Jun 29

Delicious, Healthy & Simple BBQ Ideas

Summer are here! Woooohoo. That means lots of cooking on the grill! My husband loves cooking on the grill, there’s such a variety of things you can make and it’s just an awesome time because your outside enjoying the weather, food, friends and family!

One of my favorite tips to keeping you lean is only having half a bun or using lettuce as a bun. You really don’t need a whole bun, it’s just empty carbs that you use on something else, use just half,  go bunless or use a big piece of lettuce as a makeshift bun. Some other options as buns are fried eggs, portobello mushrooms, homemade sweet potato buns! YUM. Sooo many options. :)

Protein, protein, protein

Here is a list of some of my favorite items to cook on the grill that are healthy and fatloss friendly!

  • Steak! Yes, steak it won’t kill you, choose a nice lean piece cook to desired temp and then enjoy. My favorite steak is a rib eye, even though it does have some fat on it, studies have shown that eating fat is satiating and in some people will keep them full and curb cravings.
  • Chicken breasts, drumsticks, legs, let them sit in your favorite marinade/rub overnight then cook. My husband makes his own marinades with basically whatever is in the fridge. He uses things like vinegar, siracha, soy sauce, bbq sauce, whatever is around! It always comes out tasty.
  • Beer can chicken – Use a whole chicken, place beer can in the opening of chicken, stand the chicken on the grill and let cook for time suggested on chicken. The beer will give the chicken moisture and flavor.
  • Turkey burgers or hamburgers – season with some wasabi, soy sauce and blue cheese then cook up. This recipe is amazing!
  • Fish – You can use any fish you like, put fresh lemon, salt and pepper then grill.
  • Grilled portobello mushrooms – put some EVOO, salt and pepper then grill. Put 2 slices of bacon, lettuce, and tomato in between 2 mushrooms and use the mushroom as a bun.
  • Whole grain homemade pizza, roll out your dough, grill for about 1 minute each side, then top with your favorite ingredients and then grill for a couple more minutes! This is a crowd pleasing app!!!
  • Chicken, beef, pork and veggie skewers.

 

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Side dishes and veggies!

For side dishes and veggies there are just so many things, I will just list some of my favorites and if you have one you would like me to post please comment below, I will add it to my list.

  • Grilled asparagus
  • Grilled green beans (make a pouch out of foil, put EVOO, salt and pepper then grill till done)
  • Corn on the cob
  • Grilled sweet potatoes
  • Salad with any veggies you like. There are ENDLESS possibilities here!
  • Tomato, mozzarella & basil salad, chop everything and place in bowl, drizzle with EVOO, salt and pepper.
  • Pasta salad, using either whole grain noodles or use zoodles which are homemade noodles out of zucchini.
  • Fresh fruit salad

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More tips to not gaining too much weight while BBQ’ing

  • Try to not mix your starchy carbs with alcohol. If you do eat them try to keep it to a 5 bite max.
  • When it comes to dessert take a couple bites and be done with it. You don’t want to feel terrible after you eat. All the sugar will cause blood sugar to drop then you will need a nap. :)
  • Engage in games, play cornhole, horse shoes, ladderball, swim, chase kids around the yard. MOVE!
  • Have fun, seriously if  you live in MA you know we live for summer so enjoy it and don’t stress. Stress causes you to store fat.

Happy BBQing! xoxo

 

 

Jun 17

My mini vacation & 30 week bump-date!

Hi everyone! Hope you had a great weekend! My mini vacation is over and I am so sad. We took off Friday and Monday and went up to Portland ME with some friends. It was really great to go and enjoy some fun in the sun.

On Friday it was a complete rain out so no beach that day, but we did eat a ton. We went to a restaurant called Street & Co., in downtown Portland. I got a pasta dish that came out with a whole lobster on top of it. I can’t believe I didn’t take a picture of it for you to see.

Then on Saturday the sun finally came out and we went back downtown to get our prenatal massages at Nine Stones Massage and spa. If you haven’t had one, you need to get one. It felt so good and she focused on my poor calves that keep getting charlie horse cramps. :)

On Sunday we went to the Portland Head Light, it is a famous lighthouse park/beach that everyone goes and visits. It was perfect weather with a nice breeze to keep you cool. Lots of kids running around, people BBQing and just enjoying the sun.photo 2

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Right down the street from our beach house was a bakery called Scratch, they have amazing iced coffee and the most amazing bagel I have ever eaten! If you ever get the chance to go there you wont be disappointed.

The saddest part about the vacation was leaving my dogs at home, they don’t get along with my friends dogs so my heart was broken most of the weekend leaving them with my sister in law. The first night they realized we weren’t coming home they went on a hunger strike which I have never seen before because they are usually pigs. On the ride home Monday I had butterflies in my belly, I was so excited to see my dogs. I can only imagine how I will feel when little baby Mac comes around.

To finish off a great weekend, we went swimming at my mother in laws. Check out that belly! This Wednesday marks 30 weeks. He has been punching and kicking in there like a mad man.

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Jun 04

28 week bump-date!

Hi everyone! We are at the 28 week mark and he is punching and kicking like never before! At least he is getting in his exercise. :)

Soooo many doctor apps coming up, after the app I had on Monday they are scheduling the regular belly checks every 2 weeks!

This week we had another ultrasound because the radiologist didn’t like the plane he was on before, but this one was in 3-D! So cool to see his beautiful face.

 

3-D ultrasound of Baby Mac!

3-D ultrasound of Baby Mac!

 

Then I had a glucose test to check for gestational diabetes, I had 5 minutes to drink some orange flavored drink then wait 1 hour and they take your blood sugar, I passed with a sugar level of 100. With my sweet tooth some people I know, not saying any names thought I may fail hehe. But nope, I am in the clear for the gestational diabetes.

 

Orange sugar water I had to drink for gestational diabetes test.

Orange sugar water I had to drink for gestational diabetes test.

 

Then tomorrow I have to go get some blood work done which is always horrible since I have no veins and then get a shot called Rhogam which from my understanding gives my A- blood type positive antibodies, its function is to prevent the mother’s immune system from recognizing and forming antibodies against itself??? If you’re a negative blood type, there’s a good chance that your blood is incompatible with your baby’s blood, which is could be positive. There’s no way to know what type the baby’s blood is so it’s good to just get the shot.  If someone can explain this better to me please do!

My energy has been super low and I have trouble getting up the stairs because I get so breathless. It’s crazy how this baby has made me HATE exercise and moving around. I really thought I could be one of these super pregnant people that do it all, but guess what? I am OK with just being lazy for a couple more months!

 

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Being pregnant is such a blessing and I am soooo excited to meet our little man. But just speaking from my personal experiences of being sick, these hormones don’t agree with my body. Sometimes these women that love being pregnant make me crazy!

That brings me to my poll question of the day: Would you rather be pregnant for 10 months or do 200 burpess in 10 minutes to produce a baby? Comment below.

 

 

 

May 26

Fat loss nutrition – what I have learned and want to share with you.

What the heck is fat loss nutrition? I didn’t know either until I found Metabolic Effect about 6 years ago. I would define it as a way of eating that helps you lose fat but also takes into account your individual metabolism and how it works. Everyone has a unique metabolism, there’s no one size fits all.

Growing up, everyone counted calories and fat and everyone was doing some fad diet. But nobody ever said what do you think “my” body actually needs, never mind what my friend/mother/sister/coworker needs for food.

After lots of detective work with my nutrition I found what works for my body, something I can maintain effortlessly as a lifestyle! I eat lots of protein, lots of veggies, clean carbs, fats and yes icecream here and there! But who really knows if this plan would work for my sister who is slimmer and taller? She may need more carbs to lose fat, or even more fat to lose fat. It’s very much specific to the person and you need to play around with it and the hard part is it takes time to figure this stuff out, there is no instant gratification.

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Some things that I have learned from Metabolic Effect when the goal is eating for fat loss:

  • Are your hunger, energy and cravings in check? If any of these are out of whack all the time maybe you need to eat more or less protein, carbs or fat? Some foods will cause you to crave certain foods and some may satiate you so you are full and don’t want that after dinner icecream. (this don’t apply to this prego lady, I crave and crave not matter what LOL!)

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  • Are you getting enough water? Drink up! This women I know swears she drinks enough water, she always just goes to the sink and grabs a “sip”, and wonders why she might not be losing fat?!  Water can also help with filling you up, you think your hungry but you may just be thirsty. Next time your feeling a little hungry go grab a glass of water and see if it was thirst.

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  • Are your workouts too long? Getting a hard and heavy, time efficient, fat blasting workout is the way to go! Usually they balance your metabolism so you don’t want to binge eat giant meals. Long duration cardio (anything over 40 minutes) has been shown to make some people hungrier and burn away precious muscle. But obviously this is up to you and specific to your unique metabolism, it could be the other way around for you! I still love adding in longer runs or a spin class here and there.
  • Sleep and stress: How much sleep do you get? How much stress is in your life? I used to only need about only 7-8 solid hours to function and now that I am pregnant I need 10! If I don’t get my sleep I feel stressed and I can only imagine that doesn’t help with fat burning. But there are so many other factors that give stress in our lives, I was just giving my main stressor. What is your main stressor and how do you deal with it? Yoga, relaxation, meditation and long leisure walks help with reducing it.

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  • Messing up with our diet is OK, nobody is perfect. You messed up at lunch and chose chicken Alfredo instead of a grilled chicken salad, don’t beat yourself up, just be mindful and the next meal get back on track. No biggie. Failure helps us learn from our mistakes and grow as a person.

As you can see all these things require you to act as Inspector Gadget!

Ultimately, you want to find a plan you can sustain. Along the way keep measurements of how your clothing fit and take into account how you feel.

Over the last 6 months of being pregnant I have gone from a fat loss diet to a more of my own tailored pregnant women diet. I have been eating more carbs and less protein and not working out like I used to. And I can definitely see the results or lack there of, I have lost a ton of muscle and I am very squishy. :) First things first for post baby body is to get back on track with my nutrition and exercise.

Good luck on your journey!

 

May 21

The wonderful things that happen during pregnancy.

Oh the wonders of being pregnant! Your body and hormones change in ways you never thought possible. In the past month I have experienced some life changing things. They all might sound a little annoying but at most they are comical. :)

  • Barely fit in the bathtub. It was close quarters in the bathtub the other day, very uncomfortable, I think it’s time to remodel our bathroom and put in a new tub!
  • Shaving legs is next to impossible.
  • Can barely move, instead of moving my feet in a frontal motion I move in a waddling side to side motion now. Quack quack!!!
  • If something falls on the floor, I don’t attempt to pick it up. This happens a lot at work, sorry guys!
  • Crave beer more than ever. I loved beer before I got pregnant but now everyone is drinking their home brews and summer ales. I took a couple sips the other day, don’t judge me, I am sure your momma drank while she was prego with you. But anyhow I can’t wait to have 1 single beer to myself after baby Mac gets here!
  • Nothing fits, raid hubs t-shirt drawer. My new favorite shirt is a Myrtle beach t-shirt Scott got a few years ago on a trip. I live in this shirt.
  • You realize how many people you don’t like when picking out a name. We have been having trouble picking out a name. I love one name in particular and Scott don’t really care for it, there’s always that comment well that kid did this or that name reminds me of that person.
  • I cry and freak out more than ever! Sorry is all I can say. :)
  • I know where every bathroom is all the time! I know where it it is department stores, I know where the next Dunkin’ Donuts will be off the the highway. I pee every 20 minutes. UGH.
  • The most WONDERFUL thing of all though is feeling and seeing your baby move in your belly! Sometimes I can see his hands or legs poke through my skin.

What kind of craziness have you experienced while being prego. Comment below, I would love to hear from you!

26 weeks and almost as big as the stability ball in my class! LOL. :)

26 weeks and almost as big as the stability ball in my class! LOL. :)

 

May 12

Pregnancy appointments make me craycray!

Hope everyone had a great weekend, the sun was out and it was really nice to sit in our newly fenced in yard! The pups ran free, played ball and sun bathed.

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Onto my pregnancy appointment this morning!

I am 25 weeks this Wednesday and my doc says my belly is measuring in at 27 centimeters. She said I was on the “bigger” side and should watch my calories…. otherwise after the baby comes I am going to end up with extra weight that of course I don’t want. It blows my mind that they go by a standard measuring size though, how do they know how my body is going to respond to growing a baby, maybe I am just carrying a bigger baby, or retaining fluid or growing really big boobs???? HA!

Then she told me that in 2 weeks the radiologist wants me to have an additional ultrasound, that nothing looked wrong with the baby when I took the gender reveal ultrasound about a month ago but some of the pics were fuzzy and the baby was positioned weird so just to make sure things are great have another one taken. It’s good they are taking precautions. :) I am sure he’s fine, he’s probably in there doing jumping jacks and bicep curls, don’t the doc know this…

Of course after I left the doctor I cried my eyes out for about 25 minutes, cried all the way into work then a couple of minutes at work! I am a hormonal nut!

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Pregnancy cravings this week: White vinegar! I just want to take a shot of it, or pour it all over some salad! Weird right? What did you crave while you were prego?

Have a great week! xoxo

 

 

May 08

The Best Ever Beer Can Chicken!

I love grilling season! One of my favorites is the beer can chicken, it’s so simple and delicious you must try it out! Happy grilling!

 

What you will need:

1 can of beer

1 whole chicken

2 Tbsp. EVOO

Salt and pepper

Any dry rub spices you like (optional)

 

How to:

  1. Preheat grill on medium/high heat.
  2. Take giblets out of the chicken and discard.
  3. Rub EVOO, salt, pepper and spices on chicken.
  4. Stand chicken up, open your beer, (take a couple sips, hehe) then stuff beer at the opening of the chicken, the chicken should stand like a tripod using the beer and 2 legs.
  5. Cook the chicken for 1.25 hours or until the internal temperature registers 165 degrees F in the breast area and 180 degrees F in the thigh, or until the juices runs clear.
  6. Take it off the grill, let sit 5-10 minutes then carve it up and eat!
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Side dish: Grilled asparagus

  1. Cut the ends off your asparagus, then drizzle with EVOO, salt and pepper.
  2. Make a plate using foil, place asparagus on the foil then place on grill for 20-25 minutes.

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Apr 23

22 weeks pregnant and growing like a weed!

No prego glow over here, just growing like a weed! Only a 127 more days of being pregnant! I am 22 weeks today and I can’t wait to meet him!  Why does it take so long to cook up this little munchkin???

This weekend my bestie and I went maternity clothes shopping it was very depressing (for me at least)! But I am trying not to let it ruin my summer. If you knew me before my pregnancy I was “curvy” but “muscular” at the same time, I was VERY comfortable with my body and I LOVED It. So it’s been very hard to get bigger! I am being very transparent with you all and not lying how I feel about my looks.

The top I have on in this pic is my favorite shirt so far! It’s not maternity but long enough and covers things up. It’s actually from Wal-mart for $4.88!!! Of course I got one in every single color they had. :)

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21 weeks, black is very slimming

 

This weeks cravings have been pink lemonade and pancakes! Of course pancakes, since my love for breakfast foods has not subsided AT ALL. LOL.

Last night I ate a ton of kale for the first time in 4.5 months, no it wasn’t a craving but it was for dinner and I actually enjoyed it.

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22 weeks, can you see the difference a week makes? Or is that just the pancakes?

As for exercise I have just come to terms that I will not be engaging in much for the next few months. Walking, walking and more walking is all I can do, along with some light weight lifting. Just going up a flight of stairs makes me breathless. From what I have read some women respond differently to pregnancy, some can exercise, some can’t. I am listening to my body/baby and staying low key. It’s not that I want to, I would love to be out there doing a Metabolic Effect class or taking a run but it just makes me feel yucky.

And this brings me to my last thought… Pregnancy bikinis!!! To wear one or not??? I am probably going to just rock it and let the belly get some sun! Did you wear a bikini prego or did you wear a one piece?

Do you think I should try this???

Hmmmm. Prego headstands in a bikini anyone?

Have a great week!

 

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