Forget Christmas

August 20th, 2013 | Posted by Alison Spath in Weekly - (Comments Off on Forget Christmas)

Mid summer is the best time of the year!

Bee Bomb

(that bee is totally real, and she totally photo bombed my sunflower picture.)

Ducks

Those ducks are real too.

Gazpacho for one.

Gazpacho for One

A fast summer dinner before an evening meeting.  Sauteed yellow squash and zucchini and ham and cheese omelet.

Fast Summer Dinner

(That I had to share,

Dinner Peeker

with the boy who can now climb up here.)

Baby Climber

An afternoon walk,

Smile

with a spatula.

Spatula

Cooking with ghee is new to me.

Ghee

(For the eggs, not the bacon. Bacon comes with it’s own cooking fat built right in!)

Kale Bacon Eggs

Blueberry picking.

Blueberry Picking

The bucket threaded with ribbon to tie around your waist so you can “pick two handed” –

Blueberry Bucket

unless you’re wearing your toddler.  Then it’s back to one-handed picking.

Blueberry Boys

Fresh picked blueberries on top of homemade coconut milk ice cream.

Coconut Milk Ice Cream Blueberries

Enjoying all the wonderful, local produce that summer has to offer.

In recent weeks, exercise has included lots of walks (nearly every day, some longer than others) with the boy in the stroller.  Still riding my bike to and from yoga for a 75 minute vinyasa class (1 – 2x a week), easy yoga practice at home (aiming to do at least a little yoga every day), a small 5K race last week (26:42), and usually one run a week too, trying to keep the focus on play!  It starts with walking, then moves to easy jogging, then sprinting a short distance, to walking again for recovery, repeat.  Maybe a little skipping (if no one is around to see me) or stopping to do some push-ups or dips along the way if I feel like it.  I take my standard 3 mile route, I’m gone for about 30 – 35 minutes and return home sweaty, happy and not too tired.  Good stuff.

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?

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.