Happy Wednesday….. It’s Wednesday, right? My days have seemed to melt together since I’ve been home from the hospital. Dave went back to work yesterday and I’ve been doing this whole stay at home mom thing to two girls for two days now! Hooray, we’ve survived so far. And it hasn’t been too bad.
Corrine is adjusting to having a baby in the house. She seems to really like having her here except when we can’t go outside because “sissy” is sleeping. Daddy has been paying extra special attention to her when he gets home and when I have to tend to Joelle. It’s been really sweet to watch. He’s such a good daddy.
The first day was great. Both kiddos went down for an afternoon nap at the same time. I did a little victory dance and enjoyed the quiet house for a whole hour. And then Joelle actually slept from 10:30 pm to 5 am! Bonus, more sleep!
Today was a different story. Joelle slept the majority of the morning and Corrine and I played alot. But when it came time for a nap, Joelle was demanding a nursing session and Corrine was about an hour over due on that nap. So I ended up with two screaming girls and I had to pick which one to tend to first. I let Joelle cry for a minute or two while I put Corrine down which made Corrine scream even more. But as soon as I shut her door, she crashed into her bed. After nursing little one, all was good in the Przybyla house.
So since I posted about my post pregnancy goals, I’ve been thinking about the lack of veggies in my diet and wanted to pass along my 5 tips to increase vegetable intake. I’ve been putting these into practice because that’s the biggest flaw in my diet right now.
5 Tips to increase veggie intake
- Have them ready and accessible. You don’t want a snack that takes time to prep. Have them cleaned sliced and ready to grab and go. Buy baby carrots as they are ideal snack with hummus or any other dip.
- Hide them. Roast peppers, onions, broccoli, cauliflower and blend them into sauces for pasta. You can roast and mince up alot of veggies and have them on hand when you’re serving something with a sauce. I would imagine that you can get a kid to eat more veggies using this tip. If they can’t see them, they’re not there, right 🙂
- Put them in smoothies. I love a green smoothie as long as you can’t taste the leafy greens. 1 cup of leafy greens is enough for a single serving smoothie and provides lots of fiber, calcium and iron. I like to combine my leafy greens with greek yogurt (for protein), and any frozen fruit like bananas, berries and pineapple. Bonus tip: don’t use carrots in smoothies. They create a weird grainy texture that is not appealing in a smoothie in my opinion.
- Try a doing a Meatless Monday. Pick a entree for dinner that has no meat and you’re left with vegetables. Experiment with lentils, vegetable pastas, spaghetti sauce etc. Did you know there’s a website dedicated completely to Meatless Monday? Check it out!
- Commit to eating a vegetable with breakfast at least 3 times a week. Coast around my breakfast board on Pinterest for a recipe that’s quick, easy and contains a vegetables. Alot of these recipes can be prepped beforehand and reheated in the morning. My favorite is a breakfast burrito with onions, peppers and avocado. Yum!
Which tip will you try this week? I’m working on more smoothies this week since it’s been so hot out lately!
On the fitness front. I’m excited that I’m really healing quickly and feeling pretty good. I’m looking forward to teaching my first classes back this coming Sunday! I’m covering for another instructor and super excited to be teaching BodyCombat and BodyFlow again. It’s been far too long.
I’ve also been thinking alot about running these days. Especially because all my running friends are doing great things in their training for fall marathons and Ironmans. I read all about it on Facebook and it’s definitely motivating me to get back into it.
What’s your motivation to get back into your fitness routine or stay with your routine?