Overnight French Toast Casserole

Happy Friday, y’all! I’m not sure about you, but the last couple of weeks have been so busy in my part of the world! Spring break cannot come soon enough. #TeacherProbs On busy weeks, the very last thing I want to think about is what the heck I’m going to have for breakfast every morning. Overnight French toast to the rescue! This recipe saves my butt time and time again.

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Overnight French Toast Casserole

I kind of love French toast. If we’re having breakfast out somewhere, I’ll usually choose French toast over pancakes. I always want to recreate it at home, but truthfully, I’m not very good at making anything on the stove, unless it’s scrambled eggs. Can it be thrown together in a casserole dish and put in the oven?! Now, that is my jam.

You already know I’m a huge fan of meal planning and meal prepping, and this breakfast recipe is perfect for that. You can put it together in just a few minutes and soon, breakfast for the week is ready to go. It’s also a perfect, healthy breakfast option for those of you with kiddos. If you’re wondering what in the world you’re going to feed them over the weekend, throw this together Friday night and pop it in the oven Saturday morning.

Overnight French Toast Casserole

Ingredients:
6 slices of Ezekiel bread (I throw mine in the dish still frozen!)
5 eggs
2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp. of vanilla extract
2 tbsp. of maple syrup
1 tbsp. cinnamon
1 (12 oz.) bag of frozen blueberries
Greek yogurt or maple syrup for topping

Directions:
Spray a 9×13 pan with non-stick spray
Arrange Ezekiel bread in pan
Spread blueberries over bread slices
In a bowl, whisk eggs, almond milk, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and cinnamon
Pour mixture over bread

Cover and store in refrigerator overnight
The next morning, bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes
Slice, top with a dollop of Greek yogurt and a drizzle of maple syrup

That’s it! Easiest, yummiest breakfast ever. This could also be baked immediately (I usually do), but letting it hang out overnight gives all the flavors a great opportunity to mix. I’ve also made this with mixed berries, dark cherries, and even pumpkin in the fall. It’s really a no-fail breakfast!

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Best Running Gear & Gadgets

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I love talking about and reading about running, working out, and nutrition. I could do it all day (sometimes I do). From running tips to new workouts, and people’s favorite gear — I can’t get enough of it! So today, I thought I’d share some of the best running gear and gadgets I’ve found. None of these things are groundbreaking, or even new, but I love them all and use them regularly!

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Best Running Gear & Gadgets

FlipBelt // I use this every time I go out for a run! When I had a gym membership, I used it every single day. I had read about FlipBelt for a couple of years and tried some knock-offs, but they didn’t last. When I saw FlipBelt at a race expo, I finally got one for myself. It holds my house key, my phone, my inhaler, and anything else I need to stuff into it during a run!

 

Fitbit Charge 2 // I know there are probably many activity trackers on the market that are a lot better, but I’m happy with my Fitbit! I used to use a chest strap heart rate monitor, but the watch didn’t have GPS and I wanted an all-in-one tracker! I love the social aspect of Fitbit and seeing my steps throughout the day helps me stay motivated! Those of you who have used a Fitbit and then switched to a different watch, what changed your mind?

 

Thorlo Experia Socks // Until I started working out regularly, I never gave a second thought to the kind of socks I wore. When I started training for my first half marathon, I experienced an array of issues from black toenail to chafing under my bra strap. My mom found these socks for us and they are fantastic! They have extra cushioning on the heel, ball of the foot, and at the toe. They’re also a little tighter than a lot of socks around the arch. I love this feature because I have very high arches.

 

Brooks Juno Sports Bra // I’ve talked about this bra before, but it deserves another mention! I have the old style Juno by Moving Comfort, as well as the new style by Brooks. The biggest difference between the two is the coverage in the back, but I don’t prefer one style over another. If I had all the money in the world, my sports bra collection would be ONLY Junos. 🙂 I love that Brooks is putting these out in colors other than just black or white. “Pretty” bras can be so hard to find in bigger sizes!

 

Asics GEL-Exalt 2 // Right now, I’m wearing these shoes by Asics. I’ve been a fan of Asics from way back in my cheerleading days, but just started wearing them for running within the last couple of years. I will have to replace my current pair soon, but they’ve but they’ve been great! Again, I love the bright colors. My day-to-day wardrobe consists of a lot of neutrals, so when it comes to my fitness gear, I love to brighten things up!

 

Ok, your turn! Tell me all your favorite gear — shoes, bras, tech gadgets — I want to hear it all. Today, I’m linking up with Nicole, Annemarie, and Jen for Wild Workout Wednesday!

Fitness Tips for Teachers

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Teaching is easily the most stressful, yet most rewarding job I’ve ever had. I hear it’s second only to parenting… But since I’m not a parent yet, I can neither confirm nor deny. 😉 With so many responsibilities, extracurricular activities, and directives being pushed down on teachers, it can be difficult to make health and fitness a priority.  However, it doesn’t have to be impossible. My fitness tips for teachers can help make the fight a little easier!

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Fitness Tips for Teachers

I changed my lifestyle about two years before I started teaching, so it was an extreme adjustment with lots of trial and error once I no longer had a traditional 8-5 schedule. I was used to leaving for work at 7:45 to make it there by 8:00 (but really, not starting work until 8:15 or 8:30), getting a one-hour lunch break each day, and leaving work and all its baggage at the door at 5:00. Very quickly, I realized that teaching wasn’t going to give me those same luxuries — which I didn’t even consider to be luxuries at all when I was working an office job! I’m in my third year of teaching, so at this point I’ve come up with a routine that is working very well, at least for now.

1 // Take Advantage of Your “Alone” Hours

As a teacher, you probably put in a lot of hours before and after school. I know I do! I have to be at school by 7:30 to welcome kiddos into my room by 7:45. Since I prefer to get a little bit of work done before the day starts, so my commute starts at 7:00 a.m. If I want to get a workout in, I need to do it early in the morning before my day gets going. I’ve talked about how I wake up early to get my sweat on, as well as the advantages of working out before the world wakes up. I find that I’m much more consistent when I’m working out early and I’ve been able to maintain that schedule for the better part of five years.

If you are not an early riser, that doesn’t mean there’s no time for a workout! Schedule your workout just like any other appointment and don’t let yourself cancel. It can be easy to let life and other obligations derail your schedule, but putting yourself first is equally as important.

Fitness Tips for Teachers

2 // Maximize Your Time

As just mentioned, I don’t have a lot of time to work out. This year more than ever, I’ve been taking advantage of shorter, more intense workouts. I like to make breakfast for my husband each morning so I spend a maximum of 45 minutes working out — warm up to cool down — and then I move on to my other responsibilities.

This was a difficult adjustment for me because I’m used to working out for an hour. I couldn’t wrap my mind around the idea that a 30-minute workout could be just as effective as a longer one. To get past that, I started doing a lot of HIIT workouts and AMRAP workouts. I set my timer and went to town! In October, I started a new program and I fell in love with short workouts all over again. Find my favorite program, Jillian Michaels’ BODYSHRED, here!

3 // MEAL PLAN AND PREP

I seriously cannot sing the praises of meal planning and meal prepping enough! In Texas, teachers get a 30-minute duty free lunch. By the time I drop my kids off in the cafeteria, take a restroom break, grab my lunch bag from the teacher’s lounge, and finish eating with enough time to get back to the cafeteria int time to pick up my students, my break is more like 20 minutes. Sometimes it’s even as low as 15! If I didn’t spend the time I do each week to get my meals in order, I would most certainly eat crap for lunch each and every day.

Fitness Tips for Teachers

4 // Take a Midweek Rest Day

I used to think Sunday was the only day for rest day. Most workout calendars suggest Sunday as a rest day, and at some point I pigeon-holed myself into this thought process. Those 4:30 a.m. wake-up calls started to beat me down and I found myself skipping workouts for sleep more and more. I knew something had to change, so I reorganized my workout schedule for a rest day to take place on Thursday. I’m loving this! On Thursday mornings, I sleep in about 45 extra minutes and take my time getting ready. By Friday, I’m ready to roll again.

Since teaching keeps me on my feet, taking a midweek rest day helps give me that “active rest” factor. Most Thursdays I still get my 10,000 steps because I’m running around chasing kids all day! Which brings me to my next tip…

5 // Utilize the “Power Zone”

Do you know what the power zone is? The power zone keeps teachers on their feet and roaming between desks and rows throughout a lesson. When utilizing the power zone, within just a few steps you should be able to reach any student in any part of the room. As a teacher, you probably do this naturally, so use it to your advantage. Think of that power zone time as exercise! This is how I get my activity during the day, especially on my rest days. With intervention groups, read alouds, and other activities, it’s impossible to ALWAYS be in the power zone (and also — you work hard and need a break!), but if you realize you’ve been sitting for more than 10 or 15 minutes, get up and take a walk. Utilize that power zone!

Bonus Tip 🙂

Check out the #tiuteacher feed on Instagram. Those ladies will absolutely get you motivated!

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What are your fitness fail proofs for a busy life?

 

 

Bi-Weekly Briefing | #4

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Happy Saturday, y’all! I cannot express to you how HAPPY I am to see the weekend. This week was ridiculously busy for me and equally as stressful. I’ve been bad at reading blogs and replying to comments on my own. BUT — I have a day off on Monday so I’ll be using this weekend to slow down and catch up and visit with family.

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bi-weekly-briefing

On very busy weeks, I’m so thankful for the “schedule” feature on WordPress! Some fun stuff has been happening at I Am Teacher Fit, so get your Saturday AM coffee and get caught up!

As always, follow along on Pinterest and Instagram to stay in the loop!

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I spent a few minutes gushing about my BFF, Pippa. Yes, she’s my sweet old dog, but she’s a pretty great friend. 🙂 Click here to get to know all about her!

Photo credit: Photography by R. Silva

I shared my tips for meal planning and how it works for me. Meal planning is truly one of the most beneficial things I do to prepare for each week ahead. I would be lost and running around crazy if it weren’t for my meal planning and prepping routine.

How to Meal Plan Effectively

I also posted a super easy, one pan recipe I use pretty often for meal prep. My One Pan Taco Bowls make enough for five servings. I split up those servings into individual containers as soon as I’m done cooking and — BOOM — lunch for the week!

One Pan Taco Bowl

The Tone It Up #LookForLove Challenge wrapped up and I shared my thoughts on the last two weeks. Now, I have to figure out where my fitness journey will go next! I’m currently training for a 10K and have a 5K coming up in a couple of weeks, but I’m feeling a little lost lately on the strength front. Ah, such a process. 🙂

#LookForLove Challenge Update

I shared part two of my meal planning and prepping tips! If part one is meal planning, then part two is definitely meal prepping! It can be a truly daunting process, but I share some of the ways I make it a manageable part of my week.

How to Meal Prep Effectively

Finally, I shared some of the best AdvoCare products for runners! Since I’ve been running more lately, I’ve been using more supplements that benefit runners. That only makes sense, right? In fact, I’ll be heading out for a run as soon as I’m done typing this post and will refuel with some Rehydrate when I return! If you’re needing some new products to add into your regimen, give these a shot.

Best AdvoCare Products for Runners

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Best AdvoCare Products for Runners

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I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I’m an AdvoCare distributor and that they have products for anyone in any stage of life. Runners are no exception! AdvoCare offers so many products for someone just dipping their toes into fitness, to the experienced distance athlete training for a fifth marathon. The best AdvoCare products for runners are great for other athletes as well.

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Best AdvoCare Products for Runners

Best AdvoCare Products for Runners

Rehydrate // First up is Rehydrate. Rehydrate is AdvoCare’s answer to Gatorade. It helps replace minerals and electrolytes lost through sweat. One serving (8 oz.) of Rehydrate has 9g of carbs and 6g of sugar, so drinking it regularly will not derail your progress, even if you’re not running miles upon miles each week. I like to drink rehydrate in the hours before a long run or before a workout if I haven’t had enough water that day. Dehydration is something I struggle with ALL.THE.TIME. and Rehydrate helps me keep it in check. It’s available in many different flavors and I love mixing it with Spark to keep things interesting!

Best AdvoCare Products for Runners

O2 Gold // O2 Gold is a member of AdvoCare’s Performance Elite line. O2 Gold helps support the body’s use of oxygen during workouts. As someone with asthma, this is very important to me. When I’m training for a race, it’s a staple in my supplement stash. (Sorry, this reading teacher resist the alliteration. 🙂 ) Take two caplets of O2 Gold before exercise, or before bed if you’re the rise-and-run type!

The Best AdvoCare Products

Catalyst // Can you tell yet that Catalyst is my favorite AdvoCare product? I mean — I’ve already sang its praises here and here. What does it do for the runner? Well, it helps preserve muscle tone during cardio and promotes recovery post-exercise. Catalyst will always have a place in my gym bag and workout room.

Best AdvoCare Products for Runners

Rehydrate Gel // Rehydrate Gel is Rehydrate‘s more competitive sister. It’s designed to be used before, during, and after activity (in conjunction with plenty of water) and is akin to other energy gels on the market. Rehydrate Gel is a perfect tagalong on long runs because it’s small enough to carry with you. I will be using Rehydrate Gel during my Wine & Dine training when my runs get longer and hotter!

What are your favorite products to use when training for a race?

If you have questions about these or any other AdvoCare products, please reach out to me! I can also answer questions about how you can become a preferred customer or distributor yourself (if that’s something you’re interested in!).

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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I’m linking up with Nicole at Fitful Focus today for Fit & Fashionable Friday.

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