WIAW 1.7.15

Whether or not you end up sharing any of it with anyone, I’d recommend recording a day’s eats for yourself every once in a while.  Take pictures on your phone or write down everything on a slip of paper, and then look back over it at the end of the day.  See what you’re proud of, what you could’ve done a little differently (like eaten an extra snack so you weren’t starving by dinner and then overate, or maybe you didn’t quite eat enough, or maybe you could’ve packed lunch to save money on dining out expenses, things like that).  I think it’s beneficial to just check in with ourselves every once in a while about our diets to see where we can make little improvements.  Then, the following day, make a mini goal for yourself in response to the day before.  It’s a great way to make small, lasting, necessary changes.

Here’s a look into one of my recent day’s eats…

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check out more food journals over at Jenn’s site if you’re looking for ways to change up your meals (check there to also find out the real meaning of these WIAW posts if you’re new to the whole link-up)

breakfast

fried plantain, peanut butter - breakfast

I fried up a plantain in coconut oil on the stovetop, sprinkled it with cinnamon, and then enjoyed it with a big scoop of peanut butter.  It turned out SO good!

morning snack

smoothie with Skoop

recycled photo, but you get the picture…

this smoothie contained:
baby kale, frozen raspberries, frozen beets, maca root powder, a scoop of protein powder, and a little green tea powder, plus water

lunch

beef hotdog, sweet potato fries - lunch

an organic beef hotdog (I ended up having 2 since they were so good) plus sweet potato fries

afternoon snacks

yogurt, pear, brownie - snack

plain coconut milk yogurt (with a couple drops of vanilla stevia) with a square of homemade brownie from new year’s eve and a sliced up pear

pistachios

I also snacked on some pistachios in the evening.

dinner

homemade pizza

some of the homemade pizza that I mentioned here

this crust (but with 2 tbsp ground flaxseed in place of the yeast), topped with marinara sauce, baby kale, green pepper slices, tomato slices, lentils, garlic powder, and mozzarella cheese

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Do you ever food journal, in any variety?  Why or why not?

When I started making healthier food choices years ago, I food journaled for a while, maybe a few months straight?  It helped me identify areas for improvement and taught me a lot about my more negative eating habits (binging when stressed, waiting to long between meals and then overeating on less healthy foods, etc.).  I learned a lot through it, and then I knew when I was ready to be done journaling!

Plantains, yay or nay?

YAY from me.

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they’re back…

This blog needs more food, yes?  So I’ve decided to bring back the What I Ate Wednesday posts.

I used to post these weekly, and in their long absence, I kind of miss the sharing.  I honestly have fun reading through others’ WIAW posts (I get a lot of meal/food ideas), so I figured I could participate and share mine once again.

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I probably won’t post every single week, just because life doesn’t always allow for it nor does every week have something interesting to share, but be prepared that food talk is back!

*If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you can check out this post for all the details on #wiaw – Jen’s got the scoop.*

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my food journal from Monday, December 8th…

breakfast

green smoothie for breakfast - wiaw

a green smoothie that included;
frozen spinach
frozen banana
frozen mango
ground flaxseed
maca powder
apple cider vinegar
and water

mid-morning snack

homemade pumpkin bread loaf

after breakfast I baked a loaf of pumpkin bread, and then after my workout I helped myself to a big piece

lunch

tator tot hotdish

leftover tator tot hotdish*
*sharing my version of this classic Minnesota recipe tomorrow

afternoon snack

apple snack

coconut macaron Larabar snack

an apple and a Coconut Macaroon Larabar
(some things never change)

dinner

mexican food plate dinner

I’ve been making a version of this go-to meal for months now…
I sauteed 2 eggs and half of a bell pepper in butter, sprinkled with a ton of sea salt and black pepper, then I stir in some salsa, and serve it alongside more salsa, half an avocado, and some (local freshly made) tortilla chips!

dessert

homemade sunbutter chocolate cup

and a homemade (just 4 ingredients, lots of healthy fats and antioxidants) chocolate sunbutter cup to end the night

plus lots of water throughout the day!

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Does your state have a famous dish?

Minnesota has quite a few gems, some good, some scary ;)

What’s your go-to quick and easy meal right now?

Are you a fan of What I Ate Wednesday posts?

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have you entered this week’s giveaway yet?

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A Day in the Life {wiaw}

#8 of this blogging challenge is “a day in the life.”

October Blogging Challenge

Since moving, my days are pretty scattered, flexible, and each one is different.  The first couple weeks I was busy just unpacking, organizing, and cleaning our place.  Getting all of that done took a lot longer than expected!  And, as you’ve seen, the weekends are pretty packed with exploring the SF bay area – we plan to keep it that way.  My days this week include blogging/blog work (I love getting to spend a little more time writing, can you tell by my recent posts?), searching/interviewing for a part-time job, working on the launch of my business (can’t wait to share!), and other usual stuff like workouts, housework, etc.

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So here’s a look at my day yesterday…
It also doubles as a What I Ate Wednesday post – remember those?  Yeah, I don’t plan to bring them back, but it was fun to photograph my food for a day again.

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7:30 a.m.

After the usual wake up stuff (you know, pee, stretch, find my glasses so I can actually see ;) I take Zida out to go potty and feed her breakfast.

I get myself a big glass of water and eat half (relevant info for later) of this banana.

banana

I then plug my phone into its charger and sit down on the couch to read my morning devotions and spend some time praying and journaling.

morning devotions

8:00a.m.

I throw on some workout clothes, say goodbye to Jesse, and head down to the fitness center.

3-mile interval run on the treadmill

I get in a 3-mile interval run with some walking before and after.  This felt tough – I’m glad I did it!

I wore my Move More Fitness shirt :)

move more fitness tank

I head back up to our apartment, drink a bunch of water, stretch and foam roll.

9:45a.m.

Once I’m showered, I throw together my breakfast.

Steel cut oats (leftover from a big batch I recently made, eaten cold), with cinnamon, sea salt, chia seeds, and peanut butter.

I planned to eat the other half of that banana but, ahem, someone ate it because it was longer around.

breakfast - steel cut oats, peanut butter, apple

I then finish getting ready for the day before heading out the door.

11:00a.m.

I have a job interview (of sorts) at a nearby cafe – I’m there until 12:30ish.  (It went very well!)

12:45p.m.

Stop at Target to pick up a few things.

target shopping cart

1:15p.m.

Snack on a Larabar that I grabbed from Target to tide me over before heading home – I had one more errand to run yet.

pecan pie Larabar

2:00p.m.

I was definitely hungry by the time I made it back home.  I threw together something to eat right away…

2 eggs cooked in coconut oil + red pepper slices + a handful of mixed greens + seasonings (sea salt, black pepper, cumin, garlic powder) + guacamole + tortilla chips

eggs, salsa, chips, guacamole - lunch

2:45p.m.

I spend about 45 minutes answering emails and reading a few other blogs’ posts.

computer - answering emails

3:30p.m.

Talk with my mom on the phone!

4:15p.m.

Take Zida out, do the dishes, pick up around the house, get and sort through the mail, put away some laundry.

4:45p.m.

Prep dinner!

dinner prep

5:15p.m.

Prep for a coaching call and drink half of a kombucha.

kombucha

5:30p.m.

Health Coaching Call!

6:45p.m.

Feed Zida her dinner.

Zida eating her dinner

Put our dinner into the oven, do my “debriefing” paperwork from my client call, answer another couple emails.

7:20p.m.

Jesse gets home from work!  I talk to him for a while about each of our days.

8:00p.m.

Eat dinner.

I made a dish (inspired by something delicious we ate this weekend)…it has butternut squash, apples, onion, chicken sausage, and some other goodies – would anyone be interested in the recipe?

butternut squash, apple, chicken dish with bread - dinner

I then enjoy a little dessert – a spoonful of Nuttzo with some cacao nibs.

nuttzo, cacao nibs - healthy dessert

Pick up the kitchen, start the dishwasher, take my contacts out, brush my teeth.

9:00p.m.

Sit down to write a draft of this post while Jesse works out in our living room (and since that’s the same room as our office, dining room, and kitchen, he’s right in from of me  haha – this is our small apartment living kind of style now ;)

blog work

can you spot him in the background?

10:00p.m.

Save this draft and head to the couch for a bit to read my book.

Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer

for the record, this is really good so far

10:30p.m.

Read through/edit this post, schedule it to publish in the morning, close my computer for the night.  Write a to-do list for the next day.

10:40p.m.

Wash my face, read my evening devotion, sleep!

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What are you currently reading?

Do you like this kind of a post?

Are your days/schedules consistent or does each day vary?

One Year Ours and WIAW

This week marks the one-year anniversary of us adopting Zida!  I can’t believe it’s been that long already.

Even though I had dogs during my childhood (Pudgy, Snowball, Angel – all whom I adored), I never really understood how “crazy” people got over their pets.  But I think I’m now one of those people.  It amazes me just how much a part of our little family she is and how much we love her.

A few pictures of baby Zida to make me sad “awww” at:

Zida

baby Zida by remote

Jesse, Danica, Zida (puppy)

She was so tiny and precious!

Over the past year she’s quintupled in size (truly – from 3 pounds to over 15 pounds), learned a few tricks, behaves really well 98% of the time (she still goes bonkers when people come over and occasionally eats a blanket corner), goes for short runs with us, and seems to love nothing more than cuddle on our laps.

Zida helping put groceries away

I’m trying to convince Jesse that she needs a playmate :)

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Let’s take a look at this week’s WIAW….

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be sure to check out the full link-up HERE!

eats from yesterday…

breakfast

breakfast quinoa banana Nuttzo bowl

a bowl of quinoa (drowning in almond milk) + chia seeds + banana + Nuttzo

morning snack

apple and pistachios snack

apple + pistachios

lunch

sweet potatoes rounds, veggies with avocado, chips lunch

ummm this was fantastic:
roasted sweet potato (with coconut oil and cinnamon) + sauteed onion (in sesame oil) + pinto beans + avocado + salsa + black bean chips
with a side of Zida.

dinner

salad with tilapia dinner

salad!
romaine + carrots + sunflower seeds +olive oil + a clementine + baked tilapia (with lemon and peppercorn)

evening snack

muffin, bites, chocolate snack

a banana raisin muffin + Nuttzo Date Bites + dark chocolate

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Do you own a pet?

What was the best thing you ate recently?

this week's grocery haul {wiaw}

hey hey!

How’s your week going so far?
It’s flying by for me, and I’m perfectly fine with that.  The weather has been gorgeous, and Jesse and I have fun weekend plans (hint: baseball is involved!).

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I have another day’s eats for this week’s WIAW.  Thanks to Jenn for hosting the link-up again.

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food journal from 4/8…

breakfast

breakfast - peanut butter raisin muffins, apple and sunbutter

2 peanut butter raisin muffins and an apple with sunbutter

lunch

lunch - salmon, carrots hummus,pickles, quinoa rice milk cinnamon

salmon (leftover from eating out last weekend), carrots and hummus, bread & butter pickles, and a dish of quinoa with cinnamon and (homemade!) rice milk

afternoon snack

afternoon snack - green smoothie

green smoothie:
spinach, banana, avocado, maca powder, ground flaxseed, a big scoop of Nuttzo, ice, and almond milk
plus an additional spoonful of Nuttzo, straight from the jar – that stuff is good

dinner

dinner- grilled burger on bun, green beans, broccoli

grilled burgers (hello, taste of summer!) on a bun with ketchup and pickles, which I’ve been craving like crazy lately.  <–I just realized how that sounds, but don’t get any ideas!
roasted broccoli with garlic powder and nutritional yeast
and green beans with butter and sea salt

dessert

dark chocolate

a few squares of dark chocolate!  #myfavorite

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I also grocery shopped in the afternoon.

I know I’ve said it before, but I seriously love grocery shopping.  And I always look forward to it. #foodnerd

Curiousity gets the best of me, and I’m one of those people that is interested in what others buy, too.  When other bloggers do grocery shopping/meal planning posts?  Love those.

I thought I’d share what came home in my grocery bags this week:

grocery haul - spring

note: this is not everything needed for the meals I have planned – I use what I already have at home as my basis!

produce:

  • red potatoes
  • romaine lettuce x2
  • kale
  • broccoli
  • green bell peppers
  • celery
  • carrots
  • onions
  • avocados
  • apples
  • orange
  • lemon
  • bananas  (I always plan to freeze some or use some to bake with, but we typically end up eating them all first)

meat:

  • beef for burgers (dinner last night)
  • chicken

frozen:

  • raspberries
  • mango
  • pineapple
  • green beans
  • broccoli
  • tator tots  (yep.)
  • meal for Jesse

other:

  • almond milk
  • garlic powder
  • coconut shreds
  • black beans
  • pinto beans

and that should get us through to next week!  All for less than $75 by the way, and mostly organic.  It (literally) pays to meal plan and shop sales!

Zida helping put groceries away

Zida-girl helped me put everything away :)

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Do you enjoy grocery shopping?  Are you ever curious about what others are buying, like I am?

Have you started to crave any “summer foods” yet?  (grilled meals, smoothies, salads, etc.)

this week’s grocery haul {wiaw}

hey hey!

How’s your week going so far?
It’s flying by for me, and I’m perfectly fine with that.  The weather has been gorgeous, and Jesse and I have fun weekend plans (hint: baseball is involved!).

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I have another day’s eats for this week’s WIAW.  Thanks to Jenn for hosting the link-up again.

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food journal from 4/8…

breakfast

breakfast - peanut butter raisin muffins, apple and sunbutter

2 peanut butter raisin muffins and an apple with sunbutter

lunch

lunch - salmon, carrots hummus,pickles, quinoa rice milk cinnamon

salmon (leftover from eating out last weekend), carrots and hummus, bread & butter pickles, and a dish of quinoa with cinnamon and (homemade!) rice milk

afternoon snack

afternoon snack - green smoothie

green smoothie:
spinach, banana, avocado, maca powder, ground flaxseed, a big scoop of Nuttzo, ice, and almond milk
plus an additional spoonful of Nuttzo, straight from the jar – that stuff is good

dinner

dinner- grilled burger on bun, green beans, broccoli

grilled burgers (hello, taste of summer!) on a bun with ketchup and pickles, which I’ve been craving like crazy lately.  <–I just realized how that sounds, but don’t get any ideas!
roasted broccoli with garlic powder and nutritional yeast
and green beans with butter and sea salt

dessert

dark chocolate

a few squares of dark chocolate!  #myfavorite

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I also grocery shopped in the afternoon.

I know I’ve said it before, but I seriously love grocery shopping.  And I always look forward to it. #foodnerd

Curiousity gets the best of me, and I’m one of those people that is interested in what others buy, too.  When other bloggers do grocery shopping/meal planning posts?  Love those.

I thought I’d share what came home in my grocery bags this week:

grocery haul - spring

note: this is not everything needed for the meals I have planned – I use what I already have at home as my basis!

produce:

  • red potatoes
  • romaine lettuce x2
  • kale
  • broccoli
  • green bell peppers
  • celery
  • carrots
  • onions
  • avocados
  • apples
  • orange
  • lemon
  • bananas  (I always plan to freeze some or use some to bake with, but we typically end up eating them all first)

meat:

  • beef for burgers (dinner last night)
  • chicken

frozen:

  • raspberries
  • mango
  • pineapple
  • green beans
  • broccoli
  • tator tots  (yep.)
  • meal for Jesse

other:

  • almond milk
  • garlic powder
  • coconut shreds
  • black beans
  • pinto beans

and that should get us through to next week!  All for less than $75 by the way, and mostly organic.  It (literally) pays to meal plan and shop sales!

Zida helping put groceries away

Zida-girl helped me put everything away :)

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Do you enjoy grocery shopping?  Are you ever curious about what others are buying, like I am?

Have you started to crave any “summer foods” yet?  (grilled meals, smoothies, salads, etc.)

the day everything was served in a bowl {wiaw}

It’s been a while since I last did a What I Ate Wednesday post!

To be honest, I just kind of lost interest in them for a while.
But considering how much I love food, and how much I know most of you do too, I decided to jump back in and highlight a day’s worth of eats.

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A reminder of what WIAW is all about, straight from Jenn herself:

Listen to your body.
Don’t judge.
Don’t compare.
Just eat!

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the following is from Tuesday 4/1

workout

arms & abs living room workout

I woke up just before 6am to squeeze in the above workout before getting ready for the day.

breakfast

breakfast bowl with sweet potato and banana

in the bowl:
sweet potato rounds (baked in coconut oil – from a big batch I prepped earlier in the week), a banana, hemp seeds, cinnamon, Sunbutter, walnuts, and almond milk

Then I headed to work for the morning.

lunch

smoothie bowl with granola - lunch

Just after noon I came home and made myself the following for lunch;

homemade granola on top of a smoothie bowl
(kale, spinach, frozen mango, raspberries, & beets, ground flaxseed, maca powder, spirulina, apple cider vinegar, and water)

afternoon snack #1

roasted sweet chickpeas

Before meeting with a client, I snacked on some sweet roasted chickpeas.

afternoon snack #2

yogurt with stevia and cacao nibs

Between that session and the Tuesday night class I was heading to, there wasn’t time for me to sit down for dinner quite yet, so I quickly snacked on some yogurt (plain, full-fat, organic – crazy over this stuff lately) with vanilla stevia and raw cacao nibs.

dinner

salsa chicken over quinoa and avocado - dinner

I finally got home to eat dinner around 8:30pm:

salsa chicken served over quinoa and topped with avocado

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What time do you usually eat dinner?

What food are you crazy over lately?

dark chocolate, please! {wiaw}

Hey friends!

Is this week totally flying by for anyone else?!  I’ve been especially busy lately, but my days are full of great things.

And, randomly, I just have to say – I’m grateful every single day that I’m working towards making my passion a career.  I’m thrilled with the path my career is going down!  I have a lot of hard work ahead of me, but I’m just loving every moment of it right now.

But anyway, let’s move on to this week’s food highlights…

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**check out more WIAW posts at Jenn’s blog**

butternut squash apple cereal breakfast bowl

going crazy over this breakfast right now:
a little brown rice + butternut squash (roasted in coconut oil and cinnamon) + a diced apple + walnuts + cinnamon + almond milk

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Well, this isn’t exactly a great picture, but it’s just what I’ve got….

a friend took a vacation to Florida recently and brought back some fresh fruit for me!  She knows me well :)  And this orange from her?  absolutely delicious!

enjoyed alongside overnight oats in a nearly-empty jar of my favorite SunButter

hot pumpkin oats with coconut oil, banana, and almonds butter

hot pumpkin oats with hemp seeds, cinnamon, coconut oil, banana, and almond butter

salad with veggie burgers

salad with homemade bean burgers

lunch egg, carrots, rice cakes with pesto and avocado

lunch. on repeat.

fried egg with black pepper (lots. always), rice cakes (one with cilantro pesto, one with avocado), and carrots

Dark Chocolate Peanut Uber Larabar

one of the new Larabar flavors…loved it!
(fact: I love every one of their bars.)

dinner salad with salsa chicken

another salad…

romaine + corn + sliced grape tomatoes + carrots + salsa chicken + avocado

Theo dark chocolate almond sea salt chocolate bar - healthy dessert - delicious

I <3 dark chocolate.

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What’s your favorite kind of chocolate?

the darker the better for me!

Do you enjoy your job/career?

I wasn’t crazy over what I was doing last year but I’m loving what I’m doing/will be doing for the long-term now!

Let's get right to the point. {wiaw}

Let’s get right down to the good stuff today…food highlights from this past week!

And for those of you wondering – yes, I’m still eating a gluten-free diet, though that strict trial may be ending soon.  Either way, I plan to share my thoughts on it in a post next week.

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*head over to Jenn’s link-up to see more foodie posts*

breakfasts:

breakfast cereal bowl

a bowl mug of cereal – perfect breakfast comfort food to me.

post-workout green smoothie

smoothies make a daily appearance around here lately

gluten-free pancakes and pear - breakfast

pancakes topped with sunbutter, cinnamon, and honey with a pear on the side

eggs, clementine, gluten-free banana bread

organic eggs, banana bread, and a clementine – sweet and savory

PB&J Breakfast Bars recipe - healthy!!

these.  obviously.

snacks:

Blue Diamond almonds

Blue Diamond almonds arrived on my doorstep last week!

Jesse loves the Smokehouse flavor, and I tossed the container of Whole Natural into my Ninja Blender to make coconut almond butter.

homemade coconut almond butter

amazing stuff – I ate it by the spoonful and it was gone in no time.

snack plate - Zida

afternoon snack plate while working…miss Zida-girl wanted a bite :)
*side note: she turns ONE on Saturday…what?!

raisins, banana, sweet potato fries, hemp, almond butter

raisins + banana + leftover sweet potato fries + hemp seeds + almond butter

lunches & dinners:

salsa chicken on brown rice with avocado - lunch

crockpot salsa chicken over brown rice with avocado on top <3

homemade pizza - gluten-free - dinner

homemade pizza.
(used this crust recipe)
p.s. lentils are awesome on pizza

bean burger, sweet potato fries, green beans - dinner

homemade bean burgers plus sweet potato fries and green beans….I dreamt of summer while eating this…

homemade veggie frittata - dinner

veggie frittata…they’re so simple!
served alongside 2 rice cakes with mashed avocado and sea salt sprinkled on top

bean burgers, broccoli celery hummus, apple - lunch

2 of those bean burgers mentioned above with veggies, hummus, and an apple on the side

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Have you ever made your own nut or seed butter?

When you eat cereal, do you top it with fruit/cinnamon/seeds/nut butters like I do or eat it plain?

What’s the simplest/quickest dinner you cook?  It’s okay if you say a bowl of cereal ;)

Let’s get right to the point. {wiaw}

Let’s get right down to the good stuff today…food highlights from this past week!

And for those of you wondering – yes, I’m still eating a gluten-free diet, though that strict trial may be ending soon.  Either way, I plan to share my thoughts on it in a post next week.

what i ate wednesday button

*head over to Jenn’s link-up to see more foodie posts*

breakfasts:

breakfast cereal bowl

a bowl mug of cereal – perfect breakfast comfort food to me.

post-workout green smoothie

smoothies make a daily appearance around here lately

gluten-free pancakes and pear - breakfast

pancakes topped with sunbutter, cinnamon, and honey with a pear on the side

eggs, clementine, gluten-free banana bread

organic eggs, banana bread, and a clementine – sweet and savory

PB&J Breakfast Bars recipe - healthy!!

these.  obviously.

snacks:

Blue Diamond almonds

Blue Diamond almonds arrived on my doorstep last week!

Jesse loves the Smokehouse flavor, and I tossed the container of Whole Natural into my Ninja Blender to make coconut almond butter.

homemade coconut almond butter

amazing stuff – I ate it by the spoonful and it was gone in no time.

snack plate - Zida

afternoon snack plate while working…miss Zida-girl wanted a bite :)
*side note: she turns ONE on Saturday…what?!

raisins, banana, sweet potato fries, hemp, almond butter

raisins + banana + leftover sweet potato fries + hemp seeds + almond butter

lunches & dinners:

salsa chicken on brown rice with avocado - lunch

crockpot salsa chicken over brown rice with avocado on top <3

homemade pizza - gluten-free - dinner

homemade pizza.
(used this crust recipe)
p.s. lentils are awesome on pizza

bean burger, sweet potato fries, green beans - dinner

homemade bean burgers plus sweet potato fries and green beans….I dreamt of summer while eating this…

homemade veggie frittata - dinner

veggie frittata…they’re so simple!
served alongside 2 rice cakes with mashed avocado and sea salt sprinkled on top

bean burgers, broccoli celery hummus, apple - lunch

2 of those bean burgers mentioned above with veggies, hummus, and an apple on the side

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Have you ever made your own nut or seed butter?

When you eat cereal, do you top it with fruit/cinnamon/seeds/nut butters like I do or eat it plain?

What’s the simplest/quickest dinner you cook?  It’s okay if you say a bowl of cereal ;)