Cheesy Tuna Spaghetti Squash Casserole

My new favorite dinner! I am a huge fan of making things that keep in the fridge well so that I can grab something healthy and delicious. If I don't have healthy options available I will make bad choices - this is a fact. I hope you all enjoy this as much as we did!

Ingredients: 

  • Two Cans of Tuna
  • 3 cups spaghetti squash, cooked (6 Greens)
  • 1 tablespoon light butter, melted (1 Healthy Fat)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder (1 Condiment)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste (2 Condiments)
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper, to taste  (1/4 Condiment)
  • 1 tbsp grated Kraft Parmesan cheese (1 Condiment)
  • 3/4 cup 2% Fage Total Greek yogurt  (1/2 Lean)
  • 3 oz. reduced fat cheddar, shredded and divided (3/4 Lean)
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil (1/2 Condiment)

Directions:

Poke holes on all sides of the spaghetti squash with a metal skewer or a fork. 

Place a paper towel in microwave and place squash on top of paper towel. Microwave in increments of 3 minutes until flesh starts to get soft. I had a medium sized squash and microwaved for about 10 minutes. Let cool. Cut squash in half, lengthwise. Scoop the seeds and the middle strands out with a spoon and discard. Next, scrape the inside of the squash with a fork all the way to the skin. You should get strands that resemble spaghetti. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine melted butter, salt, pepper, Parmesan cheese with the yogurt and 2 oz. of shredded cheddar cheese. Stir in spaghetti squash until combined. Pour spaghetti squash mixture into an 8 inch casserole dish. Top with tuna. Sprinkle the remaining ounce of cheese and dried basil over the top. Put in oven and bake for 30 minutes. The casserole is ready when the top is a light golden brown, which makes for a crunchy crust! Serve immediately.

O+O is rocking my world!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA So I am an essential oil novice. Well maybe not novice - I infuse, I know what certain oils can help certain ailments, I use them daily on myself and Chico, but I'm not blending up my own concoctions or anything. Enter O+O  into my life! Not only is the presentation adorable but these blends are great and I've come to find there is a use for them on a daily basis. The two that I have been using is the Eucalyptus Peppermint blend and the Lavender blend.

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As a long time migraine sufferer I was looking forward to trying out the Eucalyptus Peppermint blend. I am trying not to use pain medication to deal with the sometimes daily pain and found that when I rubbed it into my temples it became easier to relax and rest which if you know about these types of headaches - sometimes rest is the only thing that will help. Related to my headaches is the fact that I hold stress in my shoulders and neck. Well, this blend is also great as an anti-inflammatory! I found that rubbing this blend onto my shoulders was equally as effective as Tiger Balm, but unlike Tiger Balm I wasn't afraid to cuddle Chico afterwards!

The uses are honestly endless - from putting it onto the ends of my processed hair, rubbing it onto my nail bed when I have hangnails, a pick me up when you're having a rough day, to putting on Chico's chest when he's congested.

Super uplifting scent.

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The lavender blend is equally lovely, with plenty of uses. Lavender is pretty much my favorite "go-to" oil so I was excited to have a blend that I could try out. O+O's lavender blend consists of organic, high-quality coconut oil, organic apricot kernel oil, organic jojoba oil and the highest quality lavender oil.

I use lavender for diaper rashes (safe on cloth diapers), bedtime baby massage, bedtime mama massage (helps with insomnia!), on chapped lips and dry skin. I use it most on Chico's eczema patches and it has been amazing in healing them. His patches tend to be red but this blend soothed it overnight! Took the redness away and reduced the scaliness as well. Very impressed.

Here are a few tips when using O+O that are stated on their site: -Be careful not to mix diaper use jars with regular use jars. -Add salt or sugar to make it a scrub! -It may go on greasy, but just give it a few minutes to soak in. -This product stays solid at room temperature and will melt in warm surroundings and with your body temperature. Take care opening your jar. -A little goes a long way. 

Indeed!

I'm excited to continue my journey to learn more and more about essential oils as many moms seem to be these days. I think there's a lot to be said for handling our ailments holistically and naturally.

Purchase/Product Info:

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Fat vs Muscle

Weight and pounds looks different on everyone!! 5 lbs of Fat and 5 lbs of muscle may weigh the same but their mass is completely different! It made such a huge difference that I lost 46 lbs of fat when decided to get healthy!! My body is completely reshaped even though I had a baby only 15 mo ago I have definition that I never had even when I was dancing 5x a week and doing athletics in high school!! Ok done tripping out!! I think the gym today released way too much serotonin!!! 20140611-144938-53378445.jpg

Size Medium?! You're joking!!

20131115-134330.jpg I post this very "un-Emily" picture (I am not one to show the world my bod) for a few reasons:

1) I am wearing a pair of Medium yoga pants. Pre-pregnancy I had always been a Large. As a tall girl who was never stick skinny past the age of 14, I just figured Large was gonna be my "forever size." Guess not!

2) In my journey to lose weight and get fit I have not worked out ONCE yet I'm seeing tone and definition like I never had before (and I was a ballerina my whole life who also did sports in high school)!  Remember, this is AFTER gaining 50-ish lbs during my pregnancy!!!

Ladies I want you to know that it is possible to get your body back after pregnancy. It is also completely possible to have an even BETTER body afterward too! All of this without killing yourself at the gym - because you have time for that right moms?! Haha...keep striving for health everyone! It's SO worth it!!

xx,

Emily

Get Fit With Flores

 

What a Difference 4 Months Makes!

20131106-205150.jpgI said it before and I'll say it again - I NEVER EVER planned to show anyone but my health coach my "before" pictures. I was so ashamed of how big I was and embarrassed how my clothes fit. When I started my journey to health I was 4 months post-baby and everyone told me I should just relax and not to worry - that the weight would come off eventually. But I wasn't willing to wait for "eventually!" I was so miserable when I looked in the mirror - this wasn't the way I wanted to look. I was self-conscious in ways I had never been before. I felt like everyone was looking at my stomach - so I bought XL tops and tried to hide under flowy clothing, but in photos I just looked like I was hiding a lumpy body under a tent of fabric. And did I mention my face? Unless I was taking a "selfie" where I could make sure the camera was above my head at just the right angle, I did NOT want to be in a photo - I had a double chin that I had gained in pregnancy that didn't go away after I had my son. 20131106-205204.jpgWorst of all I was so damn tired! Constantly hungry and tired. Downing coffee all day long searching for energy in all the wrong foods. I would feel better in the moment and then come crashing down and need more caffeine and sugar all over again. Anytime I put my son down for a nap I would pass out along side of him. Between the lack of energy and not liking the way I looked I never wanted to leave the house or do anything.

Couldn't I just stay in my pajamas forever and never leave the house (Unless I was driving through Starbucks of course!)?20131106-205215.jpgBut here I am - 4 months later and I'm down nearly 40lbs! Just as exciting is the fact that I've lost over 20 inches - and girls you KNOW that's the best part! I am 5.5 inches smaller in my chest, 5 inches smaller in my waist and 6 inches smaller in my hips - I KNOW! I didn't even realize I had that much to lose! I can't remember the last time I weighed what I do now and my clothes that I was dreaming of fitting into again are now TOO BIG!! 

I post these photos (even though I still find it kind of embarrassing) for the slight chance they might touch you in some way. That they might inspire you to make a change. Maybe you feel as badly as I did when you look in the mirror and they might motivate you to finally do something about it. Perhaps you are reminded of someone else when you read my story and you could pass this blog entry along to them.

And if it does ANY of those things then it's a million times worth the embarrassment I feel when I look at my "before" picture. Because I know I will NEVER look or feel that way again. I have worked too hard and know too much to undo all the healthy habits I have created in my life now. This was a search for lifelong health - not a quick fix. My husband and I wanted to change things now so that our son will only know that his Mama and Papa as healthy parents who have energy to keep up with him. It's a really huge gift that we can give him now ya know?

If you are interested in knowing more I can help! I am so passionate about the program that we did/are doing that I became a health coach myself. I want everyone to know how easy and good it feels to take control of you life and have the body/health you have always dreamed of!

Click - Get Fit With the Flores Family to learn more!

Here's to Health!

Emily

Transformation Tuesday!

Transformation Tuesday Okay so the new thing is #transformationtuesday I guess?! Heaven forbid I miss out on the latest trend that's rocking Instagram! On the left is me at 37 weeks pregnant and probably 45-50 lb heavier. I had Chico less than a week later. On the right is me today, almost 8 months post baby. Women's bodies are amazing and capable of incredible feats! That being said- I wouldn't have ever been able to look like this without changing my health habits and diet. I never thought I could look like this again, seriously. I haven't weighed this much since college! I feel wonderful and want other mamas to feel the same. It's possible. I swear!!!

P.S. Sassy Zebra Nursing Bra from Target - gotta love Gillian O'Malley!