I've been hanging onto summer as long as I possibly could, but seeing as how it's officially October in a couple days, I figured it was time to start whipping up some festive Fall recipes, starting with the ultimate October treat -- pumpkin muffins! But these aren't just any pumpkin muffins, they're Chocolate Chip Paleo Protein Pumpkin Muffins made with super healthy ingredients like almond flour, flaxseeds, nut butter, and vanilla collagen. If you've made my Paleo Banana Protein Muffins (one of my favorite recipes ever) lately, then you'll likely have 99% of the ingredients ready to go for these muffins and you'll just need a can of pure pumpkin to make these come together! I love that these are filling and healthy but still satisfy the sweet tooth. They'll definitely be one of my go-to recipes this Fall and I can't wait for you to make them in you're kitchen, too!
There's so much excitement, planning, and preparation that happens when you're pregnant. I spent so much time nesting and getting Noah's room perfectly decorated and ready, organizing his clothes by size, and looking into mommy-and-me classes, but one thing I didn't spend much time was preparing what I'd need once I came home from the hospital with a newborn. I think part of that is, you don't really know until you're going through it (and then frantically placing Amazon orders at 3am), but once you've been there, you're a pro and can help prep your sister or besties with everything that will help their transitions into new motherhood those first couple weeks. Part of that is essentials for mama's physical recovery (you can find all of my tips for that in this post) and another big part of that is... food!
There are specific foods that are extra nourishing for a new mama, and there are also certain necessities to have on hand for nursing moms who are famished at all hours of the day and night. When my sister came home from the hospital with her baby two weeks ago and I saw her emergency stash of Nature Valley bars and random cookies on her nightstand, I knew she needed some help. So I put together all of the essentials for her, and seeing the response I got via DM on instagram, I knew I should put it all in a blog post to share with you, your pregnant sisters, and your mom-to-be friends, too!
We're going to change things up a bit today with a super fun guest post — I'm so excited to welcome my friend, Lauryn, of The Skinny Confidential, to the blog to talk all things time management as a new mama. But let me backtrack for a second first.
Lauryn and I first met in 6th grade through my best friend. Even back then, Lauryn was way ahead of her time. Savvy, funny, stylish, beautiful, effortlessly herself, and super confident. Knowing her back then, it's no surprise (but still so freaking cool) to see the total boss businesswoman, podcaster, and author that she is today. And now she juggles all of that with being a new mom to her adorable daughter, Zaza.
So when we were mid-text one day about the pancakes I make Noah, she said "let's do a blog swap. You tell us everything about feeding babies, and I'll share my tips on any subject you want." I obviously asked for all her tips and tricks on how to be productive, while juggling the craziness of motherhood, because honestly my "balance" these days is pretty non-existent and life revolves around my baby boss, Noah. I love it and I wouldn't trade it, but could I use some tips from a pro about managing it all a little better? Absolutely! So with that, I'll let Lauryn take it away...
Our lemon tree has been out of control lately so I’ve been coming up with all sorts of fun ways to use all our fresh citrus! Enter these Lemon Poppy Seed Protein Bites! They’re packed with lemony flavor and loaded with healthy fats and protein to satisfy your afternoon snack attack. They're the perfect thing to keep on hand in your fridge or freezer when you just need a little something to get you through to your next meal. The combination of protein and fat will fill you up and keep you satisfied during your busy day, and obviously aside from being super healthy, they're SO delicious! They didn't last more than 24 hours in our house so I think I'll have to make a double batch next time!
Would you believe it's almost the 8-year anniversary of this recipe on Weeknight Bite!? I originally posted it one week after Mitch and I got engaged and the original post was full of giddiness and gushing all about how my "fiancé" loves this recipe so much. It's so funny to go back to the early WNB posts because in some ways, it feels like the time has flown by, but then I watch the recipe video that was part of this original post (scroll down to the bottom to check it out — I'm way too sentimental to delete these videos, even if the time has come to update the post and the photos!), and I get a peek into our life at that exact moment, and it makes me so nostalgic and happy and also feels like it was a lifetime ago! I'll tell ya what hasn't changed though — how delicious this recipe is... and how much Mitch still loves it ha! He wolfed down about half the pan after I finished shooting the new photos, and I had to laugh that it is just as big of a hit now as it was 8 years ago.
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Lindsay is a Holistic Nutritionist who lives for a great meal, a beautiful farmers market, daily matcha lattes, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Weeknight Bite is Lindsay's happy place where her nutrition practice, simple recipes, and wellness tips come together to inspire you to live a healthy, balanced life.