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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Giveaway - Core Hydration Water

The heat is on this summer and today we have a giveaway for some of the freshest, crispest water.

Hi Fit2Flex friends!  It's Kyle and I wanted to pop in while Carissa is busy being a super mom and share a fun summer giveaway.  She's working to balance her new job as Mom, her real job, and keeping me fed!
So I wanted to talk about a new product that is perfectly balanced...

Core Hydration water.  I recently had the chance to try it and really enjoyed not only the clean taste of the water, but the stylish design of the bottle.

What is Core Hydration?







It's ultra-purified water that's balanced with electrolytes and minerals to deliver your body's natural pH of 7.4.  This balance helps it work perfectly with your body because it's not too acidic or too alkaline...it's just right!  The stylish package is also recyclable and BPA free.

Want to give your summer hydration a balanced boost? Use the rafflecopter widget below to win a awesome ONE MONTH SUPPLY OF CORE HYDRATION!
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How do you strike balance in your daily life?

Love and drinks for Mommy,
Carissa & Kyle

Friday, June 12, 2015

Baby B has arrived

Baby B has arrived! You might have seen on social media, but we wanted to make sure it was officially announced that Baby B is here and our world is forever changed.
Our little CBear arrived 1 week early and swiftly and Mom and baby both had a relatively smooth delivery.  Those contractions are no joke though!
We are working on finding some type of schedule that lets Kyle and I both get "some" sleep and spend all our time loving our little girl.  We'll be back with a birth story and update soon and Kyle has a fun giveaway coming next week.
Thank you for all the kind words, texts, social media shout outs, and general merriment!
What advice do you have for the parents of newborns?

Love and #CBear,
Carissa & Kyle

Monday, June 1, 2015

How to Prep 8 Freezer Meals

Cooking at home is a key way to control what you eat, eat healthier, and help reach your weight loss goals.  One of the biggest deterrents to cooking at home is time and energy, but with a little planning and some prep work you can conquer those obstacles....even with a newborn baby and a busy work schedule!
With #BabyB's arrival any day (really..any day kid....we'd love to see ya), I wanted to share some of the freezer meal prep that I did to get ready for her arrival.  My mother-in-law offered to come help cook, but I don't think she was ready for the intensity of my food prep process. You say fill the freezer...I'm going to fill the freezer. Thank you Nancy for all your help!
Today I'm going to walk you through the process and recipes I used to make 7 prepped dinner meals (12 dishes, at least 40 servings) in about 3 hours.  To meet our personal preferences (I don't love re-heated chicken and Kyle doesn't do casseroles) there's a lot of ground turkey and crock pot recipes that aren't cooked, but just need to be dumped.

Here are the meals we made:
- Skinny Turkey Lasagna x 2
- Raw turkey meatballs ready to be cooked x 2
- Veggie marinara sauce (zucchini, green pepper, onion) with ground turkey x 2
- Crock pot buffalo chicken x 2
- Crock pot salsa chicken x 2 (I guess this recipe needs a blog post!)
- Crock pot pesto chicken (chicken, jarred pesto, green beans)
- Crock pot Italian chicken (chicken, Italian dressing, broccoli)
- Crock pot ropa vieja

Pre-cooking prep work was crucial.  I scribbled down all the recipes and made a word document with the needed ingredients.  I also had time for 2 shopping trips, so I chose Sam's Club for the meats and Target (love that red card discount) for the other items.  Also make sure to stock up on freezer bags, freezer dishes for the lasagna, and slow cooker liners if you like easy clean up once you start cooking the meals.

My next task was to create a timeline of what to do when to make the process as smooth and easy as possible.  I started with the turkey lasagna since that was most time consuming.  As an RD I wanted to get as many vegetables as possible into the recipes, so my first task was dicing and sautéing a lot of zucchini, onions, and green bell peppers.
Here's a rough outline of how we did the entire process:
- Dice onions, zucchini (4), bell pepper (3)
- Sauté each vegetable individually
- Brown all turkey
- Combine turkey for lasagna with onion and zucchini, combine with store bought marinara sauce
- Combine leftover turkey, onions, and bell peppers. Combine with marinara for pasta sauce.  Cool and spoon into freezer bags.
- Make ricotta mixture for lasagna.
- Assemble 2 lasagnas.
- Assemble 3 dozen raw turkey meatballs.  Freeze flat before adding to a ziplock for storage.
- Remove raw chicken from the freezer.  Trim any fat and separate into ziplock with 2-3 chicken breasts depending on how much you want for the recipe.
- Once the chicken is in the baggie then you're just adding the ingredients for that particular recipe and labeling the bag.
- Prep ropa vieja using diced peppers and onions from the store (short cut method!)

That's it!  Minus cleaning a lot of dishes and counter space. Make sure when you're freezing the food that you don't stack everything on top of each other.  You need the cold air to circulate to freeze everything fully and then you can stack.

Our freezer is VERY full at the moment, but there's still room for our usual frozen fruit for smoothies, waffles, and Amy's organic meals. We also had a member of our Evo family bring us an awesome pesto veggie lasagna that we froze for later and another 8+ meals.
BabyB - the freezer is ready...are you?

In other notes week 38 of pregnancy has been interesting.  As we get closer the anxiety definitely increases.  Every "ouch" or "what was that" has visions of my water breaking and dashing to the hospital running through my head.  I'm 39 weeks, 1 day today and interested to see if there's any progress at my doctor's appointment.  We've been walking a lot, squatting, bouncing on the ball, eating pineapple, and I had 2 acupuncture treatments. We are so ready to meet this little girl!

Do you make freezer meals?
Do you believe any "labor inducing" wives tales?

Love and freezer burn,
Carissa & Kyle