Friday Favourites

Except on Monday. It’s all good. I have my life together, I swear…

Here are some of my favourite things that I find helpful in regards to being a mum, and trying to live a healthy lifestyle! Happy Monday!!

TRUE LEMON + COLLAGEN PEPTIDES

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I have been drinking this mix regularly since the beginning of the summer, so I have no clue why I’m only posting about it now. True Lemon is a natural mix that I like drinking during the afternoon to mix up plain water. I add in Collagen For Her collagen peptides (I believe “GOODFORTHESWOLE” gets you 10% off) because they are unflavoured and it’s just an easy way to sneak in collagen.

MENTAL HEALTH

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I’ve always known mental health is important, but going through a divorce has given me a whole new appreciation for it, and I see the direct impact it has on physical and just overall health. IT IS SO IMPORTANT. I recently started following Alexa Allred (@allredyalexa) on Instagram. She is a Mental Health Therapist, and shares helpful tips, advice, and mental health education on her page. Even just seeing her posts and stories pop up are a nice reminder every day to check in and make sure my mental health is taken care of too!

SHARK MOP

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When I went to Washington D.C. to visit a friend a couple of months ago, she was raaaving about her new Shark mop. You know you’re old when you get so excited about cleaning supplies haha. I ordered one on Amazon, and it really is the best! Jack and Piper are the messiest eaters known to mankind, so meal times look like a giant food fight took place. It’s so easy to just plug this mop in, and quickly sanitize the floors. It uses steam which I love because Jack’s crawls around the floors, and having chemicals all over the place stress me out. You just add water, and the steam kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria. I could go on and on, but just go and read the reviews. I’m a fan!

WORKOUT SUBSCRIPTION

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Obviously, I’m going to bring up my newest workout subscription! This one is designed for anyone wanting to workout effectively from home! I don’t get to workout at the gym very often, so most of my workouts happen from home. I know a lot of women/mothers can’t get to the gym either, so I hope this helps! For more information, go HERE!

NURSING SPORTS BRA

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Senita Athletics just released another style of nursing sports bras. Since starting Good For The Swole, I’ve had the chance to try nursing sports bras from different companies. Senita Athletics are hands down my FAAAAVOURITE nursing sports bras. They are comfortable, supportive, and the padding inside doesn’t bunch up when you pull it down to nurse (you know what I mean????). I have a smaller chest, so both styles of nursing sports bras work great for me, and I love them both. Their newest one has more coverage, and offers more support. If you have a larger chest, I’d opt for this one, but both are AWESOME!!

Full Day Of Eating

I'm kicking off this Monday with a full day of eating from last week! Every day isn't perfect, and I try to just eat what feels GOOD. I don't count calories or macros, but I am mindful of them. For example, if I eat a breakfast that's higher in carbs (like a big acai bowl), then I'll try and focus more on proteins and healthy fats for my next meal. I feel the best when I get a good balance of everything at the end of the day, and it's just what works for me!

PRE-BREAKFAST

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I had warm lemon water with apple cider vinegar first thing (read the benefits of that HERE), and then brewed some crio bru (read the benefits HERE) and took it on our morning walk. We live 5 minutes away from a High School track, so we head there and do a few laps every morning. 

BREAKFAST

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This looks incredibly unappetizing haha, but it's what most of my meals look like. I've been eating overnight oats daily lately and I'm still not sick of it. I combine 1/2 cup oats, 3/4 cup liquid (I usually just use water), and 1 scoop of IdealRaw chocolate peanut butter protein (use SWOLE for 10% off) and store in the fridge. When I'm ready to eat it, I add peanut butter, strawberries, and hemp seeds, and it's so filling, good for the milk supply, and tastes so good!

SNACK

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2 rice cakes, nitrate-free turkey, arugula, mustard, and microgreens

LUNCH

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I had leftovers from the sweet potato nachos I made for dinner the night before. I posted the recipe HERE. The leftovers are just as good and I had to have two bowls.

SNACK

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Alright. WHY HAVE I NEVER TRIED DATES BEFORE?? WHY?!? I saw a box at Trader Joes last week, and I always see people using them in recipes, so I figured...sure, why not. I tried one when I got home, and I never got around to using the rest of them in a recipe because they're so good! Holy moly. I had a couple with peanut butter and hemp seeds on top, and it was so tasty. 

DINNER

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I talked my mum and sister into going to Protein Foundry for dinner with me, and we all got acai bowls (Piper and I shared mine). I love this place. 

SNACK

I went to the gym after Jack and Piper went down, and finished with another IdealRaw chocolate protein shake, along with a scoop of Collagen For Her collagen peptides. 

Friday Favourites

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I've been working on eating more natural foods, and finding the best sources to put into my body. I still have a ways to go, but I've also been trying to find and use better natural products that I put ON my body. Deodorant was the first one I looked into because, since it goes on the armpit, it is absorbed and goes right into the body's system. Most deodorants contain chemicals and aluminum, which have been directly linked to breast cancer and Alzheimers disease. I've tried a few different brands, but Schmidt's Naturals is my favourite! I got it on Amazon, and it works great! 

COLLAGEN PEPTIDES

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I started using collagen peptides in my diet while I was breastfeeding Piper, and I've been using it ever since! There are TONS of benefits to using collagen (an in-depth list can be found HERE), and is something I use every day in either my post workout protein shakes, energy balls, pancakes, oatmeal, and even lemon water (it's unflavoured, so you can't taste it). The two brands I love are Collagen For Her and Vital Proteins.

**It's recommended to run any product by your OWN doctor if you are pregnant or nursing. I, personally, used it while pregnant and while breastfeeding both babies. 

NURSING DRESS

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I bought this dress from Roolee a couple of months ago, and it has been perfect! I love dresses in the summer but, unless there are buttons at the top, they're a bit tricky to wear when breastfeeding. This dress has little zippers on the sides (that are hidden in the seam), so it's easy to nurse! They have tons of nursing friendly dresses, that are also cute and don't look so "mum-ish", if you know what I mean. 

PRE-WORKOUT

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I first tried out THIS pre-workout  a couple of months ago, and I surprisingly really like it! I tried pre-workout once before, awhile ago, and hated it because it made me so jittery and want to scratch my face off. They have other products, but I love the all-natural one. You can take it like a pixie stick, or mix it with water and drink 15 minutes before your workout. It has helped me push myself a lot more (I generally feel pretty motivated to workout, but I've noticed I get a lot more out of my workouts when I use this). I am breastfeeding, and my doctor is fine with me taking this. It has 100mg of caffeine, and is the only caffeine source I consume. As always, please do your own research and consult your doctor if you are nursing.

Friday Favourites

Nothing like kicking off your weekend with some Good For The Swole reading, am I right? This week has been a little up and down, so I'm pretty glad it's over. Before heading off to enjoy the weekend, I wanted to share a little roundup of things that I'm loving lately - obviously pregnancy, baby, and health related!

I hope you all have the best weekend!!

PLANET BOX

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The Planet Box I ordered for Piper arrived this week and I love it! I've mentioned this before, but I'm really trying to be more eco-friendly, and reduce my plastic use. I'm especially making an effort to eliminate the use of plastic with my food! I've also been looking for something simple that we can take to the beach or park and enjoy a little picnic with, and this has been PERFECT! I chose the Rover style because the compartments looked like the best fit for us, and Piper loooves it! I've actually also been letting Piper use it on our living room or playroom floor, which helps with the whole throwing-her-food-off-the-highchair phase we're currently going through.

PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP BREAD 

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I shared this little video clip of Piper and I making paleo pumpkin chocolate chip bread from a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to also share a picture of it here, along with saving the recipe, because IT.WAS.AMAZING!! I was planning on taking a picture of the loaf when it came out of the oven too, but I was stupid and didn't let it cool first, so let's just say we ate the loaf in chunks rather than slices (I'm an idiot). Definitely make this, and definitely let it cool first! Recipe HERE (adapted from HERE).

TUBBY TODD

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I want to write a whole post about Tubby Todd because I have so much more to say about this product, BUT to sum it up - I highly recommend this brand! I've been really working on improving the quality of the food in our home, and I'm also beginning to focus on the quality of cleaning and household products as well. It's definitely a process, and I have MUCH more to learn and improve on, but you have to start somewhere! Obviously one of the first things I've been concerned about is what I am putting on Piper's little body. I have been using Tubby Todd on Pipes because their products are 100% natural, simple, and safe. Plus they work WONDERS. Honest. Piper's skin is so soft, it immediately gets rid of any dryness, and it smells amazing!

CREAMY CHICKEN PESTO PASTA 

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I can't take credit for this quick dinner, because Laura, from @fitasgluck, posted the step-by-steps on her Insta story, but I've made it a few times because it's amazing! It's one of those meals I make when I don't feel like cooking, or when I haven't planned anything, because I always have the ingredients on hand. Give it a try!

INGREDIENTS:

  • Banza pasta
  • 2 heads of broccoil
  • Cooked chicken 
  • Kite Hill chive cream cheese (can also use Arla herbs & spices spread or Laughing Cow garlic & herb wedges, but I recommend Kite Hill first)
  • Pesto (I make mine with basil, olive oil, salt & pepper, and garlic. I just keep adding more of certain ingredients until it tastes the way I want it to)

DIRECTIONS:

Roast broccoli in the oven at 375 for about 35 minutes (I season mine with Trader Joes 21 Seasoning Salute. Cook Banza pasta according to package directions. Drain the pasta, and add to a large mixing bowl, along with roasted broccoli and cooked chicken. Try to time it so everything is cooked and hot at the same time. Add in 1/2 a container of Kite Hill Chive cream cheese spread and mix everything together (you want everything to be hot so the cream cheese melts and spreads easily). Add 2 tbsp of homemade pesto and viola!

A SAFE PREGNANCY CORE WORKOUT

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