Wednesday, May 27, 2015

{What I Ate Wednesday} 5/27/15

Happy Wednesday!! Today is actually a special Wednesday....it my 9th Wedding Anniversary! Woo hoo!! I can not believe it has been that long! Seems like only a few years ago!


I am so thankful he came into my life so many years ago. He is my best friend. He is the best Dad that I could ever have wished for to my three beautiful babies! I am thankful on this day and every day to have him by my side!!

Whew....I am so mushy today! :)

On to WIAW!!


Breakfast: Microwave banana peanut butter oatmeal....I don't actually have this recipe posted on the blog yet. It is on my Instagram (I think) but I plan to post the actual recipe on the blog next week. It is super simple and my go-to when I forget to mix up my overnight oats the night before! I always drink 1-2 cups of black coffee with my oats.



Snack: Dark Chocolate {Not} Green Smoothie **I used baby spinach from my garden to make this! :)


Lunch: You guessed it....Banana wrap! Can't help it (as my 3 year old would say!)



Snack: Vanilla Coconut Greek-Style yogurt parfait with blackberries and Coconut Chia Organic Granola.



Before dinner snack: Cantaloupe and Lemon Green tea



Dinner: Egg omelette with grilled onions and feta. Avocado and Coconut Greek yogurt on the side.



Before bed: Chamomile tea



Hope you all have a FABULOUS Wednesday!! :)




Tuesday, May 26, 2015

5 Tips on How to Lose Baby Weight {9 months post-partum update}

They say it takes 9 months to gain the weight and 9 months to lose it.  Whoever said that...is right! At least for me they are. As you all know...this is my 3rd baby and I feel like I have finally figured out the best tips for losing baby weight!! For the past 6 years, my life has revolved around being pregnant and losing baby weight. The 3rd time around....I did it the right way. Now I want to share with you guys how I did it!



1. Have a healthy pregnancy: This is I think the best tip of them all! If you eat clean and remain active during your pregnancy....it will be WAY easier to lose the weight fast because you won't have that much to lose! My last pregnancy was by FAR my healthiest. I ate 90% clean the entire time. Although I didn't really workout...I remained active and took care of myself. I focused on my nutrition and my hydration and had a super easy pregnancy. I gained 28 lbs. and lost half of that by the time I got home from the hospital. Check out my tips for a healthy pregnancy here.


Picture on left was 32 weeks pregnant during my 2nd pregnancy and picture on right was 32 weeks with my 3rd pregnancy.

2.  Give your body time to heal: I didn't start working out until my baby was 5 months old. Yes....I was cleared for exercise at 6 weeks but my body wasn't ready and I knew that. I spent every second of my first 5 months postpartum loving on my baby, eating healthy and not stressing over trying to fit in hour long workouts. I was stressed enough with transitioning to having 3 kids and building our house. I knew that I had to wait until my body was ready and mentally I was at a good point to start focusing on losing the weight. So listen to your body.....you just had a baby...enjoy it and wait until you are 100% ready mentally and physically to commit to a workout regimen before you start. Now in the meantime....focus on your nutrition. It is important for your healing process. 



3.  Pick a date to start a workout regimen: Now after those 5 months of focusing on my nutrition and healing....I lost all but about 10 lbs of my baby weight. I knew to get the last bit off and to tone my body back up...I had to start working out!! I chose the 21 day fix to jump start my post-baby fitness and it worked out great for me! My advice is choose something you love. If you love the gym....get a trainer and do that! If you love working out at home...pick a DVD workout regimen and do that. Just commit to it and stick to it! Don't make excuses....find time in your day and do it. For me, it worked out that my babies first nap of the day was my workout time. I could only fit in about 30 minutes...so that is what I did. I had great results and it really pushed me past my plateau and made me re-focus on my nutrition. Watch my video here where I tell you all about my experience with the 21 Day Fix if you are interested.




4.  Stay consistent: Ever since I started working at....I have stuck with it. I took a 6 week break in working out due to a pinched nerve that I was trying to heal. I don't have a lot of time....I never workout more than 30-40 minutes at the most but I do it. I have dabbled in 21 Day Fix workouts, T25, Piloxing, free workouts on Youtube, blogilates and now I am loving the Tone it Up girls. I do workouts that I love and that I enjoy. I don't force myself to do a ton of cardio or running because quite frankly...I hate that stuff! I do some quick HIITs for cardio and spend the rest of the time doing exercise that I like to do and that works well for me. Check out my Pinterest {fitness} board for some of my favorite free workouts!




5.  Don't be so hard on yourself!! It takes time. I know we all wish that we could deliver these precious babies and look like supermodels but let's face it....that rarely happens. I have lost all of my baby weight plus a few pounds and I did it by eating clean and doing exercises that I actually enjoyed. Listen to your body. Don't expect the drop the weight in a matter of weeks. Don't try crazy diets or magic pills. Just eat healthy foods and stay active. Make this your lifestyle. Not only will you feel great but you will be an awesome example to your sweet babies!




Now that I am finally at my goal weight....I plan to focus on building muscle and improving upon my nutrition.  There is always room for improvement and getting stronger and healthier is always my focus! 

This will probably be my last postpartum update ever! My life is so full with my 3 beautiful babies. I am not 100% sure if there will be anymore WFNB babies but for now I am happy and complete!
Click here to see all of my pregnancy/postpartum posts!






Wednesday, May 20, 2015

{What I Ate Wednesday} 5/20/15

Whew...what a week....and it's only Wednesday! We've been gardening, working on our floors, and going in 10 different directions it seems. Am I the only one that is ready for school to be out and for summer to be here?  I promise to start blogging more and I am planning a {9 month postpartum update} very soon with all the details on how I lost my baby weight. Stay tuned for that!

I'm on my way to field trip with my sweet girl but I wanted to tell you guys about my WIAW!!

Breakfast: I will give you one guess...overnight oats of course! I'm hooked on these and I need them every morning!


Lunch: Banana Wrap (also something I'm eating a lot these days)

Snack: Plain Greek yogurt with a little Stevia, blueberries and organic Natures Path Coconut Chia granola.

Dinner: Brinner of course...I was super lazy and just scrambled some eggs, put those on top of a toasted piece of Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel Bread and had a few grapes on the side.

Before bed: I was still hungry so I had an apple, almonds and a few dark chocolate chips with chamomile tea.



Hope you all have a great day!!! 

Monday, May 18, 2015

{Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps}

My favorite Asian restaurant has THA best Chicken lettuce wraps. I could seriously eat them everyday. I decided to try to make a healthier version that I could enjoy any day of the week and these are DELICIOUS!! They take no time to whip up and they are so much healthier than take out!




Asian Lettuce Wraps
adapted from: Tone it Up
serves 4
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp. liquid aminos (or low sodium soy sauce)
  • 2 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 8 oz. can water chestnuts (diced)
  • lettuce for wraps (iceberg, romaine, butter)
topping:
  • chopped peanuts

Add olive oil to skillet at medium high heat. Add green pepper and cook for 5 minutes to soften. Add ground turkey and saute until completely cooked and nicely browned. Add hoisin, liquid aminos, vinegar and water chestnuts. Stir to combine. Allow to cool.

Lay lettuce on plate in piles. Add desired amount of turkey mixture. Top with peanuts!

DEVOUR!!



Monday, May 11, 2015

{Peanut Butter Brownie Overnight Oats}

For all of you chocolate lovers out there that want a quick and delicious breakfast that takes very little effort....this one is for you! So yummy! :)




Peanut Butter Brownie Overnight Oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond coconut milk (any milk will work)
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. dark cocoa powder
  • 4-6 drops of stevia liquid (1 stevia packet or 1 tbsp. honey/maple syrup will work)
Toppings: 
  • 1 tbsp. chunky all natural peanut butter
  • dark chocolate chips (optional)





Tuesday, May 5, 2015

{What I Ate Wednesday} 5/6/15


My internet decided to stop working the other night so as I wait for the cable/internet guy to get here...let me share with you my eats! 

Breakfast: My favorite Overnight Oats
**recipe under recipes tab

Snack: Dark Chocolate Not Green Shake
** recipe under recipes tab

Lunch: Banana Wrap

Snack: Fresh pineapple and Greek yogurt with berries and organic coconut chia granola.


Dinner: Aidells Caramelized Onion Meatballs with grilled onions and 
roasted okra with tzatziki sauce and whole wheat pita.

Fingers crossed we get the Internet fixed soon! I may lose my mind soon if we don't!! :)




Monday, May 4, 2015

{5 Ingredient Salsa Turkey Lettuce Wraps}

You guys know that I have 3 kids....5 and under...so you can imagine that I don't have a ton of time in the afternoon to spend cooking a complicated dinner. I would LOVE to venture out a bit and try some really crazy recipes but let's face it....who has time for that??



 This recipe is PERFECT for a busy weeknight or really any night of the week. It calls for 5 ingredients and is super versatile. I like to use the fresh salsa from the deli because I find that the ingredients are better. You could really use any salsa though...just check the ingredients and use your favorite. I can whip this meal up in 20 minutes and my entire family loves this!

Serve this salsa turkey on a bed of rice, in a baked sweet potato, on top of a salad or in lettuce cups! This would also be a great meal prep protein because you can use it in so many ways! I hope you guys love it as much as I do!




Salsa Turkey Lettuce Wraps
  • 1 pound ground turkey (93% lean)
  • 2 (16 oz.) containers of fresh salsa ( I love Garden Fresh Gourmet Jacks Special Mild Salsa)
  • 1 mango (chopped)
  • 1 avocado (diced)
  • lettuce (butter, iceberg, romaine) **torn into small pieces to make cups
Add ground turkey to a medium skillet. Cook on high until meat is thoroughly cooked. Add salsa. Stir to combine and then cover with a tight lid. Let this cook on high for 10 minutes or until all of the liquid is absorbed. 

Add mixture to lettuce cups and top with chopped mango and avocado. 

How easy is that?? YUMMM!!





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