Since I’m doing my fitness challenge, one thing that is sometimes difficult for me is getting enough veggies in my diet. I love vegetables, but for whatever reason unless I’m eating a salad, getting in four full servings or more is something I really have to work at some days.
This is one of the many reasons why I love green smoothies. I can load them up with veggies AND fruit, and drink down at least one good serving as a snack or supplement to my meal without even thinking about it.
And since this is a holiday challenge I figured I would serve up a smoothie with a little Christmas flair. Makes a great snack, meal replacement, or hell, I even would use this to fool myself I’m having dessert!
1/2 an apple, cored
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
a pinch of nutmeg
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
3 tablespoons oatmeal
1 big handful of spinach
Put in blender…blend. That is all.Read More
‘Tis the season…for fatty, sugary foods and sitting on your couch attempting to escape the cold. Rather than busting ass January 1, let’s combat the Christmas plump by proactively working against it! Don’t worry, this plan won’t have you skipping the pumpkin pie,because let’s face it, I don’t want to either. Holiday treats have a very special place in my belly. So with only 51 days until Christmas, here’s my fitness challenge (starting tomorrow) that will have you having your cake and working it off, too.
- Three days 30-60 minutes of cardio (running, aerobics, dance, kickboxing, etc)
- Two days 20-60 minutes low impact workout (pilates, yoga, stretching, weights, exercises in front of the tv, etc)
- Two days rest (or stretching)
Go to myfitnesspal.com and calculate based on your weight and fitness goals how many calories per day you should consume. Then aim for:
- 4 servings of vegetables
- 2-3 servings of fruit
- 64 ounces of water
- limit sweets/fats to 1-2 per day
- 1 free reward day per week (assuming you follow the plan everyday)
I got this big pumpkin at our pumpkin themed baby shower and I just couldn’t resist hollowing it out to put Mr. Z in it. i scraped out, cut holes, and then I lined it with a blanket so he was cozy rather than sitting in the slimy pumpkin in a diaper. He was actually totally willing to just chill there amazingly! It’s like a pumpkin bumbo. Haha! He was so cute on the porch as my little jack-o-lantern!Read More
My dear friend, Megan, is having a baby any day now, and I keep meaning to share the adorableness of her baby shower. I teamed up with our two friends who, as her bridesmaids, also planned her bridal shower a couple years ago. Let’s just say as make quite the team. Ashley is a rockstar papercrafter and maker of all things cute and Jessica works as an event planner professionally. So all three of us together make some pretty adorable things happen! Check it out!Read More
Having a seven month old means the easier and healthier the recipe, the better. As evidence I’m writing this post on my phone while my son is nursing. Yay for multi-tasking! This morning I did a little scavenging in my cupboard and came up with this. I added a bunch of veggies, but you could totally change up what goes in here and load it up even more. It was a hit in my house!
1 32 ounce jar of marinara sauce
1 chicken breast
1/2 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 can artichokes
1 can diced mushrooms
Salt and red pepper flakes to taste
2 cups frozen broccoli
Add all ingredients except broccoli and pasta to the slow cooker with 1 cup water. Cook on high for 5-6 hours or on low for 8. When ready, cook pasta, then add broccoli to the pasta water when it’s done and strain. Shred chicken, pour on sauce, and garnish with cheese, if desired.
What’s not to love about an easy recipe that’s healthy, delicious, and takes about 5 minutes of your time? Um, nothing. Especially when you have a three-month-old who desperately needs your attention! Plus now that it’s getting beautifully sunny and HOT outside, I don’t want to heat up the house with my cooking. Enter this chicken and veggie taco recipe, and problem solved! My favorite part is I can just toss it all in (I don’t even have to touch or chop the raw chicken!) and I can get on with my day.
2 chicken breasts
1 bell pepper
1 yellow squash or zucchini
2 cloves garlic
1 cup salsa
1/2 cup water
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt (then add to taste once cooked)
Optional garnish: shredded cabbage, avocado and cheese
Dice onion, pepper, and squash. Put chicken, salsa, water and spices into the slow cooker. Add vegetables on top. Cook for 4-5 hours on high or 8 hours on low. About 30 minutes before serving shred the chicken using two forks so the juices soak in. Serve on tortillas (or save leftovers to put on salad).Read More
Sometimes No, let’s not lie — I always crave something sweet. But dessert isn’t always in the cards for eating healthy so this banana peanut butter shake always does the trick for satisfying my cravings. Not only is it great for tricking my taste buds, it’s also my go to recipe for a hearty after workout shake. If you want to get really healthy, trade the peanut butter for 1/3 cup of raw peanuts and mix until smooth. Hope you enjoy!
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon protein powder
1/2 cup milk (dairy, almond, soy…I used almond)
1/2 cup ice
Add all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth. I prefer using my Magic Bullet. Works perfect!Read More