Keeping the family fed with healthy foods is a full time job! I find that a little prep goes a long way in taking the stress out of making healthy meals happen. Serve this recipe from FIT4MOM’s Body Back Nutrition Guide and Recipe book with a big serving of your favorite steamed veggies and a 1/4 cup of cooked quinoa, rice or cauliflower rice for a colorful, filling and healthy meal that the whole family will love.
Honey Balsamic Chicken
1 lb chicken breasts or thighs, skinless & boneless
1 gallon-size zip-top bag
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
Place chicken in zip-top bag. In small bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients. Pour into zip-top bag with chicken, squeeze air from bag and seal. Shake or massage bag to coat well. Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight. Grill over medium heat for four to five minutes per side or bake at 375 degrees for 30 min or until cooked through.
BIO: Missy Currin is mom to three and is the owner of FIT4MOM Midtown Raleigh. FIT4MOM offers fitness and community for all stages of motherhood. Find out more and get a free trial class here.
Finding breastfeeding and pumping-friendly clothes can be a challenge, especially when it comes to activewear. Nursing and pumping moms need both support and access when they’re exercising. But thanks to some great companies, there are some fantastic sports bra options out there for you. At our FIT4MOM classes, good nursing sports bras are a hot topic of conversation and these are some of our favorites!
La Leche League International "Serena" Nursing Sports Bra
This highly reviewed sports bra was made by La Leche League International so you know they understand what breastfeeding moms need. It has the look and support of a traditional sports bra but includes one-handed nursing buckles making access much easier. It’s made of soft cotton and has a breathable waffle mesh for added comfort.
Perhaps the best part about this particular sports bra is that it won’t cost you a fortune. Priced at $30 on La Leche League’s website, and often cheaper on Amazon, this nursing sports bra allows you to get active without feeling like you need to commit to an intense regimen to make it worth the price.
Brooks Sports Bras
This collection of sports bras is recommended by runners and women who love HIIT workouts. They are lightweight & supportive sports bras that come in 2 styles: racerback (the Rebound Racer & Juno) and scoopback (the Fiona). These bras all have straps that can be adjusted to your changing body and easily unstrapped to make breastfeeding easier - which is why our moms love them so much. It’s my personal favorite and though my nursing days are over- it’s still my go-to sports bra!
They come in a range of colors, designs and sizes that range from $30-$65 on the Brooks Running website and can be purchased locally from running shoe stores like Omega Sports, Fleet Feet and Capital Run Walk.
Cake Lingerie Zest Flexi Wire High Impact Maternity & Nursing Sports Bra
This sports bra is popular for both maternity and nursing and the flexible wire gives great support. With mesh panels for breathability and thicker straps to disperse pressure, the Cake Lingerie Zest Flexi Wire High Impact Maternity & Nursing Sports Bra is a worthwhile investment if you need added support during workouts.
At $80, this is one of the more expensive nursing sports bras but it gets fantastic reviews. We can see why since it provides the ability to pump hands-free while wearing it while providing comfortable support.
Motherhood Maternity Plus Size Wireless Nursing Sports Bra
It’s difficult to find a good plus size sports bra. Plus size sports bras have a tendency to be either too restrictive, too supportive, or both. The Plus Size Wireless Nursing Sports Bra from Motherhood Maternity is for you if you don’t need the support of an underwire but still need that extra support for nursing.
This medium support sports bra have straps that clip down easily and is all about comfort. It sells for $22 making it the least expensive sports bra we’ve included here.
Every woman will be comfortable in different sports bras but we’ve found that many of the moms in our Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre classes love at least one of these.
Missy Currin is a Raleigh mom of 3 kids who operates FIT4MOM Midtown Raleigh, offering classes and community for all stages of motherhood throughout Midtown Raleigh and Wake Forest. As a former L&D nurse and women’s health nurse educator, one of Missy’s favorite things to do is talk candidly with moms about their health, their motherhood journey and of course, to exercise!