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April 23, 2014

Strawberry Almong Baked Brie #appetizer #recipe

One of the dishes that I typically make when we are having family over for a holiday meal is a baked brie. I've done them in the past with nuts and brown sugar, apples and maple syrup, and apricot jelly and jalapenos, but this time I wanted to try a recipe that would be more of a dessert baked brie.


Ingredients

Large brie wheel
strawberries
sugar
sliced almonds

Chop your strawberries into small pieces and mix with a tablespoon of sugar. Pop this in the fridge, covered, for about an hour so that the strawberries create a syrup.

Once the hour is up, slice your brie to create two wheels. Place one wheel in your brie baker with the rind down, then fill with your strawberry mixture. Top with sliced almonds.


Next, place your second brie wheel, rind down, on top of your first. Top with the rest of your strawberries and more almonds.



Bake at 300F for about 15minutes, or until mice and melty.


Since this is a sweeter baked brie, we served it with sodium reduced Triscuit crackers and traditional Ritz crackers.

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Beets and Berries #raw #vegan #juice #recipe

While beets turn everything in their path red, they are super healthy for you and your growing baby. Full of fiber, they aid in digestion. Mix them with apples, baby spinach and strawberries and you have one sweet sweet yummy juice!

 
2 cups baby spinach
1/2 beet (peeled)
2 apples (cored)
handful of strawberries (rinsed)

With my juicer, I like to push through my greens first to make sure that they get completely juiced and I can get the most benefit from them. After my baby spinach, I pushed through my apples, strawberries and beet.

I thought that the red and green combo was absolutely beautiful. I am always fascinated by what comes out of the juicer and love the vibrant colors that each fruit or vegetable produces. Swirl it all together and you have something that looks like this!






As I said, this juice is full of fiber not only from the beet but from the apples as well. You'll also be getting iron, vitamin C, antioxidants, potassium, vitamin A and selenium!

Go on with your healthy self!


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April 22, 2014

Favorite Flat Sandals for Spring 2014 #fashion

These days, my tired feet are in love with ballet flats and flat spring sandals. Here are my top picks for flat sandals for Spring 2014

Favorite Spring Flats for 2014



If I had to chose just one pair to add to my collection, it would be the black Nine West t strap sandals on the top left. At $32, they are a great pair of spring sandals that aren't going to break the bank, are fashion forward since they are super structured, and have the gladiator flare.

If I could splurge on a pair, it would definitely be the purple Tory Burch slides, bottom left. They just look so darn comfortable and I love the T medallion looking detail on the top.

Are you a slide or T strap fan? Have a big collection of gladiator sandals? {I own 4 pairs...and am always looking for new ones!}

What are your go-to Spring sandals?
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Tips for Running during Pregnancy #fitmama #fitpregnancy #pregnancy

Now that I am into my third trimester, I thought sharing another round of tips for running during pregnancy would be good. The warmer weather is finally here, which means that I'm out there hitting the (paved and safe) trails a couple of times a week.

Running during pregnancy is not without its challenges, and running during the third trimester is certainly not for the faint of heart. But...as with any exercise, as long as you are smart about it, listen to your body and are safe, it is really good for both baby and mom.


It goes without saying that you should listen to your body, but if you were running prior to becoming pregnant it can feel really limiting, and it's almost difficult to slow down your pace. What I have found works for me is to treat it like I am running for the first time. I downloaded the 5K Runner app again, and have started over at day1. Every time I run, I turn on the prompts and do a 1.5min/1min walk/run split. I'm still running, and I'm still pushing myself, but I at least have scheduled splits to follow so that I am not pushing my body too hard. A huge thank you to my doula, Jena, for suggesting this routine!

One thing that I absolutely cannot run without at this stage of my pregnancy is my belly support band.


There are many bands out there, and the one that works for me may not be the right one for you. Regardless....I picked up this black stretchy support band from Walmart (George brand, found in the maternity clothing section) and as you can see above, I fold it over two to three times, then sling it low across my belly for support. It really helps limit the bouncing on my lower belly, and I haven't had an issue with back pain (so far) so I haven't needed more support than the stretchy band.

It's also great since my running leggings are just regular leggings, with no belly panel. It helps my entire belly feel supported, which makes my run overall more enjoyable.

There will be days where you feel like your old non-pregnant self, and can do a longer run. There will be other days where you are completely gassed and do alot more walking than running. What matters is that you are out there, and you're doing something good to keep you and your baby healthy.

Lastly, hydrate. This is something that I'm not super great about, because I always feel like I'm going to pee my pants due to my weak pelvic floor muscles right now, but it is so important to hydrate your body, both for you and your baby. If possible, choose a running route with a bathroom, or do a few loops around your block so you can always circle back to your house a pit stop if needed!

At the end of the day, do what you can, when you can. I like to get out two or three times a week for a run, even if it is just 2km. Running is so amazing and I have really enjoyed my journey over the past year. It provides stress relief and mental clarity, weight loss and toning, and during pregnancy helps to set you up for an easier labour and delivery, as well as an easier postnatal recovery period.

Be smart, be safe.
Go run.

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April 21, 2014

29week Belly Comparison and Update #pregnancy

Good morning friends!

I've been feeling....stretched to the max lately in the belly area, so I thought that I would do a 29week comparison from my pregnancy with Owen, and this pregnancy.


I have found this pregnancy to be really fascinating. There are so many differences, most of which are for the better, and it all stems from being so much healither going into this pregnancy.

Last time, I was overweight, unhealthy, tired and didn't really care about my body. That led to a really difficult pregnancy; lots of morning sickness (I'm talking 5-8x/day, people! for 5 months!), back labour starting at 33weeks (3hrs every night until my water broke...42 days later!), and then a traumatic birth and postpartum period.

This time, things are just so incredibly different. My starting weight was 50lbs lighter than my starting weight with Owen, I had been running for 6 months prior to getting pregnant and have continued throughout my pregnancy, I started juicing at 20 weeks. Just so many differences, but my oh my, would you look at the difference in bellies?!

The physical changes are kind of crazy to me. Overall, I'm slimmer, but that's fairly obvious and comes with the weight loss, Insanity, and running routine that I've established over the past year. While I'm smaller, my belly is shooting out much further, and alot higher. My frame itself seemed to have changed when I did Insanity, so it stands to reason that the shape of my belly would be different.

Since this Little Guy is sitting up so much higher, I have shortness of breath alot of the time. He's also a pretty big dude, like his big brother was (8lbs1oz, 20.5" at birth), so he lies diagonally from what I can feel (feet in my ribs, head at my hip). With his feet in my ribs, he pushes and moves...and I get short of breath.

Only 8-11 weeks to go, and honestly...I'm starting to get really excited about meeting him. Sure, I'm nervous and scared about how and when things will happen, but I'm really excited to meet him.

I started my kick counts yesterday afternoon, and when I got to 10 in 2 minutes (it's suggested that you get to 10 within an hour...) I just laughed. He's a little ninja, just like his big brother!

Next week, we start biweekly appointments and I get the results from my  glucose screening.

Have a great week!
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Building Your Juice #recipes #juicebuilder #juice

A couple of weeks ago, my friend and Beachbody Coach Paula asked me about the caloric intake of my juices. To be honest....I really didn't know how to answer! I know that my juices are healthy and full of amazing ingredients, but I wasn't sure about the caloric intake so I went off on a research mission.

I found juicerecipes.com, and their fantastic juice builder!

Here's the juice that I had two Saturday's ago...


And here's what's in it...(all plunked into the juice builder)

Now for the break down of nutrients, minerals, and calories


So for approximately 7 servings of fruit and vegetables, it is approximately 275calories, juiced. If you were to eat all of those ingredients as a solid, they would be roughly 456 calories.

I'm not exactly sure why, I'm assuming it has something to do with water content (the juice builder says that this recipe contains 535g of water alone), sugars and things of the like but certainly will be doing some further research on this aspect of juicing.

In terms of vitamin and mineral content, I found it really interesting that in just one juice, I was able to get 600% of my daily intake of Vitamin K, 195% copper, 307% vitamin C. Pretty amazing in just about 14oz of fresh juice.

If you're ever wondering about exactly what you are putting in your body, check out the juice builder on juicerecipes.com. You may just find out that you're getting alot more awesome nutrients than you even thought!

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Easy Pretzel Recipe #recipe #baking

It happened last summer when I was pregnant, and it's happened again: I want pretzels!

There's just something so delicious about a yummy warm pretzel. Whether it's topped with coarse salt or cinnamon sugar, it's just plain good.



Preheat your oven to 425 F

I use a standmixer to knead my dough, however you can use your hands as well.

Mix...

2 3/4 cup flour
1 tbsp sugar
2 tsp dry yeast
1 tsp salt (optional, I omit this from my recipe if I'm topping with coarse salt later on)

Add 1 1/3 cup of warm water to your dry ingredients, kneading well (which is why I love the dough hook on my stand mixer!). Sprinkle in more flour one tbsp at a time, as needed to tighten up your dough.

Next, divide your dough into balls about the size of a tennis ball, and roll into long ropes (approx. 21"). Shape into the classic pretzel shape, placing them on a greased cookie sheet.

Repeat until you've used all of your dough. I find that I can get 7 large pretzels out of this recipe.

Make an egg wash with 1 egg and about 3 tbsp water. Brush it lightly on your pretzels, then top with coarse salt or cinnamon sugar.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, then cool slightly on the cookie sheet, then transfer to a wire rack.

Best enjoyed warm!


Variation: omit the egg wash and brush with melted butter with 5 minutes left in baking, then sprinkle with coarse salt or cinnamon sugar.

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