The Lean Green DAD™ Blog

Because As Busy Parents, We Need All The Help We Can Get

The Lean Green DAD™ Blog provides creative and effervescent content about food, family, and fun. Each post is aimed at achieving our mission to help passionate people, mostly parents, who have over-scheduled, busy lives to maintain a healthy balance of nutrition, fitness and overall wellness to serve as a shining example to our kids! This vegan dad is on a mission of healthy living for busy families!

Vegan Pumpkin Apple Muffins

Oh how I love pumpkin…everything! These Vegan Pumpkin Apple Muffins are incredible! I could probably eat these all day if it were an option. Have them for breakfast, as a snack, on-the-go, as dessert, whenever…however! No matter which way you choose to eat...

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The BIG Problem With Peanut Butter

There is a huge problem with your peanut butter. In fact, the problem is so big that you don’t even know it. You have been walking through your grocery store, approaching the bread section to find the perfect companion for your grape jelly and picked the cheapest peanut butter you can find.

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Breakfast Veggie Tofu Scramble

When I was a kid, having egg with my breakfast was something that was normal. Eggs and breakfast just went together. Now that I am eating a plant-based diet, I have found some ways that, in my opinion, are much more healthy, but still remind me of the joy I had when I was a child. This recipe is one of my favorites. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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Pico De Gallo

This sauce is always present in Mexican cuisine. You know it well! Like green sauce, it is very easy to make and quick to prepare. You can eat this pico de gallo with just a plain tortilla, on top of toast with some fresh avocado, in soups or salads.

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The Voice of Dreamworks’ “Oh” for Netflix – Mark Whitten

Dreamworks’ Home: Adventures With Tip and Oh is now on Netflix and Mark Whitten is the new voice of Oh! Mark is taking over Netflix as the voice of the series that has now been made for television. Home: Adventures With Tip and Oh was released in late July of 2016 and is playing to rave reviews! Mark’s dynamic range and humor mixed with his passion for his craft shine through in his portrayal of this amazing character.

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5 Tips For Looking Fabulous As A Busy Mom

I know what you’re thinking! Why is a dad posting about “mom fashion?” Well, the good news is…I’m not! But, I definitely know the right person to talk about that subject. I have a dear friend, Charlotte, who has been super fashionable and gorgeous ever since I’ve known her. Did I mention she was also a professional runway model?

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Quick Tips For Back To School Bargains

Believe it or not parents, you have to start thinking about your back-to-school purchases! It seems like just yesterday we were working hard to schedule the summer activities for our little boogers, and now it’s almost time to meet the teacher again! Time is flying by, and so will your money if you wait till the last minute to shop.

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Vegan Berry Salute Fruit Parfaits

When warm weather hits, we tend to head outdoors to play in the water with our friends and often times end up outdoors…eating. Food and fun definitely go together in the warm summer months. Especially desserts! During the Fourth of July holiday, I like to make as many red, white, and blue foods as possible.

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#82: Tiki Barber’s Giant Family!

Tiki Barber is a hero in the New York Giants football world. He is also a hero to his five (soon to be six) children. Yes, he was a three-time pro bowler and yes he was inducted into the New York Giants Ring of Honor, but now that he is retired after a huge 10-year career in the NFL, Tiki is spending his time focusing on what matters most…his family.

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How To Talk To Your Kids About Terror, Tragedy, and Violence

When tragedy strikes, it is hard enough as adults to deal with our emotions. As the parents to small children, it is easy to wonder how we should talk to our kids about tragedy and how to cope with it. While it might be scary and seem easier to just ignore all the outside stimuli, it is nearly impossible to hide what has happened from our children, and with so many friends and families talking about the most recent events, don’t you want the news to come from you rather than someone else? Establishing a circle of trust and a safe place to share emotions is important for their development now and in the future.

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That Moment When You Know You Have To Change

Change is hard. Most people don’t like change. We learn from our parents and we take what they give us and build upon it. This is often true for all of life. When it comes to the food we eat, this is also true. As you can imagine, when someone tells you that you need to make a change to the way you eat and think about food, it can be scary to say the least.

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The City Beautiful: In The Wake Of Tragedy

I went to bed last night a bit upset and woke up this morning as I took my little baby boy in my hands and still felt incredibly uneasy. I went to the gym to try to get back into my normal routine, but every single one of the flat screens in the gym had the images, the stories, the interviews. Something isn’t right with me and I can’t explain it, but I know that it has everything to do with this event.

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I’m A Dad That Likes To Vacuum!

I have a confession to make. I love to clean. Yes, I am a dad and I have lots of kids, which almost guarantees that keeping the house clean is a monumental task, but still…I love it. One of my high school friends to this day still calls me Danny Tanner (Full House reference) and I take it as a compliment. That dude was a clean guy!

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What Do Vegan Vampires Drink?

Incorporating a vegan or mostly plant-based diet can be difficult for anyone, especially vampires. The social and emotional attachments that many have to food can be daunting when starting a vegan diet and no one understands that more than Phyto the vampire.

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4 Quick Tips To Stop Children’s Allergy Medicine

Socrates would be so mad at me for what happened today. The man who once said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine by thy food,” was screaming at me from the heavens today. If I hadn’t heard him, then a lot of unnecessary, expensive and exhausting medical procedures might have followed. Here’s how to get your kids to stop taking children’s allergy medicine like candy every day.

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5 Common Misconceptions About Green Juice

I love juicing, but sometimes I just don’t have the time. On the weekend, I have some extra time to take out my juicer, prepare my fresh fruits and veggies and clean up the pieces after I am done, but sometimes I just want something I can grab and go. That’s why I love Noble Juice.

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The Power Of Giving Up

What is one thing you would never want to give up? I’m not talking about your family, or friends, or pets, or any of that important stuff. I’m talking about that food, beverage, vice, or crutch that you can’t imagine eliminating from your life for even the briefest period of time.

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2-Minute Strawberry Smoothie

Smoothies are no doubt the easiest, most kid-friendly way for you and your children to get their fruits and veggies. With so many recipes out there, it can be overwhelming, so I wanted to share my go-to morning smoothie with you. This smoothie is my daughter’s favorite.

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Hearty Chickpea Salad

The combination of spicy brown mustard, fresh dill and the other ingredients really provide the taste we crave. What if we could achieve a similar texture, taste and even more quality protein from chickpeas than its chicken counterpart? This recipe goes well on crackers or a sandwich! Top it off with some avocado or fresh tomato and you’ve got yourself one deliciously healthy, plant-strong lunch in just seven minutes!

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Go Ahead! Be “Those” Parents!

My new friends and I talked about what it feels like to “be those parents.” The ones with the high-maintenance ways of life. The ones who say, “no thank you,” to cake at the party. The ones who tell their kids they can choose between the full sugar juice box or the popsicle, but they don’t need both.

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When You Can’t Win ‘Em All

We all know that Cam Newton lost the big game on Sunday, February 7, 2016. Everyone is really upset with how he reacted in the press conference and calling him a sore loser. While I don’t have any allegiance to the Panthers or to Cam Newton, I propose the following food for thought: Is he a sore winner too?

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My Dad Workout Transformation

Now that I am a husband and father, working out has a whole new meaning for me. I want to be a strong force for my family. My wife and three kids need me! They need me to be the strong daddy that can help solve problems, fix things, take out the trash and lift heavy strollers down stairs.

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Quick Meals: 12-minute Rice And Quinoa Bowls

This recipe is completely and totally simple, which is the point of “quick meals,” so don’t be shocked when you see the ingredients and method below. Sometimes you have to go with what you have and in this case, we happened to have some pretty cool stuff that when lumped all together…made an awesome meal.

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