Waking up, tired, lacking coffee and trying to get two rambunctious kids ready in the morning – it’s easy to grab a pre-made pastry, food on the go, or worse – eat nothing. Here is an easy make ahead meal prep that will provide multiple days of healthy, delicious breakfasts!Continue reading
Cream Cheese Frosted Cinnamon Rolls
Nothing beats filling your house with the smell of fresh baked cinnamon rolls. Warm, gooey & slathered in delicious cream cheese frosting – these are well worth the time to make.Continue reading
Cheesy Jalapeño Popper Dip
In honor of today’s big Super Bowl game, more than likely we’re all huddled around our TV’s gorging on wings, chips, dips and more! Below is one of our favorite go-to dip recipes that offers the warm cheese-y, bacon-y goodness that any great dip has with a slight kick to wake your taste buds up. This is sure to be a crowd pleaser!Continue reading
Toddler Friendly Cool Whip Easter Egg Dyeing
While this post is a moot point now, it was super fun and easy so I had to share. It’s a good one to keep in your back pocket when Easter rolls around again.
Last year at Easter, Gunnar was too small to understand or participate. This year was a different ball game. We dyed eggs, did multiple eggs hunts and celebrated with family.
We dyed our Easter eggs with Cool Whip, yes you read that right. The sweet, sticky dessert topping! We all loved every delicious moment of it. Continue reading
Baked Pepperoni Chips
It’s Monday y’all – the day everyone starts their diet. If it was warm where you are this past weekend then you’re probably like us and indulged out a bit too much. It’s time to jump back on the bandwagon with a chip snack alternative. Baked Pepperoni Chips! Continue reading
Mini Breakfast Quiche: Gluten Free, Paleo & Whole30
Like everyone else we’re feeling the post-holiday spare tire, extra pounds and bloat here in the Malmy household. Leep and I had our best success in weight loss and healthier lifestyle when we were training for our Tough Mudder and doing a “30 day Paleo” challenge. [post on this coming soon] So for 2017, we’re going back to this lifestyle.
One of our favorite go-to breakfasts are these mini quiches. You make a bunch at once and freeze. Then just pop in the microwave in the morning and go! They’re totally versatile and can easily be changed to avoid repetition. Plus, they will fit in any gluten free, paleo or Whole30 lifestyle you’re doing! Continue reading
Green Smoothie: Recipe & Meal Prep
I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it a few more times…
Green smoothies are my favorite go-to breakfast!
They’re quick, easy, filling and best of all, healthy! [this smoothie is right under 300 calories] But they aren’t so quick & easy if you have to slice & dice all your fruits and such in the morning, not to mention not all of those fruits will last long enough for you to make all your smoothies [damn you perishable items]. So here is my take on how to “meal prep” your smoothies ahead of time – ensuring they’re always quick, easy and oh so tasty! Continue reading
BBG: 2 Week Recap
I’m officially into week 3 of my Bikini Body Guide 12 week program! I wanted to provide a quick update for you all on my progress and overall thoughts.
Progress 8/16: 2 Weeks in, 5 lbs down, clothes are fitting looser
I’ve found the diet fairly easy to follow. Mind you, I have modified it quiet a bit to fit my lifestyle. I feel Kayla’s original recipes are a bit too “fancy”. I don’t want to have to go spend extra money on muesli and I don’t eat fish. So with that in mind, for example – I’ve substituted rolled oats for muesli and shrimp for fish. I’ve written everything down so maybe when I have some extra time I can share my modified weekly meal plans.
As far as what they include – it’s your basic weekly meal plan when on a diet. Smoothies, fruits, nuts and veggies. I can say she does a great job of switching up the proteins and overall meal ideas. Most diets can get very dull, very quickly with salads and chicken, rice and veggies over and over again
The fitness is alternating days of LISS [low intensity steady state] cardio and then other days a 28 min circuit targeting a specific body area [legs, arms & abs, full body]. 28 minutes doesn’t sound like a long time but when you’re doing non-stop circuits, you easily work up a sweat. Each week Kayla changes up the circuits so you’re using different muscles and not the same workout. For the LISS it’s really personal preference – spin, walk, swim, run, you name it. It offers a lot of flexibility to do which workouts when you want to.
I like to go hard when I commit to something so I’ve recently added a fasted HIIT [high intensity interval training] cardio 30 min spin class early morning to ramp it up a notch. Burpees still are not my friend…
5 pounds isn’t too bad for 2 weeks. Leep says hes starting to notice a difference and my clothes are fitting a bit looser. All wins in my book! While I have slacked off a bit these past 2 days, I’ve had a tummy bug and only wanted carbs and haven’t felt up to working out, I’m excited to get back at it and see what these next two weeks hold.
New Beginnings: Bikini Body Guide
New week. New month. New beginnings.
I’ll admit, I start a lot of things [read diets] and never complete them. I do my best work staying healthy and getting in shape when I have a goal to work towards. Right before we ran the Rock’n’Roll half & Tough Mudder – I was in the best shape of my life. Time to work back to that place. I feel I’ve taken the time to enjoy Gunnar as a baby without the stresses of getting “back to pre-baby body”. Now he’s becoming more active and I can include him [and hopefully teach him in the future] in my journey to a healthier me.
As I’ve said before, I have PCOS. This brings with it: hair loss, unpredictable periods, ovarian cysts, so much more and my biggest obstacle – difficulty losing weight. I’ve seen doctors, tried prescription weight loss pills, you name it, I’ve tried it. One of the few things that works for me is going on a very strict diet and constant intense exercise. So I’m starting something new that includes a planned diet, scheduled workouts and also gives me a box to check each day. I also have all of you to hold me accountable each week.
Kayla Itsines – 12 week Beach Body Guide.
Today is Day 1, Week 1, Round 1. I’ve written out my meal plan and workout plan for the week and am ready to hit the ground running. Time to lose this baby weight, I do have a few weddings I’m sweating for now.
Follow along, I’ll provide weekly updates here and more frequent updates on my Instagram page!
Roasted Chickpeas & Edamame
We are snackers.
My husband can be found multiple times a day staring into the pantry or the fridge just “looking for something to snack on”. If there are chips, cookies or any junk food in sight it will be devoured first and in a matter of days while the carrot sticks and strawberries go bad. I learned if there aren’t unhealthy snacks at our disposal, we will eat what is there – so always keep healthy snacks on hand!
One of our go-to snacks when we’re craving something salty and crunchy is roasted chickpeas and edamame. Follow the easy, foolproof steps below and you’ll be crunching on these healthy bites in no time!
1 -2 cans chickpeas
Spices (I used salt, pepper and cayenne pepper)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees
- Drain and rinse chickpeas.
- Place on paper towel lined cookie sheet and rub to dry. During this process you are also loosening the “shells”. You can also gently pinch the chickpeas between your fingers to remove the shells. You don’t have to get everyone but I just take some time while the oven is preheating to remove as many as possible. I think this creates crunchier chickpeas.
- Remove paper towel and drizzle with olive oil – just enough to help the spices stick. Too much and the chickpeas will stay slightly soft.
- Sprinkle with spices or any flavor combination you choose. Mix until chickpeas are well coated.
- Roast in the oven for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
- Remove and enjoy or let cool completely before transferring to a storage container.
1 -2 bags frozen edamame (defrosted)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Drain defrosted edamame.
- Place on paper towel lined cookie sheet and rub to dry. Remove any extra stems or shells that may have made it into the batch.
- Remove paper towel and drizzle with olive oil and salt generously. Mix until well coated.
- Roast in the oven for 50 minutes stirring halfway through.
- Remove and enjoy or let cool completely before transferring to a storage container.
Comment below some of your favorite healthy snacks – salty and sweet!