As a part time nanny for two families, full time student, intern for two non-profits, and full time friend, sister, and daughter, I spend most my days in a shuffle from one thing to the next. Half the time I am livng off of coffee, an english muffin, and a constant flow of H2O. I usually have gold fish crumbs on my yoga pants and chocolate milk stains on my shirt (that I've worn for two consecutive days) while trying to read a few pages of my textbook at a time, not to mention the work that needs to be completed for this weeks up coming meetings for both my very time consuming internships. From 6 AM to 10PM I have to find a way to fit in making meals for the little ones (breakfast and lunch seem to merge together somehow), playing with them (in other words, chasing after the toys they are throwing around), trying to complete one of the homework assignments for the week, and feeding myself (healthy food...that is the challenge). Not to mention, working out, showering, and actually getting "ready" for the day (which, by the way, has become a very loose idea for me these days). As most of you moms out there know, it takes some sort of skill to juggle your responsibilities and needs with the needs of the little ones you love so much.
There is a fine line between "playing" with the two year old cutie from the couch while she is watching Tangled for the one-hundreth time and actively engaging with her. There is a significant difference between grazing on the gold fish and snack packs and grazing on fresh fruits and veggies all the day long. The former of both senarios are, of course, the easier of your options, but the latter are so much more rewarding. As you can imagine, finding the time to really take care of yourself while taking care of kids can feel almost impossible and it seems like you would be left even more drained of energy then if you chose to sit on that couch for four consecutive hours. Do not be fooled. Working out and eating those veggies are the very things that will get you through your day more efficienctly than anything else.
That is why I have come up with a few meal and snack ideas, as well as some at-home work out resources that I like to use. Hopfully, for those of you who are nannies or fulltime mamas, this will help equip you for some of your busiest days.
Foods That Love You Back:
Breakfast - 1 Toasted English Muffin w/2 TBSP Almond Butter, Optional: Thinly Sliced Apples on Top
Coffee - 1 Cup Brewed Coffee, 2 TBSP Coconut Milk Creamer & 1 Packet of Stevia
Snack - (usually about 2 hours later) 1 Cup Blueberries w/ 1/2 Cup Yogurt or 10 Almonds
NOTE: I constantly have two bowls of fresh veggies on the counter for me to snack on.
My favorites are cucumbers, carrots, and broccoli, but you can do this with virtually any veggie you choose.
This helps me to resist the temptation to grab a handful of crackers or animal cookies & makes me feel more energized too. If straight up, hard core raw veggies are too ambitious for you, I sometimes drizzle a small bit of balsamic vinegar and olive oil on them for taste.
Lunch - Depends on the day & what I am doing. Here are some options -
- Spinach salad with tomatoes and grilled chicken (1 TBSP of dressing for taste)
- Green Smoothie: 2 Handfuls baby spinach, 1/2 Apple, 1/2 Banana, 5 Strawberries (or handful of any berries you like), 1 Cup water, & Juice from 1/2 Orange ---- Throw it in a blender and you've got a sweet, light lunch for on the go.
I usually do not get around to a legitamate workout until after lunch and the little one is put down for a nap. Since at that point I really do not have the option of going to a gym or going for a run outside, I have found some pretty heart-pumping workouts through the beloved Pinterest. Here are just a few resuorces to get you going and re-energize you for the second half of your busy day!
- This one is fun and surprisingly challenging when done with intensity. DON'T SLACK on those upper-cut punches ;)
Bob Harper's 20 Minute Circuit Training
- This one is quick and pretty simple but you should definitely break a sweat.
The One-Room Workout, No Tredmill Necessary
- This will get your heart pumping pretty quick and is sure to strengthen.
After I work out, I finish it up with a good stretching routine and protein smoothie:
- 1 Cup Ice, 1 Scoop Chocolate Protein Powder, 1/2 Banana, 1 Cup Light Soy Milk & Optional: 1 Packet Instant Coffee (for those days you need an extra kick)
(Workouts found at: Life Plus Fitness, Fitness Magazine Website, Every College Girl Blog)
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