Are y’all tired of my pineapple preoccupation yet?
In case you haven’t caught on to this personality trait of mine, when I get into a seasonal flavor, I usually go chips ALL in with it and become obsessed.
Case in point…Pumpkin Tuesdays of fall 2016 when I shared a new pumpkin-tastic recipe once a week from October through Thanksgiving.
Or, this spring, I was craving carrot cake HARD CORE, whipping up carrot cake granola and carrot cake overnight oats and even played around with a carrot cake smoothie.
Now that summer is here, I’m obsessed with pineapple. It’s tangy, it’s juicy, and it’s just the kind of pick-me-up I need when the temps start soaring into the triple digits. It helps me feel as if I’m hangin’ in Hawaii or Costa Rica or somewhere warm and tropical and not so oppressively hot.
Yes, our weathermen describe the heat here as “oppressive”…that’s when you know it’s bad.
He also described our weather patterns as, “the ring of fire”…
For real?!?! I’m currently living in THE RING OF FIRE?!
Thank you Lord for air conditioning, freezers, ceiling fans, and refreshing recipes like the one I’m sharing with y’all today.
So, like I discussed with y’all on Tuesday when I shared my Piña Colada bread, if you can’t beat the heat, embrace it by creating a bunch of tropical meals to distract you from how depressingly hot it is outside.
Speaking of which…these kebabs, don’t worry, CAN be made in the glorious comfort of your air conditioning…I saw you startin’ to sweat there. Don’t worry, you don’t have to brave the heat in order to enjoy these kebabs.
Let’s crank the A.C. and get to it!
How's it hangin?
In our neck of the woods, we're still getting over a summer cold. Yes, we...McNugget has decided to share his snot and boogies and other lovely forms of mucus with me, thus giving me my fair share of sniffles and drainage and sneezes. Thanks son.
Oh well. Despite all of that, he's still all smiles and giggles. No fever. Not too fussy. Sleeping like a champ. Complaints over.
Let's get to the goods, friends. I'm SO excited to share this week's Wal-Mart goodies from y'all. Summery sips, snacks, and supper ideas are comin' your way. All Paleo and budget-friendly!
And, as always, if you end up tossing any of these or past goods into your buddy this week or weekend, snag a pic and post it on Facebook or Instagram, tagging me in it! Or, if you see something you think is worthy of the HHT's approval, let me know by leaving me a comment below or shoot me an email at email@example.com .
Yesterday, I heard my local weather man utter my two least favorite words EVER: Heat Wave.
I HATE heat. I HATE sweating the second I step outside my door, be it 8:00 a.m. or 8:00 p.m.. No, I’m not exaggerating. No, I’m not being a weenie…okay, maybe I’m a bit of a weenie when it comes to the heat. It just makes me sooooo mad.
I live in the wrong state. Got it...I’ve made my bed, so I will lie in it.
With all this heat and humidity, I’m going to pretend I’m on a tropical beach in the Caribbean, sipping on a Piña Colada, engrossed in a fluffy beach read about the life of Julia Childs, loving life.
I’m kinda crushing on pineapple and coconut lately…from my pina colada protein bars to homemade coconut butter to sipping on coconut water and snacking on my Grilled Pineapple Guac, I love these two flavors in the summer!
That’s why, when I was hankering for the dynamic duo last week while at the beach, I started dreaming up this recipe…a paleo-friendly, not-too-sweet bread loaded with tender pineapple and topped with a caramely, crunchy macadamia nut streusel.
No gluten. No dairy. No refined sugar.
Just pure piña colada goodness, sans the sugar rush or hangover.
What more could you possibly want out of life?!
How ya doin?
In case you missed it, I've spent the last week on the spectacularly beautiful beaches on South Carolina with my people.
When I go on vacation, it's time to relax.
When I go on vacation when an infant, it's time to try to relax.
Let's be real. Traveling with kids of any age can be stressful. They're off their normal routines and adjusting to different time zones, being constantly stimulated by new sights, sounds, smells, and tastes (someone discovered sand this week...). Like all of us, they hit they're breaking points that often occur on family vacations in the forms of tantrums, meltdowns, nap strikes, and the like.
So, with all of that said, maintaining some form and fashion of physical activity while on vacation with a kiddo is paramount for my sanity. An extra glass of wine each night helps, too.
All of my workouts this week were done outside a gym, using just my body weight, two dumbbells, and the beachside environment I'd been enjoying.
You'll notice a lot more jogging in my workouts this week. To your surprise, I actually enjoy jogging, especially when it's cooler outside. However, I haven't been able to jog since the 7th month of my pregnancy, which was around January. Then, after having McNugget, I CERTAINLY wasn't able to jog due to, well, incontinence issues. However, the combination of the stunning scenery, ocean breeze, and lower temperatures persuaded me to give jogging a try once again.
And you know what?
No problems whatsoever.
Which reminds me of such a crucial lesson when it comes to our health journeys...we're all going to encounter setbacks- injuries, illnesses, childbirth, traveling, busy schedules. Yet we shouldn't let those paralyze our health goals. I haven't been able to jog for roughly 7 months, so I've adapted and found different ways to work on my cardiovascular endurance. Zumba and kickboxing classes are two activities I've been able to maintain in my third trimester and postpartum. In addition, I've been able to incorporate more step-ups, SMALL squat jumps, mountain climbers, and jumpless burpees into my circuits in the gym and at home.
Don't let little hiccups in life hinder you from being the healthiest, happiest versions of yourself.
Make health, specifically movement, a priority daily.
Speaking of which, here's how I kept movin' and groovin' this #mombod while on vacation this week. And, as always, if you have ANY questions, comments, or curiosities, leave me a comment or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org . I LOVE hearing from y'all, and know I'm always here to support y'all in your health journeys.
HAPPY HUMP DAY, FRIENDS!!!
How goes it? Hopefully, life is just dandy, and summer is rollin’ along swimmingly. Speaking of swimming, my little family is goin’ plenty of that here in South Carolina. From the Atlantic to the pool, we’re letting our little buddy dabble in aquatic adventures, and it’s pretty much hilarious and adorable.
While I’m not going to Wal-Mart while at the beach (YEAY PUBLIX), I did make sure to scout out a few Paleo finds for y’all before I left town to keep y’all in the healthy Wal-Mart loop.
Let’s get right to the goods today, shall we? I’ve got a household of 20+ family members ages 3 months to 90 years to savor, so I’m going to get on that.
Howdy you ray of gorgeousness, you!
How’s it hangin?
Did you have a fabulous 4th? Hopefully it was filled with fireworks and parades and red, white, and blue bliss.
That didn’t exactly happen for us…too hot to go to a parade, fireworks are too late at night, and I ended up eating leftover Greek meatballs. At least I made sure I wore my American flag tank top and dressed my son in red, white, and blue finery.
We’re successfully transported our 3.5 month-old to the sandy shores of South Carolina, where he is currently surrounded by 3 toddlers, 2 infants, and loads of aunts, uncles, grandparents, and, of course, our rock star great grandmother, Jen-Jen.
While it’s been a hectic week trying to get packed up and cleaned up before leaving town, we made it to South Carolina in one piece without any blowouts, meltdowns, or evil stares of hatred from our fellow air plane passengers.
Needless to say, I’m just now getting my workouts post to y’all, which I normally have ready and out on Saturdays…whoops.
That’s life, huh?
Sometimes, you just don’t get it all done. Or you have to cut back here or there. My house isn’t as clean as I’d like. I wasn’t able to get all my pre-vacation errands completed. I don’t have all of this week’s posts already done and scheduled to automatically roll out while I’m on vacation. Life goes on.
Sometimes, our workouts have to be like that, too. That hour-long workout in your gym you thought you were going to get in turned into an eight minute circuit in your garage while your infant naps. Life goes on.
Curious what I’ve been doin’ lately to work on my squishpack? Here are my workouts from this past week!