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?

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