Once upon a time I had a food blog. I was just adventuring into the world of gluten free baking and I shared some so-so recipes with even worse pictures. I'm NOT a food blogger. Thankfully, there are TONS of amazing recipe creators and photographers who choose to share their talents with the world on their blogs - which is where I find most of our family's meal ideas! While I'm not a genius recipe creator, one of the essentials to being a fit mama is feeding her family. So - to the internet I go.
In the past few months, my husband and I have really stepped up our nutrition game which has included weekly meal planning and shopping and food prep. I'm loving less shopping trips, less thinking about dinner and spending less money on food! I like to call how we eat "Whole 30-ish". We realized how dependent we had become on carbs as the main focus of our meals and wanted to change that. Coach did a full Whole 30 last August (while I was 9 months pregnant so no....I still ate whatever I wanted haha!!). We loved the recipes we found during that time and have started a whole list of some favorite, easy, affordable meals. We aim to focus our meals on lean meats and veggies - with some potatoes and occasionally gluten free grains. I still make our favorite gluten free muffins and pancakes quite often, but our main meals look a lot different than they used to.
I love sharing great thing with others when I find them, so I thought I'd share some of our family favorite recipes! All links direct back to the original recipe post. Please note - not all of these recipes are 100% Whole 30, gluten free, diary free etc....sometimes I alter them slightly to fit our current goals. I hope they will help give you some recipe inspiration!
Sausage Pizza Egg Muffin - we LOVE these! We whip up an entire batch at the beginning of the week, and it makes breakfast on teh go so much easier! I usually get sick of eating the same thing day after day, but these really don't get old!
Bunless Paleo Chicken BLTs - I love adding avocado to these (or any version of BLT for that matter). You really don't miss the bun!!
Pineapple Beef Bowls - These make me dream of Hawaiian vacations! SO YUMMY!
Egg Roll Stir Fry - we love Chinese food at our house, but it's next to impossible for us to ever go out or order it. It's hard to find gluten free safe meals (except at PF Changs). I also LOVE the flavor of egg rolls but haven't found a good gluten free replacement for the wrapper. Well, apparently you don't need it! We have served this over rice and cauliflower rice.
Sweet and Spicy Paleo Meatballs - these are definitely a family favorite! I tone the Sriracha down a bit because Miss Mak likes them too - and we just add more spice on top if we need it!
Garlic Paprika Chicken - seriously the EASIEST and most DELICIOUS recipe you'll ever make. Each time I make it we are in awe of how good it is and how effortless it is! We like serving this with sweet potatoes.
Flourless Black Bean Brownies - because I couldn't leave out dessert! Miss Mak is in a "cupcake for everything" phase (I may or may not have influenced this). We started making these in mini muffin tins for mini cupcakes and can not get enough of them! There is a little sugar in them that I haven't tried to substitute out yet. We call them secret ingredient cupcakes because of the black beans. We also usually add 3 drops of Wild Orange essential oil for a yummy chocolate orange flavor!
How about you?
What are your favorite healthy dinner recipes? I'm always looking to add to our weekly line-up!
I'm guest posting over at Sleepy Little Loves today - all about adding essential oils into your kiddo's bedtime routine! Scoot over there and check it out!
Be sure to give Shauna some love too...if you need help with your little one's sleep habits (or lack thereof), she's your girl!
I'm so thrilled to introduce you all to Sara today! She offered to guest post for me and I'm so happy to have her! Sara is a fellow coach's wife (baseball!) and mama of a sweet little girl. She loves fitness and just so happens to be my neighbor too! I sure hit the jackpot! As you all know, I've been teaching a "Moms in Motion" class for the past 2+ years. Sara and her little one were finally able to attend a class (she kicked some butt!!) and she asked to share a review!
I'm totally blushing at her positive remarks, but I really wanted to post it so that other potential mom-movers might read it and join us! Even if you're not nearby, I really encourage you to seek out fellow fit mamas for fitness classes - or even start one of your own! It's a great way to build a healthy community and set a great example for your littles!
Moms in Motion - class review
by Sara Middleton
As a new-ish mom with an even newer found love of fitness, one of my favorite things to do with my little one is find ways to incorporate her into my workout. I wish I could say it’s been a walk in the park (get it?), but it’s tough to find the time, I’m not experienced enough to really come up with my own workouts yet, and to be frank my daughter’s not quite old enough to really care. I so desperately want her to love being active like I do…think mom-and-me downward dog in matching print yoga pants (is this anyone’s real life?). But unfortunately right now our reality is more like me trying to do push-ups while she sits on my head and eats goldfish – the life!
When I finally had the chance to try out a “Moms in Motion” class hosted by personal trainer/super mom Alyssa (see also: friend, neighbor, fellow coach’s wife), I was thrilled to give it a shot! We got to spend part of our morning outdoors with friends and I got a workout in while my daughter had fun…a win-win! I put together a brief overview so that others interested would have an idea of what to expect. We will definitely be back and I hope that you can join sometime, too!
Who: Families! Mommas, kiddos – even Dads are welcome. In shape, out of shape, wearing a baby, carrying a baby (pregnancy goals!). We had infants in carriers and strollers up to a 5 year old who did every move of the workout with us!
What: A workout class, social hour and play date all thrown into one, for only $5 – can’t beat that! We started with a warm up and moved on to some football inspired moves in honor of Superbowl weekend. We did lots of fun cardio moves, relays and some body weight work. I was huffing and puffing and definitely feeling the burn in my legs and abs, so I was happy with the exercises! There were plenty of modifications for those just getting back into it, or with a baby attached to them. The kids could join in, too, or had their pick from plenty of fun equipment like balls and hula hoops to try out.
The workout ended with everyone following along with the moves from a children’s song – skipping, dancing, freezing, etc. In typical toddler fashion my daughter wanted nothing to do with this, but it looked like a blast from afar!
When: This particular class was on a Saturday morning (working moms rejoice!) and we met from 9:30am-10:30am. Most said this worked great for them – the babies slept and the older kids played. The in-betweeners like mine, who still need that morning nap, struggled a bit but still had fun and slept great afterwards! Here you can see me hiding/planking in the back with a grumpy toddler who refused to leave the puddle she was sitting in (shout out Pamper’s Baby Dry!).
Classes are also available during the week. You can see a full schedule by joining the South Texas Moms in Motion Facebook group.
Where: We met at the tennis courts at a local city park. The joys of living in South Texas – we can enjoy the great outdoors in January! To be clear…we have to take advantage while we can before we all melt into the pavement come August. This spot was really great because it was a huge, wide open space, surrounded by a high fence to keep the little ones corralled but still have room to run around. It also gave us room for all. the. lunges. Check out the momma on the end carrying that extra 25 lb. weight!
Why: Easy! Alyssa put it best: “It's so awesome when moms come together with other moms and their kids to have fun, work hard and share our love of fitness!” Awesome and IMPORTANT! In a smaller community like ours, opportunities like this can be few and far between – I am so thankful Alyssa took the initiative to get something like this started and hope others will take advantage so we can grow a community of strong families together!
Sara, Thanks again for joining me here on the Home Field today!
You can follow Sara's adventures on Instagram @Team.Midd
It's great to see you! I'm Alyssa and I blog about all the things I've found "essential" in my life as a fit mama and football coach's wife. You'll find all kinds of fun stuff here like workouts, oily info, football stories and more!
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