Saturday, December 30, 2017

What I Ate In A Day – Legoland Edition

Hi, friends! Happy New Year’s Eve eve! I’m so excited to ring in 2018, especially since we’re off to a wedding tomorrow night and it’s our second totally kid-free night since Quinn was born. We’re staying at a hotel in Boston! Woohoo! And, truthfully, our first night away from Qman was a bit of a bomb because I barely saw Mal, so we’re really excited!

Last week, we treated my family and Papi (Mal’s dad) to a day at Legoland (Quinn’s favorite place ever) followed by lunch. I know you guys love a good “what I ate in a day” blog post, so I decided to snap my eats from the day to share on CNC. I mean, I love seeing what other people eat too because it gives me fun ideas for my own meals and snacks, so I hope mine do the same for you! Ok, let’s get started with breakfast!

BREAKFAST: Breakfast sausage (Trader Joe’s brand) with half of a roasted sweet potato with peanut butter and cinnamon on top + an iced coffee with Churro protein powder, collagen, and coconut creamer (also Trader Joe’s brand). Mmm! Such a tasty combo!

After breakfast, it was off to Legoland, and I took my iced coffee to go!

Yayyyyyyyy! Qman was so pumped!

Mal was too! 🙂 I love that he’s such a kid at heart and, obviously, an awesome dad.

Quinn had such a fun time playing with his cousins!

After a fun morning at Legoland, we took a quick walk over to Tony C’s for lunch, which was a great place for kids. It was big and open with a decent kid’s menu with some healthy options and the staff was super friendly. Also, unrelated, please note the napkin on Quinn’s lap. How cute is that?! He only ate 5 or 6 bites of apple and milk for lunch, but it’s still cute! 🙂

LUNCH: A glass of wine + grilled salmon and roasted Brussels sprouts with pancetta.

I had such a craving for Brussels sprouts, so this meal definitely hit the spot!

After lunch, we got down to business opening Christmas presents! (My family wasn’t able to make it for Christmas Day because of the weather, so we moved our celebration.) Quinn loved the Batman slippers and Batman light-up watch from Grandma!

SNACK: Holiday short breakfast cookies from my mom. I think I had about 5 or 6 cookies. Anyone else love these? Growing up, we ALWAYS had them around Christmastime. They remind me of my childhood so much, so I love that my mom gave me some for Christmas this year. They’re still as delicious as I remember, especially when dunked into a glass of milk!

After opening presents, we said goodbye to everyone and headed home. Quinn was exhausted from a busy morning, so he went down for a nap, so I broke out my laptop to get to work. While working, I had some Harvest Blend Herbal Tea (my fav) and Peanut M&Ms.

SNACK 2: A mug of tea + at least 3 or 4 servings of Peanut M&Ms. I’d probably even say closer to 5 because I have NO CONTROL AROUND PEANUT M&Ms.

After eating one zillion M&Ms, I figured I should eat a healthy dinner, so I had a few slices of cauliflower pizza and called it a night. Just kidding, I had a glass of wine, too. Tis the season!

DINNER: Cauliflower pizza + a glass of wine.

Question of the Day

What do you have planned for New Year’s Eve? 

P.S. Nike is having an awesome clearance sale from now until Jan 4. Take an Extra 25% Off Sale Styles! Discount automatically applied at checkout. I did some shopping during nap time today and saved nearly $100! If you want to update your workout wardrobe in the new year, definitely check it out! So many good deals!!!!!!!!!!

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Keto Blueberry Muffins

PrimalThese keto-friendly muffins are hands-down one the best gluten-free, low-carb muffins out there. Even with only a trace of sugar per serving (sweetened with stevia), these muffins really taste like a treat worth getting out of bed for. They’re fluffy and moist with a smooth cake-like texture, proving once and for all that you don’t need white flour, sugar, or a long list of not-so-natural ingredients to make a genuinely delicious muffin.

The main ingredient list is short: almond flour, egg, butter and whipping cream, plus the necessary salt, baking soda and baking powder. A little almond extract and liquid stevia add flavor and sweetness, but honestly, you can omit sweetener entirely and the muffins still turn out great—especially, if fresh blueberries are added.

This keto muffin recipe can be used as a base for whatever type of muffin you crave. Use vanilla or another extract for flavor, add cinnamon, use a different type of fruit…heck, turn these muffins totally savory by adding little bits of bacon. Now that’s an idea worth heading back into the kitchen to try…

Servings: 9 muffins

Time in the Kitchen: 30 minutes



  • 2 ½ cups finely ground almond flour (280 g)
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder (1.25 g)
  • ½ teaspoon salt (2.5 g)
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature (60 g)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream (180 ml)
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (1.25 g)
  • 4 drops liquid stevia (or less)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda (2.5 g)
  • ½ cup fresh, small blueberries (optional) (70 g)



Heat your oven to 375 °F/190 ºC and line a muffin pan with 9 liners, or use a silicone muffin pan.

Whisk together almond flour, baking powder and salt.

In a large bowl, whisk together butter, heavy cream, egg, almond extract, stevia and baking soda until smooth.

Combine the almond flour mixture with the bowl of wet ingredients, stirring gently to combine. The batter will be thick.

Spoon the batter into the muffin tin, filling the cups almost to the top (this recipe makes 9 muffins).

Bake until the muffins are lightly browned on top and a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean, about 16 minutes. Allow muffins cool for 10 minutes in the pan before eating.

For optimal freshness, store these keto muffins in the refrigerator.



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Clean Eating New Year’s Eve Good Luck Foods

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