I’m back to feeling healthy this week after a couple of home-cooked meals! I had the perfect balance of healthy + delicious for breakfast, lunches and dinners. Great workouts too! On the work front, I led a Flash Seminar at UVA on Real Food and the future of food and enjoyed talking to a round table of students (including several blog readers!) It was a busy week for Great Harvest too – Gluten Exclusion bread is nearly ready for sale!
It’s strange that this week I felt like I had zero cravings for sugar. I had almost no desserts and didn’t need that sweet bite after lunch or dinner. No idea what changed, but I’m hoping I just broke the habit : ) I don’t often have full desserts, but in the past I’ve been in the habit of seeking out just a bite or two of something after a savory meal. It’s crazy to me the ebb and flow of cravings.
Breakfast #1: Fried egg, Chocolate Babka bread (I froze some after Valentine’s and used it up!) and half a banana with sunflower butter.
Pancake day! I made a huge batch to last us a few days. Mazen loves pancakes. I always use our Great Harvest mix now because the flour is super fresh and the mix hearty as can be. I topped these with some coconut, chia seeds, sunbutter and syrup.
Leftover ‘cake with mocha almond butter and scrambled eggs. Mazen ate the same breakfast : )
For a special treat I made a batch of baked banana oatmeal this week hoping M would love it. The first day he did – gobbled it down. But he didn’t want to have anything to do with the leftovers. Bummer! But that means more for me : )
I added some sunflower butter after this photo because the square was lonely, and had some of Mazen’s pear.
Leftover bake + sunbutter + half a mango! My dad taught me how to eat a mango this way – cut off one of the cheeks and dip in with a spoon. Why didn’t I think of that before?
Hi friends! I’m an orange-eating turtle!
S: Socaaaaa! Sadly we lost (by a lot) but that usually means lots of running. I am just loving playing on a team again!
M: Off completely + snow day.
T: 30 minutes on the stairmaster (the most I’ve done in a while!) plus an upper body workout of Erin’s. I did the complete workout on my own and was proud – and tired – by the end.
W: Athletic conditioning! After 2 relatively easy days I was ready for a hard + sweaty workout again.
TH: Simple cardio day at the gym – 26 minutes on the stairmaster and 20 minutes on the elliptical plus a little big of stretching.
F: Gym with mom! I had personal training at 9:30 and mom and I did cardio together too. Erin said my back and shoulder muscles are really showing definition – how encouraging! I’m enjoying training so much.
S: With a high of 70* I knew I wanted to take advantage of the grandparents and go for a solo run. I covered about 4 miles – lovely! I also am not sure of my current schedule of back-to-back athletic conditioning and soccer days. The two are both hard on the body, so I might pull back on Saturdays a bit – not sure!
Loved this – pita topped with jalapeno hummus, olives, greens and yogurt. Orange on the side.
Well hello there Mr. No Bull Burger! You must have been hibernating all winter. In fact, he was – in my freezer. I thawed out a pack and forgot how good this lunch was! Served with some of that delicious Dutch gouda and some cinnamon chip Gluten X bread – yum!!
This leftover plate of mash taters, roasted cauliflower and pesto fish were sooooo good at noon!
The next day I topped a salad with the last of our fish along with cheese, pineapple, tomatoes, and Irish Soda Bread! Delish combo.
And finally – leftover cottage pie over a salad!
This was our Sunday night dinner – roasted herby organic butcher chicken with Brussels sprouts and pesto rice. For the rice I used my rice cooker and added a cube of our homemade frozen pesto. So easy to pack it with flavor!
Our Cook Smarts menu for the week:
M: Deconstructed Shepherd’s Pie with yogurt mashed potatoes. Loved this comfort food! Especially the yogurt-mashers. Plain yogurt on potatoes is one of my favorite ways to eat them.
T: Tilapia en Papillote with artichoke-spinach pesto and roasted cauliflower. WOW this meal got 4 stars!! I loved the pesto. I haven’t been the biggest fan of artichokes and Cook Smarts has really opened that door for me. This pesto was awesome! The fish was cooked in parchment and the cauliflower roasted with walnuts, parmesan and lemon. Matt proclaimed it the perfect cauliflower technique.
W: Baked risotto with artichoke pesto and peas and massaged kale salad – green!!
TH – mom and dad’s visit!
The Little Boy Who Ate His Green Beans. He ate 2x this much!