Planning and Planting a Garden

Spring is in full swing and we’re finally planting our garden for the season. While we plant window boxes and an herb garden with everything from thyme, oregano, basil, lemon balm, and more, it’s our vegetable garden that takes the most work and today I’m sharing a big post about our 2018 garden and how we come up with what we plant.

We have a 16’x16′ raised garden bed that we built five years ago. Initially we used pallets to create the border, but upgraded to stones last year when the pallets were too rotten/stopped working as a border. After buying seeds our first year and failing miserably, we now buy our veggies from a local nursery who is only open from the end of April to the first or second week of June! They kill it, their plants are the best around, and their veggies are in line with our organic preferences.

To say we’ve had our fair share of trials and errors would be an understatement. And every year, we know something may do well and another thing will do poorly. Sometimes it’s our fault, and other times it’s just nature–too much or too little rain, cooler temps, or something else. Who knows! But, that’s gardening.

Growing our own veggies is essential in our home and helps us save a ton of money during the New England growing season. I’ll never forget a woman once remarked at how many vegetables were on the belt at the grocery store when I was checking out. Yes, vegetables have a leading role on our dinner plates most nights. But eating so many organic vegetables can be very expensive when we’re buying them at the grocery store year round.

I have fond memories of picking veggies in my grandparents’ garden growing up and eating them after wiping any dirt on my shirt. And Chris’s parents still grow a huge garden every year. So, starting our own garden–while a lot of work–isnatural. This means on top of participating in a local CSA where we get a full share, this year marks our 5th garden season and thankfully we have a pretty great plan. But how did we come up with this plan?

When planning our garden and picking what we’ll grow, we consider the following:

  • What do we get a ton of in our local CSA share? And/or, what do they grow better than we do (either because they just do or they may have more space for a particular veggie)? We get a lot of all different vegetables from our local farm, some of which includes broccoli, cabbage, corn, and garlic. So we choose to fill our garden with other produce we may not get as much of in our weekly farm pick-up. Plus, they’re way better at growing some of these veggies than me. Or something like corn or potatoes would take up a lot of space that we can better use to grow something different.
  • What can I buy for less money at the grocery store? I can literally buy 10 pounds of carrots for $10. So, I save the space carrots could take up in our garden and opt to buy them from the grocery store (plus we get some of the best carrots in our CSA share too!)
  • What can I grow and freeze? We eat as organic as possible in our home, but year round, some organic veggies are very expensive. So, we plant 20 pepper plants. I opt to grow a ton of our own and freeze them either on their own to cook with later, or already cooked into recipes (who wants chili? My freezer is often full of it by football season in the fall!). We plant tons of zucchini for the same reason. Conventional zucchini is laden with pesticides (hello, dirty dozen item!) and organic zucchini is expensive, so we plant 6 plants and harvest all we can–either freezing it as is, or cooking it.
  • What does our family really like to eat? Or not? Last year Isla loved picking fresh cherry tomatoes from the garden, so I made sure I picked out 3 cherry tomato plants this year. I also got 3 larger sized tomato plants for salads, making sauce, etc. In the past we grew larger cucumbers, but I opted for the smaller pickling size this year because we love homemade pickles, and they’re easier for the girls to eat when reaching for a fresh snack.

Once you’ve figured our what you want to grow, it takes some practice to lay it all out and make everything fit. Truthfully, we overfill our garden. But I’ve never regreted it! We end up with so much of everything and nothing tastes better than fresh vegetables, literally picked minutes before dinner. We or the ducks eat it so I never feel wasteful. Eventually, I’d love to tackle growing things like sweet potatoes and onions. But for now, I think we have another great garden to look forward to!

Here’s what we put in our garden, and how we lay it out:

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We normally need two trips to buy everything we need, but for about $150 we get all the veggies, herbs, and flowers we’ll need for the year. Seriously, you can’t beat that!

The first time I went solo with the girls and tandem wore them for the first time. My selfie attempt was a fail, but thankfully our trip was a success. So many people commented that I was a super mom, but honestly I just felt like a mom doing what she had to do. I was just so happy the girls behaved!

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The second time we went, Chris joined and it was definitely easier. We both wore a baby.

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Side note: Does anyone else’s toddler scoff at the camera? This girl does not like having her picture taken lately!

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And both times we bribed Isla with a donut treat if she behaved. Yes, I’m definitely not above bribery. With an almost 2 year old, it works. Our favorite donut shop is down the road from the nursery. Who doesn’t love an Elmo donut?

Once we have our veggies, they typically hang around until we have the time to plant them. This year we really waited to make sure the weather wouldn’t be freezing again.

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Here’s a before photo of the garden, full of weeds (plus a cameo by a couple of our ducks):

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And an after. We still have to place newspaper and shredded straw to block weeds, but we can’t wait until we can start harvesting some of these veggies in a few more weeks!

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Tell me, do you have a garden? What do you plant? Happy spring all!

5 Lower Body Low Impact Exercises (That Won’t Hurt Your Knees)

Hello, my most dedicated readers! Oh, how I’ve missed you all. Last time I checked in, both our girls were sick. And last week I was sick! NOT COOL. Everyone knows, moms don’t have time to be sick. Yet, I was. So sick that I didn’t even workout. I did try a couple times, but I was super drained. Like for real. Ugh.

I’ll probably sound like a weeny when I say I just had a case of laryngitis, but I didn’t realize how crummy you can feel from an illness that generally just gets a lot of attention for taking someone’s voice away. While my throat still hurts a lot this week and I still have a dry, hacky cough, my voice is finally coming back (and I’m starting to exercise again), so hallelujah! I must be on the mend. Now back to real life and the important stuff.

A few weeks back, a friend and reader asked me to share some low impact lower body exercises and today, I’m excited to bring them to you. This friend has found her knees to be particularly temperamental after having her first baby a few months back. This is totally normal since the hormone relaxin can loosen our ligaments and joints leading up to labor and can take up to a year after stopping breastfeeding to return to “normal.” Who knew? Now you do 🙂

While I love jumping around like a total maniac and I don’t have a problem doing so, that isn’t the case for everyone and the good news is there are TONS of exercises you can still do to strengthen your lower body AND be kind to your knees.

Today I’m sharing my top 5 lower body exercises that are low impact and can help you strengthen your lower body, without hurting your knees because yes, it’s possible!

Most of these exercises will use the glutes as a primary mover, and all the other muscles in the legs will be secondary or tertiary movers/helpers.

The largest and what should be–strongest–muscle group in the body is the glutes (aka your butt muscles). I often tell my clients that your butt isn’t just about vanity or something sexy. Though it can be both of those things, your butt is also totally functional too. Meaning, your glutes–when engaged, strengthened, and used properly–can help support your hips and take work away from your smaller knee joints all while simultaneously strengthening all the muscles surrounding your knees too.

Every single person should be able to do a squat. It’s arguably the most functional movement you can ever do. Many think squats are just for your quads, that big muscle group on the top, front of the leg. However, squats are actually a glute exercise that your quads can help with.

We all sit down and get up from chairs and the toilet–that’s a squat.  We all pick things up from the ground–that should be a squat. So yes, one of the exercises I share will be a squat, but I’ll show you how to modify it to take some work away from your knees if a traditional body weight squat hurts for now.

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When doing these exercises, aim for anywhere between 8-15 reps, (per side where applicable) and 3-5 sets.

  1. Squats – Keep your weight in full foot and push up out of your heels. By keeping the work in the heels vs. the forefoot, you help your glutes do the work, not your knees. Modify on a wall or using a ball on the wall if needed.MNYE9697XZZS2597
  2. Hip Bridge – Strengthen your glutes, hamstrings, and calves. Lying on your back, place your heels on a chair, bench, stool, or any elevated and level surface. Push up from the floor by driving into your heels. Squeeze your glutes at the top and then slowly return to the ground.  NMAP9020
  3. Deadlifts – Single leg or double, it doesn’t matter–deadlifts are great for you (and your glutes and hamstrings)! Slightly bend your knees then while keeping your back flat, hinge from the hips towards the ground. Return to the top, squeezing your glutes when you get there. CGBK3879
  4. Side Lunges – Strengthen your glutes, adductors and abductors (those muscles on the insides and outsides of the legs). Start with both feet pointing straight ahead. Sinking into the heel on one foot, lift up the other foot and reach it to your side while sinking into the opposite heel. Return the foot to the center and keep your toes pointed straight ahead for the entire movementDILI3446
  5. Step Ups – These are awesome for the whole leg! Place one foot on a step, chair, or stool. Keeping your weight in the heel on the bench, “pull” your other leg up and onto the step. Slowly return your foot to the ground, putting as little weight into the bottom foot and repeat.

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What are your favorite lower body exercises? Share in the comments below! 

Healthy Asian Ramen with Asparagus

Does anyone else love Asian food, but not love all the calories and salt that often come with it? Today, I’m bringing you a quick, easy, versatile Asian dish (it’s even vegan friendly!) that will make good use of a spring vegetable currently on sale at seemingly every grocery store–asparagus!

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Asparagus is a super veggie in my book. It’s full of vitamins and minerals like A, C, E, and K, plus chromium. It contains glutathione, a powerful compound which helps eliminate free radicals in the body and break down carcinogens. Among other pros, asparagus is a natural diuretic, so instead of storing water after eating this dish (sorry General Tso chicken!), you should find yourself losing excess water weight. Score!

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This dish is packed with protein from not only ground meat or seitan, but from millet and brown rice ramen noodles. These noodles are an awesome Costco find and now a regular staple in our pantry as long as Costco carries them. They’re ready in less than 10 minutes and one serving contains 4 grams of protein and just 130 calories. Even if you leave the meat or seitan out of this recipe, you can create a meal of complete protein by combining these noodles with the veggies. I used ground beef when I made the recipe this time, but however you prepare your meal, I’m sure you’ll love the gingery, saucy flavor of this healthy spring dish.

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Healthy Asian Ramen with Asparagus

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef, pork, turkey, or seitan 
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced and divided
  • 1 bunch asparagus, chopped
  • 1.5 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 3 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp Sambal oelek (ground fresh chili paste) or siracha sauce–someimes I add more for more heat
  • 3 pads (6 servings) of millet and brown rice ramen
  • sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Heat a skillet to medium and brown your protein of choice. Remove from pan and set aside when done.
  2. Leaving a small amount of fat in the pan (or adding 1 tsp of cooking oil of your choice) add the diced onion, half the garlic, chopped asparagus and cook until tender, or about 6-8 minutes.
  3. While the veggies are cooking, bring a pot of 6 cups of water to a boil. Cook the ramen according to the instructions on the package.
  4. When the vegetables are cooked, add your protein back to the skillet plus the remaining garlic, along with the rest of your ingredients (coconut aminos through the chili paste/siracha). Stir to combine and let cook for about 2 minutes.
  5. Drain your noodles and combine all the ingredients in a bowl or layer on your plate. Garnish with sesame seeds and enjoy!

If you try this recipe, let me know what you think in the comments below. Additionally, what’s your favorite way to eat asparagus, or do you have another favorite spring vegetable? 

 

 

Random Ramblings: Respectful Parenting, Healthy Eating, & Podcasts

Today I’m checking in with a whole bunch of randomness to help clear my mind AND share more about honest and raw truth about myself, my life, and my habits with you– my awesome readers!

The forecast is finally tempting us with temps above 50 later this week, but as we’re waking up so another day where snow is falling from the sky (it’s April 10, right?!), I’m trying to keep my attitude and outlook positive today. Aaaaand I’m living in struggle city. Or after experiencing a not-so-pretty grown up temper tantrum when my toddler refused to stay still while I got her dressed this morning (she often does this as my husband so nicely reminded me), I’m living in failure city.

Clearly I’m harboring some mom guilt today. I know I’m far from a failure, but my high strung and short-tempered self is jealous of those who are a lot more patient than me. And honestly, I’m just in this funk, AGAIN. Mother nature, please stop knocking me down with your cold and snow! Hopefully this is the real, real end of winter.

Thinking about parenting and how I can avoid more mommy meltdowns when the weather can’t be my excuse anymore, I’ll share that we’re trying to practice respectful parenting using a lot of Magda Gerber’s principles. Gerber really emphasizes respect for and trust in our growing babies. The big picture of our goals mean we trust that our children are capable growing little people. We try not to yell when there are meltdowns or defiant moments, instead opting to stay calm, gently redirect while being firm, but fair. When conditions are ideal (ie. when everyone is happy and sweet) it works awesome. And when a meltdown happens and I use the tools I’ve been learning, I find I stay more calm and the hard moments end sooner and more productively. Alas, when parenting children who are trying to make sense of these huge emotions they’re feeling every day sometimes it’s hard, for everyone! This morning’s mommy eruption was not in line with my parenting goals. Grace. Being a mom keeps me seriously humble and thank goodness I know I’ll have lots more opportunities to do better.

Other things on my mind today: healthy eating. As I mentioned last week, I’ve been motivated to really get my diet back on track. I’m reducing my chocolate chip intake by handfuls (no, seriously…) and replacing my cravings for sugar with more veggies and natural sugars like fruits.

I’m currently chomping on carrot sticks and hummus.

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I can’t say cutting out the junk food is easy right now (cravings are real and you don’t have to be pregnant to have them), but I’ve done this before and know it will be worth it.

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Breastfeeding can’t continue to be an excuse to keep eating junk (at least not for me) and I’d like to rely less on high rise yoga pants and flexing my muscles to mask my postpartum pouch (which of course, I’m super proud of and grateful for, but hello–I’m human and fitness focused!).

We’ve restocked the freezer and pantry at Costco and Aldi a few times in the last couple weeks and I’m excited to feel prepared to keep working at self improvement.

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With two kids, my dinners have been so simple over the last six+ months and thankfully these even healthier meal options are still super easy. I know I haven’t been doing the “What I Ate Wednesday” posts anymore (because they were time consuming and not as popular), but I am still meal planning and some of the menu offering in our home over the next couple weeks will include:

  1. Salmon with Veggies
  2. Pesto Chicken and Veggies
  3. Chicken with Avocado Salad
  4. Ham, Apple, and Sweet Potato Egg Scramble
  5. Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs
  6. Sweet Potatoes Stuffed with Shredded Chicken (BBQ or Buffalo Chicken)
  7. Healthy Ramen with Asian Beef and Asparagus (this last one is an original from my kitchen! Watch for a recipe later this week)
  8. Turkey Quinoa Taco Casserole
  9. Burrito Bowls with Cauliflower Rice

If the actual meal isn’t popular, these are all dishes with at least toddler and baby-friendly ingredients (yes, Josie is eating now too–she looooves food), like avocado, sweet potato, salmon, meatballs, and loads of veggies (most of which both girls will actually eat if they’re not too tired). Sweet!

Something else I’ve been doing that makes me feel good is listening to podcasts. It’s a fun way to listen and learn while I’m driving, with the kids, or getting some work done. Some of my favorites lately have been:

  1. Well-Fed Women – I love the honest advice these two women give on health nutrition, and fitness related topics. Their podcast description says, “Expect real talk, moderately amusing banter, and empowering advice for women, from women” and I think this sums up their show great. I’ve really enjoyed episodes #162-#165 in the last few weeks.
  2. The mindbodygreen – This podcast is full of awesome info on a whole host of health related topics and all from pioneers in the health industry.
  3. Unruffled – This is a parenting podcast by Janet Lansbury, a parenting expert focused on the respectful parenting practices we’re trying to use. Listening to this podcast helps me stay mindful and focused on my efforts and reminds me I’m an imperfect human capable of trying again when I slip up.

If you’re interested in more of the ramblings from my brain these days, follow my IG account where I’ve been trying to post more regularly. Things I’m thinking about sharing in the upcoming weeks include healthier dessert options, ways you can cleanse your diet and jump start weight loss, what we’re planting in our garden this year, exercises you can do at the office, and a workout you can do on your next hike, my Costco and Aldi grocery lists, the benefits of fermented foods, and more.

Tell me, what are some topics you’d like to hear more about? Share on social media, or in the comments below! 

 

3 Ab Exercises, 3 Ways

This past weekend we enjoyed a fun Easter holiday with our girls and our extended family. Isla woke up on Sunday so excited for her “treats” and eggs from the Easter bunny.

I’m not one of those moms who bans candy from the Easter baskets, but there are lots of non-food items included too. Some of my favorite items in the girls’ baskets this year included coloring books, Easter themed books, watercolor paints, construction paper, puffs and teething toys for Josie, some chocolate bunnies and chicks and some tasty Easter-themed Belgian chocolate bars for Isla. Sure, the chocolate may sound fancy, but I like to keep artificial colors and ingredients out of our food in-home where we can. This chocolate was from the Netherlands and Belgium, so there weren’t any artificial colors or ingredients. The bunny got the goods at Marshall’s. Last, but not least, we can’t forget the Annie’s Organics themed items! Does anyone else feel like Annie’s is the best Easter themed line of food? We are 100% an Annie’s Organics family all year long, but their bunny theme clearly translates particularly well to Easter. So naturally, the Easter Bunny left lots of Annie’s brand snacks in Isla’s basket, and in her eggs this year!

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Sugared up and moving through the festivities all weekend, by Sunday night, both girls (and mom and dad) were pooped and ready for bed! Easter success!

Looking ahead I’m a little excited there aren’t any big holidays to mess with my healthy eating goals for awhile. I’ve been a little off the rails the last few weeks. No upcoming festivities means I can really try to be on track. Truthfully, I will probably eat something sweet almost every day, per usual. And I’ll be enjoying some beer and wine a few days a week too. But looking ahead, I know I’ll be doing better than I have over the last couple weeks by cutting out the Easter treats.

They says abs are made in the kitchen and I have to agree. I don’t think I’ll ever have a bodybuilder’s stomach because 1. I don’t want to right now, and 2. I don’t want to eat 100% clean, but I know I feel so much better (ie. way less bloated!) when I’m not loading my body with all the high sugar treats associated with big candy holidays like Easter. So with that idea plus the goal of at least seeing muscle definition when I flex, I’m truly looking forward to this time to get refocused and get back into a more normal “healthy” groove.

Thinking about abs, I’ve put together a quick ab workout. The exercises in this workout target all layers of your abs, plus you have to rely on strength from your arms, shoulders, chest, and back. These three ab exercises can be completed using three different modalities.

The three moves are:

  1. Plank knee tucks
  2. Plank elbow knee tucks
  3. Pikes

And the three modalities are:

  1. Bodyweight
  2. Stability ball
  3. TRX

Check out the video below for a quick visual of what these look like in action. Then, bust out your own equipment at home or at the gym (or not) and give these a try!

 

How was your Easter? And what were you busy indulging in? Share your favorite traditions and treats below. 

To Weigh, or Not to Weigh

Today I’m reporting on a little experiment brought to you by a serious case of mom brain. I haven’t weighed myself in two months. During my weekly trips to Target, I have repeatedly forgotten to pick up a new 9-volt battery for our scale. So, while not weighing myself hasn’t been intentional, this is the longest time I have gone without weighing myself in years and today I’m sharing my personal and professional reflections (and results) about life sans scale.

I won’t lie, I have normally been the person weighing every few days, or at least once a week. And for awhile in between pregnancies, I had the unhealthy and obsessive habit of weighing myself every day. I remember three days after having my first daughter, I came home and while I should have lost at least 10 pounds (she weighed over 8 herself, plus I was no longer carrying around a placenta and I lost all of the amniotic fluid), I was only down 5 pounds. In my fragile postpartum state, I felt like a failure and cried. Then I remember weighing myself day in and day out after that until I got back to my pre-pregnancy weight…four months later.

In the last 20 months, since welcoming both of our baby girls–the youngest just five months ago–I’m happy/relieved/proud to say my relationship with the scale has gotten a lot healthier. Those feelings I had 20 months ago forced me to reflect on who I had become on the inside and think about why I would care about a number so much. My body had just done the most amazing thing possible–it created life and here I was obsessing over a number on a scale. As my oldest daughter moved out of the newborn days, I knew I didn’t want her to EVER obsess in the same way I was so I worked hard to change my mindset. This is an evolution that continued throughout the entirety of my second pregnancy last year and I’ve been continuing to grow over the last few months. A number on a scale will not and does not define me.

Even so, not weighing myself is very unlike me. While I don’t use weight as the only marker of my progress when working toward my health and fitness goals, I do think a scale can be a powerful tool.

Knowing your body weight can help you maintain a healthy weight and encourage healthy eating. I like to keep myself within a “target” weight zone (usually within about 3 pounds, plus or minus of my “goal” weight). This wiggle room leaves room for bloating caused by eating saltier foods (or my period) or dehydration.

Knowing how much we weigh can also help encourage healthy habits. I use a scale to keep my eating in check. Ie. weighing myself helps me avoid scarfing down a dozen donuts and multiple ice cream sundaes in a week. And on the flip side, it helps remind me to eat enough calories to build and maintain muscle if the number dips too low (which doesn’t happen too often, but sometimes could when I was marathon training).

Not weighing myself has really mixed up how I measure my progress and the markers I’ve been relying on have actually been motivating in different ways in the last couple months.

Living life without a scale means I’ve had to stick to what I’ve been saying since before I gave birth last October: the number on the scale isn’t important to me right now. Instead I’m more interested in how my clothes are fitting and my progress photos. And I’m proud to say that in the last several weeks, I’m down another pants/dress size and I’m seeing more muscle definition. These markers may not come with the fast gratification of the scale where you can watch your weight rise and fall a few pounds in a day or two, but these markers indicate changes that are certainly more permanent and that’s something I LOVE.

Further, my daily decisions haven’t been influenced by the scale and I think that’s actually helped me achieve more accountability and I’ve made even more positive choices than I would have in the past. Whereas I may have allowed myself a junk food treat when I was within my “weight zone,” I’ve been making more and more healthier choices as I look forward to fitting into new clothes and seeing progress in my monthly photos.

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Not identifying my progress with a number has been empowering and enlightening. While I think that when done in a healthy way, weighing yourself can be a positive part of anyone’s journey to health, it’s not the only way. In fact, the number on a scale is a tiny part of a way to define progress and sometimes someone can live a healthier life without it. The last couple months has shown me firsthand that measuring weight doesn’t have to be a part of everyone’s path.

If you haven’t lived life without a scale recently, I challenge you to do so. Consider analyzing your health in different ways for the next 30 days. Measure your life using different numbers. Track the number of steps your taking, count the number of workouts (and reps and sets) you’re completing in a week, look forward to fitting into a new size dress or pair of pants, and tally the number of veggies you’re consuming in a day. Take a photo at the beginning and end of your journey and you might be surprised by the changes. I’ll tell you this: after living without a scale for awhile, I still haven’t added “9V battery” to my Target shopping list.

How do you track your progress? Share in the comments below. 

 

 

What I Ate Wednesday – Week 4

This week’s eating has been full of more “cheating” than normal. I honestly don’t like to consider any of my eating to be cheating because then it’s potentially associated with guilt or shame. And what we eat shouldn’t make us feel guilty. Or shameful. But looking back at my week of food, I have no problem being aware of what I’m eating and I’m highly aware of the choices I made and that many of them were less than normal.

Some of these choices included donuts from our favorite local donut shop (seriously one of my favorite foods), a couple of beers and glasses of wine, a super creamy seafood bisque, a slice of pepperoni pizza, and french fries (x2), and a Carvel ice cream cone (ice cream = my all time favorite food). I’ll only justify these choices by reminding myself I don’t normally eat like this, I can actually remember the treats I had because they were delicious and I enjoyed them because they are treats, and most of my meals have still been very healthy so I’m not totally off the tracks!

Making most of our own meals at home helps ensure that health factor. Earlier this week I was reminded of why I make so many meals vs. going out to eat or ordering take out.

Chris and I enjoyed an amazing and rare date day on Monday (thanks Grammy and Grandpa). We slipped and slid our way through an awesome hike in the snow where we saw four deer and took in a gorgeous view.

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Then, post hike we scarfed down a kid free meal at a local pub. We opted to sit at the bar since we can’t do that with kids in tow. We shared that bisque, some delicious seasoned french fries, some roasted brussels sprouts with bacon, and a turducken sandwich. Holy yum!

While I don’t have any photos of our food because we were too excited to dig into everything and we were actually just trying to enjoy our time together, I did take a quick, blurry selfie of the two of us enjoying some tasty craft beers.

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We both stuffed ourselves silly. Like to the point where we both had stomachaches as we walked out of the bar. Honestly, I don’t think we even ate so much on Thanksgiving! Probably because we were with our kids that day and Isla kept us busy chasing her around the house. But seriously, the next day it’s like I had a food hangover. While I think we definitely made the most of our outing, I won’t be eating so much in one sitting again for a long time.

Eating out wasn’t the only place I went buckwild recently. Does anyone else sometimes buy way too much at the grocery store? While I normally make a list and stick to it, last week I bought way more than we could eat in one week. I needed to restock our cabinet with things like coconut and olive oil, pastas, beans, and tomatoes, but I also bought a surplus of veggies and meat. I may have gone grocery shopping before eating lunch…

So this week I’m scraping together meals with whatever is left over in our pantry, fridge, and freezer. Here’s a quick peek at what’s coming out of our kitchen this week.

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Who can resist an Elmo donut? Not our 19 month old! Or her mom. 
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Turkey burgers in the grass with some krinkle cut fries and vino
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Quinoa “rice” and beans

Breakfasts: 

  • Egg and Cheese Quesadillas
  • Protein Waffles
  • Scrambled Eggs with Veggies and Toast
  • Steel Cut Oatmeal

Lunches/Dinners: 

  • Quinoa “Rice” and Beans
  • Turkey Burgers (in the grass)
  • Whole Wheat Pasta with Chicken Sausage
  • Pan Fried Pork Chops
  • Veggie Lasagna (from the freezer)
  • Tuna Sandwiches
  • Chicken Soup

Sides: 

  • Blistered Peppers and Onions
  • French Fries
  • Peas
  • Roasted Broccoli with Garlic and Crushed Red Pepper
  • Baked Sweet Potatoes
  • Carrot and Celery Sticks

What are you eating this week? Share in the comments below.