Four Kid Friendly One Pot Dinners

Four Kid Friendly One Pot Dinners

Four Kid Friendly One Pot Dinners

When scrolling pinterest I always click on a recipe that says quick , easy or kid friendly, any one else?! By the time dinner comes around I need life to be simple and these four kid friendly one pot dinners are a life saver. I have even made these house before during nap time and then re heated them for dinner and they still taste great.

For the fried rice dinner feel free to make your when fried rice, we LOVE the frozen one from trader joes and tend to use that instead of making my own. I also sometimes use a bag of mixed frozen veggies when in a pinch for the chicken sausage dinner. I think fresh or frozen veggies this meal still taste great.

Four Kid Friendly One Pot Dinners

 

Insta pot Bacon & Turkey Meatball Pasta 

Four Kid Friendly One Pot Dinners

  • bacon
  • frozen meatballs
  • tomatoes
  • sauce
  • pasta – we used a veggie pasta
  • fresh basil
  • parm cheese

Add your frozen meatballs to the insta pot. Next add your pasta, bacon , cherry tomatoes, sauce & basil.  Add 3-4 cups of water . Season with salt & pepper . Set insta pot for 10 min high pressure. When its done do a quick release . Add parm cheese , mix and enjoy!

Chicken fried rice 

  • chicken
  • Trader Joes fried rice & veggie mix
  • egg

Cook chicken in your favorite oil, we use olive or coconut. I tend to season with just salt & pepper but feel free to season your chicken however you like. Once chicken is cooked remove from pan and shred. Next add the frozen fried rice and an egg, mix well. Add your chicken back in and cook till rice is done.

Chicken Sausage & veggies 

  • chicken sausage
  • peppers
  • zucchini
  • sweet potato
  • tomato

Add everything to a pan , season with salt and pepper . Cook till chicken is done and veggies have s

Chicken noodle soup ( insta pot)

  • chicken
  • 4-6 cups chicken broth
  • carrots
  • celery
  • onion
  • noodles

Cook chicken in insta pot . Follow directions for your pot. I usually do about 10 minutes depending on chicken thickness. Once cooked shred or cub.

Next add everything else to the pot . Cover and set to seal. Pressure cook for 4 minutes and then use the quick release to vent . Mix and serve!

 

 

Frozen Protein Bowl

My Go To Frozen Protein Bowl

 

Frozen Protein Bowl

Protein bowls are one of my favorite things to make. I eat them for breakfast, lunch or post workout. This frozen protein bowl is definitely my go to recipe but I do switch up the fruits and add nut butters for time to time!

Id love to know how you make your protein bowls! Share your favorite recipes below .

Frozen Protein Bowl

Ingredients : 

  • Frozen fruit.  for this bowl I used banana & raspberries
  •  1/2 a cup of nut milk of choice.  I like to use almond or cashew milk . You don’t want to use too much liquid or your bowl will be too watery
  • Protein powder. I use one scoop and usually use  chocolate but any flavor will work.
  • Optional* acia powder, coaco powder  ect

Toppings: 

  • dark chocolate chips
  • frozen raspberries
  • coconut
  • oats

Add all ingredients ( not the toppings ) to a blender . Blend until smooth. Don’t over blend or it will become too watery. If you need to, chill in the fridge a but to make the consistency thicker.

Top & enjoy!

 

Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats

Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats

Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats

Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats

These Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats have to be one of the easiest meals I have ever made!  They tasted great and I was able to save some for lunch the next day. They stayed fine overnight in the fridge.

Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats

 

Ingredients :

  • 4 zucchini
  • ground chicken
  • buffalo sauce
  • cheese
  • Optional: avocado & fresh tomato

Preheat oven to 350. While the over heats up cook your chicken , adding your buffalo sauce while the chicken cooks. If you want to make this a more traditional healthy buffalo chicken recipe you can add plain greek yogurt & cheese to your chicken mixture, I however did not.

While chicken is cooking prep your zucchini . Cutest hem length wise and then scrap out the seeds .

Spray pan with oil and add your boats ( zucchini ) top with the cooked chicken , cheese , tomato and more buffalo sauce if you want it extra hot. Bake uncovered for 10-15 minutes .

Top with avocado and enjoy!

Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats

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Diastasis Recti, A Plan To Help You Close The Gap

Diastasis Recti, A Plan To Help You Close The Gap

You have probably heard about the “mom Pooch” but you might not actually know what it is. It could be ab separation , and the good news is there is a way to fix it!

Diastasis recti  happens during pregnancy when the two large ab muscles separate due to your growing uterus. In some cases your  ab muscles go back to normal once you give birth but in  a lot of women  they do not.  Diastasis recti is very common and often called the mom pooch. If you do have an ab separation ( even if your kids are older ) you can do some moves at home that can help close the gap.

Remember always check with your doctor first before adding in any of the moves from below. Also a Dr can help determine the size of your gap.

I hear from moms all the time that they can not get rid of their belly. Diet and traditional exercise will not help fix DR. You can be spot on with your nutrition and still not see the results you want if you are suffering from DR.

Check for Diastasis Recti: 

First you need to check to see if you have DR.  To do so:

  • Lie on your back with your knees bent and the soles of your feet close to your butt.
  • Place your  hand on your abdomen with your fingertips flat at your belly button, fingers facing downward.
  • Gently push your fingertips into your abdomen while rolling your shoulders off of the floor, keeping eyes looking up
  • Here is where you will feel for a separation between  your ab muscles. A  2-2.5 finger gap or more signals diastasis recti.

Close the Gap

Start by doing the  five moves  listed below 5-10 reps per move every day for a week.  Each week add 5-10 more reps in . You want to take deep breathes in and out and really focus on the muscles you are contracting . Try these moves for a month or two and then re-test your ab gab. Avoid sit ups, v ups and planks for now.

Abdominal Drawing In

Draw ins NOT suck ins. This move will safely start to engage and strengthen your ab muscles.  Drawing in is not the same as sucking in, instead its   done by using your  inner ab muscles to pull your abdomen  toward your spine. Think about using your  lower  abs for this move.  This move  is something you can do as you walk around your house, as you sit & stand, when you pick up the baby ect or you can do it lying down .

Belly Breathing

Lying flat on your back.  Deeply inhale, your belly & chest should  inflate. Next you will  slowly exhale all the air out, drawing in your abdominal wall & hold that draw in for as long as you can ( image that you are wearing a corset)  You can also do this move standing up tall. You will  inhale deeply just like if you are on the ground and  exhale, drawing your belly button in and up toward your spine( again image you are wearing a corset )  and hold that draw in for as long as you can

Abduction  Ab Activation

Grab a resistance band and loop it right above your knees.  Lying on your back exhale, draw in and engage   your pelvic floor muscles while you pull your knees apart. Rest & repeat.

Draw in  Rotations

With  a broomstick or small pvc pipe behind your neck on your shoulders, perform the belly breathing from above, when all  your air is exhaled and you are holding your breath and drawing in, slowly rotate from side to side for as long as you can .

 Heel Sliders

Lie flat on your back  with your knees bent ,  feet flat on the floor. Exhale as you engage your core  and slowly slide one heel  along the ground until your leg is straight. Inhale,  engage your core then exhale as you bring your heel back to the start position.

There are a TON of videos on youtube to help learn how to breath correctly I highly recommend watching a couple.

Id love to hear from you! Do you have a gap? Or did you get one after having kids? I love to know if these exercises worked for you. I plan on adding them in this fall after having this baby!

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Zucchini Noodle Bowls

Zucchini Noodle Bowl

Zucchini Noodle Bowl

Zucchini Noodle Bowl

These bowls are so tasty and thanks to Trader Joes ( and most stores ) , extra easy to make!! Sometimes life with Brody can be difficult , especially around dinner time!! Getting the pre cut, almost ready foods are not my fav but I do love almost anything from TJ and these things are simple and clean. So I bought some guac, already zoodled zucchini and some already pealed & cubed sweet potatoes to make life easier.

The sweet potatoes come all peeled and cut, all you have to do is cook them. I like to heat them in the microwave for about 2-3 min then add them to a skillet to make them crispy. The zucchini is these bowls are not cooked! How easy is that!! And since the guac comes already made all you have to do is mix it with the zoodles.

I like to top mine with hard-boiled eggs and tomatoes to make it a little more filling.

Zucchini Noodle Bowl

  •  cooked & cubed sweet potato
  • zoodles
  • guacamole
  • salt & pepper
  • Optional, eggs & tomatoes

Mix the zoodles, guacamole , slat & pepper . Add the cooked sweet potatoes , and egg and tomatoes !  Garnish  & enjoy!!!

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Weekly Summer Workouts

Weekly Summer Workouts

Weekly Summer Workouts

I have officially hit my third trimester! So happy that I am still keeping up with my workouts. I know I will eventually have to slow down and modify even more but for now I am feeling great and I’m going to keep going as long as I can. Below are my weekly summer workouts I did this week. I hope you get a chance to try some. Drop a comment below and let me know what one you tried!!

Weekly Summer Workouts

Monday: Legs + HIIT :

Super sets:

  • 10 back squats
  • 15 squat hop

x2-3

  • 8 weighted lunges
  • 6 split box lunge hops each leg

x2-3

  • 10 goblet squat
  • 8 burped box jump

x2-3

  • 30 skaters
  • 15 squat hops
  • 30 mt climb
  • 15 kbs

x3 with little to no rest

 

Tuesday: Booty + HIIT Booty 

  • 30 walking lunges
  • 15 deadlift
  • 15 side lunge each leg
  • 15 glute bridge
  • 10 single leg squats

x3

Then: With NO Rest!

  • squat jax
  • sump pulse squat
  • plank jax
  • jumping jax

Do 15 reps, then 12 reps, then 10 reps. If you are feeling AWESOME do 8 reps!!

Wednesday: Arms

15 reps each:

  • dumbbell press
  • standing flys
  • upright row
  • french press
  • hammer curls

x3

Burnout round:

Do the moves from above with a resistance band. Do 2 sets of 20 to burn your muscles out!!!

Thursday: Walk with Brody or add in some cardio!

 

Avoid The Stay At Home Mom Burnout

Avoid The Stay At Home Mom Burnout

Avoid The Stay At Home Mom Burnout

Avoid The Stay At Home Mom Burnout

Stay at home moms have so much going on and it can be tough on your mind and your  body. With so much responsibility you might feel exhausted all the time . But with a few simple changes we can hopefully fix that and avoid the stay at home mom burnout

Avoid The Stay At Home Mom Burnout

  • Try new things .I know most of us live by a schedule because our kids thrive when they have a routine. But sometimes switching things up can be nice. Try going to a new park or class. Or if you normally go tot he park in the am try going later in the day.  Try out a new lunch spot or picnic in the park once a month.
  • Get ready in the morning. Even if you are doing nothing that day you will feel better knowing you are dressed and ready.  Getting dressed can help change your mood for the day. I’m not talking full faced make up ( unless that’s your thing!) Just get out of your pjs and do something nice with your hair. You will feel more put together and ready to take on the day.
  • Get out of the house !I know this can be tough , especially with multiple kids and during the winter months but it’s so important to get out.  Go for walks , play at the park, head to the beach for a walk .
  • Wake up before your kids. This is tough, especially if your kids do not sleep through the night. But having time in the am to you is amazing! I start my day with a miracle morning and I swear it has changed my life.
  • Ask for help.  And I’m not just talking from your partner. If a messy house is stressing you out maybe hire a cleaner once a month to come in to help out. If grocery shopping is a big stressor, do curbside pick up or have them delivered. Check out pinterest for “mom hack” ideas on rainy days or days you just can’t find something to do with he kids.
  • Focus on you.  Take some time away from the kids. You deserve this! Get your hair done, head out with a friend or have date night a few times a month with no kids!

Remember no one is perfect! Keep in mind that your house is going to be messy sometimes, dinner will be late, the kids will be cranky and that’s OK! Sometimes its okay to leave the dishes in the sink all day !! Don’t expect everyday to be the perfect day, we all have off days . Being a stay at home mom is HARD work and I know you are doing awesome! Kids are exhausting but we love them anyway! And always remember, some day they will be in school all day and you are going to miss these crazy days at home, I know I will!!

 

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At Home Dumbbell Workouts

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At Home Dumbbell Workouts

At Home Dumbbell Workouts

Happy Sunday! Are you ready for some new at home dumbbell workouts to try this week? I hope you are ready. Lets challenge ourselves this week . Ask yourself this question before you begin , Am I using heavy enough weights to challenge myself??? If you don’t answer YES right away then its time to up your weights! Even if it’s just for one set each round. Try it out and let me know how it goes.

At Home Dumbbell Workouts

 

HIIT Monday:

45:15

  • Lunge- squat – lunge
  • burped with push up
  • skaters
  • star jumps
  • mt climbers

x3 ( make it longer by adding 1-2 more rounds! )

Booty Day

  • sumo squats
  • deadlift
  • lunge left then right
  • glute bridge
  • single let glute bridge left then right

12×3

Chest & Shoulders

Add weight each round . Ex: I started with 10 pound dumbbells for round one, round two used 12 and round 3 used 15

  • chest press
  • flys
  • lat pull down
  • arnold press

15x 3

one-two set of 10-15

  • y raises
  • t-plank push ups
  • max effort plank hold

Total Body Thursday

  • thruster
  • single leg deadlift hold + row , each leg
  • lat raise
  • glute bridge hold + chest press
  • dips

12×3

HIIT Bonus:

 

Frozen Berry Yogurt Bites

Frozen Berry Yogurt Bites

Frozen Berry Yogurt Bites

This has to be the simplest summer snack I have ever made! These frozen berry yogurt bites are perfect snack for picky kids. The best part is you can mix them up by using different fruits and different flavored yogurt. Dairy issue? Use almond milk yogurt!! Id love to know what flavors and fruits you use! Comment below and let me know.

What you need :

  • fruit
  • yogurt – I used vanilla greek yogurt
  • a bowl
  • a pan
  • parchment paper

How to make:

Line a pan or plate with parchment paper . I added some yogurt to a bowl but you can use a toothpick to dip your fruit. Then I added a few pieces at a time to the yogurt bowl. Using a fork I transferred the blueberries and raspberries to the pan and stuck it in the freezer.

Freeze for about 30 minute then store in a freezer bag!

 

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30 Minute Home Workouts

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30 Minute Home Workouts

Are you ready for some new 30 Minute Home Workouts to try this week? Who has time for long workouts?? Not me! Especially in the summer. I am loving my quick but effective workouts. I started doing some tone it up workouts this week and below I have shared what ones I have been doing with my modifications.  These workouts are perfect for busy moms, first & second trimester and post baby.

30 Minute Home Workouts

Total Body Monday:

  • 15 thrusters
  • 30 figure 8 lunge pass throughs
  • 30 single arm kettlebell swings ( alternating each swing )
  • 15 single leg glute bridge – each leg
  • 15 fast step ups

x3

Upper Body Blast:

  • 15 row + kick back
  • 15 curls
  • 30 dumbbell punches
  • 15 plank jax
  • 10 burpee row

x3

Tri set: no rest:

  • 10 db flys
  • 10 db chest press
  • 10 push ups

x2

Bonus: 100 squat hops

Legs & Booty 

  • 15 curtsy pule lunge each leg
  • 20 goblet squat
  • 15 deadlift
  • 60 second band squat walk

x4

HIIT Thursday:

45:15

  • squat jack
  • high knees
  • jumping split lunge
  • burped box jump
  • mt climb

x3