You guys….I FINALLY got a food processor! This week has been like Christmas in my little apartment. My head has been spinning with excitement and ideas about all of the fun new things I can create and recipes I can send your way.
The second I opened the giant box and whipped out my new toy I grabbed the first ingredient I saw and tossed it in. The ingredient happened to be walnuts. I always have giant bags of raw walnuts around because it’s cheaper to buy them in bulk at a Whole Sale club than purchase smaller bags elsewhere. I’m all about buying fresh and local but sometimes I just need to save a few bucks.
After tossing the walnuts in the bucket my “AHA” moment kicked in and I knew exactly what I wanted to make. WALNUT BUTTER! instead of purchasing a little $11 jar of walnut butter at the store, I could now create my own at one-fifth the price and add some fun fixings.
Since Walnuts are pretty dry I knew I needed to add oil. I grabbed my favorite coconut oil, cinnamon, vanilla extract and some local, raw honey (why not get a jumpstart on keeping the seasonal allergies at bay?).
The results we’re pretty delicious.
Here’s what you need:
2 cups Raw Walnuts
2 Tbsp Raw Honey
2 Tbsp. Cinnamon
1 Tbsp. Vanilla
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
Toss the Walnuts in the food processor and pulse several times, scrape down the edges and pulse a few more times. Melt coconut oil & Honey and add it to the walnuts a long with the cinnamon and vanilla. Blend until desired texture is achieved. Make sure you refrigerate the butter to keep it super fresh!
Photo on the left : 3 Weeks Postpartum
Photo on the right: 11 Weeks Postpartum
Oh Hey….it’s me again. LacyMarie “Migrant Wellness”. I fell into the postpartum, sleep deprivation blues and thus finding time to blog went out the window! I don’t think my brain was really capable of completing a blog post after running on such little sleep for so long. However, the little moose is now sleeping about 6 hours in a row each night and that has been a real game changer. Praise God!
With my newfound sleep, this past month I’ve gotten back in the gym! Boy does it feel great! My mood is better, my confidence has increased and the alone time the 30 minutes in the gym gives me is enough to recharge. I really believe taking that time for myself makes me a better wife, mother and role model and I encourage other women to create that time as well (if possible).
Since I’m a busy mom, I just have about 30 minutes to dedicate to the gym about 3 times a week. The rest of the days I try to be active by going for walks, doing exercises at home while Scout sleeps, etc. That being said, I need to maximize the time I have to get the greatest results in that 30 minutes. Enter, circuit training. I love circuit training. Circuit training is a type of exercise that combines high intensity aerobics and resistance. It’s perfect for people like me who want to lose excessive weight while gaining and toning muscle. All my muscles turned to jelly while I was pregnant and this style of exercise has already helped me regain some of that lost muscle.
Here is an example of one of the workouts I do about 3 times a week. I love how easy it is to swap out different exercises and work multiple muscle groups at the same time.
Do Each Set 3 times for 20 Reps, lifting as heavy as you can before moving on to the next set. Each pair of exercises should be performed as a “superset”. Take a 30 second break in between sets. You should feel your muscles burning but not to the point of shaking or throbbing. If you get shaky you should reduce weight or even do the exercises without weights.
Circuit 1: Repeat 3 times with 30 seconds rest in between
Squat & Press x 20 reps
Static Squat with Hammer Curl x 20 reps
2 Minutes of Cardio:
1 Minute Wood Chops with weight
1 Minute One and a Half Squats
Sumo Squat with Kettle Bell Swing x 20
Static Sumo Squat with Overhead Tricep extension x 20
2 Minutes of Cardio:
1 Minute mountain climbers
1 Minute Lunge Kicks
Lunge with Shoulder Press x 20
Static Lunge with Dumbbell Row x 20
Cool down & stretch!