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    4 Steps to a Healthy Start for the Mom on the Go

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    As a mother, having a set morning routine is a must for a life that may not always go as planned when you have a child. My morning routine sets me up to have enough energy to last through the day, and also keeps me on course for a healthy lifestyle.

    We all know how easy it is when we are on a rush to forget breakfast, the most important meal of the day. And when we don’t have a healthy breakfast it ultimately can lead to an unhealthy spiral. Trust me, I’ve been there, and usually it becomes more costly at the end, and for me it usually ends up spending $15 at Starbucks, on a 200 calorie coffee drink, 300 calorie breakfast sandwich, 420 calorie cheese Danish, and of course I can’t leave without a 170 calorie cake pop, totaling 1090 calories, all just for breakfast. And for someone like me that’s already two thirds of my calorie intake in a day. And trust me all those carbs and sweets will only lead to an energy crash later in the day, and not to mention a build up of fat.

    So what do I do to have a healthy start? Here are my 4 steps:

    1. Eat a well balance breakfast. If I’m in a rush I have protein cereal. It has a good breakdown of carbs, protein, and fat, and is delicious during these hot summer days. You can see more of what I eat by following my IG or Facebook page.

    2. I take my ID life personalized vitamins. I love these vitamins because they are convenient, individual packed for the person on the go, and I save so much more on quality supplements than what you would find if you bought each of your supplements individually. Why is it important to take supplements? Because the normal person does not get all of their daily nutrients through food consumption. You would literally have to eat 10,000 calories worth of healthy foods a day to get all your daily nutrients. If you would like to take a free health assessment click here.

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    3. Drink water and take it to go. It is easier to drink water when you have it with you at all times. Water keeps you hydrated and also helps keeps you feeling full. I love adding a little IDLife energy to my drink to give me  a little boost!

    4. Make a protein shake. This is the easiest thing to do and a great way to supplement your meals. All I do is mix water, ice, frozen fruit, Macrogreens, and vanilla whey protein in a blender, and take it to go with me in a tumbler. I swear on protein shakes. They are great for keeping you full, getting your protein in, and it is so refreshing in this hot Texas heat.

    It is really that simple of a morning routine. It preps me for a great day with my baby, or a long day of work. What do you do to start your day off right?

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    <3 Dawn

     

    Food

    Non fat cheesy chicken and broccoli casserole

     

     

     

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    So this week as a part of my May Resolution I challenged myself to cook something a little more difficult than my last post. I was craving a casserole so I found this healthy recipe on Yummly.  Yummly is an app you can download, and I highly recommend it to anyone. It is easy to use and has a large database of recipes. Below are the ingredients from the recipe I found. However instead of reduced fat cheese I used non fat cheese as an alternative.

    Ingredients:

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    • 13/4 cups low sodium chicken broth ? Tasty tip
    • 2 cups quick cooking brown rice 
    • 1 lb broccoli florets (chopped into bite-sized pieces
    • 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil 
    • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts (chopped into bite-sized pieces
    • 3/4 tsp kosher salt (divided
    • 3/4 tsp garlic powder (divided
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper (divided
    • 2 tbsps flour 
    • 2 cups milk (divided, I used skim
    • 3 tbsps dijon mustard 
    • 1/3 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt 
    • 11/2 cups shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese (divided, about 6 ounces)

     

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    For the directions, it was a little more complicated that I expected it to be. I never juggled having 3 different things going on when it comes to cooking. I had the chicken cooking, the rice boiling, and stirring the cheese sauce all at once while trying to entertain a 4 month old. If I were to try something out like this again I will look for less complicated directions. I know for other moms out there, or anyone like me who doesn’t have the best attention span when it comes to cooking, how difficult it can be to do all these at once. One thing I would change is to avoid sprinkling the cheese on top until its fully cooked, that way it doesn’t harden too much into a crusty like top layer like mine did.

    Directions (Well Plated): 

    1. Place rack in center of oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9-inch square, deep baking dish or a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
    2. Bring chicken broth to a boil in a large pot, then add rice. Return to boil, add broccoli to the top of the pot, then cover, reduce heat to low, and let cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit, covered, for an additional 5 minutes.
    3. Meanwhile, heat extra virgin olive oil in Dutch oven or large deep pot over medium-high heat. Add chicken, season with 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Sauté until cooked through and no longer pink in the center, about 4 to 6 minutes, then remove to a plate and set aside. Being careful not to burn yourself, wipe the pot clean with a paper towel.
    4. Reduce heat to medium. In a small bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the flour and 1/2 cup milk. Pour the mixture into the pot, then add remaining 11/2 cups milk. Cook mixture, stirring constantly until thickened, 7-10 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and whisk in Dijon, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Once combined, stir in the Greek yogurt and 1 cup of the shredded cheese until smooth.
    5. Add the rice and broccoli mixture and the reserved chicken to with cheese sauce, stirring gently to coat. Spoon the mixture the prepared dish and top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake 25 minutes until hot and bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes, then serve.

    Notes

    This dish is easily customizable to your tastes and the season. Feel free to swap the rice for prepared farro, quinoa, or another whole grain (adjust the quantity and cooking time accordingly), the chicken for white beans, or the broccoli for any sautéed vegetable of your choice.

    Let me know how yours turns out!

    <3 Dawn

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    Fitness

    30 Day Challenge – April Resolutions

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    Three months postpartum and I’m finally ready to get myself back on track. It took me a while to get my body and mind right to where I could take the time to really focus on my fitness goals.  I created this personal 90 day program  to get back to living a healthy lifestyle.  The first 30 days I will be focusing on creating healthy habits.  Here are my resolutions for the first 30 days of my 90 day challenge.

    My diet resolutions:

    This month for my diet, I will not be tracking my macros or calories. Instead I will focus on making healthy choices and creating healthy habits that will set me up for success in the future.

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     1. I will not eat fast food with the exclusion of Subway or Chic Filay and only once a week. There was a time in my pregnancy where I use to eat fast food everyday, no joke!

    2. I will only eat out when I am celebrating with family and friends, and that also means no take out or delivery. When you make eating out a special event, it won’t be part of your daily routine.

    3. I will eat protein for lunch and dinner whether its from a protein powder or an animal. Getting enough protein is very important for fat loss and muscle gain. I struggle with it because I don’t like to eat meat. I’m more of a “carbivore”.

    My workout resolution:

    1. I will exercise for 30 min at least 3 days a week. It doesn’t matter  where I work out, if I’m at the gym, at the park, or at home, as long as I work out for at least 30 minutes. Click here for the fitness apps I use for workouts on the go.

    2. When I go to the gym I will follow this 30 day total body workout from Fitness RX. Having a monthly plan when I go to the gym saves me time and also allows me to track my progress. You can print it out here.

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    3. I will attend two group fitness class a moth. I eventually want to teach my own fitness class, and there is no better way to learn than to be part of it. Also I get bored easily and I love trying new things, and group exercise classes are a great way to mix things up!

    My mind and spirit resolution:

    1. I will go to church at least once a month. Faith has always been important to me and going to church has always helped strengthen my faith. I struggled going to church when I was pregnant and recently went for the first time this year with my family. I want it to be a priority in my life and for my son as well.

    2. I will make time to go on dates with my husband on the weeks he has off. I have taken this for granted lately since I’ve had my baby. Sometimes we get so caught up in the baby and doing family things that we rarely take time to spend with just each other. I want to make sure I have a good life balance with my family, my marriage, my work, and fitness.

    3. I will not let my situation become an excuse. Its been really easy lately to blame everything on having a baby, my bad moods, my lack of time, or sleep, my unhealthy habits, ect., but I don’t want that to be the reason why I don’t get things done. I know having a child is challenging, but it’s not an excuse. Where there is a will, there is a way.

    I am really excited to get back on track and I can’t wait to see my progress in the next 30 days. It won’t be an overnight transformation but each step will help me get closer to my goal. It may take longer than 90 days for me to get to where I want to be, but its a plan to set me up for success.  And for any successful fitness transformation, it must be one built on healthy habits. I challenge you to create your own personal 30 day challenge, and challenge yourself to make daily improvements. It takes just a step at a time to eventually get where you want to be. Be patient, work hard, and never give up. What will you do to be a better you?

    Thank you for following me on my journey!

    <3 Dawn

    P.S. For more fitness tips and motivation make to sure to like my Facebook page. Thanks and have a great day!

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    Food

    Protein Cookie Banana Smoothie

    I think one of the hardest thing for me during my pregnancy is getting enough protein in. My first trimester I had an food aversion to meat and was diagnosed anemic due to my low levels of iron. I found myself lethargic and not wanting to do anything but sleep.

    It was a new experience for me and a change of lifestyle from my fitness competition pre pregnancy days. It was almost depressing not having complete control of my body or my hormones. But as I got further along my pregnancy I began to accept the changes to my body and my new sense of taste. I found ways to get my protein in, whether it was eating beef jerky or having a protein shake.

    Here is one of my favorite protein shakes. I’ve added my craving for cookies to a healthy nutritious shake. I love using Macrogreens in my shake. It’s a great way to incorporate vegetables in your diet in a tablespoon powder form.

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    This shake is simple and easy to make. All you need is the ingredients in the picture below.

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    Blender/nutribullet
    Protein
    Banana
    Cookies of your choice
    Milk
    Ice

    I love my nutribullet and for $100 is a great investment. I also prefer Casein protein at this point in my pregnancy because it’s a protein that last longer and doesn’t break down as fast giving you consistent energy through the day. The milk I use is Mootopia. I love it because it has more protein than regular milk.

    First step is fill the cup halfway with ice. Add your cookies, banana, protein, and Macrogreens.

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    Then fill the cup halfway with milk, and blend till a smoothie consistency.

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    And you’re done! It’s that easy. Let me know what ya’ll think! ?