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Berries & Bumps! | Blueberry Muffin Recipe, PB&J Protein Smoothie, & Pregnancy Friendly Workout

Updated: May 11, 2019


Since being in my second trimester, nothing has made me happier than not craving junk food, and being able to make home cooked meals/treats again! I mean seriously, if there were two things I could N O T get enough of in my first trimester, it was sleep & Pizza Hut. SO, I was super pumped to whip up this yummy blueberry muffin recipe that I've since been snacking on all week!



Ingredients (makes 12 muffins):


1.5 cups All-Purpose Flour

2 tsp Baking Powder

1/2 tsp Salt

3/4 cup Sugar

1/3 cup Vegetable Oil

1/2 (ish) cup Milk (2%)

1 Egg

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

and of course, blueberries! About 1 Cup (I also think strawberries would make a great addition, however, my husband doesn't like strawberries for some ungodly reason, so I decided to keep it simple!)

Method:


Pre-heat oven to 350F


Combine all dry ingredients into a bowl. Whisk them together to make sure everything is evenly incorporated! Next, add in all the wet ingredients and mix well. I then dusted my cup of frozen blueberries with a little bit of flour (PRO TIP: This keeps them from sinking to the bottom of your muffins!). Gently fold in blueberries.


Either line your muffin tin with liners, or give your pan a generous spraying of cooking spray! Evenly distribute your mixture into the pan, I start with a heaping spoonful in each of the 12 tins, then add more where needed!


Bake theses beautiful blueberry babies for 15-20 mins and enjoy!



Another thing I had issues with in my first trimester, aside from being an absolute trash monster (in regards to nutrition), was PROTEIN. I have been lucky enough to have a pretty mild/chill pregnancy so far but if there was one thing I couldn't handle the smell of, was cooking chicken... or any other meats, but chicken was by FAR the WORST! So, I got most of my protein from smoothies, nuts, and peanut butter! While I am past my food aversions now, I do still love myself a GOOOOOOOD SMOOTHIE! So here is the recipe for one of my current favorites!


Ingredients (makes 1 smoothie):


~1 cup Strawberries (I used what I had left which was about 6-7)

2 TBSP Peanut Butter (I like to use a pure & unsweetened kind similar to this)

1 scoop GNC Pro Performance Protein in Vanilla (I'll sometimes switch this for a strawberry flavored protein!)

1 cup 2% Milk (or almond milk!)


Method:


Okay, this couldn't be easier.... Combine all the ingredients in your blender and blend until ......blended? I LOVE my Ninja blender (below). Anyway, BLEND AND ENJOY!



Finally! Last but certainly not least, a quick, 30 min or less pregnancy friendly weight training workout! See my YouTube video here for video footage of all the exercises!



**Please note: this is just a routine that I am able to perform, please consult with your healthcare provider before attempting!**


STRETCH:

Stretch! Everyone has their own routine, but I typically just do some static stretching, and foam rolling!


WARM UP:

I like to warm up for 3-5 minutes on the treadmill at about 3mph. When I have more time available or if I'm feeling EXTRA up to it, I will also do another couple minutes of lunges (you deff need to slow down the speed for this to 1.0 mph-ish)


STRENGTH:

Lat Raises 3(sets) x 8-12(reps) I used 10lb dumbbells in each hand

Sumo DB Dead lifts 3x8-12 I used 25lb dumbbells in each hand

*I did these as a super set to make it more time efficient!


Bicep Curls 3x10-12 (10lb dumbbells for me)

Arnold Press (I think?) 3x10-12 (10lb DB)

*Also did these two exercises in a super set!


Leg Press 3x8-12


Dumbbell Weighted Squat 3x8-12 (I used a 25lb dumbbell for these)


COOL DOWN: Generally I would do the reverse version of my warm up and stretching, however, I have a solid walk back to my apartment so I just stretch/foam roll in the gym, and use my walk back as an additional cool down!


And there you have it! 30 mins in and out getting stuff done! Working to booty, and the upper body!



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