Gah! Feeding my coach. It's got to be one of the hardest parts of football season for me. It wouldn't have to be all that hard, except for the fact that I really want my hubby to eat WELL during football season! I also don't want to spend a fortune on prepared foods or him going out to eat. He works long, stressful hours, spends time traveling and definitely gets worn down. If I can at least fuel him with healthy food, I feel like I'm doing my part to help the team succeed!
Now, every team/school/staff is different, but everywhere we've been so far my husband has eaten 3 meals a day at school AT LEAST 4 days a week. That means really doing something thinking and planning ahead when it comes to having food prepared and ready for him! I'll be honest - some weeks I really fail at this. He comes home at night looking for food to bring the next day and I'm like - "there's an apple...how about some cheerios?".
One of the things that I've done that really helps is make sure I plan several meals throughout the week for me and the girls and I make plenty for leftovers. That way, we can have them the following day for lunch and the coach can take them for at least one meal too. I try to do at least one meal a week in the crockpot. I've also found that pre-making 1 large egg dish for a week's worth of breakfasts has been a huge time/sanity-saver.
These egg bakes aren't the prettiest...and I'm definitely no food photographer! But they taste good!!
Another lifesaver this year has been finding a good shake mix for him to take as a snack in the afternoon. If you know my husband you know he is a coffee FANATIC and drinks it all day long. When I heard about CLICK protein mix and had the chance to try it for a review, I KNEW my husband was going to be excited about it. It's turned into one of the best things I can send with him each day! So here's the deal - they've taken a great protein powder (16 grams/serving) and added 2 shots of REAL espresso for awesome coffee flavor and a kick of caffeine! There is also a great boost of essential vitamins and minerals so it's totally suitable for a meal replacement shake too! Click comes in mocha, caramel and vanilla flavors. My coach is a total mocha fan so that was his hands down favorite. But the said they were all really good! He's been taking it to work every day and likes mixing it up with hot water for a mocha latte-type drink. We've also tried it blended with ice at home! All yummy! Coach claims that it's been keeping him full all afternoon while giving him that caffeine jolt he needs to get through practice and late night film watching! I'm just thankful that there is 1 less snack I need to pack each day!
Here are a few of our other football season stand-bys...
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It's every pregnant mama's concern isn't it? Avoiding stretch marks? Honestly, if I get a few I know I'll just deal with it - but I made it through my first pregnancy without any and I sure would love making it through 2!
I absolutely LOVE making little concoctions in my "oil lab" for everything from diaper rash to cuts and bruises - so it was only natural for me to start experimenting with some homemade belly butter when the bump started to POP! I've used a few store-bought brands and have experienced itchiness and a rash so I really wanted to make this all natural and calming for my skin!
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil (get it HERE)
1 Tbsp Olive Oil (or other liquid at room temp oil)
4 Tbsp Shea butter (get it HERE)
1.5 Tbsp Beeswax (get it HERE)
5-6 capsules of Vitamin E oil - cut open
8 drops Helichrysum essential oil* - a super powerful oil for repairing damaged skin (think stretch marks and scars!) Totally worth the money - especially because you only need a few drops!
8 drops Frankinsence essential oil* - another great oil for skin health - and it even is known to help elevate and balance mood (and we all know every pregnant gal can use a little of that!)
10 drops Lavender essential oil* - calming oil for the skin as well as your mind! Great when you use before bed!
2 drops Rose essential oil* (optional) - a really rare oil that you should totally use in this recipe if you've got it! Not only does it smell divine, but it helps promote even skin tone, reduces skin imperfections and elevates mood.
* I have found the best essential oils that my family uses and trusts every day.
They are pure, potent and guess what - they work!
If you want to find out more about how you can start using these oils too - email me here!
How to Make:
In a pyrex dish or measuring cup - add the coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter, beeswax and Vitamin E. Place the glass dish in a pot of hot water simmering on the stove (acts like a double boiler) and stir frequently until everything has melted. The beeswax will be the last to melt. Stir to blend thoroughly.
Pour your blend into a small glass container. (I use THESE.) Let cool on the counter top for a few hours. Once cooled, add your essential oils. This preserves the integrity of the oil by avoiding overheating. Stir until the oils are incorporated and the butter has a bit of whipped texture. You could probably put this in a food processor if you wanted more of a whipped consistency.
Store in a sealed glass container and use anywhere you need to moisturize and prevent stretch marks. I love slathering it all over my belly, chest and hips. Please note - this is a pretty greasy blend, so a little goes a LONG way. And you may want to wait a few minutes before putting clothes on after applying.
How about you?
Do you have any favorite natural body products?
Do you DIY your own body stuff?
Funny story...during my first half marathon ever, we had personalized race bibs. The girl who was in front of me for most of the second half of the race had hers pinned on her back and her name was Margarite. I spent those last 5+ miles thinking about nothing but margaritas. Needless to say...I had one for my celebration dinner that night, and it has become a bit of tradition since then. A sweet, salty drink after a long hard run is just perfect sometimes!
So, we know that having a marg or a beer after a race can be a fun motivator, what about having a little mock-tail BEFORE you hit the road? When I realized I could make my own pre-workout drink that tastes just like a margarita - that was a pretty awesome day. This drink is SO GOOD. It's the perfect mix of sweet and salty, not only making it super similar to my favorite drink, but also exactly what you need to fuel with for a long run.
This drink is also a great electrolyte drink when you're sick. And if you can drink a margarita mocktail when you're sick, you're pretty much guaranteed to feel better soon!
Pre-Run Margarita Mocktail
You can shake this up and pour it over some ice cubes for "on the rocks" - or throw it in the blender with some ice for a blended margarita mocktail! I've done it both ways and love them both!
How about you?
What do you crave after a long run?
Try this drink and tag me @homefieldfitness on Instagram!!
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