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What I Ate Wednesday #6

 

September 11th.  A day that will forever be remembered in our country’s history.  I am sure we can all recall where we were when we heard the news.  The reality of the events were shocking.  But the way that our country came together to support one another was encouraging.  As a family member of an active serviceman, I can’t help but be grateful for all the men and woman who have devoted their lives to ensuring our safety.  The sacrifice that they make is truly inspiring.

After such a heavy intro it’s hard to find a way to transition into talking about today’s meals without there being an awkward moment.   But I figured if I recognized the elephant in the room, it wouldn’t seem so silly…So without further ado, here is a look at what I was munching on today…

Breakfast:

Melon Smoothie

1 egg, hardboiled

Ever since I made this smoothie for the first time during my clean eating journey, I have been hooked.  I love that I can cram in two servings of fruit and veggies during in my first meal.  Helps me to start the day off right :)

Snack #1:

1 pluot

Handful of raw almonds

With as tasty as these pluots were, I couldn’t dare use them in a crumble.  Instead, they have become my staple snack this week.  Crunchy, sweet and delicious!

Lunch:

Chicken Enchiladas: Corn tortillas stuffed with ranchero chicken, black beans, brown rice and cheese.  Topped with mild enchilada sauce, and sour cream.

Green leaf, red leaf and Romaine lettuce tossed with grated carrots, jicama, red cabbage and sprouts in a tahini dressing.

I wish I could take credit for this yummy lunch, but I owe it all to my leftovers from take out the other night.  And as much as I loved the enchilada, the salad was the best part of this meal.  The tahini dressing is amazing.  It’s so good I kind of want to drink it.

After lunch indulgence:

A handful of Enjoy Life Semi Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips

I don’t normally find pleasure in eating chocolate chips out of a bag.  I would much rather whip them up in a baked good.  But while I was putting some groceries away in the pantry this afternoon, they caught my eye and I immediately began to salivate.  I think I have just started a new habit…one that has the potential to become dangerous…

Snack #2:

Salty Date and Almond Raincoast Crisps topped with Dubliner Cheese

Thanks to my sister-in-law, I am hooked on these amazing crackers.  And really, calling them crackers doesn’t even do them justice.  Because they in no way belong in the same category as Ritz.  They deserve to be in a food group all their own.  Simple divine.

Southwestern Rubbed Flat Iron Steak, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Sautéed Vegetables

Last week, Harper started back at swimming class.  And while I love being in the pool with her again, Tuesdays are now the busiest day of the week.  So until I wrap my head around our new schedule, when it comes to dinner, we are opting for take out.  And this meal definitely hit the spot.

After Dinner Treat:

1 Coconut and Mango Smooze!  Fruit Ice

I seem to have quite the sweet tooth today.  I was really craving some mango, but after coming up empty-handed, I settled for this refreshing treat instead.  And it didn’t disappoint :)

So how am I doing with my “falling into good habits?”.  Overall, I think I did pretty well.  Could have probably skipped the sweet indulgences, but I definitely think they were the lesser of possible evils.  For me, it’s about finding a balance where I can eat clean without feeling like I am making huge sacrifices.  It is a work in progress but I am proud of my efforts…

Hope you all had a lovely little Tuesday.  Here’s to good eats and yummy treats!

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In Remembrance…

Seven weeks ago my brother, a First Lieutenant in the United States Army, completed his year long deployment in Afghanistan. Our family was so grateful and relieved to have him return home safe and sound.  But some soldier’s and their families, weren’t as fortunate.

Memorial Day, celebrated on the last Monday of May, is a day in which we salute and honor those who gave their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  As an American, and a family member with multiple soldiers in my family, including my Uncle Joe (an Army Ranger), and my Uncle John (who served in the navy), I am extremely appreciative for the sacrifices that they made.  But, I can’t imagine what it would feel like to lose a family member to war.  Unfortunately, for many, this happens all too often.

As many people will be celebrating Memorial Day with cook-outs, pool parties and bargain shopping, I hope we can set aside a few moments to remember those who gave their all for our safety, our freedom and our country.  We salute you…

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A Letter from Harper

Dear Uncle Quincy,

Thank you for coming all the way from Afghanistan to visit me.  It has been a while since we last hung out and I missed you a lot.  Remember when we first met, back when I was just an itty bitty thing?  I’ve grown up a lot since then :)

I know we don’t get a chance to talk often, but I think about you all the time.  I like to help mommy write you letters and send you care packages.  One time I even tried to sneak into a care package to surprise you.  But after reading the customs form I realized that humans were restricted.  Darn!  So I sent my baby wipes instead.  Hope they came in handy!

I’m sorry if I was a little scared the day we picked you up from the airport.  I had never seen you dressed up in your uniform before and so I didn’t recognize you at first.

But once we got to In-n-Out and you shared your fries with me, I felt right at home.

I had so much fun playing with you when you came to my house.  Thanks again for the stuffed bear.  I decided to name him Courage, because that is what it takes to do what you are doing over in Afghanistan.

My mommy and daddy are always telling me how strong and brave you are.  They tell me that you go out and fight for our country so we are protected.  That’s a big job!  Thanks for doing it :)

I am really lucky to have an uncle like you.  I am going to miss you a lot now that you went back to Afghanistan.  But I am proud of everything that you are doing.  I pray for your safety every night before I go to bed and send you good thoughts throughout the day.

I love you Uncle Quincy :)  Be safe and come home soon.

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Welcome Home

Today was a very special day for our family.  Today we welcomed my brother home from Afghanistan after 7 months of deployment.

We met him at the airport, each holding flags wrapped with a yellow ribbon.  As he walked through the revolving doors and greeted his girlfriend for the first time in 7 months, my heart melted.  They engaged in a long embrace, his face nestled in her neck.  After exchanging a few kisses, he walked over to me and I threw my arms around him.  I couldn’t help but cry, I was filled with emotion.  Then he went around to greet everyone else who had come to welcome him back, Freddie, Harper, Koko’s (his girlfriend) parents, my Uncle Joe and his girlfriend Brittani.  It was a joyous occasion.

As we waited for his baggage we caught up on what life was like in the desert.  We talked about what he was looking forward to eating, doing and seeing, while he is in town.  At one point, he reached into his backpack and pulled out a teddy bear for Harper.  The bear wore a shirt that read, Operation Enduring Freedom.  Harper loved it!  How thoughtful for a soldier, who in the midst of war, thinks of his niece and makes sure he brings her back a souvenir.  What a sweet uncle!

Next stop, In-n-Out.  It was one of the restaurants on his list to visit.  While we were eating 4 little boys walked over and asked to shake Quincy’s hand.  They thanked him for his service and told him about how they were in ROTC at their school, and looked forward to serving in the army like him one day.  It was a joy to see my little brother, who is all grown up now, be such a positive role model to other young men who aspire to follow in his footsteps.  As an older sister, this was a proud moment for me.  But Quincy can also be so proud of himself for all that he has accomplished and how far he has come.

After dinner, it was time to say goodnight.  It has been a long 5 days to get from Afghanistan to LAX.  But he finally made it, 6 stops later.  We are looking forward to spending some quality time together before he returns to Afghanistan in 2 weeks to complete his 12-month deployment.

I feel honored to have a brother who is serving our country.  He has sacrificed so much to help others and make a difference.  He is brave, he is strong and he is courageous.  He is our hero.

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