Eboost Your Life!

Eboost1My wife and I don’t go to bed early, in fact somedays we set a goal just to wake up and go to sleep in the same day. So mornings come pretty quickly in our house, especially on days after a hockey game (hockey hangovers are the worst) and we are not coffee drinkers. Luckily for us we found Eboost.

Eboost is an all natural caffeine and immunity boosting mix that you add to water. It has a specific blend of vitamins, minerals, and super-nutrients and works from within to give you a natural lift. It’s packed with ingredients like Vitamins C, D, B6, B12, as well as 5-HTP, Resveratrol, Green Tea, and Green Coffee. It is the perfect pick me up for the morning, pre-workout, or pre-race.

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The French May Be On To Something

The other day I stopped and bought a loaf of French bread for dinner and then being me, totally forgot to cut it up. I knew by dinner the next day it would be stale so I decided in the morning I was going to make some French Toast out of it. Now I know that I already have a French Toast post, but I assure you this one is much better. I was blown away by the difference of using the French Bread.

What you need:
• Loaf of French Bread
• Vanilla Extract
• Cinnamon
• 2 Eggs
• Milk
• Powdered Sugar
• Fresh Fruit
• Butter

This is simple. First cut your bread into 1 inch slices. I like them nice big and fat, perfect to soak up all the batter we are going to make. Next crack 2 eggs into a bowl large enough to dip your bread into add in your milk, a splash of vanilla, and some cinnamon. Now beat all of that together and you have your batter. Fire up your skillet or pan to medium heat and lets cook this toast. Place a pad of butter on the hot surface and make sure it is well coated, we dont want or food sticking. Then take each piece of bread and dip it into your batter gently squeezing it a bit to really let it soak up the goodness. Place it on the skillet and let it sizzle away. Flip it after 1 minute and see how it looks. It should have a bit of a golden cooked look, if it doesnt just flip it back and wait a bit longer. Do this with all your pieces, and when they are done move them on your plate.

Next cut up some fresh fruit, I like to use strawberries and blueberries they have a great softness and sweetness. Place the fruit on and around your toast, I like to make sure I get some fruit with every bite. Now sprinkle the whole thing with powdered sugar and enjoy.

Being the Healthy Dad I feel that I must tell you, the calories are probably a bit higher on this French Toast then the one I previously posted. That is just because of the difference in the bread. For me it is worth it, I will cut somewhere else during the day.



Grow It Yourself

For a while now I have wanted to plant and grow our own herbs but I felt like it was too much work and I didn’t have enough time. Well this past weekend that all changed and I took Jack over to the Barn Nursery in Cary to start our project.

We got there and walked around the lot looking at all the incredible flowers and plants they have, then found our way to the herb shed. There we talked with one of the amazing members of the staff who shared with us the all she knew about the different herbs and helped us make our selections. Jack got to pick out the tub for us to grow them in, and we rushed home to start our project.

As soon as we walked in the door he told his mom all about our new project. Jack was so excited to help plant our new tasty treats so we started right away. Gracie even got into the mix as well dumping dirt and picking which item we should plant next. Later that night we cut a few items from our garden and added them to dinner and the taste of fresh herbs was so good. Honestly I don’t know why I haven’t done this sooner.

All together from going to the store, picking what needed, planting them, and getting cleaned up it probably took at most 2 hrs with a total cost of $40. It was totally worth every moment and ever cent. Over that time I got to hang out with my kids and teach them how to do something fun and good for you while making sure that we continue to live a healthy lifestyle.

I would highly recommend every one try this with their kids.













Braised Chicken Simple and Delicious

This meal is so tasty and more importantly simple to make. It consists of chicken thighs, breasts or legs whatever you like best. We decided to go with thighs to get that good rich dark meat. I paired it with some red potatoes, and steamed broccoli. The most important thing is to have a good Dutch Oven.

Preheat your oven to 350˚and begin your process. The first thing you need to do is season your chicken with some salt and pepper, then cover the chicken in a light layer of flour. While you are doing that heat a bit of olive oil into your Dutch Oven. Once it is good and hot place your chicken into the oil and brown each side for 3-5 mins. Then pull each piece out and set it aside for a bit.

Next chop up some celery and onions and throw them into the oil already in the bottom of the Dutch Oven. Add a bit more salt and pepper for taste and chop up some garlic and add it to the mix. Let that sit and cook for a bit stirring it around to make sure it is all cooking evenly. Once your onions are translucent add in some chicken stock, enough to make sure your chicken will be covered. Add a couple of bay leafs and bring it all to a simmer.

Once your meal starts to simmer put your chicken back in and throw the whole thing in the oven for 90 mins and just let it go. Now start work on your potatoes. Cut them into 1/4 inch discs and place them into a pot of boiling salted water for 15-20 mins or until they get a bit soft. Strain the potatoes and run some cold water over them to stop them from cooking and let them sit. Once you have about 10 mins left on your chicken heat up some olive oil in a pan, season your potatoes with salt and pepper and brown each side.

I suppose that there is a lot of writting here, but I assure you it is a simple process and one very much worth the work. This was an amazingly good dinner, and the kids loved it. Jack especially liked the celery.

Once again I must say, I am not a chef and do not pretend to be. I am simply a dad, and husband trying to give my family a great healthy life.


A Great Comfort Breakfast

Growing up when ever my mom made some french toast we knew that it was going to be a good day. To me it is one of the best comfort foods and I think it gets a bad name for being unhealthy. I am hear to tell you that is not the case. If you start with the proper ingredients it is a great way to start the day.

Ingredients for 1 Serving:
2 Large Eggs
1/2 cup of Milk
Splash of Vanilla Extract
1 Tsp of Ground Cinnamon
3 Slices of Wheat Bread
1 Tsp of Powder Sugar
1/2 cup of fresh Strawberries

Now it is simple. Mix the first 4 items together in a large flatish bowl until all stirred together. Now heat a skillet, or pan, and add a small tab of butter just to add some non stick to the pan. Now dip each piece of bread front and back into your batter mix and lay it on the hot surface. Flip it after a minute or so and do the other side. Go back and forth till you are happy with the way it looks. Once you have cooked all of your pieces you can cut them and sprinkle them with a bit of powder sugar, add some strawberries or other fresh fruit and you are done.

Here is how the meal breaks down:
Total Fat: 14g
Protein: 24g
Carbs: 53.8g
Total Calories: 459

You can easily cut 70 calories out of this breakfast by only using 2 pieces of bread and it would still be a great meal. So there you have it, simple, healthy, and delicious. Make it for your family tomorrow morning and enjoy.

Fried Chicken Friday

Fried Chicken and Fries

You had a long week, so treat yourself to some good ol’ comfort food. How about some Fried Chicken and French Fries? There is a bit of a catch, nothing on this plate is fried, instead it is baked saving you a ton of guilt and calories. The best news is, it’s really easy to make.

Here is what you will need for the chicken:
• Chicken thighs and drumsticks
• Bread Crumbs
• Milk
• Salt and Pepper to season
• Depending on your spice preference, some Cayenne, and Garlic salt

Here is what you need for the fries:
• 2 Medium sized Russet Potatoes (you know the baking kind)
• 1 Sweet Potato
• Olive Oil
• Salt and Pepper to season

Pre-heat your oven to 450, while that is heating up, start cutting your potatoes in to fries. They dont have to be perfect, but try getting them the same size so they cook evenly. Once they are cut throw them into a zip-lock bag with some olive oil, salt and pepper and toss them around so they coat evenly. Next spread your fries on a cookie sheet and set it aside.

In a bowl mix up your spices and bread crumbs and place it on the side. Next, one at a time dip your chicken in a bowl of milk and transfer it to your bowl of seasoning and bread crumbs making sure that it is completely covered and place it on another cookie sheet. Now sprinkle your chicken with some additional salt and pepper as you see fit.

Once the oven is ready add both cookie sheets to the oven and set your timer for 25-30 mins depending on how accurate your particular oven is, I find ours is a bit off. Once they are done pull them out and allow them a chance to rest a bit and you are ready to eat.

So what is the total damage you ask?
4oz. Chicken (1 piece) – 220 Calories
Fries – 80 Calories
Total – 290 Calories

Cooking Is For Everyone

I am living proof that cooking is for everyone. I have to thank my brother John and his wife Ashley for getting me into the world of cooking and healthy eating. He has been eating healthy forever, cooking his food and telling me all about it, he’s even started a great blog about their food adventures. For the longest time, for some unknown reason, I fought the idea. I kept telling him, he was nuts, and that I didn’t have time. I would say, “You just wait till you have kids. We’ll see how much cooking you do then.” All the while I was jealous of the amazing food that they were making at home.

Inspired by my brother, one day I decided that I too was going to cook. I downloaded the app “Cook This Not That” from iTunes, ran out to the store to get my ingredients, came home fumbled my way around the kitchen and cooked a pretty damn good meal. Along the way I learned a few things.

1) If you can read, you can cook. However, that does NOT make you a chef. Guys like Chef John des Rosiers at Inovasi are brilliant and should serve as an inspiration to what food should taste like.

2) With a little bit of effort, the fresh food you make at home tastes better 90% of what you can get from restaurants feeding America. Not only that, but you know exactly what you are putting in to yours and your families body.

3) Cooking at home is a huge cost savings.

4) Lastly, I learned that I had time. I was simply being lazy. Most meals take less than 1 hour total, to prepare, cook, and clean up.

I used to be intimidated by cooking, thinking that it was too hard and I couldn’t do it. That was just silly fear of the unknown. I have now come to the conclusion that cooking is for anyone and should be done by everyone.

As a graphic designer, I love creating. It is even better knowing that I am creating a healthy meal for my family.

What are you going to cook for your family? I can’t wait to hear how it turns out.