Happy.

January 12, 2013

Here’s a big green ball to cheer you up for the weekend!

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I had to replicate last week’s Hot Apple Bread Yogurt dish.

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A Greek yogurt base, plus microwaved apple (one day I should sauté it for ultimate flavor), pieces of apple bread, cinnamon, chia seeds and old fashioned peanut butter.

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A great trio of textures

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My lunch break was quick. It’s breaking my heart how fast I have to eat now!

Actually eating lunch > enjoying every bite.

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This was one big plate of superfoods:

  • Turkey
  • Hummus [beans]
  • Spinach
  • Avocado
  • Olive oil
  • Cinnamon + walnuts [in the whole wheat bread]
  • Orange/clementine

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Almonds for a snack. Wish these had been roasted + salted. Or better yet, almond-buttered.

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Our dinner tonight was boring – just leftover mac & cheese! A good thing because we didn’t dirty any dishes and we’re all hoping to be in bed by 9. Last night was a really rough night of sleep : (

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We put the salad underneath before heating so the spinach wilted and added some Greek yogurt on top – sort of like a mac & cheese made with sour cream.

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It was a cold one today, but it’s supposed to be warm tomorrow!

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1 Nina @ Too Hottie For That Body January 12, 2013 at 9:08 am

I’m right there with you on the lack of sleep! It’s been five days, FIVE DAYS and my right eye won’t stop twitching. I went to bed at 9 last night too and the madness began at 11. I need to eat my frustration in the form of your Hot Apple Bread Yogurt dish. I have a feeling it would make me a little less crazy right now.

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2 Mom January 12, 2013 at 9:09 am

Love those two big smiles! Happy weekend.

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3 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! January 12, 2013 at 9:10 am

I love having fresh turkey on salads! One of my favorite toppers for sure!

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4 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh January 12, 2013 at 9:11 am

Nothing like seeing a cute pic of the lil man to get the morning started. I’m sure more leisurely meals are in your future. You’ll definitely savor every bite when that happens! :-) Have a great weekend and give the lil one a smooch…because he can never have too many!

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5 Olivia @ Life As Liv January 12, 2013 at 9:32 am

Love the idea of sautéing the apple before you add it to the greek yogurt bowl! I’ve been on a huge greek yogurt kick lately and am looking to jazz it up a little bit, so this post came at a perfect time!

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6 Rebecca @ Blueberry Smiles January 12, 2013 at 9:51 am

I love nights when I don’t dirty any dishes!

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7 kalli January 12, 2013 at 10:00 am

kath, funny that you titled this Happy. Just now watching a documentary on Netflix called Happy. A must see for sure…….Hope you enjoy your day! Oh and Hubby and I are on season 4 of Lost. Keep thinking of you because we can’t stop watching the episodes!

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8 KathEats January 12, 2013 at 10:36 am

Looost! Enjoy!

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9 chris January 12, 2013 at 10:33 am

That baby is getting cuter and cuter! Can’t wait for your mac and cheese recipe – I’m starting to think I need to make mine healthier, with butternut squash and less cheese? Although cheese is my favorite food group!

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10 Alicia @ Wanna Be Ina January 12, 2013 at 10:35 am

I hope your weather is as beautiful as our’s is. 62 for a high here in Indy yesterday, but with the snow melt off and more rain coming we are under flood watch today! :(

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11 Anna @ On Anna's Plate January 12, 2013 at 10:44 am

Sorry the sleep isn’t getting better yet. :-( Modified sleep-training/crying it out was a lifesaver for us around months 4-5.

Isn’t it funny how much babies love balls? We could put Lila in a room full of toys, and the FIRST thing she’d go for is a beach ball, guaranteed. :-)

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12 Avery @ Southern Belle Living Well January 12, 2013 at 10:45 am

I never would have thought to saute ANY food for breakfast, but you make it sound so delicious! Quick lunch = sad :( Sorry you can’t enjoy it in it’s full glory :(

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13 Greg January 12, 2013 at 11:12 am

Cute little double chin. What a great smile.

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14 Jola January 12, 2013 at 11:13 am

So I never tried avocado because it’s not a common food in Germany, but have bought one today. How long can I keep it? And how long does it last after I cut it?

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15 KathEats January 12, 2013 at 11:43 am

They are hit or miss depending on how ripe it is…id say 2-3 days max after cutting in

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16 ds January 12, 2013 at 12:43 pm

You’re going to want to wait to cut it until it is very slightly soft. It’s hard to get the ripeness just right on these. Keep it outside the refrigerator if it’s not quite ripe yet.

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17 jb January 13, 2013 at 8:03 pm

To get the longest mileage out of an avocado, store it with the pit — it helps to prevent browning. For example, if I use half of an avocado for breakfast, I’ll take the half with the pit still in it, squeeze lemon juice over it and put it in a ziploc bag in the fridge — it will last a max of 24 hours after that, but I usually try to eat it at lunch.

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18 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 12, 2013 at 11:15 am

I love the look of that cinnamon apple yogurt bowl! I used to microwave apples with cinnamon on them, delicious and quick!

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19 Ella January 12, 2013 at 11:32 am

Ha, love the popped collar! Sounds like mommy and daddy need a date night sans baby :) make that an early date night

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20 Madison January 12, 2013 at 11:45 am

That green ball is CUTE! Hope you and your family have a great weekend!

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21 Amanda Cowan January 12, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Two comments: One of my favorite oatmeal combos involve sautéing an apple in a little coconut oil and lots of cinnamon and stirring it into the oatmeal at the last two minutes or so of cooking.. such a great combo!

The other comment is about the eating fast thing. I have 3 girls.. and only in the last year (my oldest is 7 going on 8) have I realized just how fast my husband and I were eating! It took my grandmother to realize it one day when the girls weren’t even with me! Anyway, Unfortunately a side effect of that sort of thing is then eating things you don’t realize you’re eating. Lots of bad habits came up for me on that, and it’s taken the last 4 months to undo all that. Now that my youngest is going on 3, I can make sure that I take my time to enjoy every meal. It’s amazing how much overeating you can avoid by doing those little things.

Luckily, you’ve already done the nutritional legwork to know the best steps to avoid that. I love your blog and seeing how I should have done early parenting days… instead of all the fast food and ‘quick junk’. No regrets though, I love love love my girls and now I’m in the best shape of my life so it’s all good.

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22 Judy January 12, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Love the smiley ball and sweet smiley boy!!

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23 Audrey Adams January 12, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Oooh, love the yummy breakfast! May do that for myself tomorrow!
That first picture made me smile! He is just so adorable!

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24 Chris...He Packs His Own Lunch January 12, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Kath,

Gorgeous looking meals. My wife and I are experiencing the the lack of sleep and time crunch from our 1 month old cutie-pie daughter. We seize every opportunity be it sleep, food, fresh clothes. The expericence has enhanced every little detail we thought mundane before. Every meal put on the table should come as a victory!

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25 KathEats January 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm

: )

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26 sara @ fitcupcaker January 12, 2013 at 12:49 pm

I cant wait for the mac n cheese recipe! And tomorrow I am going to make oatmeal with apples or something of that nature since yours looks so good!

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27 Pat January 12, 2013 at 1:13 pm

I’ve been eating my oatmeal with pecans and pomegranate lately. Delish!

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28 Amelia January 12, 2013 at 1:30 pm

I eat like lightning now too. It’s so sad! I just keep reminding myself it’s temporary!

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29 Shel@PeachyPalate January 12, 2013 at 2:08 pm

I need to get cracking on making a cinnamon raisin and walnut bread! Looks yummy! Mazen is one happy little baby, contagious smile!

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30 Tami@nutmegnotebook January 12, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Love those Maze smiles! You can cook a batch of sliced apples is the slow cooker. I usually peel and slice them, add cinnamon, nutmeg and some maple syrup, cook on high for about 3 hours and they are delicious. They keep in the frig for a couple days and they freeze well too.

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31 KathEats January 12, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Great idea!

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32 Tami @Nutmeg Notebook January 12, 2013 at 6:10 pm

I forgot to say to add about 1/4 -1/2 cup water or apple juice to keep them from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Enjoy!

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33 carmina January 12, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Hey Kath, I don’t comment often but I have to say you have been blessed with possibly the cutest baby I’ve seen in a long while. Mine are teenagers now and no matter how trite it is to say, it really does go by so, so fast. One thing that helped me when they were babes (22 months apart and I tandem nursed) was to let go of my previously held concept of what constituted a “good night.” For quite some time, I thought I needed and/or had a right to a night of sleep that was 7 or 8 hours, but once I redefined it in my mind (hey 3 hours, yay me!) it was a lot easier to deal with.

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34 Mom January 12, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Good advice. That might work for menopause, too!

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35 Carly @ Snack Therapy January 12, 2013 at 4:44 pm

I need some GH bread in my life, stat!

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36 Sabrina @ Nutritiously Sweet January 12, 2013 at 5:44 pm

The salad looks awesome, never occurred to me to put hummus on top! I must be slow…

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37 Bernie January 12, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Kath, how do you reheat your mac and cheese? I make it about 2-3x a year (the fully cheesed out, buttery, roux-y, sharp cheddary kind with brown buttered bread crumbs) but I can never seem to recapture the same magical texture from when it comes out of the oven. I’ve tried stovetop, microwave, toaster oven, even adding more cheese. I always eat it because even slightly clumpy Mac is amazing but yours appears to look the same from yesterday. Perhaps it has a different texture or base than a roux? I don’t think I could ever put yogurt on top of mine though!

Also, Mazen is just too, too cute.

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38 KathEats January 12, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Sadly I agree with you… Never quite the same. Ours was just as good flavor wise but the texture wasn’t as creamy leftover

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39 Lynn @ the actor's diet January 12, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Makes me think of the Michael Jackson song!

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40 Aurora@Fitness is Sweet January 12, 2013 at 7:21 pm

I love putting a salad on the bottom of any dish. Instant nutrition!

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41 Jennifer January 12, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Adorable!!! Mazen has such a cute smile. :)

Yes, it was cold here today, too. They kept saying all week how this weekend would feel springlike but I was outside most of the day freezing. Here’s hoping for some sunshine tomorrow and warmth.

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42 Lisa @bitesforbabies January 12, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Quite a few super foods to put on one plate…someone knows how to eat healthy! ;-)

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43 Katie January 12, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Isn’t it so nice to be able to eat deli meat again without a second thought?? My first meal after giving birth in November was a big sub, and I haven’t looked back. I sure did miss the extremely convenient, quality protein. Your salad looks yummy!

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44 Lisa January 12, 2013 at 8:58 pm

I love his beautiful eyes popping out from the baby carrier. Such a sweet baby!

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45 Katherine January 12, 2013 at 10:03 pm
46 Shreya @ rushofendorphins January 13, 2013 at 7:30 am

Mazen is the cutest!

Just wanted to say that I cannot get enough of your overnight oatmeal recipe! I crave it every morning ;)

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47 Fran@BCDC January 13, 2013 at 8:02 am

Breakfast looks especially tasty.

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48 Barb @ FL Mom's Blog January 13, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Kath, I think that I’ve been reading your blog for about a year now, and enjoy the food ideas and pictures! And of course the pictures of Maze! I’m curious about your mac and cheese! Wondering when you’ll post a recipe of it!

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49 KathEats January 13, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Yes it will be live in a few weeks!

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50 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 13, 2013 at 3:34 pm

We have this GIANT bag of almonds at work and all I want to do with it is take it home and make almond butter. I feel like they’d actually be eaten then…

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51 Liz January 13, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Once he starts feeding himself solids, you will have f.o.r.e.v.e.r. to eat meals. Eating a pile of peas one at a time is a tedious process. ;)

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52 KathEats January 13, 2013 at 8:13 pm
53 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance January 14, 2013 at 2:58 am

Almonds are best when they are almond-buttered.

Maze is ridiculously cute all bundled up!

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