by Lexi Petronis, Glamour
Doesn't Jenna Fischer-"The Office" star and new(ish) mom to son, Weston (he's one!)-seem like she would be fun to hang out with? Smart, clever, funny... fun? Turns out she's all of those things in real life. Oh, and there's at least one more thing to add to the list: she's also an excellent healthy snack creator.
I got to chat with Jenna about all things health-related (she's got a new, cool partnership with Fiber One--more on that in a sec!) and, after about three seconds, completely forgot that she's an incredibly successful actress who has smooched John Krasinski multiple times (for work, but still!). It was like hanging out with a fellow working mom who's also just trying to figure out the secrets to keeping her family and herself happy and healthy. (Yeah, she's awesome.) Take a look!
On trying to eat well when you're also trying to make sure your baby eats well:
"Weston is self-feeding, but I'm still in that place where I'm helping him out a lot with a spoon, so I'm juggling eating for myself while feeding him. Really, my eating is caring for his eating. So I do my best to plan ahead. I bought a big, healthy bag of oatmeal that has no salt and no sugar, and I mix it with some fruit every morning. It's fast and reliable. I get my variety from dinners. Sometimes I'll even plan dinner expressly so that I can have leftovers for lunch: I'll make four turkey burgers so I can save one for lunch the next day."
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On food indulgences:
"I have a vanilla latte every day. I always find a way so that I can have that one thing-sometimes my husband and I go for a walk and we stop for one. I can't tell you how much I look forward to it. I might have to make sacrifices in other places to balance it out, but I'll never give it up. My big Achilles heel is sweets. I love dessert. I love real dessert like cake and doughnuts and cookies. I like sweet things. I have to have a sweet every day or else I get pretty cranky."
On Fiber One Brownies (and her yummy sundae recipe!):
"I discovered Fiber One Brownies on my own and I paired up with them. See, I used to make 90-calorie brownies. They were my thing! I'd take them to my girlfriend's house, I'd take them to the set of 'The Office.' But after having my son, I have no time to make 90-calorie brownies. So when I first saw Fiber One's brownies at the grocery store, imagine my surprise: I can have them back in my life! So I bought all three flavors, and I like them by themselves-but I love turning them into other desserts. I always try to keep desserts at 150 calories or less-you get a nice, substantial dessert that way. I put a chocolate brownie into the microwave for about seven seconds, then spoon some vanilla frozen yogurt and top with blueberries. It's just so good."
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On keeping up with exercise as a working mom: "I can't exercise every day. When I'm on hiatus from work, I find ways to be active every day. But I don't beat myself up when I can't do it every day while I'm filming, because there's no way. Still, my priority when I'm not working is to be with Weston, so I look for opportunities to be active with him-swimming, for example, where we can do it together. Or maybe I'll pop in a video when he's napping. But exercise… it's harder than the food to fit into a working mom lifestyle. And don't you want to strangle the person who says anyone can find 30 consecutive minutes to work out? This time of life is so special, so precious-and a big part of this time is that I can't have everything exactly perfect. My body isn't as toned, my house isn't as clean. But I'm OK with that."
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by Lexi Petronis, Glamour