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!

Maile’s Lean Green Cucumber Mint Popsicles

I love to make frozen treats…popsicles, in fact. I am constantly inspired by amazing recipes all over the internet and take them back to my kitchen to experiment and try to make them my own. When I read this recipe online from Wanna Come With, I just had to try and make it my own.

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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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Cinnamon French Toast Crunch

This cinnamon french toast crunch was something we made in the morning in just a few minutes. The chia seeds add some great healthy fiber, protein, fat, calcium and many other nutrients to start your morning off right!

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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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Four-Ingredient Vegan Pumpkin Creme Parfaits

I love pumpkins. Even after the holidays are long gone, they are still on my mind and in my heart. The internet is usually flooded with bloggers posting all of their favorite pumpkin recipes, so I waited until just outside of the holidays to share one of my favorites...

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Ultimate Minivan Workout for Dads

Minivans are great for workouts! Don’t believe me…check it out (hope you have a good laugh): Buying a minivan…it is the one thing that most Dads (and Mom’s) fear the most. It is the end of an era. It is seen as a sign of weakness by some,...

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Sometimes In The Dark, You Can Better See The Light

I decided I could no longer take them for granted. I realized that I had been living my life chained to a hamster wheel that I forced myself to get on each day. And that is not to say that I didn’t love everything I was doing…quite the contrary. I love my husband, my family, my dog, my job, and I even love carting the kids to their myriad activities…but I wasn’t taking them IN.

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#46: Why Bribing Your Kids Really Works

This episode will show you how this little art project turned into a wonderful vehicle to properly incentivize & educate our kids to help maintain structure and organization in our house. We’re not afraid to call it bribery! The great news is, we have templates for you and your family too…for FREE!

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Noble Raw, Vegan Pad Thai

Raw food is the absolute best thing that you can put in your body because the complete nutritional profile of the fruit or vegetable you are consuming is in tact and ready to provide you with all the nutrients your body needs to thrive!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Vegan S’mores!

I cannot think of one person that does not like smores! They are great outside during the cold months, but have you ever been to a restaurant that actually serves them INSIDE nice and warm for dessert? I have! I saw a smores recipe from one of my favorite blogs, Minimalist Baker, and she got my mind racing with what I could do to add a twist to them.

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The Evolution of the Dad!

Remember how corny you thought Dad was when you were a kid (and maybe still do)? And how you vowed you’d grow up to be way cooler? Well … while you may not be sporting a Tom Selleck ‘stache, you’ve probably watched your kid’s eyes roll when you cracked your first dad joke.

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Father’s Day Friday Night!

Vegan Blogger Influences Change At Baseball Concession Stand   Plant Protein Hot Dogs Served For Father’s Day WINTER GARDEN, FL (June 16, 2015) – Central Florida Blogger Cory Warren will add a special element to this Friday night’s collegiate summer baseball game,...

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Get Rid of Chasing Perfection

Chasing perfection. I think it’s something I’ve done my whole life. But as I grow into my 30’s, I’m starting to realize that many times, this notion of “perfection,” is actually holding me back. I put that in quotations because,...

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Press’d Juice Bar and Kitchen

“How ‘about a round of applause” for the small guy…the small business organic, local food shop that opens up in a community with a goal to help people reach optimal health through the food they eat. And yes…I just quoted a Rihanna song...

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Heavenly Deviled Avocados

When you hear the word “deviled” you usually think about the word that comes next…eggs. But for me, I wanted something deviled, but plant-powered. So I did some thinking and came up with and idea to scoop out a tiny bit of the center of an avocado and then fill it with lots of protein and greens…this was my result. The Deviled Avocado.

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Mushroom Sweet Pea Stir Fry

Mushroom Sweet Peat Stir Fry is just one of many stir fry’s, you can make at home when you have a couple great veggies laying around that need to be cooked. Put them over a bed of quinoa and you will be all set. This recipe is super easy and if you like...

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Vegan Three Bean Chili

  As you can imagine, I have a LOT of Vegan cookbooks. One of my favorites is The Vegan Table by Colleen Patrick-Godreau. She has a ton of recipes that inspire me, give me ideas and are pretty easy to follow. One of my absolute favorites is the book’s...

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More Than Just Great Parents

Hero Dads are among us! Join Real IronDAD, Cory Warren, as he introduces you to two amazing dads in this two-part series that focuses on a Firefighter Dad and SWAT Commander Dad that put their lives on the line every day for the good of others. These men are present...

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Hot Dogs – Plant Power Style!

Tonight I was inspired and I just had to share with you! We like to have dinner guests at our house from time to time. Tonight we had my sister over. My sister is vegetarian, so I knew I could do something outside of the box and vegan and she would go with it. I told...

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How To Drink Almond Milk!

Surprise! Almond milk has sugar in it. My kids love it…especially chocolate. If you have already cut dairy from your diet, then good for you. If not, give it a try! You will love it. When you do though…remember that almond milk has sugar too, so it is...

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Fridge Organization

Sometimes our fridge can get out of hand and this video is a little reminder to clean it! I almost didn’t post this video because after watching it I was like “well, duh, clean your fridge…thanks IronDAD for the AMAAAAAZING info,” but then I...

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Ultimate At-Home Workout!

I’m in pretty good shape. I like to take care of myself and be fit. When I am not training for triathlons, I don’t like to lock myself into any type of routine or exercise program. I just watch what I eat and keep working out at the top of my mind, but...

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5 Tips for “Flying Solo”

In a perfect world, both parents are actively and equally participating in their child’s or children’s lives. They wake up and get to visit with their children, eat breakfast, go to work and then pick them up from school for a night filled with dinner and...

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Central Florida Veg Fest!

  If you live in Central Florida, you have to check out this very special event. The only problem with it is that it needs to be more days! The 2014 Central Florida Veg Fest is over, but you can mark your calendar for next year now. Stay tuned to their website...

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Is Pilates for Dudes?

Pilates. I have to admit. I had no clue what it was. I knew it was exercising and I knew it was kind of like yoga. What I learned was pretty cool and I was immediately accepted into the group!

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Quick meals: Corn and Quinoa

Some days we need something fast. I mean like super fast. Today was one of those days. I had just gotten home from work and soccer practice with two very hungry children. Corn and quinoia did the trick!

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Five Must-Have Family Apps

As a busy parent, I am definitely a fan of technology if you use it to help teach your kids. Apps seem to make my life easier sometimes…especially when it comes to the grocery store. So with apps in mind, I have come up with the top five must-have family...

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SoccerDAD?

                  It is the beginning of the school year and that means that fall sports are starting. One of the fall sports of course is soccer. My son is finally old enough to try  his hand at sports and told me that he...

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How To Manage A Busy Family Schedule

I don’t know about you, but if it weren’t for my phone, I would be in big trouble. The primary reason that I need my phone is for my schedule. With so many things going on with my family from picking up kids from dance, soccer practice and many other things, my phone really helps to keep everything in line.

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