The Thielen Foundation

“Use your gifts to serve one another.” 1 Peter 4:10

The Thielen Foundation is almost a YEAR old already and for those wondering what our purpose was for starting it and what our sole focus is keep reading below, as I share a bit about how the foundation started. We’ve had some exciting things happening with the Foundation lately so I wanted to share with you all.

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First off I want to say how fortunate we are to have our own Foundation. When Adam first started his career in the NFL we had always talked about how cool it would be to have a charity of our own but we didn’t know if that was actually something that could happen. Even as Adam’s name and his performance on the field got bigger we weren’t sure if we should start our own Foundation or just continue giving back to different charities. Last year the opportunity to start our own came up so we couldn’t pass on it! And now with lots of hard work and help from Adam’s agency, supporters, and many others here we are a year in already and impacting many lives as well as them impacting ours. When first thinking of a cause to support we weren’t exactly sure what we wanted to do...we just knew that we both have a passion for youth and that we were fortunate enough to grow up with much...sports to play, an education to get, supportive and loving families. Many children don’t have these opportunities and we felt compelled to help give back in these areas. We started this Foundation with the goal to help empower as many kids as we can and help them reach their full potential in life!! We hope to continue growing the foundation and impacting youth in many different areas including behavioral health, which has been amazing and so eye opening for us so far!!!! We love spending time with these kids at Masonic Children’s hospital and encouraging them. We hope to give wisdom to kids as well as share a bit about our lives and share our faith and how important it is to us and what’s helped us during tough times. These kids have touched our lives in many ways and we are so grateful for it. Every time we leave the hospital or have an event to raise money for these kids we get so pumped and inspired! We can’t wait to continue to grow and impact many more lives. We all have the ability to lend a hand to others whether in big or small ways.

Below are a few things we’ve been up to over the past few months that have raised some significant funds for the foundation!

  • Choice bank is a big sponsor of our foundation so about a month ago we were in Fargo doing a few things for them and they also held a dinner gala, which was awesome! This was a fun weekend and it was really the first time I got to speak and answer questions, as well as Adam, about the Foundation. I usually am not a big fan of speaking in front of others but when you’re passionate about something it’s easy to do.

  • We partnered with Gray Duck Vodka during Summer Jam, so we were out at the tent one night with people who bought tickets to enjoy the concerts and help support. That was a lot of fun and it was a great event raising money for other great charities, while listening to some awesome music!

  • Just a few weeks ago our foundation partnered with the St. Paul Saints to host an All Star Monday celebrity Softball game. This was SO fun and we had an absolute blast! We are thankful for the celebs who played and fans who came out to support…we hope you had as much fun as we did! We hope this happens again next year and more people/families come out!

  • Valleyfair cares partnered with the foundation and for the whole month of July Valleyfair donated one dollar to the foundation for every ticket sold! Mom, dad, and Ash man even made it on an off day and enjoyed a fun filled day:)

If you’d like to give back in any way to the foundation you can head to the website, https://www.thielenfoundation.org/ or buy some cool gear here— https://www.thielenfoundation.org/shop/ to help rep (more white hats will be available 9/15):) The logo is a cool representation of what the foundation stands for… a T for our last name and an up arrow above it to show that there is always room to go up and reach higher for the potential you are capable of! Simple, classy, but yet to the point!

We are launching our next partnership here very soon and we are so excited about this program that will be helping serve many more kids in the cities. Adam and I can’t wait for this, so be on the lookout!

Thank’s for letting me share a little more about the Thielen Foundation. It really is a big passion of mine and my husband’s, and we are so thankful to give back at least a little of what God has given us.

xoxo,

MRS T

Summer Favorites

I know summer, especially in Minnesota is such a special time! There’s nothing better than swimming, boating, and get togethers with friends and family. I wanted to do something fun and share some random summer favorites of mine! We have a very busy summer but my favorite thing is just being with family, grilling, eating chips and salsa, and enjoying the sun and pool. I hope you all can relax a bit and soak up these quick summer months that we (those who live in MN) get;)

Dessert— My favorite post dinner dessert is a Yasso sea salt carmel bar. They are frozen greek yogurt bars and are so delicious. You can get them in other kinds like mint chocolate chip and fudge. I’m pretty sure you can get them at most grocery stores (I get mine at Target or Jerry’s).

Salads— I’m obsessed with the Sweet Kale gourmet salad. It’s the perfect salad for summer. I usually buy the bigger bag from Costco but I know a lot of local grocery stores sell it as well. Lately, I have loved this Endless summer salad. I get mine at Jerry’s. It’s a great light salad for summer!

Chips— I am a big fan of Sun chips (garden salsa is my favorite kind). The only problem is..I could eat the whole bag;) Our fam is a huge fan of chips and salsa... and of course guac!! We love these Sea salt organic multigrain tortilla chips from Costco (I also found them off of Thrive Market). We usually buy like 3 bags just in case they’re not in stock next time. Our favorite salsa is Village extra hot sauce and we usually get it from Target.

Beverages— 95% of the time I am drinking water with lemon! If I want something different I’ll have a Bai (clementine and pomegranate are my favorite flavors). Alcohol drinks I usually go with a glass of Moscato or a vodka sprite (but I rarely drink).

Sunscreen for me— Coola face sunscreen (daytime lotion and SPF in one). It’s organic and goes on light and won’t sweat right off! I also wear and love the Coola body sunscreen.

Sunscreen for toddlers— I love the Babyganics pure mineral sunscreen stick for Asher’s face! For his body I bought this two pack of Neutrogena Kids oil free water resistant sunscreen spray. It’s nice because it doesn’t take awhile to apply. It works great when you have a pool or are in water a lot because it stays on really good. I also love that it’s 70 proof!

Kids park— Madison’s Place Playground It’s close to our house and is such a great park. They have the best splash pad for kids in the summer. It’s also handicap accessible, which is awesome. Teddy Bear Park in Stillwater is so cute. It’s a free park and it’s in downtown Stillwater, which is super pretty. You could even stop by one of our favorite ice cream spots after (Nelson’s)!

Summer Toys— Squirt guns have been a huge hit so far this summer. Asher is obsessed. He spends a couple hours just squirting my plants or at “targets”. He loves having a squirt gun fight, especially with grandpa! Bubble makers have been another hit at our house. Asher’s been loving baseball lately so we ordered some bases and he practices hitting my pitches on a daily bases!

Music— I love all types of music but 90% of the time I listen to Christian! Symphony by Switch ft Dillion Chase and Your Words by Third day ft Harvest have been my jams lately! I love the beat of These Days by Rudimental ft Jess Glynne, Macklemore, and Dan Caplen. Mitchell Tenpenny is an up and coming country artist who I’ve liked recently (he’ll actually be performing at our Thielen Foundation celebrity softball event in July)! Drunk me is a really good one of his.

Restaurants— We honestly don’t make it out to eat often now with two kiddos. But The Tavern Grill in Woodbury is great. It has a big outdoor patio and bar area. San Pedro Cafe in Hudson has amazing food (we love the chicken nachos). It has a nice patio in the back as well. Redstone, Good Earth, and Charlie’s on Prior are also favorites of ours!

Books— I don’t have too much time to read but we are traveling a bit this summer so I want to try and get Where the Crawdads Sing read (I’ve heard great things). I also love my daily devotional, Embraced by Lisa Terkeurst.

Swim suits— I have had a lot of luck with supportive swim suits from Soma. Magicsuit Solid Sophie tankini swim top is one of my fav’s that I own. They have great two piece, tankini, and one piece options that fit every body type. Nordstrom and Bare Necessities are two other great spots to shop for swimwear with many options and sizing!

MISC- Baby Infant swimming pool float w/ canopy - Hudson is only 5 months and loved being in the water in this!

SwimWays Kids Power Swimmer Vest- Such a great floatie for toddlers learning to swim. It doesn’t restrict Asher’s arms either!

Nektar- Favorite healthy smoothie/ bowl place (especially in the summer)! The Acai banana berry bowl is so good, I get it at least once a week.

I hope everyone has an amazing summer with lots of fun, sun, and family time:)

xoxo,

MRS T

My go to meal/ snack options

Non Workout day

Breakfast (8am)- A scoop of plain greek yogurt with an Oikos flavored greek yogurt (strawberry is my favorite flavor but they are all good). I’m obsessed with Bear Naked cacao & cashew butter granola!

I have a cup of coffee with Natural bliss almond vanilla creamer in it.

Snack (10am)- Apple with peanut butter and dark chocolate chips. You can slice up apples into cubes and melt the peanut butter and mix or just dip a sliced apple in the peanut butter.

Lunch (11:30-12:30)- Dailey Harvest shake (cocoa & avocado shake is my favorite).

Snack (2:30)- Chips with melted cheese and Trader Joes corn & Chile salsa.

Dinner (5:30)- Seasoned chicken breast with broccoli and sweet potato fries.

Dessert- Costco’s dried mango

Snack (8pm)- A bowl of Costco’s Hippeas (obsessed with these lately)

Workout day

Coffee with creamer

Post workout/ breakfast- Isagenix Isalean meal replacement shake (chocolate). I use almond or cashew milk, ice, half a banana, Lifetime Life Greens (mocha flavored), and a small scoop of wheat grass from nuts.com. I pretty much have one of these shakes every day for either breakfast or lunch.

Throughout the day I usually have a cup or two of green tea. I love the decaf and regular kinds from Trader Joes.

Snack- Costco morning round (toasted) with either almond, peanut butter, or this time I found this mixed nut butter from Costco on it with a little jelly.

Lunch- Better Oats apples & cinnamon oatmeal ( I love the blueberry flavor too). I sometimes mix in some blueberries or strawberries. I get this from Hy Vee or Jerry’s.

Snack- I love the Fig & Olive crisp crackers from Trader Joes. I’m a big fan of crackers and cheese. This Merlot cheese from Costco tastes amazing with these crackers.

Dinner- Spaghetti. We use whole grain noodles, ground turkey, and traditional Preggo sauce. We love having this Tandoon Naan bread from Trader Joes with our pasta.

Dessert- One of two of my energy balls:)

Snack- I love Kettle Korn so once or twice a week I make this smart pop kettle Korn for my night time snack. I love it with sprinkled melted cheese on top:)

I was still hungry so I had a bowl of Puffins cinnamon cereal. I get this from Trader Joes!

Now you guys have a small idea of what my diet looks like. I hope you guys got a few meal/ snack ideas from this post! I am definitely not the healthiest but try my hardest to make smart decisions every day. I really have cut out a lot of candy the past couple months and that has helped me feel a lot better and have more energy. I’m only human and I do have a cupcake or handful of Swedish fish every so often! I have dessert almost every night as well. I have a huge sweet tooth so it is tough for me. It’s about trying to make healthier decisions and not go too overboard. Maybe it’s having one Yaso bar or a scoop of ice cream (not like 5 scoops like I’d want haha) for dessert. As always let me know if you have any questions or comments. I hope you all have a great, long Memorial day weekend!

xoxo,

MRS T

Recipes- 4

Breakfast—

Egg Sausage & Hashbrown Bake

1 lb sausage (browned), 10 eggs, 3/4 C milk, 5 C frozen hash browns (thawed), 5 green onions (chopped), 1 C shredded cheese, salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9 x 13 casserole dish with nonstick spray. In a large bowl, beat together the eggs and milk.  Add all the remaining ingredients and mix together.  Pour into the prepared casserole dish. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the center does not wiggle when you shake the dish.

Banana Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal Cups

4 overripe bananas mashed, 2 large eggs, 2 C low fat milk, 1/2 C packed brown sugar, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 2 tsp cinnamon, 4 C rolled oats, 1 C dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray or line 2 muffin pans with liners -- I highly recommend using silicone muffin cups as they come out so easily (I got mine off amazon and love them)! In a large bowl, combine bananas, eggs, milk and brown sugar with a whisk until smooth. Add baking powder, vanilla, and cinnamon and whisk until smooth. Stir in oats and chocolate chips. Fill muffin cups ¾ full (try to make sure you have the same amount of liquid in each) and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown on top. Serve warm (alone or with milk) or cool completely to store: in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for 3-6 months.

Sides—

Honey Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts

1 1/2 lbs fresh brussel sprouts, 3 tbsp olive oil, 3/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 2 tsp honey

Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Trim off the outer, dry leaves, cut the bottom off and slice sprouts lengthwise. In a large bowl, toss brussels sprouts with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to coat thoroughly. Transfer the brussels sprouts to baking sheet and roast until tender and caramelized, about 20 minutes. Place brussels sprouts back in bowl. Add remaining tablespoon olive oil, balsamic vinegar and honey and toss to coat evenly. Taste and season with kosher salt if necessary.

Apps—

Taco Dip

8 oz pkg cream cheese, 8 oz pkg sour cream, 2 tbsp taco seasoning, 1 1/2 C shredded lettuce, 1 1/2 C shredded cheese, 1 1/2 C chopped tomatoes, bag of tortilla.

Mix one 8 oz pkg cream cheese, one 8 oz pkg sour cream and 2 tbsp taco seasoning. This blends much more smoothly if the cream cheese is room temperature. Spread in a 9″ x 13″ dish. Top with shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes and cover with shredded cheese. Refrigerate until ready to be served. Serve with tortilla chips or pita chips.

Creamy Siracha Dipping Sauce

1 C mayo (I do a little less and add plain greek yogurt)
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp paprika
4 tbsp sriracha (a little more if you like it spicier)

All you do is mix those ingredients together and enjoy! I love this dip with pretzels, crackers, and most veggies. It doesn’t get much easier than this.

Main Dish—

Baked Dijon Salmon

4 (4 ounce) fillets salmon, 1/4 C butter, 3 TBS dijon mustard, 1 1/2 TBS honey, 1/4 C dry bread crumbs, 1/4 C finely chopped pecans, 4 tsp chopped fresh parsley, 1 lemon for garnish

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl stir together butter, mustard, and honey. In another bowl mix together bread crumbs, pecans, and parsley. Brush salmon with honey mustard mixture, and sprinkle the tops with the bread crumb mixture. Bake for 12-15 minutes in the oven or until it flakes easily with a fork. Season with salt and pepper, and garnish with a wedge of lemon.

Baked Honey Mustard Chicken


1 tbsp dijon mustard, 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard, 1 tbsp honey, salt and pepper to taste, 1/4 tsp paprika, juice from 1/2 lemon, 1/2 tbsp oil (or butter),

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease an oven-proof dish with the oil or butter and place the chicken in there. Season well with salt, pepper and paprika. In a small bowl, combine the dijon mustard, wholegrain mustard and honey. Pour the mixture over the chicken breasts and bake in the oven for about 30-45 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken. You may add 1-2 tablespoons of water in the pan if needed to prevent the edges of the dish from browning. Once the chicken is cooked through, squeeze lemon juice over and serve. Super good with broccoli, rice, mashed potatoes, etc.

Deserts—

Eclaire Cake

1 package graham crackers, 2 packages 3.4 oz instant French Vanilla pudding mix, 8 ounces Cool Whip thawed, 3 C milk, 16 ounces chocolate frosting

In a large bowl, mix together the pudding mix, cool whip, and milk. Beat well. Arrange graham crackers in a single layer on the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Pour half of the pudding mixture over the graham crackers. Add another layer of graham crackers and pour remaining pudding on top. Add the final layer of graham crackers and spread with chocolate frosting. You may need to soften the frosting up a bit in the microwave to help it spread easily. Refrigerate for at least four hours before serving.

Snacks—

Easy White Chocolate Party Mix

16 C popped popcorn, 3 C Frosted Cheerios, 1 package (10 ounces) fat-free pretzel sticks, 2 C dark chocolate M&M's, 1-1/2 C pecan halves, 1 package milk chocolate English toffee bits , 2 packages white baking chips ( I use yogurt baking chips), 2 tbsp canola oil

In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In a microwave, melt baking chips with oil; stir until smooth. Pour over popcorn mixture and toss to coat. Immediately spread onto two baking sheets; let stand until set, about 2 hours. Store in airtight containers. This is a not the healthiest treats but it makes for a great special treat for the kiddos and yourself;)

Spicy Seasoned Pretzels

16 oz (1 lb) bag tiny twist pretzels, 1 C vegetable or canola oil, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp salt, 2 tsp lemon pepper, 1 tsp cayenne pepper

Pour oil and spices into a gallon ziploc bag. Seal and shake to evenly combine oil with spices. Add in pretzels, seal up ziploc bag, and gently shake to combine. Leave them in the ziploc bag and allow pretzels to soak up the seasoned oil for at least 6 hours, or ideally for 24 hours. Turn bag to shake up pretzels every few hours. Pretzels will keep in an airtight container for 3 weeks.

Energy Balls

*This is a double batch! We eat them so fast at our house but it’s such an easy and overall healthy on the go snack. I’ve also posted this recipe before but because so many people ask for it I’m posting it again!

2/3 C honey, 2 C old fashioned oats, 1 C peanut butter (I do half or 1/3 almond butter), 1 scoop of protein (I use Isagenix), 1/2 C flaxseed, 1/2 C chia seeds, 1/2 C shredded coconut, 1/2 C dark chocolate chips

Mix honey, PB, and protein powder together first. Then add all ingredients and stir! I leave the bowl in the freezer for about 15 minutes and then form them into small balls and put them in an airtight container and pop them back in the freezer.

Hope you all try and enjoy some of these recipes:)

xoxo,

MRS T