High Protein Egg Muffins (With Arugula, Feta and Quinoa)

Recently, I have been putting some major effort into getting back in shape. It only took about a year and half to find the motivation after Parker was born, but HEY, gotta start somewhere. To be honest, I have actually really enjoyed the last year and a half of being relaxed about what I ate and a lot more lenient with working out. But, since I've got a lot of awesome things coming up (and some that might require a lot more photos of myself), I realize that I want to put some time into my body before that all happens. 

Plus, summer.

With that said, I have been working on a plan with a trainer (which I will go into more details about later). My schedule is a bit crazy so I have been having to do more home workouts; but I've been working out 4-5 times a week. And as for my meals - I'm trying to keep everything in balance (protein- carbs- fats) for my personal body type and goals, which requires a lot of preparation. The hardest part for me is upping my protein count without a starch based protein (like beans, sweet potatoes, etc) and having to eat 5 times a day- it's easy to run out of ideas! 

These egg muffins however, have been a lifesaver! And even better, Parker LOVES them. They are packed with nutrients, simple to make and a perfect ratio of protein, carbs and fats. I like them as a snack or for a quick breakfast. 

High Protein Egg Muffins

3 eggs
1 C. egg whites
2 Tbs. plain almond milk (or regular organic milk)
1 C. cooked quinoa
1 C. arugula
1/2 C. feta
1/2 C. chopped mushrooms
1/4 C. chives
sea salt + pepper to taste

Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the egg whites, eggs, milk and some salt and pepper (whisk well and set aside)
  • Spray muffin tins with oil (about 9)
  • Stuff the arugula, mushrooms, and chives evenly into each tin (not too full)
  • Add about a tablespoon of quinoa into each tin (over the veggies)
  • Then, sprinkle some feta on top of the mixture in each tin
  • (Alternatively, you can mix together all of the ingredients excluding the egg mixture, together in a bowl before placing them into the tin)
  • Gently mix together the ingredients in each tin
  • Divide and pour in egg mixture evenly over all 9 tins (filling just barely to the top)
  • Cook for about 20-30 minutes.
Enjoy!!

Au Naturale: 4 Products I'm Loving

I have been exploring natural products since I was pregnant (so a little over two years now). And I will say, this has been a total hit or miss. At one point I even gave up for a month, bought Clinique products and just said, screw it. Then, after two weeks of switching to Clinique not only did my skin go a bit crazy with all of the changes, but I didn't feel right about it. I will never be perfect at this "natural" routine. I'll still slather on self tanner here and there and I'm still having a hard time with natural shampoos and conditioners, but I really felt like there are enough great natural products out there now that I can't really give up. 

So, after more time and money, I'm finally finding things I like. And I will be posting about these products that are working as I go in hopes that I can do all the hard work for others trying to switch over to natural products.

Here is the deal with my skin:

I have dry skin/combination. Mainly dry though. I also have sunspots and pigmentation from all of my previous "no sunscreen" days. I get occasional breakouts, but nothing crazy. And my skin is somewhat sensitive; not to where I need sensitive products, but certain products can really irritate it. So, with that said, I tend to look for hydrating and brightening products that aren't too harsh when it comes to my face.

These are a few of my favorites lately:

1. Andalou Naturals Brightening Beauty Balm: Okay, I'm slightly obsessed with this stuff. I use this as my moisturizer in the morning because it is super moisturizing, has a sheer tint and also has SPF 30. Since I've been in California this has been a lifesaver. If I'm at the beach or headed outside for exercise I don't love to put makeup on, so this has been a nice replacement. It looks like your face just had a big glass of water :)

2. COOLA Guava Mango Sunscreen SPF 50: COOLA is such an amazing brand. I really love all of their stuff. For me, I prefer a spray sunscreen because it is a whole lot easier to put on. And this stuff smells amazing (major plus). Their sunscreen definitely lives with me during the summertime. 

3. Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment: This as a moisturizer at night has been so helpful to hydrate my skin and give it a nice glow. Contrary to what you might think, the oil will actually not leave your skin feeling oily. My skin soaks this stuff right up (in the best way possible).

4. LaVanila Sports Luxe Deodorant: I used to use their regular version, but I wasn't quite sure it completely helped with odor after a workout. This sports luxe version is a much better option if you are active. I've been loving it! One thing to remember is that most natural deodorants won't really control sweat however. 

Are their any natural products that you love? I am still on the search for a good shampoo and conditioner so I'd love any recommendations! 

xx

Girls Trip: Central Oregon

A girls weekend away is always a good idea. Although it isn't as easy now-a-days with a little one, I know how important girl time and mom time is. 

So last weekend myself and a few girlfriends packed our bags and headed down to Terrebonne (right outside of Bend) and stayed a house we found on airbnb. I left my computer behind in exchange for some good books and my notepad; making sure I had some time to unplug and relax. 

Of course I had to make to my famous healthy waffles. 

We also had to check out Smith Rock at sunset. This is a must!
It was a weekend full of laughter, great food, relaxation and adventure, that's for sure.


Two-Ingredient Banana Oat Toddler Cookies


I know how easy it is to reach for pre-packaged food when you have a little one. I even try and grab the healthiest brands I know for my little guy, but I still would rather give him something healthier and homemade.

So, allow me to introduce to you our new favorite: 

Two-ingredient cookies.

These are ridiculously simple, healthy, tasty and perfect for your little one. I also spent about, hmmm, 3 minutes prepping these? Yep.

Two-Ingredient Banana Oat Toddler Cookies
makes about 10

2 large bananas
2 cups oats

Optional ingredients:

Pinch of sea salt
Vanilla
Cinnamon 
Chocolate Chips 
Raisins
Coconut 
Pecans
Cranberries

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Place bananas and oats in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth 

Add in any optional ingredients (I add sea salt, cinnamon, chocolate chips and vanilla)

Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray

Drop about a tablespoon of batter per cookie onto cookie sheet; flatten a bit with a spoon

Bake for about 10-12 minutes

Remove from oven, allow to cool and ENJOY!