New Adventures

Hello!

It’s been a while…new motherhood sure does take up the majority of my time, and I’m loving every minute of it. As a stay at home mom, I have been racking my brain on a small home business I can create.

I’m nursing my son and once he starting sleeping through the night I noticed my milk supply drop substantially. I ran out and purchased some lactation tea, to only be super disappointed with the taste. I just couldn’t bring myself to drink it. I did some research and decided to create my own blend. I knew I wanted something organic, delicious, and that would REALLY work. After much trial and error, I finally perfected the perfect cup of tea. I called it “Make Milk“. I was so excited about it, I shared the news with a close friend (who is also nursing). She urged me to start selling it.

I started brainstorming and realized I could create other blends that would meet the needs of many women. My husband came up with the name Tea Solutions & we ran with it. I have 5 blends now, and I am adding a new one this week (Get Sleepy). Business is surprisingly going well and I couldn’t be more excited about it.

Here are all the blends I offer: www.etsy.com/shop/teasolutions

 

Get Sassy (metabolism boost tea), Be Gone Milk (milk reduction tea), Create Life (fertility tea), Get Glowing (pregnancy tea), & Make Milk (lactation tea).

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UPDATE ON LOOSING THE BABY WEIGHT:
I’m 7 pounds shy of my pre-pregnancy weight. The hardest 7 pounds I have ever had to loose! I read that is mainly because its “hormonal fat”, but I believe it’s because I’m not making it to the gym as often. Now that my son is old enough to put in the gym child care, I plan to make it there 3-4 times a week. I’ll keep ya posted!
My adorable little man!
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DILL-icious Baked Chicken

Fresh dill is an herb I haven’t cooked with yet, so I decided to give it a go! I absolutely loved it. The flavor is so versatile and delicious. I can’t wait to start cooking with it more. This chicken dish is super easy to whip up and is healthy! *I paired it with fresh green beans and roasted smashed potatoes.
Enjoy! 😃

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Ingredients:
•2 chicken breasts (bone in and with skin)
•4-5 full sprigs of fresh dill, chopped
•2 cups low sodium chicken stock
•1/2 cup green onions, chopped
•2 tbsp organic Dijon mustard
•organic garlic powder, season to taste
•cayenne pepper, season to taste
•black pepper, season to taste
•juice of 1 lemon

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Method:
Preheat oven to 375. Pour chicken stock in a baking dish. Place chicken in dish and coat with Dijon mustard. Season chicken with garlic, cayenne, and black pepper. Place dill sprigs on and around chicken. Sprinkle chicken with green onions and fresh lemon juice.

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Bake For 1 hour and 15 minutes. Serve immediately.

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Time to loose the baby weight

Hello!
Most of you know by now, that I am a new mommy of thee sweetest little man. I wanted to share my experience of pregnancy and how I plan to loose the baby weight and get super healthy!
As you can notice, I really fell off the band wagon when it comes to blogging. I found out I was pregnant early August of last year. So much changed. I had a very difficult first trimester with eating healthy. I was so sick I would eat ANYTHING that didn’t come back up immediately. Unfortunately, a lot of that was fast food. I felt so different, and uninspired to cook healthy meals and workout. Not to mention, the pure exhaustion of working full time, while being sick and pregnant. Needless to say…my clean eating and hitting the gym went out the window.

By my second trimester, I was starting to feel better and better. I started eating a little healthier. I did keep conscious of my portion control, regardless if I was eating clean or not. (you only need an extra 300 calories a day while pregnant).

Once I was in my third trimester I started cooking a lot more and really feeling like my old self! I did end up gaining 30 pounds and had a C-section at 41 weeks.

Life has truly been a blessing and I couldn’t be happier as a new mom! My son is now 9 weeks old and he is the best gift I could have ever received. Now that I’m past the first two sleepless months, I’m ready to loose the weight and really clean up my diet. My plan of action is: go to gym 3 days a week, eat clean, and walk around the neighborhood with my son everyday. I’m also going to start posting more recipes, workouts, and my journey to loosing the baby weight. So stay tuned!

Here below are some pictures taken all thought my pregnancy! (the professional maternity photos were taken by the talented Courtney Dellafiora) Ooo…and check out my super cute hubby 😜

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Here I am now! At 9 weeks postpartum. As you can see I still have a little tummy. I have about 12 pounds to loose to be back to pre-baby weight.

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And here is my sweet little man!

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Sriracha Turkey Salad

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What’s for lunch? Try these delicious Sriracha Turkey Salad Lettuce Wraps. I’m 8 weeks post baby, and I am on a mission to get my body back! I wanted something I can whip up fast during the week. You can make a big batch of this turkey salad, for a quick go-to-meal or snack. Perfect for eating healthy with a newborn at home.

*I made my own mayo to keep this recipe clean. You can get that recipe here.

Enjoy! 😃

Ingredients:
•3-4 turkey breast cutlets, boiled and shredded.
•Homemade Paleo Mayo {about 3-4 tsps}
•Organic Dijon Mustard {2 tsps}
• Sriracha Sauce {as much as you like}
•3 stalks celery, chopped
•Black Pepper, season to taste

Method:
Place shredded turkey breasts in a large bowl. Combine mayo, mustard, sriracha sauce, celery, and black pepper. Mix well. Serve over chilled romaine hearts.

THE SKINNY ON A FLAT STOMACH

Have you been working hard in the gym, doing a hundred crunches to get the desired “flat tummy”, with little or no results? Still have that lower pouch or love handles? Well I have some tips that just may help! Achieving a flat stomach is one of the hardest things to accomplish and takes a ton of hard work. But if you follow this guidelines, you’ll be on your way to a flatter stomach! The key is to combine all the guidelines and stay consistent. You didn’t get that little pouch over night, so it won’t go away over night. If you stay dedicated you can achieve a flat tummy.

  • Eat Clean….very important to your waistline. Check out these guidelines to eating clean here
  • Drink Up! {Water that is}.  Water can increase your body’s metabolism and prevent water retention. Avoid alcoholic drinks. Going to a social event? Always choose a glass of red wine over beer or liquor
  • Work your abs, but not daily. It is recommended to work your abs three times a week to see maximum results. You’ll see benefits quicker if you give your muscles a day to fully recover between workouts. When you stress your muscles during a workout, you are breaking down the tissues, and they need a day’s rest to rebuild and get stronger. See my full fab abs workout below.
  • Cardio Intervals. Interval workouts involve alternating higher intensity exercise with low intensity recovery periods. Doing 20 minutes of hard pounding cardio intervals three times a week, burned more abdominal fat than spending twice as long doing slow-paced cardio, according to Australian researchers. 

I can’t wait to get back in the gym full-time and get my flat tummy back! My husband and I are expecting our first child at the end of March. I know with dedication and hard work I’ll be feeling back to fit in no time.

Check out these super foods for flat abs by SELF Magazine here

Here is an example of a fab abs workout routine:

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Skinny Italian Chicken

This week I pondered in the grocery store; 7 months pregnant, feeling a little uninspired, and craving something Italian. After a few moments of collecting my thoughts, I decided to come up with an Italian inspired chicken dish. I was pleased with how it came out! This yummy dish cured my craving, without adding unnecessary calories to my inevitable expanding waistline! Hope you enjoy! :)

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Ingredients:

  • 1 jar marina sauce (Make sure to check your labels!!) The Monte Bene brand I used for this recipe was the obvious healthier choice.

 

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  • 1 can artichoke hearts, quartered and drained
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 large red potatoes, cubed
  • 1/3 cup fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 lb skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • fat-free shredded mozzarella cheese
  • organic garlic powder, season to taste
  • cayenne pepper, season to taste
  • black pepper,season to taste
  • dried Italian herbs, season to taste

Method:

Preheat oven to 375. Heat oil over medium in a saute pan. Season chicken with garlic powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and dried herbs. Place chicken in the pan and brown on both sides. About 3-5 minutes per side. Take chicken out of pan and set aside. Place artichokes, potatoes, and sun-dried tomatoes in a baking dish. Pour half the jar of marina sauce over the vegetables. Place browned chicken over vegetables and pour remaining sauce over chicken. Place in oven for 1 hour 10 minutes. The last 10 minutes sprinkle chicken with mozzarella cheese. (Keep an eye on the cheese to make sure it doesn’t burn). When chicken is finished, sprinkle with parsley and serve! *I served this dish with sauteed fresh green beans.

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EAT CLEAN LOOK LEAN

Wondered how you can reach your fitness goals without a crazy diet, diet pills, or surgery? The answer is simple. Eat Clean and Exercise. So much of it is what you are feeding your body. So what is clean eating, you ask? Here I’m going to break it down for you and also list some wonderful Eat Clean Cookbooks you can pick up!

Clean Eating is NOT a diet but a lifestyle. The heart of clean eating is consuming foods in its most natural state, or as close as possible. Here are the guidelines for you to eat clean and achieve the fitness goals you have always dreamed of.

  • Eat 3 meals and 2 small snacks throughout the day. Include a lean protein, fresh fruit and vegetables, and a complex carbohydrate with each meal. You will feel way more energized!
  • Choose Water and a lot of it! Don’t drink your calories! You can also enjoy Fresh Brewed Teas instead of sodas, juices, etc.
  • Avoid processed and refined foods- stay away from sugar, white flour, breads and pastas that are not whole grain.
  • Eat lots of fresh, natural vegetables-say goodbye to your canned corn and green beans, beans, etc. Fresh is always much healthier and taste better too!
  • Choose lean proteins- eat meats/fish that are lean and are in their natural form and not pre-packaged. Use the butcher!
  • Read labels- you would be amazed by the chemicals that are in salad dressing, breads, canned goods, condiments, etc. Compare your labels and! Clean items will also contain less than 4 ingredients. Buy lower sodium products also.
  • Choose your fats wisely- stay away from anything high in saturated and trans fats, anything fried or anything high in sugar.
  • Choose Organic- buy organic meats, eggs, and dairy, vegetables, and fruits when your budget allows.
  • Stay within your recommended portion size-very important!
  • Prep all your foods ahead of time- this will save time and keep you from making poor food decisions. Also, packing a lunch will not only save you from loaded calories, but is good for the wallet too. Keep clean snacks with you!

Feeling overwhelmed? I did too when I started eating clean. But I learned if I took it one step at a time until it became routine and my taste buds changed for the healthier foods, it became much easier and part of my lifestyle. Pick up one of these cookbooks and never cook the same again!

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1. The Everything Eating Clean Cookbook, you can purchase here

2. Clean Food, you can purchase here

3. The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook, you can purchase  here

4. The Eat-Clean Diet Vegetarian Cookbook, you can purchase here

*You can also subscribe to Clean Eating Magazine!

POP OF NEON… MATERNITY STYLE

Are you expecting? With so much changing with your body inside and out, it’s important to feel confident in your gym attire. I put together a style board for all you expecting mamma’s out there! I am 18 weeks pregnant, and had a hard time finding stylish, yet comfortable gym or yoga attire. After some searching and searching, I have found these great separates. The key is to find some great essentials and switch it up with pops of neon and other fun colors.
 
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HERB POT ROAST

Pot Roast is a classic in so many homes. It’s delicious, easy to make, and perfect for fall & winter. I decided to use fresh herbs and make it healthier. I love how it turned out! You can make this in a dutch oven over the stove for 5 hours or in your crock pot. It makes quite a few servings, so would be perfect to make a head of time for a busy week. One of my favorite meals!

Hope You Enjoy! :)

Ingredients:

  • 1 3-4 lb Beef Chuck Roast, trimmed of most fat
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 8-10 whole carrots, trimmed
  • fresh green beans
  • 4 large potatoes, cubed
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh parsley
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 6 sprigs fresh oregano
  • 1 packet pot roast seasoning
  • 5 cups low sodium beef stock
  • 1 garlic glove, minced
  • garlic powder, season to taste
  • dried Italian herbs, season to taste
  • cayenne pepper, season to taste

Method:

Heat olive oil in a dutch oven, over medium heat. Season beef  with garlic powder, dried herbs, and cayenne pepper. Place roast in dutch oven with hot oil and brown all sides. Remove roast and saute onion, until tender. Add beef broth and packet of pot roast seasoning. Mix well and add all vegetables. Add parsley, 3 sprigs of rosemary, 5 sprigs of oregano, and minced garlic. Generously season mixed herbs and vegetables with garlic powder, dried Italian herbs, and cayenne pepper. Place beef into dutch oven, top beef with 1 sprig of rosemary and oregano. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours. Serve over steamed brown rice.

*Don’t have a dutch oven? Cook in a crock-pot on low for 7-8 hours.

Skinny Mini Blueberry Cobblers

Cobbler is one of my favorite sweet treats. It makes me feel so warm and fuzzy inside! We all know that these desserts you find around the holidays, aren’t so forgiving on our waist. I played around a bit with some ideas and perfected my recipe. You wouldn’t even realize it’s much healthier! You can substitute any fresh fruit you like. I switch it up sometimes using fresh apricots…yum!

Hope you enjoy! :)

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup old fashion oats
  • 1/2 box vanilla cake mix (you can find gluten-free)
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1/3 cup Stevia, Splenda, or Truvia
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 stick melted butter

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place blueberries in a medium bowl, toss with corn starch, sugar substitute, and water until well coated. Divide fruit into 4-6 ramekins. In a separate bowl, combine oats and dry cake mix. Spread dry mixture evenly over fruit. Drizzle melted butter over cake mix. Bake for 35 minutes or until top is golden. Slightly cool before serving.