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I am excited to introduce to you today's guest blogger - my one and only sister. She is one of my best friends and has been such a great example to me of motherhood over the last five years (her oldest turned five this month). Today she is sharing some recipes she uses to feed herself while taking care of her little ones. My sister is HEALTHY! She runs, she bikes, she climbs and she recently took up CrossFit , needles to say her body blows my mind! Here is what she has to share with us -
I am only able to remember the weeks after my two babies were born in a blur. It all seems like one day chock full of super emotions. It was amazing and exhausting all at the same time. The second time around I managed to learn that taking care of myself was as important as taking care of the two little people depending on me night and day. To me rest, water and good food were key to my emotional and physical well being. They are also the things that help get the milk flowing. Here are a couple of good food snack ideas that are ideal for moms. These can be made ahead of time and pulled out of the fridge any time a nourishing boost is needed. These are whole food snack ideas full of complex carbs and protein. No simple carbs here.
Simple carbs which are plentiful in processed foods cause your blood sugar to spike and then crash leaving you sleepy (sleepier!). Some examples of simple carbs: bagel, sugary cereal, white bread, crackers, cookies etc. Complex carbs and protein paired together gives you longer lasting energy and helps you feel full longer because they take longer to digest. Also, they have not had their fiber stripped away aʼla simple carbs. And donʼt we love our fiber?! Some examples of complex carbs: whole grains (oats, quinoa etc.) veggies, fruit, etc.
Recipe no. 1 - Egg Cupcakes
I use whatever veggies I have on hand for these, though I always include the spinach.
Ingredients: 12-18 eggs
3-4 cups fresh spinach
1 red pepper
1 small zucchini
salt and pepper to taste
Heat oven to 375. Put washed veggies in food processor and pulse until they are chopped into small pieces. Be careful not to liquify the spinach which will turn into green froth if prcessed too long. Crack your eggs into a large bowl and whisk until mixed well, add salt and pepper, then stir the veggies into the eggs. Grease a cupcake pan well, I use coconut oil but you can use whatever you have on hand. Use a 1/4 measuring cup to scoop egg mixture into the cupcake pan. Bake for 7-10 minutes, remove from oven and place on cooling rack.I serve these with a slice of avocado on top. You can store these in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
Check out my sister and her super cute family Christmas Card!
Recipe No. 2 - Blackberry Almond Parfait
This one is so simple but delicious. This will make one serving but could easily be made bigger and split into multiple servings. The measurements are not super important but I have included them here just to make it easy.
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt (i like fage or the costco brand)
1/2 cup washed blackberries or any other fresh berry
mix and eat!
January 3, 2012
No one gets anywhere in life (you can read also business, romance, relationships, etc.) without making a plan and setting some goals. Last year (2011) my friend Katie and I made a bagua map to start our year out. You start by dividing a square into 9 parts and then according to the categories in the bagua map set goals for the new year. Last year I didn't feel like sharing my goals as a lot of them were more personal. This year I feel like being a little less cryptic and sharing a goal or two with you. Each link is the images' source followed by my goal. (Note - I didn't really follow the map very well, I set my goals first and then made a map around that). You too can make a map for your new year, or your business, or your marriage and display it prominently where it can serve as a visual reminder to you throughout the year. I chose to display mine on my desktop so I can constantly remember to stay on task and what my real priorities are.
2. Work - Continue to develop web site and share more projects on design site. This one is hard because it is so important to keep your design portfolio current but it is so hard to find the time! I have quite a few projects that I have completed but just haven't formatted for my design site.
3. Motherhood - Get baby on a sleep schedule. Before Henry came into the world I swore I wouldn't be one of those moms with a rigid schedule. I owned the book Baby Wise but didn't think twice about reading it. Now, I see how important it is for my sanity and for baby's good health that I get him on a good schedule. I have since read Baby Wise and have started Henry on a routine (I don't do the whole cry yourself to sleep thing though - that might work for some people but it hurts my ears and my heart). Anyway, so far it is working out GREAT!
4. Health - Eat better. Stop having a Chocolate Oreo shake before bed every night. Lose my baby weight and get back to where I was before I got pregnant. Work out. (I think I could make a whole map revolving around this one goal)
5. Marriage - Something about this image makes me want to run to Conor and hold him forever. I want to be more supportive. I think I'm pretty supportive but sometimes when things don't go according to "the plan" I get a little stressed out and shut down. I need to roll with the punches a bit better. Also, when Conor gets home everyday I want to stop what I am doing, look at him, say hello! and kiss him on the mouth. No more of this staring straight at the computer like a zombie and saying, "heeeyyy...."
6. Creative - Think longer and harder on my design work. Streamline designs and make them more cohesive. Don't worry if you don't know what I'm talking about here. I don't really know what I'm talking about. Basically, make my work better than it ever has been before. Don't settle for good.
7. Worry Less - worry less, worry less, worry less. I need to worry less.
8. Family - Have family night every Monday. Plan a simple activity to do with husband and baby. Turn everything and everyone else off and enjoy the two people I love the most.
9. Start Business - I am going to stay a bit vague on this one. I think I have a pretty good idea and I really want to develop it into something bigger but I'm not ready to share just yet. Hopefully someday soon!