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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The other day I was reading about the health benefits of pomegranate seeds. It was then that I realized I had never tried pomegranate before! True, I’ve had pomegranate-flavored stuff (mostly candy-ha!) but never true pomegranate seeds. I decided to rectify this and went to the grocery store and bought one!

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I won’t lie, I was a little nervous. But, the health benefits kept playing over in my head and I decided to just dive in! I wasn’t sure what to expect so when I sliced it open, Huff the Hubs laughed at my gasp:

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After watching a YouTube video (yes, I had to do that) I learned an easy way to separate the seeds from the rind– just add water! It worked great!

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Y’all, these were SO good! This is definitely my new, go-to healthy snack!

 

Have you ever had pomegranate seeds? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

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When I was doing the low carb thing, I searched and searched for recipes for things that would taste good and not be just another cheese stick. I had some ricotta cheese leftover from my mini lasagna Try It and wondered if there was something I could use that in. I searched Pinterest and found this:

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A “milkshake” that’s low carb?! Uh, YES PLEASE.

 

Here’s what I used:

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~ 1/4 cup part skim ricotta cheese

~2-3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa

~1 tsp vanilla extract

~2 cups Skim milk (the recipe said you could unsweetened almond milk too, but I already skim milk)

~3-4 tsp Stevia (you could also use Splenda)

~Ice

~Sugar free Cool Whip (to dollop on top)

 

All you do is pour it into a blender and bam! Its done!

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In the original pin’s blog post, the writer said she had enough left for two more milkshakes. Because of this, I halved the recipe…except I used the wrong amount of cocoa. I used twice as much as I should have which made it…not so great.

It was grainy and super bitter. I basically ate the Cool Whip off the top and called it a day. I may try to make this again (and actually get the amounts right) but I consider this Try It a fail. Womp, womp.

 

Have you ever tried this before? Did you have different results?

Try It Tuesday

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Normally my Try Its are tasty treats or helpful tips for around the house. Which, are always a lot of fun (I mean, who doesn’t want to try a brownie baked with a chocolate chip cookie crust?!) but, I thought I’d think outside of the box this week!

Fitness is a big part of my life–I’m not trying to be “Mrs. Fitness 2015”, but I like to workout. I typically work out 4-5 times a week, switching up cardio and strength training.

I’m always looking for new routines to keep my regimen fun and fresh. Enter the following video.

This video is LEGIT. Its tough. Don’t believe me? Just watch (<– that’s a pun you’ll get in a second).

My sister and I (and Huff the Hubs) tried this. It was…interesting. There were a few moves I had done before in P90X and Jillian’s 30-Day Shred, but some of the moves were down right HARD!

We were all a little sore the next day, but it was a “good” kind of sore; like you knew it was working because you were sore.

My sister said her new fitness goal is try to do the entire workout without stopping. I think I’ll take that goal on, too!

 

Have you tried any new workouts? What have you tried? What do you like about it? What do you not like?

 

Try It Tuesday

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Today’s Try It Tuesday is brought to you by the letter “S”.

“S” is for: Sick…which I am.

Technically, I don’t have bronchitis. Though, I keep coughing, my throat is a little tender, and my head hurts every now and then. But other than that, I’m perfectly fine.

But, though I may not be as spritely as I was last week, I am still here to bring you a tasty treat from the {web}pages of Pinterest!

Today’s letter doesn’t just stand for “sick”, but also “smoothie”!

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Since I’ve been feeling under the weather–and given the long line at CVS Pharmacy, I figured others were as well–I thought I would do a Try It that is packed with vitamins and good-for-you food!

Here’s what you need:

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~V8 Fusion 100% juice (whichever flavor you want; I chose Strawberry Banana because I’ve tried it before and knew I liked it and I chose light because I am still trying to lose a few lbs!)

~baby spinach

~frozen mixed fruit

 

(In the original pin, the Mommy Blogger uses a larger measurement than I did. This is simply because she made it for herself and her kiddo and her blender is MUCH bigger than mine.)

First, drop the spinach in the blender (I used a cup of spinach). Next, I poured in 3/4 cup juice, and 3/4 cup frozen fruit.

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Then I blended it and got this lovely mud-colored concoction:

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I transferred it in to my Snackeez (AKA, the greatest invention known to man) because, 1-like Iggy, I’m fancy; and 2-I was able to pour some almonds into the top part for my snacking convenience.

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This was DELISH! I couldn’t taste the spinach (which, I used to drink spinach/banana/peanut butter smoothies ALL THE TIME, so I knew the spinach would not be taste-able) AND this entire recipe was only 110 calories! Perfect for a snack and you get a serving and a half of fruits and veggies! Perfect!

 

There’s An App For That!

Alright people, now that the hub-bub of the holidays are over (and it’s a Monday, and we all know diets can’t start on any other day of the week) we can officially start working on our New Year’s Resolutions!

 

It seems like the toughest part of keeping a resolution past February is lack of accountability. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard (or said):  “Well, I would go to the gym/save money/eat healthier, but I don’t have anyone to go with me/know where to start/have motivation.”

 

Thankfully, there’s an app for that! And by “that” I mean all of your excuses-ha!

 

Sparkpeople

Used For: Weight Loss, Healthy Living

Price in App Store: Free

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This is one of my FAVORITE apps! I’ve been using this site for over 5 years now. It’s similar to MyFitnessPal (which I’ve also used) but SO much more user-friendly. You can track your calories eaten, fitness minutes, calories burned, and water drank! And, you can sync it with your FitBit! (A little shameless plug: I used this app when I first started trying to lose weight and it helped me lose 35lbs!)

 

Good Budget

Used For: Money Management, Budgeting

Price in App Store: Free

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Huff the Hubs and I are all about Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps and implementing the Envelope System. The gist is you pay in cash for everything you purchase because it has more of an emotional connection to you. You also separate your money into envelopes labeled “Groceries”, “Gas”, “Food”, etc.  But, it’s not for everyone. Some people hate carrying around envelopes and others don’t like toting a bunch of cash in their purses because they like the convenience of debit/credit cards. Thanks to the Good Budget app, you can still utilize the Envelope System without carrying caboodles of cash! Just note the amount budgeted for each category and then track where you spend! Super easy!

 

Coach.Me

Used For: Wellness, Healthy Living, Relationships

Price in App Store: Free

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This app is an all-over-the-board-motivator! Whether your resolution is to stop complaining, start working out, or learn to play the piano, Coach.Me is there to help you achieve your goals! There are tips, forums, and plans to get you motivated, moving, and feel great—inside and out!

 

 

Are there any apps that have helped you? What are they?

Mommy Monday

I used to be crazy in shape.

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Now I’m just in a crazy shape.

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Before Hermione, I worked out at least 5 times a week. If I only worked out 4 days in a week, I considered myself a complete failure. I would think, “Oh my gosh! I suck! I need to go run laps!” And I would.

I’m not kidding.

My first “big girl” job that I had right out of college was as a technical writer for a government contracting company. I would walk up and down the stairs over and over during my morning and afternoon breaks, and then I would run laps outside during lunch. Seriously.

My, how times have changed. I’m lucky if I get to work out twice a week, let alone 5!

Exercising used to give me so much energy! Now its such a chore. Used to while I ran I would think: “I am burning so many calories right now!” These days my thoughts are: “I could be sleeping right now. Or sitting in my recliner, getting some peace and quiet because its Hermione’s nap time.”

I was just starting to be able to accept my body and then I got pregnant. That’s proof that God has a sense of humor!

And even though I’m back down to my pre-pregnancy weight, I’m not back to my pre-pregnancy size. Things have been…shifted. And areas of my body that I didn’t know could jiggle, jiggle.

My nephew likes to do this thing where he sneaks up behind you and punches your backside. Last time he did it, I said, “Noah, what did I say about that?”

He grinned and replied, “Not to do it because it makes your booty jiggle!” He then exploded into laughter. And why wouldn’t he? Jiggling booties are pretty funny. They fall into the same category as burps and farts.

Moving on…

I used to think that I would absolutely freak out if I didn’t get my “body back”. But now that I’ve lived through pregnancy and labor, I couldn’t give the furry crack of a rat’s behind. For so many reasons, too many to list now. Yeah, I get a little frustrated when I can’t button certain pants or outfits I used to love I now can’t stand because they don’t look the same, but I’m okay with that. And that fact alone shows that I’ve come a LONG way. There are so many other things I need to spend my time thinking about rather than my weight. (Like if I can sneak in a nap before Hermione wakes up from her’s!)

Don’t get me wrong, I still workout and try to be healthy. I want to be able to take care of Hermione, Huff the Hubs, and myself, so I want to be as efficient as possible (and if that means skipping a nap and hopping on the elliptical, I’ll do it). BUT, my weight doesn’t control my life like it used to. The scale used to OWN me; but not anymore! I’ve broken free from those chains! Free at last, free at last!

 

What about you? Are you comfortable with your post-baby body? Are you working toward any goals? Are there ways you sneak in exercise? Have you broken free from the scale’s control? Got any tips for me and my readers?