Apr 12

My Favorite Brussels Sprouts Recipe

I love Brussels Sprouts so much. I crave them. Even my husband loves them. We have them about 2 times a week paired with some kind of protein and possibly even some rice. :)

These leafy green buds are part of the brassica family and grow on a stalk and look like #tinycabbageheads. 

I hear a lot of people say “ewww” they don’t like them. I always tell them to try this recipe and report back because it is so flavorful and super easy. You will love Brussels after you try this. And of course bacon makes everything better, right?

Brussels, Bacon, Apple and Onion
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 20 Brussel Sprouts, cut into 4's and almost shredded
  2. 1 apple, I use whatever is in the house, chopped
  3. 1 small onion, chopped
  4. 3 slices of bacon, cut into small pieces
  5. Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cut and wash your Brussels Sprouts.
  2. Chop your apple and onion also.
  3. Sauté your chopped up bacon till crispy and cooked all the way through. Leave the bacon in the pan and put everything else in the pan and sauté for 10 min, till cooked.
Adapted from A bunch of people's recipe
Adapted from A bunch of people's recipe
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Apr 09

Spring Favorites <3

Hi friends, we are finally starting to get some nice weather here in MA so that means coming out of hibernation and actually going outside to play. Woop woop.

I keep seeing everyone posting a list of their favorite things so I figured I would jump on board since I have so many favorite things in this wonderful life.

  1. KIND bars. Soooooo many good flavors to choose from.
  2. Amazon Prime – How amazing is this? I never have to go shopping again. As a new mom I love having the opportunity to order things and they are delivered 2 days later.
  3. Isagenix chocolate protein powder – The ultimate busy mom food. Keeps you full for hours, kills cravings and no cooking required. #BOOOOM.
  4. Walks/jogs outside with Adam, Maggie and Rae :) My Baby Trend Jogging stroller is pretty sweeeeeet.
  5. Smuckers organic all natural peanut butter – I have tried so many peanut butters and this is my fav!
  6. Prowler pushes at the gym – try them you will love them.
  7. TV!!!!! I freaking love TV, my favorite time of the day is watching TV with my sexy hunk husband. All my favorite shows like “Shameless” or “House of Cards” just ended so I am waiting for ‘Game of Thrones” to start this weekend.

I am pretty sure there are many more things I love, but I will save some for another post. ;)

What are some of your favorite things right now?

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Apr 01

My plan of attack for losing the baby weight

Ok friends, I am trying to lose the baby weight and it is just not melting off like I would like it to, but I have been introduced to an amazing product that I am super excited to use and share with you guys!

Here’s what happened. A friend came into my work the other day selling Isagenix protein powder products. She lost 30 lbs and looks amazing. I instantly knew I had to use this product! I have used this protein powder in the past but didn’t give it my all when trying to lose weight.

And then when I went home and went on social media I realized I have a TON of friends using the products and having such great results. I am confident this is going to get that stubborn fat on my hips moving.

My plan to start off with, is to do a shake in the morning and a bar as a snack and eat regular for the rest of the day. Stay tuned on FB for updates. :)

This is my go-to recipe for a smoothie.

  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 spoon of natural peanut butter
  • 1 scoop of chocolate or vanilla protein powder
  • Lots of ice
  • Blend on high for a minute and drink!

So this morning I had my smoothie at around 8am and I wasn’t hungry till 12 ish and I probably could have gone a little longer without eating but I started thinking of the food I packed so I went and heated it up. My issues with food are definitely mindset related. I know what to eat, when to eat and how much to eat but don’t listen to my own advice, my crazy brain takes over.

If you are interested in seeing some results for yourself too, message me on FB or email me at ericafonseca17@gmail.com.

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Mar 30

Thoughts on working out safely post-partum and having attainable/realistic goals

Happy Monday!
I can’t believe Adam will be 8 months on April 4th. Where does the time go? He is so cute trying to crawl and stand. I taught him how to wave and say hi too. I want him to stay this small, it’s such a fun age.

Today I wanna talk about safely exercising post-partum and having attainable/realistic goals. This weekend I was chatting with two different friends at two different times. One conversation was about me modifying an exercise because my form started slacking and she said well you had the baby almost 8 months ago, you shouldn’t be modifying. Her and I joke around a lot when exercising so she can say these things. But, it got me thinking if I am slacking on an exercise and my form is really failing it is definitely good to modify, rest or change-up the exercise to something a little easier for a couple of reps. After you have a baby your body is still healing for a really long time and I think it’s good to stay in tune and listen to it so you don’t hurt yourself, even if it is a year or even years after the baby is born. There shouldn’t be a time limit on how fast your body bounces back, everyone is different. :) Take things slow and controlled, focus on strength and exercises that are beneficial to healing then you can get back on the higher intensity wagon.

At 3 months postpartum I did a couple of burpees and tweaked my back, definitely not my finest moment, I think back like WTH was I doing. Of course in my mind I said I used to do burpees all the time so I should be fine, but having bad spinal alignment from breastfeeding my back was a wreak so I had to take some more time to off to heal. Anyhow, I think I am rambling but it is something to think about.

Onto my other conversation with one of my friends, she used to work out regularly but now that she has a baby she is having trouble organizing and prioritizing time to exercise. I won’t get into too much detail on her situation but we were talking and she was saying if I could only get to the gym 4 times a week that would be great. I said lets start with an attainable goal. 4 times a week to start off with after not going at all just doesn’t seem attainable. Lets start with 2 days a week and increase as you start making this a habit first. You can make sure there is one weekday that you tell your hub he has to watch the baby in the morning and also make sure there is one weekend day where you can take some time for yourself to workout. Block off these time slots. Starting off with too much will most likely end up in doing nothing at all. Another thought I had was as moms we are already stressed enough with lack of sleep and everything related to having a baby that it really is important that we find “me” time in our lives and for “me” exercise is one of those things that make me feel good so it is very important my husband understands I get gym time.

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Mar 26

What I have been up to + a workout for ya.

Hi everyone! This month has been crazy with sicknesses. Adam has been sick basically all month with a cold and cough. Doctors will not give us any meds because he is too young, so the poor guy has been roughing it. I got sick 2 times and then Scott recently just got over being sick. Give me the sunny days of summer so we can be done with all these germs!

NO I will not smile this time. :)

NO I will not smile this time. :)

Yesterday the sun came out and it was a little warmer so I went on a light jog with some friends. Adam of course fell alseep. This weekend there is a consignment sale at Itsy Bitsy in Billerica that I plan on checking out. I am going to buy a jogging stroller so our runs are smoother. I love being outside and I love working out outside, fresh air is very motivating.

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My workouts post partum have been sporatic, I go to the gym when I can. If Adam sleeps good and I can drag my butt out of bed I will go to class, but sleep has been more precious than ever so I find myself sleeping in more. :) Sundays are a guaranteed workout since I teach this wonderul group of people over at Forever Fitness.

Here is the workout we are doing this Sunday. 3 exercises per circuit, do them each 30 seconds repeat the circuit 2-3 times.

Circuit 1
Right leg rear lunge
Left leg rear lunge
Squat shoulder press
Plank toe taps

Circuit 2
Rear delt flys
Frontal skater hops (add some punches for fun)
Hip lifts

Circuit 3
Lean backs
Alternating front lunges with a bicep curl
Plank jacks

Hope you have a great weekend, enjoy!

Mar 14

{New Recipe} Mustard Chicken Thighs

WOW it has been a while since I made a post. :) It’s been a long winter hibernating. A couple of weeks ago I got super bored with all the dinners we were making so I set out to try/create a bunch of new recipes. These mustard chicken thighs are a winner! Pair them with some sautéed brussel sprouts and voila!

Here is the recipe.

  • 8 chicken thighs (skin on is optional, I kept on)
  • 1/2 cup Emeril Dijon mustard
  • A splash of  dry sherry
  • A splash of white vinegar
  • 1 tsp dry mustard powder (note that the one I got in the spice section was $2.99 and the one in the mustard section was $6.00, I went with the less expensive.)
  • Tsp of salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tsps of EVOO or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (you could sub this out and use coconut sugar or a healthier option if you like, but I didn’t)
  • 1 pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves chopped up tiny (I used the already peeled garlic from Market Basket, now that I bought this I can’t imagine having to ever peel a piece of garlic again, you with me? LOL)

With a sharp knife you will want to puncture each chicken about 2 times so the marinade gets inside it when you put it in the bag. Mix up all marinade ingredients and place everything in a ziploc bag, let it marinate for 30 minutes. Preheat oven at 400. Place chicken on a 9×13 baking pan and let cook for about 55 minutes.

Thats it. It was so yummy I forgot to take a picture. If you make these take a pic and post on my FB page! <3

Jan 31

6-month mommy must haves

OMG, I can’t even believe my little prince is going to be 6 months on February 4th. Time flies when you’re having so much fun! I would love him to stop growing, but he gets cuter and cuter with each day that passes.

He talks so much lately and he says dada. It is not intentional but he babbles it.

We have started introducing him to fruits and veggies. At his last appointment his doctor said that we should start him on some rice cereal but I didn’t like the idea of my sons first “food” other than breast milk to be something processed. So we started with avocados which are a great source of fats for little ones and also started with pureed banana, homemade applesauce and smashed sweet potato. He took a couple bites of them all then wouldn’t open his mouth for anymore so I knew he was done. ;)

Check out these cute little tupperwares and spoons my sister got me. I froze a couple of batches of sweet potatoes and applesauce so he can bring with him to daycare and his grandparents houses.

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Some other things I am loving right now are Pampers diapers! I have loved them from the start but fighting the recent poop apocalypse reenforces my love for them. No other diaper works as well so don’t waste your money trying other diapers!

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I also got a Chicco walker that has come in super handy since he loves to stand up and help out in the kitchen. And it acts like a high chair with the front toys that come off.

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photo 3Chew toys are great because he loves putting stuff in his mouth. He never took to the pacifier and why force it if he doesn’t need it. He puts a chew toy in his mouth and babbles.

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I could go on talking baby with you all day. Just a few other things I love are the Graco or Fisher place Rock and Play, and the Jumperoo! These are must haves. Click this link to see him in his Jumperoo!

 

Jan 26

Cravings and binges are NOT your fault!

Does this sound familiar at all?  You follow a diet perfectly for a few days and just can’t hold out any longer; the chips or cookies are just too tempting.  Or maybe you do really well with food choices until dinner and then you can’t stay out of the pantry for the rest of the night.  These cravings and binges are NOT your fault!

 

There are three primary reasons why your cravings are out of control and are giving you the signal to binge.

 

Improperly regulated blood sugar – If you find yourself chasing the blood sugar roller coaster during the day, it’s pretty much going to dock in Binge Town.  Even if you don’t feel shaky or lightheaded, you can be driven to a binge simply by not staying balanced during the day.

 

What to do:  Make sure you are eating at least 15-20g of protein at breakfast, lunch, and dinner and at least 4 fists full of veggies throughout the day.  Why?  Protein and veggies are dense, take longer to digest, and keep your blood sugar far more balanced.  When your body is busy digesting, it’s a lot less likely to tell you eat something else.

 

Not enough dietary fat – Fat makes your brain happy because it’s naturally satiating.  Think of how much more satisfying a meal or snack is when you include a sprinkle of cheese, a slice of bacon, or a smear of almond butter?  Yeah. THAT.  Yum.  If you have cut a lot of fat out of your daily eating, your brain is screaming to be made happy.

 

What to do:  Eat the fat.  Aim to get in 2-3 servings of dietary fat daily, such as foods like nuts, nut butters, avocado, seeds, olive oil, breakfast meats, egg yolks.  Experiment with what feels best in your body.  A whole serving at a time?  Or spread it across a time of two or eating?  The only caveat is that dietary fats are more calorically dense, so you do want to watch your serving sizes. if fat loss is your goal.

 

Not eating enough – If you are looking to lose some pounds, then you have probably changed up what you are eating.  Most people follow a calorie model, and it really bankrupts your ability to fight cravings that lead to binges.  Why?  Because the calorie model forces you to look at your allotment for the day and fit alllllll your foods into that number.  So instead of focusing on the quality of our foods, we start looking simply at the numerical value they have in terms of calories.  From 100-calorie packs to low-cal yogurt, we spend our day counting numbers instead of really seeing what’s going in our bodies.  Which do you think would hold you over for longer?  I 100-calorie pack of cookies or a small apple?  Yep.  The apple.

 

What to do – Dare to step away from counting every morsel.  Focus, instead, on getting in protein and veggies first.  They are dense in nutrients but light on calories naturally.  When you work on getting those in first, by nature, you have less room in the belly for fats and carbs.  Those aren’t ‘bad’ but should fall lower in the hierarchy of food importance if you are seeking fat loss.

 

Where to go from here:  Experiment.  As a society, we get so locked in to what we think a diet should look like to change our bodies that we assume that’s the only way it can happen.  But, in reality, that image may not work for your personal genetic makeup.  We are afraid to try something outside of the norm.

 

Aside from the physical components are the mental games we play in dealing with binges.  My biggest piece of advice?  Let yourself off the hook.  If you ate pizza last night, will you feel guilty about that situation in 6 months?  Probably not. Then why feel guilty about it now?  It’s a waste of energy.  Move on.

 

 

If you are interested in learning more on how to live a healthier & happier life around food check out my friend Julie’s program #breakthebinge, it is only open for a limited time! http://bit.ly/1L63jxa

 

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After spending 15 years in the diet-cheat-diet cycle, Julie Stubblefield was finally able to shed and keep off her extra 70 pounds.  She is on a mission to help other women understand that changing your body doesn’t have to be a hate-hate journey, while giving them a community of support and comfort.

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