Food

Here you’ll find lots of healthy meal options along with some not-so-healthy (but really yummy!) things because, who wants to eat chicken, rice and veggies all the time?!

 

 

What I Eat in a Day

What I Eat in a Day

Good morning friends! It’s been a while since I’ve given you the lowdown on what I’ve been eating and it’s a question I’ve been getting a lot lately, especially after the swimsuit dressing room post, so I’m happy to share my typical daily meals with you!

When I was in my 20s, I could eat whatever I wanted and it never seemed to affect my shape.  #thosewerethedays Now that I’m in my 40s, it’s another ballgame for sure! I have a pretty big sweet tooth, but I’ve noticed that when I indulge too much,

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5 Easy & Delicious Dinners

5 Easy & Delicious Dinners

Since my meal planning post, the next obvious question is, “what are you eating?” and specifically, “what’s for dinner?”  Before I started religiously meal planning on Saturday morning, I used to dread that question because I often had no good answer!  My son eats the same thing on repeat, but since Jordan started eating what my hubby and I eat, I needed to have good dinner options on hand most of the time! She’s a great eater, but I realize she wants to eat real food that tastes good.  As long as that’s what’s served, she’ll usually gobble it up!

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How to Meal Plan for the Week

How to Meal Plan for the Week

On Stories, when I asked you what you were most interested in or needed the most help with in organizing and productivity, I was flooded with responses!  It seems we all have areas we struggle with and many of us have too much to do and never enough time!  By far, the overwhelming majority of you said you wanted tips with meal planning and I totally get that!  The struggle is real with “what’s for dinner?”  We go through that in our house too.  I’m not above admitting that some nights it’s cereal for dinner! It happens!

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Bliss Balls Recipe & 2017 Fitness/Lifestyle Rewind

Bliss Balls Recipe & 2017 Fitness/Lifestyle Rewind

Welcome to a new year friends!  Are you feeling alive and ready?!  Or more like ready to stay under the covers?!  I, for one, am feeling very ambitious and excited about 2018!  Ever since I was a little girl, 8 was my favorite number and my son turns 8 this year! When you have a new baby, it’s easy to think, “I never want you to grow up, stay a baby forever.”  But, my experience has been that each stage and each age gets better and better as your child grows and your relationship expands.  It’s truly the best thing in life!

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Holiday Party Food Ideas : Fake It or Make …

Holiday Party Food Ideas : Fake It or Make It

This week has been all about sharing the Honey We’re Home Christmas Experience! On Monday, we saw the first floor of our home all decorated for Christmas! Yesterday, I talked about the gifts and fun of our Second Annual Favorite Things Party! Today let’s talk about the GOOD stuff, the food!!  You guys know I have my tricks for avoiding holiday weight, but that doesn’t mean I don’t indulge some too!

For our Favorite Things party, everyone brought three gifts to share and a food or wine of their choice.

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Getting Help in the Kitchen with Blue Apron

Getting Help in the Kitchen with Blue Apron

*Thanks to Blue Apron for sponsoring today’s post! 

As we settle into our fall schedule of activities, I’m finding less and less time to do my meal prep. Time to call on Blue Apron! I’ve used this service before with great success. This time I was looking to do one of their meat-free options to change it up because my husband has been on a semi-vegan kick lately. The Summer Vegetable Paella was a perfect way to end our “summer” and head into fall with a festive dish!

If you’re not familiar with it, 

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2 Summer Salads

2 Summer Salads

Hi friends! We’re approaching the end of the week and our fridge is starting to look bare again.  I try to make it through the week with just one trip to the grocery store, planning my menu and then shopping on Saturday or Sunday.  These two summer salads have been on repeat this summer, so I wanted to share them with you today.  Both of the recipes are from Gweneth Paltrow’s It’s All Good Cookbook.  I bought the book on the recommendation of my foodie friend Nat, and it has redeeming qualities, like the two recipes below (and more),

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How I Plan Our Weekly Menu

How I Plan Our Weekly Menu

Happy Monday friends! This weekend flew by and I’m feeling like I need a rewind! My in-laws were visiting with us, so we kept things pretty low key and just hung out.  I had some down time, so I went through all 46 pages of the women’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale catalog online and narrowed down the “must haves” from each category so you don’t have to feel like you missed something- there’s too much!

Then, after going through everything, I had to place another order- shhh, don’t tell Jimmy!!  for things I didn’t see in my store and wanted to try out.  I’ll share them with you on Friday when the sale opens to everyone! In the meantime, if you find a field of money trees, send directions!!

On Sunday, I got to visit a very special friend in the hospital and I wanted to ask for your prayers for this precious little girl named Savannah.  She’s just two days older than Jordan and has already undergone her second open heart surgery.  On Sunday, she was doing well and in great spirits, smiling and scooting around her hospital room floor in her Minnie Mouse pajamas, showing me her toys and handing me books to read to her.  She’s already been in the hospital for 3 weeks this time and so ready to go home.  I don’t even know how her mom is holding up, but she says any mom would do the same.  She’s asking for all the prayers she can get that the surgery was successful (she won’t know for 3-6 months) and if you leave your well wishes in the comments or on my Instastories, I’ll forward them onto her.  Thank you so much!

I couldn’t think of anyone who would appreciate a warm, cozy circle cardi more than a mama staying with her baby in the hospital, and she loved it!  I picked up 4 more for Christmas gifts too. 😉

Today, I’m answering two of the most frequently asked questions around here- what do I eat in a day and how do I plan my weekly menu??  Although my bikini contest prep days are in the past, I still try to eat healthy most of the time with protein at each meal and 4-5 meals each day.  I’m hungry that often, so it’s no problem for me to eat that often and I never skip breakfast! I would chew my arm off!

I do indulge in sweets though- it’s my weakness! I workout 4 times a week and still prefer a strong, athletic build, and even though I’m still working on my ab separation, I have seen an improvement with consistent workouts and more ab-focused exercises.

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HOW I PLAN OUR MENU

I’m not the biggest fan of grocery shopping just because it usually takes so long and it’s harder to complete with kids in tow, so I sometimes order groceries online for pickup at Kroger or my husband goes.  Usually on Saturday morning, I take stock of what we have left in the refrigerator (not much), throw out the bad leftovers, and spend a good 30 minutes browsing my cookbooks or Pinterest boards for healthy meal inspiration.

I have to think about including Jordan in these meals now since she’s a good eater who eats a lot and thankfully, everything!  James is still super picky and eats his same food without much branching out.  I’ll usually pick 4 recipes to cook and plan for leftovers, along with a couple things to eat for lunch and snacks to have on hand.

How to menu plan

Using this Grocery List magnetic pad helps me organize things because I can write on the left side what we’ll be eating and put the groceries we need on the right.  I think it’s out of stock now and I might cry because it’s the pad I like the most!

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Healthy Meal Prep | Chicken Fajita Bowls & Salad

Healthy Meal Prep | Chicken Fajita Bowls & Salad

Hi guys! Did you have a good weekend?!  Ours slipped through my fingers like quicksand!  It was one of those busy, busy ones where I feel like I definitely need another day of weekend!  Yesterday, it was off to the car show and James’ favorite restaurant (iHop). I love doing weekend outings together, but at the car show, I was mostly chasing Jordan and trying not to lose the boys!  But at least I was comfy!  Flats and soft, cozy pants for the win!


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Cooking with Baby & Blue Apron

Cooking with Baby & Blue Apron

Good Monday morning friends!  I hope you had a great weekend and are starting the week feeling refreshed and ready to go.  Our weekend was packed with baseball and parties and even a couples’ date night, which is always a good thing.

Today, I have another food post for you and this one is even better because I’ve got Jordan cooking in the kitchen with me with one of our Blue Apron meals.  She’s been a great eater since Day 1 and it’s crazy to look back and see how quickly she’s transitioned from homemade baby food and purees to mostly eating what we eat,

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Mixing It Up with Blue Apron

Mixing It Up with Blue Apron

In my quest to become a better cook this year, and so I don’t get bored with my typical meals, I committed to trying one new recipe a week.  One new recipe doesn’t feel too overwhelming and has been pretty easy to incorporate, especially if you take a few minutes on the weekend to decide what the recipe will be.  My intention is to branch out, get more comfortable with cooking and new flavor combinations, and try different cooking techniques.  I use Pinterest, cookbooks, websites and also Blue Apron to mix things up.

If you’re not familiar with it, 

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5 Easy Healthy Meals

5 Easy Healthy Meals

Because I’m trying to get back into good shape before Jordan’s first birthday, I’ve been sticking to a diet that’s 40% protein, 35% carbs, and 25% fat.  It’s the same thing I did during my 40-Day Challenge, except I upped my protein by 5% and lowered my fat 5%.  I got good results then, so I’m back at it!  I needed to after ALL the food and sweets I ate during the holidays! 

During the day, I still pretty much follow the bikini meal plan (because it works and is so easy to do,

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40-Day Challenge | Full Day of Meals with Macros

40-Day Challenge | Full Day of Meals with Macros

40-DAY CHALLENGE UPDATE

8/22/16:  Weight 111, Body Fat 22.7% (starting stats)

8/29/16:  Weight 108, Body Fat 21.7% (Wow! Lost one whole point in a week, fantastic!)

9/07/16:  Weight 106, Body Fat 19.1% (OMG! I’m at my goal already! I thought it would take longer!)

p.s.  I’m 5’1.

I always weigh myself first thing in the morning when I wake up, but by the time I weigh-in at the gym, I’m a couple pounds up.  I decided to go with my weight at the gym since that’s the number my trainer uses when calculating my body fat.

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Seared Pork Chops & Miso-Glazed Chicken Wings with Blue …

Seared Pork Chops & Miso-Glazed Chicken Wings with Blue Apron

I hope y’all had a great Father’s Day weekend! We’re in full swing summer mode and it’s getting hotter and hotter! Houston summers are brutal with the heat and humidity, so there’s lots of pool time and looking for activities we can do inside with AC.  We get outside for early mornings or evenings, but unless there’s water involved, it’s too hot to be outside in the daytime for long!  #heatstroke

Our weekly meal prep is still in full effect, but after trying Blue Apron a couple months ago, we (my husband especially) were looking forward to doing it again.

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Healthy Weekly Meal Prep

Healthy Weekly Meal Prep

Second week of summer is in full effect!  Now that the weather is getting hotter and we’re spending more time outdoors (and at the pool!), I know a lot of you are wanting to get in better shape.  You’re not alone! Even though I’ve lost most of the baby weight, I still have about 5 pounds to lose and I’d like to put back on the muscle I lost while I was pregnant.  I won’t be able to workout with my trainer as much this summer, and I know most of you probably workout alone too, so I’ll be sharing some of my workouts tips this month.

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Our Experience with Blue Apron

Our Experience with Blue Apron

We knew it couldn’t last forever and that all good things must come to an end.  That doesn’t mean it wasn’t hard to say goodbye.  We received the very.last.meal from the meal train that our wonderful friends set up for us last week.  #waaaaahhhhh!!!! Such a sad day!  Suddenly we are faced with having to plan, shop, and prepare our own meals again.  We got so spoiled by having these meals delivered, piping hot and freshly prepared, right to our front door.  But now it’s time to fend for ourselves again.  Life is hard, right?!  Well, it kinda is with a newborn! 

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Crock Pot Lentil Soup

Crock Pot Lentil Soup

Did y’all have a great Halloween?  I’ve been under the weather lately, so my Luke Skywalker (son) and Superman (hubby) had to trick-or-treat without me.  They went to a Halloween party and I figured I should sit it out since I didn’t want to get anyone else sick.  But, that didn’t stop me from dressing up for the occasion!  I found that tank on Amazon and they had one for the guys too.  So funny!  I think I’m more excited about the extra hour of sleep though.  Felt so good and was really appreciated.

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Popular Pins

Popular Pins

Happy Friday again!  This week sure flew by and, surprise!, we’re already nearing the end of October.  I drove down one of our main streets at night recently, Westheimer Road, which passes by the Houston Galleria and through the popular Highland Village, and noticed that the palm trees that line both sides of the street were strung with white Christmas lights.  It got me a little excited for the holiday season, which will be here before we know it.

I’ve got some popular pins to share with you today.  And I’ve been working on organizing my Pinterest boards better and have added some new boards Men (mostly men’s fashion/style) and Wedding (just because the photos are so pretty and for those of you looking for wedding inspiration).  

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