Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday In Meals with Mal

Hi, guys!

I have a special edition of Monday In Meals for you. Mal is home for April vacation, so we had the opportunity to spend the day together. That said, here’s a recap of my eats with some adventures thrown into the mix!

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with kale and maple chicken sausage + iced coffee mixed with Dandy Blend, collagen, and coconut creamer.

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Workout: Orangetheory <— so fun!!

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Post-workout: Smoothies from Green Light. We both ordered the #2 (banana, cashews, coconut oil, vanilla, coconut milk) with protein powder + greens.

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We also got to try some REALLY fresh ginger shots. Boy, did they have a kick!!

ginger shots at Green Light Hingham

Lunch: Ham and cheese sandwich (bread is from Trader Joe’s) + side salad with balsamic vinaigrette.

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Snack: Veggies + hummus.

Dinner: A big salad with chicken breast and Caesar dressing.

And a glass of wine.

And a mini bunny cake from Easter.

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The end.

Question of the Day

How was your Monday? Did you watch the Boston Marathon? 

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Dear Mark: Alcohol and LDL, Liverwurst, Coffee and Milk, Kid Snacks, and High Carb Questions

A+ Easter Weekend

Good morning and a very HAPPY Monday to you!

How was your Easter weekend? Ours was AWESOME. Seriously, it was one of the best weekends we’ve had in awhile. We spent time with family and friends and got lots of sleep. My Grammie told me just yesterday: “You people do too much,” so I was glad that we were able to get some much-needed rest. With that, here’s a recap of our A+ weekend! 🙂

Qman actually slept past 7:00 AM this morning too! Holy cow. He usually wakes up between 5:30 – 6:30 AM, so sleeping past 7:00 was quite a treat!

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Once we were awake, it was time for PANCAKES!

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But not any old pancakes: DINOSAUR PANCAKES!!

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I love pancakes, but, man, they do not keep me full, so like an hour later, I made myself a “magical” green smoothie. My gosh, it was delicious!

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After that, we ran some errands and then met BOTH sets of grandparents for lunch!

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That night, Monica and Chandra came over for some happy hour action. Monica is running the Boston Marathon TODAY (go Monica go!) and Chandra moved to Boston just recently, so it was the perfect excuse to get together and catch up.

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We ordered take-out from Not Your Average Joe’s for dinner. It was quite tasty!

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Easter morning was THE BEST, and it started with an egg hunt in our backyard.

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Qman was so excited for every egg that he found… and ate a jelly bean from each one.

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After the Easter egg hunt was all over, he yelled: “THANK YOU, EASTER BUNNY!!!” It was adorable!

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After that, we did a little family workout. We originally planned to run with Qman in the jogging stroller, but he only lasted five or six rounds. He was happy playing in my car, so we were able to finish our partner workout.

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After that, I whipped up a batch of Peanut Butter Cup Brownies (brownie mix + peanut butter cups cooked in) for Easter lunch at my Grammie’s house.

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At Grammie’s house, Quinn got to do another Easter egg hunt!

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Just making sure he got them all!

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Back at home, I got my food prep on for the week.

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When I was cutting up the kale, a piece dropped on the floor, so Murphy swooped in and nabbed it.

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Question of the Day

What grade would you give your Easter weekend?

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Happy Sunny Easter Sunday!

We had a great little Easter full of warm weather sunshine. Just like the Easter bunny used to do when I was little, he or she hid Mazen’s basket in the house so he had to hunt for it. It only took him about 15 minutes to find it, but he sure was excited! (It was in my master bath tub!)

His basket had waaaaay too much chocolate and sugar (oops!) but he loved every inch of it. (Great Harvest Pecan Swirl for early breakfast!)

We got dressed up and headed to Thomas’s parents’ house for brunch and an egg hunt with Thomas’s nephew! They boys had a great time hunting for eggs. I think we hid about 50 eggs, so between the two of them they kept going and going and going like little energizer bunnies!

After the hunt, we had a great brunch of waffles with fruit and bacon. Delicious!!

Back at home we changed out of our Sunday best and finished planting everything we bought in my Saturday snapshots post!

We tackled the whole front yard on Saturday and the back yard today, including the vegetable and herb gardens.

I’m working with Beanstalk Seeds on my garden this year, so stay tuned for more details on that!

Mazen ran around with our neighbor friends all afternoon while we worked in the yard, and they set up a herb stand by the sidewalk. They only had a few customers, but all of the income is being donated to those in need downtown. (And they “sold” more than one leaf at a time!)

After we scrubbed the dirt off of our cheeks and ankles, T and I made this Blue Apron recipe for dinner with our own ingredients because it was so good the first time around! This is the best meatloaf I’ve ever had, and I think the combo of cinnamon, chipotle sauce, golden raisin is to thank. Plus the super-thinly sliced Yukon golds!

I spent the evening writing this post and double mopping our kitchen floor, which was covered in pollen and dirt from the weekend. School is out today, so we’re off on another adventure!

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