Thursday Taste: Easy Egg Cups

This is real life.

I’m not a chef. I’m not trained. I’ve actually always had this thought that cooking was meant to be hard, take a long time to make anything worthwhile and always steered towards the “easy” way.

Truth is. I am simply a mom, trying to make a healthy lifestyle change for myself and my family.

Truth is. Most of the meals I make are NOT “Instagram worthy”. But you know what. That is real life. That is mom life.

Truth is. Most of the time I suck the first time I make something. But I keep at it. I keep trying.

And today I learned that I will not use baking cups when making egg cups again . . . 

Ingredients:

  • Nonstick spray or reusable silicone baking cups
  • 1/2 cup Almond Milk
  • 2 cups Egg Whites
  • 1 cup chopped peppers and onions
  • Dash of himalayan salt and ground pepper, if desired

 

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350° F.

2. Line a twelve-cup muffin tin with fun silicone baking cups or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

3. Combine almond milk and egg whites in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper, if desired; whisk to blend. Set aside.

4. Evenly divide chopped peppers and onion between prepared muffin cups.

5. Evenly pour egg white mixture over onions and peppers.

6. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of egg cups comes out clean, and eggs are set.

7. Enjoy! 

 

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Summertime typically means a season of travel. With the kids off from school, it makes it the perfect time to get away with your family. It can also mean it’s the perfect time to get away from your workout routine or indulge in sweets and tempting cocktails like mojitos and margaritas on the beach. But what it doesn’t have to mean is falling off the wagon.

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* At least 1 cheat meal per week

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Thursday Treat: Watermelon Pizza

Here’s a little Thursday Treat for you that your little ones are sure to enjoy. . . WATERMELON PIZZA

Ingredients:
• Fresh watermelon slices
• 4 tbsp reduced fat (2%) plain Greek yogurt
• 4 medium strawberries, sliced
• 2 tbsp fresh blueberries

Instructions:
• Spread each watermelon wedge with 1 Tbsp. yogurt
Top evenly with strawberries and blueberries

Sorry Kid, You Can’t Eat That

Surprisingly, I have gone back and forth about writing this post.  Then it hit me, while watching a segment about allergies on Kathy Lee and Hoda on the Today Show – the whole reason I started my journey in public was for other moms like me to not feel alone.

I was “that mom”, the one who wanted to do everything in my power to ensure my son was not immune to the world, especially as a first time mother.  I wasn’t scared of dirt or germs.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I was cautious but tried not to be crazy.

Early on in his tiny human life we found out that my son had eczema.  No problem, trips to the tiny human dermatologist and some extra tlc and lotion.  But, when we couldn’t seem to get his eczema under control, our pediatrician suggested that we do a few tests to see if it could be something else – allergies.  This all happened pretty early on, prior to trying solid foods with him.   At the time, I didn’t think anything of it.  In my head, I wasn’t worried.  I have never had allergies and my husband didn’t either, so I just assumed the tests would come back normal.  Well, if you haven’t guessed yet, I was wrong.  When the doctor phoned to see if I had time to talk, I was scared.  My little guy was allergic to nuts and seeds and egg.  I had so many emotions running through my head it was spinning.  I was scared, nervous, angry, sad . . I could go on and on.  I wanted to learn as much as I could about them from how severe they were to what I need to look out for and what to do if he has a reaction.

What scared me more than any of this was that our pediatrician only tested a few items initially.  How we found out Brodie was allergic to GLUTEN was due to a major skin reaction during a playgroup where flour was being used.  He had his hands in the flour bin for all of two minutes before moving on and all of a sudden his entire body started to break out in red hives and my mom instincts took over.  Luckily it was only a skin reaction and I got him to the doctor as fast as I’ve ever done anything in my life.  A few hours at the doctor and dose of Benadryl made the reaction go away.

All of a sudden, I felt the world was against us and that I had done something wrong to give this to him.  You get nervous going out to eat.  You are anxious when you go to playgroups.  You worry that you can’t protect him.  Anytime we would leave the house, I would be attempting to analyze our locations – try to see if I can find anything that could potentially set off an allergic reaction.  I became a nervous wreck . .on the inside.  My diaper bag and purse ALWAYS have an epi-pen and Benadryl, just in case.  But you can’t live life like that, I would be going crazy.  Now it’s about being as cautious as I can and being prepared.

I will say this; my emotional battle has gotten better.  You find that because allergies are more common now that the world has had to adjust to some extent.  Most restaurants have gluten-free menus and scratch kitchens and are more aware of allergies.  You do find your favorites – places that are more aware and better at accommodating.  You learn to read the packaging and ingredient lists on EVERYTHING.  I mean who knew Ben and Jerry’s ice cream was made with eggs??!  Or that most gluten-free bread added eggs to their ingredient list?

In this day and age, it’s important for all parents, whether or not your child has allergies, be informed.  Ask questions.  Know what to do if you are with a child who has an allergic reaction. Be proactive – know if any of the children under your supervision have allergies and be aware of what’s in the food you’re feeding those children and what is in your home.

Mommin ain’t easy but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

 

 

 

 

BREAK IT DOWN: The Ultimate Reset

I’m going to get REAL with you for a minute here.  I just conquered the Beachbody Ultimate Reset and I’m here to tell you all about it.  It’s a 21 day cleanse for your whole body broken into three weeklong segments.  Each week comes with its own set of challenges but believe me when I tell you that you still get to eat, it’s just under strict guidelines.  This is no juice cleanse.  It is not a quick fix.  It is about retraining your brain and your body with how you look at nutrition, how you process food.  This is about getting rid of bad habits that may be stumping your progress and hopefully creating new ones.

Each week you will cut more and more out of your diet.  Starting with refined foods and animal products then eventually grains and legumes, which will have you eating a diet of fruits and veggies for your final week.  I loved that it was a gradual process and not cutting everything out all at once.

Each day you will eat 3 meals and 1 snack (which is optional).  And yes you can still have your Shakeology, of the Vegan variety (of which there are now more options!!)
For me, doing this detox was about getting over a plateau that I had been struggling with ever since I stopped breastfeeding my son.  It was about stripping down my nutrition to figure out what is and what isn’t working well with my body.
There were two issues that came up for me while on the reset: First, NO WORKING OUT FOR 21 DAYS.  That was more of a struggle for me than I ever thought it would be. But when you spend the last year focusing on your health and fitness, my workouts had become more of an outlet for me and I didn’t fully realize that until this moment.  And second, I was forced to cook up three separate meals every night.  Yikes.  My son has quite a few allergies so he gets his own dinner, then my husband and finally my own dinner.  This got old for me real quick so lucky for me they also have what they call the “Reset In A Crunch” meal plan which became my saving grace.
Here is a sampling of my meals during my 21 Days:
I won’t lie to you.  I did have a cheat or 2 during my 21 days.  But I didn’t let it get me off track and I jumped right back on the plan ASAP.  It is also imperative that you hydrate, so lots and lots of water.  Aim for a gallon of water a day.
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This program is hard but YOU WILL GET RESULTS!  Stick with it for 21 days and you will feel better, you will lose weight, you will cleanse your body of all that nasty stuff, you will have created better habits and broken yourself of bad habits.
My results were quite astounding: down exactly 10 pounds and over 4 inches in my waist and hips alone.  But now it’s about how I continue to keep moving forward and not ruin my results by going back to my old ways.
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Thursday Taste: Crockpot Pork Chop with Onions and Potatoes

It’s no lie when I say I am no Martha Stewart or Gordon Ramsey in the kitchen.  Prior to becoming a Beachbody Coach, I had only made two meals – Beef Stews and Macaroni.  I am all about easy, convenient and tasty.  So when you see recipes on my blog it is because they taste good, are healthy and relatively easy to make.  This is one I thought up in my sleep and decided to give it a try.  I think you’ll like it!

CROCKPOT PORK CHOPS WITH ONIONS AND POTATOES

Cooking time: 5-6hours

Yields: 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1lb Pork Chops
  • 8 oz Pearl Onions
  • 1 cup Low-sodium Chicken Broth
  • 2-3 Medium Potatoes, chopped
  • 2 tsp Minced Garlic
  • “Dash” of Rosemary
  • 2 tsp Honey

 

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to your crockpot, except the honey
  2. Cook on low for 5 – 6 hours
  3. Add honey after 4 – 5hours, cook on high for the last hour
  4. Serve and ENJOY!

Thursday Taste: Apple Butternut Squash Soup

Fall and winter are the perfect time to cozy up with a yummy bowl of soup.  Butternut squash is one of my favorites so I thought why not add some apples, make it crockpot friendly and give you something extra special from my kitchen to yours!

 

Apple Butternut Squash Soup

 

Cooking Time: 6-8 hours

Yield: 8 servings

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 lbs. butternut squash
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 medium Jonathon (or Granny Smith) apples, peeled, chopped
  • 4 cups low-sodium organic chicken broth
  • 1 thin slice fresh ginger, peeled, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 2 tsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 tsp. Mrs. Dash No Salt Seasoning

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Preparation:

  1. Prepare and cut the Squash into chunks
    1. Poke holes in the Squash using a fork
    2. Place in the microwave for 5 minutes to soften
    3. Peel the squash then cut and de-seed the squash
  1. Place all ingredients in crockpot

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  1. Cook on low for 6 – 8hours
  2. Use immersion blender to blend until smooth.
  3. If you find your soup is too bitter, start by adding some honey to it and blend. Squash can vary in taste so you may need to amend this recipe as needed.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

21 DF: 3 Green, 1 Purple, ½ Red – per serving

244 Calories per serving