activity or sport you enjoy really gives you an opportunity to broaden your horizons
  • Even if you’re out of town and out of your routine, exercising on vacation keeps you on track. You stay in the mind frame of wellness and that is important. Because nothing is harder than getting back on the wagon when you’ve fallen off for a while. It’s always hard and often times we will avoid it altogether.  Avoid the Yo-yo effect. Stick to it no matter where you are and it will become a part of your life. The best example of that for me has been my girlfriend Thania. For years we have vacationed together in Sarasota and she never skips her exercise. I used to think she was crazy for working out on her vacation…but that’s because I didn’t know the secret …she felt fantastic! And her body reflects her commitment! Despite her age, how many kids she has, how busy she is, or where she is…she pushes through. I was proud to work out side by side with her on this vacation. After all this time I finally understand what lifestyle really means.

Running has become my passion. But really this post is not to convince you to run…although I do find that its benefits are countless. It’s about staying consistent no matter where you are. Maybe it’s walking or playing tennis or going to a gym. The point is to fit exercise in your travel plans and make it a part of your life. My girlfriend Barbie will not stay in a hotel that does not have a good gym – she caters to her lifestyle.

Creating a healthy lifestyle is full of benefits. Create yours and be contagious. Share with your spouse, your family and friends. Encourage them to join you. Let’s work together to be fit and fun!!!

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