Friends, I have a secret to share with y’all, one that I’m a little hesitant to do, yet we’re in a circle of trust, right? Well, here goes…
Tomorrow is my birthday.
There, I said it.
Birthdays are a tricky business for me. I don’t mind the fact that I’m a year older, that’s not the problem here. It’s all the attention: the full-volume singing, the awkward stare down as I’m forced to open gifts in front of others, the forced sense of importance and high expectations forced upon the day. It's like New Year's Eve, but I am the reason for the hoopla...yikes.
Over the past few years, I realize I do want my birthday acknowledged. Ignoring it entirely would be a tad hurtful. But I hate having a big to-do made on my behalf.
When I got to thinking about making myself some type of paleo-friendly birthday treat, like a gluten-free carrot cake or flourless chocolate tart, I realized I would be the one who would have to 86% of it…not really helpful when you’re working on toning up the mom bod.
That’s when it struck me- what if I could make a cake-flavored treat that was bite-sized, nutrient-loaded, and didn’t have to be consumed in one sitting?
Yup, that's how today's recipe came about...I whipped up my own birthday cake protein bites.
All the magical excitement and sprinkles and buttery vanilla goodness of birthday cake sans the awkward singing and staring that often accompany the confection.
Birthday cake protein bites…happy birthday to me, indeed.
Well howdy there you ray of sunshine, you!
Y’all know every now and then, I’ve gotta spice things up and share with y’all some grocery finds from places other than Wal-Mart.
Well….1) I know y’all don’t all grocery shop at Wal-Mart (lookin' at you, mom) and 2) I want to emphasize to y’all that fun, paleo-friendly groceries can be found at nearly any grocery store these days if you look for them.
So, I’m sharing with y’all today some of the magical, mystical foodies I found at the Narnia of grocery stores: Aldi.
If you have an Aldi in your area and have never set foot in it, hopefully some of these affordable paleo foods can persuade you to check it out.
So grab a snackeroo and let’s get goin, friends, cause I have LOTS to share!
Good morning, y’all! How’s it hangin?
For me, life is grand. My sweetness just turned 2 months old, and, as if it were some magical 2 month old rule, he started sleeping through the night…I’m talkin’ he goes to bed like me at 10 p.m. and sleeps 8 ½ hours like me.
What a gift!
Now, just because my little nugget is sleeping more at night does not mean I have all the more freedom and time and ease throughout the day.
His naps are still rather unpredictable at best, so throughout the day it’s a total crapshoot as to how much free time mommy gets.
As a result, I still don’t have the time like I did pre-McNugget to dilly dally in the kitchen. When it’s time to meal prep and cook, I need things that are pretty simple and quick.
That’s why I’m SOOOOO excited to share this new recipe with y’all today.
1) so simple- 4 ingredients people
2) so quick- 120 seconds quick…you’ll spend more time at the average stoplight cruisin' through town
3) so nutritious- heart-healthy fats, fiber, potassium, and oh so much more
4) so addictively delicious- you’ve been warned
You all know peanut butter.
You’ve probably met hazelnut butter (cough cough, Nutella).
You’re familiar with almond butter.
You may have even acquainted yourself with cashew and sunflower seed butter.
But today, I introduce you to the latest and greatest addition to the nut butter world (yes, coconut can technically be qualified as a nut…and a seed…and a fruit…it’s multitalented, y’all): COCONUT BUTTER!
Hold onto your knickers, gang. This is going to ROCK YOUR WORLD!
Well heeeeeey there!
I hope you’ve had a smashing week and your weekend is off to a rip-roarin’ start! And to all you graduates out there- high school, college, PT SCHOOL (wink wink, JuJu)- I hope you are proud of what you have accomplished, because it is no simple feat. Here’s to the next chapter of life, and my prayers are with y’all wherever you are off to next in your life!
Speaking of next chapters, some how, my little man is officially 2 months old; therefore I have been a parent for 2 months now. What the what?! I’m going to blink and he’s going to be out of diapers and asking me for a ride to the movies, though I’m hoping there are several years in between those two conversations…
Anyways, this week little munchkin and I have been hitting up the gym, working on strengthening this mom bod as he puts on the pounds; y’all, we’re talkin’ half a pound a week! Chunky monkey, indeed.
With my little bit being not so little these days, I’m being extra intentional about incorporating strength training with more upper body, back, and core strength, knowing lifting and carrying and rocking and all those mom moves can take a toll on my back, shoulders, and neck real fast.
Here’s what we’ve been up to this week! Feel free to try these out for yourself! Rock on, y’all!
You should eat high carb, low fat, medium protein.
You should eat high protein, low carb, low fat.
You should eat high fat, low carb, medium protein.
You should eat medium carb, medium fat, medium protein.
Friends, when it comes to macronutrients and what balance you should or shouldn’t be eating, it can get downright confusing what the heck to be putting on your plate, not to mention how much to put on it and when to eat it.
The weighing, the measuring, the issue of timing…
Should I eat fiber before my workout?
Should I eat saturated fat with protein?
Do I have to eat first thing in the morning?
Can I eat carbs before bed?
Can I eat sugar it is from fruit and honey?
Should I drink coffee after 11 a.m.?
These questions are just the tip of the iceberg lettuce.
All that nutrition noise out there kinda makes me want to pull an ostrich, stoving my head in the sand and hoping there’s a cheeseburger buried under there.
With that said, I had one of Y’ALL ask me what the heck is the deal with these macros shmacro things (kisses to you, Amanda) and whether they’re something worthy of spending time trying to count.
You know what, my friend, your wish is my command. You ask, I answer…that’s kinda the point of this whole blog dealio…I share my insight and experience about healthy living with y’all with the hope that a nugget or two of it can be beneficial to your life and your health journey.
Moral of this story: If there’s a health/nutrition/fitness/pregnancy/mommy topic you’re confused or curious about, email me at email@example.com or message me on Facebook or Instagram.
For today, mis amigos, we’re going to briefly explore 1- what macros are, 2- why they’re important for our bodies, and 3- why counting them can be illuminating for some and devastating for others.
Before we get down and dirty, I want to emphasize to y’all loud and clear that I am not a nutritionist or health practitioner, nor am I claiming to be one. I don’t know what’s best for you and your life, your body, your conditions both past and current.
I’m just sharing my knowledge and experience with y’all in hopes of demystifying a potentially befuddling topic.
At the end of the day, I want you to do you. I respect the choices you make for your health and your life and your family, and I do not judge you for them. I’m just here to help and share and, maybe just maybe, inspire you. I know how much my healthy lifestyle improves my relationship with my Savior, my family, my peers, and myself, and I want that same joy and satisfaction for you.
Ladies and gents, grab a mug of coffee or bone broth or Chardonnay (no judgment, remember?) or whatever it is you like to sip on whilst reading my nutrition ramblings. Class is now in session.
We’re back, y’all! After months of easing off the blog, I’m back ready to bring y’all TONS of new recipes, workouts, pregnancy and new mom hacks/advice/insight, and, of course, motivation to help keep you focused on priorities in life and reminders of the joys God places around us daily.
With that said, little man and I have had a BIG week; at nearly 8 weeks, it was time that I introduced him to the wonderful, wild, whimsical world of Wal-Mart. Of course, we had to go at a quieter, calmer time in the week when I knew germy kiddos wouldn’t be around. I kept him in his soft carrier so people couldn’t easily touch him. But all in all, it was a smashing success!
See some of the goodies we found this week! And, as always, if you hit up the Wal-Mart this week or weekend and throw some of these OR SOMETHING NEW into your cart, snap a pic and tag me in it on Facebook or Instagram. I love it when y’all do that! Totally floats my boat!