Showing posts with label fitness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fitness. Show all posts

Friday, July 4, 2014

Red, White, & Blue Smoothie

Happy 4th of July!

I made super fun chocolate-dipped strawberries for my kids to eat for lunch.  I have been on a bit of a health kick (they come and go) and so I wanted to make something festive, and also healthy.

Enter the red, white, and blue smoothie.  Let's take a closer look.

You will need 12 oz milk, 1 T flax seed, 1 ripe banana, 1 t sweetener of your choice, a dash of cinnamon, 2 handfuls frozen blueberries, and 6-7 frozen strawberries.  Blend until it is the desired consistency and enjoy!

It was absolutely delicious!

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Is Gluten-Free the Way to Be?

My sister started a health challenge a few weeks ago and invited me to join.  You find a partner so you have someone to cheer you on and keep you going.  It's a good thing too.  If my practically-perfect mom wasn't my partner I probably would have given up by now.

In this challenge I am not allowed to have white wheat.  Yikes!  I don't know how all of you gluten-free people do it.  But, I have learned that 1) it can be done and 2) there are lots of tasty gluten-free recipes.

This single-serve wheat applesauce muffin is one of them.


I found the recipe from Spark Recipes, adapted it to what I had on hand, and whipped up five of them for my family to try.  (My poor family gets to be my recipe guinea pigs.)  Hubby said the texture was more like sponge cake than a muffin.  I'm still wondering why that is a problem.  Who doesn't love sponge cake?

The kids raved about them and asked if we could have them again tomorrow.

Princess kept saying, "I LOVE this!"

I turned my back to Bud for one minute and his was gone.  He sits next to me and whined all through dinner unless I shared mine with him.

Overall, this recipe was a success.  I will have no hesitation making one of these muffins for myself for a delicious, healthy breakfast.

Single-Serve Wheat Applesauce Muffin
(Adapted from Spark Recipes)
2 t old fashioned oats
3 t flax
4 t milk
3 t wheat flour
2 t brown sugar
2 t unsweetened applesauce
2 egg whites
1/4 t baking powder
1/4 t cinnamon
1 t Splenda

Mix all ingredients together in a microwave-safe mug sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.  Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes.  Allow to cool slightly and enjoy!

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Bathtub Tip

Hey everyone!  Sorry I have been MIA.  Between Halloween and sickness spreading from one person to another in our house, I haven't had time to write.

Poor Goofy has had the stomach flu.  The first time she ever threw up she didn't understand what was happening to her.  She wandered up and down the hallway making her sick mess all over.  The only good thing that came from this experience is that the carpet was shampooed.

Because sickness has been a large part of my past few weeks, I thought I'd share a little tip that my mom taught me.

*Tip: Set up a bed for your child in the bathtub.  This way they will be close to the toilet.  If they miss, it doesn't get all over the house.  You don't have to wash all of their bedding.  Finally, if they throw up on themselves they are already in the tub and easy to get ready for a bath.

I loved sleeping in my own "special sick bed" when I was a kid and now my kids do too.  Thanks mom!

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

2 X 4 Running Challenge

October means so many things to me - monsters, candy, pumpkins, happy children...

But as the years go by there is something else that has become more important to me than (dare I say it) Halloween.  October is breast cancer awareness month.  

This is my mom.  Isn't she beautiful?!  She is one of the most amazing people I know.  I often say, "If I become half the woman that my mom is, I will make it to heaven."  And anyone who knows her would agree with me.  

I remember when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  It turned our world upside-down.  I hated seeing her sick and in pain.  I am happy to report that she is cancer free.  

Whenever I run in the month of October (at the gym, around the neighborhood, a 5k, anything) I dedicate it to her.  Last year I ran My First 5k in her honor.  

This year I am not participating in a 5k.  Instead, I am going to do a running routine that will help me be consistent the entire month.  I am really good about running the first two weeks of the month, and then...I putter out.  

Not this time.

I call my new running schedule the 2 X 4 Running Challenge.  It's very simple:

Run 2 miles a day, 4 days a week.  

That's it.  Easy huh?  

I invite each of you to join me this October in the 2 X 4 Challenge.  Dedicate your running to someone you love who has had cancer.  Let me know how it goes.  I'd love to hear from you!

And remember ladies - Get your mammograms!  Do your self evaluations!  See your doctor!  Be vigilant!

This is your life we are talking about.

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Healthy Peanut Butter Bites

I am a sweet tooth--I mean a major sweet tooth.  When I'm "dieting" eating fruit to curb my sugar cravings doesn't always cut it.

As I browsed through recipes I had pinned on Pinterest, I found these little gems from Gimme Some Oven and knew I just had to try them.

Healthy Peanut Butter Bites
(Adapted from Gimme Some Oven)
Yield: 20-25, 1" balls

1 c old fashioned oats
2/3 c coconut flakes
1/2 c peanut butter
1/2 c wheat germ
1/2 c assorted chocolate chips (I used butterscotch, milk chocolate, and white chocolate.  These combined to equal 1/2 c)
1/3 c honey
1 t vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl.  Let chill in the refrigerator for an hour.  Roll into 1" balls.  Store in an airtight container.  Keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

They were absolutely delicious!  My kids loved them.  All week they asked to have one of "mom's cookies."  The little kick of butterscotch was my favorite part.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Healthy Cookie Dough

I have seen a recipe floating around Pinterest for Healthy Cookie Dough by Chocolate-Covered Katie.  Whenever I saw it I was skeptical.  After I clicked on it and saw the ingredients that went into it I was even more skeptical.  "There's no way it would taste like cookie dough!" I thought.

I had to try it!

Nighttime is when I splurge.  After a long, tiring day with kids I like to sit down, watch a movie, and snack.  Not on good stuff either.  I love chocolate covered raisins, marshmallows, and suckers.  But, I whipped up a batch of this "cookie dough," grabbed a graham cracker and tried it out...

Holy cow!  This stuff is amazing!  It tasted just like cookie dough.  I couldn't believe it!  I felt more guilt eating the crackers than the dip.

My husband came downstairs and asked what I was making.  I told him I was making healthy cookie dough.  He said, "Then it probably tastes like cardboard."  I made him grab a cracker and taste it.

After one bite he said, "This is not healthy."

"Yeah, it is!" I exclaimed.  I told him all of the ingredients that went into it and he was shocked.

In case you were wondering by now, the main ingredient is chickpeas!

Hubby gives this recipe a thumbs up (which is a lot coming from him).

My kids devoured it the next day.  I didn't tell them it was healthy (aren't I sneaky?).

Thank you Chocolate-Covered Katie for helping curb my sweet tooth!  If you need a healthy dessert her site is the place to go!  It's fabulous!

Healthy Cookie Dough
1 can chickpeas, drain well
1/8 plus 1/16 t salt
Tiny bit over 1/8 t baking soda
2 t vanilla extract
1/4 c peanut butter
Up to 1/4 c milk if needed
1/4 c agave nectar (you can add a little sugar if you think it's necessary)
1/3 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
2-3 t oats

Add all ingredients (except chocolate chips) to a food processor.  (I used a blender and it worked just fine.)  Then, mix in the chocolate chips.  If made and blended correctly it should have the texture of real cookie dough.  

Enjoy!  You won't be disappointed.  

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Monday, June 3, 2013

A Happy Woman

It's interesting how the media has portrayed women over the years.  Back in my grandmother's era a perfect woman had lots of curves and "some meat on her bones."  When I was growing up the women on TV were size 0, had tan, flawless skin, and perfect hair.  Lately, the media has been pushing the idea that "real women" can be heavier and still wear a bikini.  

I recently read this article titled: Real Women...? that argues that every woman is a "real woman" no matter her size or shape.    

While I like the idea that every woman is "real" in this way, I wish that instead of wanting to be real, we women would work to be happy.  

I am at a point in my life where my focus is on being a wife and a mother.  It is not so much on myself.  Creating memories that will last and educating my children is my #1 priority.  

And I am happy!

This is me on my wedding day 5 years ago.

Am I the same weight today as I was when I was first married?  


And I don't expect I ever will be.  No matter how much I exercise, having children has altered my figure in ways that can't be repaired without some form of tummy tuck.  (I know some of you will disagree with this, but that is what I think.)  

The question is: do I care?  


Absolutely not!

I am so happy.  In fact, I have never been happier!  I love being a mom!  Each day I feel that I am doing something worthwhile with my life.  

When I look in the mirror do I hate what I see?  


Not in the slightest.

Granted, there are times that I know deep down that I could (and probably should) do more to be healthy.  This realization helps me choose to eat better and exercise more religiously--for a while anyway.

But I don't change my lifestyle because I feel bad about how I look.  

I do it because it makes me happy!  The improvement makes me happy.

If exercising to look good in a swimming suit is what makes you happy--go for it!  If you want an ice cream cone because it will make you happy--eat one!  Eleanor Roosevelt said, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."  Don't let any social stigma dictate your happiness.  

Be you!

Be PROUD to be you!

Love yourself!

Find something to do in your life that makes you happy!

And don't judge others based on their appearance!  

You don't know other people's circumstances.  They could be "letting themselves" go because they are working through some trial that you know nothing about.  They could be larger than you and in the best shape of their life.

And it shouldn't matter!

Who are we to tell others what they should and should not be?  If they are happy with who they are that should be enough.  

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