Lemon Loaf Cake

I'm always on the lookout for the perfect sweet-meets-tart bite.  You know what I mean?

Well, I've found it, you guys.  

[tadahhhhhh]

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This Lemon Loaf Cake balances the sweetness of coconut sugar with the tartness of fresh lemon juice + zest.  Plus, there's even a little extra lemon addition in there to give it a little more zip (and fluffiness). 

I'm sure you're ready to get down to business, so let's gooooo.

LEMON LOAF CAKE

Prep TIme: 15 min

Cook Time: 55 min

Total Time: 1 hr, 10 min

Serves: 8-10

Ingredients

  • 1.5 C GF baking flour (I used Bob's Red Mill, which you can find here)
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/2 C coconut sugar
  • 1.5 tsp low-sodium baking powder
  • 1/3 C melted coconut oil
  • 3 scoops Vital Proteins collagen peptides (which you can find here)
  • two small pinches of sea salt
  • zest of one lemon
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon (+ a little more as needed to get the right consistency)
  • 3/4 C Zevia stevia-sweetened lemon lime soda (I get these at my local Fresh Market, but I know you can buy them online and at most Whole Foods)

For the glaze:

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 F.  In a large bowl, whisk egg and coconut sugar until combined and sugar is dissolved.  Add lemon zest/juice, coconut oil, and Zevia; whisk until combined.  In a smaller bowl, combine flour and baking powder.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet a little at a time, whisking to combine.  You may add another squeeze or so of lemon to help this along if you need to.  Pour into a parchment paper-lined (or greased) loaf pan.  tap pan on the counter to release any trapped air bubbles in the batter.  Bake for 55 min or until top is lightly browned and a toothpick comes out clean in the center.  

Once the cake is baked, remove and allow to cool for 10-15 min.  With a skewer, poke a few holes into the cake to allow the glaze to seep down into it.  In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and lemon juice, adding a tsp at a time until you get a smooth, thick glaze.  Pour the glaze over the cake, making sure to get it over the poked holes.  Then slice and enjoy!

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I hope you guys love this lemony dessert just as much as we did! 

XOXO

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Healthy Snacks for Kids

If your kids are anything like mine, they are hungry twenty. four. seven.  I mean, it's like they're in a constant state of growth-spurting (totally a word, btw).

So what's a mama to do with these hungry kiddos?  FEED EM!  I have to make sure to keep loads of nutritious, brain-fueling snacks on hand at all times to keep their little (or HUGE) appetites satisfied. 

I get asked a lot what some healthy snack options are for kids, so I've laid out a bunch of our faves for you.  I've included links to the brands' sites + discount codes on any that I have codes for, so be sure to take advantage of those!

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ON THE GO:

AT HOME:

That's about it, mamas!  I hope this helps give you a few ideas of healthy options for your littles - and yourself!  Shoot, I eat just about everything on this list - except for the non-dairy-free stuff.  I believe the saying "only feed your kids what you'd eat yourself" is 100% accurate, so there's only yummy, healthy, nutritious stuff happening over here! 

XOXO

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**This is not a paid post/advertisement.  All of the brands I have shared here are ones that we love and eat EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  I just want to share the best of the best with you all, cause I kinda sorta love y'all! 

At-Home Workouts for the New Year

Happy New Year, babes!

Now's the time when everyone starts making goals they want to accomplish for the new year.  What are yours?  I'm sure you can guess what two of the top resolutions made for 2018 are...that's right: eat better and workout.  Both are necessary to improve your overall health, and both are things that I'm passionate about.  So if these are on your list, I hope I can help motivate and inspire you on your journey! 

While going to a gym sounds good, let's be real - it's not practical for everyone.  Especially not 4-5 days a week and especially not for busy moms.  The trick to being consistent with your workouts is easy: do it in your own home!  You don't have to have a bunch of fancy equipment to get a good, fat-burning, muscle-toning workout.  I'm about to show you two workouts that require only 1-2 varying weights, a workout mat (or good rug), and 20 min.  

I teamed up with Love Winnie James to share some easy, at-home workouts that anyone can do. The babes behind this brand are the sweetest, and they just launched their new activewear line, which is AMAZING.  Seriously, you're gonna want to check these new items out, y'all.  And while you're at it, grab a few other pieces of their everyday pieces, too.  You'll thank me. [wink, wink]

Ok, now back to the workouts.  I have two lined up for you: a Beginner + an Advanced.  Both take just 20 minutes and use very minimal equipment, but the Advanced involves a few more complicated moves.  Feel free to try both out and see what you can do!  And if you can only do the Beginner, that's fine!  Hey, maybe you can make it your goal to be able to complete the Advanced within a few weeks!  #goalsongoals

BEGINNER HIIT WORKOUT

BUTT KICKS (warm-up; 2 min)

THRUSTERS (1 min)

PLANKS WITH RENEGADE ROWS (1 min)

ALTERNATING JUMP LUNGES (1 min)

LYING TOE TOUCHES (1 min)

[Complete each move back to back without stopping.  Then take a 20-30 second break and repeat the circuit again.  Repeat for a total of 4 rounds - or more, if you're feeling froggy!]

ADVANCED HIIT WORKOUT

ALTERNATING DIAGONAL TOE TOUCHES (warm-up; 2 min)

BURPEES WITH SIDE HOP (1 min)

SQUATS TO UPRIGHT ROWS (1 min)

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RUSSIAN TWISTS (1 min)

ISOMETRIC LEG EXTENSIONS WITH TRICEP EXTENSION (1 min; alternate the extended leg every circuit)

[Complete each move back to back without stopping.  Then take a 20-30 second break and repeat the circuit again.  Repeat for a total of 4 rounds.

I hope you guys enjoy these workouts!  I have lots of other plans up my sleeve this year to help keep y'all motivated to KEEP PUSHING.  So stay tuned!

XOXO,

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