Mom & Kid Fuel

Being a kid requires a ton of energy. Being a mom running after her kids requires even more! My three boys have unlimited energy; and keeping up with them would be impossible without the right fuel in my body. I try not to rely too heavily on caffeine. Instead, I eat foods that help me stay buzzing all day long without any crashes. Here are two of my favorites as of late:

Read the Ingredients Breakfast Loaves & Bites

Read The Ingredients yummy breakfast loaf comes in four different flavors: banana nut, carrot raisin, apple cinnamon, and (my fave!) chocolate chip. These delicious loaves of bread are packed with all kinds of healthy plant-based protein. The loafs all have OMEGA-3 fatty acids, potassium, and other essential vitamins and minerals. READ THE INGREDIENTS doesn’t mess around with anything artificial. If it’s not a food you can pronounce or eat on its own, it’s not in there.

The loaves are a complete meal in one convenient package. They are 100% plant-based and packed with plant-based proteins. I like that they are high in fiber and low in sugar. The consistency is what I truly love, since they are baked they taste like a yummy muffin; but they are SO much healthier. They give me the right amount of energy without weighing me down.

I also love the Read the Ingredients “Big Bites.” I often get a mid-afternoon slump so I can grab a satisfying  “BITE.” They come in a package with two bites (equal to two protein bars). So I can eat one and get a great boost. Oftentimes I’ll give the other one to my older son Timothy.  He says the bits are like a chocolate chip blondie. The bites have 10 grams of protein, are low in sugar, and high in fiber. Since all of the ingredients are so pure, I keep all of the loaves and bites frozen then pop one in the microwave or let it thaw before eating it.

Manukora Honey

Mānuka honey is rare honey that comes exclusively from the bees that pollinate the mānuka flower, native to New Zealand. The nectar from the flower is known to give the honey incredible antibacterial properties that can help with all kinds of things. Seriously, from skincare to general wellbeing, it’s basically liquid gold. I’ve recently discovered an awesome brand called Manukora – all their mānuka honey products are raw, natural, non-GMO, antibiotic, and glyphosate free. Bonus: Manukora takes steps to ensure nature is protected and undisturbed every step of the way AND you can trace your jar of honey right back to its source. Great, right?

 I love using this honey in my tea, spreading it on toast with natural nut butter and bananas, or eating it straight-up from the spoon. It keeps my immune system in tip-top shape — parenting is a lot easier when you’re healthy. But its energy-boosting properties are the real game-changer for me. 

The natural energy boost in manuka honey comes from a combination of fructose and glucose which are naturally occurring in honey. They provide a slow release of energy which is perfect to keep you going through the day, and without having to drink (more) caffeine.

The Read the Ingredients loaves and the Manukora honey are basically my secret weapons. They keep this momma moving all day long without feeling exhausted. I love that I can get my energy from natural sources; and the great taste of both of these is a huge perk.



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