Thursday, September 18, 2014

Clean Eating Kids Lunch Ideas

My baby girl started Kindergarten this year. Boo! No...really...it has been great. I was sad at first but she absolutely loves it and seeing that huge grin on her face and how excited she is makes it all worth it for me!! When it comes to lunch...I know I could pay for her to eat the school lunches and I am sure they are fine...but my baby girl is SUPER picky! I mean....she could literally live off of fruit alone!  I decided that packing her lunches would be the way to go because I knew that she would eat what I packed and it makes me feel better knowing that she isn't hungry and that I can control the quality of what she eats everyday.







Organic whole wheat bread with a little organic olive oil mayo, Applegate Organic Roasted Turkey breast and organic shredded cheddar cheese sandwich. You may ask...why do I use shredded cheese instead of sliced?? Well...my little 5 year old will have it NO other way! So feel free to used sliced for your little one! This is pretty filling for her so I usually throw in a container of fruit (usually strawberries} and an all natural applesauce or yogurt.

For breakfast she usually eats a banana, an organic or homemade granola bar/bread/muffin or a Siggy's squeeze yogurt on the way to school. For snack I usually pack her a banana (if she didn't eat one for breakfast) or some whole wheat crackers or pretzels.

I wish I could say that I switch it up and every day is a different lunch...but I don't! Who has time for that/? I stick with what she loves and what she asks for! She doesn't like a ton of variety so that makes it really easy on me!

 If I do switch it up.....these are some other options:

-Annie Whole Grain Mac and Cheese (heated in the morning and placed in a theremos)

-All Natural Peanut butter and Organic strawberry preserves sandwich

-Leftovers (heated and placed in thermos)

-Whole wheat crackers, rolled organic turkey slices and all natural cheese cubes

-Homemade Oat Bread or Oat Muffins (click here for the recipes)

-Homemade trail mix: unsalted nuts, organic raisins and dark chocolate chips

-Crackers: I love the Whole Wheat Carr Crackers

-Pretzels: Snyders Old Tyme Pretzels seem the be the best ones I can find in my local grocery store

-Fruit: Whatever is your childs favorite. My little ones loves for me to pack her berries of any kind! I will definitely be going with whatever is seasonal though!

-Veggies: Organic baby carrots, broccoli florets, celery

-Yogurt: I like Siggy's Yogurt Tubes....I wish they were organic but they have the best ingredients compared to any other squeeze yogurt. Most of them have Carageenan in it and I like to stay away from that.

-Applesauce: I always go for all natural.

-Cheerios: My kids love Cascadian Farms Honey Nut O's so those in a snack baggie would be a good snack.

-Drink: I just pour filtered water or Organic whole milk in her thermos.


****When it comes to Tupperware I use Rubbermaid Lunchblox because she has a tall lunchbox and these work great!! I use the Thermos FUNtainer  for her drink and I haven't had any leaks and my daughter LOVES it!

So tell me...

What do you pack in your childs lunch box?




Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What I Ate Wednesday {9/10/14}

I'm still in survival mode so my "eats" have been less then impressive but I wanted to share with you guys what a typical day looks like for me!



Breakfast: Brownie Batter Oatmeal with coffee 

Snack: Larabar....love these bars! 

Lunch: Greek yogurt with blueberries and honey.

Snack: Clif bar (not the best ingredients but I was starving and I had a screaming child...you do what you've gotta do!)

Dinner: Scrambled eggs, 2 pieces uncured bacon and Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel bread with all natural organic peanut butter. YUM!

Dessert: Dark chocolate squares....of course!





Convenience is the key these days. I need fast and portable!! These are some super easy and fast meals. What is your favorite super easy meal or snack?



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Postpartum Update {1 month}

I promise not to bore you guys with postpartum updates all the time but I thought I would just give you guys an update on how things are going.

I wish I could say that I have been eating perfectly and going on mile long walks daily but I can't! I probably eat 80% clean and my exercise has been running around taking care of my 3 kids. Of course I'm not actually cleared for exercise yet. My postpartum appointment is in 2 weeks. There are some days that I barely reach 1200 calories. Not that I'm dieting or restricting calories...I just literally don't have time to eat!! That is something I plan to focus on this week. Trying to focus more on eating every few hours and drinking enough water.

I have 8 lbs to go until my pre-pregnancy weight. My belly is still very soft and I still can't fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes. I know I will get there! Until then..I will be that Mom that goes to pick up her kid from school in yoga pants and a t-shirt! Ha! 

Here are my pics....I don't really feel like much has changed since my 2 week postpartum update:


Taking photos of myself and posting them on the internet never gets easier for me to do. One thing I will say that if you are trying to lose weight ....taking photos is important. For me...seeing pics is the only way that I can gauge my progress. The scales aren't the only way to see if your body is changing! Taking pictures and measurements is a great way to keep track of your progress!! 

Hoping to start cooking more, planning my meals out, drinking more water and eating nutritious meals every few hours this week!! Who's with me?


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Five on Friday


Oh how I have missed these Five on Fridays! It gives you a little peak into my world and not just my food! I promise to start posting more! I have been transitioning from a mom of 2 to a mom of 3 and I think I am finally starting to figure a few things out! 

One: Kindergarten

My baby started school this week! Boo hoo!! Well she isn't quite a baby anymore but I'm having a hard time wrapping my brain around the fact that she is 5 years old and is now a Kindergartener! She is loving it!! She wakes up with a smile so excited about her day and that thrills me!


Two: Larabar

I know you guys know I love these bars but lately I have had NO time to spend towards cooking! Convenience is key when you have a newborn, 2 year old and 5 year old starting school!! Larabars have been a lifesaver when I'm starving and need something fast and easy!


Three: House

Finally some progress on our house..y'all!! Woo hoo! Maybe my baby boy will actually have a nursery in a few months! Who knew that a little concrete would make me this happy??


Four: Knox


Baby boy is doing great!  He is almost 1 month old!!! How in the world did a month already go by?? He is precious!! I love every second of holding and cuddling with this sweet boy! Now if he would just let me sleep through the night!

Five: Minivan



I am now a minivan owner! I have always sworn that I would NEVER drive a minivan but after trying to function with 3 car seats in the middle seat of an SUV...I changed my mind. I was very hesitant but I will have to admit...it makes my life easier. I think the minivan was created for a mom of 3....it just works!

Hope you guys have a fabulous weekend!!!! :)

Monday, September 1, 2014

{Meal Planning Monday} 9/2/14

Meal Planning Monday....Oh wait...it isn't Monday...Is it? Oh well!! So it is Tuesday and I am planning out my meals for the week. Labor day messed me up and I am sleep deprived...so forgive me!! Without further adieu....Here are my meals for the week:                                                              




                                                   

Breakfasts:

Scrambled Eggs and Ezekiel toast with all natural peanut butter
Mocha Frap Protein Shake            
Cherry Chocolate Chia Overnight Oats          

Snacks:

Pear and Almonds
Apple and all natural peanut butter
Larabar

Lunch: 

Banana Wrap
Leftovers

Dinners:

Broccoli Spaghetti and Meatballs
Real Food Pimento Cheese Sandwiches and fruit
Breakfast for dinner (Eggs/Uncured Bacon/Avocado)
Hobo dinner
Pecan and Grape Chicken Salad              



Everything has to be super fast and pretty much portable these days!!! These meals/snacks are all delicious, fast and easy!!

What is your favorite super easy dinner???                                                                    









Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Postpartum Update {2 weeks}

Hey you guys!!! Sorry for being a little MIA these days! Adjusting to life with a newborn and now a mommy to 3 has been quite busy!! Most of my days are spent feeding children, cleaning, doing laundry, snuggling (of course) and sleeping a little! It's been crazy but wonderful all at the same time!

I kind of cringe at the thought of showing postpartum pics! I have never been a fan of this phase! Although I will say that I have much less weight to lose at this point than usual...it's never a good feeling to look pregnant when you aren't! I know that it takes time for your body to get back to it's prepregnancy shape but I'm pretty impatient and I hate not having clothes that fit! These days I'm living in yoga pants, athletic shorts and t-shirts! I'm lucky if my hair is clean...a ponytail is my norm and make up is a luxury! I'm looking hot...let me tell you! 

This is my 2 week postpartum pic:


I gained 28 lbs. total for this pregnancy. I lost about 10 in the hospital and 8 more of water weight in the past couple weeks. I have 10 more lbs. to go until I'm back at my pre- pregnancy weight. I know it will take some time and I don't think my uterus is back to normal quite yet! 

These pics make me cringe for sure but here are my postpartum belly pics! I want to be real with you guys because I'm not the type of girl that has a baby and comes home wearing her pre-pregnancy clothes! It usually takes me a good year or more to lose all the baby weight. That won't be the case this time around because of clean eating and not gaining a ton of weight during my pregnancy but here goes! Yikes!



I have been wearing a Squeem (postpartum corset type thing) since my third day postpartum and I plan to wear it  at least until my third week. Not sure if it's helping my waist or not but it does help with my posture and I feel more held together! I'm starting to feel more like normal (Thank Goodness!!) but it's still a little painful for me to walk sometimes. I have Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction  which basically means that the ligament in my pelvic bone stretched a little too far during pregnancy/childbirth. Luckily it seems to be improving and I'm hoping that after this week...the pain will be gone! 

I promise to keep you guys updated on my progress and keep sharing with you guys new healthy recipes, my daily eats, and clean eating tips along the way! 

Now....back to laundry...feeding...and snuggling!! :) 


The Squeem makers have no idea who I am. I am not getting paid by them to write this post. I just happened to choose this corset after my last pregnancy (although I did not wear it) and have decided to give it a try this time around. I do really like it and I promise to give you guys my honest opinion about it! :)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

My Birth Story {Knox}

Hey you guys!! Whew...it's been a busy week for me!! So let me tell you guys how it all went down!!

Last Sunday {Aug. 10th} I woke up at 2 a.m. with contractions. I knew these were different than the Braxton Hicks contractions that I had been having. I started timing them and they were 5 minutes apart. After 20 minutes of timing...they were now 3 minutes apart and getting more and more intense! We called the doc and he said to come on in to L&D. 

Things went really fast at that point. After an hour of getting settled in the hospital..I was already at 10 cm and ready to push! Worst contractions ever!! This was the first labor that I have had without an epidural or any pain meds!! After a few minutes of pushing...we welcomed our sweet baby boy into this world!! Best feeling ever! They laid him on my stomach and I fell in love at first sight! 

He was 8 lbs. 12 oz....which is a whole pound larger than my last baby! Whew!!! 


We were discharged 30 hours later! Baby Knox and I were doing great and I was ready to get home to sleep in my own bed!!!

This week has been wonderful. The cramps/muscle aches have been pretty rough. I hear they get a little harder after each baby. I am beyond in love with my family of 5. My other babies are absolutely in love with Knox and my husband has been too good to be true. I have enjoyed every second of him being home with me. He takes care of everyone and it melts me to see him loving on Knox. 




Thank you all for the sweet comments!! I promise to do some postpartum weight loss updates with pics! Yikes! I'm going to get back on the weight loss train shortly so I am excited for you guys to follow my journey! :)



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