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What I Ate Wednesday 2-25-15

I’m very excited to bring this series back! When you have to take pictures of everything you eat and post them on social media, it sure does keep you accountable!

I’m kind of an obsessive person and when it comes to food, I get on a kick and stick with the same thing for a while.  These days, I’m loving avocado toast for breakfast!  The recipe is on the website, and it’s super easy…plus it’s filling, cheap, and good for you!

avocado toast

I ate two pieces in the car on the way to take Sawyer to school.

I took a snack to bible study, and ate this big bowl of fresh pineapple and mango around 10 or 10:30 in the morning!

Fruit snack

One thing that has changed for me since adopting a whole foods, clean living lifestyle is my desire to sit down with a meal and enjoy it.   No longer are the days of rushing around eating fast food in the car for every meal.  I eat snacks in between meals so that I am not starving until I have the time to sit down and eat.  I usually eat lunch around 1:30 because by that time my two babies are down for naps.  I enjoy a TV show on Netflix and savor my food.   Then it’s right back up to the realities of life 🙂

For lunch, I had a plate of  leftovers:  2 small sweet potatoes made into french fries using my favorite recipe, a side of roasted broccoli & chickpeas, and a side dish I’m working on for next Thanksgiving (I know?!) that has millet (an awesome gluten free grain), roasted Brussels sprouts, dried cranberries, walnuts, and lemon.

lunch

You may or may not know our family’s story, but we’ve got a pretty complicated eating situation.  So if you can imagine, going to the grocery store is pretty stressful.  I have 5 (3 of which are medical) meal plans going through my head. Who has what ingredients? What does everybody need?  It takes a ton of preparation to make it happen so that I don’t just cry myself through the aisles (or when it’s time to slide that credit card!)

I can usually only handle planning for about 3-4 days at a time.  If you’re eating fresh foods, that is a good time period for you too!  If you can swing it, go to the grocery store twice a week and always keep fresh foods in your house!

I told you all of this to say, YES!!!! I hire a babysitter just so I can go to the grocery store.  Well worth it to me!!!!!!

So to celebrate my FREEDOM, I enjoyed some gummy worms in my van, with my heated seat, without listening to Frozen, or screaming at children.  REWARD!!.

gummy worms

No nasty corn syrups or dyes here.  Everything is actually natural. Yes, it has sugar. Evil, evil sugar.  But hey, in my opinion, it’s better than a breakdown, right?!

I kept dinner simple.  You might even recognize this photo, because YES, I’ve eaten this salad 4 times this week.  No need to take a new photo!  My favorite salad EVER:  butter lettuce greens, dates, avocado, almonds, sprouts, raspberries, homemade sprouted grain (not gluten free) croutons, carrots, and Lemon Tahini Dressing.  Oh. My. Gawd. It’s my heaven here on earth 🙂

Salad for dinner

Try some of these recipes this week and let me know what you think!!


What I Ate Wednesday 5-28-14

Breakfast:

For this WIAW morning, I ate a bowl full of fruit and a half of a gluten-free flat cornbread.  I usually make this flatbread when I make chili, but for whatever reason, I was CRAVING it for breakfast.

breakfast 1

It’s simple & easy–cooked in a cast iron skillet.  I’m honestly not sure if anybody else would like it or if it’s one of those weird things I just love.  It’s salty, but the coconut oil gives it a bit of sweetness.

breakfast 2

Lunch:

On this day, I was especially hungry.  I started running again, and since then, I just haven’t been able to fill up!  Since going vegan about 2 months ago, I’ve had to be very intentional about what I’m eating.  I’m lovin’ it so far 🙂

So, I ate two lunches!!

For the first one, I had a bowl of soup.  I’ve been super busy and slightly unmotivated lately, so these Amy’s Organic Soups make for great lunches on those days (and to pack in the hubby’s lunch!)

lunch 2

This one bowl didn’t quite fill me up, so I roasted some leftover veggies I had in my fridge.  I drizzled olive oil, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and maple syrup on these and roasted for about 15 minutes.  I paired with a piece of rice bread and vegan butter.  I wasn’t able to eat ALL of it, but it definitely hit the spot!!

lunch 1

Dinner:

For dinner on this day, I made this amazing Asian Kale Salad.  It’s seriously one of the best salads I’ve ever eaten.  It’s packed full of good stuff and lots of plant based protein!

dinner

I ate two large portions of this salad 🙂

For dessert, I ate way too many of these chocolate chip cookies that were leftover from earlier in the week.  I was working late, and just nibbling.  Bad choice!  I have major issues with self control when it comes to sweets, especially chocolate.  At least these cookies are somewhat guilt-free 😉

cookies

And that was this week!  Lots of green (told you I rotate!), plant based protein, strong flavors, and CHOCOLATE!

Have a blessed day!


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 🙂


What I Ate Wednesday 5-07-14

This has been an awesome week.  I’m not sharing many details right now, other than to say I’m quickly discovering how I can fully THRIVE to live in my own life.  I have a LONG post coming in the next month or so about this.

All I’ll say is it’s got something to do with my former dream of singing country music and my friend Phil Lee, Jr.  (And of course my supportive husband and my favorite drummer–on the end!!)

Country

I’ve been so excited that I’m having trouble sleeping.  I know, it’s totally against my own rules, but my brain literally won’t turn off.  I’m breaking out my lavender oil and having to take baths at night just to calm down.

I’ve been super busy, fitting in regular life, doctors’ appointments, baseball, the website, and music, but y’all know THIS girl’s still gotta eat.

For breakfast, I made our Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal recipe, but halved it because I was the only one eating it.  I washed it down with a glass of 100% organic apple juice.

oatmeal

The previous night, I made some incredible stuffed peppers–recipe adapted from this one!

stuffed peppers

I had some leftover quinoa stuffing, so for lunch this day, I had a salad, grilled pineapple, and stuffing!

lunch

In the afternoon, I was “snacky” hungry so I ate a bag of these Kale Chips.  If you haven’t tried these, YOU HAVE TO!! This Mango Habanero kind is to die for (I found at Kroger).

kale chips

As I’ve been starting back singing, I have to get back in the routine of running–as it’s the one sport that really strengthens my lungs!  Ok, I have to admit, taking a selfie while running is not only difficult, but downright embarrassing.

But you know me, I’m all about being real. So here is my no makeup mid-run selfie. You know, thriving to live!

running

This particular night was a crazy one because we had a baseball game, and I was by myself.  I knew I wouldn’t get to eat dinner until everyone else was fed, bathed, and in bed (probably around 9pm!), so I prepared ahead of time, and took this Vanilla Milkshake Smoothie (made with frozen banana, maple syrup, almond butter, and almond milk) with me so I had a protein/energy punch to get through the game.

vanilla milkshake

So yes, my favorite thing about Andrew’s new job is that there’s no stress on baseball nights.  Because on nights like these when I’m by myself, I really, really see no light at the end of the tunnel.  It was almost 9 o’clock before I was able to eat.  I was exhausted and TOO TIRED to cook myself something.

So in desperate times, I always have a back up plan in my pantry–in the form of Amy’s Organic Soups.  These things ROCK and have all organic ingredients, and even vegan options for me, as I’ve been 100% vegan for about 2 months to see how I feel eliminating dairy and egg from my diet.

soup can

This Lentil Vegetable one is my favorite.  I served it with a toasted Food for Life Gluten Free English Muffin, and it was delicious!

dinner

I’m pretty sure I was too tired for dessert this night.  Hey–one benefit of a busy schedule?!

A note about being vegan:  I have been a vegan for about 2 months now as an experiment.  I am not against animal products, just promote local and organic options when available.  Andrew, my husband, still eats plenty of meat, and we coexist beautifully.  I just don’t want anyone reading to think that I think EVERYONE should be a vegan, because as of right now, my belief is that it DOESN’T work for everyone.  I think the stuffed peppers would be amazing with some local spicy sausage, and I’m always an advocate of adding some grilled chicken to any dish!

 

What are YOU eating today??


What I Ate Wednesday 4-16-14

Most times I try to protect myself.  You know, if I post something about me drinking something GREEN, I’ll justify it in some way so people don’t make fun or talk about me.  Seriously, that stuff happens over the color GREEN.

But today, I’m celebrating.  I love GREEN drinks.  I won’t justify it. I love them. Yes, I do.

So, here’s my beautiful breakfast:  a Power Green Smoothie.

Green Power Smoothie

Yes, it looks like grass. But it takes like apple & kiwi, with only a hint of grass 😉

The recipe will be here soon 🙂

For lunch, I made something incredible.  I’ve never liked tuna fish, even in my processed food days, but I love the idea of a cold salad.

This is a “mock” tuna fish salad, which means it looks like it & has the flavor of the salad but it actually contains no tuna.  There’s no crazy ingredients.  Not at all!

This was INCREDIBLE.  Even my husband who thinks some of my creations are weird, LOVED it.  AND he’s a tuna lover.

I served it over local buttercrunch lettuce!

lunch

For a midday snack, I had Mustard Roasted Chickpeas.  I shared with Beckham, and we devoured the whole thing 🙂

Chickpeas 4

These little boogers are addicting and flavorful.  Next time you want chips or croutons, try these 🙂

Before I explain dinner, I’ve got to explain this breakthrough I had.

spag dinner

If you’ve known me for a while or eaten a meal with me, you know I’ve got stupid food touching issues.  Anyone else like that?

As a child, I literally had the divider plates, not to be cute, but because I could not function if my food touched.  I have no explanation other than I was weird.  I also had a real phobia of people poking me.  Really?

So posting this picture with my side of Kale on  top of my spaghetti is monumental.  Like breaking chains kind of monumental.

I’m praising myself publicly for this one, y’all!

This is homemade marinara sauce (made with local tomatoes) over brown rice spaghetti noodles, topped with sauteed local kale and red onion.  It was tasty and filling!

In honor of the recent Milkshake post, I needed to test it out for dessert one more time to make sure I liked the recipe I posted 😉  So darn it if I didn’t have to have more chocolate 🙂

dessert

This is our Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter Milkshake!

 

Have a blessed day 🙂