Monday, October 3, 2016

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes

Ahhhhhh.... October!  As much as I hate to say so long to summer, there's no denying that the BEST foods were made for fall.  Unfortunately not so much the best for our diets ;)  But as much as I want to be fit, I want to celebrate more... and that means with my fair share of pumpkin and apple inspired concoctions and baked goods galore.  The good news is, pumpkins and apples are actually good for you (shocker!).  It's what we do to them that gets them off the healthy foods list.  But don't worry, we can fix that.  I'm sharing a plethora of fall inspired treats this week in my ongoing empowerment group, and would love for you to be a part of it.  Simply check out the post on my Facebook page and comment below a post to gain access.  But first... a FREEBIE!

First, today is one of those magical Mondays where I don't have to go into work.  Thank you to my Jewish friends, we are heartily celebrating Rosh Hashana with comfy clothes, extra laundry loads (which I don't even mind doing) and the husband enjoying a finally sunny day on the golf course.  But earlier this morning, the girls had their 15 month appointment.  At just over 20 pounds a piece, my chunkers are healthy little monkeys and got the doctor's stamp of approval, in addition to 3 shots each and a finger prick for Rosie.  Poor things were not happy, but were so happy and proud of their bandaids.  It seemed the perfect day for an extra special breakfast treat!

These pancakes were the perfect fall breakfast.  Hearty and filling and because we used whole wheat flour and minimal amounts of sugar, I felt great giving them to my growing little cherubs and knowing they would fuel them to keep growing healthy and strong!  

I topped them with a swirl of whipped cream, because it's really nothing compared to butter and syrup but somehow turns every bite from great to mmmmmm worthy.  It's definitely worth the extra 30 calories or so.  So give it a try if you have any handy.  

Complete Ingredients List:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk (any variety you wish)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Meal Prep Mania: What Will You Need?

Super pumped to be starting a new challenge group next week and getting set up for a week of success!  Who else is ready to say a week from now that you are closer to your goals, feeling energized and ready to rock your fall outfits with confidence?  

Although you can do this in literally any situation, there a few things I recommend to make the whole meal prep thing a bit easier.  Or at least look better ;)

1. Meal Prep Containers!  Let me tell you how my tupperware drawer has become my absolute arch nemesis.  Soooo many different sizes, shapes, types, colors, and none of them ever seem to sit inside of one another properly.  I've dealt with this for years because i can't logically bring myself to throw away perfectly good tupperware, but motivated by the challenge group, I decided that my sanity is worth doing just that.  Going to invest in something more uniform, like these, to make storage easier and packing more uniform.  So go ahead and get yourself a set if you're like me and can't stand the mismatched disorganization. lol 

2. A crock pot! Meal prep is all about mass making food in the beginning so you don't have to do anything else throughout the week.  The crock pot has become my go to when it comes to fixing up a huge supply that can easily be divided out at the end of the day.  This week I plan to make shredded chicken in it for burrito bowl lunches.  Hopefully everyone has one, but if not, I highly recommend it. 

3. Water.  I didn't necessarily write it into the meal plan, but be prepared to carry it around with you throughout the day.  Many of my teammates swear by Swell bottles, but I am a total weirdo who prefers my water at room temperature, so I go through about a million of the plastic bottles a week.  I know, it's probably terrible for the environment but I am good in other ways so cut me some slack, ok? 

4. Plenty of sandwich bags!  Prepping is going to require a lot of pre-packaging, pre-slicing, and pre-storing, so I go through a ton of bags too.  Grab a box to make sure you're supplied.  

5. A protein supplement.  Naturally I am going to use this as a Shakeology plug because it is my supplement of choice and just an overall superior product.  But even if you are not drinking Shakeology, I still recommend investing in some sort of whey protein or protein blend.  You're not going to get all of the same benefits as you will with Shakeology, and it probably won't satisfy your sweet tooth, but it will certainly benefit you more than not using a supplement at all.   

For more amazing products and ideas, check out my previous post - Must Haves for the Fit Teacher!  And as always, be sure to reach out if you would like to be added to the group!  Challenge is currently running on Facebook, so feel free to go check it out! xo 

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Must Haves for the Fit Teacher

Back to school.  Ugh.  I know.  I don't even want to say it.  But if we're going to go in pouting and stomping, we may as well do it in style, right? So let's get to it and check out my picks for the fashionably fit teacher in us all!  

1. Scout bags.  Love this multi pocket style in Flamingo Road.  Perfect size for your laptop, tablet, papers, and pockets to specially fit your water and shake bottles.  Doesn't get more perf than that!

2. How cute are these meal prep containers?  You know you can't actually leave the building for lunch, so you may as well prep healthy in advance and add a little motivation to the hour (or 20 minutes.. whichever ;)) as well!

3. A cute coffee mug to go.  Even with the Shakeo, I will always love my morning coffee or tea.  I don't even think it's about the caffeine need necessarily, but just a habit I've gotten into and an aroma I need to start my day.  I literally feel like I'm in a Folgers commercial somedays.  The smell really is that amazing. 

4. Lots of black leggings and long tunics.  Like I mentioned earlier in the spring, I love simplicity.  I no longer have time to be choosing outfit pieces and gathering a new look each day.  I want something I can consistently feel good in that will transition easily from the school day to my workout.  Just a quick shirt and shoe change and I am ready to go! Picked up these basic tops from Kohls to pair with my favorite LuLaRoe and that's my wardrobe.  Done and done!

5. A doable program that takes 30 minutes or less!  Again, these days my life is a race to get my kids as quickly as possible. I am committed to not letting my kids stay in daycare for any more than 9 hours a day.  Which actually sounds like way to much... but it's the best I can do.  For now.. Anyway, a quick workout and one that I can do at home has become an absolute necessity.  And as it turns out there are a LOT of them out there.  Recently I have become a HUGE advocate of Beachbody On Demand because it allows me to stream a variety of workouts and I can do it from anywhere that I have internet access.  No more DVDs. Just me and my laptop.  So whether I end up in the kitchen, the living room, the patio, or my own classroom, it doesn't really matter.  I'm equipped for success.  Contact me to find out how you can try it out for 30 days FREE!

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Why I Love Running Challenge Groups

It started off slowly.  Actually, I started off "anti".  I was totally into my own routines and saw no purpose in including others.  In fact, it's weird because I am definitely NOT a person who has ever needed anyone to workout with.  I'll even go to the extent of saying I hated working out with other people.  I was self motivated enough to commit to my own goals and introverted enough to enjoy the workout silence.  It was my thing, for myself, by myself, and I didn't really want to share that part of my life with anybody.  I enjoyed my solitary therapy.  And so I've said "no" to basically every fitness group that has crossed my path.

Fast forward a few years.  As a mom, I can't say I am getting out much.  The social aspect of my life has done a complete 180, and my kids are honestly the most socialization that I have.  I love the mom life to death, but it's definitely caused me to go about "socializing" in a whole new way.  Thank you Jesus for Facebook, Instagram, and everything else that some people tend to avoid for whatever reason because they are "fake" or "distracting" or whatever negativeness you want to assign to social media.  For me, the positives outweigh the negatives.  Hands down.

This brings me to challenge groups.  To how they have allowed me to connect with soooo many amazing women who I definitely never would have connected with before.  Challenge groups give me a reason to reach out to people I wouldn't have otherwise. People that I have only admired from afar and thought to myself, we could totally be friends.  But of course I never really spoke with them for fear of seeming "weird" or "awkward".  

Running challenge groups has given me balls.  It's given me confidence.  It's given me a social circle of amazing people, without bars or alcohol involved, who inspire me in the best way.  Of course, it also keeps me accountable as far as health and fitness are concerned, and I know that is really the primary purpose of them.  But truly there is a different, underlying reason why I continue to hold them and reach out to those around me.  And it honestly has nothing to do with me.  It's because I love the camaraderie and friendship that the challenge groups spark.  I love sharing my struggles with people who truly relate and helping one another to become the best version of ourselves.  Because although I am definitely in the business of helping people to reach fitness goals, it really is so much more than that.  It's about connecting a lifestyle that fulfills us, fulfills our family, and helps us to achieve each and every one of our personal goals.  

So are you ready to join the next group?  Reach out to be added!

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