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End of Summer Sweet Treat: Strawberry White Chocolate Smoothie

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Let’s be real here: I am so ready for summer to come to an end! Fall is my absolute favorite season of the year. Crisp and fresh air. Boots. Knit Sweaters. Scarves. Rainy days. Warm coffee drinks. Cinnamon. This is why I loved Vancouver so much. I could enjoy all of my favorite things year round.

Since we now live in Southern California, I’m craving the cool weather like a madwoman. I don’t think my cravings will be fulfilled anytime soon, as I’ve heard it will still be very warm and sunny down here until late October.

Even though it is no longer strawberry season here, I am still able to find organic berries in my grocery store, and I keep buying them every week. I. Cannot. Stop. I usually eat half the basket and, after a day or two, chop up the rest to freeze for later in the year.

To cool off on one of those ridiculously hot summer days, I decided to blend up a refreshing and sweet summer treat to share with my 2-year old.

If you have a sweet tooth, this one’s for you!

Strawberry White Chocolate Smoothie

So easy: 1/2 frozen banana, 1 cup frozen strawberries (note: next time I’ll use fresh), 1/4 cup white chocolate chips, milk (or non-dairy drink of your choice) to thin it out. I used almond milk and the whole thing turned out super sweet and creamy.

The smoothie combines the sweetness of white chocolate and juicy ripe strawberries and I won’t tell anyone if you top yours with whipped cream. ;)

I usually enjoy my smoothies with greens, less sweet and without milk, but for a hot summer day like today, and when I’m in the mood for ice cream but our freezer is empty, this works perfectly for me.

What’s your favorite season? Do you have any seasonal foods you are always looking forward to? What’s your favorite smoothie? Mine is the Green Goodness (apples, ginger, kale, lemon juice) from Whole Foods in Vancouver, BC – unfortunately not available here. Yep, another Vancouver favorite!

 

What I Ate Wednesday + Sugar-Free Week Recap

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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?

 

Weekend Reads

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Hey friends, how are you?

We have a busy weekend ahead of us (we’re still unpacking boxes), so you might not hear from me for a little while. However, I still wanted to round up some interesting reads, I have found on my favorite blogs and websites in the past few days:

Food:

Family/Health/Lifestyle/Parenting:

Blogging:

Well, we’re out the door! Enjoy your weekend!

Did you find an inspiring article or blog post lately? Please share!

 

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