May 28, 2015

Turkey & Vegetable Meatballs

Since my son turned one (Body After Baby update coming soon!), signs of toddlerhood are slowly emerging. When we introduced finger foods at 10 months, I couldn't have been happier that some of his favorite foods were broccoli and green beans. Such a healthy boy! However, over the last couple of weeks, he really only wants meat and fruit and getting him to eat his vegetables is becoming harder to achieve. Enter Turkey Veggie Meatballs.... life savers.

These bad boys are so delicious Christian hardly saves any for me and my husband. It's been a real treat for the whole family. Loaded with protein, they are the perfect snack on the go or for a tasty meal around the table. 

One Package of Organic Ground Turkey (97% Lean)
2 Cups Frozen Organic Stir Fry Vegetables*
1 Organic Free Range Egg

Suggested Seasonings 
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Fresh Ground Ginger
1/2 tsp Salt (Pink Himalayan or Sea Salt)
1/2 tsp Coriander
1/2 tsp Cumin

To Make
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly steam or boil frozen vegetables for approximately 7 minutes. Once cooked, chop vegetables into small pieces and use a paper towel to absorb excess water. Mix together turkey, chopped vegetables, egg and your favorite seasonings in a bowl.  Line a baking tray with aluminum foil. Use your hands to roll the turkey meat into 2 inch diameter balls and place 1 inch apart on baking tray. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes. Makes about 12 meatballs. 

Pair it with your favorite sauce or make a protein packed salad by serving them over a bed of greens  with avocado and your favorite dressing. 

* I buy the frozen Organic Stir Fry Vegetables from Whole Foods, which is a blend of green beans, broccoli, onion, red bell pepper, mushrooms and carrots

May 26, 2015

Hit the Re-Set Button

Today I hit the re-set button. Re-set on my diet, re-set on my workouts, re-set on my blogging habits (you know you've missed me!). In case you didn't get the memo yet, summer is pretty much here. Which means, not only is it time to pull out the sleeveless tops and flirty dresses, but it's time to bare that beach babe bikini body.

Right now, I'm not feeling like the "Beach Babe" I claim to be. 

It feels like I just emerged from the not Memorial Day, but you know, that period from Halloween to New Years where all your healthy habits go out the window? Yep. That's me right now. But not today. Oh no, today I've hit the re-set button.

See, my husbands birthday was in March, I'm in April and my baby boy turned one last week (how did that happen?!). I've rolled right from one birthday cake to the next and have indulged in my fair share of morning bagels & cream cheese, homemade quesadillas with extra butter, wine, wine and more wine, and well, you get the point.

Never mind all of that because like I said, today I've hit the re-set button. This morning I went on a jog (gasp!). If you know me at all, I love to exercise but the last time I went for a jog was probably for a mandatory PE class. Literally. But I got a new jogging stroller and if you're a mom you know that getting a new stroller is basically the same (if not better) than getting a new designer handbag. It's pretty great. I was so motivated I ran 2.5 miles with my handsome hubs... and he said he felt like it was Christmas having me go with him. Like I said, I don't jog.

But that's not all. I've eliminated processed sugar and breads from my diet. And I'm also making my daily green smoothie which has slowly erased itself from my healthy morning routine.

Isn't it frightening how after just a few too many days of indulgence, our healthy habits can get consumed by unhealthy ones? 

I look at my diet and my activity level a couple of months ago compared to yesterday (not today) and it's like I'm a completely different person. It just creeps up on us until... We hit the re-set button.

I've had to do this several times throughout my life and I'm sure I'll have to do it many more times. It's not a diet, it's not a cleanse or a detox, but it's stopping a downward spiral that's led me to poor dietary habits and a lack of motivation... which is basically a package deal.

So, I'm getting back to my Beach Babe body just in time for summer. I'm shaking things up and jogging again tomorrow. I may even post a pic on Insta as proof (and of course to show off my new stroller)!

Just one question for you, when's the last time you hit the re-set button? xx

Click here for my 5 Tips to Re-Set Your Diet.

May 7, 2015

3 Ways to Hold Your Baby & Protect Your Back

I now know why young moms have the best arms... it's from holding that big baby all time! Man oh man my arms get sore. I always know when Christian has put on a little weight because my shoulders start to hurt... Not to mention my aching back.

To protect my back I've done a little research on the best way to carry my sweet boy. Here are 3 ways to hold your baby & protect your back.

1. Make sure when you lift your baby, SQUAT! Use your legs and not your back and don't bend at the waist, bend at the knees. My squat game is on point these days. I drop down to pick up my boy at least 50x a day... also keep this in mind when cleaning up toys, picking up the stroller etc etc.

2. The car can be especially tricky with a baby. When putting your baby into the car seat, get in the car and sit next to him when you to buckle him in. That way, you won't stay hunched over the seat adding unwanted pressure on your spine.

3. Hip carrying is one of the easiest ways to multitask with a baby, but it's also one of the positions that puts the most strain on our back. So unlike the bad example I'm setting in the photo above, try to carry your baby in front of you to create a much safer and supported environment for your back.

Last but certainly not least, my biggest piece of advice for a healthy spine is a strong CORE. Make sure to try out my 5 Exercises to stregthen your Core and reduce back pain. Also, check out these 5 stretches for nursing mamas! xx

Mar 31, 2015

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

This too good to be true recipe is brought to you by Saige of The Twenty Somethings. A triathlete in college, Saige is quite possibly one of the fittest girls I know. When I saw this amazing concoction she posted on her Instagram page, I couldn't resist stealing it and sharing with you.

Made with my favorite Lily's Dark Chocolate and Almond Butter, these guilt-free bites are gluten-free, dairy free and (mostly) sugar free. Saige used Buff Bake Snickerdoodle Almond Butter, but I have a feeling any one of your favorite nut butters would work.

Lily's Dark Chocolate Baking Chips 
Buff Bake Snickerdoodle Almond Butter

To Make: 
Melt chocolate chips in double boiler over gently simmering water (not boiling) and stir constantly. Scoop Tbsp melted chocolate in mini cupcake tin. Scoop tsp almond butter on top of melted chocolate (put almond butter in freezer for about 4 minutes before scooping). Scoop another Tbsp melted chocolate on top of almond butter. Repeat until all are done. Sprinkle sea salt on top and place in freezer for about 30-45 minutes. Enjoy!   

Follow @the_twenty_somethings on Instagram and check out all of Saige's amazing fit tips and recipes. 

Mar 25, 2015

Spring Workout Playlist

Hi Babes! There's nothing like some new hot tunes to pump up your workout. Here's my new spring workout playlist...

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