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Fresh Start: Day 7, 8 & 9 & WIAW #16

I might as well apologize from the start.  I am about to dump 3 full days of meals on your lap.  It’s a bit much for one post, but my busy behind has been running around like a chicken with her head cut off the last few days and therefore there has been minimal computer time.  The good news is, this post is jam-packed with delicious and nutritious food that is sure to inspire you to eat clean.

So instead of wasting time on small talk today, let’s move straight to the grub, shall we?

Day 7

1.  First Thing:  Amazing Grass’s Amazing Meal mixed with Coconut Water-  After a whole week of beginning my mornings with a green drink, I am LOVING this new addition to my daily routine.  It really does get the day started on the right foot and its delicious to boot :)

2.  Breakfast: Naturally Sweetened Goat Yogurt–  I promised myself I would try a new flavor and this strawberry is delicious!  I think we have a tie between this flavor and the mango.  I am liking this idea of branching out…I wonder what I will try next?

3.  Lunch: Sprouted Tortilla with Goat Cheese and Mixed Veggies-  Definitely my favorite lunch so far.  It has been on the menu a lot the last week but I don’t mind a bit.  This time I topped it with some leftover veggies from the stir fry.  It was divine!

4.  Snack:  Amazing Grass Bar–  Even though I quickly fell in love with the Chocolate Amazing Grass bar, this Chocolate Peanut Butter has taken its place.  I scarfed it down in a matter of seconds.  I can’t wait to run to the store to stock up on some more.

5.  Dinner: Salmon and Veggie Kabobs-  I had never made kabobs in the oven before but since Freddie was gone on a business trip, and he is the ultimate grill man, I had to get creative.  Luckily they turned out great.  Although I owe all the credit to the amazing marinade.  You can’t go wrong when you are dousing fish and veggies in tamari, coconut oil, honey, rice wine vinegar, cilantro and sesame seeds :)  The combo is pure heaven.

6.  Snack:  Almond Milk Ice Cream–  When I read that I could enjoy a bowl of non dairy ice cream, I nearly flipped.  I have such a weakness for ice cream it’s not even funny.  Maybe we need to just straight up label it an addiction.  So I do my best to stay away from the parts of town where the 31 Flavors and Cold Stone’s are located.  I was also slightly doubtful that this non dairy ice cream could tickle my fancy…but it totally did.

Day 8

1.  First Thing:  Amazing Grass’s Amazing Meal mixed with Coconut Water-  I have officially started week 2 and I am feeling great about this fresh start.  I am also proud of myself that I finally remembered to use my reusable straw from Simply Straws.  Working on new habits in all areas of my life :)

2.  Breakfast: Avo-Banana Pudding with Berries-  Pudding for breakfast?  Yes, please!  Making up for all those times I wanted chocolate pudding for breakfast when I was a kid.  Although if I had asked my mom for this rendition, she would have gladly served it to me.

3.  Lunch:  Asian Salad with Fresh Tuna and Avocado-  Another fresh batch of tuna made, another fresh batch of tuna devoured. The nuts, the avocado, the salad dressing, all adds to the incredibly delicious experience that is my lunch.

4.  Snack:  Apple Slices with Almond Butter-  I really do love the fresh almond butter that you can make at the store.  It’s so much more nuttier and lot less pasty than what you buy in the jars.  I should rename this “Almond Butter with Apple Slices” as the fruit is merely a vehicle to shovel more almond butter in my mouth.

5.  Dinner: Kidney Bean Tostada-  It’s official, I am a refried kidney bean lover.  From dried bulk beans to pure bliss, I am so happy with the way these beans turned out.  It was definitely time intensive (12-15 hours of soaking, another 30 minutes of simmering before they were even ready to hit the skillet), but it was totally worth it.  I sautéed mine with garlic, green onions and bell pepper and also added in some fresh corn and cilantro.  Spread it on a sprouted tortilla and topped it with fresh veggies and avocado.  Yum, yum, yum!

6.  Snack:  Almond Milk Ice Cream-   Loving that I get to eat ice cream two days in a row.  Feels so naughty, but then again, it feels so nice.  I can’t say that it tastes like “real” ice cream, because it doesn’t, it tastes like Almond Milk Ice Cream, but I am an almond milk lover so it works out well.

day 91.   Amazing Grass’s Amazing Meal mixed with Coconut Water-  What makes Amazing Grass’s Amazing Meal so Amazing is that their greens are raw, organic and infused with delicious flavors.  Did I mention that they are vegan, Non GMO, Gluten, Soy and Dairy free too?

2.  Breakfast: Egg White Scramble-  Another delicious morning of veggie packed eggs.  I used an orange bell pepper this time and was loving the minor change.  Also, no tomatoes this time as I forgot to pick one up at the store last night :(  Although it was still a killer way to start the day.

3.  Lunch:  Spinach and Hummus Pita with Goat Cheese- This sandwich was super!  I tried it with some shredded goat cheese cheddar and was loving both the taste and texture.  Next time, I am going to add a handful of sprouts and maybe some grated carrot to the mix.

4.  Snack: Fruit Salad with Shredded Coconut-  Mangos, raspberries, blueberries, bananas and strawberries with a handful of coconut flakes…might as well take me to the Caribbean.  This fruit salad was everything I needed this afternoon and more.  Forget about anything else, I could easily live on fruit alone.

5.  Dinner: Halibut Burger-  I have never tried fresh fish in a sandwich or burger before.  But I love fish in tacos and figured a burger might be a similar experience.  These were out of this world delicious!  I started by cutting up the fish in small pieces and mashed it with a potato masher.  I added in some lime juice, egg, cilantro, green onion and seasonings and pan fried it with coconut oil.  I only wish Freddie was here to taste it.  This might even rival my turkey burger recipe.  Looking forward to sharing the recipe with you soon.

6.  Snack:  Piece of Dark Chocolate-  Need I say more?  Except that I didn’t eat the entire bar.  Just a few pieces.  It was just the right amount of sweetness to satisfy my after dinner dessert craving.

Now can you see why I haven’t had much computer time?  I have been too busy preparing and eating these amazing meals :)

Wanna join me in turning over a new leaf?  Check out Amazing Grass’s Two Week Challenge and commit this new year to creating a new you :)

*Full Disclosure:  Amazing Grass provided me with one bottle of Amazing Meal free of charge.  I was not paid to write this post. With exception of some of the factual information given about the various products, all opinions regarding the products are my own and 100% honest.

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What I Ate Wednesday #14

This time last year, I had yet to indulge in a pumpkin treat.  Shameful, I know.  So this year, I made my best effort to stuff my face with all things pumpkin during the holiday season.  I don’t think a day has gone by that I haven’t started my day with Pumpkin Oatmeal, treated myself to a few Pumpkin Bars, or scarfed down a bowl of Turkey Pumpkin Chili.  And just when you thought I couldn’t possibly eat any more pumpkin, with only a week left until Thanksgiving, I decided to up the ante and incorporate it into my day as much as possible.  Because after next Thursday, it’s all about peppermint, gingerbread and egg nog :)

Breakfast:

Pumpkin Pancakes (recipe coming soon)

Side of Kielbasa

I have always taken pride in my homemade pancakes.  But these pumpkin pancakes kind of blow them out of the water.  I’m just saying…they are pretty darn scrumptious!  And nothing completes a pancake breakfast like a side of burnt-to-the-crisp kielbasa.  The blacker the better.  I like it scorched.  Can’t wait to share the recipe with you :) (the pumpkin pancake recipe that is…)

Snack #1:

Pineapple Chobani Yogurt topped with Fresh Raspberries

A handful of Roasted Coconut Chips

Believe it or not, I am still trying to work my way through my huge Chobani shipment.  So today I enjoyed my favorite combination of all…Pineapple Chobani Yogurt topped with fresh raspberries.  It’s so sweet and refreshing it kind of takes me away to a deserted island.  Magical.  And then I had to take it to the next level with a handful of my latest addiction: Trader Joe’s Roasted Coconut Chips.  Can’t go a day without them.  You MUST try them.

Lunch:

Chicken Cornbread Salad

After a fun and festive music class, Harper and I were ready for a healthy and hearty lunch.  This salad is one of our favorites.  With add ins such as grilled chicken, dried cranberries, walnut pieces and crumbled cornbread, it’s pretty much an autumn explosion on a bed of mixed greens.  If only my homemade salads where this fancy.

After Lunch Treat:

Slice of Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats

Ever since I received my Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows from my Foodie Pen Pal, I have been wanting to whip up a batch of Rice Krispies Treats.  Sadly, Halloween has come and gone and my poor Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows were still sitting on the counter.  Even though Thanksgiving is around the corner I couldn’t let me my fun idea for Jack-O-Lantern Krispies Treats go to waste.  Besides, now I have a killer idea mastered for next year’s festivities!

Snack #2:

Bolthouse Farms Mango Protein Smoothie

Since Harper has swim class on Tuesdays, dinner is always later than usual.  I was looking forward to a filling meal, but my tummy couldn’t wait.  Luckily, I found this sitting in the fridge and it was the perfect snack to take the edge off of my hunger until dinner was served.

Dinner:

Pumpkin Pie Spiced Pork Chops with Butternut Squash

Sautéed Swiss Chard

Comfort food has never tasted so good.  Butternut squash is one of my favorite autumn veggies and it pairs perfectly with pork.  I normally serve this meal with a side of broccoli but grabbed a bunch of chard from the crisper instead.  I love to sauté chard with some olive oil, onions and a few splashes of stock (chicken in this case).  It’s so quick and easy and the result is mouth-watering.

So just in case you were keeping count, I managed to squeeze pumpkin into 3 of my meals today.  Which in my opinion should win some sort of pumpkin rockstar award.  Granted it was more of a “pumpkin essence”, but the bottom line is, I am a pumpkin machine.  And tomorrow I am shooting for 4 pumpkin filled meals :)

Your turn:  What is your favorite way to incorporate pumpkin into your meals?  Any favorite pumpkin recipes you want to share?  Looking forward to reading your responses :)

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What I Ate Wednesday #13

Every four years, we as American citizens have a responsibility to exercise our right to vote for the president of the United States (in addition to other things…).  Today, Harper and I took a stroll down to the polls to make our voice heard (in our Chucks of course…)

I hope you were all able to take some time out of your day to collect a cool sticker and make a difference in our country’s history.  It’s fun to rock the vote!

And after all that hard work, there was lots of yummy food to be eaten.  So let’s take a look at the food that fueled my tummy on this special election day.

Breakfast:

Hootenanny

Side of Bacon

It’s been a while since I have enjoyed this delicious and ridiculously easy to make breakfast.  I love that with only a few ingredients and 25 minutes (all of which take place in the oven), you have a protein packed meal that can go sweet or savory.  I drizzle mine with pure maple syrup and serve it with a side of bacon (which I also cook in the oven).  It’s a a pretty great way to start the day :)

Snack #1:

1 Pear

Handful of Raw Almonds

I love nothing more than biting into a juicy pear.  And while I am not normally a fan of the skin, this skin wasn’t too bad.  After having Gestational Diabetes, I learned to pair my carbs with fat and protein, so I grabbed a handful of nuts to accompany my sweet mid morning delight.  A lovely autumn combo :)

Lunch:

Tropical Iced Tea

Fettuccine Bolognese

Gorgonzola Walnut Salad

In order to celebrate Harper’s first time voting, we decided to pick up food from our favorite local cafe.  Harper loves “sketti” and I love salad and iced tea. So needless to say it was the perfect ladies lunch.  I make a mean homemade bolognese myself, but when I don’t have time to sit over the stove and cook, this hits the spot.

Snack #2:

Chobani Strawberry Banana Greek Yogurt

After winning a box of Chobani yogurt from Savor Life’s Flavors Giveaway, I have a fridge full of Chobani goodness, and more than a few flavors to choose from.  Strawberry Banana is one of my favorites and it serves as a great snack to get me through until dinner time.

Dinner:

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

Cornbread Muffin

I wish I could take credit for this AMAZING meal, but I can’t.  My lovely friend and neighbor whipped up this seasonal dish for our family and boy was it special!  I will be getting the recipe and sharing it with you shortly.  But until then, you can drool over the pictures and imagine how gooooood it is :)

In fact, this dinner was sooooooo good, it has me wishing Thanksgiving was right around the corner.  Instead, I have to wait a little over 2 weeks to enjoy my favorite holiday of the year (it’s true, I have an official countdown).

Which reminds me…what will you be cooking up for Thanksgiving?  Looking forward to reading your responses.

Happy WIAW!

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What I Ate Wednesday #12

Grocery shopping with a toddler has the potential to become quite an adventure.  But never in my life did I know how fun it could be until I had my first encounter with the mothership of all shopping carts.  In case you are wondering, I am referring to one of these…

Now I have to admit, it was my idea for Harper to ride in the car but I had every high hope that it would make our shopping experience more enjoyable.  WRONG!  Well, I think Harper enjoyed the ride, but I couldn’t maneuver this thing worth a damn!  I got stuck in the produce aisle and knocked over more bags of nuts and dried fruit than I am willing to admit.  It was a bad scene.  Pretty much looked like this…slightly embarrassing.  So in the future, I am going to stay away…far, far, away!

But enough about my poor driving skills…let’s take a look at what has been making its way into my belly :)

Spooky Snacks and Healthy Halloween Treats

Breakfast:

Sweet Potato Pancakes with a side of Bacon

I recently picked up a bag of this pancake mix and now I am hooked!  They don’t taste much different from regular pancakes but the consistency is far fluffier.  They are delicious with a tiny bit of butter and a splash of pure maple syrup.  Oh, and bacon of course :)

Snack #1:

Passion Fruit Greek Yogurt

This is my new favorite obsession.  I can’t get enough of it.  The other day I ate 2 of them within hours of each other.   The taste is so magical it takes me away to a deserted island.  Seriously amazing.

Lunch:

Chicken Breast with Homemade Cherry Tomato Pesto (recipe coming later this week) topped with Shaved Parmesan Cheese

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Toasted Pine Nut Couscous

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge was to eat roasted veggies.  And in my opinion, Brussels Sprouts are the best when roasted.  Plus, they always get me in the mood for fall.  I enjoyed them with a pan seared chicken breast topped with homemade cherry tomato pesto and parmesan cheese and a side of couscous.  Delicious and satisfying.

Dinner:

Marinated Tri Tip with Brown Rice Medley and Sautéed Green Beans

Raw Veggies and Rice Crackers

Tonight was my monthly book club meeting.  And the best part about book club, besides the awesome ladies I get to hang with, is the yummy food.  And wine.

Even though there is one more week until Halloween, we will be begin our celebration this weekend.  Our first event is this Friday and will be the big reveal of our costumes.  Can’t wait to share with you :)

Have a great rest of the week and Happy WIAW!

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Lentil Flatbread Pizza

Cooking is one of my favorite things to do.  I love to get in the kitchen and chop, sauté, sear, mix, bake…you name it, I’ll do it.  But sometimes it’s nice to slip off your fancy pants and take it easy for a night.  But easy doesn’t have to mean that you sacrifice flavor or quality.  Easy can mean whipping up a delicious meal in less than 20 minutes with fresh and healthy ingredients.  But only if you are familiar with my buddy Joe (or as his shop is known to the rest of the public…Trader Joe’s).

If you have been reading this blog for a while (shout out to all my loyal followers!) , I am sure you have picked up on the fact that I LOVE all things Trader Joe’s.  It’s pretty much my favorite place to be and I do my best to shop there as often as I can.  And by “shop” I mean, peruse the aisles for new items to try (I told you I want to be a product tester!).  No Trader Joe’s “shopping” trip is ever complete without a visit (or two) to the tester booth.  And they deliver every time!  This Lentil Flatbread Pizza is my most recent find and it might possibly be my favorite Trader Joe’s combo to date.

Ingredients

1 Middle Eastern Flatbread

1 1/2 – 2 tsp Balsamic Glaze (plus more for drizzling)

1/3 cup Steamed Lentils

1/4 cup Crumbled Goat Cheese

1/4 cup Slow Roasted Yellow Tomatoes, chopped

1 tbsp pine nuts

Chopped parsley

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spoon the balsamic glaze over the flatbread.  Cover the glaze with a layer of lentils, followed by the cheese and tomatoes.  Sprinkle the pine nuts over the top.  Place flatbread on a baking sheet lined with foil.  Bake for 10-15 minutes or until crust is slightly browned and crisp.  Top with chopped parsley and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.

This pizza is so versatile, it can be enjoyed anytime of day.  Pair it with a salad for a yummy lunch or make a couple, slice them up and serve them as an appetizer the next time you have company.  Your guests are sure to be impressed :)

Don’t have a Trader Joe’s nearby?  Swap out some of the specialty items for products easily found at your local grocery store.  A whole wheat pita or pre-made pizza crust would be a great alternative to the flatbread.  Sun dried tomatoes would work well to replace the slow roasted ones.  And if you are feeling really ambitious, make your own batch of balsamic glaze.

So the next time you feel like you need a break from the kitchen, throw this simple dish together, pop it in the oven and enjoy an easy and delicious meal compliments of my buddy Joe!

Your turn:  What are some of your tips for getting dinner on the table on nights when you don’t feel like being in the kitchen?  Any Trader Joe’s tester booth favorites?  Looking forward to hearing your responses :)

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What I Ate Wednesday #11

Halloween is officially two weeks away and I am SO excited!  I don’t normally get this amped up for such a spooky holiday, but this will be the first year that Harper is old enough to enjoy it, so there is a whole new meaning to the festivities this time around.

And I am not just looking forward to the candy (although that is a definite perk).  I am most giddy about costumes. Last year we dressed up as the Flintstones, which was a blast until I ended up in the ER with an allergic reaction to my costume.  We were racking our brains wondering what we could do to top that until one evening, during a late night run to Target we found the perfect costume for Harper, which in turn, sparked the inspiration for our costumes.  And now we are counting down the days until we can dawn our new threads and ask strangers for candy.

Speaking of candy…I may or may not have caved at the check out counter at the grocery store today.  I couldn’t help myself.  I was alone and hungry and dark chocolate sounded like a good idea…

Spooky Snacks and Healthy Halloween Treats

Breakfast:

Swiss Chard Smoothie with Vanilla Protein Powder

1 hardboiled egg

I am totally in love with this smoothie.  It is jam-packed with an entire bunch of swiss chard in addition to some of my favorite fruits.  I made this for breakfast yesterday and still had some leftover for round two.  It was the perfect way to start the day.

Snack #1:

1 Apple

I had planned on enjoyed Snack #2 (see below) but it proved to be a bit too messy on the go.  So I snacked on this delicious apple instead. It was sweet, crunchy and just what I needed to get me through until lunch time.

Lunch:

1/2 Lentil Flatbread Pizza (recipe coming later this week)

Everything Salad

This flatbread pizza has quickly become a household favorite.  I got the recipe from the tester’s booth at TJs (best inspiration around) and I have been hooked ever since.  Second day in a row I am enjoying it for lunch :)

Snack #2:

Banana with NuttZo Butter

It’s official.  I am nuts over Nuttzo!  And in the midst of creating the link back to the website, I came across a video about the owner and now I am an even bigger fan of Nuttzo (if that is even possible).  If you haven’t had the chance to check out this amazing nut and seed butter, please do.  It will change your life…seriously!

Dinner:

Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuit Crumble Topping

Even though it is still 80 degrees outside, and there is no chilly weather in sight, I was in the mood for some good ol’ comfort food tonight.  Freddie and I both agreed that this meal was a winner.  Looking forward to sharing the recipe soon :)

Guilty Pleasure:

Dark Chocolate M&M’s

In the midst of making dinner, I realized that I was out of lemons.  So I ran out to the store to pick up a few and these M&M’s caught my eye while I was checking out.  I am not sure if it is because I am usually distracted by a toddler or if I have been living under a rock lately (probably both), but I never knew these existed.  And now that I do?  Dangerous.  They are AWESOME!

Now that I have officially fallen off the Clean Eating bandwagon, I am going to do my best to rally myself up to get back on track.  Which means there might possible be another 2-week meal plan in my future.

Hope you all have a lovely hump day!

Your turn:  What are you dressing up as for Halloween?  Any favorite Halloween treats that you are excited about?  Looking forward to reading your responses :)

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What I Ate Wednesday #10

No matter how old you are, it’s always nice to have your mom around.  To chat, to giggle with or to help with laundry (I can’t help it, my inner child emerges and I forget how to do all my chores!).  My mom came out last week to visit me for my 30th birthday (still working on the post) and has another few days to go before she heads back to Ireland.  It has been such a pleasure to have her at home.  She and Harper have been having a blast together.  They spend all day playing with toys, coloring, reading books and going for walks.  I think my mom wins hands down for being the best “Amma” in the whole entire universe.  I hate to see her head back over to the Emerald Isle, but am so grateful that she came out to visit for a while (ooh…I made up a rhyme!)

So what does all that have to do with food?  Well, let’s just start with the first meal of the day…

Breakfast:

Homemade Pumpkin Oatmeal

My mom makes the best oatmeal.  I can remember when I was growing up, she would always make a big batch and keep it in the fridge for an easy breakfast to grab before school.  This morning, I woke up to a fresh bowl of homemade pumpkin oatmeal.  Yep…mama’s in town and it’s beginning to feel a lot like fall :) ps: recipe coming soon…

Snack #1:

Apples and Cheese

There is something about the combination of apples and cheese that makes my tummy smile.  The sweetness of the apples paired with the saltiness of the cheese is a match made in heaven.  And this snack was even more special because the apple actually came from a friend’s family farm.  My mom brought it with her on her 36 hour journey (planes, trains and automobiles) and it is the best I have ever had.  Yum!

Lunch:

Homemade Turkey Ricotta Meatballs with Tri-Colored Quinoa

Last night I made another batch of my favorite meatballs (they also happen to be a great toddler meal).  The leftovers make for a great lunch (in fact, they might even taste better the second day).  I love how they are packed with fresh spinach and bathed in homemade tomato sauce.  Hits the spot every time :)

After Lunch Treat:

Little Duck Organics Strawberry Mango Tiny Fruits

Remember last week when I raved about these little guys?  Well, I am at it again.  Tooting their little horn (or is it quacking their duck?)  Anyways, Harper and I enjoyed a few handfuls after lunch to satisfy our sweet tooth.

Snack #2:

Low Fat Vanilla Yogurt with Almonds

It’s no secret, I LOVE all things Trader Joe’s.  And this week, I am hooked on their sidecar yogurt.  They offer 3 different flavors (including mango and pomegranate) but this vanilla with almonds is a winner.  I love the crunch that the almonds bring to the silky yogurt.  It was the perfect pick me up before music class.

Dinner:

Homemade Turkey Burgers with Carrots and Zucchini and Baked Zucchini Fries

Whenever I get the itch for a burger, I love to whip up a batch of these veggie packed patties.  I dress them with some avocado, white cheddar cheese and a tad bit of ketchup and suddenly In-n-Out’s got nothing on me.  The carrots and zucchini not only help to add moisture to the burgers but also help to sneak in a few servings of vegetables.

After Dinner Treat:

A few handfuls of Roasted Coconut Chips and a Coconut La Croix Sparkling Water

Believe me when I tell you I am not a coconut fan, but both of these products have me head over heels in love with coconut.  I recently picked up these coconut chips on one of my many Trader Joe’s shopping sprees and now I am hooked.  They are a great way to help take the edge off a sweets craving.

Your turn:  What are some of your favorite spooky snacks and healthy Halloween treats?  Looking forward to reading your responses :)

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What I Ate Wednesday #9

I just got home from an amazing birthday weekend.  I have to say, if this year is any reflection of all the good times we celebrated over the last few days, 30 is going to be pretty darn cool.  I am so grateful to my husband and the rest of the family for making this birthday one I will never forget.  Look forward to a blog post of our activities coming soon.  But for now, let’s focus on the food.

This month, Jenn from Peas and Crayons has us all excited about the yummy festive treats Halloween has to offer.  October seems like the perfect time to eat pumpkin for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  While I didn’t’ quite get the chance to fit it in to all of today’s meals, I was able to start my day off with a short stack of pumpkin pancakes smothered in butter and pure maple syrup.  Yum!

Breakfast:

Before heading home from our lovely mini-vacation, we made a stop at one of our favorite breakfast spots, Uncle Bill’s Pancake House.  I couldn’t help but start with a refreshing ice tea on such a warm morning.  My mom and I decided to split a short stack of pumpkin pancakes, a side of bacon and a veggie omelet (stuffed with spinach, onion, avocado and cheddar cheese).  Everything was delicious!  And the view wasn’t bad either…

After filling our bellies with quite the breakfast smorgasbord, we hit the road to run a few more errands.  Whenever we are in LA we have a list of things we must do.  One that tops the list is getting our nails done.  Freddie and I have been going to the same nail salon for years so whenever we are in town we like to indulge in a little pampering.  Before we knew it, a few hours had passed by and it was time for a snack.  We ran across the street to Starbucks to pick up some munchies and an iced beverage.

Snack #1:

While I was pregnant with Harper I got very familiar with this Cheese and Fruit Bistro Box.  It’s a great snack to pick up on the go and always satisfies.  Apparently Harper is still a fan because she pretty much ate all the cheese on her own.  I was able to snag a few bites of the brie to eat with the apples and chomped on a few nuts.  To wash it down, I decided to try a Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher, which I wasn’t too pleased with.  However, Freddie enjoyed it to the last drop.  Next time I’m sticking with my regular iced green tea.

After sitting on the freeway for over an hour in Sig Alert traffic, I was ready for some lunch.  We needed something that was convenient and easy so we settled on Baja Fresh.

Lunch: 

I just love these fish tacos.  The fish is light and flakey, the cabbage gives it just enough crunch to make it interesting and of course, what taco isn’t complete without a few slices of fresh avocado.  I paired it with a side salad and a few chips dipped in guacamole (not pictured).

I often find myself craving something sweet after such a flavorful lunch.  So during our car ride I cracked open a package of these chewy mango snacks to tide me over until dinner.

Snack #2:

They hit the spot and are by far the best dried mango I have ever had!  I am officially hooked.

We didn’t quite make it home in time for dinner so we did a quick sit down at Souplantation.

Dinner:

I love nothing more than a huge salad packed with everything but the kitchen sink.  I will throw pretty much anything in the mix as long as it qualifies as a fruit or vegetable.  The sweet potato was a great addition to the meal as well.  I actually ended up eating 3 more.  I just can’t get enough of baked sweet potatoes.

Road trips are always fun but finding a way to eat healthy on the go can be rough.  For the amount of running around we did today, I am pretty proud of most of my food choices.  The fact that we were able to steer clear of fast food drive-thrus is a huge success.  Thank God for smart phones and the ability to search for healthy and convenient restaurants in unfamiliar territory.

Now that we are home and settled and I am sitting at my computer typing up this post, I realized I needed one more yummy snack before I hit the hay.  So I grabbed some of Harper’s dried fruit and shoved a few handfuls in my mouth for good measure.

Late Night Snack:

If you haven’t tried these amazing toddler snacks, you are missing out.  This is a new flavor we picked up at Whole Foods this weekend but the Strawberry & Mango is fantastic too.  I am pretty much obsessed with these things.  And Harper likes them too (or at least that is what I am trying to convince my husband of so that I can continue to splurge on them at the grocery store…).

Your turn:  What are some of your favorite spooky snacks and healthy Halloween treats?  What are your tips for eating healthy on the road?  Looking forward to reading your responses :)

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What I Ate Wednesday #8

It’s fun to be spontaneous.  But I will be the first to admit, I am not always willing to drop everything and change my plans.  But for some reason today I was open trying something new.  As Harper and I were getting ready for music class, she walked over to her stroller and asked to go for a ride.  I was surprised at her request since Harper has never really been a fan of her stroller and wanted to give her some positive reinforcement.  We didn’t really have time for a leisurely stroll since we were on our way out the door for music.  But after looking at the clock and mapping the walking directions to our class, I realized we could kill two birds with one stone and walk to class.  So I loaded Harper up in her seat, gave her a handful of snacks (cheese, apples and peas), stuffed my instruments into the cargo space, threw my guitar on my back and started out on our 1.4 mile trek.  It was a beautiful day for a walk.  And the best part?  Harper road in her stroller the whole way!  This is a huge feat considering most of the time you can find me carrying her while pushing the stroller up and down the street.  And she even sat in her stroller on the way back too!  Made mommy (and my back) very happy.  I hope this will become a new habit for us to “fall” into because it felt really good to work up a sweat and breathe in the fresh air.

And after a nice little work out, I was glad to have packed my body with some good fuel.  Here is a look at today’s eats…

Breakfast:1 Wheat Alternative Bagel with Nuttzo

1 plum

Thanks to Jenn’s WIAW link up, I have come across some great new products that are quickly becoming some of my favorite foods.  Take this meal for example.  These Alternative Bagel’s are awesome!  They are small, made with whole grains and are the perfect blank canvas for this Nuttzo spread (another WIAW find!).  I love to top them with sliced banana but the bananas I bought at the store the other day are still a bit too green for me.  So I paired it with a delicious plum from my box which added just the right amount of sweetness to help kick-start my day :)

Snack #1:Nonfat Pumpkin Greek Yogurt topped with Homemade Granola

Nothing says fall like pumpkin and Trader Joe’s Nonfat Pumpkin Greek Yogurt is a delicious new way to celebrate the season.  Throwing a handful of my homemade granola to the mix gave this snack the crunch I was looking for.  (PS: I went to Trader Joe’s last night to pick up a few cartons of this stuff and they were sold out!  Good thing I stocked up…)

Lunch:Homemade Pizza (Trader Joe’s whole wheat dough, pesto, goat cheese, parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, marinated artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts)

Salad from Gelson’s Salad Bar (kale, spinach, baby greens, celery, steamed broccoli, roasted beets, hard-boiled egg, shredded carrots, jicama, peas, kidney beans, garbanzo beans)

After reading my sister-in-law’s post about her homemade pizza, I couldn’t resist whipping one up for myself.  I would normally settle for a Whole Wheat Boboli Crust but decided to pick up a package of Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Dough after hearing such rave reviews.  The result was delicious!  I paired it with a salad I made at Gelson’s salad bar.  I can’t walk into that store without walking out with a container stuffed full of veggies.

Dinner:

Pho Tai Nam (Rare steak with rice noodle soup, bean sprouts, onion, green onion and cilantro)

Tonight we celebrated a good friend’s birthday at a local Vietnamese restaurant.  We ordered tons of delicious dishes but I forgot to take any pictures.  Luckily, I had a bowl of leftover pho I snagged for lunch tomorrow so I snapped a pic before throwing it in the fridge.  Yum!

Late Night Snack:

Veggies with Trader Joe’s Tomato Basil Hummus

In the midst of writing this post I got the munchies for something crunchy.  These Trader Joe’s veggies and dip hit the spot.  Now my tummy is full and happy :)

So how am I doing with “falling into good habits?”.  I was pretty proud of myself today for laying off the sweets.  I have been struggling with that lately.  And I suspect it is only going to get worse with my birthday coming up this weekend.  I had a bit more processed grains than I would normally eat, but they were all whole grain so I guess it’s not that bad.  I just find that I feel my best when I limit my bread intake.  But that pizza was worth every bite :)

I am excited for the rest of the week.  My 30th birthday is in a few days and I am looking forward to celebrating with my family.  Harper has the Happy Birthday song down pat and she can’t wait to help me blow out my candles.

Happy WIAW!

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What I Ate Wednesday #7

When I grow up I want to be a product tester.  I have mentioned this before but it’s worth repeating.  Especially since my entire day of eats today was inspired by some new grocery store finds.

Yesterday, as I was doing my daily Facebook check-in, I came across a post that made me drool…Non-fat Pumpkin Greek Yogurt?  Yes please!  So I did what any normal human being would do.  I jumped in my car and headed to Trader Joes and picked up a few cartons of this seasonal delight (along with $80 worth of groceries).  Ah, the power of social media.

So what other goodies did I happen to bring home in those sturdy paper bags?  (I know, shame on me for not bringing my reusable bags…).  Well, the highlights included a jar of Mango Butter, a can of Coconut Cream, Udi’s Gluten Free Whole Gran Bread and bananas (had to buy something familiar…).  I was on a roll yesterday.  I had my product tester hat on and I was determined to try a handful of new things.  The result?  Pretty darn delicious…

Breakfast:

3 egg whiles, scrambled

 2 slices of Udi’s Gluten Free Whole Grain Bread with Mango Butter

1/2 grapefruit topped with 1 tbsp ground flaxseed

I am not normally a toast eater but between this gluten-free bread and mango butter, I could eat toast all day!  I love how surprisingly light this bread is and how the mango butter makes each bite seem like a mini vacation to Turks and Caicos (memories of my honeymoon…).  Even though the mango butter does have a tad bit of sugar in it, it’s a treat I am willing to cheat for :)

Snack #1:

2 lightly salted brown rice cakes topped with unsalted peanut butter and sliced banana

There is something about peanut butter and banana that just goes together.  It’s the perfect mid day treat.  I can remember my mom snacking on a banana smothered in peanut butter and sprinkled with granola as a kid.  She taught me so many healthy habits for which I am grateful.

Unexpected (but welcomed) Surprise!

1/2 of a Gluten Free Brownie

After music class today, the host offered everyone some gluten-free brownies.  Kind of hard to resist.  So I took half to munch on for the car ride home.  Chocolatey and delicious!

Lunch:

Homemade Persian Style Rice with 1/4 roasted chicken and mixed veggies

1 Dragon Fruit, sliced

I made a batch of this rice on Sunday.  I had been eyeing the recipe for a while now and was glad to finally give it a go.  It didn’t turn out as wonderfully as I had hoped it would (hence it’s not on the blog) but it’s good enough to incorporate in our daily meals.  Can’t go wrong with basmati rice and lentils.

I normally don’t buy produce at the grocery store because of my abundance of fresh fruit and veggies from my box, but after seeing some of this dragon fruit around the blogosphere I couldn’t help but pick one up on my recent visit to Whole Foods.  I only wished it tasted as wild and crazy as it looked.  A little underwhelming…

Dinner:

Mixed greens topped with short grain brown rice, carrots, feta cheese, tomato and guacamole and sautéed tofu with tahini dressing

Tuesdays is our night to eat out now that Harper has swimming in the evenings.  Tonight we enjoyed dinner with our good friends the Sewards.  We hopped on down to our favorite local restaurant for some healthy eats.  This salad was ginormous and definitely hit the spot :)

After Dinner Delight:

Homemade Vegan Sugar-Free Chocolate Mousse topped with a handful of Chocolate Granola

The inspiration to pick up the coconut cream at Trader Joe’s yesterday came from a friend of mine who is also practicing clean eating.  She had recently posted a pic on Instagram with some Homemade Vegan Sugar-Free Chocolate Mousse and I was intrigued enough to try making it on my own.  I am working on perfecting the recipe and look forward to sharing it with you soon.

So how am I doing with my “falling into good habits?”.  Overall, I continue to be proud of my efforts.  I find that having a plan for each day helps me to remain successful on my clean eating journey.  Also having a few different options to satisfy my naughty cravings keeps my sweet tooth in check.

Hope everyone has a great rest of the week!  I will be busy counting down the days until my 30th birthday (eek!).

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!  You only have a few days left to get your entries in.  Remember to leave a comment on the original post letting me know that you have completed the tasks.  Your comment acts are your entry into the giveaway.  Good luck!  

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