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What I Ate Wednesday 4-15-15

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!

Banana-Chocolate Drops 2


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!

What I Ate Wednesday 4-8-15


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!


What I Ate Wednesday 4-1-15

Today (Tuesday) was such a beautiful day in South Carolina.  I’d say that if the air weren’t so yellow, that it’d be the perfect day.  It kind of smelled like the Masters and the weather begged us to stay outside.

But again, enter yellow.  And then coughing and sneezing and nose dripping and junk in your throat.

Anyone else?

I notice that this year has not been as bad for me–and I have no idea why.  It’s twenty million times worse for my oldest son, McCall, so I don’t have a clue what’s wrong with me.  But–I’ll take it!

The lighter days continue to make me crave lighter foods, and it makes me feel light. I’ve spent the last few weeks feeling so great on the inside…and just so, so satisfied.  It’s such an empowering feeling!

I ended up in a rush this morning and didn’t have time to make my warm lemon water, but I drank two glasses of water while I was rushing around.

Part of my breakfast was this smoothie on the go in the car.  I decided to incorporate the in-season fruits we talked about this week, but I used frozen fruit (which is just as good, sometimes better than fresh!).  For this smoothie, I used frozen banana, strawberry, and mango with hemp hearts and coconut water.  It tastes like a tropical island!


When I got to Bible Study, I snacked on two oranges. One of my absolute favorite fruits!


I brought the guilt-free caramel dip with me to bible study, so I had a few bites of that with apples and grapes.  It’s so, so yummy.  And did I mention, guilt-free???


The middle part of the day got crazy with two doctors appointments, picking up kids at different times, and errands to run, so I made sure to pack something that would fill me up until I could get home to make a salad!  I shared these Brazil nuts with my youngest Beckham….He also ate two bananas and some strawberries (I always pack snacks for the car!)


I ended up getting home too late for the kids to nap, so I let them play outside instead of sleep.  Mom of the year over here! 😉

I made this salad for a late lunch:  leaf lettuces, black beans, red onion, tomatoes, corn, and dairy free ranch dressing.

lunch salad

For a mid-afternoon snack, I ate a bowl of watermelon. I know it’s not in season at the moment, but I sure am getting an early taste of summer when I eat it!  It helps on all those rainy days we’ve been having!


I had one of those days that was just frazzled. Usually on those days, I need to create–because that always makes this girl feel better.  I used what I had in my fridge/pantry and came up with this.

dinner bowl

This is roasted asparagus, roasted sweet potatoes, and sauteed kale over quinoa with a Smoked Paprika Tahini Dressing topped with Cashew Parmesan and Sriracha. It was so interestingly beautiful–and I’m so glad I wrote down the steps as I made it, because it’ll be coming to you soon!

I signed up to make desserts for Beckham’s Easter party. It’s really just so I have an excuse to make something chocolate :).

These chocolate covered rice krispy treats are SO EASY TO MAKE!!!! And they aren’t full of nasty ingredients like high fructose corn syrup.  They are kid-friendly and are always a hit when I make them! (Great for gluten, soy, egg, and dairy free friends!)


I ate TWO large pieces!!! 🙂  I just had to make sure the kiddos would like them, right?!

How are you doing incorporating your greens and fruits??? Don’t give up, even if you have a bad day! Enjoy this Wednesday!

What I Ate Wednesday 3-25-15

I don’t know if it’s the pollen or what, but I’ve got a tiny sore throat–just enough to be uncomfortable.  When this happens, I immediately drink hot tea or, even better, turmeric milk.

Turmeric has amazing anti-inflammatory properties and an incredible amount of nutrients.  You can read a more in-depth description of this super spice, read this article.

turmeric milk

For breakfast, I decided on this Chocolate Cherry Smoothie because I DESPERATELY needed to go to the grocery store, and I used what was in my freezer 🙂  [recipe on FB page]


I happened to be relaxing at home today because my son had an asthma attack that landed him the ER the night before…the to-do list can wait!  So, I had some time to do a little experimenting.  I am familiar with cauliflower “rice” but read about the same concept with carrots.  So I decided to give it a try on some nori sheets. It tasted great, but it didn’t stick very well.  I’m definitely going to have to work on this because it was interesting and awesome.  In my opinion, the sauce was the best part. Probably because it had TAHINI in it, my favorite!


Next time I’ll add more veggies, but I had to use what was in my fridge, so I used beets, butter lettuce, red onion, and green onion. I made 3 nori sheets worth (which was 12 pieces) and I ate them all 🙂

I didn’t have enough lettuce to make a whole salad today (even though it’s our weekly challenge), so I had to get my greens in different ways.

P.S. My top priority is the grocery store today 😉

For a mid-afternoon snack and pick me up (no Starbucks needed here), I had this Reboot juice.


Greens ROUND UP:  kale in my morning smoothie, butter lettuce in the nori wraps, kale in my afternoon juice

Andrew and I had an appointment to get our taxes done, so we made it a date night 🙂  That usually means we go to Farmhaus because they have gluten free/veggie burgers for me and cheese and bacon for him.  To each his own, right?

dinner 2

A lot of people would call this a “cheat meal,” but I just call this life.  I practice a 95-5 concept of eating VERY well 95% of the time, and LIVE 5% of the time (but still trying to stay within my own personal food philosophy of gluten free, dairy free, meat free).

I had the Quinoa Black Eyed Pea Burger with grilled onions, whole grain mustard, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and pickles on a gluten free bun. I also had french fries, BBQ sauce, and sweet tea.

And it was fabulous. I love balancing health, pleasure, reality, and fun.  I had a beautiful night with my best friend in the whole world.

We finished the night with a Blue Bloods marathon on Netflix and had no room left for anything else.

So, about that salad a day.  Yeah, I’ll get on that today 😉

Have a blessed Wednesday!


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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).


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 🙂