What’s for dinner: Poached Salmon with Veggies


I’m a big fan of seafood, but when it comes to actually cooking it, myself, I always shy away. I’m always worried that I may undercook it, or that it will take too long to get to that “perfect” temperature and flakey texture.

Since we already had several chicken and ground turkey meals on the menu, we decided on the poached salmon. The original recipe, itself, makes 1 servings, so we multiplied everything by 4 (note… if you plan to do this, I recommend actually COOKING individual portions… it was a LOT for one pan!).  We also modified it a bit to add our own little flair!


Salmon with Veggies (serves 4):


  • 4 2/3 lb filets of salmon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 T EVOO
  • 2 carrots, sliced thin
  • 2 zucchini, sliced thin
  • 1 small onion, sliced thin
  • 2 C water
  • 1 T white wine (we used a pinot grigio)
  • 3 T lemon juice
  • 1.5 tsp ground dill or rosemary


  • pre-season the salmon with salt and pepper
  • Heat a large pan with oil and add veggies. Cook until lightly brown and tender (about 5-8 minutes). Remove from the pan and set aside (we kept ours in our microwave to stay warm!)
  • Add water, wine, lemon juice and your dill or rosemary to the pan and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to medium.
  • Add the salmon. Cover, and cook for about 10 minutes. You want the salmon to easily flake with the fork.
  • Plate out your veggies, top with salmon and add some of the juice (if desired)… enjoy!

**This recipe was modified and adapted from a recipe available in the Body Beast food guide. For more information about how to get set up with Body Beast or any of the other programs, please email me at thehappyhealthmama@gmail.com or contact me on my facebook page by clicking here**


When the $575 diaper cream doesn’t cut it

IMG_0629Yes, you read that right. For reasons that are still beyond my comprehension, this past spring my husband and I ended up spending $575 from our HSA on one small, tiny tube of prescription diaper rash cream.  Our daughter had caught a mean yeast rash (if you haven’t seen these before and are a parent, then thank your lucky stars… they’re painful to even LOOK at!).  Desitin wouldn’t cut it and neither would any of the other OTC creams we tried, so when the after hours care pediatrician wrote us a script for Vusion and said “it costs a lot, but your insurance might cover it… but just in case, here’s the recipe to make it”, we figured we would see what the pharmacist said.

“Your balance is zero. You’re covered” – Walgreens pharmacist

Great! We thought, and we went on our merry way to go try it out. Well, 3 weeks later our poor daughter was still not 100% recovered and we noticed a nice little $525 deduction from our health fund. Needless to say, when the red bumpy and scaly skin started to come back, I was NOT going to give that a second shot.

With our terrible health year, I had recently decided to give essential oils a try and I slowly had started to view them as less “voodoo magic” and more “hmmm… maybe this actually works. So, it was at this point that I frantically reached out to my Young Living guru cousin, Carolyn from Mom Goes Granola (check out her FB page here or her website here for some awesome info for the slightly crunchy, yet realistic mom!) Carolyn got to work for me right away finding the perfect recipe and I quickly set off to put my Kitchen Aid  Mixer to work!

Friends, let me tell you… this stuff is AMAZING. Within 24 hours, her skin was significantly improved, and by 48 hours, it was as if she had not had a yeast rash at all.  We’ve continued to use this as her normal diaper cream, and even the ladies at daycare have asked for the recipe and commented that they like having to do her diaper changes the most because of the pleasant spa like smell of the cream!

So, without further ado, here is the miracle butt cream recipe!

Miracle Diaper Cream

1/2 C coconut oil

7 drops lavender

3 drops Frankincense

2 drops thieves

1 drop purification

Whip the coconut oil until light and fluffy. Then add in the oils and whip again. Store in an airtight container.

So there you have it! If you use this I would love to know your thoughts and how well it worked for you!

Dear Belly…


Let’s take a second to be real… You see my before and afters. You see my my weight drop, my inches disappear, and me slowly gaining confidence to wear a bikini or shorts this summer after two kids. But what you haven’t seen is this. The up close. The stretch marks. The somewhat saggy skin that, after two children, used to be something that caused me to hide with embarrassment.
But here’s the thing, and the truth that I want ALL mamas to know… that skin, those scars… they’re nothing to hide. Those stretch marks, they’re there because I carried TWO amazing children to term, housing them, protecting their little bodies as they grew fingers, toes, and the precious eyelashes that I look at each and every day with awe and love in my eyes. That extra skin, it provides a cushion for my child to lay her head while sleepy.
But not only that, that extra skin is there because I have created big goals for myself…and met them. I have PUSHED to become healthier, stronger, and leaner. It’s a necessary “evil” of weight loss, but it’s also my trophy… my “look what you’ve accomplished” sign, every single day that I look in the mirror. And you know what…they make me…ME.
If there is ONE thing, one point that I can get across to you…it would be to stop looking in the mirror and finding hate. Instead, look in the mirror and see the miracles, the amazing beauty and purpose behind yourself. Focus on THAT, and you’ll find your confidence soar.
#postpartum #newmom #loveyourself

Hello, World!

cropped-DSC_2599.jpgHello there! Welcome to The Happy Health Mama, a website dedicated to providing readers with an authentic and REAL look into the art of surviving mommyhood, getting healthy, and most importantly, truly finding one’s HAPPY.  I’m Jess… your guide through this crazy journey we call life!

In the days and weeks to come, I look forward sharing my life with you, including but not limited to:

  • #momlife struggles and successes: yep, I’m not perfect.  So take a peek into my crazy life as a mom navigating both toddlerhood and the three-nager years. 
  • Recipes: from kid/family friendly meals to quick, on-the-go eats, I look forward to sharing the healthy recipes to keep the kids and family smiling (and mom sane!)
  • Meal Planning/Prep Tips: As a busy working mom of two little ones, preparation is key to keeping our family well-fed without spending hours in the kitchen (or dialing those lovely little take-out numbers….).  Stay tuned for some of my best tips and tricks to help you create a healthier lifestyle for yourself and your loved ones while saving time (and money!). 
  • REAL life fitness: I get it… sometimes you just DON’T have the time to work out. I’m here to share some of my favorite ways to get active without spending hours at the gym! 

…and much more!


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