Life Lessons from the Playground: Never Forget How to be a Kid

Sometimes, the best part of being an adult is experiencing what it feels like to be a kid again. When you’re a kid, a day free of worries or cares is normal. As an adult, that feeling is like a gift in a hectic, busy,world filled with to-do lists and responsibilities. Today, my boyfriend Jim and I decided we’d become kids again. Without a second thought, we went to the store, got a basketball, and went to play some hoops at the playground. file9951296299810We were kids again, making sweet shots, hitting nothing but net, sharing so much happiness, and reminiscing about our childhoods.  As we were laughing, running, jumping, just so incredibly happy to live life in the moment, nothing else in the world existed. Problems became mere illusions and obligations came second to concentrating on a shot I needed to make to prevent getting the “E” in HORSE 🙂 (Unfortunately, I lost, I’ll admit it!) file0001062269908

It was just FUN to PLAY. A midst our crazy adult world, today made me remember that we ALL need to make time feel like kids again. Jim is so good at helping me release all of my “have-to’s” and “must-do’s” and remember what really matters in life. Living a happy and healthy life means giving yourself permission to be spontaneous, let go of stress for the moment, laugh, forget your worries, and find time to be a kid again. file000586584069As a child, I was always outside playing; and with all of that exercise, no wonder I was so happy and full of life and energy. So, this week, find time to play. Leave “real-life” to be a kid again. Escape. Feel your heart and soul soar. Once you experience it and remember that feeling, you won’t forget it again.

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7 Satisfying Protein Snacks For Moms

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** Great snacks for new moms! We all know how busy you are, so these snacks will help keep you full longer and stop blood sugar spiked that, let’s face it, you don’t have time for! 🙂 **

 

The Biggest Loser~ The Secret Behind The Weekly Weigh-In

Each time I watched the Biggest Loser, I remember thinking to myself: How is it possible for someone to lose 15 pounds in one week? Well, I was recently given an article that answered my question: “They aren’t.”  Recently, one of the contestants, Andrew “Cosi” Costello came forward with some shocking truths about the secrets behind this astonishing weight-loss. He said the “weekly weigh-in” was never filmed after just one week. In reality, there was up to a 25 day gap between weigh-ins. There’s a big difference between 1 week and 3 1/2.  He said exactly what I was thinking: People get inspired to get off the couch, get moving, and eat healthy, But, in the real world, when people work all week and don’t lose that kind of weight, some people feel like they’ve failed and give up. That, right there, is the problem. This misconception isn’t just caused by The Biggest Loser, but by society as a whole. I want to change that.

The reason I’m sharing this has nothing to do with creating drama or whistle-blowing. I am sharing this because of the effect I think it has on people who are trying to lose weight and get into shape in real-life. I can sense the frustration of those watching this show, witnessing people lose 10-20 pounds, while they may have lost 1 after working out and eating healthy all week. If it was me, I’d be wondering what I was doing wrong, why I wasn’t losing weight that quickly. I’d become discouraged too. That’s when the frustration leads to setbacks and eventually, giving up. It makes me really upset because it gives the world a completely distorted perception of what is possible and not possible when trying to lose weight and become more healthy. Everyone is different and everyone will lose weight at a different pace. However, for people to think that they should be able to lose 10 pounds per week or they “aren’t doing enough” just isn’t right. So, I need you to understand the implications of this so that you aren’t so incredibly hard on yourself over something that isn’t even comparable. There’s a big difference between the progress someone is able to make in 7 days vs. 25 days. Plus, the people on the show workout for an unreasonable amount of hours per day and, as it said in the article, were also extremely dehydrated before the weigh-in.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I think this show is great because it motivates and inspires others to live a healthy and happy lifestyle. It shows people that everyone can get out there, workout, and lose weight. Just keep it realistic when comparing it to your own life. You do you! Work hard, eat healthy, love life. That’s what you need to do to change your life. The inches will come off, so please, please don’t quit. You can do this…. keep it in perspective, and don’t be defined by the scale.

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Healthy Twist French Toast

Remember those Saturday mornings when you’d wake up to cartoons and the amazing smell of French toast pouring out of the kitchen? Well, French toast is back; and it’s healthy! (Even if you’re making it for one!) Pair it with some fresh fruit or yogurt to top it off! I created this recipe because A. I needed to figure out how to make French toast for one person and B.  I LOVE breakfast, but not the unhealthy refined sugars or breaskfast meats (bacon, sausage, etc.) that are packed with saturated fat. So, in order to still eat what I love without it being a thousand calories, I make a few easy switches anyone can do. The result? Not only was the French toast healthy, but I could add a kick of protein to my breakfast by cooking the extra egg whites! Bye, bye, bacon!

 

Healthy Twist French Toast

Ingredients:

2 slices 100% whole wheat bread (lite around 40-45 calories per slice)

3 egg whites

1/4 cup Egg Beaters (original)

2 packets Stevia

Apple pie spice

Organic maple syrup (use sugar-free as long as it’s made with an all-natural sweetener such as stevia or monk fruit) or Blue Agave Nectar

 

1. Preheat flat griddle pan on stove (medium heat)

2. Crack the 3 eggs, only leaving the egg whites in a bowl. Add the 1/4 cup of Egg Beaters french toast 1

3. Mix well with fork or whisk.french toast 2

4. Take a piece of bread, lay one side on top of the eggs until coated. Flip and repeat on the other side.

5. Place the bread coated in the egg mixture on griddle pan. french toast 4

6. Repeat with other piece of bread.

7. Take one packet of Stevia, sprinkle evenly over the top of one piece of bread. Repeat with other packet/piece of bread.french toast 3french toast 5

8. Sprinkle apple pie spice evenly  onto each piece of bread. french toast 6

9. After about 2-3 minutes, flip each piece of bread over. (should be slightly browned on cooked side)

10. Continue cooking for about 3-4 more minutes then remove from griddle.

*Each person has a preference when it comes to how “done” they like the bread to be.  So, cook it how YOU like it.

11. Pour leftover eggs from the bowl onto the griddle pan (as if you were making an omelet).french toast 7

12. Once the eggs no longer appear “runny” on top, flip eggs and cook the other side (about an additional 2-3 minutes). Remove from griddle, fold in half onto plate with French toast.

13. Pour and spread maple syrup onto each piece of French toast (about the size of a nickel or quarter).

14. Add some yogurt or fruit, and ENJOY!french toast 8

This recipe is so easy, fast, and great for those cooking only for themselves. However, this can easily be turned into a breakfast for the entire family! Just double or triple the recipe. Better yet, have your kids cook their own French toast and eggs (with your help/supervision of course!). Make it a family affair. 😉

Calories per serving

(with lite bread and 2 tbsp. all natural, sugar-free syrup)~ 180 cal.

(with lite bread and 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup)~ 260 cal.

*pure maple syrup: 2 tbsp= 100 cal., 13 g sugar

Protein:  17 g