I became online friends with Lynn Manning a while back and I love following her blog and reading her posts. I love how she shows a real-life approach to helping women stay fit and healthy, and she does a great job showing how she manages her nutrition and exercise all while balancing a business and taking care of two young girls. Here is a little bit of info about Lynn:
"My husband (Drew Manning) started his amazing journey of Fit2Fat2Fit a few years ago. Through this journey, our websites and New York Times Bestseller (Fit2Fat2Fit: The Unexpected Lessons from Gaining and Losing 75 lbs on Purpose) we've been able to help thousands of people all around the world make a healthy lifestyle change. As a women's fitness specialist I've realized my approach is a bit different from the norm.
My main focus is being a mother of two beautiful girls, business owner and wife..... all while maintaining my healthy lifestyle. Also, did I mention I'm a "foodie"?! So I've created this program for those of you who are NOT fitness nuts but still want to get fit at home with tasty recipes and exercises that can fit within your schedule while you're out conquering the world (like most us ladies do on a daily basis)!"
I hope you guys love this guest post as much as I do! I can't wait to try the egg puffies. They look and sound so yummy!
I am NOT a “morning person”. I feel half awake and completely rushed. Trying to get my two kids ready for preschool, making sure they don’t look homeless plus making sure they eat a nutritious breakfast is a lot of work! What I want to do is throw something in front of them that only takes a few minutes and hope they eat it without having to ask them a dozen times! Since cereal, Eggos and Pop Tarts are not the most nutrient dense I’ve had to come up with some alternatives that are still quick, easy and yummy… so let me share my top 3 that are mom and kid approved.
1) Overnight Oats- The great thing about this recipe is you can come up with a dozen different combinations and make enough to last 3-4 mornings so you only prep something every few days. Here is one my girls love:
Overnight Blueberry-Banana Protein Oats
(Approximately 250 calories per serving)
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 a banana, mashed up
- 1/2 cup of blueberries, mashed up
- 1/4 cup of blueberries (don't mash up these ones)
- 1 cup old fashioned oats (or gluten-free rolled oats)
- 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein (I use an all natural isolate)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-2 Tablespoons all natural zero calorie sugar (I used 2 TBSP of Xylitol)
Directions: Mash up the blueberries and the banana together in a bowl. Then add in all of the other ingredients. Stir all the ingredients together well. Place the oats in a container (I use mason jars) to sit overnight and soak up all the liquids. Eat it in the morning cold or microwave for 30-60 seconds to eat it warm.
Optional: Top with your favorite nuts or seeds and/or top with additional berries of your choice.
2) Berry Smoothies- Get creative and throw in your kid’s favorite berries with some Greek yogurt. Five health benefits of this tasty smoothie that my kids yell "more, more!" 1) Packed full of calcium 2) Probiotics- great for their digestion 3) High in Fiber 4) Vitamins/Nutrients they'll be getting from this shake are; Vitamin B, Vitamin C, folic acid, manganese, copper, magnesium and iron. 5) High in Antioxidants!
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt or Plain Greek yogurt with a dash of vanilla extract (I used the plain Greek yogurt with extract because it's lowest in sugar)
- 6 large strawberries
- 1-2 small handfuls of raspberries (I used 2, but if your kids don't like raspberries then using 1 will make the flavor less noticeable, but still sneak in the health benefits of them)
- 1 handful of red grapes
- 2-4 handfuls of ice (based on consistency that you'd like)
Directions: Blend all ingredients and enjoy! Because the shake it sweet my kids gobble it down!
3) Egg Puffies- as my kids like to call them. Definitely a “go to” because we ALL eat them. You can make them specific to everyone’s taste buds by adding in veggies and meat (like sausage and bacon) that are their favorite. Cook in bulk so that you have enough to last for days in a row, just reheat in the morning.
- 9 whole eggs
- 1/2 cup chopped onions
- ½-1 cup fresh spinach
- 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
- 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper (or other bell pepper of your choice)
- 4 strips of bacon, chopped (optional)
Directions: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a muffin tin with olive oil nonstick spray or coat with coconut oil (our preferred choice because it's a healthy fat). *You can also use muffin inserts and spray those so that you can have your egg puffie in a little cup on the go. Mix the eggs together in a bowl (scramble them). Then add the onions, spinach, mushrooms, red bell pepper, and bacon into bowl and mix together. Pour mixture into muffin tins (we fill them about 1/2 way). Place in oven for approximately 10-15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Feel free to top with some salsa or hot sauce.
Tip: Use fun-shaped muffin tins to make it even more "fun" for your kids.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So use these recipes to have breakfast easy or prepped in advance for both you and your little munchkins. What are some of your favorite easy breakfast meals for you kiddos?
If you aren't following Lynn yet on social media you are missing out! You can connect with her on Facebook (here), Instagram (here) and her website (here). Thanks Lynn for this awesome guest post!