Lunch for Little Ones 

October 31, 2017

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Bento Boxes For Lunch

For lunch this week, I packed my kids a bento box of some of their favorites.  I found these bento boxes on Amazon and chose them because they were reasonably priced, seemed sturdy and not too heavy.  I would say they are a little heavy for my 3 year old to carry but fine for my 6 year old.  They also have a dip compartment that I thought was neat.  (I put mandarin oranges in it).

Salami & Cheese Bento Box

  • Salami rolled up
  • Cheddar cheese cubes
  • Tostitos whole wheat scoops
  • Mandarin organes
  • Mini cucumber slices

You can find the bento box here.

 

 

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This week’s snack box is a “dessert” theme.  In Daphne’s I used a kosher chocolate spread that’s nut free (and also dairy free) because her pre-school is nut-free.  Dylan has standard Nutella.

Fruit Dipped in Chocolate

  • Brown rice cake
  • Welch’s fruit snacks, 90 calorie pack (it’s very small, about a handful of gummies)
  • Sliced strawberries and blueberries
  • A silicone insert filled with chocolate spread (for easier cleaning)

You can get the boxes here and the silicon liners here.  The boxes are recommending by pre-schools because they are easy to open for little hands.  They are plastic so they aren’t thermal and I did have one break on me pretty quickly.  But, they are inexpensive so I use them as a backup to my Lunchbots.  The liners are great for making extra compartments in your bento boxes and also for items that are a little messy.

Saw this ad with some graffiti on it in my neighborhood this week and had to snap a pic. It says “Every Body Happy” and someone wrote “All bodies are good bodies” and I couldn’t agree more! Even if we aren’t the smallest size we’ve ever been it’s still possible to love our body and be grateful for how strong it is. 

Here’s to the women getting back to the gym after having their first, second or third baby. Here’s to the men drinking their protein shakes and staying away from the BBQ wings during the football game. Here’s to the single folks prepping their food on the weekend for the week ahead. Here’s to the families getting outside together for exercise instead of watching TV. Here’s to all my clients and friends who make decisions everyday to move the needle towards healthy, happy acceptance and love for the only body you’ll ever have. All bodies are good bodies! #dailyreminder #loveyourself

 

img_7128I can’t remember how it started, but 2 years ago I started a love affair with restaurant ramen noodles.  There was a local ramen joint that I loved that had these big bowls of delicious broth, pork, and ramen noodles.  It just seemed like the perfect winter food to me!

About a year ago, I discovered Brown Rice Ramen Noodles at the store, and I figured I could make this dish at home!   There’s many different ways to make it – chicken, pork or vegetarain.  In this version, I used some proscuitto (I know, wrong cuisine) to add flavor because I had it on hand.  Feel free to omit it (to make it vegan), or add the protein of your choice.

Since my Facebook live video last week about making tomorrow’s breakfast got such a huge audience, I decided to a Facebook Live video with all the instructions for the ramen recipe.  It’s pretty rough around the edges, and you’ll get to see me in my actual kitchen making dinner and dealing with kids and my husband who interrupts, gets in the way, and tries to eat ketchup straight up! Ewe! It’s real life!

I didn’t prepare at all for the video, except to set up the tripod.  I find with these things it’s best if I just go for it and try not to obsess over the details, because then I run the risk of never getting started.  In the words of my wise Uncle Blaise, “It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be done.”

And with that, here’s the recipe for Healthy (& Quick) Ramen Noodles

Makes 8 servings, cook time 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Lotus Foods Brown Rice Ramen, 4 patties
  • 10oz sliced mushrooms – I used a blend of shiitake, baby bellas and oyster mushrooms, but any variety will do
  • 1 head of bok choy, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Olive oil, 2 tbsp
  • Sesame oil, 1 tsp plus some for garnish
  • 8 slices of proscuitto
  • 8 hard boiled eggs, for cooking method click here
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp Osem Consomme
  • 6-8 cups of water
  • Sesame seeds for garnish
  • Scallions for garnish

Instructions:  In a large pot, over medium heat, add the olive oil and sesame oil and minced garlic.  Let the garlic become fragrant.  Chop the proscuitto and add it to the garlic and oil, lets the proscuitto become cripsy and brown – about 2 minutes.  Rinse and chop the boy chow and mushrooms.  Once the proscuitto is crispy, add the mushrooms and then the boy choy on top. Add soy sauce. Cook down for 5-7 minutes until the mushrooms have turned brown and softened.  Add the water, depending on the size of your pot you can use 6-8 cups.  Add the Osem, let it come to a boil.  Peel your hard boiled eggs.  Once the broth has come to a boil, add the ramen noodle patties and let simmer uncovered.  After 3 minutes, use a fork to untangle the ramen noodles.  Simmer another 1-2 minutes until noodles are done.

To plate, place one hard boiled egg on each serving cut in half lengthwise, scallions and sesame seeds.  Finish it off with a splash of sesame oil.

 

 

#IamHumanAF 2017

October 17, 2017

e5e55048-f60d-4483-b19a-8aa15d6c60b8-1Hi! I’m Marie Ingrisano Isner and I am HumanAF.  I originally wrote a post a year ago about being #HumanAF and it felt like a great time to update it.

The original post was inspired by “Just like you, my super weakness is my super power… I’m human. Human AF.” –Peta Kelly

I hold (and have held) a lot of titles in my life: student, rebel, director, employee, wife, mother, entrepreneur, president, customer, fattest girl in the room, fittest girl in the room – but they are all under the umbrella of HUMAN.

Filming the “Anthem Project” on my stoop.  Still haven’t watched the video because I am afraid I sound/look bad.

I’m not out to be the next Peta Kelly, or Oprah, or Massive Social Media Influencer, I’m just a mom on a mission to inspire people to their greatness.

I preach practicing self-care and being kind to yourself, but some days I get dressed and then secretly ask my husband if I “look fat”. Human.
I get up in front of groups of people and share my story very candidly, but the noise in my own head sometimes keeps me from celebrating the small victories, like not eating an entire box of cookies. Human.

I’m that annoying patron who returns a latte if it’s not almond/soy milk, but I’ll eat a sleeve of Ritz crackers laying in bed watching reruns on Netflix if I’ve had a rough day. Human.

One of those “stay in bed and avoid the world” moments


I left a corporate job and started my own business from scratch 4 years ago and built it into a full time income, but I’ve been fired from (and thrown out of) a few embarrassing places like an eye glass store, a movie theatre, and a commercial building in NY. Human.

I work on my personal development every day and remind myself over and over not everything “is about me”, but if someone I care about disappoints me by not showing up when they said they would I am devastated. Human.

I get annoyed when people don’t move fast enough at a green light because they are busy texting, but some days I’ll piss away an hour looking at nonsense on IMDB about 90s sitcoms just because. Human.

I work so hard to “meet people where they are” and not enforce my standards on everyone I meet, but I have no tolerance for people who are checked out and asking questions that have already been answered. Human.

I wrote a cookbook and self-published it for fun, because I love home cooked meals, but some days I roll up salami and cheese for dinner for me and my kids. Human.

I’m so excited to realize my vision and launch all the new projects I’m working on and I never forget how grateful I am to have these opportunities, but some days I look at my bank account balance and I start planning how I can go back to doing make-overs at Lord and Taylor for my job. Human.

Reminding myself that I’m human, when magazines and movie stars all look air-brushed, perfect and without any stretchmarks makes me feel better, because I am HUMAN and not a 2 dimensional perfect image (and neither are they, btw).

If I hide the part of my life that’s difficult and challenging, I’m pretending to be something I’m not, which is, Human.  It’s something I always have to remind myself NOT to do.  To be authentic everyday is a practice developed over time, and everyday is different.

So to remind yourself, in the words of Liz Gilbert, “embrace the glorious mess that you are.” Embrace it, love it, and bless it. It’s you, and you’re HUMAN AF.

So, hi everyone! I am Marie and I am totally and completely Human AF.

Thanks to Peta Kelly for inspiring this post!

#IamHumanAF

Pizza Boxes! 

October 17, 2017

I affectionately call this one the “pizza box” even though there’s no tomato sauce!  For my kids snack this week, here’s what I packed:

  • String Cheese
  • Turkey Pepperoni (which they love!)
  • A mini bell pepper
  • Black olives
  • Crackers

The boxes themselves are from Lunchbots and you can order them here.

Hers and Hers snack boxes for tomorrow. Daphne’s got some cheese and fruit in hers and I’ve got a shake Day approved box with Mary’s Gone Crackers. I have a marathon day tomorrow of training calls so I know having my snack prepared in advance will make it so much easier to stay on track!

Lunchbots Packed for Daphne & I

Left Box, for Marie

  • Hard Boiled eggs
  • Mary’s Gone Crackers (vegan, gluten free)
  • Mini cucumber slices

Right Box, for Daphne

  • Hard Boiled Egg
  • Cheddar cheese cubes
  • Crackers
  • Grapes sliced in half

If you like the box itself you can find it here.

Isa Week 3In continuation of my post about how to start a 16-week health challenge, I thought I’d offer some tips for getting the most out of your challenge and staying on track to completing the challenge. Here’s Week 3!

1. Goals – you set some, how’s it going? Do you need to modify your goals now that you’ve had a few weeks to get started? Maybe you can get to the gym more often? Maybe you need to re-calibrate? It’s a good idea to make your goals achievable!

2. Have you been cheating? Or letting a cheat day become a cheat weekend? It’s so important to keep your food interesting so you don’t get tempted to cheat. Look for some new recipes, try a meal delivery service like Sun Basket, or just get creative in the kitchen. Chicken with broccoli gets old real quick, so prioritize making it interesting!

3. Acknowledge how far you’ve come! It’s been 2 weeks and you’ve likely given up several things you used to enjoy (coffee, wine, white bread) so acknowledge yourself for how much you’ve taken on. Make a list every night of 3 thinks you are proud of yourself for!

Isa week 2

In continuation of my post about how to start a 16-week health challenge, I thought I’d offer some tips for getting the most out of your challenge and staying on track to completing the challenge.

1. Before you began, you wrote down some goals. Now it’s time to check in and see how you are doing. Did you hit any setbacks? How did you overcome them? What did you do right last week? What are you proud of? What areas would you like to work on for next week? Keeping logs of your eating and exercise is a great way to track how well you are doing.

2. Another great resource to have is an accountability partner or group. Do the challenge with friends, family members or coworkers. You can also join a Facebook group and get support from people all over the world who are participating in the same challenge!

3. Last but not least, make it fun!!! If it’s not fun, you just won’t last for the long term. If you think it’s torture to work out and eat healthy, it will be. Instead, focus on finding the joy in movement and the many delicious ways you can healthily nourish your body!

Isa week 1

Imagine what you can transform in 16 weeks? I know many times I’ve congratulated others (and myself) for completing a 16-week challenge, and maybe some of you are wondering, just exactly what is that? I thought I would share some tips do those who may be interested in joining us!
1. Take the before photos. 😝I know, I know, no one likes doing it, but trust me, you will want to see your progress and a picture for comparison is way more useful than a number on the scale! You may also want to take your measurements and record them in a journal.


2. Consider why you want to do a 16-week challenge. Do you want to get healthier? Have more energy? Be a better parent? Get into your college jeans? What ever it is that motivates you, write it down so that you can refer back to it throughout the course of your 16 weeks, especially when you feel like quitting, you can remind yourself why you started.


3. Consider your goals. 💪 Write down specifically what you’d like to accomplish in 16 weeks. Run a 5k? 10k? Start lifting weights? Hit the gym 3 times every week? Start having healthy family dinners every night? Write down your goals and start to make it happen!

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