Banana Mint "Ice Cream" with Chocolate Chips

This recipe is all over Pinterest so I lay no claim to it - but it was too delicious not to share with you guys. Great for adults and kids too!

Ingredients:
2 frozen bananas
1/2 cup of fresh mint
1-2 tablespoons of semi-sweet chocolate chips (to your liking)


Directions:
Freeze bananas then cut them into pieces before you toss them into a food processor. Pulse 10-15x then toss in the mint and chips and mix!

That's it! Enjoy the heck out of it. Chico didn't feel like any when I made it so I ate it myself...ya snooze you loose buddy!

Healthy Eating - Disney Style!

Bengal-Barbecue-Disneyland-0546 As you may or may not know - I am at Disneyland about once per week just tooling around with Chico and friends. Although I love churros, ice cream, corn dogs and everything else Disneyland has to offer - I can't eat like that all the time. I usually bring some of my own healthy snacks, but I like to enjoy what Disneyland has to offer too! I compiled a list of healthy food options for any time you hit up Disneyland! Don't be afraid to ask a cast member to hold the sauce or put the dressing on the side! It's your health - grab it by the "you know what!!"

Check out my Healthy Disney options! What do you enjoy when you go to Disney!?

DISNEYLAND

  • Bengal BBQ: Skewers! Chicken in a Polynesian sauce, hot & spicy beef, beef with sweet sauce, bacon wrapped in asparagus, and a vegetable skewer.
  • Big Thunder Ranch BBQ: BBQ Chicken and Ribs
  • Habour Galley: Grilled salmon salad, steak salad
  • Hungry Bear Restaurant: Big Al’s chicken salad
  • Village Haus Restaurant: Classic Angus 1/3 lb. Cheeseburger, Apple & Cheddar Salad

CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE

  • Taste Pilot’s Grill: Grilled chicken sandwich with a house-made chipotle aioli and jack cheese; Spring salad mix (with baby spinach, etc.) with fresh grilled chicken, feta cheese, diced tomatoes.
  • Lucky Fortune Cookery: Asian Rice Bowls (ask for no rice and extra seared Asian vegetables). Choose from chicken, beef, or tofu. Sides of edamame.
  • Paradise Garden Grill: Mediterranean Skewers - Choose from Lemon-Oregano Chicken, Grilled Steak, Spiced Ground Beef, or Vegetable and Tofu. Skewers also include the choice of one of the following sauces: Tzatziki, Chimichurri, Moroccan Chili, or Tandoori-Spiced Yogurt. A Greek Salad is also available.

Disneyland-Food-And-Wine-Festival

 

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!

Getting "It" Back After Baby!

Before & After Front Let me just preface this post by saying that I NEVER (like EVER) planned on showing these pictures to ANYONE besides my husband and my health coach when I first started this journey to health. I was incredibly ashamed of how I looked postpartum and what seemed like my inability to shed my baby weight.

But here I am - about three months since I started the program and I am proud to share my results with you.

Why? Because I hope to inspire other people - especially moms - to have the body and lifestyle that they really want. Sure - you need to be happy with yourself on the inside first, but the way I looked on the outside was beginning to make me feel pretty crappy on the inside and I knew something had to change. Too many times as mothers we are given the message that it is selfish and petty for us to focus on ourselves and/or physical imperfections brought on by pregnancy. When I looked unhappily at myself in the mirror I felt guilty for feeling the way I did - if I shared this feeling out loud would I sound ungrateful for the amazing little person I had just given birth to?

I remember being concerned about my weight gain and monitoring it during my pregnancy. My doctor told me I should gain 35 lbs. I believe by the end I was closer to 45-50 lbs gained and I worried. So many mothers told me not to feel this way and filled my head with the belief that my pre-pregnancy body would be just around the corner.

"It will fall right off since your breastfeeding!"

"You will be too busy to eat 3 meals a day, so you will loose your weight that way!"

"Oh just take the baby on lots of walks and that will take care of the extra pounds!"

"You lose 30 lbs by the time you leave the hospital."

Um, yeah not exactly. I remember weighing myself after I came home from the hospital and I was only 15 lbs lighter. And my baby Chico was only 8 lbs!!! I was devastated. I was barely under 200 lbs.

Those women had lied to me! I breastfed Chico around the clock (as anyone with a newborn knows!) and didn't find that I was losing anything. In fact - breastfeeding made me sooo hungry! It was like I was famished at all hours of the day! I was NEVER too busy to eat (and my awesome husband always made sure I had food) and I walked that baby all over my neighborhood daily. I lost some, but I was far from fitting into my old clothes...

before and after side

I wasn't sure what to do. I broke down and bought clothing in bigger sizes so I didn't have to wear yoga pants and maternity tops every day. I tried to tell myself maybe I could get used to my new body - after all - shouldn't I just be happy that I have a healthy and happy baby?

One night I stumbled upon an old friend on Instagram. He was a health coach now and his feed was filled with tons of before & after photos not only of himself and his wife, but tons of other people who he was working with. I remember excitedly showing my husband and pointing out that these people were NOT exercising to achieve these results - but simply changing their eating habits.

The long and skinny of it (get it? skinny of it?) is that my husband and I began the program. My program was especially designed for nursing mothers and Adam had his own program. Three months later and we are still going strong!

I have lost 25 lbs and 20 inches.

Adam has lost over 40 lbs.

We are so happy not only with the results, but how it has changed how we see food and health - and in turn how this has changed our family. We want our son to grow up  to have a healthy attitude about eating and to enjoy good, healthy food.

before and after back

There are three aspects about this program that make it work:

1) It is a Medically Based Eating Plan to Balance Blood Sugars. This is based on balancing blood sugars - not calorie counting or points. It will teach you to eat 6 small meals a day and you’ll get into a fat burning state which basically eliminates cravings and produces high energy. It’s amazing how you feel!  This eating plan is SIMPLE!

2) Long-term Curriculum to Teach You Habits for Success. This is a program that really helps to get our head in the game and transform from the inside out. I think we all know people who have lost weight and gained it back... this is a system that will help you deal with the triggers, behaviors, emotions that will really determine long term success. That’s why we don’t even call this a diet. This is a program that will make sure you don’t ever gain your weight back!

3) Free Personal Health Coach to Guide Your Journey! We all need the human element to help execute change. How did you learn to ride a bike? Did you just read a book and then hop on and start riding? You had someone running along side you, right?  We don’t transform by reading or learning alone... we need accountability, support and interaction.

Because I am so excited about this program and how it changed our lives in such a short amount of time I decided to become a Health Coach myself! This program is so easy and "do-able." I want other people (especially mamas) to know the feeling of getting "it" back - whatever "it" is for them - this could be getting your self-confidence back, your "sexy" back, use of your full wardrobe again, your health, your energy - YOU NAME IT!

If you're interested in getting fit yourself - check out our site HERE!

Here's to Health!