Welcome to the next edition of CNC Instagram Live - and I have quite the roundup today! Most of the questions are short and sweet, so I have a total of 6 to answer for you with a super common question at the end that I typically ignore because it's kind of... well, you'll see... but I answered it below. Ok, here we go...
Back-to-school breakfast ideas?
I’m always happy to talk about breakfast! There are a ton of easy breakfast ideas on CNC, but in a nutshell, I’m big on breakfasts that I can make ahead of time (#mealprep life). Some staples include overnight oats and egg bakes (for Mal). I’m pretty easy overall and will often just toast up two pieces of bread and add nut butter and fruit, like bananas or fresh berries.
One of my favorite breakfast tips to share with clients is to pick two breakfasts you can prep ahead of time for the week (like one sweet and one savory) and alternate them throughout the week, so you’re not getting bored. The next week, do the same thing but with two breakfasts that are totally different. This a great way to avoid eating the same breakfasts over and over again (i.e. the death of great recipes). For example, you could do overnight oats and an egg bake one week, and the next week you could do toast with nut butter and fruit, and even something fast like an RXBAR with fruit. Another tip is to keep collagen or protein powder on hand as they make a great addition to your morning coffee or overnight oats for a protein boost! Here are some additional favorites: Macro-Friendly Meal Prep Breakfasts!
Favorite thing about living in Boston?
Full disclaimer - I don’t actually live in Boston, so this is going be kind of a lame answer. I live on the South Shore, which is about 30-40 minutes away from the city (a little longer in rush hour). I don’t go into Boston very much these days (I hate sitting in traffic if I don’t have to), so I feel like my recommendations might be a little outdated to be honest. But one of my classic go-to’s is the Freedom Trail. It’s such a great way to see the city and get some exercise. It’s basically this red line that’s painted all throughout the city that takes you through a bunch of historical landmarks. It makes a nice walk on a beautiful day, and you can see a ton of the city! It's definitely a must-do if you’re a history buff! I also love Newbury Street for shopping and restaurants and, of course, Harvard Square. I spent a lot of time there in high school and years later when I worked at the college.
I absolutely love living on the South Shore. We’ve got the beach and a ton of restaurants and shopping as well, so I don’t really have much of a reason to venture into Boston. But when I do, those are the spots I make sure to visit!
High carb, low-fat snack ideas?
It’s definitely no secret that I have zero problems hitting my carb goal, so I’ve got a ton of ideas for high carb, low-fat snacks, listed below:
- Good ol’ fruits and veggies! Bananas, apples, and pears for fruit and bags of baby carrots and snap peas are excellent options, especially when you need something portable.
- Trail mix! I know this is typically fat-heavy, but a cereal-based recipe can be a bit more carby and voluminous. Just add your favorite cereal (I like to add Rice Chex, Cheerios, or Peanut Butter Puffins - something without a lot of sugar) and throw in raisins, nuts and/or sunflower seeds! This recipe is also a nutrition client favorite: Not-A-Million Calories Gluten-Free Maple Granola Recipe!
- Smoothies! These are a great (and fast!) way to get in your fruits and veggies without having to really think about it. Just throw in some fresh or frozen fruit along with a handful of spinach, add in some protein powder, and bam!
- Dried chickpeas! This is probably one that wouldn’t normally come to mind, but they’re actually a great source of carbs and protein. They also travel really well!
- Roasted broccoli, Brussel sprouts, or pretty much any veggie with this macro-friendly peanut butter dipping sauce. It’s made with powdered peanut butter (as opposed to full-fat Teddie peanut butter) with the addition of coconut aminos and ginger paste (or ginger powder). It's absolutely delicious! It's also a great before dinner snack! 🙂
- Lentils, like this BBQ Lentils recipe. Like chickpeas, they’re an excellent source of carbs and protein!
Healthy snacks for the car?
Many of the snack ideas mentioned above would be great for on-the-go and in the car, but here are a few more!
- RXBARS, Health Warrior Bars, or any other sort of healthy bar that you can stash in your bag
- Whole fruit, like an apple or a banana, or even a container of blueberries that you can easily grab with your hands
- Nut butter packets. I love Justin’s or RXBAR's Vanilla, which tastes like almond butter mixed with vanilla frosting. Oooh yes!
- Smoothies, as mentioned above
- Trail mix, like the cereal mix I mentioned above. You can make a big batch at the beginning of the week and portion them into little baggies or Stasher snack bags for a more sustainable option. (No, seriously, have you invested in some Stacher bags yet? If not, you really NEED to - they're better for the environment and much more cost-effective that plastic baggies. They're also great for lunchboxes!)
- A bag of raw veggies, like baby carrots or snap peas
- Sandwiches or wraps! PB and banana, turkey and cheese, etc… you can easily eat these with one hand!
Will we be adding another pup to our family and will it be a pug?
If I had it my way, we’d have an entire pug farm in our backyard! 🙂 What wouldn’t I give to have a whole bunch of pugs living with me? But sadly no, we will not be getting another dog - it's just Murph! And honestly if we did get another dog, Mal would be the one to pick it since I picked the first dog. It will probably be another "medium" dog - love’em. I wish I could rescue them all, but for now, it’s just good old Murphy!
And last but not least…
Are my boobs real?!
This is everyone’s favorite question, and I’ve been ignoring it because I wasn’t really sure if it was appropriate to talk about, but I’ve got nothing to hide so… yes, my boobs are real. In fact, I had a breast reduction when I was 24 because my boobs were the size of my head (not an exaggeration) and were causing me a ton of back pain. I have scoliosis, and I often wonder if the size of my breasts made it worse. When I had an x-ray done prior to my surgery, the doctors actually found divots in my shoulder bones from where my bra straps were digging in, solely from the weight of my breasts. Back then I had terrible health insurance, and the surgery was still approved within days, so that tells you something. It was not a good situation and definitely something that needed to be done for my health. So there’s the answer to the question everyone wants to know! My boobs are real - nothing special or fake going on here!
I hope you guys enjoyed this edition of CNC Instagram Live! Keep the questions coming - I love connecting with you guys!