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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12 DAYS OF FIT-MAS – FAVORITES TO HAVE UNDER YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE

12 DAYS OF FIT-MAS – FAVORITES TO HAVE UNDER YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE

I LOVE the holidays.  I love everything about it – the lights, the music, the smell of a Christmas tree, and more than all of that, the spirit of giving.  I am a momma and I am always looking for a good recommendation so I thought why not share some of my favorites with all of you.  Now, you will notice that it is heavy on health and fitness and for that I am (not) sorry.

 

I am big on shopping small and on companies that give back so I tried to have as many as I could on my list this year.  I hope you enjoy and maybe find a few new loves for you.  (Please note: They are in no particular order.  I am obsessed with them all equally.)

 

 

ON THE FIRST DAY OF FITMAS MY SWOLEMATE GAVE TO ME: K-DEER CAPRI IN FLEX

Their signature stripes give back, they have a super flattering, high-waist fit and the designs are so much fun.  They’re good for the ladies in your life, all ages, shapes and sizes.  I may have even purchased a pair for my fairy god-daughter for Christmas . . wink wink.

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ON THE SECOND DAY OF FITMAS MY SWOLEMATE GAVE TO ME: THE BE BRAND IN #GIRLBOSS TANK

#mombosses beware!  Their shirts are addicting, super comfy, perfect for a Target run or sweat session and the sayings are fun.

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ON THE THIRD DAY OF FITMAS MY SWOLEMATE GAVE TO ME: ALEX AND ANI PRINT OF LOVE CHARM BANGLE

These bracelets are fun, you can stack them and if you haven’t noticed this is the start of my favorites that can be dressed up or down!  As a mom, that is key to my wardrobe – versatility.

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ON THE FOURTH DAY OF FITMAS MY SWOLEMATE GAVE TO ME: KLARA KELLY ANCHOR MAKE-A-WISH HEADBAND SCARF

These headbands truly are no slip for my head as they tie in the back, are washable, have great prints and they even have certain prints that give back.

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ON THE FIFTH DAY OF FITMAS MY SWOLEMATE GAVE TO ME: FOOT FACIAL (with deluxe foot massage) FROM MINILUXE

They are health conscience, good to their employees and I always leave there feeling relaxed, and ready to tackle whatever may come in my day.

 

 

ON THE SIXTH DAY OF FITMAS MY SWOLEMATE GAVE TO ME: ATOMI PORTABLE CHARGER

I’ve tried a number of portable chargers and with a small child I never want my phone battery to die!  This one is slim, roughly $20, holds a charge and connects easily to my phone for a quick boost.

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ON THE SEVENTH DAY OF FITMAS MY SWOLEMATE GAVE TO ME: LIVING PROOF DRY SHAMPOO

As a mom, can we please talk about the importance of a great dry shampoo.  Since my tiny human became mobile, long showers are a thing of the past.  So this bad boy has been a serious lifesaver for keeping me looking fresh!

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ON THE EIGHTH DAY OF FITMAS MY SWOLEMATE GAVE TO ME: BLACK CRANE AND LION WRAP SWEATER

As a momma, a good wrap sweater is a necessity.  You can dress it up with jeans and heals or down with leggings and sneakers.  Plus, this one was the perfect cover for me while breastfeeding.

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ON THE NINTH DAY OF FITMAS MY SWOLEMATE GAVE TO ME: HAMILTON BEACH SLOW COOKER (CROCKPOT)

What can I say?!  Whether you’re a mom or not, my crockpot is a lifesaver.  Create a delicious, home cooked meal in only a fraction of the time by simply throwing in all your ingredients, set it and forget it.

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ON THE TENTH DAY OF FITMAS MY SWOLEMATE GAVE TO ME: HIGH COLLAR VEST BY CALIA

I am a sucker for a good vest.  Ask my husband, I have about 5 or 6 vests but this one is my go-to.  I wear it ALL the time.  It’s comfortable, classic design and can be matched well with virtually anything you wear.

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ON THE ELEVENTH DAY OF FITMAS MY SWOLEMATE GAVE TO ME: AMAZON ECHO

Running around the house with my tiny human means I am always looking for awesomeness that makes mommin more fun (didn’t think that was possible) and easier.  This fun toy fits that bill!  There are so many features that I uncover virtually daily but what I use it for most is checking the weather before bundling up my little guy to head out, adding items I may or may not have run out of to my shopping list and cranking some tunes.  All done hands-free!

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ON THE TWELFTH DAY OF FITMAS MY SWOLEMATE GAVE TO ME: EIGHT OPTICS SUNGLASSES IN VALENTINA

Every women needs a great pair of shades that make you feel sassy and sexy and look great no matter what you’re wearing.  Well, that is these sunglasses.  They come in a variety of colors which are certain to add a bit of sass to your next selfie.

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So close to making the list:

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

Stop the Gimmicks – Bingeing, Diet Pills and Fads OH MY

In the past, I was the queen of fad diets and extremes.  In college, I would gain 15/20 pounds during the school year and lose it over the summer months by working out loads and eating nothing but salad.  No lie, this happened all four years!  For me, it was all or nothing.  My mindset was always that you either spent a ridiculous amount of time at the gym and starve yourself or sit on the couch and eat ice cream all day – there was no in-between.  If you had one bad day, then everything you had worked for would be thrown out the window so I would just give up.  My whole life has been this way – exaggerated one extreme or another – being extremely active or hanging out on the couch binge watching my favorite shows.  For me, I didn’t feel like or realize that a “happy medium” was doable.  I was that person who tried everything – every gimmick and crazy fad to lose weight.  You name it, I tried it – diet pills (ended up with a stomach condition), starvation (loved food too much for this one to stick), Weight Watchers (hated counting / figuring out “points”), Atkins Diet (really no pasta for the rest of my life, no thanks), Caveman Diet (come on!), Cabbage Soup Diet, Celebrity Liquid Diet (urge to chew my food would takeover and have you tasted this stuff??) and on and on.  The gimmicks are out there and in full force trying to take your money for results that are too good to be true and guess what – THEY ARE!

Fast forward to August 2015, after a mere 23 hours a labor, I gave birth to my little bit of heaven on earth and tiniest love of my love.  My emotions and hormones were running rampant.  I knew my body has just done something truly amazing and life changing but I felt horrible about myself.  I felt off, fat and uncomfortable in my skin.  I knew I needed to do something but wanted it to be lasting.  I didn’t want another fad diet but I also did not have the time to spend hours at the gym away from my home and family.  Unless I wanted to be getting up even earlier than I was already or heading out at 7/8pm to workout, I needed to find another way.

That is when Beachbody entered my life.  The plethora of workout programs has something for everyone, no matter what your goals are – losing weight, toning up, gaining muscle, simply sweating it out, etc.  But it is so much more than this.  It is a community of people, supporting and encouraging one another.  Being there for you no matter what.  What initially got me was that I could workout from the comfort of my home, anytime I wanted and most workouts are only 30 minutes – score.  I didn’t need to be away from the house or my new little one for hours a day.  I could workout in my living room, during naptimes.  Why wouldn’t you give it a try?!  And that is exactly what I did.  I, like most people, started out on this journey of mine on January 2nd.  By May, I had lost my baby weight, had more energy and felt great!  So why not pay it forward, become a Beachbody Coach myself, continue on this journey of mine and get to help others at the same time.  We’re now into June, I’m nearing a 30 pound weight loss, I feel better than ever and have no plans of stopping anytime soon.

Don’t be fooled by the gimmicks!  The results you see from any of the Beachbody programs – P90X, Insanity Max, PiYo, 21 Day Fix, to just name a few – are all real results, from real people.  Trust me, I recently completed 1 round of 21 Day Fix Extreme – lost 6 pounds and 8.5 inches.  I didn’t starve. I didn’t spend a ridiculous amount of time at the gym.  If it can happen to me then why can’t it happen to you?  Give it a try and see transformation happen to YOU!

For the first time in my life, I feel like I am truly in a good place.  My overall happiness and confidence is much greater than it has been in a long time.  My marriage is in a great place, I am absolutely loving being a mom to my crazy adorable little man and I’m finally feeling good about myself.  Have I been fitter in my life – yes, have I weighed less in my life – yes, have I been healthier in my life – that ones up for debate.  But right now, in this moment, I have never been more confidant and felt genuinely positive about my body and who I am.  I am on a journey to become stronger, in myself and my relationships. I have realized this journey I am on is so much greater than simply wanting to lose weight but to become a better, stronger version of myself. It’s not simply about creating a healthy lifestyle but about following your passions.  I just wish it hadn’t taken me 5+ months postpartum to figure out!