Good evening friends. 🙂
This week is going to be a short one so I decided to pop in today to enjoy the holiday week with my family.
I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes, that isn’t even mine. Sometimes you just have a surplus of bananas, but don’t want to make banana bread or freeze them for smoothies.
Or is that just me?Marvelous are these muffins…
I found this recipe online years ago when I was eating 100% gluten & grain-free. They are delicious peanut butter banana muffins. You can even sub the peanut butter for any nut butter (almond is delish).
The only thing different I do to the recipe is 2 eggs and 2 egg whites (as opposed to four whole eggs) and I sub the walnuts. Usually for pumpkin seeds or raisins for Samantha.This toddler has been in “picky” mode and muffins are something she’ll always gobble up. I have a couple of other marvelous muffin recipes on the blog that I’ve experimented on her and she loves them. It’s good to have
a million options.
We may have seen the last weekend of marvelous, warm-ish weather. It’s been chilly and windy this week.
It went from 60 degrees to 35 degrees overnight.😦 I suppose I can’t complain since in New England we tend to skip fall and go straight to winter in October. And we still have My Gym we could go to for marvelous fun!Time to whip out those marvelous puffy coats.😉
I am linking up with Katie for Marvelous in My Monday, thanks for hosting!I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. Enjoy good food, conversation and lots of love.❤
Did day light savings time throw you off this week?***
Oh, guess what? The Fit Coffee Mom Facebook page has reached 100 likes! This transition has been on my mind for a few months now. I have to say, it has been a tough going from Nutritiously Sweet to Fit Coffee Mom. I had established N.S over the span of 5 years. I just didn’t feel much of a connection to it anymore due to my new “mom lifestyle.” I still enjoy my sweets, but I don’t find myself baking as much anymore. From time to time, I will create goodies for Samantha like her toddler muffins or some healthier Reese for myself. Other then that, it isn’t a weekly occurrence as it use to be.
As promised on Facebook, I am hosting a giveaway for reaching 100 likes!
It will include a copy of my virtual bookcamp e-book for FREE. Just in time for the holidays to whip your butt into pie eating shape. I’m just kidding, but in all seriously, why else would you want to burn extra calories?#kidding #maybe😉
Giveaway will include:
A $25 gift card to Target. Who doesn’t like Target? You can grab some coffee, protein bars and something for baby all at once.😉
And as mentioned, my Virtual Bootcamp Ebook –4 weeks of fitness, health tips & more (a 29.99 value)!
How do you enter to WIN?*
Simple. Leave a comment below telling me what you are THANKFUL for this season. For THREE extra chances to win, you can do one or ALL of the following:
- FOLLOW the Fit Coffee Mom blog
- Click LIKE on the Fit Coffee Mom Facebook page
- Follow the Instagram page for fitcoffeemom.
Thank again for your support friends.
I am linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for Thinking OUT Loud Thursdays, thanks for hosting!Have a great rest of your week. 🙂
*Giveaway closes on November 17th 11:59 EST. Winner will receive both giftcard and ebook via email by November 20th.
Since my pregnancy in late 2014, I have been very into Barre and “Barre-like” workouts. Barre has helped to keep me in shape while keeping my back pretty pain free.
I was a Tabata, HIIT, kickboxing and body building junkie before pregnancy (and lower back injury from early 2014, but that’s another story).
But with severe back pain, I ended up going to physical therapy and my doctor suggested thanking things down
a hundred a few notches.
Barre is low impact, yet very effective for toning up. It incorporates light weights and high repetitions as well as a “barre,” mini balls, resistance bands, etc.For an great article on Barre workouts, click HERE. Most barre classes will have a similar structure: There is a warm up that will include planks and push-ups.
There will then be a series of arm exercises followed by a lower-body section to work your thighs and glutes with or without the barre. Finally, you’ll finish with a series of core-focused exercises and a cool down.I still try to get some cardio (spin or Arc Trainer) in because Barre doesn’t really get your heart pumping as much as a Tabata or HIIT class would, which is why I decided to do a Barre Inspired Tabata routine just for you!All you need is a timer (I use a HIIT Interval Timer app on my phone) and a set of light weights (no more then 5lbs, I used 3lbs). Set your time for 8 rounds, each round being 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off for 4 minutes… and GO!
‘Barre Inspired’ Tabata [8 Rounds, 32* Minutes Total]
- High Knees (to modify, bring one knee up at a time for a “standing crunch”)
- Tricep Push-ups (on knees if needed)
- Plank Jacks
- Plié to Overhead Press (add heel lift for extra challenge)
- Plié Jumps (stand in a plié and JUMP!)
- Bicep Curls & Hammer Curls w/ Lunge Pulse (alternate between the curls for each round)
- [Weighted] V-Up’s
- Leg Lifts to Knee In’s
- [Weighted] Hip Lifts w/ Heels Lifted
*Be sure to warm up and cool down!
Check out my previous Tabata Tuesday posts:
Tabata Tuesday #1
Tabata Tuesday #2: Kettlebell Style!
Happy Halloween.😀I know I am popping in later then usual, but I am fighting a little cold. Samantha was sick (is still sick) this weekend and I could feel myself catching it. Blah. We managed to get outside and enjoy some fresh air; it was almost 60 degrees on Sunday. I’m pretty sure this back and forth with the weather has
plenty something to do with the cold.But on a more marvelous note, we were able to go to some fun activities around different towns and get our Halloween on. We are not taking Samantha trick or treating this year, but definitely next year.
We went to an event on Wednesday called “Too Cute to Spook,” where Sam was a pumpkin (thanks to my mom for the marvelous costume).It was at 10:00am, so geared for the little ones not in school. We also met up with Katie from Eat Sleep Repeat Mom.
The event had activities, a maze, goodie bags, snacks and crafts! Sam enjoyed munchin’ on some marvelous blueberry muffins.
On Thursday, my company had their Halloween party for the employees and their kids. Sam had a blast being a witch and running around “trick or treating” through the offices as well as playing with her “balloon animal.”Another costume my mom got her, thanks mom! It was a little big, so we can definitely use it again another year and maybe she’ll keep the hat on.
And to end our pre-Halloween week, Friday we went the MyGym Halloween party with the marvelous Skeleton pajamas, yes you guessed it, my mom got for Sam.😉There were so many kids that we ended up eating some snacks that they had out for the kids first. By that time, parents and kids started leaving, which meant there was more space to play!And that’s a wrap on Samantha’s marvelous second Halloween. Last year she was Snowmantha White. <3 She was so tiny.
I am linking up with the healthy diva, Katie, for Marvelous in My Monday. Hope everyone has a Happy Halloween and great week ahead!
Good morning friends!
It’s been a while since I popped in just write a post. I’ve have shared some recipes and workouts like this Circuit Training routine last week.
My last Marvelous in My Monday post was August 29th, yikes.
Without further ad0, here are some things that we have been up too lately:
Marvelous is 80 degree weather in October. I can’t believe here in New England we were able to whip out the short sleeves and flip flops! It was such a beautiful day, we just had to take a walk through the park.With such warm weather, I couldn’t resist getting a delicious Green Passion smoothie from Panera [w/ EXTRA spinach].Marvelous is free snacks. I’ve been a little bored with snacks lately, so I signed up for Graze’s free first snack box. I tried it a long time ago and wasn’t too much of a fan. But now with Samantha, it would be fun for her to try some things too! The cranberry & hazelnut toasted & dip on the bottom right corner is SO GOOD.
Speaking of snacks, there are time where I just want a bunch of snacks for lunch just because. It was quite tasty and kept me full til dinner. In the mix is whole grain bread, hardboild eggs, peanut butter, Cabot cheddar cheese & grapes.
Marvelous is… sweater weather. My mother in law got this cute cardigan by Genuine Kids for Samantha. Now that the chilly air is coming back this week, we can wear it again.Marvelous is… this new workout tank that I found on Esty. I am in love with it. Ya’ll should know I am obsessed with Starbucks, coffee AND fitness. Hence Fit Coffee Mom, ya know?!Speaking on finds, I found this white cheddar mac and cheese on sale at my local super market. It’s pretty good, but I can’t say it’s something I’d buy on a weekly basis. I do love that it has quinoa in the mix and allows you to get some delicious grains in.😉That’s a wrap for this edition of Marvelous in my Monday. Thanks Katie for hosting, and hope everyone has a great week!
Instead of a Tabata for ‘Tabata Tuesday’ in October, I am going to share with you a sweaty circuit training workout, I’ve been having some of my clients do as of late.
This workout has 4 rounds; each round has 3 exercises that you perform 3 times total for… you guessed it… 20 repetitions each. I love this workout when I am pressed for time and want a really good total body workout.
As a mom, those “pressed for time” moments are more often then not. Best of all, you’ll need just your body weight but feel free to add in a set of weights for any exercise with ** next to it. And go!
Be sure to warm up and cool down before any and every workout. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an email at FitCoffeeMom15@Gmail.com.
For more information of my fitness coaching, CLICK HERE.
Other ‘Tabata Tuesday’ posts:
- Total Body Tabata
- Kettlebell Tabata