My last baby is turning four at the end of August. I have been waiting for all of this baby weight I’ve accumulated to just fall off–magically! It’s so hard to balance what is good for me and what I need to do for my family. I have been spending way too much time not moving and then my kids don’t move either! I don’t want to be satisfied with my kids watching videos on my phone rather than going on adventures with me! Another thing that has occurred in our family is we figured out that my daughter has a dairy sensitivity. She doesn’t have a life threatening allergy to dairy so her symptoms have been brushed off for years. After the holidays, I knew we needed to make some changes. You know, change is hard!
Someone posted a meme on Facebook or Instagram-I can’t remember, but it said being over weight is hard and losing weight is hard–pick your hard. This really resonated with me. I am carrying around this baby weight from the last three babies and I feel awful-and that is hard. i’m looking toward my future self, the one after the kids are gone and I’m a little worried about the quality of the life I will have if I don’t get this under control now.
I have found the 21 day fix. I’m not a part of Beachbody. I ordered the little serving size cups on Amazon and I picked some recipes off of Pinterest, I figured out how many calories I should be consuming a day and ate my cups and lost a little weight. The big, huge deal for me was/is that when I follow the suggestions to the letter-I don’t really crave sweets or bread. In fact, when I eat processed food-I can tell that my body doesn’t really like it-totally amazing to me!
Anyway, it’s all a process. I cook meals that are family friendly and fit into what I should be eating. We eat a lot of brown rice, chicken and vegetables and everyone is happy. The little ones often want a different meal of nuggets or something like that, but most of the time they at least need to try what I’ve made! I’m trying to get away from packaged, processed snacks and food for them. It’s so easy to just grab this stuff and pack lunches quickly.
Yesterday, I made Chocolate Chip and Banana donuts with chocolate frosting for the kids to snack on. My kids love them and I feel like they are a better treat than the fried versions! Here is the recipe if you are interested in trying for yourself.
Baked Banana Chocolate Chip Donuts (Recipe from Janie’s Kitchen she uses spelt flour though and has a tasty topping! Check her out)
1 cup Mashed Ripe Banana (Roughly 2 small bananas)
1/2 cup Fat Free Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup Unsalted Butter (Melted)
2 Eggs (Room Temperature)
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
2 cups flour (I used 1 cup AP and 1 cup Whole wheat)
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Chocolate Chips
1. Preheat the oven to 325F
2. Using your electric mixer with the whisk attachment, add the mashed banana, sugar and greek yogurt. Mix until incorporated.
3. Add melted butter, eggs and vanilla extra and mix.
4. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt to the batter and mix until just incorporated. Do not over mix!
5. Using a spatula, fold in the chocolate chips.
6. Scoop the batter into a zip lock bag and seal shut. Using scissors, snip the bottom corner of one side of the ziplock bag to create your homemade piping bag.
7. Grease your doughnut baking pan and pipe 3/4 full the batter into each doughnut mold.
8. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the pan and allow to cool before eating.