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Belly and Muffins



20 Weeks !


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21 weeks!

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A bit of time has passed since my last post! Shame on me! Life just seems so busy these days with getting ready for baby and enjoying all these hot summer days we’ve been having.  

OK, confession time! One of my biggest weaknesses is always craving a yummy (and evil) muffin, bagel, or any carb while I enjoy my morning coffee on the deck. Being pregnant I feel as though this temptation is constantly knocking at my door. So instead of fighting this craving, I’m allowing myself to enjoy them on Friday mornings before I go sweat it out teaching spin and oranj method. I’ve also come up with some creative ways of making my favourites healthier and by doing so, more enjoyable mentally:) Here is my favourite Skinny Pumpkin, Banana muffin recipe!



Skinny Pumpkin Muffins


Calories: 146.5 • Fat: 2.7 g • Carb: 33.3 g • Fiber: 1.6 g • Protein: 2.7 g 


  • Coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
    Or for a Gluten Free option, combine Almond and oat flour ! Delish  
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves*
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg*
  • 3 very ripe medium bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 2 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, unpacked or you can substitute this with applesauce!
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 325°. Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan with coconut oil.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda andpumpkin spice with a wire whisk. Set aside.

In a large bowl, creamcoconut oil and sugar with an electric mixer. Add egg whites, egg, bananas, pumpkin and vanilla, and beat at medium speed until thick. Scrape down sides of the bowl.
Add flour mixture and nuts (if using), then blend at low speed until combined. Do not over mix.

Pour batter into loaf pan or muffin tins and bake on the center rack for 60 minutes (for muffins about 25), or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let the pan cool at least 20 minutes, bread should be room temperature before slicing.

* 1 tsp of pumpkin spice can be substituted for cloves and nutmeg.


      Mmm combine this view with coffee, the perfect muffin and you have the start of a fantastic day!


Let the planning begin!






Sadly due to our Internet being down for 4 days, there was a slight delay on sharing the exciting news of our ultrasound last week! We are very happy to announce we will be welcoming another handsome little boy into our family. Troy and I are so thrilled and guessing from McCarthy’s reaction he’s pretty excited about having someone to play trucks with.  I will be honest and say, I totally thought it was a girl 100%! Just for the record, all those theories you hear that supposedly tell you you’re having a girl…they were totally false for us! We thought it would be fun to try and guess before hand so we went on heart rate, cravings, skin, ring test,  and how I was carrying. All signs pointed to a girl and all signs were wrong. Let’s just say upon seeing the ultrasound we had a surprise and a good laugh. I think the moment I walked out of Sneak a Peak my mind started planning for the next nursery and all the cute little outfits again.  All this planning and excitement can make a girl real hungry! This past week the black hole of tiredness has started to lift, so I have gotten back on the clean eating wagon and pre-planning all my meals. Knowing that I have healthy snacks and food ready for my week ahead honestly helps me sleep at night. For me there is nothing better then knowing not only am I set up for success but Troy and McCarthy are as well. When you have a child you suddenly realize that the perfect schedule of getting up at 6am, having your workout, a lovely shower and a peaceful breakfast no longer is in the cards. But rather then feeling defeated by your day never being the same and all schedule’s going out the door, I’ve been trying to control what I can and laugh about the rest! Breakfast is an area I can control and so can you! Here is a amazing, quick and healthy way to get your beautifully random day started! I’ve been prepping these for breakfast and we are loving them!



Skinny Overnight Oats in a Jar
 1 • Serving Size: 1 jar • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 6 pts
 244.9 • Fat: 10.8 g • Carbs: 35.4 g • Fiber: 8.5 g • Protein: 6 g • Sugar: 12 g
 94.7 mg 



  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk 
  • 1/4 medium banana, sliced (freeze the rest for smoothies!)
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 4-5 drops NuNaturals liquid vanilla stevia (or your favorite sweetener)
  • pinch cinnamon


Place all the ingredient in a jar, shake, cover and refrigerate overnight. Add your favorite crunchy toppings such as nuts, granola, etc and enjoy the next day!