No Lunch Rut Zone!

‘Twas a great summer indeed – full of fun, adventures, summertime memories and of course, chaos. But now it’s time for us to go back to our regularly scheduled programming and our regular routines. While making my girls healthy, balanced and tasty meals is always a top priority for me even throughout the summer, I want to make sure I translate that to their lunch boxes so that they have enough energy to sustain their little bodies and minds throughout the school day. Sure, sandwiches are great every now and then but if your kiddos are anything like mine, they don’t like to repeat foods often. We have to get our creative juices flowing when it comes to packing kiddos’ lunches and of course we want to make eating healthy fun for them.

Well have no fret, dear mamas! This is a no lunch rut zone here! Here are some easy, healthy, yet fun lunch ideas for the kiddos. As always, I’ll continue to post more healthy lunch ideas on my Instagram story and they’ll remain highlighted under the icon titled Kiddo Lunches. Follow me @Michelle_Font.

First off, these amazing Bentgo Boxes can be found on Amazon and the best part is that they’re spillage-proof! Here’s the direct link: https://amzn.to/2P0mYoO

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Precious little dimples…on your body! Ugh.

Raise your hand if you have cellulite!

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The journey to self-love and body acceptance isn’t always an easy one. It takes numerous life lessons and tons of patience. I’m an active mom of two, very conscious of what I put into my body and guess what…I still have cellulite!

I’ve done everything to fight it and have tried to hide it in the past until I finally came to the realization that it just isn’t a big deal. I’m healthy and that’s what matters. I’m Latin – thick legs (and cellulite) are in my genetics and I’m damn proud. My body has given me the two greatest gifts of my life…my girls. More importantly, I’m showing my daughters to love their bodies with all their perfect imperfections.

Ladies, cellulite is normal! In no way does it determine your strength, health and most definitely not your self-worth. And don’t let anyone tell you differently. Whether you’re battling cellulite, stretch marks or loose skin, accept it, embrace it and rock it!

Sure, I’ll still be active. Sure, I’ll still lead a healthy lifestyle and I’m not encouraging you to abandon your healthy ways because you can’t fix your “dimples”. Instead, I encourage you to keep working out and eating well. Keep doing what makes you feel good…but do it in proudly in shorts..and in a bikini! 

Sure, we can minimize the appearance of cellulite, but let’s not make this our goal. Let’s make HEALTHY our goal. Here are some simple tips that can help us all lead overall healthier lives:

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Low-Carb Zucchini Lasagna Recipe!

Swap out the lasagna noodles for zucchini! Try this low-carb dish instead and I promise you won’t miss the noodles at all! This dish is perfect for feeding a large family and the leftovers taste even better the next day.

Now I’ve never been a huge fan of lasagna but I had an extra package of sweet Italian turkey sausage lying around in my freezer and since my family didn’t like the first package I made (got it from a BOGO sale), I knew I had to get creative with the second package or toss it out. I decided to give a low-carb version of this dish a go, although my family was skeptical at first. I’m glad to say that after a few bites they were all raving about how delicious it was and my little one (my picky eater) ate it all within minutes, veggies and all…and check this, she even wanted seconds! Those of you with picky eaters understand the grand feat that is. Without further ado, here is the recipe.

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Moms Summer Workout Survival Tips

Summer is in full swing, fellow mommas, and although we love having a more relaxed schedule and a little more time to sleep in, we all know how draining these summer months can be. Trying to keep our regularly scheduled exercise regimens with the kids at home, or while we’re running around to and from summer camp, seems to be near darn impossible. A mom has to get creative to escape and fit in her daily dose of exercise and it can be done. Ladies, don’t let those long hours of hard work and dedication of training you’ve already put in throughout the rest of the year go to waste while we try to survive these summer months. Our schedules may have been turned upside down but let’s squeeze in that training and those glutes! Here are my top 5 tips to stay fit and active during the summer with the kiddos at home or sans kids while they’re away at camp:

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Let’s Talk Meal Prepping!

For me, health isn’t measured in numbers. It’s not about the number on the scale nor other people’s standards of what healthy should look like. To me, health is measured in how I feel day-to-day. It’s measured on how well I take care of myself and how I treat my body regularly. For my own personal health and fitness goals, I don’t rely on calorie counting or fad diets. What I do strive for is leading an overall healthy lifestyle and feeding my body lots of nutritious, fresh, colorful whole foods. And to help me stay on track, I tend to meal prep. Set aside an hour or two a week for meal prepping and I guarantee you’ll be eating less junk and staying more consistent with maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

If you’re new to meal prepping, don’t get overwhelmed, as I did, when I first began to meal prep. Even if you don’t get to manage a full prep, just take baby steps and prep one meal or a few snacks or a couple of days’ worth of meals at a time. Those meals and snacks will come in handy on those extra busy days on the go or when you’re just coming home exhausted.

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Here, I’ve put together a list of one day’s worth of meals and snacks just to give you an idea of what to put together. On regular weeks, I personally prepare my meals and snacks for only two days (and I actually repeat one day’s worth) as I tend to come home throughout the day to eat my breakfast or lunch, but you can repeat your meals and snacks for the amount of days that work for you.

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It’s Time to Stop Making Excuses and Get Started! *Giveaway with GRIT MIAMI!

Often times, us moms and women in general get so busy with life that it leaves us with very little time, if any at all, to ourselves. Between work and being our kids’ drivers, appointment schedulers, chefs, project facilitators, personal assistants, the list goes on and on, what time can we possibly have to ourselves?

While I agree that yes, life does get hectic, ladies: let’s STOP making excuses and let’s make ourselves and our health and fitness goals a priority. We tend to make time for what’s truly important to us, so set time apart for YOU because YOU are important.

Set a time for yourself that works for you – whether it be at 5 a.m. (yes, I said 5 a.m.), during your lunch break, while your kids are off in their extracurricular activities or even later in the evening – and give yourself YOUR time. Schedule appointments with yourself and don’t miss  those appointments!

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Life Lessons and my Personal Mantras at 34

Birthdays are so special to me and it’s hard to believe I just celebrated my 34th. I definitely don’t feel 34 and at this age, I actually feel healthier (physically and mentally) than I ever have. I’m so grateful for these years of life, the wisdom I’ve gained and every single past experience that has molded me into the woman I am. Coming from someone who was terrified of turning the big 3-0, I can wholeheartedly say your 30s is a great place to be. At this point in life, I’ve learned to make wiser, more thought-out decisions – and the best part about is, I’ve made decisions to create my own happiness, not to live up to others’ standards of happiness.
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For my younger friends who are looking to gain a little bit of insight in life and even for those who aren’t younger than me but are similar to me, keen on learning from others, I’ve put together a short list of my own personal mantras that have helped me genuinely live life happily.

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