I am in utter disbelief that this is already the FIFTH Monday of summer. That makes me cry a little bit. I am not sure where the first half of summer went. I had a little medical scare week one, my grandfather passed week two, and week three was spent vacationing. So I guess that accounts for a little bit of the lost time. Anyways, my summer goal is to blog more (which is always my goal), but more importantly share with you easy and delicious summer meals the ENTIRE family can enjoy. I am talking babies and up....because that is what we are working with over here. This family of three picky eaters can make meals challenging, but of course I always love a good challenge. Even though my schedule is entirely different in the summer, and I have more freedom...I still try to stick to meal planning- not always prepping- on Sundays. I have a general idea of what meals I will be serving throughout the week, what I need for lunches and breakfast, what the plans for the week are, and how to make it all work. The other great thing about most of these meals is that you can totally change them up. Add stuff, take stuff away, make a side that you love...whatever. Make it work for you. So.....here goes nothing: Summer Meal #1 - Low Country Boil.
My husband (as I always mention), doesn't eat meat. To be honest- I don't care for it much either. My son- so far is like his parents. SO....that makes getting enough protein for everyone tricky. Shrimp is ALWAYS a great go to. This meal is prepped quickly, can be done in the oven or on the grill, it requires minimal ingredients, and is healthy.
I loved this especially due to the fact that it took hardly any prep. You can buy pre-husked corn at most grocery stores in the summer, and it is so simple. I served this with my tots- I won't forget my potatoes next time- and a broccoli and kale salad.
Simple, delicious and so summer-y!
So I swear I thought about writing this post like 400 times. But between traveling to Arizona to be in my bestie's wedding, my baby's first birthday party, turning in two giant projects for work, planning and running prom, student congress elections, and teaching 5 fitness classes a week......I have been mildly busy. If you know me in general, you know I love to be busy, but this whole mom thing is a whole new level of busy. I want to make sure I spend 100% of my time with Brady when I am not at work and he is awake....hence the 10:00 PM post (he's fast asleep). I love being with my nugget, and giving him my full attention. Cooking and working out have always been my outlets. When I am stressed, I have to find a way to cope and food and fitness are where it is at. Brady loves to join me in the kitchen, so it has become our nightly ritual to cook yummy dinners together. We are working on Brady's picky palate, but it has led me to lots of experiments (some turning out better than others)...a few of which Brady even enjoys. This quiche was not only insanely good, it was easy, nutritious, and a great prep-ahead meal for a crazy week.
The crust was amazing, totally different, and so simple. I can't wait to try other renditions of this bad boy in the future. I am totally going to sweeten it and make strawberry pie....if it ever actually gets warm.
Here is what you need ingredient wise:
2 cups cooked quinoa (Eric always has a huge pot of quinoa in the fridge, so I lucked out here- shout out to my healthy hubby!!!)
1 large egg beaten
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 bag of spinach
1 cup cooked asparagus chopped
1/2 white onion thinly sliced
1/2 cup "milk" ---> I used pea protein milk and loved it
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
4 large eggs
2 large egg whites
1 and 1/2 ounces feta cheese crumbled
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Mix quinoa black pepper and egg.
3. Spray a 9- inch pie pan with non-stick spray, then press the mixture into the pan (just like you would with a normal pie crust).
4. Bake for 20 minutes, and let cool.
1. Heat a pan with one tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onion and spinach and saute for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine milk, salt, pepper, red pepper, eggs and egg whites.
3. Combine the spinach and onion with the liquid mixture, and add the pre-cooked asparagus (this is a random add-on....but I had cooked asparagus the night before. You can really add any veggies you like), and mozzarella cheese.
4. Pour mixture and spread evenly over the quinoa crust. Top with the feta crumbles.
5. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 35 minutes (honestly I just kept checking the cheese to make sure it looked done). You can even broil the quiche for a few minutes to get a nice brown feta topping.
6. Cool and serve.
This meal was awesome for dinner, but made a really great reheated breakfast too! Like I said before, you can reuse any veggies! The more the merrier! I am now all about easy meals that can be reheated. I used to hate leftovers, until I had a one year old. Now I will pretty much eat dirt, as long as it is easy....and sort of nutritious.
Is there a better way to kick the old habits and start fresh than with a challenge?!?! Welcome to the first challenge of 2018! Whoop! Check out the details below! Get excited to feel and look your best in 2018!
Who: If you want to feel your best in 2018, this program is designed for you. If you have any special limitations (pregnancy, postpartum, illness, injury- we can adapt!)
What: The New Year, New You Challenge is just that. It is a challenge to press restart in all aspects of health and begin working towards a new and improved healthier lifestyle. Throughout the month, you will earn points for starting and maintaining healthy habits. At the end of the month, the participant with the most points will win a HEALTHY GIFT BASKET with all kinds of goodies. The program consists of:
How: Register using the link below! Once you are in, you will be added to the FB group! Materials will hit your inbox bright and early January 1st! No better way to kick off 2018!!! Bonus: For each friend you get to join, you earn extra points! Grab a buddy and start ahead!
Wow. #momlife is no joke. It’s the hardest, yet most amazing thing I have ever experienced! If you know me, I hate down time and love to work. If being a mom has taught me one thing, it’s that I am literally not in control of anything anymore. I am currently writing this one-handed on my phone, while my precious little sick baby is breaking a fever in my arms. I had to get a sub at work, which always gives me mega anxiety, and canceled my own eye doctor appointment. This guy comes first. This isn’t just today, this is the new everyday. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. This new lifestyle has definitely changed my workout regimen. I used to spend hours upon hours on fitness each week, and now I’m just glad to get my 30 minutes in each day. Here is what I will say, 30 minutes is plenty. Everyone can find 30 minutes (most days at least.....I know we all have bad days). Below is one of my favorites. It’s a huge calorie crusher and heart pumper. It was also one of the featured workouts on the hydeparkmoms.com blog during the Planks Before Giving Thanks plan!
Are 30 minute workouts that could be done anywhere something you want more of in your life? Keep following along or send me an 📧 firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m hoping to get this workout in once my little man is up and feeling better!
Until then, you can find me in this couch...snuggling this sweet, sweaty, stuffy-nosed nugget!
Sometimes I TOTALLY miss college. Sorority life, date parties, tailgates, Mad Mushroom cheese bread......ahhhh. In all seriousness, sometimes I do. I had the chance last Monday to get a taste of college life (walk across campus in the pouring rain included), and had the BEST time. I worked with the coolest group of girls, and am still green with envy that this organization was not a "thing" when I was a student. The CHAARG group at the University of Cincinnati is an organization of young women who focus on learning to love fitness and a healthy lifestyle. They meet weekly as a group to workout together, take classes, and learn about health and wellness and are held accountable via weekly e-mails and social media. Again...cue jealousy. It is so cool. The best part is that this isn't just a group unique to the University of Cincinnati. There are chapters all across the nation.
I was truly inspired by each and every girl involved! I know it is not always easy to manage college life and healthy life...but they are managing to do it so well! I heard from one of the ladies after the class....and we both decided...WE NEED MORE! So....if you are interested, join us for a CHALLENGE (You all know I love a good challenge)!
30 workouts, 30 minutes, 30 days, 30 dollars.
e-mail email@example.com with the subject ucchaarg for details OR sign-up using the link below!
Hope to hear from you soon!
This job just keeps getting cooler and cooler! This week I had two AMAZING opportunities to work with women from two totally different worlds, and it was awesome. I think the best part about it is that everyone has the same end goal- to be the best and healthiest version of themselves. There is nothing better than collaborating with empowering women- and I am lucky enough to have the chance!
Stay tuned for more details!
I'm not going to lie....this whole working full-time mom thing is busy. Busy and I love it. I am SO blessed to have such a supportive family that allows me to do my 900 jobs and be a dedicated mommy and wife. But it is BUSY. And pretty exhausting. Like coffee at 10:10 PM exhausting. Hence the fact that I have not posted anything since MATERNITY LEAVE. That was LAST school year people! It is ABOUT TIME! And I promise, there is a lot of exciting stuff to catch you all up on! First and foremost, we welcomed our AMAZING little boy into our family last April, and life has been nothing but crazy since. He is the most perfect little specimen, and I could not be more grateful for each and every minute I get to spend with him. I LOVED pregnancy. Not all of it. There were ups and downs of course. I could have done without the downs.....but being a health educator at heart, I wanted to learn more. I continued my education this fall and obtained education in pre and post natal fitness.
So then of course, I had to put that knowledge to use. Right? I was fortunate enough to get a fabulous groups of moms from all different stages of motherhood- 6 weeks postpartum (rockstar....right?) to 6 years postpartum (still rockstar.....right?)-together and workout WITH OUR LITTLE NUGGETS! I can't even begin to tell you how inspiring it was! Seeing all of these fabulous women and children working towards the same goal together---my heart seriously was about to explode. Also so were my legs....holy squats and lunges (add an 18 pound sidekick and it really takes it up a notch). Luckily for me (and all of the moms in attendance) the infamous Kristin Weinberg from www.kristinweinbergphotography.com/ was there to document it all. Kristin is not only an awesome friend, an amazing Jazzercise instructor, but the BEST photographer who captures images using her unique photojournalistic style! Kristin took our newborn photos (a few of my faves seen below), and I could not get enough! She was so fun to work with and made the experience SO laid back and stress free (which speaks volumes...because we all know how intense family photos are!!)
Since Kristin and I had such a blast with our first mom's event....we decided to collaborate again! Because we are all BUSY... I have put together a plan: 30 days of 30 different 30 minute workouts all for $30. After Brady, I was determined to get my workouts in with limited time. These workouts can be done quickly AND with a little buddy! No mom-guilt getting in the way here!
This 30/30/30/30 deal includes:
PLUS: added bonus, Kristin is going to throw in a complimentary session for anyone who purchases this package and offer you 20% off of all product purchases! These workouts will be delivered to your inbox on Monday, October 23!!!
This offer is not limited to moms! Anyone can join! Interested?!? Sign up now! Fill out the form below or shoot me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Finally, I had to include the images from our mommy tabata workout at Swaim Park in Montgomery, Ohio. I seriously CAN'T GET ENOUGH!
Enjoy! We hope you take advantage our of Super Sweet Deal!
Oh my gosh you guys....I could cry! I had no clue how cool this challenge was going to be! We have a group of amazing people from all different walks of life.....coming together and supporting each other on this journey of health. It has been so rewarding getting the chance to peek into each individual's life and see how they plan to accomplish goals. Literally, I am overwhelmed. I hope relationships continue to grow over the next few weeks as we all strive towards healthier and happier lifestyles!!
This icky weather makes it hard to believe that the pools open in a little over three weeks!
I am super excited (well let's be honest...I am not that excited to give up all of my treats and beverages for the next three weeks) to get back on the healthy train! A couple of reminders:
*If I don't have your e-mail address, please either send me an e-mail to email@example.com or send me your e-mail via Facebook so I can send your materials out Saturday!
*Don't forget to invite your friends...if they sign up by Saturday, you get your extra points!
*A few clarifications about beverages and sleep:
-Alcohol and pop (or other sugary drinks) consumed outside of your day off or meal off count as a snack. Deduct 10 points per drink if you break a rule!
-Sleep: If you consistently have trouble sleeping, try to set a realistic goal for yourself to try and meet each night. If you meet that goal, give yourself the sleep points. For example, I am on my little nugget's sleep schedule right now, and I KNOW 7 hours is not realistic for us. But my goal will be to take at least ONE nap when he naps during the day (because I am terrible at resting), and that will be sufficient for my sleep points.
More to come soon!
Baby Brady is officially 4 weeks old, which seems unbelievable!!!! I am definitely out of shape and out of routine, but excited to get back at it! While I am still a few weeks from being cleared to workout fully again, I'd love to invite you to play a little game to kick start summer....the Makeover Before Memorial Day Challenge! The 3 week game/challenge is a lifestyle competition based on eating choices, exercise and healthy habits.
If you choose to play, I will send you a score sheet where you will earn daily points for completing specified tasks, such as getting 20 minutes of exercise, eating 5 small (healthy) meals, drinking enough water etc. You will also be sent two workouts and a recipe per week. I have attached the official game rules below, so you can see what you are getting yourself into! Finally, I will invite you to the challenge's closed Facebook group, so we can collaborate (and earn bonus points) by connecting there (don't worry, if you don't have Facebook you can collaborate via e-mail)!
We will start Monday, May 8th and finish the challenge Sunday, May 28th. The winner will receive a Starbucks gift card AND a free in-home personal training session to be redeemed this summer!
So...if you want to play, please let me know by shooting me an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, and register using the link below. The cost per player is $15. That will include all of your workouts and materials you need to participate. Feel free to invite anyone to join! Since we are working virtually, ANYONE can play! It is always great to have a little extra accountability...so inviting a buddy will definitely be a benefit to you....PLUS you earn bonus points for the game!
Game boards and materials will be delivered to your inbox on SATURDAY, so don't forget to register!!!
I AM A 30-SOMETHING, FOOD-LOVING, FITNESS-OBSESSED, DIY-ING, WORK-A-HOLIC, MOMMY, DOGGY MOMMY & AND WIFEY.....THAT DECIDED TO SHARE MY LIFE WITH YOU. WELCOME AND ENJOY!