This was one of those breakfasts that doesn’t look very pretty, but is super good. It’s kale, two egg whites, and half an avocado with lots of black pepper and some lemon juice. I’m not really the biggest fan of kale but I like it in these egg scrambles.
Waves had a smoothie with whole milk yogurt, frozen mixed berries, banana, hemp seeds, spinach, and whole milk. She also had half a plain waffle and I ate the other half with some peanut butter on it.
For lunch I had Mexican quinoa with Greek yogurt and a tiny bit of avocado. I made this cornbread for Waves and it is really very good. I only used half the amount of sugar and it turned out fine.
Waves had the same thing to eat as I did. She really loves that quinoa recipe as long as I serve some Greek yogurt on the side. I use full-fat Greek yogurt for her. If you are looking for some, try Trader Joe’s. I had a hard time finding anything over 2% until I looked there.
Once Waves started her nap, I did a zumba workout. Afterwards I had some yogurt while I stretched and watched an episode of Workaholics. I got way too happy when I noticed that season 3 had been added to the Amazon prime instant watch section.
I was still a little hungry after stretching, so I made a salad. It was field greens, sunflower seeds, cucumber, grated carrot, and tempeh. That Bragg’s salad dressing is really good!
I had a small baked potato with Greek yogurt and nutritional yeast around 5:30pm. Looking back, I had a ton of Greek yogurt yesterday.
Dinner was sweet potato fries and Morningstar chick’n nuggets along with a glass of iced tea. I ate around 8pm since I waited until after Waves went to sleep to eat. I guess I wasn’t really hungry when she was having her dinner (Annie’s mac n’ cheese, steamed broccoli w/olive oil, and some pear slices) since I had that salad and baked potato earlier.
I got caught up in YouTube land while eating and watched way too many of Janelle Ginestra’s dance videos. I love the way she dances. This is one of my (nsfw bc of lyrics) favorites (she’s Bay Area Girl in the video).
So, that’s what yesterday looked like food-wise. Head over to Peas & Crayons WIAW link-up and check out what other people have been eating lately. I always find a new recipe to try out over there!
That ravioli up there was incredible. It came from the Blue Apron box that I won through a giveaway on Veggie Belly’s site. I’ll do a post about all the food I got later, but I had to rave about this ricotta ravioli recipe because it was so good.
It was a lot of fun to make since I had never made pesto or cooked with (or heard of) king trumpet mushrooms. It’s always nice to learn something new in the kitchen and try out new techniques and ingredients. Plus, Greg and I had a ravioli folding contest to see who could make the best looking ones. We were both equally horrible at it haha. I’ll definitely be making this recipe again!
There isn’t really a meal plan this week since everyone’s schedules are all over the place. But there is a workout plan. I have been really focusing on getting into shape here lately and doing good with doing a variety of workouts, plus stretching daily.
For the longest time, I made a lot of excuses about not having enough time to workout or that I shouldn’t worry about it or work too hard since I was still breastfeeding. Well, we have been finished with feedings for a couple of weeks now, so I knew it was time to stop with the bs and focus on what goals I would like to achieve, which are:
1. work on flexibility and stretch daily
Every night after Waves goes to sleep I usually end up watching a tv show while catching up on blogs. I’ve gotten into a good habit of getting onto the floor with my laptop and holding stretches for 2-3 minutes while I check blogs/catch up on tv shows.
2. stronger, more defined abs
Pregnancy did a number on my abs so I want to make them and my back much stronger. I’m already on my way with Blogilates pilates workouts and Elise’s ab workouts on her site and the Cody app.
3. get my diet in check
I’ve not being doing so well with healthy eating since Thanksgiving and the cold weather. I instantly go for the comfort foods when it gets cooler and I picked up a nasty soda habit with the holiday dinners and events that have been going to.
4. up my cardio
Here lately, I’ve noticed that I get winded just going up our stairs. I always sing a song to Waves at night before bed. One night, after taking her upstairs to her room, I had to wait a minute or so to catch my breath before I could sing her song. It was definitely one of the moments that made me realize that I really need to focus on getting back into shape.
So, with all that said, here’s my workout plan for this week:
Tuesday: zumba playlist (autoplays)
Saturday: walk on the treadmill
That’s my plan, along with stretching every day. It’s time to make health and fitness a priority again.
ONE » This udon noodle soup with tempeh from Blue Apron was delicious. The only thing I’d do different next time is not put so much tempeh in it and possibly leave it out altogether.
TWO » My friend Julie makes the most beautiful handmade jewelry. She’s running an awesome 30% off special until December 8th. The prices are incredible for the quality jewelry she makes. I have the amor necklace (pic of me wearing it) and absolutely love it. She does custom orders too so if you’re looking for a special gift this year get in touch with her!
THREE » This is a nice little yoga routine to do in the mornings. It’s only 18 minutes long, but even 10 minutes of moving and stretching feels really nice first thing in the morning.
FOUR » (never)homemaker has created a wonderful guide on vegetarian food prep, meal planning, and recipes. There’s a ton of great info and meal ideas to be found there.
FIVE » I’m not really one to get into these types of images, but this one really resonated with me for some reason. Ever since having a baby, time goes by so fast it can be a little overwhelming and terrifying, too. I’ve thought about these words a lot lately and have been thinking about what matters the most in life and what will make me and my family happy. There’s a lot of junk in life that doesn’t need to be there and I’m working on getting rid of it.
I’ve just started up with Twitter again, so please add me on there if you’d like. Thanks!
I hope you all have a great weekend!
Today I’m linking up over at A Healthy Slice of Life to show you what Waves has been eating lately. She usually just eats whatever we do at dinner, but will have her own meal for lunch. The couscous above is one of her favorites. She loved this! As I said on the Facebook page when I shared it: this stuff is worse than glitter. It will get everywhere. Like, it was amazing some of the places I found it after lunch haha. Here’s the recipe:
bring a cup of veggie broth, 1/2 tsp salt, and 2 tbsp of butter to a boil. add one cup of couscous, remove from heat, cover, and let sit for 5 minutes. Add in whatever veggies you have on hand and heat through. I used peas, corn, green beans, and grated carrots.
Black beans drizzled with olive oil and nutritional yeast, green beans, and a mixed berry muffin
Annie’s mac n’ cheese, strawberries coated in coconut oil, and frozen peas, red bell pepper, and cucumbers. I got the frozen pea idea from Brittany at A Healthy Slice of Life and Waves LOVES them! I even taught her the sign for peas and she uses it daily. They’re great to put on her high chair tray while I’m finishing cooking.
We went out to eat with family at Mooyah! last month (best black bean burger ever) and I ordered her a grilled cheese which she loved. Also, let me say that clip-on high chair (affiliate link) is awesome! I love being able to have her in the booth with me and it came in handy while traveling over Thanksgiving.
Some of her other favorites:
· frozen peas – I mean, seriously. Look at her little hand in that picture up there going straight for them out of all those groceries haha!
· mozzarella string cheese
· Italian wonderpot (one of those I introduced a couple of times before she liked it)
· this whole wheat macaroni coated in olive oil and covered with Trader Joe’s low-sodium marinara
· oatmeal with mashed banana, molasses, and full-fat plain Greek yogurt
· smoothies (whole or hemp milk, kale/spinach, mixed berries, whole milk yogurt)
· Indian spiced roasted vegetables over lentils
· baked potato with Greek yogurt
· cheese toast
· Trader Joe’s butternut squash ravioli covered in melted butter
· pumpkin pie (homegirl was so not interested in Thanksgiving dinner, but the pie? She was all about it.)
· applesauce and apple slices
I took a little break over the holiday weekend so that I could visit my grandma who lives in Kentucky. We didn’t get to see her on Thanksgiving day since we had a couple of dinners to go to, but we were able to celebrate with her the day after. Two Thanksgiving’s in a row ain’t bad at all.
When we got back into town, we went to Fantasy of Trees since we had never been before. It was super crowded which Waves loved. She got to ride a carousel, make a Christmas ornament, and eat a giant pretzel so she was stoked.
Last night I made a huge batch of black beans and rice for dinner. It was so, so good!
After I put Waves to bed, I did this zumba playlist I made on YouTube. I swear Zumba is no joke. It is so much fun! I miss the class I used to go to and wish the times worked better for us so I could go again. It was nice being able to do a few of my favorite songs at home though.
Today Waves helped me make some chocolate chip cookies. This is the best recipe ever, by the way. I always take mine out of the oven after 8 minutes and they look like they are so not finished, but they firm up a lot after they sit out for a few minutes.
I have to tell you all about that baking sheet for a second. I got it at Home Goods since our other cookie sheet was getting pretty grody and I’m glad I did because it’s the best I’ve ever used. It’s by Nordic Ware, is aluminum, made is the US, and they have pretty great business practices. Nothing has stuck to this pan and everything washes off so easily. I definitely recommend checking them out if you need some new bakeware.
This was my lunch today. I bought a few of the Zevia sodas to try out since I got a little crazy with regular soda at the holiday dinners and my grandma’s. The Dr. Zevia flavor is pretty good and goes well with sweet potato fries.
Now we’re back to our routine over here. I always intend to write more about my days, but they’re always so similar. Although, Waves has learned to climb onto the couch and over the ottoman I had blocking the bottom of the stairs, so she’s changing things up a bit haha.
I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday!