My micro-advice on all things breast milk….pumping, donating and sharing! Everything I’ve learned over the past 15 months!

Last chance..If you’re not on the breast-feeding train….or pumping…or milk sharing…you can skip this as I’m writing it for those who need the information/support on the matter 🙂 If you are…I hope you enjoy and get some good info!

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Grilled Fish Tacos!

I love fish Tacos! They are easy and delicious…really what else do I need to say!! I don’t remember where I got this recipe from…my mom probably, she always makes the best fish related things, since that’s all my dad eats!

Grilled Fish Tacos

Fish (adabo):

  • 4 tsp chili powder
  • 2 Tbs lime juice
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 lbs Mahi-Mahi or Halibut

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Combine chili powder, lime juice, olive oil, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Rub abado on fish – let marinate 20-30 minutes

Coleslaw:

  • 1/4 cup light sour cream
  • 1/4 cup light mayo
  • 2 Tbs cilantro
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 2 Tbs lime juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • pepper TT (to taste)
  • 3 cups shredded cabbage
  • 12 corn tortillas

Combine sour cream, mayo, cilantro, lime zest, lime juice, sugar, salt and pepper. Mix until smooth. Add cabbage and toss. Refrigerate.

Grill fish and the separate into chunks. Warm corn tortillas on the grill. Layer to tacos tortilla, cheese (optional), coleslaw, and fish! ENJOY!

319 per serving

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Grilled peaches!! Just cut the peaches in half and grill…sooo good!

 

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I added some guacamole and pepper jack cheese for the husband.

 

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Do a little…gain a lot!

We are all tired and cranky and unmotivated to get to the gym…but if you can even step outside your front door and take a 20 minute walk…it’ll do a world of good for your day! ENDORPHINS my friends! Get out there and make a step toward being healthy and starting your day off right!!!

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New Plants and a crockpot dinner recipe! So productive!

I have…been up since 7, fed a baby…multiple times..gone to the nursery and picked up some new plants, planted said plants, and made dinner. All before noon!

Last night I got into a landscaping groove. The front tree had a few branches that had broken a couple of weeks ago after a storm with 60 mile an hour winds. There’s been a dead cactus that’s needed some good ole uprooting for a looooong time. Our front walk way had a couple of desert plants that needed to be replaced with a few things that were a little more…lively.

So, after I got home from the gym at 8 pm last night, I started to trim the tree. It’s so hot during the day it’s really the only time to get anything done outside. I proceeded to get carried away despite the darkness! I finished the tree, swept up the dead leaves, ripped out 2 dead plants and trimmed our Bougainvillea.

This morning W and I went over to a local nursery and picked up another Bougainvillea, a mexican bird of paradise and a yellow bird of paradise. W is starting to point at things so I asked him what he wanted…He pointed right at the yellow bird of paradise so that’ll be his plant 😉 YES I know he had no idea what was going on!

W was pretty beat from all the eating and plant shopping and immediately passed out when we got home. I dug a couple of holes and planted my birds of paradise in the front entrance.

Then to battle the giant dead cactus. I wasn’t looking forward to it and had even contemplated asking the guys building a house across the street to dig it up for me.

BUT, because it was SO dead, it came right up. I dug out the roots and replaced it with a new Bougainvillea! Really looks a million times better!

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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W’s new Yellow Bird of Paradise:

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Ashley hunting for Lizards:

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Water, the cat, guarding the Mexican Bird of Paradise:

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And dinner is in the crock pot! I LOVE CROCK POTS! I threw it in this morning and the house has smelled amazing ever since! Here’s what’s cooking:

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

  • 1 boneless pork roast
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil for browning
  • 1 yellow onion, halved
  • baby carrots ( I like a lot so  add what you like)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup broth of your choice
  • 3/4 cup Burgundy wine
  • 3 branches fresh thyme
  • 2 sprigs rosemary

Pat the roast dry and season with salt and pepper. Brown all sides in a pan. Place the veggies and garlic in the crock pot. Place roast on top of the veggies, add the broth and the wine. Add the thyme and rosemary on top of the roast. Cook on low for 8 hrs and baste the meat a couple of times to keep moist. Cut the meat against the grain and return to the crock pot. ENJOY!

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Round 2…Chocolate Bark…the healthy kind!

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This is EASY and delicious!

1/2 cup coconut oil (if it’s not liquid you’ll need to heat it up a bit..i did 30 seconds in the microwave and it was good to go)

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1-2 teaspoons sweetener (stevia, trivia…your preference)

Mix all together. I added the sweetener slowly and tasted it so it didn’t get too overwhelming. Pour onto waxed paper on a plate or cookie sheet. Place in the freezer until it becomes hard and you can beak off pieces.

ENJOY!

 

Nutrition Facts
Servings 12.0
Amount Per Serving
Calories 91
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10 g 15 %
Saturated Fat 9 g 44 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 0 mg 0 %
Potassium 27 mg 1 %
Total Carbohydrate 1 g 0 %
Dietary Fiber 1 g 2 %
Sugars 0 g
Protein 0 g 1 %
Vitamin A 0 %
Vitamin C 0 %
Calcium 0 %
Iron 1 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

http://www.trimhealthymama.com/main-home/free-recipes/

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Protein, peanut butter, chocolate chip AMAZING bites!!!! Make these NOW!

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These are the best EVER. I literally ate it all by myself in 2 days. That probably wasn’t the best idea, but I couldn’t help myself!

  •  2 scoops protein powder…I used chocolate muscle milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

Combine all ingredients together. You’ll have to adjust the almond milk until you reach a cookie dough like consistency. I ended up adding quite a bit more. It was pretty crumbly for a while. Once it’s dough-like, add as many chocolate chips as you like! Form into balls and immediately eat some! I kept mine in the fridge. I don’t know how long they keep because I ate them so fast!

ENJOY!

Nutrition facts are per ball if your batch makes 20.

Nutrition Facts
Servings 20.0
Amount Per Serving
Calories 71
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4 g 6 %
Saturated Fat 1 g 5 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 46 mg 2 %
Potassium 2 mg 0 %
Total Carbohydrate 6 g 2 %
Dietary Fiber 2 g 6 %
Sugars 3 g
Protein 4 g 9 %
Vitamin A 0 %
Vitamin C 0 %
Calcium 2 %
Iron 3 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

 

recipe from http://www.jazzythings.com

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Nap-time leg workout

Here is a great at home leg workout while baby is sleeping! You can add weights to any of these or simple use your body weight!

4×10 dumbbell squats
4×10 (each leg) walking lunges
4×15 single leg deadlift
4×10 body weight jump squat
4×30 calf raises

Happy leg blasting friday!

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DIY baby food

After my afternoon workout during nap time (I’ll post the workout I did in the comments), I was craving shrimp and green beans….yes, I realize that is a weird thing to crave but it’s so good!

W was about to wake up so I made some extra for him. He’s 14 months old (10 corrected) and eats pretty much everything we’ve given him so far. Takes after his parents for sure!

I refuse to buy into the marketing scam that is baby food. It is NOT that hard to simply blend whatever you’re eating and feed it to your baby. We haven’t bought a single jar of baby food. I like to know what I’m feeding this kid and if I’m going to serve it to my husband and myself, well then W sure can join in too! We don’t’ puree everything…we like to give him textures and real bites to work with also.

If you’re interested in how we introduced food to W, check out baby led weaning. I LOVE IT.

IT IS WAY TOO EASY.

I prepared my own food.

Simple:

I sautéed shrimp with olive oil, Mrs. Dash’ garlic and herb seasoning, pepper and paprika. In another pan, I did the same seasonings mix with the green beans.

Once it’s all cooked, I take a serving for W, throw it in my magic bullet, add a touch of water and blend it until it’s pureed. Ummmm YES, it’s that easy! I pureed the shrimp and beans separately so he can taste both foods. 

HE LOVES IT! He’s eating exactly the same thing as we are and he ate all of it!

I made some grilled cheese with turkey just in case he didn’t want it and wouldn’t ya know…he wanted the shrimp and green beans over the grilled cheese! Smarty pants!

Sooooo….make your own baby food. It’s SO easy and you are in control of what your kid eats.You can do it with anything. all you need to do it add water to get it to blend. It’s so simple and think of all of the money you’re going to save by not buying jar after jar of baby food! 

SCORE!

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King Ranch Chicken

Love this stuff! A recipe from my mom and it’s super easy to make, and not to mention delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 2.0 breast, bone and skin removed, Chicken – Breast, meat only, cooked, roasted
  • 1.0 container (1 3/10 cups ea.), Rotel Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
  • 1.0 container (1 3/10 cups ea.), 98% Fat Free Cream of Chicken
  • 1.0 container (1 3/10 cups ea.), 98% Fat Free Cream of Mushroom
  • 1.0 cup(s), Cheese – Low fat, cheddar or colby
  • 12.0 each, Small Soft Corn Tortilla
  • 2.0 cup(s), Broccoli – Raw
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Cut chicken into cubes and then sautee until cooked. Add whatever seasonings (salt-free) that you like. You can use grilled or roasted chicken.

Combine Rotel, Cream of Mushroom and Cream of chicken. Add cooked chicken.

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I steam my broccoli until it’s soft. I prefer it softer over crunchy. Either way make sure you cook it a little so it’s no longer raw. I did 7 minutes in my steamer in the microwave.

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 In a 12×9 pan make one layer of corn tortillas (6). Add half of the mixture, all of the broccoli and spread until even. Add half of the cheese. Layer the last 6 tortillas and repeat with the rest of the ingredients.

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Bake at 325 for 40 minutes!

ENJOY!

Nutrition Facts
Servings 8.0
Amount Per Serving
Calories 174
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4 g 5 %
Saturated Fat 1 g 7 %
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 23 mg 8 %
Sodium 605 mg 25 %
Potassium 460 mg 13 %
Total Carbohydrate 20 g 7 %
Dietary Fiber 3 g 12 %
Sugars 2 g
Protein 14 g 29 %
Vitamin A 8 %
Vitamin C 36 %
Calcium 11 %
Iron 3 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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Banish the Playdate

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Here’s an interesting read…hadn’t really thought about it this way as I have only had a few ‘playdates’ so far. Come to think of it, I always asked last-minute to hang out with friends. We’d figure it out at school and ask permission when we were picked up. It was defiantly more spontaneous! I’d be outside with my brother and sister catching lizards, collecting ants from a dozen different hills and bringing them to my mom, I’m sure she loved that! We’d be riding horses, playing soccer, riding bikes and getting dirty and sandy outside. I hope that W gets to experience the outdoors…and not on some app on the iPad.

This is from: http://www.dadncharge.com/2014/07/banish-playdate.html

ENJOY!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

 

Banish The Playdate

When I was a kid and I wanted to play with my friends, I would call them up on the rotary phone. If I was lucky enough to get the push button phone, if my older brothers weren’t on it, I would call them in succession running down a list of my go-to guys.

“Brian, this is Chris, can you play?” He’d check with his mom or dad and come back on the phone or I’d hear the entire thing as if I was there “MOOOOOMMMM! CAN CHRIS COME OVER?” After confirmation, I’d jump on my bike and head to his house and I knew that I had to be home before dinner.

That was it. There was no pre-scheduling get togethers at each other’s homes. Playdates didn’t exist.

This playdate garbage is ruining our kids. I shudder every time someone asks me if our kids can have a playdate together. That word is almost as bad as Mr. Mom. Almost.

This idea that two kids playing together has to be an event is altering the spontaneity of our children. It has become too formal with set dates and times and has rendered my son incapable of calling his friends because he feels awkward asking, especially when a grown up answers.

Adding the word date to this phenomena of play has ruined the whole experience for me. It makes me feel like I should be preparing a cheese plate and some activity that as a “host” our guest kid will be taking home a fabulous parting gift.

Can’t I just play on my phone while they play in their room instead of planning some elaborate craft where they end up making a stained glass window just for fun?

It’s time that parents stop overdoing things when it comes to our kids. The emails and the special venues are starting to wear me down. My special venue is my backyard, where I may or may not be pulling weeds while your kid plays on our swing set with my kids. Hell, I may even turn on the sprinkler for them if they want to get crazy.

Also, the whole production between you and I is unnecessary. The back and forth emails about your plans and my plans are exhausting. Let me get out my calendar and let’s discuss. Can she come over? No? Okay then, let’s move on.

The word playdate also gives off this connotation that I should be opening doors for you as you drop off your kid. They are only playing and there is no need for us to hang out unless you are one of those moms that feel uncomfortable leaving your kid with me. You probably don’t want to be THAT mom though because when I drop my kids off at your house I’m not loitering because I trust you.

I am OK with you dropping her off and dashing to the grocery store sans child, just as long as I also get to dump my kid off on you another time when a Marvel superhero matinee is about to drop.

Kids are slowly being desensitized to the spontaneity of play. Before cell phones and social media, we found out where our friends were by the multitude of bikes parked on the front lawn. I spent most of my time as a kid riding my bike to the park and playing pickup games of basketball and baseball. We played Star Wars for hours and acted out scenarios from our heads. We climbed trees!

When there was no one to play with, I didn’t pester my mom to contact all her friends to set something up. Sometimes she would just point and other times she just told me to go outside and I threw a ball against the garage, for hours.

I made up championship basketball scenarios, threw pop flys to myself, and made up games with whatever I could find in the garage. One game involved a skateboard, a tennis ball, and a storm sewer grate. Skateball never took off probably due to the fact that the rules fluctuated on a day to day basis because we could never remember them each time we played.

My father, who grew up in NYC, played stickball with a pinky ball and a bat that he sawed the handle off my grandmother’s new broom. From one ball, they invented a dozen games like “stoop ball” which clearly was created from just being outside and working with the environment and what they had. Play wasn’t about what you could do, but what you could make of it.

Many of our kids are totally incapable of this activity and they are losing their ability to think outside the box because play is handed to them on a silver platter. My six year old daughter tells me often that she is bored if she is not being constantly entertained and all too often instead of forcing her to figure it out, I defer to the iPad.

Kids are at their best when their imaginations are in play. We are dumbing down their ability to be independent thinkers with scheduled activity and feeling like we are to blame when they have “nothing to do” Isn’t it ridiculous that I feel like I am a cruise director in charge of keeping everyone occupied?

When will kids learn to use their imaginations again and not rely on an app to keep them entertained? It’s our responsibility as parents to make it stop. Let’s start by banishing the word playdate and focus on just making our kids play in imaginative ways. Let’s lose the structure and the formality and remove the dates so they can just focus on playing.

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