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A Kinder Kind of Egg with Nellie’s

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At one time in my life, the only eggs I would ever eat were scrambled.

Hard-boiled, over easy, fried, poached? No way!

But then, almost five years ago, I was 4 months pregnant and in a prenatal yoga class. One of the expecting moms was talking about how her love of hard-boiled eggs and egg sandwiches had grown ever since being pregnant. At that instant, I had never wanted another food so much in my life. I left that class and immediately looked up how to make hard-boiled eggs as soon as I got home.

It was love at first bite!

I lived off so many variations of eggs for the reminder of my pregnancy. Just ask Ron how excited I was for breakfast every morning during our Babymoon in St. Thomas. I still think about the egg bar at our hotel. So many options that I never knew about! Eggs over greens | HappyFitMama.com

Still today, I have eggs at least 1-2 times a week if not more. Breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner – it’s all good.

I like to know where my eggs are coming from. I can’t always make it to our local farmer’s market to pick up fresh eggs, but a close alternative is Nellie’s Cage Free Eggs, a family farm that has been based right here in New Hampshire for years. With Nellie’s, you are getting a kinder kind of egg that not only tastes better, but is something that you can feel good about supporting.

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If you are like me, you’ve probably wondered what exactly does cage free mean and who regulates it? For Nellie’s, it means the hens have 24/7 access to fresh air, sunlight, fresh water and food—and that they have plenty of room to move. In addition, Nellie’s is Certified Humane. In fact, they were the first to be certified in the U.S. and the First “B-Corp Certified” farm.Their farms meet the guidelines of the Humane Farm Animal Care Program, the world-recognized leader in animal welfare certification. The hens have places to dust bathe and scratch. Tasty feed and filtered water stations to mingle at. Private nest boxes to lay eggs in. Perches to jump up to and sleep on. Nellie’s is where both the chicken and the egg come first.

Sounds kind of like Old McDonald’s farm, huh?

I care where my food comes from. With Nellie’s Cage Free Eggs, I feel like it’s my local neighborhood farmer providing the eggs for my family. Nellie's Cage Free Eggs 2  happyfitmama.com

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I’m a Veggie Sneaker

“Your kids will eat anything!”

“You have two of the healthiest eaters I know!”

Those were a couple of the comments I heard all the time from the moment my twins started eating solid food. I could give them anything and they’d eat it up. They even loved beets!

I thought I’d be in the clear. I would never have to be a sneaky cook. My kids would be the “perfect” little eaters. They’d eat a variety of veggies and would try anything. After all, my husband and I were setting great examples of what to eat. Whatever we ate, they ate.

That all came to a screeching halt around the age of two. Gone were the days of eating every veggie that was put in front of them. If there was even a smidge of “green stuff” on my daughter’s homemade veggie pizza, she’d refuse to touch it.

What happened? Where did my wonderful, adventurous eaters go?

I’m a big believer in offering my kids fruits and vegetables at every meal. Research has definitively shown that if you keep offering and keep offering, children will eventually try the produce you put in front of them. It’s worked with my son. He surprises us every so often and will randomly eat a veggie that he’s previously shunned. My daughter? Well that’s an entirely different story. She’s stubborn like her Mama. She knows what she likes and is happy as can be just eating that. Although she surprised me last week by asking to get eggplant at the grocery store AND she tried it…but didn’t like it. That’s progress!

Till the magical day when everyone will happily eat all their veggies, I’ll keep offering whole veggies to eat. I will also continue to be a veggie sneaker, you know, one of those people who makes green smoothies, adds sweet potatoes to pancakes, butternut squash to mac n’ cheese, zucchini to pasta sauce. I see nothing wrong with upping the nutritional value of food by adding shredded or pureed veggies. It’s good for the whole family, not just my kids. I also tell them exactly what’s in the recipe. There’s no lying to get them to eat it. I give full disclosure. Sometimes they’ll still eat it. Sometimes it’s a scrunched up nose and an “I don’t like that!”

Oh well, I’m not giving up just yet!

Here are some of my favorite “sneaky” recipes:

Zucchini Muffins


Butternut Squash Cranberry Oat Bread

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Kiwi Banana Yogurt Pops


Pumpkin Chia Granola Bars

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Green PB Dip

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Spill it – do you believe in veggie sneaking?

What’s for Dinner This Week?

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Hey guys!

Just popping in for a quick meal planning post to plan out what’s for dinner this week!

Here’s what I’m planning:

Sunday: Spaghetti Squash Crust Pizza via A Beautiful Mess

Monday: Cod + Massaged Kale Salad and Roasted Veggies

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Tuesday: Mexican Quinoa Sweet Potato Casserole via Fit Foodie Finds

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken via Just a Taste

Friday: Grain Free Coconut Flour Pancakes

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Saturday: Almond Veggie Noodle Stir Fry + Baked Broccoli Slaw Egg Rolls

What are you having for dinner this week?