Top Tips for Getting More Steps In

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If you are living a macro lifestyle, then yay, go you! You are already ahead of the game on living a healthy life. Are you ready to take it to the next level and make sure you’re living an active lifestyle as well?! Here are some top tips to make sure you are getting your steps in! Do you need a friendly reminder of how many steps you should be taking per day? Check out my blog, Increase Your Activity by Tracking, to see just how many steps you should be taking each day.

Get more steps in!

  • While your kiddo(s) are at lessons, don’t wait for them in the car or waiting area, go for a walk.
  • If you have a dog take them on a walk three times a day. Even if you have a yard to let them do their business in, don’t make yourself take them on a walk when it’s time to go! If you do not have a dog, get one!
  • Anytime you have a break, get moving! This can be at work or at home. Take a quick stroll around the office or the block.
  • Always park far away. This is a win, win because you will no longer have to hunt for a parking spot and you will get in more steps!
  • Take the stairs, elevators can be tempting, but pass them up and you won’t regret it.
  • Go on family walks, or walks by yourself, either way just walk!
  • Keep the commercials. Instead of fast forwarding let them play, while there on pick up a few things around the house.
  • When you are doing chores around the house like putting away laundry or unloading groceries, don’t try to carry everything at once. Instead only carry a few at a time and make more trips.
  • While your chatting on the phone walk around.
  • Walk your kids to school, if you don’t live close enough, park a little bit away and walk them the rest of the way.
  • At the end of the day, tidy up your house! Another win, win, more steps and no clutter!

Regardless of what your daily schedule is, there are many times you can change things up and add in a few extra steps. With these tips and a little adjusting on your part, you will be achieving 10,000 steps a day in no time!

August 2018 Macro Recipes

Bobby’s Stuffed French Toast with Strawberries & Cream

MBH bobby's french toast

Ingredients
 

Base:
cooking spray
12 pieces Sara Lee 45 Calorie whole wheat bread

Batter:
6 tbs egg whites 
1 cup skim milk
1 t ground cinnamon
1 t orange zest
1 t vanilla extract 

Filling:
1 1/2 cup fat-free cream cheese
3/4 cup strawberries, sliced 
1 tbs orange juice
1 t vanilla extract 

Directions

1. In a small bowl whisk together the batter ingredients 

2. In a small bowl place the filling ingredients and mix with mixer on low speed. 

3. spread filling on half of the bread slices. Top with remaining 6 bread slices and press edges to seal

4. Heat griddle or pan over medium heat.  Dip sandwiches in the batter for a few seconds on each side.  Cook sandwiches until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes each side.
 

Nutrients
6 servings
20g Protein, 2g Fat, 30g Carbs
 

* You can also serve with powdered sugar and syrup (not included in macros above) Also if you want to use butter instead of cooking spray add-in for that as well.

Instant Pot Unstuffed Cabbage Soup

MBH cabbage soup

Ingredients

1lb 93% lean ground beef
salt
1 large onion, finely chopped
4 cups chopped cabbage
5 cups beef broth
1 8oz can of tomato sauce
3 cloves garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
2 (14.5) cans petite diced tomatoes
black pepper
1 cup uncooked brown rice
 

Directions

1. Put the instant pot on saute and brown the ground beef.

2. Once no longer pink add the onions for a few minutes.

3. Then dump the rest of the ingredients plus salt and pepper to taste.

4. Put the Instant pot on 15 minutes high pressure making sure the steam vent is sealed. 

5. Once 15 minutes is up, then quick release and serve.  
 

Nutrients
8 Servings (1 1/2 cups)
183 Calories
16g Protein, 4.5g Fat, 19g Carbs, 11.5g Fiber


 

Misty’s Strawberry Milkshake!

Strawberry Milkshake

Ingredients

1/2 cup Halo Top Strawberry Ice Cream 
1/2 cup frozen strawberries 
1 banana
1/2 skim milk
*You can also add protein powder and/or collagen powder to increase the protein.

 

Directions

Put everything in the blender and mix it up! Then ENJOY

 

Nutrients
1 Serving
11g Protein, 2g Fat, 53g Carbs, 7g Fiber


 

Shredded Pork BBQ

MBH finished pulled pork

Ingredients

Instant Pot Shredded BBQ Pork
1 package of Pork Sirloin Tip Roast
seasonings of choice 
1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar 
1 cup Stubbs Original BBQ Sauce 

 

Directions

1. Place all the ingredients in the Instapot. cook high pressure for 70 minutes and let it slow release for 15 minutes. 2. Shred the meat and mix with the liquid. (*Shredding tip….using a hand mixer to shred meat quickly)

3. Serve!

 

Nutrients
1 Serving
22g Protein, 2g Fat, 7g Carbs
 

*I cooked Trader Joe’s frozen brown rice and steamed broccoli making this a super easy quick meal.


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The Importance of Exercise and Macronutrients During Pregnancy!

Living an active lifestyle and exercising is absolutely beneficial to your health. Did you know that continuing to exercise during pregnancy is super important too? Although physical fitness may be the last thing on your mind while growing a baby, you really should consider the pros before throwing in the towel. Hint: you are going to want to incorporate exercise no matter how much you have to make yourself just do it at times. You will never regret having had an active pregnancy. Continue reading

Get Out of a Bind with Amazon Prime Now!

It’s that time again… BACK TO SCHOOL! Don’t let your busy schedule and life stall your macro lifestyle! We all know Amazon is amazing, Amazon prime is the greatest, and let’s just all agree that Amazon Prime Now is the best thing EVER! You can literally hop on and pick macro friendly foods and in a short timeframe they will be delivered right to your door! I love it so much I want to share a few items you can quickly add to your cart to make a complete macro friendly dinner!

Sheet Pan Bake

This one is super simple and can be customized to your liking or to the options available at the time on Amazon Prime Now! Simply hop on Amazon Prime Now and go to the “shop by department” tab then select the “produce” option. Scroll through and select 3-5 different vegetables and add them to your cart! Then go back to the “shop by department” tab and select the “meat and seafood” option. Then do the same thing, scroll through and select your preference of meat. You can use any spices you have on hand to flavor. Then follow the directions below:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a large sheet pan with foil.
  3. Prep the veggies: wash and cut veggies into quarters and small slices depending on type.
  4. Prep meat: If you ordered meat that comes in a large size like chicken or sausage then cut into cubes or slices. If you ordered shrimp there is no need to cut it smaller.
  5. Place all veggies and meat on the sheet pan. Pour olive oil and any seasoning on top then toss to evenly coat all everything.
  6. Place another sheet of foil lightly on top, do not seal around the sides of the pan.
  7. Bake 15 minutes, remove from oven and take off top foil. Flip/mix all the veggies and meat around. Return to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes or until vegetables are crisp and tender and the meat is cooked through.

Make Your Own Salad

Okay here is another super simple customizable option to use with Amazon Prime Now. Go to the “shop by department” tab then select the “produce” option. Scroll through and select lettuce and a variety of different vegetables and add them to your cart! Then go back to the “shop by department” tab and select the “pantry” option. Then do the same thing, scroll through and select your preference of canned tuna, chicken, or even garbanzo beans. Don’t forget to make sure you have dressing and cheese, or you will have to add these to your cart too! Then follow the directions below:

  1. Wash all produce then cut up to desired size and toss in a bowl.
  2. Top with cheese.
  3. Drain canned meat or beans then add to salad.
  4. Finish with your choice of dressing and enjoy!

Don’t forget to use My Fitness Pal app to calculate the macros for the options you pick! If you want to know more about the My Fitness Pal app click here to check out my blog that’s all about it!

*I am not affiliated with Amazon or My Fitness Pal in any way.

Don’t dread your busy schedule any more. Amazon Prime Now makes it easy and convenient (you can literally use it on your phone anywhere you are) to place an order for groceries and ensure a delicious and healthy dinner!!

Back to School! Bento Boxes for the Win!

And they are off… I cannot believe it; my boys are officially in 2ndand 4thgrade! The first day of school went as expected, it was a bit of a heartbreaker. We recently moved resulting in the boys going to a new school this year. My youngest is not a fan of change and the whole move has been rough on him to say the least. The first day of school was accompanied by some tears, fortunately he has a wonderful teacher who turned his day around! My oldest made things a little easier on my mommy heart by going into the first day of school like a champ! Ultimately, we are all excited to see what this school year has in store for us!

MBH Back to school blog image of the boys

With the first day of school under my belt, I want to share how I pack the boy’s lunches! As a mom I know this can be a daunting task, so here are my tips & tricks to transform it into a rewarding one! I mean what’s better than knowing your kiddo is eating a well-balanced and nutritious meal at school?!

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You guys, BENTO BOXES ARE WHERE IT’S AT!! They are perfect for keeping foods separate and making it so easy to pack all the right stuff. I plan ours out by protein, fruits, veggies, fat, and a little treat! I have one kiddo that is sweet and one that is salty, so I pack each box a little different. Just incase your wondering, I got my Bento boxes from amazon, I added the link if your interested, click here.

Did you know that micronutrition is healthy for kids too? Of course, their numbers are going to be different, but protein, fats, and carbs are still super important. I do not track macros for my kids, but I do try to make balanced meals based on the guidelines. Below are some great ideas you can try!

MBH back to school blog PROTEINMBH back to school image carbsMBH back to school blog image fatsDon’t let packing lunches bring you down. Get creative and have some fun! I promise your kids will love having fun and nutritious lunches at school! They will be the talk of the lunchroom! I always love sharing my favorite tips and tricks. Living a healthy lifestyle is one of the greatest things you could ever do for yourself and your family. I hope some of my favorite Bento Box ideas will become some of yours too! Good luck this school year!