Insta Pot Cashew Chicken & Rice

Insta Pot Cashew Chicken & Rice

This Insta Pot Cashew Chicken & Rice meal was so EASY to make and it was a huge hit ( even Brody loved it) This will definitely be added to my list of go to meals.

Ingredients
  • 1 lb chicken breast, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 red pepper , chopped
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 2 cups brown rice, prepared
  • 1 green onion, sliced thin

Turn insta pot on and hit saute . Add oil, chicken and garlic. Brown all sides of the chicken

Next add in your water, soy sauce , vinegar , brown sugar  and peppers . Mix well. Add the lid , seal the valve and hit pressure cook/manual for 8 minutes. Once its done cooking use the quick release to release the pressure. Add your cashews .  Turn pot back on, hit  saute , cook for a few minutes to thicken sauce.

Serve with rice , top with green onions .

Second Trimester Home Workouts

Second Trimester Home Workouts

Happy Sunday & Happy Memorial Day Weekend! I hope everyone gets to enjoy the long weekend .  Here are the some of the  workouts I did this week+ a brownie recipe I tried and loved . 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 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!

 

HIIT Monday

60:10×3

  • burpee + 10 high knees
  • squat + lunge
  • jax
  • heisman
  • froggy lifts + 10 mt climbers

Legs

This week pick a weight that challenges YOU! Maybe try going up in weight a bit, even for a few sets!

  • narrow stance squat 3×8

Set timer for 30 sec with a 10-15 sec rest in-between moves. Complete all the moves , rest and repeat for a total of 6-8 rounds.

  • donkey kicks
  • sumo pulse squat
  • goodmorning
  • overhead lunges 
  • pause single leg deadlift 

Bi’s & Tri’s

  • 15 lying band curls , single arm
  • 10 hammer curls

x3

  • 15 high curls
  • 10 wide bar curls

x3

  • french press dropset ,  pick three weights , heavy , medium and light , do as many reps as you can
  • 20 band pull downs x2

 

MAX OUT:

  • dips
  • single arm db curls
  • band kickbacks

Full Body + Shoulders

  • BB Shoulder pres 3×5
  • arnold press 3×8
  • banded rear delt raise 3×12

21-15-9

Do 21 reps of each move, then move onto 15 then 9.

  • pull ups
  • DB thrusters
  • jump rope
  • in-out hops

Quick 12 min blast
100 jump rope
90 pulse squat
80 jax
70 soccer taps
60 mt climbers
50 frog hops
40 kbs or high knees
30 step ups
20 pull ups or push ups
10 burpee

I hope you  LOVE  my recipes & quick workouts . Id love to hear from you! Comment below which one you love best . Also make sure you follow me on instagram   

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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.

 

 

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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Making The Clean Swap In My Home

Making The Clean Swap In My Home

 

I have decided to swap out A LOT of things in my house for cleaner healthier options, and I’m not just talking about food! I made a post on my Facebook and instagram about how I am ready to buy safer products for my family, and my FB post exploded!!! I want to do it all, cleaning products , make ups, lotions, nail polish, baby products … you name it!

I am overwhelmed with all the info! People gave me so many different companies and products,  I wasn’t even know where to even begin.

From what I read every site told me  to stop buying any products that have artificial fragrance ( check the ingredients list & avoid  if it  says ‘fragrance’ or ‘parfum,’  that means it’s probably an artificial fragrance) We need to  look for products that are scented with essential oils ( or make my own )  or products that says something like ‘proprietary blend of essential oils’ , these are generally safe to use.

I have decided that I’m going to start with my cleaning products and then lotions . Sounds weird but let me tell you how. I am going to make my own using oils! I have wanted to get into essential oils for a while and this seems like the perfect time.

There are TONS of recipes on google about how to make your own safe cleaning products that actually work.  So that is what I am doing!

I have ordered my oils , saved a bunch of recipes and made a list of things I need. I’m starting with an all-purpose cleaner , a glass cleaner and dish soap. Then I am moving onto  hand soap and lotions for me and Brody. Since a lot of the recipes call for the same ingredients I’ll be able to make soaps, face wash and lotions for me and Brody without buying a ton of different things.

This is not  happening over night! This is going to take me some time and I’m excited to share this whole process with you all. Once I’m all set with my above activities I will move onto to make up which is going to be an investment !

If you have a favorite homemade recipe Id love to know it! Comment below, leave me links to your fav sites , tell me your favorite essential oils . I know nothing and want to learn everything!!!