Nutrition with MRS T

Nutrition is big in the Thielen family. Adam and I really try and watch what we eat "most of the time";) We are not perfect, we like to live life, and we do eat poorly every once in a while. Overall we try and be conscious about what we are putting into our bodies. We want to raise our children in an environment where candy isn't given out daily, soda is not given with dinner, our kids are active, and where fruits and veggies will be eaten every day. 

Now trust me I am no way the healthiest eater. I am not gluten free, dairy free, eat only veggies type of girl. I like sour path kids, skittles, ice cream, etc. I actually probably have one of the biggest sweet tooth's ever lol..but I love the saying, everything in moderation. Eat your licorice, or have the chips and salsa but make sure your not over indulging...again, everything in moderation. Also make sure your keeping moving. Working out is a big part of mine and my families life and it helps us feel so good (it also helps me feel less guilty when I eat that licorice or pizza haha, partially kidding;). You don't have to look perfect, be the skinniest, or most ripped. I think if your feeling good about yourself and feeling healthy then thats all that matters. I know when I am eating my healthiest I notice a difference in the way I look and feel. When I try and avoid the sugar or processed snacks I feel a heck of a lot better and way more energized. Don't try and be perfect, just try and be the healthiest you that you can be! 

I wanted to share some of my favorite foods, meal ideas, and health tips with you! I hope you can take something out of this post, whether that being some new foods to try or trying to make more of a plan of what foods you will eat on a daily basis! Also, if you check on my blog under favorite recipes you can find some other great meal/ snack ideas. I hope to upload another post in the near future with more recipes I like. 

Here are some pictures of foods we eat a lot of in the Thielen household!

Below are some meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks! I have breakfast for lunch a lot of the time too..because who doesn't like breakfast foods?!:)

Breakfast: Greek yogurt with granola, protein pancakes, 2 energy balls and cereal, eggs and toast, toast with almond butter and jelly, Isagenix shake, Blueberry oatmeal, add cinnamon and 2 energy balls

Lunch: Isagenix shake, chicken quesadillas, Isagenix bar, Annie's Mac and cheese, homemade wheat tortilla pizza- (red sauce, chicken, turkey pepperoni, shredded cheese (whatever toppings), Leftovers from night before

Dinners: Grilled Chicken, sweet potato fries, and a vegetable; Homemade Nachos- organic ground beef, lettuce, greek yogurt, shredded cheese, salsa, tomatoes, etc; Fish Salads- lettuce, red pepper, fish of choice, shredded cheese, sunflower seeds, craisins, mini apples, whatever else you'd want; Hamburgers on whole wheat buns, mixed/sliced sweet and red potatoes, asparagus 

Snacks: Wheat thins with string cheese, chips and salsa, nuts, dried mango (from Trader Joes is amazingggg), greek yogurt, energy balls, popped popcorn, kettle korn, apple with peanut butter and dark chocolate chips, fruit, kind bars etc.

*With breakfast/ lunch or snacks I try and add in a fruit or two. With dinner I make sure to have at least one vegetable.)

*I drink water throughout the day and I also have two cups of green tea each morning. I usually have lemons in my water, which is a great antioxidant. We do not drink soda, juices, etc in our house. If anything, Adam enjoys Bai every once in a while, which you can get from Costco.

Isagenix Products

I include Isagneix products into my daily eating routine. I have a meal replacement shake once a day, usually either for breakfast or lunch. Adam and I both used to do the "business" side of it so that people could sign up and buy the products. We just weren't big fans of having to promote it all over our social media so we decided to stop. I do like most of the products so one day I might want to start it up again but as for now we are busy enough with other things and don't have time. My brother runs a site where he signs people up so if you are interested in getting these products or even learning more check out this site ! To give you my honest opinion I do like most of the products but honestly some of them are not my fav. I stay away from the cleanse (it's made me throw up a couple of times), and Adam and I both are not a fan of the protein bars (I love the meal replacement bars). Now Adam, my mom, and other people love doing the cleanse and can handle the way it tastes, so maybe its just my stomach. I'm not trying to steer you away from trying the products but I just wanted to give you my thoughts. Below I will outline my favorite products that I take almost everyday.  Adam also takes more of the products then I do and he loves them. They have been very helpful for him during the football season and offseason. 

I usually take an e-plus energy shot or an amped nox pre workout. I love the e-plus energy shots because they have caffeine in them and since I don't drink coffee they are a life saver on days I am feeling sluggish and need a little boost. 

Isalean Bars- These are great on the go bars. They are awesome because they are meal replacement bars, so you don't have to worry about if your getting the proper nutrients. They are also pretty filling, especially if you add in an apple or some kind of fruit. The dairy free chocolate peanut butter is my favorite kind (especially when it's been in the fridge a couple hours). 

Isalean shakes - I love the dairy free chocolate Isalean meal replacement shakes. I make them in the blender a certain way that I just think is soooo good (at least I think so)...

*I use the shake packet, almond milk, half a banana, a handful of ice, small scoop of wheatgrass powder, scoop of Dynamic fruits & greens espresso flavor ( I think this does the trick of making it taste so your getting your serving of fruits/greens with a scoop), and sometimes a handful of flaxseed.

If I am making the strawberry kind I use either almond milk or water, half a banana, ice, and the Strawberry shake packet.

IsaPro Whey protein- Great protein for post workout or even if you need a little extra protein throughout the day. The taste isn't the greatest thing ever but it's definitely not bad. I use a scoop of the protein in the energy balls I make and in pancakes. You can choose between the chocolate or vanilla kind. 

Natural Accelerator- I just started taking this the last few months and it seems legit. It's supposed to boost your metabolism and help you burn fat. 

**Below are two examples of what I'd typically eat in a day

DAY 1:

Morning- Protein pancakes.. I love the Kodiak pancake and waffle mix and I usually add in a scoop or two of Isagenix Protein.

Lunch- Post workout- Chocolate Isagenix meal replacement shake

Snack- Energy balls, wheat thins with cheese, sun chips, RX bars, etc.

Dinner- Oven tacos (ground turkey, shredded cheese, lettuce, salsa, guac), mixed green salad with poppyseed dressing

Snack (I try and eat it before 8:30 so its not too close to bedtime) popcorn, sun chips, chips and salsa, kettle Korn, energy balls etc.

DAY 2:

Morning- If I workout in the morning which I like to do then I would take my Isagenix meal replacement shake after that for breakfast.

Lunch- Greek yogurt mixed with granola. English muffin with peanut butter & jelly

Snack- Energy balls, wheat thins with cheese, sun chips, RX bars, etc.

Dinner- Flavored grilled chicken, sweet potato fries, and sweet corn

Snack (I try and eat it before 8:30 so its not too close to bedtime) popcorn, sun chips, chips and salsa, kettle Korn, energy balls, etc.

So I'm slightly obsessed with Trader Joes and luckily we have one within ten minutes of our home. For those of you who have never been you need to check it out sometime. I usually can't buy all groceries there because they don't have everything a Super Target/Cub Foods has but I love my unique snacks/groceries that I can get there. I thought I'd share some of my favorite things from TJ's below.

I also love I get many different things from but these are some of my favorites. - Organic dried mango (sooo amazing), almonds, dark chocolate chips, carob chips (super good in energy balls/pancakes), cashews, organic popcorn kernels, flaxseed, chia seeds, wheatgrass powder (great in any smoothie), mulberries, goji berries, and more. One of my favorite snacks is mixing a bunch of the nuts together and eating it. For instance I'd mix almonds, salted cashews, dark chocolate chips, mulberries, goji berries, and pistachios... makes for a super yummy and energy fueling snack. Pretty much everything from this site comes in organic or not, which is awesome. It's free shipping over $90 which is not that hard to hit. And they deliver right to your door. I don't order from here too much because the snacks usually last us awhile, but our family has loved the snacks from here so I thought I'd share. 

I hope you guys took something out of this post and maybe even found some new foods/snacks to try. I really think it's all about balance. When you choose the healthier options I think that will help you feel your best and look your best as well. It's not about being the skinniest or this or that. Now days with so much body shaming going on we have to all be supportive of one another and realize not every body is the same and it takes more work for some then others to achieve there best self. I wanted to write this to give you tips about food options, meal planning but also to let everyone know that it IS ok to be yourself. You shouldn't have too starve or deprive yourself of things just to look a certain way. Just try and stay active everyday, try not to overindulge ( I even need to work on this sometimes), and just try and focus on what foods will help you feel your best everyday. 




Fitness with MRS T

I want to start off this post by saying that I am in know way any expert on fitness. These workouts and tips I will be sharing are my own personal thoughts and opinions of what I like. I am definately not the fittest or most ripped woman, but I do love to work out and always have. I am not perfect, and I indulge just like everyone else..I eat candy, chocolate, and chips & salsa, etc! We all have cravings...everything is moderation right?! Fitness has always been and still is a big passion of mine and a big stress reliever for me. I love getting time for just myself to let off some steam and I love the way I feel after a good workout. Adam thinks I'm crazy because I hate missing a day of working out. I obviously take a day off a week but otherwise it's like an addiction for me to go everyday. It just helps me feel so good and more energized!

Growing up I've always loved working out. I think it was kind of installed in me. My parents work out at 5:30am pretty much every day of the week and are in great shape. Me and my brothers take after them because we all are super into fitness. I did dance, soccer, and basketball growing up. I've played soccer since I was 5 years old all the way up through college, so cardio has always been a passion of mine. I was never the fastest player in soccer but I could last a full 90 minute game jogging around. So I'm going to start with some of my fav cardio workouts! I also think it's super important to switch up your workouts and do a variety of things. Not only does it get boring doing the same exercises, but you are also just using the same muscles everytime. 

*Cardio, lifting, and yoga are the main workouts I like to do...and a C9 or hot sculpt class every once in awhile. I vary my lifting and cardio workouts week to week, but below is an example of a typical week of working out for me...

Monday- Treadmill sprint workout for 20 minutes. Lift lower body 30 minutes

Tuesday- Stair stepper 10 minutes, elliptical 20 minutes, lift upper body 30 minutes

Wednesday- Run 4 miles 

Thursday- Sprint workout 10 minutes, yoga class 45min-1 hour

Friday- 10 min elliptical, 10 min sprints, lift both upper/ lower body 40 minutes

Saturday- Run 4 miles

Sunday- Off day


Elliptical: There are so many different workouts you can do on this machine. You can do circuits to build up your heart rate or just go at a steady pace for longer to increase your endurance. You can look up many types of workouts for the elliptical, I usually look on Pinterest for mine! I do more treadmill workouts but I try and switch it up and elliptical once a week to give my legs a break from the pounding. 

Treadmill: I like to run 4 miles at least twice a week. I would prefer to run outside in the fresh air but obviously here in MN winters (when it's -10 outside) its not going to happen. Two of my favorite treadmill sprint workouts are below... (Side note- I always have the treadmill at an incline of 1.5...that way your using more muscles and burning more calories and it's better for you shins.)

*10-20 minutes: Walk for one minute at fast pace (about 4.0). Increase speed to 10-10.5 and sprint for 30 seconds and then walk again. for 45 seconds-1 minute, repeat. 

*20-30 minutes: walk for 45 seconds, fast jog for one minute at 7-7.3, walk 45 seconds, faster jog at 8-8.3, walk 45 seconds, sprint at 9.3 for 30 seconds, walk. Repeat 4-5 times through .

* Check Pinterest or google for more great treadmill workouts...they have a lot of good walking at an incline ones that work the booty (especially if your not a fan of running).

Stair stepper: I usually warm up on the stair stepper a couple times a week. I might do this for 10 minutes and then do 10 minutes on the treadmill doing a sprint workout. Then after doing those I'd go lift for half hour, either upper or lower body, then call it a day (done with your workout within an hour!).  

*I've never been a huge fan of machine workouts. I think body weight, dumbbell, and bar workouts are more effective and are better for injury prevention.

Below are a few workouts that I try and incorporate in my lifting routine. I switch it up weekly but these are just a few of my fav lifts. I attached videos/ pictures to show examples of how to do each one. I usually do each workout 3 sets and 10-12 times! So for instance if it's arm day I would pick maybe 4 arm workouts that I'm going to do. Then I would start with two and do 3 sets each with maybe planks in between each set and then I would do my final two arm workouts (so not all 4 at the same time..thats just how I like to do it). 



-Side arm raises ( You can either do a set of front raises and then switch to side raises or do alternating like this video.)

-Front raises




Bicep curls ( So many variations of curls...barbell curl, hammer curls, lateral curl, etc.) 





Elevated bicep curls





Dumbbell upright rows






Dumbbell overhead press 








Skull Crushers






Tricep extension






Tricep Dips






Tricep kick backs






TRX Tricep extensions ( These make my triceps sore everytime I do them!)





Bent over reverse flys







Wide squats  ( You can use weight and do regular wide squats or I like to go on my toes and do pulses.)







Wall squats






Hip raises 











Walking lunges





Reverse lunges ( You can do walking lunges, elevated lunges..there are so many variations, so switch it up!) 





Side lunges (Got these from Carrie Underwood--because who doesn't love her legs?:)







Leg kick backs ( I usually put a 5lb weight under my knee to add more weight.)





Jump Squats ( Go faster for more of a cardio circuit or get your butt lower on the way down to work the gluten more.)





Single Leg RDL





Stability hamstring pull ins






Dumbell RDL ( I usually do 35lbs per leg.. but start at a weight you can manage and work your way up.)




Lunge touch back (You can do it without the support from the weights.) 






Plank Variations





Russian Twists 






Ball plank roll outs




Like I said before these are just some of my favorite workouts. There are so many out there and I love to switch it up a lot and learn other lifts. Just be sure to watch videos or read about the correct form so you don't hurt yourself and are using the muscles that are supposed to be working! I hope you all can get something out of this post and learn some new upper and lower body workouts. In the next few weeks I'm going to do a post about my nutrition and some workout clothes that I like! 




Christmas gift guide

Happy Holidays everyone!! I'm so excited to share with you some of my favorite things for Asher and some of my favorite things for myself. I hope you find this useful and maybe get a few Christmas gifts out of it, either for loved ones, a new baby coming, or just for yourself:) I linked most of the items so I hope it works to open them. If you have any comments or questions you can contact me. I pray that you all have a wonderful, safe, and happy Christmas with friends and family. And yes, I am giving you a gift guide..because come on who doesn't love gifts on Christmas...but we all, even myself, need to stop during this fun season and remember the true reason for the season:) 

The beauty of Christmas is not in the presents but in his presence. 


Gift Guide for babies


Waterproof Silicone Bib Easily Wipes Clean   --I love these bibs!! They catch everything that Asher drops, they are so easy to clean up, and you can even throw them in the dishwasher.

Aquaphor -Baby healing ointment. -- Great for diaper rash! It works wonders.

NUK learner cup --This was the transition bottle Asher used going from his bottle. It was really the only one he'd use to drink milk out of.

MAM Orthodontic Pacifier --Some babies are picky with nuki's. Asher loves these!

Lillebaby baby carrier- I loved this carriers when Asher was a baby and even now. It has lower back support which is HUGE and Asher can face forward /backwards and you can even wear it on your back!


Duplos legos

VTech Spin and Lern Color Flashlight

VTech Stack and Sing rings 

VTech Drop and Go Dump Truck

Leapfrog My Pal Scout

Fisher- Price Grow-to-Pro Junior Basketball


Toggle Toes --These are THE best! They are off etsy. I had them last winter when Asher was only a couple months old...and I bought another pair for him for this year (in purple and yellow, Vikings colors). They are sooo warm and go on and off your babies foot easily. They are super easy to tighten which makes them the best because they actually stay on your babies feet. 

OshKosh & Carters 

Little Wedgies-- They have thee cutest joggers for little boys!

Etsy- Pretty sure every mom know etsy. But it has super cute clothes, shoes, and headbands if you have girls. This is where I get a lot of custom Viking stuff for Ash man.

Cat and Jack 


*Asher just loves books and flipping through them. Some of his favorites are below...

Goodnight Football by Michael Dahl and Christina E. Forshay

Duck & Goose by Tad Hills (Colors, It's Time for Christmas, A Book of Opposites)- Asher has about 4 of these books (passed down from his cousins) and he just loves them! 

The Creation Story-  (Small Beginnings) Cute little book about how God made the world. Asher loves to look at the stars and moon. 

Taggies Buddy Dog's Soft Book by Taggies  


MRS T GIFT GUIDE--Below I'll share just a few of MY favorite things:)

Clothing (where I shop):

500 Level gear (Adam Thielen gear)-  Click here!  I love this website and the shirts are so cute and comfy! If your looking for some cool gear to support Adam look here. I have a few shirts/sweatshirts and I love them!

Kelvin Techstyles- These heated coats are unreal..especially for MN winters! You just charge up a little pack and plug it in inside the pocket of the coat...then you press a cool little button that lights up on the front of the coat and TA DA it gets warm (and actually works and gets warm)! 

Shit that I knit- I recently bought one of these hats and I wear it all the time! The little ball top part can come off and you can put different colors on. They are so cute and I love mine! 


Lulus- Super cute dresses for not a bad price!

Aiden and Oak 

Live Love Gameday- Super cute football shirt sayings/ and other sports! I have like 4 shirts from here:)

Nordstrom/ Nordstrom Rack

DSW, Adidas, Macys, etc.

Beauty/Makeup-- I honestly don't wear makeup most days except when we have an event or going to dinner! I'm going to list a few of my favorites below...

* I honestly love all of the Philosophy products I have..the cleanser, moisturizes, under eye creams

Philosophy Purity Made Simple One‑Step Facial cleanser-- I have been using this for awhile and I love it.

Philosophy ultimate miracle worker-- Great moisturizer with SPF 30 in it too!

For a day to day light tinted mositurizer I wear Tarte BB tinted treatment primer. It's great for a light coverage when your out running around!

Maybelline great lash mascara

NARS Larger than life long-wear eyeliner

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12- hour blush- I have this in exposed and it's very natural/ not too pinky color. 

Tarte rainforest of the sea aquacealer concealer (love this for under eye bags when I'm extra tired)

* Random favs--

I love my Viva La Juicy perfume.

Diamond Dazzle Stik-- If you want your Wedding ring or any other jewelry to sparkle a little brighter, this stuff is legit (and just under 5 bucks)! 

Karen Kingsbury books. She is a great Christian author and her books are so engaging and tell such engaging and inspiring stories. The One Tuesday Morning series is sooo amazing.