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What I Ate Wednesday Post 3-18-15

Y’all.  Little League baseball season has started.  And I thought last year was rough!!

Whew.  7 year olds are grown up.  This is the first year they play with rules…and the first year they need a catcher…and guess who it is??? I’m so excited for McCall to start a new position.  He takes pride in working hard and being the best he can.

baseball

These spring days at the ball field remind me of my childhood, and my high school years chasin’ after this boy named Andrew Hydrick 😉

I love being a mom to boys. I truly do!

Speaking of boys–we have an extra 7 year old living with us for 10 days because his mama is out of the country.  Good thing they’re on the same baseball team!!!!

But let me tell you, I honestly, honestly need TONS of fuel to stay on top of the schedules and everything that comes with four boys in a house! The way I used to do that was with candy, and energy drinks, and diet coke, and sugar….That left me shaky and faint and with energy that roller coastered up and down.

That’s why you’ll see lots of photos coming up of fruits and veggies.  Y’all know I’ve been a vegan for a while, but I’m taking it up a notch with adding more raw meals, and eating a big plate of cooked food at night.  I’m not one of those vegans that thinks everyone should be.  I gladly cook bacon, and chicken, and turkey for my family.  For me, it truly is a personal choice, and where my body gets the most fuel and energy. I have spent years trying to figure it out–learning to change with the changes in my life.

If you are not a vegetarian, you could easily add a piece of grilled chicken or fish to some of these meals.  I do think, however, that whatever diet lifestyle you choose, that any time you can get more fruits and veggies in your diet, the better off you will be!

First thing in the morning I had a big mason jar of lemon infused water (and kept refilling it during the day–I ended up drinking 3 of the big jars’ worth). Then, as I drove the boys to school, I ate this apple and almond butter.

apple

On Tuesdays I have bible study, so this was my snack.  It was a whole 16 oz carton of organic strawberries sprinkled with coconut palm sugar.

strawberries

After bible study, I had planned to eat 2 bananas, but Beckham wanted one so I shared with him 🙂

bananas

I had one of those days where I literally had no time to breathe.  I didn’t have time to make myself a lunch, so while I was at Humanitree House picking up my weekly juices, I grabbed this smoothie and kale salad.  The smoothie was strawberries, blueberries, cacao powder, bee pollen (I still eat this as a vegan for allergy purposes!), and almond milk.

smoothie

Once I got the kids settled and in bed for naps, I enjoyed an episode of Drop Dead Diva (don’t judge 🙂 ) and my kale salad.  It was my ONLY breather moment of the day!

kale salad

Next it was off to one of FIVE baseball practices this week.  I snacked on these in the car.  I LOVE these dehydrated onions.  Onions happen to be one of my favorite vegetables anyways, but these taste like the healthier version of Funyuns.  You know what I’m talkin’ about–everyone’s favorite gas station splurge.  These are great as a snack or for a crunch on a salad!  Locally, I find them at Earth Fare, but you can also order them on Amazon.

onion rings

While my husband helped coach baseball practice, I took the two babies to the playground.  I rested on the bench with my St. Patty’s Day treat.  This juice is green, but it really does taste like lemonade.  It’s so refreshing!

green juice

Then it was home to fix a million dinners, do a million bedtimes, homework, brush teeth. Craziness.  It’s all craziness!!!  I managed to roast a sweet potato and a piece of corn (I just wrapped the corn in foil and added some coconut oil & spices) while all that was going on–and then added some leftovers to the plate (Shells n’ Cheese & Roasted Broccoli).

dinner

Eating like this has satisfied my palate in a way I’ve never experienced.  I don’t crave chocolate or sugar or candy or sweet tea at all.  I feel light, and full, and thankful.

Don’t forget about this week’s citrus infused water challenge….how are you doing??

I hope you enjoyed my post.  I say this every week, but these are my favorite posts I do.  Enjoy 🙂


Tuesday Tip–Freezing Bananas

Bananas are awesome.  I know–that’s such a creative intro to a blog post.

But really, they are.

Versatile is the word I think of.

Egg replacers. Ice Cream.  Cream for smoothies.  Dried snack.  Chocolate covered goodness.

Many of my smoothie recipes call for frozen bananas, and while it might sound simple, sometimes the simple things confuse us.

I remember in the beginning of my journey….I’d read certain things, and really just want someone to SHOW me and TELL me exactly what to do because I was afraid I’d screw something up.  I probably did anyways! 😉

When you are freezing bananas, make sure they get RIPE first.  With brown spots.  Just like this:

peeled bananas

Say hello to my sweet Cocker Spaniel Allie!!  She can’t help herself either…

When the bananas are browning, they are at their sweetest.  I promise it makes a difference in the taste of smoothies/ice creams.

To freeze bananas, all you need to do is PEEL the banana, BREAK in half, and PLACE in a freezer bag. Put in your freezer, and in a couple of hours, they will be frozen.

frozen-bananas

Frozen bananas give smoothies a creamy-like texture, which makes me feel like I’m eating a frosty from Wendy’s!

Here are 2 of my favorite chocolate banana recipes (also check out the smoothie page):

1. Chocolate Milkshake

Chocolate Milkshake 2

2. Peanut Butter-Chocolate Milkshake

 

To make Nana Nice Cream (my term for Banana Ice Cream):

Nana Nice Cream

1. Cut the bananas in 1-2 inch chunks.

2. Freeze in freezer bag.

3. Pull out desired amount of frozen bananas (a couple of bananas total should work) and let sit on the counter until not rock solid.  Don’t let them get too soft, just a few minutes.

4. Put in a food processor and blend until creamy.  If it breaks up like ice, you know they were too firm.  If they are soupy, you know they were too soft.

5.  Optional add-ins:  cocoa/cacao powder, vanilla, fruit, granola.

6. Enjoy!

 

I hope you work with Frozen Bananas this week!  Post some pictures to the FB wall this week!!

 


What I Ate Wednesday 5-21-14

Oh, this day was glorious.  It was like the best of both worlds.  I got to work while the kids were in school, still hangout with them after that, go to McCall’s baseball game, eat dinner as a family, and hang out with my favorite man in the world 🙂

Here’s how it went down!

It’s no secret I’m starting music back.  I can’t share details quite yet, so until then, you get this teaser: an awkward selfie at a red light. In my minivan. I was on my way to a photo shoot….honestly, what a fun morning!  I mean, I got to wear fake eyelashes!

selfie

While this particular morning was a blast, it reaffirms my suspicions that I’ve got a serious problem.  I’m so socially awkward.  I mean, what do I do with my HANDS?!

I need classes at this. Or more practice. Or something!

I always get little butterflies every time I do something a little out of my comfort zone–and putting food on top of the butterflies makes it pretty bad. Stomach grumbles. Burps.

I decided just to bypass it all and be hungry for a bit.

So, I drank about 30 ounces of filtered water throughout the morning, and counted down the minutes until it was over and I could chow down.

I left here to run some errands, so I stopped by one of my favorite places to eat in Augusta, DiChicko’s Organic Cafe.

I got this Happy Goji Smoothie and sucked it down in about 10 seconds.

smoothie 1

I don’t mind drinking smoothies in the car, but I’m a firm believer in sitting still to enjoy eating food, so I saved my actual lunch until I got home from picking up the sweet babies from school.

Once they were down for naps, I relaxed for a bit with this huge bowl!  The original bowl has rice, red onion, tomato, black beans, avocado, chicken, and cheese.  But since I’m doing a vegan trial, I asked for no chicken and cheese and added all that grilled broccoli!

lunch

I’m not sure if you can tell, but this is a HUGE portion of food. I ate less than half of it for lunch! (But that was nice for the leftovers!!)

I spent the afternoon unpacking bags, and repacking for baseball.  Oh the little things that I love 🙂

I drank a classic smoothie (blueberries, banana, spinach, & almond milk) on the way to the ballfield.  I really do need nourishment, so I have enough energy to scream 😉

whatiatewed

I honestly can’t comprehend what it’ll be like when these little boogers play high school ball. I already feel like I’m gonna lose it, I never agree with the calls, and my baby always does EVERYTHING right.  And he’s in a 6 year old league. OH my.

Andrew’s been at his new job and on his new schedule for a couple of weeks now, and I can’t even describe how much it has already changed the dynamics of our family. There is a LOT less stress, and even more time together. It’s beautiful, and it feels normal.

God knows we need a little normal.

I no longer feel like I won’t make it. I feel hope. I feel possibility. I feel freedom. I feel like I can do something for myself (hence the perfect time to start music again.)

Oh thank you Lord for the blessing of time.  Just time to be together.

And to be around the dinner table together as a family, something we’ve longed for for years. These small, normal, simple things we’ve needed for so long…. The bliss.

We had five different dinners around the table, but this was mine (and Beckham ate this too, plus chicken & sweet potato).

dinner

I could not eat all of it…..but this Gluten Free Vegan Mac & Cheese is the best! It’s made with cashews, so it’s healthy AND filling! It’s perfect for people dairy free, especially kids who don’t want to miss out on mac & cheese!

Typically, I would rather eat many more leafy greens in a day, but I’m just like you. I’m on the go. I’m SO busy.  I don’t have tons of time to prepare.  I don’t beat myself up. I do what I can, and on not-so-busy days, I eat more leafy greens.

…Until next week 🙂


Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter Milkshake

Allergen Information: Contains Peanuts (can be substituted!). Contains coconut.

Special Equipment: Blender

Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter Milkshake 2

I’ve been making a milkshake similar to this recipe for about a year now.  It inspired me to create something that my taste buds really enjoy.

Something with coconut. Something way chocolate-y. Something with Peanut Butter.

I know some of you are thinking: PEANUT BUTTER?!

Yes, we have a kid with an anaphylactic reactions to peanut butter.

So, this is my process: Make sure McCall gets to school (or to bed at night). Come home & make the smoothie.  Wash everything thoroughly. Wash my hands. Drink smoothie. Wash smoothie cup. Wash hands again. Brush teeth.  Sanitize toothbrush.

I know, I know it sounds crazy, but life-threatening allergies are no joke.

BUT, if I go to all this trouble just to drink this milkshake, it’s probably THAT good 🙂

Next time you’re wanting a milkshake, try this one out.  I don’t calorie count, but I can guarantee it’s better for your body than the ones from fast food joints that can have as much as 1,500 calories–and contain NOTHING good for your body.

This milkshake?  Cacao nibs, bananas, coconut milk–all nutrient rich foods.

So, yes, you can have your milkshake and eat it too!!

Substitution ideas:  If you don’t like peanut butter, or can’t have peanut butter in your household, try almond butter.  If you are on the top 8 Elimination diet, try Sunbutter (sunflower seed butter). For the milk, you could also use almond milk or rice milk.

Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter Milkshake
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 2 bananas, frozen & broken into small pieces
  • 1 T cacao nibs
  • 1 T cocoa powder
  • 2 T peanut butter (or other nut/seed butter)
  • ½ T maple syrup
  • ½ t vanilla
  • ¾ cup unsweetened coconut milk (boxed variety)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides if necessary.
  2. Add more liquid if it won't blend well!

 


Classic Green Smoothie

Allergen Information: Contains Tree Nuts (can substitute)

Special Equipment: High powered blender

Ok…What’s wrong with the color green?

It’s the color of healthy, beautiful grass and trees.

We go crazy over it in March, and even think little Leprechauns are cute when any other time of the year, we might actually admit they are creepy!

We don’t hesitate to reach for a green apple.

We admire the Green Jacket, especially THIS week in Augusta, GA!

Shoot, money is GREEN!

So I ask again, what’s wrong with the color green?  Or more specifically, what’s wrong with the color of green when it comes to food?

It’s apparently some mind game we’re all a part of—that green = yuck.

THAT was the old me.

The new me?

I’m the person who posts recipes like this.

Classic Green 2

See, I did it.  And I used to think Laffy Taffy and Spaghettios from a can was a “good lunch.” (I know, I was warped!)

But seriously, look at that beautiful color!  If it were an apple, you’d pick it.  If it were a shirt, you’d buy it.

At the beginning of my food journey, I’ll admit this looked a little weird.  Drinking spinach?

BUT I quickly learned that I couldn’t taste it.  I mean AT ALL!

This one tastes more like Vanilla Ice Cream to me than spinach.

So the point is….just give it a try 😉

If you are struggling with the green color (or your kids are), try one of these tips:

  • Don’t let you children see you making the smoothie.  If they see the green, they will automatically be turned off.  Then pour it directly into a cup that has an opaque straw, or one you can’t see through.  If they taste it and like it, no reason to tell them it’s green just yet.  Later, that will be a great parent-child talk 🙂
  • If YOU are struggling with the color, I recommend using a straw as well. Psychologically, it works.  I like stainless steel straws myself 🙂
  • Try throwing in some berries.  Dark berries like blueberries and blackberries turn it more of a purple color than green.  It might alter the taste just a little, but it’ll still be AWESOME!

I use homemade, unsweetened almond milk for this smoothie because it’s my favorite!  But if you are using sweetened almond milk, I’d omit the liquid sweetener in the recipe altogether.

Classic Green Smoothie
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 large handful of spinach
  • 1 T liquid sweetener: raw honey or maple syrup
  • ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup of ice
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in blender (except ice) and blend until smooth.
  2. Add ice and blend again until smooth consistency.
  3. Enjoy!