Spring 6FIT ended a couple of weeks ago. I had great teammates again (Go Team Kale!)- these group of ladies really helped me stay motivated during a time where all I wanted to do was stress eat my way through a bowl of ice cream every night. Eating healthier this time around was a lot harder for me because I did not do such a great job of food prepping this 6FIT. The thought of prepping food for the week while prepping for a move was very overwhelming for me. Instead, I did what I could control- I kept up with my classes, drink my water, and eat at least 6 servings of vegetables a day.
For me- this is what I could handle. This was in my limit of what Megs was able to do at this moment. I wasn’t able to cut out the iced lattes or cups of frozen yogurt, but I finally was able to confidently say “This is me, and I am enough”.
Cheers to that!
After every 6FIT I try to work on a couple of Michael Pollen’s rules that Gina and the DanceFit community has introduced me to.
“Eat your colors”
“Shop the peripheries of the grocery store and stay out of the middle”
“Treat a treats as a treats”
“Drink the spinach water”
These rules really do serve as a good guideline of how to eat. This time I am really trying to take to heart this rule.. “Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dinner like a pauper”.
Breakfast has always been one of my favorite meals. Some of my favorite memories growing up were my family going out to breakfaston Sunday mornings at Bob Evans. Once I became a mom though, I found breakfast taking a backseat. Rushing out the door because no matter how early you woke up, time just seemed to evaporate as soon as the baby was awake. I would drop Luke off at daycare, and hit the Dunkin Donuts drive thru for a latte and a cream cheese bagel or skip breakfast altogether. This of course led me to be cranky and tired before my day even started. Fast forward nine years later, and now I am trying to get four kids out the door and ready for school during the week, and sports activities on the weekend.
What has helped me the most getting into this breakfast routine is to take the early morning virtual classes at DanceFit. I set my alarm for 6:08 (because those eight minutes really make a difference ;)), and I roll out of bed. Every night I lay out my workout clothes on my dresser and fill my water bottle and place it in the fridge, so I do not have to think about anything that early in the morning. Forty five minutes later after a great yoga class, a hard mat pilates class or a sweaty total body class I feel energized and HUNGRY. Skipping breakfast and grabbing a mid morning pastry at the coffee shop has become a thing of the past!
Lately I have been making my eggs in the morning, but if I am feeling motivated to be more prepared or really crunched for time in the mornings I prep egg muffins on Sunday. These stay fresh in the fridge all week, and are just a easy heat up in the microwave.
This is my favorite recipe that I use….
Spinach Quiche Cups
A little olive oil (for cooking the mushrooms)
1 (10 oz) package fresh spinach (I used the baby ones)
6-7 eggs depending on the size of the yolk
1 cup shredded cheese of your choice (I use mozzarella or the Italian Blend)
1 (8 oz package) mini-bella mushrooms, chopped
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 375
Sautee mushrooms w/olive oil- set aside.
Sautee spinach using the same pan you used for the mushrooms
In a bowl, whisk the eggs then add in the mushrooms, cheese and spinach.
Spray the muffin cups with olive oil.
Divide mixture evenly into the muffin cups.
Cook for 20-23 minutes.
(The best part of this recipe, is that I have used whatever veggies I have on hand- red peppers, kale etc. I also like to top my eggs with avocados, and add some raisin Ezekial toast w/butter.)
I hope this inspires you to breakfast like a king, or to look up some of Michael Pollan’s rules and to pick a few of your favorites to live by. Next time I will be writing from the Pacific Northwest and I can’t wait to share my new adventures!
Mom of 3, wife, business owner, ballet teacher and fitness instructor. Trying hard to raise healthy, happy and grateful children while running the studio of my dreams. Trying to stay FIT, flexible, stylish and take care of myself in the process!