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Food for a Day

I thought I would share a couple of sample menu’s of what I am eating on a regular basis to keep the baby weight off. Everyday people are asking me what my diet includes. What really helps is if I plan out my meals ahead of time so I’m not opening my cupboards and fridge repeatedly looking for something quick to make. I will write a couple of options for each mealtime and include some recipes that I love as well.

Breakfast: Always eat breakfast, always.

–       Plain Greek Yogurt with berries, (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries

–       Special K Cereal with Milk and cut up banana

–        Egg wrap with light chedder cheese and spinach on a whole wheat tortilla and half grapefruit

Lunch: I mostly eat wraps for lunch so here’s a couple ideas for wraps using small whole wheat tortilla’s

–       Low Fat sliced turkey, light mayo, Dijon mustard, feta cheese, lettuce, spinach, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, avocado. The good thing about wraps is that you can stuff as many veggies as you like in them.

–       Light Mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, chopped fresh basil, balsamic vinegar, olive oil (just a drizzle)

–       Tuna, chicken or egg salad mixed with light mayo and loaded with all the veggies you love

This is where an indoor grill comes in handy! If you want a gourmet feel then grill it up, or stick it in the oven on broil for a couple minutes!

One thing I like to have as a side with my lunch is my Quinoa salad. I’m sure you have heard of Quinoa as it seems to be popping up all over as a loved superfood! Known as a great source of protein it packs lots of nutrition, including being high in iron (also makes a great food for babies).  Here is how I make my Chickpea Quinoa Salad. I make a whole cup so that I can use it all week.

1 cup cooked Quinoa

1 can chickpeas

½ Cup of chopped Red Onions

1 cup of cherry tomatoes

Juice from 1 lemon

¼ cup of olive oil

Feel free to throw in any chopped veggies you may have in the fridge. I have used red pepper, carrots, cucumber, and black beans and it has always been delicious. If you don’t have Quinoa I have also substituted whole wheat Couscous.

Dinner:

I find myself making a love of stir fry’s because I find I can maximize the use of vegetables in my dishes, which in our house is important because Jon doubles on at every meal and is a huge fan of anything cheesy and fried. Below is a couple of Weight Watchers recipes I make religiously that are delish!

Vegetable Stir Fry 

2 tsp’s of peanut oil

2 cup of chopped onion

2 cups of chopped bok choy

2 cups of chopped carrots

1 med green pepper

1 med sweet red pepper

1 cup of chopped mushrooms

2 cups of brocolli florets

2 cups of asparagus

1/4 cup of low sodium soy sauce

2 tsp of corn starch

1/4 cup chicken broth, low sodium

4 cups of brown rice

 Heat oil in pan or wok, add vegetables still about 2 minutes, add soy sauce and cook until veggies are crisp-tender. Whisk cornstarch into broth and add to pan. Simmer until sauce thinkens. Spoon stir fry onto rice and you can even sprinkle some peanuts on top for some more flavor. If you want to add chicken, shrimp or tofu for more protein, go for it! Don’t worry if you don’t have all the veggies it calls for, a lot of times I just throw in whatever I have in the fridge! That’s the great thing about stir fry’s, anything goes!


Cheese and Spinach Frittata

4 large eggs

2 large egg whites

1 cup of fresh chopped spinach

2 tsp of scallion, finely chopped

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/2 cup of low fat chedder cheese

Preheat oven to 400°F, beat together eggs and egg whites in a bowl, stir in spinach, scallions, salt and pepper. Coat a pan with non stick skillet with cooking spray, heat over med heat, pour egg mixture into skillet and let partially cook for about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and bake untill cheese softens and eggs firm up. What’s great about this is that you can again throw in anything you have, and kids and babies love it!

 I tend to skip dessert and I try not to eat fruit at night because of the sugar content, but if I really can’t fight my sweet tooth I will break out my stash of dark chocolate, melt it, and drip fruit in it (only if I must…). It really doesn’t take a whole lot to feel gourmet!

So that’s about a typical day for me. Somedays I might forget or have to skip lunch, although I do try hard to include all meals. When I snack I try my best to make it count. Like veggies dipped in hummus, or a granola bar. If I do have to eat on the run I keep my choices healthy, which is easy these days because almost every restaurant has the options for you to do so! Happy Eating!

 

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Pick ME!

I’ve always taken pride in knowing that I’m the bubbly and positive one out of my friends and family, people enjoy being around me, and I know I have to exude that energy for Audrina. Ok, obviously I have my downer days like anyone else, but I try really hard in life to be that person most of the time. I will say the first couple months after having Aud I was finding it difficult to be myself. Just having this feeling that I didn’t really matter, no one cares what I look like, I’m not trying to impress anyone. Then there came a day when I had signed up for a “Mothergoose” class- bring your baby, learn nursery rhymes and meet other mom’s for a couple hours- and I felt like putting some effort into my appearance, do my hair, put a little makeup on. So while baby slept, that’s what I did. Wow, I had no idea a little primping could make me feel so…great.  Instead of doing the dishes or folding the laundry, I put myself first, and man it felt good.

I’m not saying to ignore your child if you’re not finished combing your hair, and I’m not saying you need to beautify yourself everyday to make yourself feel better, (come on I’m not that vain). I’m just saying put a little time aside for yourself. Have a shower longer than 5 minutes, make yourself a nice wrap and salad for lunch rather than picking at your kid’s unfinished meals, read that book that’s been sitting on your nightstand…or read my blog! But just do something that makes you happy. Makes you feel like you are a priority.

As I mentioned in on of my previous post, The Start of a New Lifestyle, I wasn’t new to the Weight Watchers scene. I knew it took time, a lot of planning, and ton’s of will power. Since I opted to do the Online WW program (did not attend any WW meetings) it’s was up to me how much time I would spend looking up recipes, making the recipes, and tracking every bit of food/drink that I consumed. I know, you’re thinking, time? I don’t even have time to shave my legs. This is where priorities come in. Even though my little girl is my main focus, I know that if I’m  not happy and confident in myself it would impact how we were raising her. If my relationship and I weren’t a priority, our family would suffer. No matter if you have 1, 2, or 4 kids you have to set aside time for yourself, you need ‘me’ time. Or your ‘me time’ is going to be like Charlotte from the Sex in the City movie; locking yourself in the pantry with red painted handprints all over your tush, having a small nervous breakdown, (it does happen). When I started to set aside this time for myself, it made it easier to be able to dedicate the time it took to do WW.

FYI: Now WW has an app for your phone that helps you track and look up recipes. What I loved about the app was it had access to lots of restaurant menus where if you needed to track a specific food such as something from Swiss Chalet, you were able to find it and calculate the points! They are also very good at categorizing what you are looking for. They have different tabs for recipes, portions, meal type, meals by number of points; lots of ways to help you make a variety of healthy diet choices. Once you get the hang of how to use the WW program it really cuts down on the time and planning because you get an idea of what you are looking for and where to find it.

WeightWatchers.ca

 

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Give Jess’s Pre and Post Baby Belly a Break

Throughout a pregnancy, a women’s body goes through so many changes that after the first few months you lose count of them all. The one thing expectant women don’t lose count of is how much weight you gain during those, what seem like forever, months. Dreading the moment at your monthly, bi-weekly, or weekly appointment where you’re asked to step on the scale and you look away because you don’t want or need to know you gained 4 pounds in seven days. This is how most of us ‘normal’ women feel during the course of a pregnancy, so I can’t begin to imagine how a celebrity such as Jessica Simpson must feel to be under a microscope for the last year.

‘Jessica Simpson Diet Disaster,’ “Jessica Simpson must lose 65 lbs,” “Jessica Simpson Excessive Weight Gain.” These are just some of the headlines circling around the Singer, Fashion Star and Television Persona and her post baby body. She has been criticized by the tabloids about how much weight she has gained during her pregnancy and scrutinized about not losing it fast enough. Come on people it’s only been a couple months. It takes 9 months to carefully grow this miracle of life in our bellies and so it is only normal that it will take as long to get back to you again. Not to mention the number one priority is no longer you, it’s that new tiny love of your life you just spent that last 9 months cooking in what felt like a bowling ball sitting on a water balloon going to burst any minute.

But despite all the changes in her life Jess has signed on to be the newest Spokesperson for Weight Watchers. It was reported she signed a $4 Million deal with the company to help her lose the baby weight and get her pre baby body back.  She has recently been seen leaving the gym with her trainer and has said “There’s no goal weight- I just want to feel normal and fixate on inches.”  She announced on her twitter page that she recently bought her WW group members step counters tweeting, “Just bought all the girls in my @weightwatchers group pedometers to track their steps. 10,000 steps a day = 5 miles! Let’s step it up!”

I for one admire Jess for her comeback goal and can’t wait to see her progress over the coming months. What about you?

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Quick Solution to the Infamous Mum Hair

Do you wake up in the mornings and say to yourself, “Today’s the day I am going to have a shower, shave my legs, and maybe even wash my hair!’ Well we’ve all been there as moms. Before having a baby I didn’t realize these are just some of the simple luxuries after baby! If you’re anything like me, I try to squeeze in a little me-time during babies morning nap, along with having breakfast, cleaning the kitchen, sorting the laundry, making the bed, and anything else I can get done on my to-do list. I thought I would share a little insight into the different ways I try to keep up with myself and my appearance even if I’m going to be home all day. Let’s face it, some days it’s just nice to feel a little more put together then the usual sweats, t-shirt and hair in a messy bun, you know, the mom look.

One thing I swear by and is worth the small investment is dry shampoo. For the days I limit my shower time to 5 minutes and have to choose between washing my hair and shaving my legs, this is one product I can count on! Dry shampoo is a way to refresh your hair without having to wash and dry it if you had to skip a day. Simply spray the powder on your hair and it absorbs the oils on your hair and scalp, then brush it out. The one I use is by Beyond the Zone and it’s called ‘Rock On, Dry Shampoo,’ I picked up at Sally Beauty Supply for about $8.

If you’re looking for a more ‘economical’ quick fix that you probably have in your house now, baby powder also does the trick. I find it tends to work better with blonde hair but it can work with brunettes as well, you just have to be a bit more careful with how much you apply.  Just shake a bit on the roots and brush it out with a soft bristle brush, and voila! Your 3 day old hair now looks totally refreshed and even adds a bit of volume to the roots for the just style dried hair look. So give it a try and let me know what you think of this tip!

-M

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