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

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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!

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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 🙂

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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