Shopping Sunday

June 4th, 2013 | Posted by Alison Spath in Daily - (Comments Off on Shopping Sunday)

A quick breakfast Sunday morning before a trip to the farmer’s market – plain yogurt, kiwi and chia seeds and a piece of buttered Ezekiel toast. The end piece that the kids will never eat. Add that to some random “You Know You’re a Mom When…” list. When you eat the heel of the bread because you’re kids won’t?  Apparently.

Plain Yogurt Kiwi Chia Seeds

There are a lot of farmer’s markets in Rochester, and this particular market is one of the biggest and the best – lots of local farmers and vendors with organic produce, eggs and meat products.

Brighton Farmer's Market

Market season is just starting up, the market within walking distance from our house begins next week. This is when I’ll begin threatening my children with eating the heel of the bread if they don’t come with me.

More Brighton Farmer's Market

And nope, sorry gang.  I do not have a stroller that will hold a 9, 6 and almost 1 year old.  Good question though.

Among other things, I bought a square of wheatgrass for some at home juicing experimentation.  (We have yet to do anything with it.  Perhaps it will just decorate my kitchen windowsill?  Time will tell.)

Wheatgrass for Juicing

“Other things” include BEEF LIVER (OMG I really did. It’s supposed to be good for one year in its vacuum sealed package in the the freezer, so I have lots of time to work up the nerve. Thank you Deep Nutrition. I think.)

Less scary groceries today include kale, spinach, field greens, asparagus, honey and eggs.

Kaz is unimpressed. Or he’s worried I’m going to make him try beef liver.

Not Impressed

Are you saying you’d rather eat that brush than try beef liver?  Maybe me too.

For lunch it was my fantastic sardine salad!

Sardine Salad

Doesn’t this salad just scream Omega 3’s!  B12!  Selenium!  No?  Am I the only one who can hear that?

And for dinner (after a 75 minute yoga class that totally kicked my ass) it was 2 eggs over easy, asparagus and two Applegate Farms breakfast sausage links.

Eggs Asparagus Sausage

For dessert – partially thawed frozen blueberries with whipped coconut cream!  No sugar in the coconut cream, just a little vanilla.  The berries sweeten it up perfectly.

Blueberries Coconut Whipped Cream

Here.  Let me move the cream out of the way so you can see what’s going on under there.  (The  whipped cream is really the star of the show though.  Don’t tell it that though, we don’t want it getting a big head.)

Blueberries Coconut Whipped Coconut Cream

I’ve been making this coconut whipped cream A LOT lately – it is so, so good!  I have mixed results with the thickness – some times it’s thicker than others – it is ALWAYS good though, especially on fresh (or thawed, frozen fruit).  I get the best results from the Full Fat Thai Kitchen brand of coconut milk.  Try it!  It’s way better than beef liver, that’s for sure.  The heel of the bread too.

 

Saturday

June 2nd, 2013 | Posted by Alison Spath in Daily - (Comments Off on Saturday)

I don’t always need to eat on the days I work out first thing in the morning, but today I woke up feeling hungry. I knew I would have a more energetic, enjoyable workout if I ate something before I left.  I dug out the baby carrots and cashew butter about 15 minutes before heading out the door.

Morning Workout Snack

I noticed my cashew butter jar smiling at me while I was eating.

Smiling Cashew Butter

Such a cheerful nut butter.

Today I had time for a nice, enjoyable hour long walk (interspersed with some very easy, light running toward the end) – and made coffee breakfast shortly after arriving home.

Greek Yogurt Peach Chia Seeds

Please note the creeper baby hands trying to pull my food to the floor.

Coffee with half and half, plain greek yogurt topped with a bruised peach, plus some shredded coconut, hemp seeds and chia seeds for crunch.

Greek Yogurt Breakfast

We spent the first half the day relaxing around the house, playing outside and doing some housework.  Lunch came together quickly and easily thanks to yesterday’s food prep – roasted chicken breast, roasted Brussel sprouts and coleslaw.

lunch

I made a cup of tea after lunch, the Yogi Bedtime tea is one of my favorites because it’s got a small amount licorice root in it and a nice, naturally sweet tea.

Bedtime Yogi Tea   Yogi Tea Bag

I was ready for an afternoon snack sooner rather than later today and made a big green (purple-ish) smoothie with banana, blueberries, spinach, avocado and coconut water – it was so thick I needed a spoon to eat it.

Smoothie

I managed to find time for a 30 minute at home yoga practice today while Kaz napped, the big kids played and Zak was getting some work done.  85 degrees + no A/C = hot yoga practice in my very own living room.

Yoga at home isn’t the same as practicing in the yoga studio of course, but it’s still nice to get in a few downward dogs and forward bends at home when I can – even if only ends up being 5 minutes.  By the time I roll out my mat I often end up practicing for more than 5 minutes anyway.  I always remind myself of the yoga instructor who once said “even one pose a day is a yoga practice”.  How about a downward dog in the middle of my kitchen floor then while I’m waiting for my peppers and onions to soften?  Done!

For dinner, two over easy eggs, two Applegate Farms sausage links and more Brussels sprouts. I considered making a salad, but the Brussels sprouts were faster (and just SO good!)

Dinner

I hope to get to a (real) yoga class tomorrow evening so I don’t have a workout planned for the morning.  My smiling cashew butter gets to sleep in.

 

Plainly Friday

May 31st, 2013 | Posted by Alison Spath in Daily - (Comments Off on Plainly Friday)

Plain yogurt gets a bad rap. I use to wonder who those crazy people were out there buying plain yogurt. I don’t get it, don’t you want to ENJOY your yogurt? How can you eat it plain? Why are you not running to the trash can with that or using it hang your wallpaper?

Well now I get it. I think it was plain Fage that converted me. The creaminess made me stick around and now my tastes have apparently adapted because I’m a plain yogurt lover. Whatever the case, I eat plain yogurt like a boss.

It was regular (non-greek) plain yogurt for breakfast today, topped with a handful of blueberries and half of a white peach (I shared the other half with Kaz) topped with some chia seeds. Half a cup of coffee with half and half too.

Plain Yogurt with Blueberries, White Peach and Chia Seeds

Breakfast was eaten today standing up while preparing breakfast for everybody else. My first and second cups of coffee were consumed peacefully at my desk before they were up.

I spent the morning cooking while it was still relatively cool out – bone in chicken breasts, roasted Brussels sprouts and a simple mayo-free coleslaw.  Veggies include green cabbage, red cabbage, carrots, celery and vidalia onion.  The dressing was made up of olive oil, apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

Coleslaw without Mayo

After Kaz’s afternoon nap we split a banana (I sure share a lot of fruit with this boy) – except my half was stuffed with almond butter. His was stuffed with nothing but more banana.

Almond Butter Stuffed Banana

Notice the almond butter on my pinkie?  Classy.

Plus a little plain whole milk kefir to continue with today’s plain yogurt theme. I went for kefir because I was looking for a little protein to go with my banana and almond butter. Plain kefir is yet another plain yogurt-ish food that I use to think was way too tart. I bought this with the intention to add it to smoothies, but slammed it straight up today.

Whole Milk Kefir

Lunch came in the form of two big snacks – some sampling of Brussels sprouts, chicken breast and coleslaw when they were ready (but not enough to feel like it was lunch) and then the Banana and Almond Butter and Plain Kefir Show, plus a handful of un-pictured macadamia nuts.

Snack, Part 2 held me over well for an evening hour and a half yoga class – I rode my bike the 4 miles (round trip) to and from yoga. I was definitely ready for a substantial dinner when I got home and dove head first into my current favorite salad – greens, 2 hard boiled eggs, bacon, 1/2 avocado, tomato and a homemade dressing of olive oil, balsamic, dijon mustard and S&P.

Salad with Bacon, Egg and Tomato

Nothing plain about this salad.  As it should be.

Old School

May 30th, 2013 | Posted by Alison Spath in Daily - (Comments Off on Old School)

Once upon a time, Mama’s Weeds use to be very different.  The blog started as daily food and fitness diary that I had a lot of fun with, but I eventually got away from that style of blogging for a variety reasons.

These days I post less frequently and like for each post to revolve around a specific topic or recipe instead of just “day in the life” like it use to be.  I often think about sharing more of the day to day meals, snacks, workouts and misadventures that go on around here, but I realize my current reader base isn’t necessarily interested in hearing from me so often.  Instead of changing the content and current style of the main blog, I created this space to do more journal style posts if you’re looking for ideas of how to incorporate healthy foods and habits into your life.

And with that, the old Mama’s Weeds is back.  Sort of.  I know I won’t be able to post every single day, and I also know that posting pictures of the stuff you eat every day is weird to some people – that’s why this blog is separate from the main site – because I also know there are people (like me!) who like to see what other like minded folks are doing when it comes to eating well and staying active.  I learned a lot from Healthy Living blogs when I first started taking better care of myself a number of years ago, and so I like sharing what works for me when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle while raising a family.

This site will has it’s own feed that will be separate from the other main feed, so you can subscribe if you like, or just peek in when you feel like it – or never come back again because uhhh Whut?  You post pictures what you had for lunch?  I don’t get it.

Speaking of lunch, let’s get to it.  Except not lunch, a snack.  I didn’t get my camera out until this afternoon.

Kaz and I went grocery shopping after dropping the girls off at their afternoon class.  I dug into my stash of green olives from the fancy olive bar at Wegmans while putting away groceries.

Green Olive Snack

(The boy soaked his shirt at the water table while I carried grocery bags into the house.  I promise I did not take him shopping without a shirt on.)

Plus half a bottle of my favorite Trilogy kombucha.  I don’t usually pour kombucha into a glass –

Trilogy Kombucha

and I remembered why when I spotted all the weird little brown things (SCOBY pieces?) floating on top of the fizz.  Maybe we’ll stick to drinking straight from the bottle from now on.  Some things are not meant to be seen.  Like random brown pieces Symbiotic Cultures of Bacteria and Yeast.

Tomorrow is the last day of Zak’s 40 Day juice fast, and so dinner prep tonight was much like it’s been for the last 38 days – me making dinner for me and only me.

Peppers Mushrooms Onions

Well, OK, I do feed the kids too – but they didn’t eat this.

A grilled turkey burger with 1/4 of an avocado, a side of kale, onions, garlic, red pepper, mushrooms with some S&P, all sauteed in coconut oil.

Turkey Burger with Sauteed Kale and Veggies

I was still a little hungry after dinner, so I used the other 3/4 of my avocado to make chocolate avocado pudding.

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

That’s right.  An entire avocado for dinner.  Stop judging me, Cat.

Beat It, Cat

I finished eating tonight around 6:30.  Thanks to my practice of Intermittent Fasting I always notice the time when I finish dinner and then make a mental note that “My fast starts now, I’m done eating for the day”.  From that point on if I want something, it’s either hot herbal tea (unsweetened) or water until breakfast the next day.   There is always room for exceptions to this habit, but this is my general approach to eating (or not eating, really) after dinner.

I’m not currently fasting 16 hours like I have in the past, (more like 14 hours now) but this little trick has made it easy to keep from snacking or mindlessly rummaging through the cupboards after dinner or before bed when I’m not truly hungry.  I typically sleep better when it’s been a couple hours since my last meal anyway, and I believe there are big benefits to going to bed with at least 2 hours between carrying your plate to the counter and putting your head on the pillow.