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Kitchen Mania Mondays: Chicken Meatloaf

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Kitchen Mania Monday: Chicken Meatloaf

 

Meatloaf is just an easy meal and almost everyone loves it. But instead of using higher fat ground beef, substituting with ground chicken breast can be a great way to make a similar tasting meal with about half the fat and calories.

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Ingredients:

 

1 lbs ground chicken breast

½ cup whole grain bread crumbs

1 large egg

1 large sweet onion, chopped

1 Tbs minced garlic

¾ cup ketchup

 

In a large bowl, whisk egg. Add in ketchup, breadcrumbs, onion, and garlic. Next, add in ground chicken breast. Mix all ingredients together evenly. Once mixed, place ground chicken on a lightly greased pan. Using your hands, spread chicken evenly out over pan. Depending on how you like your meatloaf, you can spread it thinly over a large, swallow pan or make it more “loaf-like” in a deep, thin pan. I personally like it in the swallow pan. This especially makes it easy to cut into thin, bite sized pieces for our little guy.

 

Place meatloaf in the oven at 400 F for 40-50 minutes (depending on thickness) or until internal temperature reaches 165 F.

 

Note: you can get creative with your meatloaf too. Try adding additional chopped vegetables into the mix. You can top your meatloaf with various seasonings as well. We like a splash of parmesan cheese or a little drizzle of barbeque sauce for some extra flavor.

Friday Fitness Challenge: Walking Lunges

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Friday is here again and it’s time to switch up your workout to maximize your results! If you are already walking for exercise, challenge yourself further by adding these walking lunges to the mix (this exercise is a sneak peak from my new book Walking Off The Weight For Dummies available for pre-order now). These are easy to perform and help to increase your heart rate and challenge your glutes, quads, hamstrings, and core.

 

Here’s how to get started:

 

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As you walk, slow down your pace. Stand with good posture and place your hands on your hips. Take a large step forward with one leg while lifting up onto the ball of your foot with your back leg. As you do this, keep your chest lifted and shoulders back. Your hips should be lowering to the ground and not moving forward. Watch that your knee does not pass over your toe and that your back knee does not touch the ground. Now, press up with your front leg and bring your back leg forward. You can now repeat this lunge on the opposite leg. Continue to repeat one leg after the other.

 

Aim to add in walking lunges for 1 full minutes for every 10 minutes of your walk. If you really feel up to the challenge, add in a walking lunge every 5 minutes.

 

Let me know how you do with your #WalkOffTheWeight challenge!

Mommy Food Finds: Dr. Praeger’s Kale Veggie Burger

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I am pretty sure daycare thinks I am crazy when I send Joey to school with meals like kale burgers, but he loves them! And I want to encourage him to keep eating his greens as he gets older. I really enjoy kale, but sometimes I run out of ways to prepare it. I came across the Dr. Praeger’s brand of Kale Veggie Burgers in the frozen food section the other day, and they peaked my interest. After the huge success of the Spinach Kale Bites, I figured I would give these a shot.

 

Dr. Praeger’s foods are typically lower in sodium then many other frozen foods, and these burgers don’t disappoint. They contain only 250 mg of sodium per burger (which is much less than many other veggie burgers). They also added quinoa to the burger for a source of protein. When you look at the ingredient list, it’s all ingredients you recognize and only whole foods and seasonings. Looking at the list, I could probably figure out how to make these on my own (but it really is a huge time saver to keep these in the freezer on busy days).

 

To prepare, you can microwave, bake in the oven, or heat in a skillet. I made them in the oven mostly after finding they are a bit too mushy in the microwave. They smell great (even my non-kale eating husband thought they smelled great although he wouldn’t actually try them), and I was very happy with the taste. I wasn’t sure how Joey would react, but he ate them faster than I have ever seen him eat anything else! He ate an entire burger himself and was looking for more. They were a huge hit! I will definitely be buying these again!

Workout Wednesday: Curtsy Squats with Your Baby

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If you want to slim and tone your thighs, this exercise is perfect for you! Traditional squats help to tone the glutes and quads, but this alternative really helps to target the inner and outer thigh, helping you to see faster results in the areas you want. By adding the additional weight of your baby, you increase the intensity of the exercise, for faster gains in strength.

 

To perform, wear your baby forward facing in the carrier of your choice. Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart. Slowly bend your left knee as your cross your right leg behind you. Your right knee should lower to the floor, but don’t allow it to actually touch the floor. Slowly return to the starting position and repeat. You can place your hands on your hips or out to the sides for balance if you need it. Make sure as you perform the squat you are sinking down into your left heel and not allowing your left knee to pass over your toe line.

 

Perform 3 sets of 10-15 squats on each side.

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