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How To Get Your Kindergartner + Preschooler To Pack Their Own Lunch

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of ‘Build a Better Sandwich’ at Publix. The opinions and text are all mine. Packing lunches for kindergarten and preschool isn’t super complicated, until you come face to face with the fact that many kindergartners and preschoolers would rather play than eat lunch. I recently spent the day in my middle child’s preschool, and I found out that they have a very fun game of snack trades that happens. Little did I know the price for gummy bears or strawberries. Those are high-ticket items right now. I decided that my kindergartner and preschooler would take much more pride in their lunches and relieve me of scrambling for snacks and goodies at the last minute if I switched it up. So, I have a fun little sandwich and snack bar, where they get to make their own sandwiches, pack their own…

The Safest Prenatal Protein Powders for A Healthy Pregnancy

Protein powder during pregnancy is an awesome way to consume more nutrients for both mama and baby, but choosing a safe prenatal protein powder can be a bit tricky. I also talk about protein powders that are safe for breastfeeding, and the guidelines and products for pregnancy are very similar. I am going to walk you through what makes a safe protein powder, the benefits of prenatal protein powder for pregnancy health and which ones fit the bill on all these terms! I’ve been fortunate to try many of these protein powders, so I can describe to you the taste as well. What Are The Benefits of Prenatal Protein Powders For Pregnant Mamas? Protein is an essential nutrient that pregnant mamas and growing babies need Prenatal protein powders often have added essential nutrients Protein helps pregnant mamas feel full and satisfied Protein shakes help manage weight gain by offering a…

Gaining Too Much Weight During Pregnancy? 5 Ways To Turn Things Around Now

Gaining too much weight during pregnancy can happen faster than we realize. If you’ve gained too much weight during pregnancy don’t worry. It doesn’t mean the whole pregnancy can’t be healthy, or that you can’t turn things around quickly. Believe it or not, you can lose weight while pregnant with the correct diet and fitness program, and completely turn your pregnancy weight gain around. Let’s go over how you can do this with just a few easy tweaks to your eating habits. As a mama of three boys, I KNOW what it feels like to gain weight during pregnancy, feel totally sluggish, have no energy and LOVE eating nachos. My first trimester is always the most out of control. I can’t function, I have no energy, I fall asleep in the afternoons, and all I can eat is carbs and cheese. I start gaining weight FAST. Like scary fast. Way…

Create Your Healthy Breastfeeding Diet Plan in 7 Steps

Creating a breastfeeding diet plan is really important to your health as a new mommy, as well as your milk supply. Successfully creating a diet plan you can follow while breastfeeding means that you are losing weight and nourishing your body all in one. This is what I preach over and over to mamas in my program. It is entirely possible that you can create your own breastfeeding diet plan to lose weight and keep your milk supply up. I am going to give you the steps to take to help you do just that! Creating a breastfeeding diet plan uniquely created for your personality will help you stay happy and be successful! As a Pre/Post Natal Fitness Specialist and nutrition coach, I have my own ideas on what a breastfeeding diet plan should look like, the best foods you should eat, recipes to go along with that and more.…

Awesome Benefits of Protein Powder For Pregnancy

There are some awesome benefits of drinking protein powder during pregnancy, that many mamas may not be aware of. If your protein powder source is clean, and full of nutrients, a well-rounded protein smoothie can offer a boost of nutrients and energy for both mama and baby. Protein powders are safe during pregnancy if you choose the right powder: Determining the right protein powder while pregnant is your first, and more important step. If there are chemicals, artificial sweeteners or allergens in your protein powder, then you can do more harm than good. When choosing a protein powder, you want to consider if you are sensitive to dairy. If you are, then you will want to choose a plant-based protein powder. If dairy doesn’t cause you any issues (that you know of), then you can go with a whey protein powder. Make sure that your whey source is from grass-fed…

How To Boost Your Dog’s Health This Year

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #proplanprobiotic #CollectiveBias January seems to be one of the healthiest months as families embark on healthier meals, fitness plans and start taking their health seriously after the holidays. There are ways you can boost your dog’s health this year too! As a part of the family, we’ve been trying to make healthier choices for our Cavalier-Poodle mix, Theodore. Here are some ways we’ve been focusing on him. Boost Your Dog’s Gut Health: I preach the importance of gut health to the mamas in my programs, and on this blog, but I admittedly didn’t think about gut health for our dog! Most of us take probiotic pills or powder as a quick way to improve our gut health, immune system and overall good bacteria. Luckily, for dogs, you can just grab the Purina® Pro…

A Postnatal Workout That Actually Works

As a mommy of three wild boys, I know which postnatal workouts actually work to flatten your tummy and get in shape, and which ones don’t. I’ve had to lose the baby weight three times now, and commit to a postnatal workout three times. I am also a Pre/Post Natal Fitness Specialist, so I’ve used my education and experience to put together a postnatal workout that actually works, heals your abs and pelvic floor and helps you lose weight. In this post, I plan to take you through what you need in a postnatal workout, what I do as a postnatal workout, and what I advise you not to do for a postnatal workout. Let’s go over some important components of a postnatal workout: An ab-focused plan to reconnect your mind-muscle connectionPosture exercises to correct posture issues that develop during pregnancyBody weight strength work to build strength back safelyLong, slow…

The Make More Milk Guide For Breastfeeding Mamas

Having more milk is a constant concern for breastfeeding mamas, and was for me with my first baby. I’ve made lots of milk now after breastfeeding three babies for over a year each (almost 2 with my third!). I used some very specific milk-making supplements that really helped me produce a lot of milk, even while losing all the baby weight. You can make more milk when breastfeeding by using natural supplements to help increase your milk supply for your new baby. Many mamas are concerned that if they don’t make more milk, their baby will lose too much weight in the first few weeks, but by stocking up on natural supplements to increase milk supply, you can make lots and lots of milk, even as a first time mama. First, let’s go over how to know if you even need to make more milk. How do I know I…

The Lactation Cookie List for Hungry New Mamas

Lactation cookies are amazing ways for new mamas to increase milk supply, enjoy a sweet treat, and ensure that you are producing enough milk for your new baby. I am personally a fan of healthy lactation cookies, which are just as satisfying and effective. Either way, this is your lactation cookie list. I’ve linked up the best recipes for lactation cookies both healthy and completely delicious. Some cookies are no-bake, while others are standard cookies you mix and bake. I also have some awesome cookies that come in a mix and pre-packaged that I’ve been able to try. These lactation cookies, healthy, bake and no-bake, will knock your socks off and give breastfeeding mamas plenty of options to consistently keep their sweet tooth satisfied and milk supply healthy. What ingredients are important in lactation cookies? Typically, lactation cookies are considered lactation cookies when they have the following ingredients: Oats either…

Lactation Brownie Batter Protein Smoothie

This lactation smoothie is amazing for both increasing milk supply as well as helping you lose that baby weight. YES, you can do both! Lactation smoothies are a key component of my program, The Postpartum Cure, and I highly recommend them because they are full of nutrients, which is the trick to keeping your milk supply while losing the baby weight. Many mamas struggle to lose the baby weight while breastfeeding because they fear their milk supply will decrease with their weight. This doesn’t have to happen. Eating the appropriate nutrient-dense foods will help you maintain a healthy milk supply and lose the weight easily. Hundreds of mamas are losing the weight with my app and program, so if you like lactation smoothie recipes with clean and organic protein powder, you’ll love the program! Let’s get to the recipe and ingredients! Lactation Brownie Batter Smoothie For Milk Supply + Weight…