Monday, October 17, 2016

Monday In Meals + Adventures With Qman

Good morning, friends!

I haven’t written a Monday In Meals post in quite awhile, so I figured it was about time for another. If you’re new to this blog post series, I document what I ate throughout the day on Monday. If you’re a long-time reader, you probably remember the early days of CNC when I used to document ALL of my meals and snacks, food journal-style, and sometimes I would blog 3 times per day. Isn’t that crazy!? Of course, blogging (and my life) was a lot different back then, but I still like to return to my blog roots every once in awhile! 🙂 With that, here’s a recap of my Monday in meals with some toddler adventures mixed in!

5:15 AM: Iced coffee with Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage + collagen. Pro tip: I mix the collagen with a little bit of warm water and then pour in the pumpkin spice almond beverage, which, side note, does not blend well with iced coffee and then I add my iced coffee and ice cubes. It’s the only way I can enjoy a non-chunky iced coffee. Haha!

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7:19 AM: Scrambled eggs with collard greens and a piece of toasted Dave’s Killer Bread with butter. FYI: Shaws now sells Dave’s Killer Bread!!

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After breakfast, Qman and I headed out for a morning adventure to Rosa Farms, which is a relatively new business to the area. I’ve only heard great things about it (hello, coffee and juice bars), so I was excited to visit. Unfortunately, though, when we arrived at 8:30 AM, it was closed (even though the website said it opened at 8:00 AM). Whomp whomp. We’ll have to plan another visit soon!

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I still wanted to have a morning adventure with Quinn and his EI appointment wasn’t for another hour, so we headed to a nearby playground to have some fun and run around.

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“Mama, hide! HIDE!”

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11:09 AM: Leftover BBQ Chicken Potato Casserole. (Sorry for the not-so-pretty picture; it was the last serving.)

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12:15 PM: Dandy Blend + Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage + collagen. If you’re a long-time reader, you might remember me drinking Dandy Blend back in the day. (I thought coffee affected my UC symptoms, so I made the switch.) Well, I started drinking it again because it has some really great health benefits, and I can’t have caffeine in the afternoon anymore (otherwise, I can’t sleep), so Dandy Blend is a tasty alternative.

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2:36 PM: Cottage cheese with pineapple, hemp hearts, and walnuts. 


Not long after I finish eating my snack, Quinn wakes up from his nap. We cuddle on the couch for a little bit.

3:02 PM: I give Quinn a banana for his afternoon snack. He eats about half of it, so I finish the rest (and then he asks for cookies). Then, we take Murphy for a walk.


School bus! Spotting buses is easily one of the best parts about afternoon walks in our neighborhood. Quinn gets so excited every time he sees one!


After our walk, we play outside for awhile.


Where’s Quinn??


We eventually come inside, and Quinn gets to make a magic towel in the kitchen sink. (Of course, Murphy thinks it’s some sort of food. Haha!)

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It’s a Halloween spider from Target! 🙂


5:03 PM: I start to make dinner and eat like 2 dozen pieces of roasted butternut squash while I prep. It’s so tasty, I can’t stop eating it! I just drizzled on some unflavored coconut cooking oil, sprinkled on some kosher salt and… total perfection.


5:35 PM: Steak salad with crumbled feta (and no butternut squash). 


7:45 PM: A piece of Pumpkin Spice Protein Bake with almond butter and maple syrup.

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7:58 PM: I realize that I really should have topped my dessert with vanilla bean Halo Top. I can’t stop thinking about it, so I finish off the pint. There wasn’t all that much left, but still… I have a Halo Top problem.


The end.

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What I Bought At Whole Foods

What I Bought At Whole Foods

This whole crazy healthy living blog world was created years ago because many of us realized how much we liked seeing what other people were eating, and how they were making a healthy life work for them. I still love seeing what my blogging colleagues are eating and cooking and the life snippets they share in-between. And so like a “normal” healthy living blogger, I arranged my groceries out on my dining room table so you could peek into my shopping cart. What did I buy and why? Let’s see.

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Here’s my meal plan for the week:

Sunday: Greek kale salad with herby chicken from the freezer

Monday: A souffle with side salad or kale chips (for an upcoming blog post)

Tuesday: Split pea soup with sausage (for a blog post!)

Wednesday: Tilapia from the freezer with broccoli

Thursday: Leftovers

(I generally don’t plan Friday/Saturday because I’m usually out, at parties, with friends, etc and can always pick up groceries over the weekend to cook if I go that route).

My fridge was also very empty – out of milk, fruit, eggs, etc., so this was a larger-than-usual trip for me.

On the left….clockwise….

-Kale was 3 bunches for 5 this week, so I bought two curly and one lacinato to use for salads throughout the week.

-Eating all the grapes this fall! These are for breakfasts/snacks.

-Lemon because I always have one on hand. I’ll probably use it for one of the kale salads.

-Strawberries one last time before they are gone. Mazen loves them in his lunchbox.

-Tea because it’s now cold outside and I drink tea most evenings. Sleepytime is my favorite, and the chai is for a recipe I’m working on!

-Carrots and celery for the split pea soup, and the sweet potato is to make a batch of sweet potato fries for Mazen’s dinners.

-Kevita kombucha for a cocktail hour drink

-Yogurt for my breakfasts

-And peaches/pears for Mazen’s lunchbox. I aim for fresh fruit, but when we’re out of fresh I pack one of these or an applesauce.

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And on the right side:

-Lots of baby spinach for a recipe and smoothies

-Pasture eggs for the souffle and breakfasts

-YoBaby yogurts for Mazen’s lunchbox. He loves the banana/mango.

-Half and half for coffee and organic milk for drinking, smoothies and the souffle

-Broccoli to roast for dinner. I took a shortcut and got the pre-washed kind.

-Broth for the soup

-Pears for breakfasts and snacks

-Split peas for the soup

Bonne Maman raspberry preserves is the BEST JAM I’VE EVER HAD.

-Bulk cumin because I was out.

-Artichoke quarters for salads

-Yogurts for breakfast/snacks

-Spinach Feta pizza for a quick dinner for Mazen. He ususally has one of these throughout the week. He calls them “salad pizzas” and I consider them a great option in a pinch!

-Jack cheese to shred for the souffle

-A small bottle of fresh OJ

-Bacon and sausage for the soup

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There ya have it! This was about $90 total. While I don’t strictly buy organic produce, I do buy it when I can to support the industry. I do strictly buy organic milk/eggs. I am sure this lot would have been less expensive at another grocery store, but I probably wouldn’t have been able to get everything I needed under one roof anywhere else, which is one reason I love Whole Foods. It’s a one stop shop for me, and I love the shopping experience there. And I don’t think the produce anywhere else in town compares. I have been going to Trader Joe’s more to safe a few dollars and stock up on the things that they do best, and I head up to Costco every now and then to get some things in bulk, like canned pumpkin or crackers.

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