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What I Ate Wednesday 4-2-14

Well, I’ve joined the club.

I drive a van. I’ve got a kid in baseball. I’m busy.  I’m running around like crazy. I’m a “soccer mom” y’all!

McCall & Me

Of course that brings challenges to our lifestyle….normally I begin our 4-5 dinner meal plans around 3 pm each day…..Well now, I’m rushing around trying to get everything together to be at the ball field by 5:00 or so, and home after 7:30, with no dinners cooked.

It’s definitely been trying, but I’m slowly adjusting. I realized I couldn’t do it all without going crazy, so the nights where my husband is working, I’m paying our amazing babysitter to work on dinners while I’m gone.  Then all I have to do when I get home is help them eat, bathe them, and get them tucked up….Then figure out what I’m eating!!! Craziness 🙂

In case you are new and wondering why we have that many meal plans or why it’s necessary for me to have help, please read our About Us page.

These days, my goal is to stick to my personal eating plan as best as possible. You can check out our Food Philosophy if you are wondering what that is.

It’s been harder to get as many greens & veggies in while on the go, so I’m trying to drink about 2 shakes each day (usually one for breakfast and one for an afternoon snack) to get more in!

This particular day, though, I ran out of greens and frozen fruit, so all I got was one….No worries, though…It’s all about balance 🙂

For breakfast, I made something out of what was left….and that made a TASTY smoothie!  This is frozen mango, frozen strawberries, spinach, water, and apple juice.

Mango Strawberry Smoothie

See, it’s not even green 😉

I had about 2 hours worth of errands to run, so I ate my favorite Cashew Cookie Larabar mid-morning.  These are one of the only “granola bar” type processed foods I eat because they are non-GMO and have a very small ingredient list….This one has TWO ingredients:  Cashews & dates.

Larabar

If you are looking to make some at home, try our recipe!

For lunch, I had this Dill & Chickpea Salad with Rice Crackers.  I wasn’t extremely hungry, so this was all I needed (Now, I stop eating when I’m full), and it satisfied the sweet & salty for me!

Chickpea salad

I used this recipe from Oh She Glows, but tweaked it some.  I omitted the celery because I LOATHE celery (for now).  I also added Dijon mustard & Vegenaise so it had a “sauce.”  I used 1/2 teaspoon of dried dill and chopped pecans on top!  It keeps very well in the fridge, and is even better the second day!

If this salad isn’t your thing, try our Quinoa Cranberry Salad!

I haven’t had time to make many desserts lately (such a crime!!), but I know myself & know I MUST have chocolate.  So–while I’m busy, I’m snacking on various products that I approve of, but this one was for today!  If you haven’t tried these, DO IT!

Peanut Butter Cups

I only ate one (I know–it’s a miracle) and saved the other one for my sweet hubby 😉

For dinner, I was on a mission to create an awesome Chili “Cheese Fries” recipe for our dairy free/vegan friends.  I used various recipes and combined them to make this!

Chili Cheese Fries

Yes it was as awesome as it looks!  It’s potato wedges topped with chili and dairy free sour cream & semi-spicy nacho cheese!

This recipe will be coming soon.  This was our “meal” but it would make an incredible appetizer for a group or a gameday/potluck selection!

Since I shared my last peanut butter cup with my BFF, I topped the night off with a handful of Enjoy Life chocolate chips.

I really prefer to eat more veggies in the day, BUT it’s difficult these days to get it ALL done.  I do what I can 🙂

How do you manage busy days AND healthy eating?


What I Ate Wednesday 3-19-14

Yesterday was awful. Just plain awful.  I needed a re-do today (which is really Tuesday) but still had some of yesterday on my shoulder when I woke up.

I hate when I do that.  Just drop it.  Get rid of it.  Man, it’s tough.

My mood usually defines what I eat, but I really, really have been trying to remain constant and not let food control me or let my emotions take over my desire.

What’s the best cure to a stressed life?  For me, it’s definitely plants (they give me some great energy and happy juice) and of course, chocolate.

You’ll see lots of greens today.  And guess what? I was happy 🙂

I always start my day with lots of water.  Lemon water if I can.  It helps get digestion movin’ and grovin’ first thing.

After my water, I had this Tropical Green Smoothie.  It’s got mango, pineapple, goji berries, flax seed, banana, coconut water, orange juice, and spinach.  Minus the spinach, this is a beautiful pink-ish color.  But it’s St. Patrick’s week….GREEN is awesome 😉

Tropical Green Smoothie

I drank this later in the morning because I was alone with a sick child, so watching Netflix on the couch took precedence over an early breakfast.

After I drank this, it was nearly lunch time, but I waited as long as I could to indulge in one of my favorites.

Collard Wraps

I pretty much think Collard Wraps are where it’s at…really! (ok, mom–I apologize for everything I ever said about your vegetables!)

I had some local collards in the fridge, and they make perfect wraps….You don’t even have to do anything but cut the rip out on the end!

For these, I used some leftover red pepper sauce I made the night before, sprouts, avocado, tomato, and zucchini. The picture shows my husband’s wrap–I added some organic, free range grilled chicken to his.

I’ve been craving SPRING, and since it’s not happening around here lately, I made pasta salad instead.  It pretty much did the trick.  Check out our gluten free recipe here!

Macaroon

After lunch, I ate a chocolate macaroon.  My first time eating macaroons.  WHY?! They are awesome!

Ok, I had this awesome idea of more wraps for dinner.  This time, I wanted to try my favorite Spring Rolls, just with ingredients I had at the house.

I put everything I wanted on them. I might have gone a little crazy. (zucchini, bell pepper, carrots, green onions, toasted sesame seeds, avocado, kelp noodles, edamame, fresh mint, spinach, and sprouts)

Dinner

And they are supposed to look like this. Beautiful.

Spring Roll 3

But tonight, mine ended up like this.

Dinner 2

More like a Spring Roll hot dog.  It wasn’t pretty.  And it was really messy.  But I promise, it was delish.

The Asian Kale salad? Not so much.  I LOVE kale, so that wasn’t the problem.  I just wasn’t fond of the dressing I made.

For dessert, I had another macaroon.  And called it a night!

What’s on your menu for today??


Creamy Grapefruit Smoothie

Allergen Information: Contains dairy (you can replace with soy or coconut yogurt if necessary).

Special Equipment: High Speed Blender

So…..I have a confession.  I don’t like grapefruit.  Or celery.

These are two foods I just can’t get past.  I’m not too worried about it because I know I can’t like it all.

I can’t imagine anyone really enjoying the sour taste of a fruit, but my husband assures me people actually do. We share our distaste for celery, but he LOVES grapefruit. I guess we can’t be a PERFECT match 😉

This smoothie is HIS personal recipe and his little baby. It only serves one 🙂 So if you’re sharing, you might need to double it.

Creamy Grapefruit Smoothie

My goal in 2014 was to like bell peppers. Mission accomplished!! It looks like I’ve got to tackle grapefruit or celery next.  Which should I pick?!

If you love grapefruit, you’ll love this creamy smoothie.  If you don’t, well, then I’m not sure I would try it.  Unless your just full of spontaneity and awesomeness.

Here’s your recipe from Chef Andrew!

Creamy Grapefruit Smoothie
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 1 T goji berries
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • ¾ large grapefruit, peeled and seeded
  • 2 T local honey
  • ½ cup coconut yogurt, unflavored
  • 1 cup ice
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in a high speed blender in the order shown (except the ice) and blend until smooth. Add ice and blend again! Enjoy 🙂

 


Green Tea Berry Smoothie

Allergen Information: Free of the top 8 allergens

Special Equipment: High Powered Blender

Green Tea Berry Smoothie 2

It’s no secret that I. LOVE. SMOOTHIES.

They are so good.

They are beautiful.

They are easy.

They are filling.

They are nutritious.

I really could just go on, and on, and on.

But like anything, smoothies can get boring if you don’t change it up.  That’s why you’ll probably see more smoothie recipes from me than any other recipes.

You have lots of options, so there’s no excuses, k??

I love this one because it’s light and sweet and has the awesome benefits of green tea.  Remember, though, that all tea is not created equal, and there can be some bad stuff lurking in it.  I stick to Traditional Medicinal and Numi brands tea because they are easy to find.

In this particular smoothie, I used Numi’s brand Jasmine Green tea, but any variety would work.  The easiest thing to do is make the tea the night before and put the cup in the fridge so it’s easy as pie (oh no, now I’m thinking about pie….).

Not only does the green tea do some great things for your body, but so do the chia seeds and goji berries!

Try this one soon and let us know what you think!!

Green Tea Berry Smoothie
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 1 T goji berries
  • 2 cups mixed berries, frozen
  • 1 T local honey
  • 12 ounces chilled green tea (I heated 12 ounces of water and added one tea bag, and let steep for 10-15 minutes, then chilled)
Instructions
  1. Put ingredients in a high powered blender in the order shown and blend until smooth! Enjoy!

 


Raspberry Peach Smoothie

Allergen Information: Contains Tree Nuts

Special Equipment: High Powered Blender

Raspberry Peach Smoothie

This smoothie is a great place to start if you aren’t into the whole “green” thing.

It tastes as beautiful as it looks and is still packed full of yummy goodness.

You might have seen the buzz words “chia seeds” all around you.  They have many benefits to your body, but one of the greatest benefits is its Omega 3 fats, which protect against inflammation.  Apparently, there’s more Omega 3s in chia seeds than in salmon!

I just toss the whole chia seeds in my Vitamix with the ingredients, and it blends it so fine that nothing is gritty.  If you don’t have a high powered blender, I would suggest grinding them in a spice grinder first, unless you’re ok with a little grit 🙂

Raspberry Peach Smoothie
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 1½ cups frozen peaches
  • ½ cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • ½ t vanilla
  • 1 cup almond milk, unsweetened (see note)
  • ½-3/4 cup coconut water
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in high powered blender in the order listed and blend until smooth, stopping to scrap down sides when necessary.
Notes
If you use vanilla or sweetened almond milk, you may leave out the vanilla or maple syrup if desired.