Be Mom Strong


I'm Emma, a mama of two princesses and wife of an 8-time Ironman (and counting). I am an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer and Group Ex Instructor, a Nutrition Specialist and a Holistic Health Coach student at IIN. My husband will tell you I don't clean the house well, but I will clean the heck out of your lifestyle!

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I know you've been holding your breath wondering where the heck I've been.  Well this little corner of the blog world is going to take a backseat to life for the next couple months.  Why?   I am applying to a M.S. in Nutrition and Functional Medicine program.  I have officially gone off the deep end. Like literally... jumped off the highest mountain and landed in foreign territory.  You chemistry majors out there.  I completely do not understand where you come from and I admire your brain capacity. Usually, I like to keep adding things to my plate; however, this time around, I'm taking things off.  Every waking minute that…
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Thanksgiving Ideas and Indulgences

There are a million posts out about "Surviving the Holidays" and staying on track.  Let's be honest, tis the season for veering WAY off track.  My suggestions, don't punish yourself by jumping on the treadmill for 5 hours next Friday.  Don't refuse to eat something... because you'll eat everything else and then come back and have it anyways.  Instead, appreciate Thanksgiving as a one day event (ok maybe two) and ENJOY!  But, if you are adventurous in the kitchen, or just want to throw your family members off, try some of these substitutions on Thursday!  For example, 1 cup of buttermilk?  Try 3/4 cup almond milk + 1/4 cup greek…
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Pizza Kale Chips

Why not combine my favorite thing (kale) with my kids' favorite thing (pizza)?  Oh, and make it gluten-free, dairy-free and scrunch your nose up at it-free!      After making these, store in a Ziplock baggie for up to a week, if they last that long.  Just make sure you don't scarf these down over a white rug or couch.  Kale crumbles don't make for the best decor. These are a much healthier alternative to chips that literally take 15 minutes.  Nutritional yeast is also a great plant-based source of all the Vitamin B's and kale, well kale is the king of nutrients. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:16]
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Lunch Jars

Every Sunday, you can find me in the kitchen with my mason jars. Each one a little different.  Each one with new surprises.  Each one making noon a little less stressful around these parts. I literally spend 30 minutes prepping lunches for the entire week.  Here's how you can make your own. 1.  Decide on some various proteins. Think hard-boiled eggs, canned tuna, beans, legumes, quinoa, chicken, etc.  Go ahead and make them.  Cook them while you assemble the rest. 2.  Decide on some vegetables.  Think leafy greens, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, avocados, shaved brussels, squash, carrots, celery, radishes.  The more colorful, the better.  Get to chopping them up. 3.  Invest…
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