Bacon Wrapped Monday

June 25th, 2013 | Posted by Alison Spath in Daily - (Comments Off on Bacon Wrapped Monday)

7:30 AM, Monday morning.

Exercise with Kids

You got me out of bed for this?

Well no, I didn’t wake him up to take him for a walk, I waited for him to wake up.  I’m not that crazy.  We set off for a stroll through our neighborhood streets and a local park before Zak had to leave for work.  He’s quiet as a mouse in the stroller these days (Kaz, not Zak) and is quite content to simply watch the world go by.   We went 3 miles in about 50 minutes – I walked the majority of the time but did some intermittent light jogging too.  (“Light” and “Intermittent” was mandatory as I was only wearing a nursing bra.)

It was coffee after our walk (for me, not the baby) and then a little later I made the exact same green juice I made on Saturday.  I had an early lunch of my new favorite thing – turkey (or ham) coleslaw and avocado wraps with a little Dijon mustard smeared in too.

Turkey Avocado Coleslaw Wraps

I made three or four of these guys probably, eaten standing up at the cutting board.  Half an avocado in total and a bunch mismatched sizes of sliced organic deli turkey.

Today’s snack was another new favorite, a fresh berry and kefir not-smoothie.

Kefir Strawberry Snack

I first tried plain kefir when I was pregnant with Kaz and it was WAY too tart for me – but my taste buds were totally thrown off during that time so I should have known… sorry Plain Kefir, it wasn’t you.  It was me.

I really like plain kefir now and have been buying the whole milk variety and pouring it over fresh fruit.  It really is good plain – but it’s even better with some  little fresh fruit and is a great way to eat the strawberries we’ve been inundated with lately.

This snack easily held me over until dinner – bacon wrapped shrimp, roasted green beans and roasted sweet potato.

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Green Beans and Sweet Potato

I got the vegetables roasting and then wrapped cooked shrimp (frozen, thawed all day in the fridge) in bacon and secured the bacon with toothpicks.  Just as the potatoes and beans were finishing up I turned on the broiler and cooked the shrimp for 6 minutes at 550 degrees – turning every two minutes.

I’ve never made bacon wrapped anything before, these were really, really good.  Now I understand why people wrap things in bacon.  What else can we wrap in bacon?  Green beans?  Sweet potatoes?  Kefir?

Saturday Sun Salutations

June 22nd, 2013 | Posted by Alison Spath in Daily - (Comments Off on Saturday Sun Salutations)

Today’s workout was a mid-morning heated yoga class, but before there was yoga, there was berry breakfast bowl:

Yogurt Berry Bowl

Full fat Fage with CSA strawberries and store bought blueberries.

After sweating more than I’ve ever sweated in a yoga class before, it was a green juice to re-hydrate.

Kale Celery Lime Ginger Apple Juice

CSA kale, two small limes, one apple, three stalks of celery.  I expect to sweat green next time around.

I spent a little time yesterday prepping and roasting vegetables for easy lunch and dinner sides for the weekend.  Dear Roasted Cauliflower, where have you been all my life?

Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted cauliflower is so good and so easy!  This is an entire head cut into florets, roasted in a little coconut oil at 350 for about 40 minutes – seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic powder.

Roasted Brussels sprouts  and cauliflower to last us a couple of meals?  Done and done.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower

I am on coleslaw kick right now and made more Asian coleslaw – “Asian” because of the sesame oil and rice vinegar – made with bagged Nappa cabbage, celery, carrots and green onions.  Seasoned with salt, garlic powder, ginger, curry powder and just the tiniest pinch of crushed red pepper for a little kick.

Asian Coleslaw

I had a little of all three of those for lunch today – but I used the coleslaw to make ham, avocado and coleslaw roll ups.

Ham Coleslaw and Avocado Rollups

Each ham slice was coated with a little Dijon mustard before it was stuffed with coleslaw and avocado and then rolled up.   Who needs a tortilla when you have ham?

Ham and Coleslaw Roll Ups

(Plus two more unpictured small ones that I ate while I was plating these for a picture… it’s all about quality control.)  I went back for my other veggie sides after eating these guys at my desk to get caught up on my virtual life while Kaz napped and the girls were otherwise occupied.

We’ve got a dinner party with friends on the agenda for this evening, and a summer solstice picnic planned for tomorrow… Paleo (and non-paleo) strawberry shortcake to come!

 

Take it to the Track Tuesday

June 5th, 2013 | Posted by Alison Spath in Daily - (Comments Off on Take it to the Track Tuesday)

My fitness plan for the summer includes more walking, more super easy, slow runs, less overall mileage, a lot more yoga and some bike riding too.  I will also be doing short, high intensity work outs – more specifically, speed work on the track once every  7- 10 days.

And on Tuesday morning, it was time for a (short but intense) track workout.

Tuesday Track Time

.8 mile walk/easy jog to the track (11 minutes) + 5 sets of 200 m sprint, 200 m recovery jog (12 minutes total) + .8 mile walk/easy jog home (13 minutes) = 3.25 miles and 37 minutes.

I came home to find both my guys playing outside.  Doesn’t the little one look happy to see me?

The Boy

Nice try, mom.  I’m actually most happy to see your camera.

(Notice him throwing the lids down as he makes a bee line to get his little mitts on the fun, shiny, clicky toy?  And notice the cat high-tailing it out there?)

(Notice the strings of saliva like a real monster?)

Closer

Attack

Let’s just say I put the camera inside the house for a while at that point.

I did some post-run stretching and yoga in the sunshine, and then Zak, Kaz and I weeded the vegetable gardens, filled the bird bath and stepped on the strawberry plants while we waited for Ava and Maxine to wake up and join us.

Outside

Today’s breakfast was very pink!  Strawberries, raspberries and left over salmon from dinner on Monday night.

Pink Breakfast

I shared my raspberries and salmon with KazMan.

Breakfast Sharing

And a post breakfast mug of green tea.

post_breakfast_tea

Today’s Yogi Green Tea words of wisdom?

yogi_words_of_wisdom

True dat.

I made Lunch Part I while I was packing Lunch Part II for a picnic with lots of fellow homeschooling friends.

Sardine Salad.  Half a tin of sardines packed in olive oil, mixed greens, shredded carrot, sliced almonds with olive oil, lime and S&P for dressing.

Sardine Salad Snack

A packed lunch for one mom, two girls and one boy:

Lunch Contents

From left to right: two sunbutter and jelly sandwiches on Ezekiel bread, two peeled, S&P’d hard boiled eggs, a container of macadamia nuts, sliced jicama and red pepper, the last of the raisins, sliced, roasted sweet potatoes, colby jack cheese and a bottle of water. (+ two more little water bottles packed later)

Time to roll, gang.

Packed Lunch

For an afternoon of sunshine at the park.

Max Kaz Bubbles

Bubbles, running, jumping, climbing, flailing, digging through the diaper bag for toys.

Kaz Keys

A quick and easy dinner when we got home – homemade guac (mashed avocado with a little diced onion, lemon and salt) –

Turkey Burger Guacamole Broccoli Dinner

on top of a turkey burger and a big side of steamed broccoli (that I promptly added a big patter of butter to after I took this picture!)

Pink breakfast, green dinner.  My name is Alison and I like to color coordinate my meals.

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.