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.
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.
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.
Three years ago, I had never heard of quinoa (and I had no clue how to pronounce it). I had never cooked a beet. The idea that people crave veggies was crazy to me. We ate fairly healthy and didn’t eat fast-food every night, but we also had so much room to improve. I came across small healthy food swaps I incorporated easily into our routine, that made a BIG impact on our health.
I started really making nutrition a priority just after my second daughter was born. No diets, just eating whole, from-the-ground foods, made with ingredients I could pronounce. Here are five healthy changes or swaps we made to kick-start our focus on nutrition. Three years later, and we still do all of these things, and we’ve never looked back.
Hello and welcome!
I’m Lauren and I live in California with my husband, two girls and a baby on the way. I’m a writer with a passion for healthy living and finding balance.