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!