Let’s get real with each other. The less we have to cook, the better, right?
It’s no secret that as an EoE mom, or food blogger, or just a person trying eat REAL foods, I have too many dishes.
With my switch to a full-time working mom (outside of the home), I know it’s about to get crazy, so I’m trying to develop some on-the-go type recipes. While I’ll be working at Whole Foods, I’ll still probably be bringing a lot of my own food. I know salads will be my go-to, and for breakfast, I’ll be grabbing a smoothie or a green drink and these overnight oats.
For this recipe, you really do just throw all the ingredients in a mason jar, stir it up, put the top on, and leave it in the fridge overnight. You never cook it. And yes, it tastes amazing!
Another thing I love about this recipe is that it is very inexpensive…a bag of rolled oats are only around $6 and will last a long time..plus they are versatile!!!
This would be a great recipe to start building routines around…after you make them, you’ll see how easy it is (LESS THAN 5 MINUTES TO MAKE), and since it’s a cheap meal, there really is no excuse as to why we can’t have hearty, protein filled, whole food, plant strong meals!
And in my world? It’s so weird that I grieve the loss of food for my children but all I want to do is eat. It’s actually a pretty guilty feeling…
So–yeah, my unpictured dinner from last night was a vegan pizza and coconut milk ice cream with gluten free cookie dough in it. Sometimes, I praise God for the tiny little frozen organic section at Food Lion right by my house.
But anyhoo–back to Monday.
Y’all know in the deep south, things take a few more years to make it all the way over here. All the rage in Cali and big cities is the Acai bowl (pronounced Ah-Sigh-ee // NOT Ah-Kigh).
I’ve been reading about them and seeing photos all over Instagram for a long time, but I actually just enjoyed my first bowl while in Nashville a few weeks ago at this beautiful little gem of a place called Franklin Juice Company.
It tastes like a thicker fruit smoothie with amazing toppings–and there was hidden granola at the bottom. If you’re looking to try one in the Augusta area, Humanitree House in Downtown has these 🙂
But I went to Whole Foods and got some frozen packets and tried to make a bowl–which ended up failing, so I turned it into a smoothie instead. It was really good!
Before I ate this, I sipped on warm lemon water–I just forgot to take a picture!
Mid-morning, I ate some Overnight Oats…no cooking required…recipe coming later this week!
This kept me full until about 2-3 pm….I’ve been eating when hungry these days, not because the clock says it’s lunch time. It is an absolutely freeing thing if you’ve never tried it!
I made a salad with tons of toppings–and even leftovers from lettuce tacos–all drenched in my favorite lemon tahini dressing.
I drank jasmine green tea along with my salad.
Next it was time for after school stuff-and to get ready for baseball. I packed fruit for the boys and two oranges for me.
I’ve been so enjoying baseball–even though it makes things difficult. I love this special time with our boys!
Beckham played with Butter (not our dog) and had a grand ole time.
It’s always CRAZY when we get home from baseball–especially when Andrew is playing softball some nights. I got all the boys fed, bathed, and in bed–and baked some fries for me while I did that. I finally enjoyed them around 8:30 as I unwound from the day. I wasn’t starving, and it was the perfect amount. This was one small potato and 3 tiny ones (like the size of red potatoes) plus 3 dipping sauces, cause I’m a condiment lover. (organic ketchup, homemade whiskey bbq, and homemade honey mustard).
Oh, and can’t forget the organic pickles. THE best. Yes, I buy pickles organic because regular pickles have high fructose corn syrup added AND yellow dyes that are harmful to our health. I like my organic pickle juice not so yellow…. 😉
I ended the night with a few squares of dark chocolate, but you know me. I ate them too fast to take a picture. Dang chocolate!
It’s the week after Spring Break….and let me tell ya, I thoroughly enjoyed the break from a 6 am wake up call, lunches, packing bags, and being a personal taxi service.
We relaxed, and danced, and listened to music, and sang some music, and were lazy, and so much more.
These three faces…I didn’t see enough of them this week. I honestly cherished the time with them. <3
I didn’t do anything different with my food routines over Spring Break so I didn’t feel gross this week 🙂
Today, I started my morning like normal with a warm cup of water and the juice of half a lemon. If you don’t have one of these handy lemon squeezers, you should get one!
As I took the boys to school, I drank this juice…very sweet and tangy–a great combo! And LOOK–Turmeric is in this juice 🙂
When I got hungry mid-morning (around 11am), I drank this Glowing Green Smoothie. I’m participating in a 14 day challenge to drink one of these a day for 14 days. I remember trying this recipe a few years ago, and I didn’t like it at all. Now, I LOVE the taste and actually can’t wait to drink it each day. This is evidence that taste buds DO CHANGE!
I love juices because they give me extra servings of fruits and vegetables during the day as well as a boost of energy, but I also love smoothies because they contain very important fiber for my body! I like mixing it up or drinking both in a day!
I wasn’t going to be able to eat lunch until around 1:30, so I ate a couple kale chips on the way to pick up the kids. It’s definitely cheaper to make kale chips, but not always feasible with my schedule, so these are store bought, and oh so yummy!
Once the kids were settled in to naps, I rested and made a large salad. I forgot to make a salad dressing for the week (ahh!!), so I made a quick lemon-tahini dressing by adding two large tablespoons of tahini, juice of a lemon, and salt to some romaine lettuce.
For a mid-afternoon snack, I shared some strawberries with my sweet Beckham. He’s had a couple of really good days–where he isn’t acting two–or even three. Just a big ball of sweetness. And I’m loving it. I’ll take any days like that I can get!
Beckham ended up getting sick (is that why he was nice?!), so I had to keep dinner super simple. He demanded his mama, and I’m totally ok with that!
Look how sweet this is….Sawyer brought him a blanket and some water and scratched his arm. You know all those moments as a mother where you want to give up? Most of the time I’m banging my head on the wall wondering if I’ve done anything right as a mother. And then these moments happen. The ones that matter….my heart is overjoyed!
I was in the mood for potatoes, so I baked one sweet potato and two small russet potatoes to make french fries–paired with garlic aioli.
I’m not scared of white potatoes like a lot of people are. I like to eat REAL food–not out of a box–that is as close to nature as possible. And white potatoes fit under that rule!
Most people consume white potatoes as deep fried french fries or potato chips–but when you take them away from the oil, they actually do have many health benefits. They are rich in Vitamin B6, potassium, copper, Vitamin C and more. Plus–even when you buy them organically–they are very inexpensive, can fill you up, have lots of fiber if you eat the skins, and are low in calories…
You can actually bake them without any oil, or just a drizzle if you prefer. Since I love the sweet and salty thang, eating a regular potato with a sweet potato rocks my world.
I got Beckham in bed early so he could rest, and the other two boys were at their daddy’s baseball game, so I cuddled up with a couple (3 to be exact) of my favorite Chocolate-Banana Oat cookies!
I did my exercises (I’m dong a 12 week program at home), relaxed on the couch, and enjoyed some down time. I’m loving doing my routines (warm lemon water, a salad, fruit)…I’ve been feeling great!
It feels SO REFRESHING to sleep in just a tad and to have no lunches or bags to pack. It really is glorious.
I started the morning working on some blog posts and drinking warm lemon water.
Then, in an effort to write a recipe down for the amazing Neapolitan Nice Cream Smoothie, I made it again. It’s so yummy and full of good stuff that will give you “healthy carbs” [GASP!] and energy!
Masters Week in Augusta is always awesome and always crazy. I’m one of those girls who thrives off the chaos (surprise, surprise!) and loves all the visitors. The end of the week usually gets exhausting, so I spent a lot of time resting today…The boys were playing with Easter eggs almost all day outside, so I spent some time catching up on Netflix and cleaning up the house. Plus I took a shower. I call that a successful day! 😉
For lunch, I ate this Kale Salad–one of my favorite simple recipes.
Then, I snacked on Brazil nuts and watermelon….I love these two foods!
We were headed to Rock Fore Dough–an awesome show for a great cause here in Augusta on Masters Week–to see McCall’s favorite country music artist and songwriter right now. We had VIP and backstage passes, so I knew there would be tons of food–and if I ate meat, I would just eat what they had there (cause I’m not crazy obsessive about that kind of thing), but being a gluten-free vegan makes it very difficult because most options there have either butter, eggs, meat, or wheat in them.
I’m pretty used to it by now, so I always plan. Preparation is key for me!
I made Sweet Potato Fries for the road with a simple honey-mustard sauce (made from Vegenaise, Coarse ground mustard, and raw honey). I know some of you may be thinking that this doesn’t seem like a lot of food, but did you know that a sweet potato has approximately 4 grams of protein? It filled me up until I got hungry again around 8!
Sorry for the blurry picture….I tried to take one while riding in the car in Masters traffic [not driving!!].
We hung out backstage, and even had the courage to ask for a photo. McCall was so excited…Me? I was just trying to be a good mom–you know–asking for a picture and all 😉
When I got hungry again, I ate all of this:
It is 2 apples, a banana, an orange, and a bag of almonds.
Yes, I was full. And yes, I was happy. I feel such freedom now that food doesn’t rule me, and I truly have a found a balance to eat to live–not live to eat.
At the end of the night, Sam Hunt signed McCall’s hat–and McCall deemed this the best night ever! It really made me happy that he had a special night. We all kind of threw our normal worries away for the night and just lived it up. I’m so thankful for the blessings in my life each day, whether big or small. Life truly is good!
Today, I’ve got to brave the crowds in Augusta to run some errands–wish me luck!