Jul 15

8 Fun (easy) Peanut Butter Snacks for Kids (try #8 at your next BBQ)

8 fun and healthy peanut butter snacks for kids.  These fun recipes are easy for parents and fun for kids and include the long time favorites like ants on a log and new, exciting ones like peanut butter hot dogs, and banana sushi.  Fun and healthy peanut butter snacks that parents can give their kids with confidence.

1. Ants on a Log

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This simple snack is perfect for the child with an active imagination.  Simple cut celery stalks into 3-4 inch sections.  Inside the stalk fill with peanut butter. On top of the peanut butter place 3-4 raisins.  You child will have fun helping create this fun peanut butter snack and enjoy pretending the raisins are little ants.

2. Peanut Butter Toast

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Easy to make and delicious.  Just toast a piece bread to perfection and then slather with peanut butter. Watch it melt gently into the bread and enjoy your child adoring this treat.

3. Peanut Butter – Banana Sandwich

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The name says it all.  Just slather some peanut butter on your favorite bread then slice up a banana and cover the bread.  Your child will love the sweet taste of the banana and the creamy texture of the peanut butter.

4. Banana/Peanut Butter Sushi

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Perfect for introducing your child to sushi.  This is simple recipe that your children will love.  Grab a whole wheat tortilla, nutella, peanut butter, and a banana.  Spread nutella and peanut butter on the tortilla, lay the uncut banana down.  Roll the tortilla up around the banana.  Then slice into rolls.  This is a delicious snack for children and adults.

5. Peanut Butter and Apple Slices

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There is something about the sweet watery taste of apples mixed with the savory sticky flavor of peanut butter that make this a favorite snack in our house.

6. Double Chocolate Peanut Butter S’mores (not so healthy)

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Okay, Okay, Okay . . . this one isn’t so  healthy, but it is delicious and your children will love making it.

7. Peanut Butter and Graham Crackers

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Simple but awesome.

8. PB&J Hotdog

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Okay. . . this is just awesome.  If your child loves hotdogs (like mine) or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches . . . this is the perfect snack for you.  Grab a hotdog bun spread some peanut butter on it, place a whole banana inside it, and top with your favorite jelly. Try this at your next BBQ or with your kids for lunch and tell me the reaction!

Did I miss a favorite peanut butter snack of your? Share it below in the comments.

Image CreditsAmancay MaahsRoss BurtonCatherine RoyHeathere WilloughbyTowerGirlEmily CarlinRachel HathawayKitchen Life of a Navy Wife

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Jun 26

READER SUBMISSION: Fit Mama (mother of 2, date night workouts & family runs)

reader-submission-Jennifer-300x187Before I give the floor to Jennifer let me just say that her story is truly inspiring!  We met Jennifer and her husband a few years ago while living in Houston.  They had just had their first baby (we were still baby-less) but they were always inviting us out to do fun and active dates.  They are an awesome and active couple and continue that now with two kids.

Jennifer just ran a half marathon in 1:45 and get this . . . she had never run more than a mile just 1 year ago!

Would you like to share your story to inspire other?  Just contact us here: contact @ simplefamilyfitness.com

Okay take it away Jennifer:

Briefly introduce yourself? Name, age, athletic or workout history (have you always enjoyed working out)

I’m Jennifer. I am 27 today! (Happy BDay Jen!) I have typically been active my whole life. I never played any serious sports, but I did participate in Dance Company, Ballroom, and Cheer in High School. In college I focused on Cheer for a while and then mainly on competitive ballroom with my now husband, Christopher. I have always enjoyed working out or at least feeling semi- in shape but I’ve never been a crazy fanatic or motivated enough to wake up at 5 am. I also never ran more than 1 mile before April of 2013.

How many kids do you have and what are their ages?

I have 2 kids, a girl (age 3) and a boy (age 2)

 

What is your latest athletic achievement or latest race etc .  .  . ?  What is your next goal or race that you would like to complete?

My latest race was the American Fork Canyon Half Marathon in Utah. I ran it in 1:45 which beat my goal of making it in under 2 hours. My next goal/race is the Spudman Triathlon in Burley ID in July.

 

Do you run or workout with your kids? If so, how do you keep them entertained while you workout? If not, what do you do with them during your workouts?

 

I definitely work out with my kids! In the winter, they are climbing on top of me while I do pushups and crawling under ‘the bridge’ while I’m in downward dog.  In the winter I work- out indoors a lot. I bike on my stationary bike during naps and pass the time with some guilty pleasure Netflix shows. I also love P90X and Insanity.

Once summer hits though, I move outside. I pull my kids in a bike trailer, or push them for a run. If I need to do a workout without them I get up early and do it before my Husband has to leave, or we get a babysitter and do a workout together and call it a date.

I often run to a park/splash pad, let the kids play for a while and then run home after. It makes it easier to do a longer run pushing 2 heavy kids in a stroller, and they enjoy it more too.

 

Does your spouse workout with you as well?  If so how do you plan workouts that you can do together?

He does. Maybe not as much as I do right now but he’s getting there. We try to work out together. We aren’t so much at the same pace in most physical activities but we make it work. We like to have date night workout sessions! Or morning family runs.

 Do you generally workout alone or do you have a group of other families or parents that workout with you?

I try to find friends to work out with. I’ve found a few to run with and different friends to bike with.. still trying to find a swimming buddy.  Working out is always better with friends! If not though, I just turn on some good tunes or my favorite is listening to podcasts.

Do you have a cute or inspiring story of your children noticing you working out or trying to emulate you working out?

 

Yes! My oldest, will periodically put on her work out clothes and insist she needs to ‘go for a run’ She loves to do yoga poses with me, or as displayed below, ‘turn on the work out video mom, I’m ready to work out.’

Both of them love to copy whatever I’m doing. Namely pushups. They try really hard to figure those out!

What has been the biggest challenge to getting or staying in shape with kids and a family?

I suffer from Hyperemisis Gravidarum (HG) during pregnancy. Its a pregnancy condition in which. if not for medical help and interventions ( home IV”s, Zofran Pumps, PICC lines etc) I would die. It sounds dramatic, but I’m serious. It’s horrible and I am basically on deaths door for 9 months. Then after a very long recovery and all while trying to nurse (which I typically do for at least a year), I don’t typically get back into the swing of things until about 10 months post partum. But after a year and a half of being basically inactive, it is like starting all over again. Its hard and takes time and a lot of motivation.

 

What tips do you have for other parents just starting out trying to workout with a family?

 

Keep at it! Like I said, I never ran more than 1 mile before I had both of my kids. It was SO hard to start running, especially when pushing them. They aren’t light! Every time it gets a little easier, and even a short 2 mile run with your kids is GREAT! Invest in a gym if you don’t want to have your kids around, and drop them off at the daycare! Or invest in good equipment, a jogging stoller/bike trailer etc and go exploring together!

Either way, just keep active. You might feel tired at first, but eventually you will feel energized and your body will crave it!

 

Lastly, do you have a favorite recipe, nutrition, or workout tip that you would like to share with others?

 

Most recently I read ‘It Starts With Food’ and I liked a lot of the points in it. My main efforts have been to increase my vegetable intake. I have always had a hard time with veggies and I really want to instill a love for them in my kids! Eat veggies for breakfast! It might feel weird at first but you will feel more energy and it will help in pointing your day toward better dietary choices.

Wanna give Jennifer some kudos?  Share your thoughts below!

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Jun 26

Women are Out Running Men (let’s go boys!)

Competitive running was historically a heavily male dominated sport.  Think back to the first Olympics back in Greece.  Women were not allowed to participate at all in the games and married women were not even allowed to attend the games.

The first woman to run the Boston Marathon was Roberta Gibb and that wasn’t until 1966 and she wasn’t even supposed to be there.  Women were not officially allowed to run the race until as late as 1972! Roberta had to register for the event as Bobbi.  Keep in mind the race has been around since 1897.

For the majority of the 1970s, 80s, and 90s men outnumbered women in official running events.  However something changed between 2005 and 2012 and the number of women running events began to grow exponentially, with women now outnumbering men by nearly 2,000,000 in organized running events.

Women Taking Over Running

Below is an infographic depicting how women are taking over the sport of running!  Feel free to use this graphic on your site (the code to embed on your site is at the bottom of the post).

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So what do you think?  Do you think women will continue to outnumber men in races?

Sources:

  • http://www.runningusa.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=news.details&ArticleId=333
  • http://www.runningusa.org/state-of-sport-2013-part-III?returnTo=annual-reports
  • http://www.mizunousa.com/running/blog/the-planet-wave-why-women-are-better-marathoners-than-men/

 

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Jun 09

6 Tips For Training For A Marathon AFTER Having a Baby

I ran my first marathon at 26 years old.  The feeling I felt after I crossed the finish line instantly alleviated my pain and fatigue.  I loved the feeling so much that the next day I signed up for two more marathons.  When I decided I wanted to have children I made a deal with myself. After each baby I would run another marathon.  With each marathon I have learned new things.  I wanted to share some experiences and some suggestions for post baby training.

1. Be careful not to rush back into training after the baby is born. Listen to your body and your doctor to know when you are ready.  The generic timeframe is 6 weeks, but this is just a guide.  After my first baby I started jogging at exactly 6 weeks after the baby was born.  Unfortunately I wasn’t completely healed, and a few weeks later I went back to the doctor because of persistent pain where my stitches had been.  I hadn’t completely healed, and had started back a little too soon. On the other hand after my second child I started running about 4 weeks after baby was born. I felt great and could tell that I had healed.  I have never had a c-section, but make sure you doctor is on board with your plans to workout.

2.  Running while nursing.  Initially the biggest challenge will be the amount of time between feedings.  Infants usually nurse every 3 hours.  If your baby nurses slowly you may only have a couple hours between feedings to get in a jog.  The good thing is as your baby gets older the time between feedings increases.  This will allow a little more time for long runs as your baby gets older.

3.  Warm Up and Cool Down.  Your body has been through a lot and you probably weigh a little more than you did before your baby was born.  It is more important now than ever to warm up and cool down properly.  The point of a warm up and cool down is twofold: first you don’t want to pull a cold muscle by going too hard too fast, second you want to ease your heart into your workout.  A nice stretch at the end of your workout will help you stay nice and flexible and may increase your stride.  It is best to do this at the end while your muscles are warm.

4. Running with your baby.  One of the most rewarding aspects of training for a marathon after you have a baby is including your baby in your workouts.  I bought a jogging stroller before my son was born and as soon as I was ready I started bringing him with me.  Occasionally I snuck in a few runs without the stroller, but most my long runs were with my little guy.  The longest run I did with my son was an 18 mile run.  I brought a bottle with breast milk in a little cooler with an ice pack.  My young son liked the motion of the stroller and slept very well.  When he woke up I let him drink the milk from the bottle and I pumped as soon as my run was done.  All the other runs went very well, but the last couple miles my son was upset and couldn’t be consoled.  After a diaper change and cuddling he still wouldn’t calm down.  The last couple miles I ended up holding him in one arm and pushing the stroller in the other.  Looking back this run probably took more out of me than the marathon, which is what made it a perfect training run.

5. Be prepared for bad weather.  One day I went on a run with my jeep jogging stroller.  I strapped my son into his car seat and set the car seat into the stroller.  I took off on a 4 mile run.  About a mile and a half away from home it started to pour.  Huge drops of rain gushing down.  I put the car seat cover and stroller cover up and hoped my little son wouldn’t get too wet.  I raced home as fast as I possibly could but I was drenched from head to foot within in couple minutes.  I felt like I was having buckets of water poured onto my head.  I got home and rushed my son inside the house.  I finally opened the car seat cover and my son was completely dry.  There were a couple drops on his blanket, but they hadn’t gotten through to his skin.  He was cozy in his little seat and happy as could be.  It was one of my fastest runs and once I knew my son was safe and dry the rainy run was pretty awesome!

6.  Stretch time with baby.  My favorite time was the end of my runs talking to my little guy and tickling him while I stretched on the floor next to him.  It helped me make sure to take the time I needed to get a nice deep stretch while my muscles were still warm. This is sort of my reward in my habit loop of running.

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My 6 month old son cheered me on at the Chicago marathon in 2011 and was waiting for me at the end of the race.  He had a teddy bear and flowers for me when I saw him.  It felt so good to hold him in my arms at the end of such a big event.  I hope that my marathon promise will help me to always stay healthy for my little ones.  And some day I hope I will run along with them when they run their first big race.

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Jun 07

7 Time Saving Tips in the Kitchen

1. Find ways to use as few dishes when cooking as possible.  When following a recipe it is often possible to use the same measuring cup for more than one ingredient.  If you need ½ sugar and 2 cups flour in a recipe just use the ½ cup measuring cup for both.  Some ingredients can just be approximate measures.  It is easy to “eye-ball” a ½ teaspoon vanilla extract or salt.  If you are cooking pasta and broccoli, toss them in together.   You can always add broccoli a few minutes after you start the pasta if you like your broccoli more crunchy.  If done often this can save a lot of time with clean up.

 

2. Choose one day each week for prep.  Pick a day when you have more time.  This may be a good day to let your kids help you out in the kitchen.  For any recipes you will be making do all the chopping and cutting on one day.  This is a huge time saver.  If you repeat the task of chopping veggies several times each week you will be pulling out cutting board, knife, and vegetables, cleaning up the cutting board, knife and vegetables multiple times when you could do it just once.  If you bought an onion but won’t be using it all cut the entire onion and freeze the extra in an ice cube tray.  I have learned from experience that you never want to use an ice tray for ice ever again after you’ve used it for an onion.

3.  Make a double portion and freeze half.  Make sure to do this with only the tried and true recipes that your family loves.  No one wants double the leftovers for a meal that isn’t great.  If you plan to make lasagna buy extra ingredients and make up two meals.  Put one in the freezer before baking it.  This works very well with soups, sauces, enchiladas, casseroles, and more.  This works for the same reason as having one prep day.  It saves time to not repeat all the prep and cleanup steps.

 

4.  Teach your kids.  From the time they are old enough to walk, teach your kids to carry their own dishes to the sink after meals.  Unfortunately this may initially create more work for you.  Every spill means more cleanup, however this will save a lot of time in the long run.  It will also give your child some good habits for when they are grown up.

 

5.  Before preparing for a meals pull everything you need out.  Instead of multiple trips to the refrigerator to get ready for dinner become more efficient.  When you go to the pantry make one trip and pull out everything you need.  Make only one trip to the fridge, pantry, cupboard, etc.

 

6.  Plan ahead.  Plan ahead to make sure more difficult meals are on less stressful days of the week.  On your busy night pull out that extra lasagne you made.  When we are too rushed making dinner we often neglect cleanup.  When cleanup is delayed it takes twice as long.  Now everything must be soaked and scrubbed.  If done right after dinner, clean up time is much quicker.

 

7.  Get a dog.  Having a dog has really made my job easier.  We have a sweet little dog  in our family.  When my kids are out and about they seem to make a huge mess during meal time.  Somehow at home there is not a drop of food on the floor ever.  Even when I am sure my daughter knocked the chicken she doesn’t like off her plate I never seem to find it on the ground.  I certainly love my little food vacuum.  If only he could eat up napkins too.

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May 15

12 Food Hacks For a Healthy Family (How to Cut Calories Over 60% Without Your Family Noticing)

Feeding a family is a difficult job!  Coming up with a meal idea each night, shopping for the food, and dealing with the spills and complaints about the food.  Add to that trying to feed your family “healthy” food and you make the job just that much harder. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be a challenge!  In fact, your family doesn’t even have to know.

A few years ago Sandi and I went on a hard core low fat diet.  The problem was that we were both sugar and junk food addicts. So we had to think outside the box . . . we weren’t really willing to give up our favorite foods.  While doing this we found several alternatives to some of our favorite snacks that allowed us to indulge and loose weight all at the same time. The best part?  Most of these food hacks don’t cost any more than the “regular” alternative.

So sit back and check out these awesome food hacks that will reduce your fat intake and overall calorie intake without restricting you to salad and lemon cleanse drinks! All of these foods are available at a small neighborhood Wal-Mart within walking distance to our home.

1. Fiber One Fruit Snacks

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This is a pretty new product.  In fact I just noticed it on the shelves a couple weeks ago.  These fruit snacks have 3 grams of fiber per little pack, that’s about 10% of the recommend daily intake  . . . and believe it or not the flavor is actually not that bad at all.  I started taking a pack to work each night and couldn’t really tell any difference in the flavor from regular fruit snacks.  Taz (our 3 year old son) however wanted the “fun fruit snacks” but when he was given these over the others he couldn’t really tell a difference either.

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2. Fat Free Sour Cream

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I love sour cream!  I love it on my burritos (which I eat a lot of – – – read below), it love to add it as a thickener for sauces, as a substitute for oil in cake mixes, and as a dip.  Mix some of this fat free sour cream with some baked tortilla chips (or fat free potatoe chips – – watch out for the olestra) and you have an awesome snack. Wal-Mart also makes a generic fat free sour cream that is actually really good.  Kroger makes one too, but it is pretty liquidy and I would not suggest it, it just wasn’t as good as the Wal-Mart generic.  When you buy the WalMart brand, it is actually no more expensive than the ones with more fat.

 3. Fat Free Cheese

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This is a wonderful product from Kraft.  Sandi and I found this several years ago and started using it more and more.  We never switched to using it exclusively however because it just really doesn’t melt like the fattier cheese.  We do use 2% milk fat cheese for things like enchiladas or lasagna.  One thing we were able to do was to do like 70% regular cheese and 30% fat free cheese on things like that.  This does work great for burritos (told I love burritos) or as a simple topping. Using fat free cheese can really cut out a TON of fat and calories from your diet if you eat half as much cheese as we do!

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4. Egg Whites

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The truth is these are really no more than just egg whites . . . hence the name “100% Egg Whites”.  They do have a little bit of coloring added for color.  These are a fantastic product because eggs are loaded with fat and cholesterol.  These egg whites can be used in direct substitution of eggs.  You could just make these at home by buying a dozen eggs and then just cooking only the egg white, but these little boxes are much more handy. A little box like this would cost about $5 and is equivalent to about a dozen eggs.

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5. Hawaiian Punch – Singles to Go

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So here’s the deal with these little drink mixes. . .I am not a fan of low calorie drinks, I hate the taste of Splenda, and other artificial sweeteners.  These little drink mixes are actually really good and they do not have any sugar in them.  I actually buy them for myself, but they would make an excellent substitute for regular Hawaiian Punch which is loaded with sugars and corn syrup.  For just $1 you get six drink packs.  The flavor is actually really strong too so I usually only mix in half a packet with an entire glass of water.

6. Dr. Pepper Ten

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As you are probably starting to see, I am a huge drink fan.  I don’t drink alcohol, but I am addicted to sodas (this is my biggest struggle with eating healthy).  Dr. Pepper recently came out with Ten calorie sodas .  What they have done is leave a small portion of the corn syrup in there to lessen the “diet flavor”.  While this still isn’t the ideal beverage, it makes a great substitute for a soda junkie like myself.

You can still tell that it isn’t the full flavor soda, but the flavor is much closer to the original.  The A&W and 7Up flavors are actually almost spot on in my opinion.  The flavors that are sold at my local WalMart are Sunkist, Dr Pepper, Canada Dry, 7Up, and A&W.

7. Fat Free Refried Beans

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Once again, I am a big burrito eater!  Refried beans can contain a fair amount of excess fat but many companies make a fat free version.  WalMart makes one, Rosarita makes one, but one that I really like is the Gebhardt brand.  They only cost $0.78 per can and a single can is enough to make enchiladas for our family of four.  You really don’t have to sacrifice very much with flavor when it comes to fat free refried beans.

Another product option for the fat free beans is this one that I found last year and really love.

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The Mexican Rose refried beans are the most authentic beans I have found.  They come in a little bag as dehydrated bean flakes.  You just add a cup or two of water and microwave for like 5 minutes and you have authentic beans.  These beans are the closest to restaurant style beans in my opinion.  Sandi doesn’t like making them as much as I do and they do take a minute longer to make, but I think that the flavor is superior.  They cost a couple buck a bag and each bag is probably two or three cans worth of beans.

8. Fat FREE Hot Dogs – Yeah, I just said that

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When I met Sandi I quickly found out that her favorite food was . . . Hot Dogs!  Yeah, a dietitian who’s favorite food was hot dogs right?  So we tend to have hot dogs in our refrigerator pretty consistently. When we started trying to decrease our fat intake we spent a fair amount of time trying to find a better solution for hot dogs.

Well BallPark makes a fat free turkey hot dog.  They are great!  I don’t think you have to sacrifice any real flavor with these either. I mean how much flavor do hot dogs have in the first place.  This is also a great product to give to your kids.

We throw these in our macaroni and cheese or just give them to the kids as a meal or snack.  A great meal is:

  • Fat free hotdogs
  • Fat free chili
  • Fat free cheese

Voila, you have a fat free chili dog!  Can’t beat that.

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9. Turkey Breast

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Okay so maybe this one isn’t revolutionary, but using turkey breast instead of other meats can really reduce saturated fat and overall fat intake significantly.  Often you can even find fat free turkey.

10. Fat Free Cream Cheese

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WalMart makes a fat free cream cheese that is actually cheaper than other cream cheese brands.  We use this when making frosting, dips, and basically for anything you would make with regular cream cheese.  You can throw this in with some fat free cottage cheese and fat free mozzarella cheese to make a significantly reduced fat lasagna that is still cheese and creamy.

If you mix this with some sugar and vanilla it will make a frosting for cupcakes or cake.  It isn’t nearly as creamy and light and a frosting made with Crisco, but it works if you are really just trying to cut out the fat.  You really have to play around with consistency to get it just right with frosting.

11. 96% Lean 4% Fat Meat

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So this is an obvious choice.  It will cost you a bit more at the register, but buying the lean meat drastically reduces your saturated fat intake over regular meat.  Without even looking at the packaging you can tell how lean a meat is by how red it is.  Fatter meats will look pink while lean meat will appear red.  The 4% fat meat has just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.  This meat can be used in direct substitution for fatter meats without sacrificing on flavor.

12. Betty Crocker Fudge Brownies

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So we saved the best for last.  These brownies by Betty Crocker are not marketed as low fat or healthy or anything. In fact they contain less fat than the low fat Betty Crocker brownies. The Betty Crocker Fudge Brownies contain just 1 gram of TOTAL fat per serving and 0 saturated fat (before mixing)

Check out the screenshot below from the WalMart website with the nutrition facts:

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Needless to say, these little guys have become a staple dessert in our home.  You can also buy some fat free ice cream or frozen yogurt to add to the top to complete the ensemble or just eat the brownies as is for a surprisingly low fat dessert.

You can make these lower fat when mixing by using egg whites and apple sauce instead of whole eggs and oil.  Just mix in equal parts of egg whites and apple sauce instead of the eggs and oil respectively.

What Nutrition Hacks Do You Have?

Do you have some nutrition tips to avoid fat and “trick” your family into eating healthier?  Share them below in the comments for everyone to share.

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May 14

8 Moms Who Run Marathons (they are pretty DAMN fast too)

There are a couple of things I am pretty sure I will never do in my life.

  1. Run a sub 3:00 marathon
  2. Have a baby

I am pretty confident the baby thing will never happen, unless Arnold Schwarzenegger was on to something in Junior.  I know I will never run a sub 3:00 marathon.  I have tried and my best was only a 3:24.  So my mind is always blown away by a mom who can run a marathon after having a baby.

So lets introduce our 8 Elite Marathon Moms.   To be completely honest, I have included a few triathletes in our list, but to be fair these moms not only run a marathon, but also swim 2 miles and bike 100 miles before the marathon, so I felt they more than qualified.

  1. Paula Radcliffe
  2. Kara Goucher
  3. Deena Kastor
  4. Jessica Jacobs
  5. Emma Gerrard
  6. Sara Gross
  7. Heather Gollnick
  8. Michelle Andres

Paula Radcliffe

2 Children, 2:15:38 Womens Marathon World Record Holder

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Not only is Paula a mother of two children, but she holds the current world record in the marathon, is a 3 time London Marathon winner, 3 time New York Marathon winner (the year she had her baby, and the year after), and a one time Chicago Marathon winner.  She has also won countless awards and accolades for her running accomplishments.

Oh, and did I mention that she has asthma? Oh, and anemia.

Paula is truly an inspiration to mom and athletes everywhere. On training while pregnant Paula has said“The minute you find out you are pregnant, your priorities change, and of course I slowed down.  I ran for health and pleasure, not for competitive reasons”.    Of course just 12 days after having her baby she was back out training, but later admitted that 3 weeks may have been better.

She won the 2007 New York Marathon just 10 months after having her baby.

Never set limits, go after your dreams, don’t be afraid to push the boundaries. And laugh a lot – it’s good for you!

Paula Radcliffe

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Kara Goucher

1 child, 2008, 2012 Olympics, 3 Time NCAA Champion

Flicker User Stewart Dawson

Flicker User Stewart Dawson

Kara burst onto the marathon scene in 2008 by finishing 3rd at the Boston Marathon.  She gave birth to her son in 2010, in 2011 she placed 5th at the Boston Marathon with a time of 2:24:52 a PR by more than a minute and beating her 2009 (pre baby) Boston time by 7 1/2 minutes.  Shortly after that she was on her way to the 2012 London Olympics.

She has won many other races and events since having a child and has proven her strength as a runner in recent years.

Acknowledge all of your small victories. They will eventually add up to something great.

Kara Goucher

Deena Kastor

1 chlid, US Record holder in Marathon, Half-Marathon, 15k, 8k, 5k

Photo take by: Ambio

Photo take by: Ambio

Deena gave birth to her first child in February 2011, eleven months later she ran a 2:30:40 marathon to place 6th at the age of 39. Since then she has gone on to place 3rd at the LA Marathon and 9th at the world championships at the age of 40.

Deena is truly an athlete that takes excuses away from the regular folk like you and I.  Despite being a mother and “over the hill” she continues to compete on the world stage as an elite marathoner. In 2006 she was named the top womens marathoner in the world.

When you have the enthusiasm and the passion, you end up figuring how to excel.

Deena Kastor

 

Jessica Jacobs

1 child, 2012 Kona IronMan World Championships 26th place (11:38:39)

Jessica began racing triathlons in 2011 and quickly became hooked on the sport.  Despite a frustrating first  race she returned for more races and qualified for the 2012 IronMan World Championships where she placed 26.  In 2013 she completed 5 Half IronMan races (70.3) and 2 Full IronMan races never placing below 14th. Her IronMan PR is a stellar 8:55:10, good enough for a 1st place finish at the 2011 Florida IronMan. . . All this while raising a daughter!

Emma Garrard

1 child, Multiple top finished in XTERRA Championships and Winter Triathlon Championships

Emma is a serious competitor and a very busy woman. On top of training for XTERRA and Winter Triathlon races, she is a mom, a photographer, and she coaches various athletic programs. In 2011 alone, she ran 11 organized races. Most recently she placed 2nd in the 2014 XTERRA West Championships just weeks after being bedridden with sickness.  This was her best finish in a pro race. . . EVER. All this just months after having a baby.

She keeps a very fun and inspring blog at EMMAGARRARD.com outlining her workouts, family time, and races.  If you ever wanted to get an inside look at racing and training with kids, this is probably the best blog to read from a professional athlete.

Smart preparation in not-ideal circumstances can only get you far, good results also require consistent specific training.

Emma Garrard

Sara Gross

2 Chlidren, Professional Triathlete

In 2013 Sara completed 11 triathlon races, completing the Zurich Ironman in 9:55 and placing in the top 3 in 6 of those races.  Yes, that is with two children.  In 2011 she finished 2nd in the Calgary 70.3 just 7 months after having a baby.  Oh, did I mention she also hold a PhD from the University of Edinburgh.

When I get home from training I quickly shift from athlete-mode to mom-mode  . . .

I think that all women should get in the habit of taking care of themselves for at least an hour or two a day.

Sara Gross

As for working out while pregnant, Sara says that she averaged 1-1.5 hours of exercise a day.  Running until week 32, biking until week 37, and swimming up until the day before her baby was born.

Sara confesses that her training has changed since having children.  She no longer is able to plan her training as much as before and must work around her babies schedules. To follow Sara online visit her website at www.saragross.ca.

Heather Gollnick

3 Children, 5X Ironman Champion

Heather is 44 years old a mother of three children and has over 100 podium finishes as a professional triathlete.  In fact if you check out her website at HeatherGollnick.com you will see that those top finishes just keep rolling in at nearly every race she enters.

We had a third child and ever since it has been complete madness with my husband and I being out numbered. Training is not the number one thing but I can still get out there and mix it up and love it!

Also remember training will always be there, your little ones get so big so fast.

Heather Gollnick

Heather states that she has no intention of slowing down any time soon and loves the thrill of racing and competing on a professional level.  She is the author of Triathlon EQ which states that endurance sports are as much a test of emotional endurance as physical stamina.

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To top it all off, Heather also provides triathlon coaching and is a public speaker.  Find out more about her coaching here.

Michelle Andres

5 children, full time teacher, 3rd Age Group Finisher Kona Ironman Championships

Michelle is an example of a “regular” mom who set her mind on a goal and made it happen.  She has a full time job as a teacher, she is the mother of 5 children, yet she still finds time to train and compete on a very high level.  She is 36 years old and holds the Minnesota state record for the Ironman Triathlon.  Her Ironman time at Kona was 9:50 which was good enough to earn her the #3 spot in her age group. She did all of this with no coach and most of her training was done in her basement on a stationary bike and treadmill.

If its important to you, you’ll find a way, if its not important, you’ll find an excuse. We all have more time in our day than what we think, we just waste a lot of time on things that are not important.

Michelle Andres

She now has her sites set on qualifying for the Olympic trials in the marathon.

Are You a Marathon Mom?

While all of these women have amazing stories to share and have all accomplished a lot professionally in terms of running, they all say the same thing: running after having a baby is not easy, but with planning and determination it is doable.

You may not be trying to win a triathlon or qualify for the Olympic trials, but you can reach your goals with running and weight loss.  You can accomplish what you set your mind to.

Are you a mom who continues to run?  Do you have tips for running with children?  Share your thoughts below in the comments.

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