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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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A Salute

Today we honor those who have served our country.  Their bravery has helped to ensure our safety and freedom.  I am forever grateful for those who have sacrificed their lives in the name of peace and democracy.  I am especially appreciative to my uncles and brother who inspire me with their courage.  Thank you for your selflessness.  I salute you.

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