Thinking Out LOUD: Day of Eats!

I know my posts have been quite inconsistent but I am still getting the hang of Miss newborn. She is 10 weeks today, where did all the time go?

I think after three months that’s when things get better and more predictible. She is almost on a proper nap shedule, which is great!

I start out my day usually between 7-8am. She wakes up for her first feeding. Now, she does still wake up between 1-2 am.

We’ve gotten use to the broken sleep so I don’t wake up too tired anymore; most days ;-).Days vary with breakfast but I’ve been doing either oatmeal with frozen strawberries or grabbing one of these granola cookies with some natural peanut butter and grapes.Mid-morning snack tends to be a banana or an apple. We still have plenty of apples left from apple picking.Lunch? Turkey sandwich with swiss on whole grain bread. Sometimes I make it a Boca vegan veggie burger if I have the extra few minutes to microwave.Another coffee is in order at some point in the day. Sometimes in, sometimes out. Iced coffee and soy please! Mid-afternoon snack is Shakeology. Current mix of frozen strawberries, vanilla Shakeo and a pinch of vanilla almond milk.Dinner depends on how baby girl is behaving. From 6-8pm seems to be her “terror hours” so I try to cook before then if I can. It varies but we do pork chops, homemade pizza, pasta, wraps or breakfast if we are just too tired! Dessert? I tried out these the other night from my mom and boy are they delicious and deadly!That’s a wrap for today! I’m linking up with Amanda today for thinking out LOUD Thursdays. Thanks for hosting!Question: What’s your current favorite snack for munchin’?

Friday Favorites #8: New Finds & Favorites!

It’s been a while since I last posted but baby girl needs her mama.

9 weeks postpartum! Here are a few of my new favorite things as of late:

Cookies for a snack? Yes please!

I don’t know what it is but I am in love with these granola cookies. Trying out blueberry instead of the cranberry.Mommy and me yoga: It was a little baby massaging for her and some post-natal yoga for mommy. Flatout Foldit’s: I like the original ones but I wanted to get my hands on the ancient grains one. So good and hearty at 10g of protein and 7g of fiber.Baby hoodies with ears (by Carter’s). 😀Whole Grain PB Crackers: Pat loves these to have as a snack and I was so happy to find whole grain ones with a little less calories and more fiber! Now I can keep some handy for a snack too. I use to be addicted to Sun Chips years go and now they are back!Protein Kind Bars: This was perfect after teaching a couple classes back to back to replenish protein, some carbs and good fats!Some Shakeology to refuel; this time I’ve been enjoying the vanilla flavor. I’m linking up for Friday Favorites with Heather. Thanks for hosting! 😀 Question: What are some of YOUR favorite things?

Have you tried Foldit’s?

Greek Yogurt & Chia Power Smoothie!

If there was a smoothie that gave me POWER post workout, I’d have to say it was this one.

Behold the Greek yogurt & chia power smoothie.

It has everything: protein, healthy fats (and a little omega 3’s), a little carbs, electrolytes.Ingredients {Serves One}

  • 1 Non-Fat Container of Plain Greek Yogurt (I used Fage 0%)
  • 1 Cup of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond/ Coconut Milk Blend
  • 2 Tbsps Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 2 oz. Coconut Water (plain or flavored)
  • 2 oz. [Regular] Water
  • 1 tsp Chia Seeds
  • 1-2 Packets of Stevia (depending on your desired sweetness)
  • Handful of Ice
  • Scoop of Glutamine (optional)
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract (optional)

Place everything into a blender and mix well.

Drink and enjoy the Greek yogurt, chia and goodness boost!

Question: What’s your favorite smoothie combos?

MIMM #35: Yoga & Coffee Break.

Hello friends.

This weekend was filled with lots of yoga reading, Starbucks, relaxing and a dinner with the in-laws. What better place to read then the marvelous Starbucks.And some marvelous sweet greens on the way out?For dinner, went to downtown Lowell.And found this restaurant called Cobblestones. I must say it was quite marvelous, skinny baked fries always get me.It reminded me of the Franklin Cafe in Gloucester. Remember that place? So that’s my weekend in a nutshell. I’m linking up with Katie for Marvelous in my Monday, thanks for hosting!For those who are interested, I have a FREE challenge group happening on Facebook July 27th called “21 Days of Fitness.” It’s going to be a fun 21 days of accountability, fitness, nutrition and more.There will be a giveaway too. If you want in on the group, email me at NutritiouslySweet@gmail.com with your Facebook name – only a few spots left!

Question: How’s your summer going? Any exciting plans for the week ahead?

Thinking Out Loud #13: Healthy Living

Since this has been my last day of work, I’ve tons of thinking.I’ve been enjoying more time with Patrick. And the Bun-Bun.Cooking more.And trying to relax.Before my friend Jen [and before pregnancy], I was at the gym bodybuilding and spinning. I was healthy but I felt that something was missing.

The Beachbody community gave me that structure and that accountability that I’ve been seeking. I am very much into social media, specifically Instagram, and there are so many people on various Beachbody programs/Shakeology that it’s motivating!I wasn’t the type to do the “workout at home” movement – only on days during bad weather. But now with a precious baby girl coming, at-home workouts are KEY to my post-baby success!

The Beachbody community helps me stay accountable just as going to the gym would. I even don’t have to worry about working out at crazy hours because I want to get to the gym.Beachbody may seem “pricey.”

I am not going to lie, that’s how I felt. But I thought about a monthly gym membership cost and the fact that I enjoy taking group exercise classes, not just teaching, not to mention the money spent on gas.

Beachbody offers variety between it’s workouts and nutrition. And they WORK! They don’t have PiYo and Insanity classes at gyms for nothing you know – it’s because the workouts, work.

When you sign up for any Beachbody program through a coach you are getting it all in a one stop shop – the workouts, support, a personal trainer and of course, a coach! Beachbody supports my lifestyle – I can still teach classes plus do effective workouts at home.

So much has been on my mind between embarking on this new coaching journey, waiting for baby Samantha and restarting work in the Fall. If you have any questions on Beachbody, Shakeology or coaching, please feel free to email me {NutritiouslySweet@gmail.com}. Did you enter my giveaway?

I am linking up with Amanda for thinking out LOUD Thursdays. What’s on your mind?

S’mores Brownies {Recipe}

Love s’mores?

How about brownies?

Why not combine BOTH and turn it into a “better for you” treat? Today I have for you a flourless and gluten-free White Chocolate S’mores Brownie recipe that uses my flourless protein brownie doughnut recipe. Enjoy!White Chocolate S’mores Brownies (makes 4-6 servings)

  • 1/2 Cup of Chopped Up Dark Chocolate (I use 60% or higher)
  • 1-2 Tbsps White Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Tbsp of Creamy Peanut Butter (or your choice)
  • 1 Tbsp of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (or your choice)
  • 1 tsp of Pure Maple Syrup (or Agave, Honey)
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2-3 Packets of Stevia
  • 2 tsps of Ground Flax Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Vanilla Protein
  • 2 Large Egg
  • Dash of Sea Salt
  • [Optional] Add In’s: 1 Tbsp Dark Chocolate Chips, 1/4 Cup of Marshmallow Pieces
  • Toppings: 1 Tbsp of White Chocolate Chips & 1/4 Cup of Marshmallow Pieces
  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Take the first three ingredients and melt in the microwave for 30-45 seconds (depending on your microwave). Once chocolate is melted, add in the remaining ingredients except for the egg and sea salt.
  2. Once everything is well mixed, place the brownie batter to the side and whisk the egg with sea salt. Then mix into batter and mix well.
  3. Now you can finally add the batter into a small square pan (I used an 8×4 inch loaf pan or try a cupcake pan). Top batter with marshmallow before placing into the oven.
  4. Place brownies into oven for about 10mins (again, depending on your oven). I usually like to check at the 8 minute mark just to be on the safe side. You want the center to be slightly firm but not over (or under) cooked.
  5. Remove brownies from the oven and let them cool for about 15mins, then eat up!

Question: How do you do s’mores?

I once had a s’mores ice cream and I must say, was pretty delicious!