You guys… these last two weeks have been jam packed! With all of the end of the school year activities, the end of the T-Ball season, and an end of the year dance recital we have been been literally running from one thing to the next! So that means workouts have been squeezed in whenever time allowed. And if a workout didn’t get done, that’s ok because it’s life! Right?!? I got to sit back and be such a proud momma this week and that’s what is really most important.
But now it is officially summer in our house! So yay to slower days full of fun in the sun! We have a huge list of activities planned for the summer and are ready to start checking things off! I am looking forward to getting in lots of hikes and spending tons of time at the pool! It’s going to be an electronic free summer over here!
Anyways! I am combining the last two weeks of workouts in this post because I didn’t get a workout post up last week! I have been focusing on building my strength and toning my problem areas which are my abs and arms! OK hopefully these workouts give you a little motivation to help you along in your fitness journey. Leave me a comment with your thoughts on the workouts and your favorite at home workouts ! I’d love to hear from you!
Memorial Day Murph is an awesome tradition followed by hundreds of Crossfit gyms around the country. The hubby and I went to our local gym to complete the workout in honor of Lt. Michael Murphy who lost his life while defending ours, as well as all of the other members of the Armed Forces who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
1 Mile Run
100 Pull Ups
200 Push Ups
1 Mile Run
I partitioned the pull-ups, push-ups and squats by 5-10-15 and did that 20 times
I also scaled the pull-ups by doing jumping pull-ups
A much needed rest day after Murph.
Spin at Sweat Like a Girl
Box Jump, Wall Ball, Toes to bar
With an 800 M run between each round
So, so sore from Murph so pretty slow to with lots of stretching before and after!
Still sooooo sore! So no lifting today!
But got this great workout in with a little kiddos on a bike and a baby in the jogger!
2 mile run
2 mile run
2 mile run
Time: I didn’t even time this one, we had lots of stops to look at chipmunks, ducks, horses, and to throw stones in the creek!
Weight: 35lb Kettlebell
3 mile hike with the Family
Spin at Sweat Like a Girl
Time: 27:42 for the workout portion, I did not time the Ab work
Weight: 65 lbs
10 Minute AMRAP
8 Toes to Bar
8 DB Thrusters
12 DB Walking Lunges
Time: 4 rounds + 4 Toes to Bar
Weight: 15 lb Dumbbells
3 x (15 front raises, 15 bent over row, 15 overhead press)
3 x (7 bottom to half bicep curls, 7 half to full bicep curls, 7 full bicep curls)
So these last two weeks may have had a few more rest day’s than I would have liked, but one has to adapt to life! I feel proud of myself for getting in as much as I did and will keep moving forward on my journey to a stronger me! Hope this gives you some inspiration! Please share your favorite workouts with me!
No joke I am still sore from Monday’s Murph! Check out yesterday’s post for some of my tips on how to combat the sore here! For those of you who are familiar with Crossfit, you know what I am talking about!! I will explain all about that workout in next weekend’s edition of Workout Wednesday. But here is my round up of workouts from last week! I feel like I’m slowly getting stronger and leaner with each passing week. Hopefully these give you a little inspiration on your own fitness journey!
Spin Class at Sweat Like a Girl
4x ( 10 Romanian Dead Lift + 10 KB Row + 10 KB Swing)
3x (9 second push ups)
*3 count down, 3 count hold at the bottom, 3 count up- So Hard!!
Weight: 12 lb dumbbells for front raise and bicep curls, 15 lb dumbbells for rows and overhead press, one 15 lb dumbbell for skull crushers and tricep extensions
4x (30 V ups, 60 bicycles, 30 weighted sit up, 60 flutter kicks, 30 toe touches, 60 mountain climbers)
Spin at Sweat like a Girl
20 Minute AMRAP
20 Overhead Squat
20 Back Squat
400 M Run
Time: 3+40 (3 full rounds plus 20 OH squat and 20 back squats)
Weight: 15 lb bar for OH squats (these are my LEAST favorite exercise and our 45 lb bar was way too heavy, so I wold rather go for good form then do them crappy because I’m worried about the weight.) 45 lb bar for back squats
30 Clean + Jerk for time
Weight: 55 lb
*the last time I did Grace was a few months ago and I did 45 lbs and a time of 3:00
5x (400 m run, 30 box jump, 30 wall ball)
30 bicycles, 30 V-up, 30 mountain climbers, 60 second plank, 20 crunches, 30 vertical leg crunches, 30 Russian Twist, 60 second plank, 30 oblique crunches, 30 mountain climbers, 30 bicycles, 60 second plank, 30 leg raises, 30 mountain climbers
Crossfit Hero WOD in honor of U.S. Marine Corporal Donald M. Marler, 22, of St. Louis, Missouri, assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, based in Camp Pendleton, California, died on June 6, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Weight: 85 lb for deadlift, 35 lb for KB swing, Jumping Pull-Ups, 45 lb for thrusters, 10 lb wall ball, singles for double-unders
*This one was rough and my six year old asked me if I was going to cry several times during this WOD, but in honor of Memorial Day weekend I wanted to get in another amazing Hero WOD in addition to Murph.
Ok! Busy week packed full of tons of intense workouts. Posting these workouts for you all helps me to stay accountable to my own fitness routine and my personal goals! Each week and each workout is a step closer to where I want to be. A stronger, healthier version of myself! Hopefully you find inspiration here and can integrate these into your our journey to healthy! Happy Wednesday!
Hope hump day is treating everyone well! These last few weeks of school for the kids are always crazy busy. Which always makes it harder for me to get motivated to work out or find the time to work out for that matter. Buuutttt I have goals… and I’m the only way I am going to get to where I want to be is to make the time for myself.
For me that means fitting workouts in whenever I can! During nap time or getting a workout in after the kids go to bed is what I have to do. Ooorrr even barricading my one year old in the garage with some toys and the radio playing! That way I can get a workout done in the driveway, while she plays and dances her heart out and the big kids run around the front yard! My neighbors, husband and kiddos may all think I’m crazy, but working out calms me and keeps me sane. And every workout I finish puts me closer to my goals. This is really the only time I have all day to actually work on myself and it’s empowering!
For all the crazy, busy moms out there who think there is no way I have time to workout, get creative! Workout in your living room where you can monitor the kids while they play. Take everyone out in the backyard and get to it! Take a half hour before the kids get up, during nap time, or after they go to bed! Squeeze in the time when you can and you will be that much closer to your goal.
Here are my workouts from the last week. I didn’t get to the gym as much as I would like, because life happens. But I made up for it with my other workouts at home. Hopefully these bring you some inspiration! Leave me a comment with your favorite at home workouts!
Spin Class at Sweat Like a Girl
At Home Workout:
2x ( 400m Run + 5 man makers + 10 DB curl+ 20 DB Deadlift + 30 single arm DB snatch, 15 each
arm + 40 overhead lunge, 20 each leg + 50 DB swing)
Weight: 15 lb DB’s
I originally planned on doing this series 4 times through but it took foooorever and I had to pick up a kid at school, so I got in as much as I could!! And it was really hard so I may have been slightly happy I didn’t have enough time!
400m Run – 20 box jumps – 400m Run – 20 toes to bar – 400m Run – 20 air squats – 400m Run – 20 push ups – 400m run – 20 jumping pull ups – 400m run – 20 burpees
Thrusters – Slam Ball
Barre and Dumbell Diva Classes at Sweat Like a Girl!
Push Ups- Jumping Jacks
50-40-30-20-10 Barbell Curls
10-20-30-40-50 KB Swings
Do 50 curls then 10 KB swing, 40 curl, 20 KB swing and so on…
Weight: I used two 15lb Dumbbells for curls because I only have a 45 lb barbell and I used a 35lb KB
4x (30 V-Up, 60 bicycles, 30 weighted sit up, 60 flutter kick, 30 toe touches, 60 mountain climbers, 400m run)
Time: 44:04 (this took forever because I had looottss of baby distractions!!)
Weight: 12 lb for front raises, overhead press, and bicep curls 15 lb for rows, skull crushers, and tricep extensions
50 knees to chest
My times are extra long sometimes because I am usually chasing kids, comforting a crying toddler or yelling at a dog, so take that into consideration! Haha! Hopefully you all are able to try out a workout or two! This is just what works for me and I’m only hoping to inspire just one other crazy, busy mom to make time to commit to herself! Taking the time to care for you is the best thing you can do for yourself and your family! Leave me a comment with what you think about the workouts!
These past few weeks I feel like I have gotten soooo lazy in the cooking department! Our meals have gotten seriously simple over here! Between running kiddos to all of their activities and all the chores that need to get done around here I just don’t have time! Now that the weather is nice, cooking has moved down on my priority list! I think most moms can relate, right?!? So I am all about quick, easy and healthy meals I can throw together in a matter of minutes! I think that has been the theme of most of my Meal Plan Monday’s lately! Ahhh lazy mom’s unite!
Also hello warm weather! That makes me want to cook even less! Soooo break out the grill people! That will make your lives soooo much easier this time of year! We have been serving some type of grilled meat, potatoes, veggies and salad on repeat around here… and no one is complaining! When time is really tight and grilling is not a option I have been breaking out the crock pot. And no the crock pot is not only for the fall and winter! Crock pot carnitas has become a weekly staple in our house. And the leftovers have unlimited possibilities… double win!
This week’s edition of Meal Plan Monday is full of eaaassyyy, peasy, healthy meals! We don’t have time to be slaving in the kitchen this time of year! So please leave me a comment with your go to easy meals and let me know what you think of all these delicious recipes! Happy Monday All!! Start your week great!
One pot meals are a huge time saver in both the cooking and cleaning process! I make a mean cabbage roll skillet with just four ingredients that my family loves! Check out the recipe at the end of this post!
Like I mentioned before Crock Pot Carnitas have been my go to lately! Pile that delicious pork over rice if that’s your thing, or over a huge salad if you are like us! Top with salsa, guac and fresh cilantro to make the perfect meal!! Check out MariaMakes for an amazing recipe that makes tooonns of leftovers!
Ok now this recipe took a little prep but was delicious none the less! I have been meaning to try Sarah’s recipe for Thai Meatball and Egg Drop Soup from her blog A Saucy Kitchen for a long time now. I finally made it last week and I’m in love! So satisfying and full of flavor. Check out the recipe here!
Another easy and satisfying one pot family favorite in our house is steak fajitas! Jessica from Easy Living Today has a great recipe! Find it here!
We are using up the last of my freezer stash of home grown chickens and this Beer Can Chicken recipe from Jo Cooks is AMAZING! So juicy! I did mine in the oven like her recipe and eliminated the brown sugar. But you can also make a mean chicken on the grill as well!
Getting back in shape after having kids is freaking hard, let’s be serious. Not all of us have personal trainers, chefs and nannies that give us the time and resources needed to bounce back at the drop of a hat. For us ordinary moms it’s takes a great deal of planning and plain old hard work. Lot’s and lot’s of hard work.
I had my third little rugrat almost a year and a half ago. And finally over the past few months I feel that I am getting back to my old self. I’m not surprised it has taken me this long. It always takes me about a year to get into the swing of things again after I have a baby. That just seems to be the pattern for me. No matter how determined I am to get back into the workout and eating healthy routine, life never let’s that happen until after that year mark. Weird?!? I think that’s just life’s way of forcing me to slow down and enjoy all of the amazingness of that first year. It’s incredible how fast these tiny creatures can grow and I enjoy sucking up every moment!
But now that my littlest little has turned one it’s game on. Her birthday was in December and after a Disney trip late January I finally felt motivated to start putting more of a focus on me. Diet is always the hardest thing for me to change. Now we eat pretty well generally, but everyone slips off the healthy bandwagon sometimes. And as you all know the Whole 30 is my favorite way to get back on track. We ended up doing a Whole 50ish starting in March and this jump started getting me back on the healthy train. I lost about 12 lbs and that was major motivation for me to get back to my probably shape!
Exercise is something that I have always enjoyed. A good sweat session can put anyone in a better mood! After spending over half my life as an athlete I find comfort in a good workout routine. I enjoy running, swimming and spinning but I fell in love with Crossfit a few years ago when we were living in Texas. That style of workout is something that works for me. I feel strong, motivated, and pretty badass after completing a workout. The downside to Crossfit is that most boxes are super expensive! Worth every penny, but a little out of our budget right now. So thanks to a hand me down weight set from my Dad and a bunch of other equipment we have assembled over the years I have been getting in some pretty intense and awesome workouts at home.
There are millions of moms out there who are looking to get into shape, but most don’t know where to start. The workout planning process is enjoyable for me so I’m starting a weekly blog post summing up my workouts. Hoping to give you all a little inspiration and to help me stay accountable! I have a long way to go to get to where I want, but I am invested in this journey to a stronger, fitter, healthier and happier me.
Check out my workouts from the last week below. Included are the weights I used and the time each workout took to complete. I have not been lifting very heavy yet… I am slowly building back up and have been focusing on my form. In addition to my home workouts I also belong to an amazing, super motivating, all women’s gym close to my house. Local friends do yourself a favor and check out Sweat Like a Girl! Their Spin classes, Pilates, and Group fitness classes are so fun and really push me out of my comfort zone. So I try to add three or four classes weekly into my routine. So I noted what classes I attended each day. I also try to add one or two rest days in a week or I burn myself out!!
Hopefully this gives you all some motivation for find your inner bad ass and take charge of your health!
Monday May 8, 2017
800 M Run
10 Squat Cleans
10 Push Press
45lb Bar for both
4 times through-
20 alternating Dumbbell Snatches (25lb Dumbbell)
10 Box Jumps (24 in box)
10 Knees to Chest
4 times through-
30 Med Ball Russian Twist
30 Flutter Kicks
1 Min. Plank
Tuesday May 9, 2017
Pilates and Sweat Camp Classes at Sweat Like a Girl
At home workout:
The Arm Workout on the Bottom is kinda hard to read but it is a favorite of mine
3 sets of 15 front raises, 15 bent over rows, and 15 overhead press
3 sets of 7 bottom to 1/2 bicep curls, 7 1/2 to full bicep curls, and 7 full bicep curls followed by
3 sets of 15 tricep dips, 15 skull crushers and 15 overhead tricep extension
*Be prepared to have trouble lifting your arms for the rest of the day!!
400 M run between each Round
Barre and Dumb Bell Classes at Sweat Like a Girl!
“Ivan the Terrible”
90 second Jump Rope To start each round
Followed by my favorite Arm workout described on Tuesday 5/9 (I do this several times a week!!)
4 times through 30 bicycles, 15 V-Up, 30 Flutter Kicks, 15 Leg Raises, 1 Minute Plank
OK friends there you have it! Hopefully this gives you some inspiration for intense, kick butt at home workouts! We all have to start somewhere! Come back and check on my progress over the next few months! And please leave me a comment telling me what you think of these workouts!
Hi all! Happy Monday! Hope everyone had an amazing weekend! Things were good over here. I worked Saturday and then Sunday I got to spend the day at the ball field! My oldest started T-ball last week and yesterday was Opening Day. Such an exciting day for all of us, but especially for her! This is our first go around with kids sports and as a former athlete I could’t be more proud to see how much fun she is having! And let’s be honest the most important thing about T-ball is having fun, both kids and parents! We adults had a few good laughs watching todays game. For anyone who has watched a group of 5 and 6 year olds learn to play you know what I mean!
Ok back to the whole point of this post! Food! We recently decided to step into the reintroduction phase of our Whole 30 after close to 5o days on the program. To be honest we feel our best when we stick very closely to the guidelines of the Whole 30. After this being our fourth go around we know for sure that gluten and dairy make us feel like crap. So we plan of avoiding those things in our daily lives. So really mostly all of our meals last week were Whole 30 approved.
We did end up eating out twice last week, which is pretty unheard of for us. But we were able to stick to foods that make us feel good and not deprived! One afternoon was lunch at Ruby Tuesday’s, at our little man’s request. I got the salad bar and stuck to all Whole 30 approved items and topped it with Balsamic and Olive oil and I paired that with a burger. Delicious and it didn’t make me feel like crap! And yesterday after T ball we enjoyed a family dinner our with my parents at a local spot. Hubby and I both had Cobb Salad’s topped with oil and vinegar. No complaints from either of us, but we do get so much criticism from everyone else about why we are still on this “diet.” Lifestyle change is how I describe it, but everyone still thinks we are crazy! Oh well!
Up next you can find the rest of the meals we had for the week. Clink the links to find the full recipes, cook them and ENJOY! I bad at taking food pictures this week…. Sorry! So enjoy the one picture I did take!
Last Monday I ended up pulling two of our home grown chickens our of the freezer and roasted them. Check out the Whole 30 cookbook for an amazingly easy recipe for Roasted Chicken! 1/2 of one we ate that night with baked potatoes and roasted carrots. With the leftover I made this amazing Buffalo Chicken Dip, that we enjoyed with sliced veggies. As well as a simple chicken salad with shredded chicken, homemade mayo, grapes, onions and pickles. Then I saved all the bones and made a ridiculous amount of Homemade Chicken Stock to restock my freezer stash. All delicious and Whole 30 approved.
Homemade Stuffed Mushrooms were also on our menu last week. No recipe for this one. Just cooked some sausage, peppers, onions and some Italian spices together and stuffed all that goodness into some preroasted mushroom and enjoyed with a big salad on the side.
I got some country style pork ribs at Costco for a good price last week so I followed this recipe from Mama Schquigs, just substituting homemade Whole 30 BBQ for the sauce she used. I cooked up some sautéed cabbage and potatoes and green beans for our sides. Delish, and made tons of leftovers!
With T-ball practices this week our evenings were slightly rushed so we ended up having Brinner, breakfast for dinner, twice this week. Nothing fancy here, one night was a egg scramble with shredded sweet potatoes and chicken apple sausage. The other night the hubs just made the kids some “dippy”, sunny side up, eggs and served it with leftover cabbage and potatoes. Quick and easy.
Leftovers consisted of the rest of our meals for the week, so it was a rather unexciting food week here! With the weather getting nicer I find we have so much more to do outside that I am wanting to spend less and less time in the kitchen. So I imagine I will have lots of grilling recipes and get it done quick things to share over the next few weeks! Hope you week is off to a great start, thanks for stopping by! Leave me a comment with some of your favorite quick and easy family meals, I am always looking for something new!
Hi all! I’m back with another installment of meal plan Monday! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed your first day of Spring today! We are currently still snow covered over here, boo! But the forecast calls for warmer weather this week, so we are hoping for a huge melt and green grass soon! I’m so over this winter and am soo ready for Spring flowers!
As you know we are currently in the midst of another Whole 30! Soooo again all of the recipes featured in this post are Whole 30 Approved, or I made a few tweaks to make them Whole 30. We are currently on Day 22 and I feel like this round is flying by. I have been thinking of extending this round out a little past the 30 day mark, because I have some skin issues I am hoping will improve with a cleaner diet, but we will see!
We have really been mixing things up this round and trying lots of new and delicious recipes. Which has really helped the time fly by and has kept us from getting bored. My husband even mentioned today that the foods we have been eating have been so delicious that he really has no desire to go back to eating Standard American foods. Now this is a huge step for my sweet treat loving man!
OOOk on to the recipes!
Best Ever Pork Roast and Sauerkraut– Lori at the Kitchen Whisperer has an amazing recipe for pork and sauerkraut! This meal is complete comfort food for me and bring back so many memories! I subbed a chopped whole apple and a smudge of apple juice for the brown sugar in this recipe to make it Whole 30 compliant.
Shepard’s Pie with Sweet Potato Topping– I guess this week was all about comfort food for us. This recipe was another homey and delicious meal. I got grass fed ground beef on sale last week and this was a great way to use it up! Full of meat and veggies! Follow the link to Stacie’s recipe on the Real Food Dietitians site!! Sorry my picture is ugly, it really is delicious!
Chicken Cacciatore– Purchase the Whole 30 book, it is filled with so manx amazing recipes! We made the Chicken Cacciatore with a whole roasted chicken that we raised ourselves and it was delicious. I served it over a baked potato for the hubby and I and over rice made with homemade bone broth for the kiddos! Check out my recipe for homemade broth here. Follow the link to the Whole 30 website for the recipe or just do yourself a huge favor and buy the book!
The rest of our meals I don’t really have recipes for! We made The Perfect Burger from the Whole 30 cookbook twice last week. We also had a ground beef and veggie stir fry and beef stew, both recipes that I am perfecting and should have up on here soon! Aidells’s Chicken and Apple Sausage with a side of veggies was another meal. And if you follow me on Instagram you know I have been on a salad kick lately so almost every meal has been accompanied by a salad. As well as leftovers with salads for lunch. Hey stick with what works!
Ooookkk so here are at least three hopefully new recipes that you can incorporate into your meal plan! Variety in your meals keeps things interesting and prevents you from getting bored.
Please leave me a comment and share your favorite Whole 30 recipes with me, I would loooove to give them a try!
Hello Friends! It’s another edition of Meal Plan Monday here on the blog. I am coming at you a little late today. The day really got away from me today. We are planning for a huge winter storm tomorrow here in Pennsylvania and there was a lot that we needed to get done here on the home front. Being that it is already Mid March and this is our first (and hopefully only) huge storm of the Winter I’d say we are lucky. But to say everyone is panicking is an understatement. Now we are pretty calm and collected over here. The fridge is stocked with healthy, Whole 30 food. The 4 wheeler is gassed up and ready to plow us out and the generator is on standby just in case!
Now filling the fridge was my first priority today. And man those lines were huge at the store! Thankfully I didn’t need to stock up on milk, bread and eggs like everyone else. I made an abbreviated meal plan for this week and just purchased enough for several healthy dinners. We are on our third week of our Whole 30 and things are going pretty good! And last week we had a few really delicious meals… check them out below and click the link to take you to the original recipe!
Balsamic Beef Roast and Veggies– This recipe from Sarah at The Magical Slow Cooker was delicious! I loooove slow cooker recipes, and especially ones that taste great! Very easy and a great way to serve the beef roast I got on sale. Score!
The Perfect Burger– Who doesn’t love a good burger? Steph from Stupid Easy Paleo got it right with this recipe! These were great and definitely took care of our burger cravings! I served mine with a salad and a side of sautéed cabbage. Delish and very satisfying! And I have been on a salad kick lately so this was awesome!
Balsamic Roasted Pork Chops– My parents brought over pork chops for dinner one night and I just happened to have this recipe on my to try list! Amy from A Healthy Life for Me has so many amazing recipes on her blog and this one did not disappoint! We omitted the honey to make them Whole 30 compliant and they were great! And tasted delicious as leftovers the next day.
Sweet and Savory Blueberry Omelet– We may have eaten this recipe a few times over the past week. Twice for brunch and once for dinner to be honest! Again from Steph at Stupid Easy Paleo this one fulfilled our sweet and savory cravings while on the Whole 30.
So there ya have it, our recipe roundup from last week! All of these we made Whole 30 Approved and were delicious and satisfying. The rest of our meals consisted of Eggplant Lasagna, an awesome Chicken Lettuce Wrap recipe I am working on, and tooonnnss of salads for me. Stay tuned next week for more awesome, Whole 30 approved Family meals! Hopefully this gives you a little inspiration!
Happy Monday Friends! It’s that time again… time for me to fill you in on all my favorite recipes from last week! As I mentioned in my post last week we are doing another Whole 30. After our Disney Trip and a few crazy busy weeks around here we are in need of a little reset. And the Whole 30 Program is our go to when we need to get back on track!
We have a few Whole 30’s under our belt now so getting ready and adjusted to being on the program isn’t too hard for us anymore. Check out my post on our last round here! So in the spirit of the Whole 30 all of the recipes I have to share this week are Whole 30 approved. Now we are a family of five, two adults and three kiddos. And when we do the Whole 30 all of the dinners I make for the family are Whole 30 approved and everyone eats the same thing. I refuse to make separate dinners for the kids, and thankfully our kiddos are great eaters! Now breakfast and lunches for them may look a little different that what my husband and I are eating, and will include some non approved foods.
For all of us, these were our favorite recipes of the week! Again they all fit into my New Year’s theme of quick, easy and budget friendly. So check out these awesome Whole 30 Friendly Recipes and let me know what you think! Some are my recipes and others are from some amazing bloggers!
Whole 30 Sloppy Joe Bowls– Even though we are doing a Whole 30 I still try to find recipes that the kids will enjoy as well. This is a family favorite in our house and a bit of a comfort food! We topped baked sweet potatoes with this awesomeness! Thank you Chrissa from Physical Kitchness for this crowd pleaser!
The Best Pork Chop Ever– Katie from I am Katie definitely hit the nail on the head with the name of this recipe! Crispy and perfectly seasoned! Even my one year old gobbled hers up! Wonderful for lunch the next day as well.
Paleo Meatloaf– Shanti from Life Made Full has this amazing meatloaf recipe on her blog! I did not have three pounds of ground beef like the recipe called for so I subbed in one pound of Whole 30 compliant Italian sausage and it turned out amazing! Great for breakfast and lunch as well!
So those are our favorite recipes from last week! These recipes made a ton of leftovers too, which was perfect for lunches the next day! That helps cut down on some of the food prep during a Whole 30! Stay tuned later this week for a detailed account of everything I ate during my first week of this round of the Whole 30 Program!!Hopefully this gives you all some new recipes to try and add into your meal plan! Leave me a comment with your favorite Whole 30 recipes!
We loooooove Walt Disney World! I mean how can you not?! The sights, sounds and smells… it really is the most magical place on earth. We recently got home from our third trip as a family, and every trip is more magical than the last. I grew up going to Disney with my family and I feel so blessed to be able to make all of these amazing memories now with my children.
Those of you that have been following me for a little while now know that I am very much a planner. And I looovve lists for everything!! Now that totally comes in handy, because planning a Disney trip is a ton of work! I will not go into all of those details in this post, we would be here all day but for those interested stay tuned for more about that later. Now this post is ALLLLLL about one of the most important parts of the trip… the FOOD! Before every trip I do tons of research, scour all the blogs and come up with my must eat food list for the trip. For each of the four parks I make a list of all of the deliciousness I want to try! So exciting right?!?! Maybe a little crazy?! Maybe, but fun!
Now normally we eat pretty healthy. We generally avoid gluten and most dairy items at home and steer clear of processed foods. Buuuut at Disney all those rules go out the window… we are there to completely enjoy ourselves and that means to indulge on things we don’t eat on a regular basis. Now we avoid gluten and dairy in our daily lives because it makes us feel our best. We do not have any food allergies so that is why we can be more lax on vacation. Now for us when we go to Disney it’s all about living in the moment and enjoying every second we are there!
Here you will find my favorite things we ate on this past trip! We were not on the Disney Dining Plan and did not do a ton of sit down meals during our trip, so most of the things on this list you will be able to get without reservations. There is really no particular order to this list as we loved almost everything we tried. But stay turned for my reviews on each of our Table Service Meals coming soon!
Oook Here Goes… I’m getting hungry just typing this!!
Let’s start in Hollywood Studios as that was the first stop on our trip…
There were only two things on my list here to try and they were both decadent and delicious!
First the Butterfinger Cupcake ($5.59) from Starring Rolls Cafe. I am not a huge cupcake person, but I would eat one of these everyday for the rest of my life. Under all of that amazing butterfinger deliciousness is vanilla buttercream frosting on top of a sweet and delicious chocolate cupcake. The cupcake is moist and has a specials chocolate frosting in the center! Satisfies all of your sweet cravings!
Second on the list was the Carrot Cake Cookie ($3.99) from Sweet Spells. Huge and delicious! Carrot cake and cream cheese icing sandwich… so good and big for the price!
We also grabbed a sandwich and some other snacks from Starring Rolls for lunch that day, and we had no complaints! We did not do a table service meal in Hollywood Studios so I have no recommendations there!
Animal Kingdom wasn’t a huge eating park for us this time. We did eat lunch at Flame Tree BBQ, which was delicious. We got a few items and shared them all and were more than happy. Unfortunately we were starving and the kids were cranky, so I have no pictures from this meal. But I highly recommend it! The pulled pork sandwich and their platters were great. And it is an easy place to eat gluten free and fairly healthy!
We also got to have our first Mickey Bar of the trip here in Animal Kingdom! You can get these glorious chocolate dipped vanilla ice cream bars from any cart in any park. But there is just something about eating a Mickey Bar at Disney World that is special for all of us. And this was our youngest daughter’s first trip to Disney, so she got to experience her first ever Mickey Bar! Special Day!
And for those who love the Dole Whip they now serve them in Animal Kingdom! At Tamu Tamu Refreshments you can get one for $4.19. And for the adults they actually served a spiked Dole Whip, with either Dark or Coconut Rum for $7.00. Delicious on a hot, sunny day!
And that was about it of our eats in Animal Kingdom!
Now this trip we spent a few days in Magic Kingdom and we ate a lot of amazing things! Between kids and running from ride to ride there are a few delicious things we ate that we didn’t get pictures of. Two of those being the Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich ($7.49) and Sweet and Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich ($10.29) from Sleep Hollow. These are a must eat every trip and are always a favorite. Although this trip I think the Chicken Waffle was not as good as it has been in the past. Boo, because this was one of my favorite things from our last trip.
We shared the Waffle Sandwiches along with Beef Nachos ($11.99) with all of the toppings from Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe for lunch one day and that was more than enough food for our family of five.
Now this ginormous treat was delicious and enjoyed by all of us… by that I mean it took our whole gang to eat this thing.
This is a Cinnamon Roll from Gaston’s Tavern ($4.49). Sooo good and Little Miss could not take her eyes off of it! Also try LeFou’s Brew ($5.49) for a sweet drink!
One day we also grabbed lunch from The Lunching Pad in Tomorrow Land. Here we had the Ham and Cheese Stuffed Pretzel ($7.49), a Hot Dog ($7.99) and a Cream Cheese Pretzel ($7.49). Standard pretzels and hot dogs. The Ham and Cheese Pretzel was pretty good, but the Cream Cheese Pretzel was not as good as I expected. Way too much gluten for one meal for us! Thankfully we brought our own fruit and water!
Every trip we always stop in the Main Street Confectionery for some sweet treats! We love the Caramel and Chocolate Apples ($10.99), Assorted Fudge ($4.39) , and Rice Krispy Treats ($5.49). There are so many more options here too. And every trip isn’t complete without a Mickey Pretzel and some popcorn, so of course we snacked on these as well!
We did do a Table Service Dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table here and it is a must do, just for the ambiance and magic. Beautiful! But even after spending three days in Magic Kingdom there were a few food items we didn’t get to check off my list. Time seemed to get away from us and we got caught up in the experience. Too much to see and too many rides to ride that the food took a backseat! Oh well, there is always next time! I always try to make a point to slow us down and really enjoy every second there. If that means we don’t get my whole list check off, that’s fine!
Ok Friends… to those of you still with me I saved my favorite eating park for last! Epcot has so much to offer, but it is often overlooked because many think there is not much to do here. We adults love Epcot especially for the food and drink options, but there is also so much to do for the kids that we always spend a whole day there. Now my list of things to eat here is always ridiculously long! But we had an awesome time tasting almost everything on my list!
Let’s get started. There are endless food options in the World Showcase. I searched the blogs and came up with a few things we just had to try. In Germany the Nudel Gratin ($4.29) is a favorite. This baked macaroni and cheese is delicious. Here they also have Bratwurst and German Beers that are also great!
Also in Germany make it a point to stop at the Karamell- Kuche and you will not be disappointed. The Caramel Popcorn ($3.99/$5.99) is a must eat for us. But there is so much more to try here. Cookies, chocolate and caramel covered fruit, candies and much more. Be sure to try a few things!
Along the way we also sampled the Gelato from Italy, which was out of this world. As I said before sweets aren’t my thing. I would choose salty food first any day. But this was exceptional. We tried the chocolate and the cookies and cream and both were great!
My FAVORITE food item we ate this trip was from Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie in France. OMG. We tried four different things here and all were fabulous, but the Macaron with Raspberry and Lime Cream ($5.75) was exceptional! Get one and eat it all by yourself and thank me later. Sooo delicious! We also tried the Croissant Jambon Fromage ($4.75), which is a warm ham and cheese croissant, the Napoleon, which is puff pastry layered with cream, and a Tarte Au Fraises, which is a strawberry tart. Everything was great but I’m really wishing we also tried a Creme Brûlée because they looked wonderful! Literally everything here looks amazing… they have both lunch options and sweets. And I do not think anything would really be a disappointment! I would love to here all of your favorites here! Leave me a comment!
OK now that I am putting it all in writing it looks like all we ate were sweet things! Well continuing with this trend the Croissant Doughnut ($4.99) from the Refreshment Port in the American Pavilion is the perfect treat. We grabbed a few on our way out of the park for the night and they were a delicious way to end our day.
Again we did not eat at a Table Service restaurant here in Epcot so I have no recommendations regarding those. And there are hundreds of other things to try that we didn’t get a chance to. We stuck with things that were quick and didn’t always require sitting down to eat. With young kids things need to be portable!
Well I think that brings my my list to an end finally! We had an amazing trip and enjoyed many delicious treats. Hopefully this brings you a little inspiration if you are planning a Disney Vacation! Stay tuned for my reviews of the Table Service restaurant we did visit this trip, and a few more Disney themed posts! Hope you all have a magical day and I look forward to reading hearing all of your favorite Disney Foods!
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