Thirsty Thursday: Outsmart your cravings

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As most of you know, I’m pregnant with my second child. For the last two weeks I’ve been having cravings for sweets. Mostly for peanut butter cups. While I’ll admit I’ve had a few in the last few weeks, I’m not using my cravings as an excuse to ruin my choice to have a healthy and fit pregnancy. Instead of having a pb cup everyday, I’ve been making chocolate pb shakes as my morning snack/meal. It’s a pretty self explanatory recipe, but I thought I’d share how I make mine.

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder/supplement of choice (I use a chocolate vegan meal replacement powder)
  • 1 cup milk of choice ( You can use pretty much anything. I know there are different kinds for all of the allergies and sensitivities out there. I personally enjoy unsweetened almond milk in my shakes)
  • 1-2 TBSP Peanut Butter (I prefer powdered pb. Jif Peanut Powder is my new favorite)
  • Ice to taste

 

Instructions

Add all ingredients to blender, and blend to your liking.

Enjoy! 🙂

 

Sunday Funday: Playing catch up!

Well, I haven’t been on since right before Christmas, so I hope you all had a fantastic holiday!!!! 🙂

Anyway, we had a very blessed holiday season. Not only because it was the holidays and we got to spend time with our family, but because our family is growing! That’s right. We’re expecting a new bundle of joy this June!!! 😀 We chose to wait to share the news with everyone because we had quite a bit of trouble getting pregnant this time around.

Okay, onto other news. I still want to keep posting my meal plans on Mondays, but my fitness/workout posts will definitely be different now that I’m doing pregnancy workouts. :-p

So, I hope you are all well, and I hope you will all hang in there with me and my posts. 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Thirsty Thursday: Mint Cookie Shake

With the holidays upon us, it’s easy to fall off the wagon with our healthy eating. I won’t lie, I’m a Christmas cookie eater! I’m actually having my annual “Cookie Madness” this weekend, where I end up spending the entire day baking cookies. I bake hundreds of cookies, but they don’t stay here! I send them with friends, and also give to my coworkers and husband’s coworkers. We only keep a few dozen for ourselves and Santa. Lol. 🙂

Like I said, it’s easy to just eat junk and not think about being healthy. Well, I found a yummy shake I’d love to share with ya’ll that might help curb those cravings. It’s a mint cookie shake. It’s pretty delicious! 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk of choice (I like unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder of choice
  • 1/4 tsp mint extract (or to taste)
  • Ice to taste

 

Directions:

Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

 

 

Wacky Wednesday: Kids in the Kitchen

So I used to do a Wellness Wednesday post, but I thought this would be a better post instead. I’d love to post something random each Wednesday. Hence the name “Wacky Wednesday!” It will be anything from wellness, health, to kids recipes and activities. I think it’ll be a really fun post because it’ll be differenteach week! 🙂 Anyway, this week I decided to make a kids recipe post. My son absolutely LOVES to help me in the kitchen, and I love coming up with different, fun, yummy recipes we can make together. AlthoughI dont have a picture, this is one of his favorite things to make. 🙂

ENGLISH MUFFIN PIZZAS

Ingredients:

    • English Muffin of choice. (we use Food for Life)
    • pizza sauce
    • shredded cheese (we like mozzarella)
    • your favorite toppings such as lean sausage, pepperoni, and any veggies, like, peppers, black olives, broccoli, mishrooms, tomatoes, etc.

Directions:

1. Toast your English muffins.

2. Spread on pizza sauce.

3. Sprinkle cheese on top and add your toppings.

4. Put on cookie sheet and put into broiler for a few minutes, until cheese is melted. 

Enjoy!!

 

 

Menu Monday: October 19-25

I used to do a Meal Prep Monday post, but I decided to change it to Menu Monday instead. I know some of you, like me, enjoy sharing recipes and finding new ideas for meals. I figured I’d share my weekly menus and if anyone wants recipes, feel free to ask and I’ll share them. 🙂

Monday 10/19

  • Breakfast – Cinnamon overnight oats
  • Snack – Shakeo w/ Pb and banana
  • Lunch – Homemade orzo and veggie soup (I had some leftovers frozen)
  • Snack – Hummus and carrots
  • Dinner – Honey garlic chicken, mashed sweet potatoes, and steamed broccoli

Tuesday 10/20

  • Breakfast – Pb banana overnight oats
  • Snack – Shakeo mixed w/ water
  • Lunch – leftover dinner from 10/19
  • Snack – Almonds
  • Dinner – Baked Ravioli w/ homemade bread and side salads

Wednesday 10/21

  • Breakfast – Cinnamon overnight oats
  • Snack – Shakeo w/ Pb and banana
  • Lunch – Homemade chicken salad lettuce wraps and homemade sweet potato chips
  • Snack – Carrots and hummus
  • Dinner – Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole w/ side salads

Thursday 10/22

  • Breakfast – Pb banana overnight oats
  • Snack – Shakeo mixed w/ water
  • Lunch – Homemade chicken salad lettuce wraps and homemade sweet potato chips
  • Snack – Almonds
  • Dinner – Broccoli cheese soup and homemade bread

Friday 10/23

  • Breakfast – Cocoa overnight oats
  • Snack – Shakeo with Pb and banana
  • Lunch – Homemade chicken salad lettuce wraps and homemade sweet potato chips
  • Snack – Carrots and hummus
  • Dinner – Homemade chicken nuggets and oven roasted veggies

Saturday 10/24

  • Breakfast – Veggie egg white omelette
  • Snack – Almonds
  • Lunch – Shakeo w/ Pb and banana
  • Snack & Dinner: I’ll be at a baby shower, so I’m not sure what I’ll be having. 🙂 Probably gonna be a cheat day. 🙂

Sunday 10/25

  • Breakfast – Veggie egg white omelette
  • Snack – Almonds and banana
  • Lunch – We usually go out to lunch after church. I usually get a salad or chicken and veggies
  • Snack – Shakeo w/ pb
  • Dinner – Spaghetti squash with homemade sauce, and steamed broccoli.

Like I said, if you want any recipes, just ask. And if you’d like to share any recipes or ideas with me that would be great as well. 🙂

Motivation Monday: Reach Your Goals.

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Well, are you doing whatever it takes to reach your fitness goals? Why or why not? What’s holding you back? Is it lack of motivation or accountability? Do you need help or advice? I began my blog to help people reach their health and fitness goals, and I feel like I’m really not doing that. I’d really love to start a group like the one I had that helped me become successful with working out. If any of you would be interested in joining a fitness/nutrition accountability group, please let me know. Comment below or shot me an email at sarasmith722@yahoo.com. Can’t wait to hear from y’all! 🙂

Take Care,

Sara

Sunday Meal Prep: Week 2.

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So here is week 2 of my meal prep….since I started posting it that is. Lol. On the menu this week…

Monday:

Breakfast: Oatmeal with cinnamon. (not shown)

AM Snack: Shakeo with pb and banana (not shown)

Lunch: Seasoned Turkey Breast, broccoli & carrots, and brown rice.

PM Snack: Apple and cocoa almonds.

Dinner: Stuffed peppers. (not shown)

Tuesday:

Breakfast: Pb banana toast. (not shown)

AM Snack: Shakeo mixed with water. (not shown)

Lunch: Chicken, sweet potato, and green beans.

PM Snack: Strawberries and grapes.

Dinner: Chicken stir fry. (not shown)

Wednesday:

Breakfast: Oatmeal with cinnamon. (not shown)

AM Snack: Shakeo with pb and banana (not shown)

Lunch: Seasoned Turkey Breast, broccoli & carrots, and brown rice.

PM Snack: Apple and cocoa almonds.

Dinner: Apple pork chops, cauliflower mash, brussle sprouts . (not shown)

Thursday:

Breakfast: Pb banana toast. (not shown)

AM Snack: Shakeo mixed with water (not shown)

Lunch: Chicken, sweet potato and green beans.

PM Snack: Strawberries and grapes.

Dinner: Italian chicken and broccoli. (not shown)

Friday:

Breakfast: Oatmeal with cinnamon. (not shown)

AM Snack: Shake with pb and banana (not shown)

Lunch: Seasoned Turkey Breast, broccoli & carrots, and brown rice.

PM Snack: Apple and cocoa almonds.

Dinner: Turkey burgers and kale salad. (not shown)

Fitness Friday: 5 Reasons Working Out At Home Is Better Than The Gym

1. You Don’t Have To Care What You Look Like. Seriously. You can rock whatever look you want. Unbrushed hair, mismatched workout clothes, you name it. So nice, right?

2. Never Worry About Weather. Too cold out? Snowing or raining? Don’t feel like going outside? No problem. Just go to your workout area and push play!

3. Get Your Workout Face On! Is it just me, or does anyone else make weird faces when they challenge themselves to push a little harder during their workout routine? Well, I’m glad no one but me sees it. Haha.

4. The Germs On The Equipment Are Just Yours. This is probably my biggest reason for working out at home. I just can’t  imagine touching gross, sweaty, germ covered equipment that hundreds of other people have touched. I don’t care if they “clean” it. Just yuck!

5. Pass Out When You’re Done. For real. After pushing yourself to work harder; you can literally sprawl out on the floor in the comfort of your own home, catch your breath, then fuel up on some post workout goodness.

Motivation Monday: 5 Tips To Help You Reach Your Fitness Goals

1. Create A Plan: Decide what kind of workouts you want to do. Maybe strength training or cardio? Decide if you’ll go to a gym or workout in the comfort of your own home. Once you make your plan you’ll be ready to go!

2. Have A Support System: Its always nice to have someone in your corne. Whether it be a friend, significant other, or other family member. The more people is your support system, the more encouragment you’ll receive and the more likely you’ll be to reach your goals.

3. Set Shorth Term and Long Term Goals: You can set and many or few as you’d like. You may want to start out small and work your way up. Some examples could be losing 20 pounds in 4 months as a short term goal, and running a half or full marathon within a year as a long term goal. You can even share your goals with your support system. It helps to have some accountability!

4. Create A Reward System: It’s nice to be rewarded for all of your hard work, but be sure to have rewards that are NOT related to food. Some examples may be spending a few hours to yourself to catch up on a TV show, read a book, or even take a relaxing bubble bath. If you have kids, try to find someone willing to watch them for a few hours….cue the support system! Spend a day at the spa. There’s nothing more relaxing than that. Or buy yourself a new outfit or two. Now that you’re getting in shape you’ll wanna show off that rockin’ body in an equally rockin’ outfit! 🙂

5. DONT QUIT: It’s easy to throw in the towel when you’re feeling stressed or like you just can’t reach your goals, but PLEASE, never give up. EVER. You CAN reach your fitness goals. You’ve got a group of people rooting for you, and you don’t want to let them or yourself down. It won’t always be easy, but it’ll be worth it! Keep it up! 🙂

Sunday: Week 1 Meals

I’m all about being ahead of the game. As a momma, I’d rather spend my time with my kiddo during the day than make/plan meals. So I meal plan and prep. I set aside time on Fridays to plan my meals for the week, make up my lists, and go shopping Saturday morning. Then on Sundays I spend about an hour prepping my lunches and snacks for the week. It not only saves time, but it also saves me money. I thought I’d start sharing my meal plans and whatnot with y’all each week. So here goes……

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Monday:

  • Breakfast- Oatmeal with banana (not pictured)
  • AM Snack- Shakeo mixed with water (not pictured)
  • Lunch- Chicken seasoned with lemon and pepper, Kale sautéed with EVOO and garlic, and grapes and strawberries.
  • PM Snack- Carrots
  • Dinner- Homemade burrito bowls (not pictured)

Tuesday:

  • Breakfast- Oatmeal with blueberries (not pictured)
  • AM Snack- Shakeo mixed with water (not pictured)
  • Lunch- Ground turkey with onions and peppers, and an apple.
  • PM Snack- Cottage Cheese
  • Dinner- Chicken, green beans, and potatoes (not pictured)

Wednesday:

  • Breakfast- Oatmeal with cinnamon (not pictured)
  • AM Snack- Shakeo mixed with banana, pb and water (not pictured)
  • Lunch- Chicken seasoned with lemon and pepper, Kale sautéed with EVOO and garlic, and grapes and strawberries.
  • PM Snack- Blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries
  • Dinner- Chicken sausage, brown rice, and cauliflower (not pictured)

Thursday:

  • Breakfast- Oatmeal with banana (not pictured)
  • AM Snack- Shakeo mixed with water (not pictured)
  • Lunch- Ground turkey with peppers and onions, and an apple
  • PM Snack- Cottage Cheese
  • Dinner: Italian chicken with steamed broccoli (not pictured)

Friday:

  • Breakfast- Oatmeal with banana (not pictured)
  • AM Snack- Shakeo mixed with water (not pictured)
  • Lunch- Chicken seasoned with lemon and pepper, Kale sautéed with EVOO and garlic, and grapes and strawberries.
  • PM Snack- Carrots
  • Dinner-  Spaghetti squash with turkey meatballs (not pictured)