Busy Mom’s Guide to Breakfast

As a student mom with a job, eating healthy is a major struggle. For me, the hardest part is finding the time to do the grocery shopping, prepping for meals, cooking, and keeping track of my eating habits. It’s so much easier to make a McDonalds run and spend 5 bucks on a small meal. However, this also comes with extra fat, grease and carbs that cause my weight to skyrocket and my health to plummet. Assuming more than a few of you have a hard time with healthy eating as busy as you all are, here are a few tips, ideas and recipes for breakfast that will help you stay healthy without spending any extra time you don’t have.

  • Keep it simple.
    • The biggest mistake busy people make trying to eat healthy is over-complicate things, trying to calculate calories and macros and cooking really complex foods in order to stay fit. This is so weird to me because it can be just as effective to just be mindful about making decisions like oatmeal vs McDonalds and keeping up regul;ar exercise. As long as you’re living a healthy lifestyle, it actually isn’t that difficult to keep yourself in shape.
    • If you MUST count calories and macros, MyFitnessPal and LoseIt! are two really good apps where you can keep track of all that for free while also being really simple to use.
  • ALWAYS include a protein.
    • Protein is the easiest and first form of energy your body processes, but it’s also very filling and helps keep your energy up throughout the day. The more lean proteins you can get in during your meals, the better. In a bit, I’ll explain some ways top sneak in some extra protein into your breakfast routine without any extra hassle.
  • Keep it yummy.
    • Eating healthy is a big bummer if what you’re eating is bland and tasteless. However, there are lots of ways to add spice to your life without racking up all the calories. Using fresh herbs,healthy spices such as cinnamon or pepper, and your favorite fruits and vegetables in your morning meals are some great ways to add some flavor without drenching your food in salt.
  • Quick and healthy breakfast foods
    • Oatmeal (can be used in smoothies or with nuts, cranberries, and cinnamon mixed in— eat with boiled eggs for protein)
    • Boiled eggs (I like them with pepper or stone ground mustard but that’s just me)
    • Turkey sausage/turkey bacon (much leaner than regular bacon)
  • Super simple recipes
    • Protein Smoothie (makes 2 servings)
      • 1 cup frozen fruit of your choice (I use the berry blends because I love berries)
      • 1-2 scoops protein powder (the one I am currently using is StrongGirl Vanilla Ice Cream but EAS is really good/ fairly cheap as well)
      • 8 oz coconut milk or almond milk
      • 2 tbsp chia seeds (optional, make sure to soak them in coconut milk for about 10 minutes before blending)
      • 1/2 cup spinach or kale (optional, I use spinach)
    • Eggs and Veggie Scramble
      • Eggs (whole or whites, I use 2 per serving)
      • Ground turkey to taste (cooked, I use 1-2 oz)
      • Grape tomatoes (to taste)
      • Spinach (2 cups)
      • 1/2 Onion (chopped)
      • !/2 Cup Cheese of your choice
      • 1/2 avocado (diced)
      • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
      • Any other veggies you want
        • Heat skillet to medium heat on stovetop
        • Lightly grease with olive or coconut oil
        • Add spinach, mushrooms and onions, allow spinach to cook down
        • Add ground turkey and eggs, stir occassionally
        • Once eggs are nearly coked, add rest of ingredients and stir in, cook until eggs are solid and cheese is melted
    • Avocado Toast
      • Toast
      • Mashed avocado (1/2 per slice)
      • Slice hard-boiled eggs
      • Grape tomatoes (if desired)
      • Top with ground cinnamon and pepper to taste

 

 

Hope you enjoy these tips and recipes! If you have any cool and healthy breakfast recipes, leave it in the comments! If you want to see more, send me an email or leave a comment below!

Busy Mom’s Guide to Tummy Time

Honestly, my 2 1/2 month old is really difficult when it comes to tummy time. He’s an early roller and hates big on his tummy, so instead of tummy time, he decides to just roll over and it takes us about 20 minutes to get in 10 minutes of tummy time.

As a student mom with a job, this makes me crazy because I’m all about maximizing my time and this does anything but. So, I’ve scoured Google and asked all the moms I know for tips on how to get him to stay on his tummy and make tummy time more fun. Here’s what I came up with:

1. Start small

First of all, tummy time needs to start happening from birth and be a daily ritual for your baby so he or she can get used to it. But also, I’m talking time. Start your baby out with shot tummy time sessions throughout the day, about 2-3 minutes. As they get older and stronger, start increasing the length of tummy time sessions by 30 seconds or a minute until your baby is getting the amount of time they need.

2. Make it fun

This part is really all up to you. You know your baby and what they find fun. My little boy likes lights and songs, so I sing songs with him or put light-up toys in front of him so he wants to lift his head to see and so that he has fun while he’s on his tummy.

3. Timing is everything

Especially if your baby hates tummy time, it’s best to do it after a nap or feeding so that he’s athe his happiest. With my son, if I try to do tummy time while he’s fussy, he’ll just lay there and cry, which really isn’t productive for him and is stressful and time-wasting for me.

Well, there ya have it. A short but important list of helpful hints for maximizing your baby’s play time. Hope it helps someone out there.

Big Announcement!

As you may know if you read my recent blog post, Dear Student Moms, I have undergone a major life change. With that, I joined what I learned to be a pretty underrepresented community: student moms. As a first time mom who woks and goes to school full-time, I am constantly finding myself feeling stressed, confused, and alone. One of the biggest reasons behind that being I don’t know anyone  in my same situation and I am exploring uncharted territory seemingly all by myself. So, I want all of you student moms out there to know that you are NOT alone.

Starting January 1st, my blog is undergoing major construction. I’m turning it into a mommy blog geared toward student and/or working moms. I’m going to be sharing my journey of learning how to juggle school, work, life, and family and I’m hoping to build a community of support and acceptance for all those busy moms out there. So, if you’re reading this and you know a student or working mom (especially first time parents), let them know that they are definitely going to want to check my blog out come January!

Holiday Leftovers

There are several foods that are traditional holiday staples and it wouldn’t be a holiday diner unless these items are on your table, such as turkey, ham, stuffing and mashed potatoes. However, when everyone leaves and you’re stuck with the leftovers, what do you do with them? You can only eat so much ham. Here are a couple quick and easy recipes that can add a little variety to eating several days’ worth of holiday leftovers.

Turkey Cranberry Salad
1 head iceberg lettuce, chopped
1 avocado, sliced
1 cup Shredded cheese
2 cups Shredded cooked turkey
1/4 cup Cranberries
1/2 cup Cherry tomatoes
2 Carrots, sliced
2 Boiled eggs, sliced
Chopped pecans *optional
Apple Cider Vinegar to taste
**dressing
Directions: Add all ingredients into a large bowl and toss

Thanksgiving on Bread
-Stuffing
-Cooked Turkey
-Mashed Potatoes
-Gravy
-Cranberry sauce *optional
-Dinner rolls or bread
Directions: Pile a slice of turkey and a couple spoonfuls of stuffing onto a piece of bread and cover with another piece of bread. Add a spoonful of mashed potatoes and gravy on top of that and add a third slice of bread. Replace bread with leftover dinner rolls to make a slider version of this recipe.

I’d love to hear from you! How do you add variety to your holiday leftovers? Drop a comment below.

Thanksgiving Dinner For College Students

As all of you probably know, Thanksgiving is this Thursday. Ttaditionally, it’s a day for families to get together, have a massive meal, and be thankful for each others’ company. However, many college students aren’t able to go see their families for Thanksgiving or maybe just have a small family and dont want to spend a lot of money on one meal just to have leftovers for weeks. If that’s you, here’s some substitutions you can make  so that you can still have a downsized, less expensive Thanksgiving dinner while still having that traditional feel.

1.) Turkey breast instead of a whole turkey

Just buying a few turkey breasts and cooking enough for you and the couple people you’re spending the holiday with can save a lot of time and money. However, if you really want a whole bird, go for a smaller bird like a chicken or Cornish hen.

2. Baked sweet potatoes

Yams are a huge staple of Thanksgiving, but you might not want to make an entire dish of yams for just you and your roommates. One solution is to buy a couple sweet potatoes and bake them. Not only will it be simpler, cheaper, and eliminate waste, but it is also a lot healthier than a dish full of yams smothered in marshmallows.

3. Frozen vegetables

Many Thanksgiving tables feature cooked vegetable dishes such as corn or green beans. One super simple way of keeping veggies involved in your Thanksgiving dinner is to buy a bag of frozen vegetables and boil them in water. They taste just as good and they’re cheaper and easier to make

4. Pumpkin ice cream

Can’t eat a whole pie by yourself but still want that traditional pumpkin dessert flavor? No problem, just grab a pint of pumpkin flavored ice cream. Pumpkin spice is a super popular flavor this time of year and shouldn’t be too hard to find. If there isn’t a grocery store near you that carries it, then just stop by the nearest Starbucks for a pumpkin spice latte. Since pumpkin is suvh a popular flavor, there are endless ways to make this substitution for your holiday.

For all of you who are having a small Thanksgiving this year, I hope some of these ideas helped you out! If you use any of these ideas or have any of your own, feel free to drop a comment below. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Dear Student Moms

Dear Student Mother,

College is hard, especially if you’re full-time: going to classes, keeping up with exams and projects, and trying to balance it all with work and social obligations. For many people, it’s too much work. For you, “student” is just one of the many roles you play.

In addition, you may also have a job. That’s tough, too. Whether you work a couple shifts a week or full-time, adding that responsibility to college coursework can be exhausting. After you get off work, all you want is to sleep.

Yet, when you finally get home at the end of a busy day of work and class, you have to tend to your most important responsibility of all, your children. You clean up what you can around the house, make sure your family is fed and happy, put everyone to bed, and crack open your textbooks in preparation for the next day.

As a student mother (especially if your kids are very young), the work is never done and it can be extremely difficult to take care of yourself on top of all your responsibilities. The job is overwhelming and more often than not, you feel like you’re doing everything wrong because your life isn’t picture perfect.

To all the student moms out there, I am writing to you today to say that you’re doing a great job. Even though you love your children, your job as a student mother is exhausting and nearing the impossible, yet you’re doing it. Just by taking care of your family and making the commitment to create a better future for them, you’re a super mom and an insanely strong and talented individual. Be proud of yourself. You’re amazing and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Sincerely,

A New Student Mother

Welcome back to my blog! (Sorry about not posting in a while)

Hey everyone, my blog is FINALLY back up and running again after a very long break. I’m super sorry it took so long for me to start writing again after summer ended, but I had a super crazy beginning to my new semester!
Anyway, I wish I had a bunch of cool pics of amazing things I did over summer but I’m pretty boring. I didn’t do any traveling or anything cool like that, but I did have a lot of exciting things that happened over summer that I’d love to share with you guys!
I moved into a new apartment (I’ll share pics later once I get everything settled in), I got an awesome new job doing therapy work, and I have a baby on the way (due in a couple weeks)!!
Hope you all had fun and exciting summers, too! If you did anything cool, feel free to share in the comments below.
Welcome back!

End of the School Year 2017

Hey, everyone! It’s the end of the school year and I’m no longer a freshman in college. Seems like the year really flew by.

I’m just posting to let you all know that I’ll be taking a break from posting over the summer, but I promise I won’t forget you guys! I’ll be back online when the new school year starts and I’ll make sure to recap my experiences over the summer for you when I get back.

Thank you everyone for reading my blog and I hope to see you all again soon!

A Day In the Life of a College Student

For those of you going off to college next semester and are wondering what life is like in college, here’s a breakdown of what I did on Thursday to give you an idea of what being a college freshman is like.

Since I have night classes on Thursdays, I got the day to catch up on life and spend a little time to myself before class. So, I slept in until 10. I wasn’t feeling great, so I took some clothes to the housing laundry facilities, threw a couple loads in the washer and headed to the Health Center. After a quick check-up and getting ibuprofen for my headache, I got lunch at main dining and headed back to my dorm to study.

When I got back, I finished my laundry, ate lunch, and studied for a couple hours. After having a mini anxiety attack over upcoming finals, I put away the books and took a nap. Then, I woke up and grabbed a snack before classes. Took out the trash, washed some dishes, and headed off to class.

After agonizing through statistics and dragging through my never-ending bio lab, I went back to my dorm and hung out with a couple friends. They eventually went home and I watched Netflix until 2 AM or so until I fell asleep.

Well, there ya go: an average weekday in the life of a college student. Sorry it wasn’t as glamorous as some of you might have imagined college to be. College really can be a ton of fun, especially when you get involved on campus, and there are a lot of great perks to being in college. So, don’t get discouraged by my super lame Thursday. College is great and you grow a lot during your time as a college student. Good luck to you all!