Wednesday, July 23, 2014

{What I Ate Wednesday} 7/23/14

Hi!! Hope everyone is having a great week!! I have been up since 5 a.m. with my two year old who insisted he get in my bed (inside my pregnancy pillow) and sleep until 7:30. Good for him but as much as I love to cuddle....I could not go back to sleep. Finding a comfortable position is almost impossible at this point!

My eats lately haven't been too exciting....some days I forget to eat and some days I am ravenous! Yesterday I was busy nesting and didn't eat too much. I made up for it at dinner though! We went to my favorite restaurant and I chowed down!





Breakfast: My favorite overnight oats topped with banana and peanut butter. Yum! If you haven't tried these yet....Try them! They are so good and so filling!

Snack: 2% Plain Greek yogurt, blackberries, pecans, and a drizzle of honey.

Late Lunch: I almost completely forgot about lunch! I scrambled myself a couple eggs with 1 egg white and added a little baby spinach for some green. I also ate a peach and a few strawberries. Man....this was good. Who says eggs are for breakfast??

Dinner: I was planning on cooking but we ended up going to my favorite Mexican restaurant and I had 2 shrimp tacos with grilled vegetables and slaw on the side. I also had some chips with fresh guacamole and salsa verde. So good. I forgot to take a picture because I was starving and I am pregnant and those two things combined can be a dangerous thing!



Hope you guys have a fabulous day!!

So tell me.....

What is your favorite way to eat eggs??? 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

{How to Rock A Healthy Pregnancy}

I have had a lot of people ask me for my tips for a healthy pregnancy and I wanted to go back to a post a wrote for "That's What I Eat" that shared 5 easy tips for how to ROCK a healthy pregnancy! I hope this guys helps any of my fellow pregnant ladies or anyone who plans on being pregnant in the future. This pregnancy has gone so much smoother and I feel so much better this time around!! Take a look and let me know what you think!!

**5 Ways to ROCK a Healthy Pregnancy**



Do you have any tips on staying healthy during pregnancy and avoiding the temptation to EAT FOR TWO??

Monday, July 21, 2014

{Meal Planning Monday} 7/21/14

Hi! I know I haven't meal planned in quite a while but I miss it! It makes my life so easier to have a plan so that I don't really have to put much thought into my food/dinner meals for the week!! Do you meal plan??

If you want to see exactly how I meal plan....watch this video on me explaining exactly how I do it!

Now on to my plan for the week!!



Breakfasts This Week
  • Shakes: These have been my go-to lately just because they are fast and portable. I can drink them while I fix breakfast for the kids. I have been using MRM All Natural Whey Protein Powder for my shakes. Just check your protein powder to make sure that it doesn't include artificial sweeteners. My favorite shakes lately have been my Peanut Butter Cup Protein Shake and my Skinny Chick-fil-a Peach Milkshake.
  • Raw Oat Cereal: This is yummy and fast! I love to top this with fresh berries!
  • Steel Cut Oatmeal: If I have a few extra minutes in the morning....this is what I always make! It is so delicious and so filling!
Lunches This Week 
  • Scrambled Eggs with toasted Ezekiel Bread with almond butter 
  • Organic English Muffin with egg/organic cheese and avocado.
  • Leftovers from dinner
  • Baked sweet potato, avocado, veggies
Snacks This Week
  • Plain Greek Yogurt with fruit and honey
  • Fresh Peach or Fresh Cherries with unsalted almonds
  • Larabar
Dinner This Week



Hope this helps you guys plan out your week!! It makes such a huge difference!! If you eat any of these meals this week.....tell me about it!! Check in with me on facebook, tag me on Instagram (ashlynch23 or #wholefoodsnewbody) or Tweet me!


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

{What I Ate Wednesday} 7/16/14

Is it Wednesday already? I feel like time is passing so fast! I think it is all the nesting going on that is making my days go by so fast!!

On to {What I Ate Wednesday}


Breakfast: I made my Peanut Butter Cup Protein Shake with a cup of coffee on the side.

Lunch: This was leftovers from Monday night. I made this Broccoli Cheddar Brown Rice casserole and it was a huge hit with my whole family. I omitted the carrots and panko and used brown rice flour to thicken the sauce and it was delish! Just as delicious as leftovers for lunch!

Snacks: Plain Greek yogurt with blueberries and honey, fresh cherries and unsalted almonds.

Dinner: Pork tenderloin that I sliced thinly and cooked in olive oil and Greek seasoning with peppers and onions. I served this with brown rice.

Dessert: Not pictured because I was too tired and lazy at this point! I had a little organic coffee ice cream with dark chocolate chips. My appetite is kind of crazy. Half the day I barely think about food and at night I am ravenous!


So tell me...

What are you eating lately??

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

{36 week BUMPdate}

Hello!!! Am I really doing a 36 week BUMPdate? Wow!! 4 weeks is going to fly by and I just hope I'm ready!!! I'm as ready as I am ever gonna be...that's for sure! I would expect to go into labor near my due date or a little after since I was 2 weeks late with my first and 1 week late with my second. I'm really not in a rush. I like being pregnant and although I may not like the aches/pressure...I do like that I have baby boy all to myself these days!

I feel like I am nesting....for sure. I have been online shopping like crazy for baby boy....making sure I have everything I need!! I feel like I have blocked out the newborn stage with both of my babies and feel pretty clueless. I am sure it will all come back to me once he is born! Right????



How Far Along?  36 weeks 

Size of Baby: The size of a large cantaloupe. (6 lbs. 19-22 inches) 

Gender: Baby boy

Weight Gain: 24 lbs.

Maternity Clothes: Target actually had a great sale over the weekend. 40% off maternity using the Cartwheel app. so I went ahead and grabbed a couple more maternity dresses and a tank top. It is close to 100 degrees outside these days.....dresses are the coolest option for sure!

Nursery: No clue. :) We won't be planning the nursery until our new house is built which is a couple months after the baby is born. Baby boy will be sleeping in Mom and Dad's room for the first few months which I don't mind at all!! I did buy a Fisher Price Rock-n-play for him to sleep in. I also have a bassinet that I need to put together. 
   
Movement: He is moving a lot! His movements definitely take my breath sometimes. I can definitely tell that he is running out of space. 

Symptoms: Heartburn, a lot of round ligament pain, achy back, slightly swollen feet and ankles.

Sleep: It is getting harder and harder to find a comfortable position at night. Most nights are okay. I wake up quite a few times but I usually get at least 6-7 hours of sleep a night. I am enjoying that while I can!

Cravings: Hmmm...I guess anything cold!! It is so hot outside....I have been craving homemade ice cream and fro yo!

What I Miss: Being able to find a comfortable position easily.

Best Moment This Week: Going through my son's old clothes and pulling out things that would work for baby boy. I am trying to get organized and have ordered quite a bit to get prepared. I am getting very excited and it is getting very "real" to me!!! 4 more weeks!! EEEEKKK!

****On a side note: I found this really great tutorial on how to make a pregnancy silhouette using your iphone. I tried it out and I loved it!! Literally took me 5 minutes and it is just a fun little picture to have!! Try it!!

Here is mine:


Hope you guys have a fabulous Tuesday!!! 

So tell me....

What is your best advice for what to pack for the hospital?? 

What is something I should definitely do before the baby is born??

Must have baby item??

Monday, July 7, 2014

{Quick Tip Tuesday} #1

I thought it would be fun on Tuesdays to share with you guys a {Quick Tip} that has helped me on my weight loss/health journey. Sometimes it is really simple tips that make an impact on the way cook/eat/fit in exercise...etc.



So for today's {Quick Tip}.....Oven Roasted Veggies!

My sister is starting out on her weight loss journey and we were discussing side dish recipes. My go-to side dish pretty much every night is a roasted veggie. I don't do side dish casseroles, heavy starch sides like I used to. I love to get my veggies in this way! It is simple, delicious and my family loves it!!


This is how simple it is:


  1. Buy a bag of frozen veggies. Organic if possible. Sure.....you could always use fresh but I load my freezer up with frozen veggies so I never have to worry about veggies going bad and they are always cheap!
  2. Cover baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray with olive oil cooking spray. Spread veggies out in a single layer on baking sheet. Spray veggies with olive oil spray or do a light drizzle with olive oil or coconut oil. 
  3. Sprinkle with whatever seasonings you like. Salt, Pepper, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder are my usual but cinnamon is a must for sweet potatoes or carrots. You could spice things up with some chipotle pepper spice or cayenne if you are brave enough!
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for 30-45 minutes depending on the veggie. I usually give them a good shake or turn with a spatula half way through. You basically just want the veggie roasted (not burnt). There is no way you can mess this up! Just keep an eye on them!
My favorite veggies to use are whole green beans, cut okra, asparagus, brussel sprouts, carrot chips, sweet potatoes, and broccoli florets. The possibilities are endless!! 

So tell me....

What is your favorite veggie to roast??




{Marvelous in my Monday} #2


Happy Monday! Who doesn't love holiday weekends?? We had such a great weekend hanging out with our families, grilling out and doing July 4th festivities! Here are my iPhone pics from the weekend:



• July 4th Parade: Every year we go to the parade. There was face painting, games, rides, live music and lots of food to enjoy! 




So much fun!!! :)

•Pool fun/Grilling out: We spent the rest of the afternoon lounging in the pool, playing volleyball, grilling out and relaxing!



I wish I could say that fireworks were marvelous but we didn't actually get to watch them! I let my baby girl have a milkshake and let's just say...it wasn't nice to her! Here we are right before fireworks!



  • Lazy Saturday and Pool time: We spent the morning just laying around, the kids took a long nap and then we spend the rest of the day in the pool. The perfect kind of Saturday if you ask me!




  • Sunday: We didn't have quite as much fun on Sunday. I spend most of the day working and the rest of the day lounging on the couch! It was nice to get some rest! :)


Hope you guys had a marvelous weekend!! 

So tell me......

What was the best part of your weekend???


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