Friday Favourites

Happy Friday - wohoo!! I look forward to the weekend even more now because we don't get to see Jordan as much during the week. It's so nice having him around to help out, and also nice to have a conversation with an adult, instead of Piper just telling me "no" all day. Geez.

I put together a few different things I've been loving lately. Again, not paid to say any of this haha (anyone else feel like social media is turning into one giant catalog for companies these days??), I genuinely just like and want to share this stuff!

PUMPKIN PIE PROTEIN SMOOTHIE

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Since it's the first day of Fall (!!!!!!!), I feel like it would be a sin not to share a pumpkin recipe! Yes, I know that loving pumpkin is very #basic...yada yada...but WHY IS IT SO GOOD?! I think I might be extra obsessed with it this year because of pregnancy, but I can't seem to get enough! Here's a suuuuper simple pumpkin protein smoothie that you HAVE to try! Every time I make it (so everyday ha), I comment to Jordan about how good it is! It surprises me each time!

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 2 tbsp pumpkin puree, a handful of ice, 1 scoop of IdealRaw's vanilla protein (as always, you can get 10% off with "SWOLE"), 2 tbsp peanut butter powder (Or just regular peanut butter), and as much cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice as you want! Blend it up and get down.

LORENA CANAL RUGS

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I'm still figuring out how I want to decorate Piper's nursery, especially because we spend quite a bit of time playing in there now, and we'll also be adding a baby boy in there soon. I don't want it to be too girly, but I also don't want it to be too boring. I'm still working on it, BUT I did find theeeee cutest little rug to go in there from Lorena Canal!

I think I originally saw this rug on their Instagram, but I love how perfect it is for a little playroom/toddler bedroom. Piper LOOOVES it, and always brings her toys onto the rug to play. The main reason I got it, other than how adorable I think it is, is because it is machine washable! AKA every mother's favourite words to hear. It's 100% natural cotton too, which I think is why it's soooo soft and cozy.

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Any time I post an Instagram story where the rug is in the background, I get TONs of messages asking where I got it from. I think the first time it appeared in a story, I got over 100 people asking about it haha. Anyway, I'm really happy with it and I love how neutral it looks, and how it has already tied her room together a bit more! Now to figure out every other aspect of her nursery...

ORANGE CHICKEN STIR FRY

We usually have at least one stir fry a week because I find them SO easy to make, and we normally have all the ingredients on hand. Piper suddenly turns super clingly around 5pm...aka right when I'm trying to get dinner ready, so these easy kind of meals are so helpful when I'm desperate! 

INGREDIENTS: serves 4 (adapted from recipe HERE)

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp raw honey, or maple syrup
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (not store bought)
  • 3 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 1/2 tsp sriracha sauce
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 lb broccoli
  • seasame seeds, for garnish
  • green onion, for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

Cook chicken in coconut oil, and set aside once cooked through. Stir together chicken broth, honey or maple syrup, garlic, orange zest, orange juice, coconut aminos, sriracha sauce, ginger and red pepper flakes. Pour mixture into skillet on low heat, stirring often, until sauce has been reduced. Remove from heat and pour over chicken. Steam broccoli and combine everything.

CORE WORKOUT

I think diastasis recti, and just pregnancy abdominal separation in general, is being talked about a TIIIIINY bit more - which is awesome! BUT I believe there's still a lot more resources/information that need to be out there. Firstly, you CAN prevent abdominal separation! It is NOT something that you "just get" when you're pregnant. I try sharing workouts that not only prevent separation, but also actually strengthen the core in a safe way. Here are some of my favourites:

  1. Core & Glutes
  2. Low Impact
  3. Stability Ball
  4. Core
  5. Core & Glutes
  6. Core

26 Weeks Pregnant

Taken at 25+2 days

Taken at 25+2 days

It's been one hawt minute since I've been able to get a blog post up. Between moving and my laptop being in the shop, it's been quite a struggle. We're here and settled in California now though (can I get a hallelujah, TYSM?!!), and loving it so far!

Happy Labour Day to you, and 26 weeks of pregnancy to me! Holla!

ENERGY: 

I don't know if it's because of all the moving, or just this stage of pregnancy, but that second trimester energy has totally fizzled out this week. I feel perma-pooped! Pregnancy insomnia has also hit hard. I'm usually wide awake 2-3 hours every night which makes the energy situation a bit harder. Anyone have any tips?? I had insomnia with Piper too, and it pretty much stuck around for the rest of the pregnancy. Yay...

CRAVINGS: 

Nothing specifically comes to mind, just FOOOD!! I've felt like a ravenous beast again this week, and it's really hard to keep up with my appetite haha. I try drinking tons of water, and eating lots of nutrient dense foods to fill me up a bit more, but man...I could go for a big buffet any time of the day. 

BABY/BUMP: 

Piper was pretty active in my belly, but mainly just at night and when I worked out. This little guy is ALWAYS moving. Always. I never have to hurry and grab Jordan's hand to feel him move. He could put his hand on my stomach at any time and feel all sorts of wiggles going on in there. I'm not sure what position he's in, but I'll feel sudden jabs in 2 different areas at once. So he's either in the splits, and kicking both legs at the same time, or giving me a nice punch and kick at the same time haha. It's the coolest/weirdest feeling in the world. I'm a bit nervous for when he gets bigger and stronger, because his movements are already pretty aggressive ha.

WORKOUTS: 

I haven't done any structured workouts this week because I've been on my feet all day, and moving/unpacking is quite the workout! I've also had some lower back pain/a pinched nerve, so I've been trying to take it easy. I'm excited for this week to get back to some structured exercise though because it makes me feel so much better, and I feel like I'm keeping my baby nice and strong. 

All in all, I'm still feeling good! I definitely feel pregnant now, and things are getting more uncomfortable up in here, but no issues out of "normal"  pregnancy stuff. I just feel super grateful that everything has gone smoothly so far, and I haven't faced any major issues. I haven't had any blood clotting problems (still on the blood thinner shots every day), and my little guy is growing right on track! Only 13 more weeks to go!!

10 Healthy Breakfast Ideas

I'm a big breakfast guy (anyone follow Kaitlyn Bristowe on snapchat haha). But really, breakfast food is my absolute favourite food! It is what gets me up out of bed in the morning. Well, that and Piper, I guess.  

I usually teach spin in the morning, so I'll have 2 rice cakes with peanut butter before class. I plan out what I'm going to eat for breakfast as I'm teaching (I told you, big breakfast guy over here), and get straight to business when I get home.   

I always make sure to have good protein and fat with my breakfast, otherwise I'm 100x hungrier the rest of the day (especially at night!!), and I struggle feeling satisfied. Below are 10 of my favourite options (in no particular order) that I constantly cycle through. If you're struggling for ideas, I really hope this helps!! 

#1 Frittata
 

I mentioned how I just bought a cast iron skillet HERE (still supes pumped about it, thanks for asking), and frittatas have been popping out like crazy ever since! I saute tons of veggies on the stove first, then mix eggs and egg whites (to make things fluffier) together, and then add it into the skillet. I cook everything on medium heat for a couple of minutes, and then pop it into the oven (at 350) until it's cooked all the way through.  

#2 Egg Sandwich

Cook eggs however you like and layer on sprouted english muffin on top of mashed avocado. Add in tomatoes, spinach, cheese, etc. 

#3 Breakfast Burrito

Again, saute tons of veggies on the stove, mix together eggs, and then add to the vegetables. Once everything is cooked through, add to a wrap and viola!

#4 Eggs & Avocado

Toast 2 slices of sprouted bread. Mash 1/2 avocado onto bread. Top with 2 poached eggs. 

#5 Acai Bowl

Recipe posted HERE.

#6 Smoothie

Add 1/2 frozen banana, 3 handfuls of spinach, handful of ice, 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup frozen berries, and 1 scoop IdealRaw chocolate peanut butter protein (10% off with SWOLE). Blend and enjoy! 

#7 Oatmeal

Recipe HERE.

#8 Overnight Oats

Recipe HERE.

#9 Protein Pancakes

Recipe HERE.

#10 Overnight Pancakes

Cook 1 serving of Kodiak Pancakes according to package. Place into a container and pour almond milk over the top (about 1/4 - 1/3 cup), sprinkle with chia seeds, and cacao nibs. Store in the fridge overnight. In the morning, top with berries and natural peanut butter. This is one of my FAVOURITE breakfasts. The pancake soaks up the milk overnight and it gets this really yummy cake-like texture.