It’s been a while since I’ve last posted and life has been busy! I’m due with baby girl #3 in a couple weeks (or any day now :o) and have been getting ready for life as a family of 5. Yikes! 🙂
One thing that was a huge help before I had both my other daughters was making frozen dinners ahead of time, so when I was super sleep deprived and relying on quick dinners, we had some go-to options. This time around, I’m doing it again but making some healthier frozen dinners.
I usually thaw the meals in the fridge overnight so they’re quicker to cook up the next day.
Here’s what I now have on hand in our freezer — nine healthy freezer dinners:
One of my goals for this third pregnancy is to not gain 45-50 pounds, like I did with my first two. Yikes! When I think about that or tell people, it’s still surprising I let that happen. But I know how it happened: I gave into every craving and ate anything I wanted. Even if that meant an entire box of Thin Mints in one sitting! But this time around I’m still giving into my cravings, but being more mindful about eating healthy consistently so there’s room for my cravings.
I always enjoy seeing what other people eat in a day because it gives me ideas. So I’m sharing what I ate one day while 28 weeks pregnant. This is a pretty typical example of what I eat regularly, as far as amount of fruits, veggies, protein, grains. I eat five meals a day: three larger and two snacks and feel this really works for me and keeps me satisfied throughout the day and not starving and binging.
One of my favorite mid-morning snacks is a muffin. They’re so easy to grab and pack in lunches and taste so good with a cup of coffee or green tea.
It has become a weekend tradition now where I make muffins with my girls as part of meal prep. They love stirring and pouring in ingredients and of course the best part: taste-testing the batter.
Even though these muffins have quite a few ingredients, they’re easy to make since you can put all ingredients into one big bowl. I love the burst of fresh blueberries in these and the subtle lemon flavor. So good!
When I first took my nutrition more seriously, I felt a little misguided when health and fitness experts I admired and who said health is about balance, only shared photos of their greens and proteins — not when they indulge. And when I had a treat or ate something not “healthy” my body was craving, I felt kind of guilty when I was trying to lose weight after having kiddos. It took me a while to find the right balance of giving in to my cravings, but I know it can be done! I LOVE sweets, especially the combination of chocolate and peanut butter — dessert is hard for me to pass up, especially home made!
But I fully believe that in order to lose weight and meet your fitness goals and maintain them, you have to make room for the things you love to eat. If you’ve deprived yourself of chocolate, or alcohol, or carbs — whatever you temporarily gave up to meet your goal — what happens when you reintroduce those back into your diet? Most likely you’ll gain some of the weight back … and it can be so discouraging.
I’m a snacker. If I go too long between meals, I get really tired, grumpy and sometimes hangry. Ever since I purchased the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan (Seriously a game changer for my health), I’ve made a conscious effort to eat five meals a day– three larger meals and two smaller, snack-size. It helps so much with my energy and keeping my nutrition on track.
I get bored of eating the same thing every day so I’m always switching up my meals. Here are a few of my favorite snacks, and hopefully you get some inspiration!
Even though I do most of the cooking in our house, my husband owns breakfast. I know how lucky I am to come out to the kitchen to find breakfast warm and ready!
We have a few breakfasts on constant rotation at house and they’re all quick, healthy, packed with protein and kid-approved.
I’m not a big shopper and I don’t like having a lot of stuff around, so when I come across things that are practical and pretty, it’s a total win-win.
I thought I’d share a few things that I’m loving right now, like a recipe I want to try, some delicious snacks, a new hand soap and a few other things.
At least once a week, we have some type of bowl for dinner (Alex turns his into a burrito), with veggies, grains and protein. What I especially love about this Quinoa Cauliflower Bowl is that it’s packed with veggies (about 3 servings per bowl), lean protein, healthy fats and fresh ingredients. Plus, it’s super quick to make if you have cooked quinoa on hand.
I love reading through these lists to get ideas for new items to try at Trader Joe’s and getting a glimpse into what other people eat 🙂 There are a few items I won’t list out since they’re well known Trader Joe favorites, like 19-cent bananas, wine, fresh flowers and cheeses, but they’re definitely favorites of ours too.
Here are a few of our favorite Trader Joe’s items and how we use them:
For a couple hours a week, I meal prep. It’s something I’ve actually come to enjoy. I usually put on some music, (sometimes pour a glass of wine too — when I’m not pregnant 😉 ), and prepare for a healthy week ahead. When I don’t make time to meal prep, I’m more likely to turn to quick, unhealthy dinners and lunches, which can get expensive too. I know myself, and know that meal prepping and planning ahead are key to staying healthy.
I thought I’d share how I meal prep for a family of four. This is what a typical Sunday meal prep looks like, plus a few tips that make it easier for me.