Try It Tuesday

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With my kids’ picky pallets, its hard to get them to eat fruits and veggies (unless they come in a pouch!) so I have to get creative. I usually drink a spinach smoothie every morning so I thought I’d try to see what else I could sneak the leafy greens into to help my kids have more nutritionally sound meals. Thankfully, Pinterest has my back! I found an awesome spinach pancake recipe and decided to try it out on the kiddos!

Here’s what I used:

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  • 2 Cups Baby Spinach
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup milk

 

First, I mixed up the spinach and milk in a blender:

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Then, I added the spinach/milk mixture and the rest of the ingredients into a bowl and mixed well:

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After that, I poured the batter onto a pre-heated skillet and cooked as normal. Next came the hard part, getting the kids to eat them!

 

I don’t think Huff the Babe actually ate any. Pretty sure he just picked up the bits I gave him and threw them on the floor until I gave him his banana. Sigh. 

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Huff the Tot refused to eat green pancakes because, and I quote: “Mommy, its not Saint Patrick’s Day. I only eat pink pancakes.” Double sigh. I had to add pink food coloring to get her to eat them (sidebar: because pink and green don’t mix well, the pancakes ended up looking like off-brand bologna, lol.)

 

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But, whatever. it got her to eat them! She ate three pancakes! Mommy had two–ha! I even had some batter left over so I can reheat them in the morning. I honestly couldn’t tell that the pancakes had spinach in them. To be quite honest, I think you could probably just mix spinach and milk together and then add your normal pancake mix and it’d be okay, too.

Have you ever tried this? Have you snuck veggies into another dish? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

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Today’s Try It is actually a continuation of yesterday’s post. I talked about how I wanted to make sure I was eating more nutritionally-rich foods instead of the fattening casseroles and baked goods I’ve been shoving in my mouth this holiday season.

I watched a great documentary the other day (while riding the stationary bike) called Hungry for ChangeIn the doc, one of the folks interviewed talked about how if you say, “I’m going to stop eating every single thing I’m used to eating and completely overhaul my habits overnight,” you will fail. There’s basically a 99.99% chance after the first day you’ll say, “This is too hard. I’m done.” So he suggested just adding new stuff to your diet.

Then, he went on to talk about some great things to add to your daily menu.

For example, if you normally don’t eat breakfast because you’re always in a rush, buy some bananas. They’re portable, able to be eaten with one hand, and full of good stuff! Or, if you like to eat salads with your lunch, go a step further and add cucumbers or toss in some kale with your romaine lettuce!

Another “addition” he talked about was chia seeds. I had heard of these seeds before, but I hadn’t really tried them, mostly because I didn’t know how to eat them. Turns out, you can just add them to stuff you’re already eating! I decided to do just that.

I popped over to WalMart and bought a small packet of them (I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on something I wasn’t sure I’d like):

 

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I added 1 tablespoon to my morning oatmeal:

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Honestly, I didn’t even notice they were there! So, the next day, I added some to my smoothie. Again, I couldn’t notice them! But, I knew I was getting a ton of benefits from them, such as:

~Omega-3 fatty acids (great for promoting healthy brain development for Huff the Babe)

~Fiber (which most preggos will tell you is a MUST during those 9 months of carrying a wee one)

~Calcium (helps keep Momma’s bones strong as well as giving that bone-building nutrient to the tiny bundle in your belly)

~Antioxidants (aka, stuff to help boost your immune system; which is needed during pregnancy!)

 

Have you ever tried chia seeds? What do you use them in? Share in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

Mommy Monday

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Happy New Year, y’all! Well, we’re four days into 2016 and I gotta tell ya, it feels a lot like 2015. Except for the fact that I’ve noticed gym parking lots are FULL and Christmas clearance shelves are empty.

Did you make any resolutions? As you know, I’m not that big on resolutions, but I like setting goals. I filled out my “2016” (see this blog post) and my one wish for 2016 was “health”. I decided I needed to start making that wish come true.

Ever since Thanksgiving (I would say Halloween, but I had a nasty tummy bug that made even the thought of candy repulsive) I have been eating like Augustus Gloop in Willy Wonka’s factory. Seriously, its been bad. Plus, I haven’t been working out as much as I’d like to be.

“But you’re pregnant!” You may say. “You should eat whatever you want and just relax.”

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Yeeeaaahh…. the thing about that is, when you eat whatever you want, you’ll have to burn that ish off if you want to get back down to your pre-pregnancy weight. Also, studies have shown that working out during pregnancy can actually help during labor and delivery as well as improve the health of your baby and knock down the chances of complications.

I knew that I needed to start eating healthier (relax; I’m not trying to lose weight. I’m just trying to put good things in my body that will benefit me and Huff the Babe) and be more intentional about my exercise routine.

I also knew that there was absolutely no way I’d be able to start until after our last Christmas/New Year get-together. Thankfully, that was Saturday!

The heat is on now, folks. If you’re a momma-to-be, I’ve got some helpful tips and websites that have helped me!

 

For Mommas-to-Be: 

~Eat breakfast! If I don’t eat breakfast, I get a serious bout of “pregnant brain” as well as nausea.

~Drink LOTS of water. I track my water intake in my FitBit app! There are TONS of apps to help with this!

~Add dark, leafy greens to your diet. Spinach and kale are powerhouse foods that contain a TON of folic acid (which is vital to baby’s brain development). If you like smoothies, add half a cup of spinach; you can’t even taste it, I promise!

~Swap a “treat” for berries or a banana. When I was pregnant with Huff the Tot, instead of eating ice cream or something with little nutritional value, I’d dollop 1/2 cup Greek yogurt into a bowl and add about 1/2 cup berries (raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries). It was so good AND filling! Plus, I was getting protein from the yogurt as well as fiber from the berries!

Helpful Links:

Pregnancy Workout Video from Parents.com

Exercise Tips During Pregnancy

Nutrition Help During Pregnancy from FitPregnancy.com

Eating Healthy During Pregnancy from WebMd.com

Tips for Eating Healthy from BabyCenter.com

 

Please don’t take this post as “Oh, she’s body-shaming me into something” or “Stop with the guilt trip, no one eats perfect all the time!” First, I’m not body-shaming or trying to guilt. Second, you’re dang skippy that no one eats perfect all the time! I know I don’t (just come look at all of the Reese’s Peanut Butter Tree’s wrappers on my desk)! But it is important to me to make sure I’m giving my kiddo the nutrients he needs to be a healthy newborn. And if that means eating spinach and taking walks, I’m going to do it!

What about you? Do you have any health tips for mommas out there? Share in the comments below!

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Happy first Monday in March, people!

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? It is! My assumption is that whoever decided it was NNM thought, “Well, we’re three months in to the new year so most people have probably forgot about their resolutions and eaten a crap-ton of candy. What can we do to make people want to be healthy? Ah yes! National Nutrition Month!”

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If you’ve fallen off of your resolution bandwagon or are just looking for ways to get healthy (and want an actual healthy way to do it) I’ve got some great ideas for you!

 

First, let me tell you a little bit about what I’ve done and what worked for me. After a horrendously bad breakup in 2006, I put on 35+ pounds. I finally realized I needed to do something when I tried on a pair of the largest size of jeans I could find in the junior’s section and they didn’t fit. I literally sat on the dressing room floor and cried. It was bad.

 

So I did what we all do when we don’t know what to do: I Googled.

 

Between that and consulting my family, we started doing Body For Life. It was a super simple way to eat healthy. All we had to do was make sure we had a lean protein, a whole grain, and a green veggie at every meal. We also worked out 3-5 times a week. In 4 months, I lost 40lbs. My mom lost 20lbs and my dad lost 25lbs! Not only that, but we were healthy. We felt better, we had more energy, we slept better, and we generally happier people. We also didn’t get sick as often.

 

Eating healthy really isn’t that difficult. There are so many resources out there! I use an app on my phone (Sparkpeople) to track what I eat. This way, I can keep tabs on my caloric intake, while also seeing if I’ve drunk enough water for the day. (Hydration is important. Many times, people confuse hunger with dehydration!)

 

Another resource I use is Hungry Girl! She’s got yummy, low-calorie recipes and even recipe swaps for our favorite fast food! And of course, there’s always Pinterest! You can find LOTS of healthy recipes while you’re pinning eCards!

 

If you want to make a change in celebration of National Nutrition Month, I’ve got some easy, simple ideas for you:

~Switch white pasta for whole wheat pasta (unless you have a wheat allergy, of course!)

~Use 2% or Fat Free cheeses

~Ease down to skim milk (My family and I used to drink whole milk. We slowly got down to skim though. A few months we’d drink 2%, and then we drank 1%, and eventually skim! Now we drink fat free organic milk and it’s so yummy!)

~Swap chicken tenderloins for chicken breast (and go organic if you can find it!)

~Add a green veggie to every meal (Yes, broccoli can be good! Steam some up in these bags, sprinkle with some Mrs. Dash and you’re good to go!)

~For every soda you drink, make an effort to drink two glasses of water. It’ll help keep you hydrated and may even help you knock down your soda intake!

 

It can be tough to completely overhaul your eating habits in one night. That’s why I was so scared to start; I was afraid I was going to have to give up everything I loved and eat cardboard for the rest of my life. But it’s not true! Small changes REALLY add up. The first month I tried all of this, I lost 10lbs. Seriously.

 

Just try it out this month, I guarantee you won’t be sorry!