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Our CSA Box + What I Ate Wednesday

Posted on by Susan Posted in Eats, Green Living | 2 Comments

Happy Wednesday!

We have a little nap ditcher at home, so blogging time is hard to come by these days. And the little energy ball is only 2 years and 3 months. It’s definitely way to early (for me) that he is starting to phase out his naps, but each child is so different. We have to come up with new routines, so that I can get back into blogging a bit more regularly. Hopefully. Wish us luck.

I thought I’d (finally!) share some of our CSA box contents with you. It’s been amazing, to get a huge box full of greens, fresh herbs, fruit and veggies, delivered almost to our home (they drop at the Mr.’s office).

  • For the past few months we’ve always had a bag of at least 8 oranges. Fresh orange juice has gotten a whole new meaning, as these oranges are fresh from the trees. Bonus: our 2 year-old will sometimes find one when he’s rummaging in the fridge, take it out, run to one of us, and say “juicy juicy please!” – my heart melts that he knows where orange juice comes from!

  • There’s at least one bunch of greens (kale/chard) or lettuce, but most often two.
  • Fresh fruit: peaches, oranges, limes, apples, grapes, dates, avocados – it is amazing!
  • Veggies: Summer squash, zucchini, beans, bell peppers, spicy peppers, fennel, eggplant, onion, potatoes, sweet potatoes and I’m probably forgetting a few.
  • Fresh herbs: dill, parsley, rosemary

We pay $30 every two weeks and we get a two week’s worth of local, organic (!!!) produce. Take that, Whole Foods!

And since it’s What I Ate Wednesday party time over at Peas & Crayons (Thanks, Jenn!) I decided to link up a few meals I came up with with this abundance of freshness. It’s been a while and I’m excited to be back.

Green Baked Eggs:

Tomato Soup + obligatory grilled cheese:

Greens in ALL THE MEALS:

One of my favorite ways to use parsley lately is putting it on scrambled eggs. The other dishes are simple roasted potatoes with a herby Greek yogurt dip, and an always yummy avocado and eggs toast.

What are your favorite ways to use fresh herbs? I love fresh parsley and dill dip, tzatziki, parsley on eggs, and even in a  green juice.

With Thanksgiving coming up here, do you have any foods you are especially looking forward to? We’re keeping it low-key this year, as we just moved here a few months ago, and being a German/Swedish family, we don’t really care much for turkey and the works. *GASP* I know, shocking, right? ;)

We’re just looking forward to a few relaxing days and maybe, maybe some shopping on Friday.

Peas and Crayons

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out some other Wednesday Eats over at Peas & Crayons!

Meal Plan + Fitness for the Week (09/09/13)

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Friends, I’m about to seriously change my (currently barely existent) exercise routine. I’ve gained a few too many lbs. over the past few months and it’s time to stop blaming it on the move to a different country, paperwork to do, etc. It’s time to make it a priority again.

Yeah, my legs don’t look nearly as slim as they did a year ago. Ironically, I was in a much better shape the first 12 months after giving birth to our son. I was not as toned as pre-pregnancy, but my weight was at it’s lowest, since I was a teenager.

Living car-less in Vancouver, we had to walk everywhere, so I naturally was a lot more active than I am here in Southern California. You might think: “But what about surfing/going running on the beach/hiking?” Umm, I have a two year old to take with me. ;)

Plus, walking in a million degrees feels like death to me and I have sweat running down my face from a short 20 minute walk in the blazing sun.

But then I remembered the pool!

My gym has a huge lap pool. With the little guy being taken care of in the child care area, this was the perfect workout for me this morning and I cannot believe I “forgot” about the awesomeness of swimming. Assuming the pool is 25m, I swam 1 km (40 laps) in about 30 minutes. My arms are a sore mess this afternoon, but I’m definitely adding this back into my life!

I’m hoping to get rid of about 15 lbs over the next few motnhs, and here’s my tentative workout schedule for this current week:

This might not seem like a crazy workout schedule for you, but let me tell you, I’ve been lazy those past few months, and it WILL make a huge difference in my calories-burned account.

On to the food. Meal planning is one of my favorite ways to make sure we’re not a) going over-budget and b) keep eats clean(ish) and healthy.

Some dinners for the week: 

  • Monday: Baked Butternut Squash Pasta – we had a butternut kicking around in our kitchen for the longest time, and I decided it would make the perfect base for today’s Meatless Monday!
  • Tuesday: Chili + baked sweet potatoes
  • Wednesday: leftovers
  • Thursday: Swedish Pea Soup and Pancake night
  • Friday: Braised Chicken Taco Salad

Do you have any fun workouts planned for the week? What about your meal planning – do you plan ahead or go with the flow?

What I Ate Wednesday + Sugar-Free Week Recap

Posted on by Susan Posted in Challenge, Eats | 2 Comments

Well, I survived #SugarFreeWeek!

Now that it’s over, I have to admit that it was easier than I originally thought it would be. I was tracking my eats and read the labels of everything processed (crackers, yogurt, etc.). If it contained sugar it was a no. If it was sweetened naturally, I ate a little bit of it. And by eating this way for a week, it reminded me that this was my actual diet! This is how I normally eat. It was no problem at all, to ditch the junk and eat fresh food, made from scratch, mostly veggies, fruit, grain and lean protein. I just needed a little kick in the you-know-what to snap out of my sweet treats habit, that I slowly developed over a few weeks.

For example, I made myself this super filling breakfast smoothie this morning.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cooked rolled oats (leftover)
  • 1 oz chilled coffee
  • a tsp of peanut butter (Whole Foods 365 brand only has one ingredient: organic dry roasted peanuts)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • cocoa powder
  • cinnamon
  • a few vegan chocolate chips

Give it a quick blend and you’re good to go.

The chocolate chips were sweetened with organic cane juice, so I was OK with it especially since I only added 7 or 8 chips in total.

This was an amazing combo that I will keep in in my breakfast rotation, especially since I’m extreeeeeeemely slow in the mornings lately. Prep the night before, add milk and the frozen ‘nana in the morn and you’re good to go!

Other breakfasts included eggs, toast & fruit, or yogurt, kamut puffs and banana.

Lunch is always a tricky one for me, because the little guy is usually snacking pretty frequently, so I end up filling up on his snacks as well, such as grapes, bell peppers, cucumbers, crackers, hummus, cheese, raisins or Lärabars. So when lunchtime rolls around, I’m either starving, because my son wouldnt share, or I’d be full, because he didn’t eat his snacks.

I still make it a point to make our lunch (for habit purposes), and that could be anything from a PB&J, to grilled cheese, or more hummus and veg. When we’re out and about, we might pick up something from a salad bar, or yesterday little dude and I shared a Chipotle burrito bowl (see above).

Treats:

We got Starbucks on the weekend and my mind went blank about the whole no sugar thing.  The other sweet treat was whole wheat crepes, with a bit of whipped cream, fresh strawberries and homemade blueberry sauce.

Dinners are always simple.

Yesterday, for example, I was so happy to see chicken enchiladas in the freezer, after spending 3 hours chasing the little guy around the park and playground. I had no desire to spend time in the kitchen, and since I had done my prep work the week before, this worked out perfectly!

What did I think of going sugar-free for a week?

My diet is by no means perfect, and it might not ever be in someone else’s eyes. For others, my foods may look super healthy, I don’t know. Remember, my goal was not to cut out all sweets or treats. My goal was to eat more at home, from-scratch meals, made with real food. Yes, we did eat out a couple of times, but I stuck mostly to fish tacos and salad. Oh, and then there was Umami Burger in Costa Mesa on the weekend… Oh well.

I just needed to give my body a little space and time to wean myself off the added sweeteners and processed junk, to get back to my normal eating habits and I’m happy to report it worked!

Jenn over at Peas and Crayons is hosting What I Ate Wednesday, so make sure to check out some other fabulous bloggers’ eats.

Did you ever ditch sugar for an extended period of time? How did it affect you?

What are your fun eats of the week?

 

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