Functional

[Recipe] 2-Ingredient Cookies: Easiest in the World

Sorry, this one won’t help you much in the healthy category, but they sure are easy!

Ingredients: 

  •  1 can of pumpkin – 30 oz (or even 3/4 a can, they are really moist already!)
  • 1 box of spice cake mix
  • Thats it!

In our case, we didn’t have spice cake on hand, but everyone has a yellow cake around, right? Just add:

  • Whatever spice you can find. We had allspice, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice.

Mix. No seriously, that’s all there is to it.

It is really light and fluffy.

Cover a cookie sheet with either:

  • parchment paper or
  • cooking spray

and blob ’em on.

  • Cook for 13 – 15 min (possibly even less)
  • At 350

By the way, if you use cooking oil and your cookie sheet is a bit warped, these are so light they might slide a bit! :)

While they don’t need it, you can make a simple, quick frosting glaze with:

  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Milk
  • Butter

Basically whatever amounts of each, you can’t really mess this up.

Drizzle. No seriously, I told you this was easy.

Those darker ones have a little cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice in the slatherin’ sauce.

Did I mention that they are really moist and light? As you can imagine with just the cake plus pumpkin.

The whole think takes 20, maybe 30 minutes and the result is delicious!

 

Parenting, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Christmas, and The Traditional Proclamation of Shenanigans

Here’s one one that may file me firmly in the nerd/geek category as a dad:

Tonight, Christmas eve, with the tots all tucked in, my wife and I were wrapping some final gifts for the kids. As I grabbed the last one for my 4 year old son, I examined the packaging. 

It is a “Code-a-Pillar”, a popular new STEM toy that helps kids learn the basic concept behind computer programming code. It is a caterpillar with different segments you can attach behind the head, and depending on the order you put the segments in, it will wiggle across the floor differently. For example, you may start with a straight segment and then a right turn segment, so it would drive first straight then right. If you started with the left turn segment he would turn left first instead. So by the order you build him in you “code” his actions and solve problems (like getting around an obstacle).

As I read the packaging, it rightly advertised “learn and play”, “problem solving” and “think critically”. But then the nerd-siren began to sound. I read “8 different segments, unlimited combinations”. I immediately grabbed my green broom and headed to the village square to begin the customary proceedings of declaring a right and proper shenanigans.

I (smuggly) announced to my wife that at most it would be 8 factorial combinations, and even though it was 2 am and I had just driven for over 3 hours on pure ice after a long day of Christmas celebrations, I began to do the math in my rapidly fading mind. After missing the 40,320 answer by about 2000 ( in multipling 1680 by 4, I forgot that last pesky 30 x 4 and hit 6600…duh), I realized that I had wrapped it before even checking for duplicate segments which would have reduced the possible combinations even further.

That didn’t stop me from explaining to my wife (poor, patient woman) that 38k (wrong 40k) was not the same as “endless”. She rightly pointed out to me that to a 4 year old, with the attention span of a hummingbird’s heartbeat, it might as well be endless. 

I began to complain about a STEM toy claiming to teach math and the like, and was about to righteously be disappointed that I would miss out on teaching my son what the fun “8!” on the box meant. Then I remembered how difficult it was yesterday explaining 6/2 and 1-4 even using blocks to count. I started to imagine explaining combinatorics and the concept of multiplication, let alone factorial…we don’t have quite that many blocks.

As a last resort for being right, I noted the 3 to 6 age range of the toy and started to figure whether a very advanced 6 year old could understand my complaint, and well, let’s hope this Code-a-Pillar is REALLY effective at teaching some math.

[Plexus Success] Less Stress = More Connections

It’s incredible what just a few hundred extra bucks a months can do! Stress goes down, free time goes up a little, and all of a sudden you and your spouse are more relaxed, free, and flirty. There is time and space in your brain for connection and romance. There is room in your heart to assume the best of each other and look for the good.

Another benefit is closeness of working together if your so lucky to have the chance. #askme about the opportunity for at home income from #Plexus, which is what Bre and I do. The product is quality, and the income is generous. I love when I create something cool for our business and surprise Bre, and we get to spend time talking and planning together.

Contact Us if you are looking for your next income stream.

Take Plexus Block with your meal!

Take Plexus Block 30 minutes before? Not any more!!!

That’s right, you can now take Block with your meals to help block absorption of carbs and sugars that can cause weight gain and bad gut health. It is already incredible to have a supplement that blocks carbs, but to be able to take it with food?

It’s rare to have a supplement that you take with food, and that is so effective so if you currently a Plexus customer, why wait, happy eating! If you haven’t tried any Plexus supplements yet, why are you waiting? While you’ll still have to eat well and excercise, and weight loss is never a guarantee, Block could be the helping hand you’ve been missing.
See our Plexus Successes for stories of what it can do for you!

Do I take Plexus Block with meals or 30 minutes before meals?

I know, you’ve heard both. From when it was first released by Plexus until literally today, you were supposed to take Block 30 minutes before your meal. However, it was announced just today at the #Plexus #DreamOn2016 convention that from now on you’ll take Block with meals!

It has been redesigned as a smaller, more effectice pill that is easier and of course more convenient to take. No more waiting for food! No more wondering “will it still block carbs half an hour after food?”

Plexus Block training guides

It was announced that your Plexus back office will also now include easy sharable materials about Block like videos and product .pdf brochures in a new “Tools” tab. The materials are totally new, very sharply designed, and each includes talking points, the benefits of Block, instructions, and training on how to share about the product!

Happy sharing, eating, and learning! If you’re still eating the American average 156 lbs. of sugar (almost 4x the recommended amount, and 173% times what was eaten by our great-grandparents) without trying Block to bring your body back to balance, let us know your needs, or see what it might be costing you.

[Recipe] Quick Snack for Family Fun Night – Fruit and Yogurt Smoothie

This is the simplest recipe ever, but there are a couple things you can do to always have a quick, easy, healthy snack around for the family to share.
Prep

  1. Always have a few bags of frozen fruit in the freezer – best advice ever! You can use them in so many healthy quick snacks, they keep forever, and they are already cut up and easy!
  2. Invest in a good blender (Ninja!) – smoothies are easy and you can just sorta throw whatever healthy things you have around into one quickly for a snack, and sneak a serving of veggies in for the kids!

20160320_204357Recipe

Seriously don’t get hung up on a recipe for smoothies, just keep it healthy, include at least one fruit that is pretty sweet, and think about thinks that usually go together for the most part. See below for a second bonus smoothie recipe, but for this family snack we used:

  • 1.5 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1.5 cups frozen mangos
  • 1.5 cups plain (unsweetened) Greek yogurt

Blend. Yup, its that easy! The juice from the fruits makes it liquid enough (it may help to slightly defrost), and you can add ice if you want a more frozen drink, but it really doesn’t have to be complex!

20160320_204341Add it all to a big family-size cup and some colorful straws (add them to the things to keep on hand – kids love picking them out!), and you have a delicious snack that is quick enough not to disrupt family time but full of vitamins and energy.

Bonus Recipe

Nick sometimes goes all out and mixes all kinds of crazy things to make a whole meal in a smoothie, so just to give you the idea of the types of things you can throw in for a quick meal:

  • 1 Whole Apple (just take off stem, wash, and quarter. Seeds will blend)
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Carrot (after everything you won’t even taste it. Peel and wash and throw in whole!)
  • 1 “squirt” honey
  • 1 “handful” Oatmeal
  • 1 “sploosh” Yogurt
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1 Protein – either a couple Tbs nuts or Peanut butter, or for a much more healthy and tasty route: Plexus 96

Blend for a huge amount of vitamins, a full meal, and a boost of energy and head out the door in just a few minutes.

The 2016 Challenge: Will You Join Us?

January is coming up…which means it is {GOAL-SETTING} time!! Have you made your goals yet? Let’s aim to be the healthiest that we can be in the new year! This includes setting long- and short-term goals physically, mentally, emotionally, relationally and financially. I found something that helps me in all these areas at the same time…PLEXUS! I know it can and will help you, too! ‪#‎askmehow‬ ‪#‎dontjustwatchmejoinme‬ ‪#‎feeltheenergy‬
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Snowmen: Never Miss This Sneaky Family Exercise

This one is so obvious! Don’t ever be too lazy to get out and roll some snow!

  • Of course it is a family-time activity. Kids love it, and everyone is involved!
  • It is suprisingly hard work! Guaranteed you will work up a healthy sweat.
  • It is fun and distracting, alot easier than many work outs and more fun than some family activities.
  • Educational – teach them about snow, states of matter, trial and error, etc. Don’t shy from looking up answers to any tough questions they may ask!

Christmas Eve Soup Buffet

Bre made this fancy-pants soup buffet for our Christmas Eve dinner. Choose a few favorite soups and set them out with a simple side or two. Sometimes soup can seem too somple or boring but Bre’s presentation made me crave it!

Tips:

  • If you want this meal to be healthy as well as obviously cheap and easy, don’t skimp on cheap soups. Get premium soups with better ingredients, and some veggies snuck in.
  • Choose the lowest sodium, not the lowest price. Soup is already cheap enough, and is notoriously high in sodium.
  • Maybe only go with one creamy soup. They tend to be fattier.
  • Try some mixes. Put two together for a new flavor.

You can see Nori getting ready to enjoy, and as I told Colin, its “yummy yumcicles”!
 

10th Day of Plexus: Boost!

What is your 2016 Resolution? Lose a little weight? Boost (in conjunction with Slim) essentially uses the science of thermogenics by boosting your basal metabolic rate (or resting metabolism). Boost blocks the formation of fat in the body and forces the body to use stored fat for energy. It also works as an appetite suppressant. If you’re wanting extra energy and to lose weight, this can definitely help, along with Slim!
‪#‎12daysofPlexus‬ ‪#‎TheGiftOfGoodHealth‬ ‪#‎feeltheenergy‬ ‪#‎dontjustwatchmejoinme‬ ‪#‎nothingtolose‬ ‪#‎60dayguarantee‬ ‪#‎PlexusBoost‬

9th Day of Plexus: Plexus 96!

I am SO guilty of being out and about close to lunch time, getting hungry and jumping right in to a convenient drive-thru for fast food. Anybody else?! Plexus has a wonderful alternative, call P96, a perfect protein snack on-the-go. P96 is made with high-quality grass-fed whey protein isolate and concentrate to help build lean muscle and to fuel the body’s needs. It also contains more than 20 vitamins and minerals for optimal nutrition as well as necessary amino acids for proper brain, muscle and energy function. Because of these ingredients, P96 helps to curb cravings and hunger as well as maintaining optimal blood glucose levels. It’s delicious and there are so many great recipes to use to have a different shake every time! Perfect for an active lifestyle.
‪#‎12daysofPlexus‬ ‪#‎TheGiftOfGoodHealth‬ ‪#‎feeltheenergy‬ ‪#‎dontjustwatchmejoinme‬ ‪#‎nothingtolose‬ ‪#‎60dayguarantee‬ ‪#‎Plexus96‬