First Time Mom and Losing It: April 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Healthy and Creamy Chicken Caesar Wrap


I love Chicken Caesar Wraps. I used to always order them when I went out to eat in a diner. There is something about that pungent and creamy Caesar dressing that I love. I have tried making wraps or eating salads with the lower fat non creamy version of the dressing. That just didn't do it for me. When I eat salads or wraps I just have to have the creamy version of the dressing.

I have been making my own dressing since starting on this weight loss journey and kept adding things to make it creamy like nonfat Greek yogurt and avocado. After a lot of trial and error I finally created a creamy Caesar dressing that I love.

Creamy Caesar Dressing
  • 1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tblsp olive oil
  • 2 tblsp Parmesan cheese
  • 2 fillets of anchovies
  • 1 tblsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • pinch salt
  • pinch of fresh ground black pepper
  1. Place all of the ingredients into a small blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper if desired.
  2. Store it in a small glass mason jar and use it up within 3 days.
**Take make it thicker add 1/4 of a small Haas avocado peeled and cubed.


Creamy Caesar Chicken Wrap
  • 3 ounces cooked chicken breast, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 serving Creamy Caesar Dressing
  • 2 tblsp shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 low carb whole wheat wrap (like La Tortilla)
  1. Place lettuce on top of wrap. Top with dressing. Add chicken on top and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  2. Wrap, slice in half, serve with some kale chips and enjoy!



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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

3 Months and 2 Weeks Down


Weigh In: I lost 0.6 pounds for a total lost of 39.2 pounds.

Nutrition: I didn't do well at all this week. I ate out a lot and didn't make great choices. I did try chia seeds in an overnight pineapple and coconut oatmeal. I am so in love with overnight oatmeal! I thought I wouldn't like it because it wasn't hot but I was pleasantly surprised.  I will be trying other flavors this week.

Fitness:
I went to the gym only once this week. I did have a great workout that one day and did an incline treadmill workout for 30 minutes and a interval elliptical workout for 30 minutes. My sister was in town so I did a lot of walking on several days with her.

I was pretty disappointed by my actions last week. I have to try to make it to the gym more often and get my strength training in. Before becoming pregnant I was pretty fit and was doing the couch to 5k and loved doing planks. I hope to start on those challenges again this week. As far as my nutrition I have my week planned out and bought all of the groceries I will need. I am hoping that keeps me on track.

Last weeks goals:
  • Go to the gym at least 3 times + a long walk (or exercise video)
  • Resistance Band workout with added floor/ab work 3 times.
  • Drink probiotic coffee once a day. - GOAL MET!
  • Try Chia seeds. - GOAL MET!
  • Drink more water.

This weeks goals:
  • Go to the gym at least 3 times + a long walk (or exercise video)
  • Resistance Band workout 3 times
  • Start Plank Challenge
  • Start Couch to 5k Challenge
  • Stay within a 1400-1700 calorie range
  • Limit white processed carbs.
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Monday, April 28, 2014

Meal Planning for Success with the Sunsella Buddy Box Set Of 4

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.


During this weight loss journey I have found that if I don't plan my meals in advance I will kind of fall off and not make the healthiest decisions. A few weeks ago I was eating out a lot because I didn't take the time to plan out the meals for the week. Not only am I not eating my healthiest but I am also wasting money on food I could make myself.

Before I started on this journey I would pop in a frozen meal or can of pasta and sauce in the microwave for lunch. I am trying to stay away from those foods because of the sodium content. Now I eat tons of salads and stir-fries which can be a so time consuming to prepare and cook every day.

I decided to pull out my Sunsella Buddy Box's and get cracking on meal planning and make ahead lunches. Because you get a set of four bento style boxes I could plan ahead 2 meals in advance for myself and my husband. (I save my family tons of money by making my husband lunch everyday he goes to work).

The boxes are super high quality the lids go on so easily and secure that it is virtually leak-proof. I love how each section is perfectly portion controlled.


Before having the Sunsella Buddy Box's I would put my husband's lunch in a bunch of ziplock bags and into his lunch bag. Now his lunch is nicely secure in the buddy box's.


I also use it to portion control my snacks for the day.


You can purchase your own Sunsella Buddy Box's at Amazon.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

A Tasty Way to get your Probiotics in with CafeViva

I received a sample from CafeViva. However the opinions are 100% my own. 


Since being on the Dr. Oz 2 Week Rapid Weight Loss Plan I know how important probiotics are. They help get good fighting bacteria into your system and helps boost your immune system. It is also said to be a metabolism booster. I tend to lose more weight when I take my probiotics. I only thought you could get your probiotics in by pills or yogurt but then heard about CafeViva from a blogging buddy of mine Erinn at Parenting Healthy.

You get a cool box with your packets inside that are super convenient because you don't have to get your measuring spoons out. I just placed the contents of the packet in my mug and added some warm water. You just mix it up and it is all ready.


My favorite way to drink it is with almond milk because it tastes like a creamy latte. Since it is only 80 calories per packet I drink it when I am feeling a little hungry as a snack.


While the weather is getting warmer I decided to try it iced. I added 1 cup of cold almond milk,  1 packet of cafeviva, 1/2 tsp of agave nectar and a few ice cubes into my mini blender. All I can say is YUM!


The best thing about CafeViva is that it is a Non-GMO, low-lactose, gluten-free dietary supplement
with no preservatives, binders, fillers or artificial ingredients. To find out more about CafeViva or Purchase it go to: http://probioticcoffee.com/

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Quiet Book How To Series: Doll Face Page 2 and Purse Page #Tutorial


This is the seventh part of the Quiet Book How To Series. You can check out my posts below to make my previous pages.
Title Page
Picture Page and Numbers Part 1 Page
Numbers Part 2 Page and Shapes Part 1 Page
Shapes Part 2 and Paper Doll Part 1 Page
Paper Doll Part 2 and Barnyard Part 1 Page
Barnyard Part 2 Page and Doll Face Part 1 Page

From now on we will be making two pages, a front and back. The front is part 2 of the Doll Face Page. The back page is the Purse Page.

Doll Face Part 2 Page

  • 4 sheets of 9" x 12" felt in light pink, purple (2) and gray
  • sewing machine
  • velcro
  • mirror template part 1 and part 2
  1. Print out and cut out the mirror templates part 1 and 2. 
  2. Pin part 1 onto the 2 sheets of purple and cut out. 
  3. Pin part 2 onto the grey sheet and cut out. 
  4. Pin the two purple part 1's on top of each other and sew all around. 
  5. Pin part 2 on top of the sandwiched part 1 and sew all round. 
  6. Fold part two a little less then half and pin to grey felt and cut out. Place on top of the pink sheet where you want the mirror to be.
  7. Sew all around the bottom leaving the top open to create a pocket. 
  8. Sew a little piece of velcro to the right center "petal" of the mirror.
  9. Place the mirror on top of the pocket and sew the left center "petal" onto the sheet.
  10. Sew the other piece of the velcro next to the pocket where it would match the velcro on the mirror.
  11. Place all of the Doll Face features you created in the previous page inside of the pocket.

Purse Page



  • 2 sheets of felt in cream and pink leopard
  • scraps of felt in different colors to make purse items
  • purse items template
  • sewing machine 
  • fusible web
  1. Print out the purse items template. Place a piece of fusible web on top and trace three of each of the number 1 and 5 on the coins. Trace the little square from the "iphone" eight times onto the fusible web. Trace three ovals and 12 circles from the dollar bill. Trace the inner screen of the "phone" onto a piece of paper and cut out. Cut out the coins, dollar bill, phone, and inner phone screen. 
  2. Pin phone pattern to black and cut out two times. Pin inner phone screen to grey felt and cut out. Pin big coin onto grey fabric and cut out 6 times. Pin small coin to copper felt and cut out 6 times. Pin dollar bill to light green fabric and cut out 6 times. 
  3. Draw a pair of sunglasses onto a piece of paper. Trace the inner lenses of the glasses onto fusible web. Cut out sunglasses pattern and pin to blue fabric and cut out two times. 
  4. Iron oval and circles of dollar bill onto dark green fabric and cut out. 
  5. Iron numbers of coin onto black fabric and cut out. 
  6. Iron squares of phone onto 8 different colors of scrap felt. (These are the apps of the phone.)
  7. Place 2 dollar bills together and sew all around with a 1/4" seam. Repeat for the other two dollar bills. Peel paper backing from oval and circles of dollar bill and iron on. 
  8. Place 2 circles of the big coin together and sew all around. Peel paper backing from the "5" you cut out and iron on to coin. Repeat for the rest of the big and small coins. 
  9. Place two pieces of phone together and sew all around. Place inner phone screen on top and sew all around. Iron on button and apps to the phone. 
  10. Place 2 pieces of the sunglasses together and sew all around. Sew on the sunglasses sides. Iron on the lenses. 
  11. Draw a purse shape onto a piece of paper and cut out. Pin on top of pink leopard felt and cut out. Cut out three pieces of black strips that are 10" x 1/2". Braid together to make handle. Sew handle onto purse. 
  12. Place purse on top of cream felt and sew sides and bottom. 
  13. Place all of the items inside the purse.
Finishing
  • 4 sheets of card stock
  • 2 grommets
  1. Take the two completed pages and sandwich them together. The mirror page should be on top and the purse page behind. Stitch a 1/4" seam around 3 sides of the two pages of felt. 
  2. Slip all of the card stock sheets into the opening of the felt pages you just sewed. Sew the opening shut.
  3. Place grommets 3 inches down from top and bottom on the left side with the mirror page facing up.
  4. Attach to the rest of the pages using the rings.
** Stay tuned for my next tutorial where I will be making a colors flower page and back cover.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Vegetable Fried Quinoa - Dr. Oz 2 Week Rapid Weight Loss Plan Friendly


While on the Dr. Oz Two Week Rapid Weight Loss Plan you have to eat 1/2 cup of brown rice a day. I like brown rice but got tired of eating it everyday. I have been wanting to try Quinoa for a while now so I decided to substitute the brown rice for the quinoa.

Vegetable Fried Quinoa
  • 1 tblsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced (substitute 1 small zucchini for Dr. Oz Plan)
  • 5 baby bella mushrooms
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 eggs (omit for Dr. Oz Plan)
  • soy sauce to taste
  1. Rinse quinoa really well in cold water. Add to a medium pot with the vegetable broth. Bring the broth to a boil. Lower the heat, cover and cook for about 20 minutes. In a smaller pot add carrots and cover with water. Boil until carrots are tender. (If you are using zucchini skip this step.)
  2. While quinoa is cooking: Add olive oil, sesame oil, and garlic to pan and stir for a few seconds.
    Add onions and cook for a few minutes until they begin to soften. 
  3. Drain and add carrots (or zucchini) and stir fry for a couple of minutes. 
  4. Add mushrooms and cook for another couple of minutes. 
  5. Add peas and cook until peas are warmed through.
  6. Add cooked quinoa and stir well to incorporate with vegetables. 
  7. Whisk eggs until yolk and white are completed combined. Make space in the pan for the egg. Place egg in space and scramble with wooden spoon. Keep stirring until egg is cooked. Mix well with rice. (Skip this step if on the Dr. Oz Plan.)
  8. Drizzle soy sauce on top to your taste and mix well. (I used about a tablespoon and a half.)

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