Chocolate Almond Banana Bites

Chocolate Almond Banana Bites

Perfect energy bites for picky eaters and moms on the go! These taste great and only take about 5 minute to make ! My son loves them and would eat them all at once if I let him! I added in peanut butter and cocoa powder but you can leave those out and just have banana almond bites. Next time I was thinking off adding some honey!

 

ingredients : 

  • one banana
  • 1.5 cups of almond flour
  • 1 tbs peanut butter  * optional
  • 1 tbs cocoa powder

blend or mix all ingredients . Refrigerate 10 min then roll into balls. If mixture is too sticky add some more almond flour till you can roll it into balls. Store in refrigerator for 2-3 days

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Workouts To Try This Week

Workouts To Try This Week

Happy Sunday! Here are the some of the  workouts I did this week. I hope you get to try them. Let me know when you do. All the workouts can be done right from home  .  I shared some clips and pix of the moves to help you incase you don’t know some of the moves. But remember you can always google a move if you’re not sure what it is!

Check out these chocolate almond banana bites that are perfect  for picky eaters and moms on the go!

Lower Body Dumbbell Workout by Whitney Simmons ( video below)

 

  • 4 squat walks into 4 sumo squats

x3

  • 8 reverse lunge each leg
  • 10 straight leg deadlift

x3

  • 10 goblet squats – added a band
  • 10-12 single leg hamstring raise

x3

  • 20 hip thrusts on bench with abductor ( band on )

x2

Click here for Whitneys video

 

Shoulder & Biceps

  • 10 dumbbell shoulder press
  • 8 reverse grip press

x4

  • 10 incline bar curls
  • 15 up right row

x3

  • 10 around the word
  • 10 wide grip bar curls

x3

  • 10 rear delt raise
  • 10 single arm band curl

x3

 

Lower Body HIIT

Add a barbell or dumbbells when you can. Click here for video how too

  • 10 weighted split lunge per leg
  • 15 dumbbell squat hop

x3

  • 10 stiff leg deadlift
  • 15 sumo squat pulse

x3

  • 10 kneeling hip thrust
  • 15 split lunge jump

x3

Set timer for 30:30:30 – no rest

  • skater lunge jumps
  • squat jacks
  • double sqaut

rest one min: repeat 2-3x

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How To Be A Healthy (ish) Fit Mom

How To Workout With Your Toddler

How To Be A Healthy (ish) Fit Mom 

Life can get busy! Between being a mom, work, friends & housework it can be tough to stay on track with your healthy lifestyle .  What I have learned so far is if I want to be a healthy happy fit mom I need to put  myself first sometimes . Being constantly stressed, unhealthy & unhappy isn’t good for anyone !

Each day is a new day! Forget about yesterday and what did or didn’t happen . So what if you missed your workout or ate some pizza! Don’t stress out about it, just keep moving forward. Consistency is the key to forming & sticking to healthy habits , but never beat yourself up if you fall off track.

Here are a few things that have worked for my little family & have helped keep me healthy and happy ( and sane!)  while raising our son.

  • Create time for YOU. And not just for your workouts . I have been trying to wake up broke Brody each morning to do a miracle morning ( more on that soon) After Brody goes to bed I like to take time for me , no house work, just stress free time. I tend to jump onto pinterest and find some new recipes or workouts or add things to my mood/vision boards!   Or I like to take a hot shower/bath with some lavender & epsom salt or relax with a glass of wine! Me time is a must.
  • Meal prep + eat clean: Plan a small menu every Sunday for the week & make a shopping list. Look for fresh produce , lean meats and try not to buy processed foods. I try my hardest to skip the isles at the grocery store and just shop the edges for most of our foods.  Make sure the foods you eat don’t have lots of added sugar, always check the label. I try to buy foods that have a very short list of ingredients . Meal prep foods that are easy to grab on the go. We moms forget to eat, especially in the beginning and having healthy snacks ready to eat makes life so much easier! We also will freeze single servings of food that are easy to heat up last min. Brody always comes shopping with me so I usually go in the morning when he is the happiest! Never take your child if he is already grumpy!!
  • Have an exercise plan. Schedule your workout like it is an important meeting! Getting a workout in daily helps relieve stress and releases those happy hormones inside you making you feel amazing all day long! When Brody was a new baby I would workout during his first nap which was in the morning . At least 5 days a week. That was the plan and I stuck to it! I knew what workout I was doing the night before and was ready as soon as he fell asleep. Now I can workout when he is awake if I set up his play area right. I still try to workout in the morning so I can get it out-of-the-way! Again make sure he is happy, don’t try to workout out right before feeding time or when he is tired, a whinny baby is no fun!
  • Involve the whole family. We like to go for walks as a family , my husband will push the stroller and I’ll take the dogs! Now that Brody is one he likes to do some of the workouts with me, he loves squat and is always getting into down dog!!! I also got him some super light weights and a resistance band that he likes to play with. With those things plus a snack I can easily get an hour workout done without him getting bored. As for housework? I  always wore Brody while cleaning and while I cooked!
  • Gym with a day care. This is a must if you are a gym goer! Again plan your day the night before , know what time you are going ( give or take an hour!) and GO.  Have your bag plus the diaper bag ready. Pushing your workout back for later in the day is a big mistake! By the time 3 o’clock comes around you are too tired to even think about driving to the gym!
  • Inner motivation + a positive mindset. Find a positive podcast to play when you wake up. I used to wake up and put the news on and it was always full of bad news. Now I listen to all sorts or positive podcast or YouTube videos. This helps me stay motivated plus keep a positive attitude most days. A change in your mindset can make a huge difference in your life!! I also like to finish my day by reading some personal development books.  On YouTube I love Tony Robbins, Gary Vee, Habits of the wealthy just to name a few. For books I love Gabby Bernstein , The secret, The miracle morning (just started doing this again) and The energy Bus. If you follow any you think I should or have a favorite PD book Id love to learn more, comment below!! I also follow lots of people on instagram that help motivate me. I know it sounds crazy but I do not get jealous of other moms who have crazy six-pack or look like they are living a dream life, it motivates me to be an awesome mom & wife !!! Plus its a great place to  learn some new recipes and workouts.

 

 

Insta Pot Pulled Pork

Insta Pot Pulled Pork

My first real meal made with my new insta pot was a SUCCESS! I found this pulled pork recipe here  and we made sandwiches for dinner. Brody even liked it ( although it ended up being too spicy for him because of the sauce I used! )

I did change this recipe a bit. I bought all my ingredients from Trader Joes. What I love most is this did not take all day to make . When it was all done the total time was about two hours.

My ingredients :

  • pork loin
  • 1 cup bbq sauce  – Sriracha & roasted garlic bbq sauce
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • coleslaw – packaged tahini, pepita & apricot slaw kit
  • rolls – sweet pull apart Aloha rolls

Here are  the cooking instructions

 

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Four Workouts I Did This Week

Four  Workouts I Did This Week

Happy Easter! Here are the four workouts I did this week! I hope you get to try them. Let me know when you do. All the workouts can be done right from home and the last HIIT workout can be done with no equipment .  I shared some clips and pix of the moves to help you incase you don’t know some of the moves. But remember you can always google a move if you’re not sure what it is!

Booty Day

do all the moves for 15 reps then repeat all moves at 10 reps. Add weights when you can. Heres a clip of a few of the moves! 

  • squat hop side to side
  • half surrender – I added a band & dumbbell
  • glute bridge with dumbbells
  • split jump lunge – right then left
  • single leg hip hinge ( deadlift ) with a band- right then left
  • reverse lunge
  • narrow squats with dumbbells
  • side lunge + curtsey lunge – right then left

Upper Body Circuit

  • 3×10 chest press + close grip press
  • 3×10 plyo pushup + 8 single arm to double arm flys
  • french press drop set – pick a heavy weight and do as many reps as you can- then lower the weight and repeat – keep lowering and adding reps 3-4x
  • 3×10 single arm press + single arm front raise

Leg Day

this took me less than 30 minutes. I added weight to all the moves

  • side to side squat
  • band kicks
  • squat hops

2 sets of 10 ( 2×10 ) I added a band to all thee moves

  • side lunge
  •  lunge jump single leg

2×10

  • split lunge jump
  • goblet squat
  • squat cross leg jumps

2×10

Bonus: repeat all the moves one time through with no rest, 10 reps each.

 

Quick HIIT Today Body

Set your timer for 45 seconds on 5 seconds rest for 6 rounds. Rest & repeat . For round three I had to set the timer for 10 seconds rest!

  • starter lunge hop left
  • kettlebell swings or high knees
  • starter lunge hop right
  • burpees
  • soccer taps
  • squat hops

Click here for a quick demo of all the moves! 

 

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