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Chickpea Salad, Dance Workout and More!

I’ve been spending quite a bit more time on my .com these days so I apologize for the lack of blog posts.  Eventually, I will be referring all of my traffic from here to there, but until I have my computer wiz hubby do that for me, I’ll just manually direct you to my latest posts.

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Today I posted the recipe for one of my FAVORITE side salads:  Chickpea Salad from ‘Joy of Cooking’You absolutely need to check it out.  If you are struggling to find a healthy side salad to have for dinner, or if you just need a new recipe idea for lunch – you’re going to love it!

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If you’re looking for a fun workout, check out ‘Dance With Me’.  I have listed some of my favorite songs to ‘shake it to’ and links that take you directly to the video instructions for how to do them.  Have a little fun while burning calories!!

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Postpartum ‘Diet’

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Welcome back!

Today’s brief post about ‘a new mother’s diet’ is really just to remind you NOT TO DIET.  You need to recover and not worry about limiting your food intake right now.  Obviously, you don’t want to consume an insane amount of caffeine, sodas, sugars, and sodium, but you shouldn’t skip meals or ‘eat light’ in an effort to lose weight faster.

Get an idea from your doctor of what a healthy amount of calories a day would be for your own situation.  You may be surprised that your idea is lower than what you need at this stage.  Don’t just guess – talk to a professional.  And track it!  Not for weight loss purposes, but for your health –  you could find out you are not consuming enough, especially if breastfeeding which could result in low energy.

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Look to fuel not just to eat.  And by that I mean, choose foods that do more than just fill you up, such as veggies, fruits, grains, oatmeal, and eggs.  And LOTS AND LOTS of WATER!

Here are some ideas from my diet the first few weeks of baby’s life (the healthy things anyway):

Fresh veggies and hummus,

Yogurt and fruit,

Peanut butter, banana & honey sandwich on whole wheat bread – yum!

Oatmeal with dried fruit & nuts

Trail mix – (even made my own at one point)

Hard boiled eggs (for egg salad, to add to a salad or just plain)

Lots and lots of greens – kale, spinach, turnip greens, lettuce, etc.

I ate pita chips and crackers with cheese but I would only recommend this in small portions as the cheese can make you MORE constipated…yikes (I ate entirely way too much cheese after he was born)

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Veggie burgers with lots of spinach, cheese and tomatoes!

Salmon with asparagus and brown rice (or quinoa)

All types of wraps – so easy and so satisfying during those first few weeks

Soups and stews – lentil soup, vegetable beef stew, carrot & potato soup…etc

And of course whole wheat pasta (because it was so easy to whip up) – add mushrooms, olives, beef, you name it!

Have you been there before?  What were some ‘go to’ meals for you?  Was there one thing that you HAD to have?  For me it was bagels and cream cheese – and I’m sorry to say but I do regret that – I ate them WAY too much.

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Have you been following this weeks series for new mothers?  If not, check out my previous posts here:

The Quiet Workout

The Truth About Exercising After Having A Baby

&

How To Lose The Baby Weight

Questions?  Contact me at ModernEveryDaySuperWoman@gmail.com or comment below.

Thanks for visiting!  Have a fabulous Thursday, Ladies!

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Making The Switch: Snacks

Part 2:  Snack Switch

The snack switch is just as important as the meal switch.  I believe that it is essential to eating healthier and lighter meals during the day.  You wont over eat at lunch because you will have had a filling snack beforehand.  But the snacks need to be healthy!!  If you’ve been snacking on junk for years, this might take time to get used to much like the breakfast switch, but you can do it!!

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Your current snack style| Healthier Alternative

Salty Chips and a Soda  |  100 Calorie popcorn and tea (hopefully unsweetened)

Peanut butter or cheese crackers  |  Peanut butter and celery or apple

Poptarts  |  Granola with dried fruits and nuts

Peanut M&Ms (or other sweets)  |  Unsalted nuts and dark chocolate

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The three step process:

Okay, so a few years ago when I was eating junk all the time, my typical snacks included things like cream filled cupcakes, sodas, energy drinks, individual chip bags, cheesy popcorn and definitely lots of chocolate.  I would never have gone from those ‘delicious’ treats to raw veggies – that’s crazy!  If you CAN do that, you are way ahead of me.  I had to take the ‘gradual approach’ much like I did with breakfast.  So I’m listing ideas for a three step process to get you snacking better!

Sample Step 1 Snacks:  Special K bars (or other treat bars with 90 calories), granola bars, Pirate booty, Russell stover’s sugar free candies, peanut butter crackers, sugar free pudding and jello, pita chips, sun chips, trail mix, smoothies…

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Sample Step 2 Snacks:  celery with peanut butter, carrots and broccoli (or any veggie) with hummus, apples and cheese or peanut butter, granola, fresh or dried fruit, kale chips, dark chocolate…

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Sample Step 3 Snacks:  plain raw veggies, plain fresh fruit, cubbed hardboiled egg whites, plain yogurt, unsalted nuts, 80% (or higher) dark chocolate…

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What is YOUR favorite healthy snack?

 

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The ‘Not So Lazy’ Sunday

Sunday is a great day to ‘prep’ for the upcoming week!  So get your list together, knock out your shopping trip and get prepared to PREPARE!!

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I know it can be a real drag to stand at the sink washing and then chopping all of your fruits and veggies for the week, but it’s so worth it!  You wont have to play the guessing game before work…”Do I have time to make lunch?  What can I take?  Oh shoot, we’re out of bread?!!”  <——I have SOOO been there!

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You will love the time it saves when you open your fridge Monday morning and there’s your lunch and the money it saves when you don’t have to order out.  BUT, you will especially love the shrinking waistline after eating so well!

Food prep can be boring – I’m not gonna lie – so what I usually do is prop the computer up and listen to a book on tape or watch a video while I work, and other times I just listen to music.  Once you get the hang of it, you’ll actually enjoy it and be surprised how fast you can get it done.

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^ Fresh veggies with homemade Lime Cilantro Hummus

What was on my list to prepare for this upcoming week?

Cauliflower

Broccoli

Green Peppers

Carrots

Kale

Spinach

Celery

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Strawberries

Blueberries

Grapes

Eastern Cantaloupe

Hummus (homemade)

Chicken Salad

Eggs (Hardboiled)

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Non-prep foods:

Bananas

Apples

Peanut Butter (for PB & J, and Celery)

Whole Wheat Wraps (for my Egg Salad or Chicken salad served with spinach and mustard – yum)

Raisins

Walnuts

This is my ‘snacks and lunches’ list.  I usually don’t prep dinners on a Sunday and the earliest I’ve ever started working on dinner is maybe 8hrs beforehand to crockpot or marinate something.  If you’d like dinner ideas, please let me know!!

I can’t leave this post without mentioning my ‘power weapons’ that make slicing, dicing and chopping SOOO EASY.  My J. A. Henckels Knives!  They are a life saver!  I use them EVERY SINGLE DAY.  Ladies, if you do not have a good set of knives, you HAVE to invest in some.   This is so important!  Even just one high quality knife will save you a ton of time in the kitchen.  You definitely deserve to splurge on your kitchen tools.

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From largest to smallest:  Chef’s Knife, Serrated Utility Knife and Paring Knife

What does your prep list look like?  Please share!  I love hearing new ideas 🙂

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