Friday, January 25, 2019
Remember when I used to stir cooked wheat berries into my oatmeal? Farro is a lot like wheat berries and has the same chewy texture. It was awesome when stirred into whipped banana oats!
And overnight oats. With Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter on top : )
This week was a little crazy with two days off of school. We had the Struckmanns over for a playdate on Monday. Sylvia got to hold Birch for the first time! She loves him.
Mr. B loves mirrors and he literally looked from the me in the mirror, to the real me, back to the me in the mirror and then smiled! It was like he had two of the same mom he loves.
This week for lunch I lived off of a mushroom + bacon quiche from Plenty and little homemade salads with peppers, Seaside cheddar, and leftover dressing from Roots. One of my latest life hacks is ordering extra dressing whenever I do a take-out salad and then using that extra one at home to make my own salads. Why are take-out dressings so much better than anything in a bottle?! (Answer: because they are made in-house instead of a factory). I am working on a few homemade dressing recipes with Emily to keep on hand too – TBD!
You know what else I have been living off of?
These AMAZING edible cookie doughs by Edoughble.
The company emailed me with the pitch “We have something we think you’ll like” and boy were they right. I have always loved doughs and batters – the flavor and texture. We all know it’s risky to eat cookie dough that has raw flour and eggs, so these are made with heat-treated flour and no eggs or leaveners. They’re made with all-natural ingredients too. They are AMAZING! Taste just like the very best cookie doughs. What is also great is that they don’t need to be refrigerated and will last in the fridge for 6 months and the freezer for a year! So you can enjoy them one bite at a time. (And you might want to because they are quite calorie dense like peanut butter!) They also come in Paleo and Gluten-Free. Check them all out here!
The birthday bash is my favorite – it’s like sugar cookie dough with sprinkles! But the chocolate chip and chocolate cookie are both awesome too. I want to try the Salt n’ Swirl Caramel, Peanut Butter Cookie Crunch and Brown Butter Pecan Brrrrittle next! The classic chocolate chip is still totally amazing though : )
You know something funny? I looked in my back seat to find this half eaten tortilla. I was annoyed by whoever decided to take one bite and throw it on the floor of my car. I also was trying to figure out if it was Mazen or Thomas. The whole ride to the store I thought about the history of that tortilla. Then when I got home I picked it up to toss away and realized it was not a tortilla at all but a piece of paper from a toy Mazen had opened back there! LOL!
And finally…. some more Plenty love. This time Greek chicken with rainbow veggies and potatoes. We have loved have much time we’ve saved from ordering from Plenty for the past few weeks. Especially on nights when T works late and we have both boys, dinner is on the table in 10 minutes. Plenty has been a life saver! I’ve been ordering 1-2 entrees, a quiche, and a side or salad for the past few weeks and filling in the rest of the weekly meals with our own easy favorites (especially on the weekends when we have more hands and time to cook) – homemade pizza, salads, spaghetti (Mazen’s favorite), steaks or salmon on the grill, leftovers, etc.
Like this simple meal – grilled steak, broccoli, and stove-top grits! (Gosh I can’t wait for summer when I have natural light for dinners again!) We’ve been eating a lot of steaks because we love having a frozen stash from Butcher Box and because Mazen is really into it!
I need to get ahead of my meal plan again and schedule a few Instant Pot dinners in the coming weeks!
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Hi, guys! Happy Friday to you! 🙂
What a week. It was a bit hectic, but awesome at the same time. Monday was a holiday. School was cancelled for Mal on Tuesday (due to the cold). On Wednesday, some of our friends came to visit, and then we went to see a Damien Rice concert. (He was phenomenal – one of the best shows I’ve ever seen!) Yesterday, I woke up not knowing what day it was and a tad dehydrated from drinking too much wine and eating like a half bag of salt & vinegar chips. I’m finishing this post, bright (dark) and early, on Friday morning, and here we are just hours away from the weekend!
Since it’s Friday and all, I wanted to share my top 5 favorites from the week, so let’s get to it! 🙂
Fyre Festival – HAVE YOU GUYS HEARD ABOUT THIS? If you haven’t heard about the Fyre Festival yet, it’s truly a WTF. Just last week, two documentaries were release (by both Netflix and Hulu), which share details of the whole fiasco. The story is totally insane! Both documentaries are worth a watch!
Bombas Lightweight No Shows – I first discovered Bombas back in early 2015, and I’ve been a die-hard supporter ever since. Their socks are truly magical. They fit well, stay put, and last… for about 3 years, which, in the sock world, is a good long time. And, truthfully, I only had 8 pairs of their lightweight no shows, so they were in constant rotation during my weekly workouts – and they’re the ONLY socks I wear to work out because they do not slip around inside my sneakers at all. I figured with the recent KonMari obsession it might be good time to get rid of any not-so-awesome socks in your life and purchase ones that “spark joy!” 🙂
Seed Cycling for Hormone Balance – This is a great summary of seed cycling. Initially, I had great success with seed cycling, and I definitely think it helped with my transition off the pill, BUT it’s not a cure-all for hormonal issues. Basically, the seeds worked until they didn’t. Even still, I think they’re worth a try if you’re experiencing wacky hormones – if anything, you’ll get lots of healthy fats and fiber in your diet! 🙂
Also… hopefully, I don’t get eaten alive for saying this, but I’ve also had some incredible successful with celery juice. I know it’s insane and the guy who started the whole trend is a nut job, talking to sprits and all, but my mood, PMS symptoms, and skin has never been better!
I’ve gotten a lot of questions about my recent celery juice habit, so I’ll share more details in the coming weeks. It’s only been a couple of months, so I want to make sure it’s legit before I write a blog post/make a video about my experience. But, of course, if you have questions in the meantime, please let me know!
FYI: Here’s the juicer that I recently purchased. It’s bad-ass and makes 16 ounces of celery juice in like 15 seconds and the pulp comes out nearly dry because it’s so efficient!
I should also add that I’m still taking CBD daily and using the Liver Detox System a couple of times a week, which I think helps as well, but I’m seeing even more improvements with regard to the symptoms mentioned above, specifically breast tenderness and acne, which I didn’t experience before starting the celery juice.
Master Your Macros Challenge BONUS – If you’re thinking about signing up for the February group of the Master Your Macros Challenge, here’s a little incentive! Sign up by Tuesday (1/29) and receive your choice of e-cookbook: High-Protein Dinners or High-Protein Vegetarian Dinners!
Each of these e-cookbook downloads include 42 recipes that are easy, delicious, and high in protein. All of the recipes (even the vegetarian ones) have at least 12g of protein per serving, and the majority of them can be prepped ahead!
Just sign up for 4, 8, or 12-week macro plan before the deadline, and I’ll send you your choice of download right to your inbox. You’ll have all the dinner inspiration you need!
Broken Brain podcast – Podcast fans, I have a new one to add to your favorites! The Broken Brain podcasts has so many interesting health topics and awesome interviews. I just discovered it recently, so I’ve loved going back and binge-listening to old episodes!
Questions of the Day
Did you watch either of the Fyre Festival documentaries?
Do you want to learn more about celery juice?
What podcast are you loving right now?
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