Food Diary Entry #9 (for, Thu 05/02/2013)

For breakfast:
Bagel thins with almond butter and raspberry preserves. I also had some apple slices.
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For Lunch:
For lunch I had a tortilla topped with the last bit of chicken I had, some cheese, romaine lettuce, cilantro, tomatoes, and chipotle salsa. I also had steamed edamame with chili garlic sauce. This meal was so filling and spicy!
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For an afternoon snack/beverage:
Since I loved how my iced coffee turned out the other day I decided to make another one. As you can tell I made way too much and yes I finished it all.
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For dinner:
So I completely forgot to take a picture of my smoothie for dinner but here is a picture of my fiance’s. His smoothie has kale, mango, some walnuts, and water. My smoothie had kale, raspberries, banana, and some walnuts. My fiance also had nachos (we are talking about a huge plate of nachos!) and cajeta empanadas (caramel stuffed empanadas, the last picture on this post fyi. it is a Mexican dessert). So I only had a few nacho pieces and I also had a string cheese. This was the most random dinner and not a very good one I may add. Next time I need to have a better meal for dinner because later I munched on…
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This! Another bagel thin but with chocolate peanut butter.
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For dessert:
Umm an empanada… I guess the bagel with chocolate peanut butter wasn’t dessert?? 😉
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Baked Apple Crumble

Only 180 calories with ice cream, without the ice cream it is 110 calories.

Since Thanksgiving is getting close, I am getting pretty impatient about getting my hands on all the yummy food I am going to get to eat. (:o) This week I have been trying to make an apple crumble that wasn’t so high in calories! Which is like pretty impossible to do but I improvised and made my own healthier version. I knew that it wouldn’t be an apple crumble without something crunchy or bread like crumbs. I decided to use oatmeal for this. Earlier this week I grilled the apples and it was good but the apples were very mushy and it turned into a puree. This time I decided to bake the apples and just wait for my yummy dessert.


Here is what you will need for 2 servings:
1 large apple (I used a macintosh apple.)
1/4 tsp of cinnamon (You can use 1/2 tsp if you’d like.)
1/4 cup of oats
2 tsp of sugar (I used two packets of sugar in the raw, I think I would have been fine with just one packet.
1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream (1/4 cup for each serving)
Optional Toppings:
vanilla yogurt instead of ice cream
toasted almonds
toasted walnuts

Instructions:
The first thing you want to do is pre-heat the oven at 350 degrees. While the oven is preheating you can peel the apple and cut it into slices. Then you will want to take a baking sheet/dish and put a sheet of aluminum foil on it and spray it lightly with non-sticking spray. Then you will want to spread a thin layer of dry oats on to the baking sheet. Then add a layer of sliced apples and sprinkle with cinnamon, and then another layer of apples and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. You can also add more oats if you’d like. You bake the dish for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees. After its done baking you cut it in half and serve on a plate and top it with 1/4 cup of ice cream. (It will crumble when you put it on the plate but you can assemble the apples into a circle and it will look just as nice.) This yummy dessert is only 180 calories!! Depending on the ice cream you use or toppings you use, this dessert can really go down in calories! You can also skip the ice cream and use low fat vanilla yogurt instead.

Food Diary Entry #5 (for Fri, 11-09-2012)

In the morning:
A huge cup of coffee today. Little Cas gave us a hard time last night and he woke up earlier than usual.

For Lunch:
Lunch was really late today since Cas’s schedule was off and it just changes everything! For lunch I had a spinach-kale-chicken-mandarin salad with poppyseed dressing.

For an afternoon snack:
I had an apple.

For dinner:
Before dinner, my little family and I went to Target. I was looking for the Bengal Spice tea and the Sweet Harvest Pumpkin Holiday tea from Celestial Seasonings. Unfortunately they where out of both!!! They must be very popular. I settled for the Madagascar Rooibos Vanilla tea instead and I also got some green tea since I was out. (Green tea is pretty much one of those staple items I have to have in my pantry.) While we where at Target the fiance and I were trying to decide what to eat for dinner. The fiance is on this crazy diet that I do not approve of by the way, but he was saying he was starving and that he wanted to grab some fast food. I instantly got upset because we are supposed to stay off fast food; so I suggested to buy items for enchiladas. (Even though I have never tried enchiladas before or made them before. It was a risky move, I know.) His eyes got big and he said, “Can you make american enchiladas?” I laughed and told him that I could try. So we grabbed turkey chili (the fiance actually chose turkey chili over beef chili 😮 ), low fat cheese, and corn tortillas. Anyways, we got home and I made the american enchiladas. To my surprise, they came out really good!! The fiance really loved them too and my cooking isn’t always good so I was pretty proud of myself.

To drink:
The fiance and I also grabbed some wine and beer at Target. Usually on fridays we are able to stay up late and have some drinks while we watch a movie. Its kind of become a tradition and every friday as soon as Cas goes to sleep for bedtime, we watch a movie (or two) while we drink a bit. We watched Dumb and Dumber since I had never seen it before. Oh, I had a glass and a half. 😉

Today may have not been my healthiest day but I won’t beat myself up for it.

Food Diary Entry #4 (for Thurs, 11-08-2012)

In the morning:
A huge glass of water.

For breakfast:
A Strawberry-Banana-Almond Smoothie.

For lunch:
Tuna Salad {I finished the leftover tuna and added 1 tbsp of light mayo, chopped spinach, 1 chopped pickle slice, 1/2 tsp lemon pepper seasoning} with Kale. I used kale as if they were crackers. I didn’t have any crackers so I tried the kale and I actually really liked it.

For an afternoon snack:
I had a small apple.

For dinner:
Turkey burgers on a bed of spinach. This was yummy!!! (I didn’t have any buns or bread, so I used spinach.) For one turkey patty; it included some chopped spinach, some parsley, pepper, salt, and a little bit of shredded mozzarella cheese. I did have my turkey burger with a little bit of ketchup and american cheese. I didn’t even miss the buns!! Oh and the fiance actually really liked the turkey patties! Which is like a surprise for me because he thinks I am weird that I choose turkey over beef.

For dessert:
Dark chocolate covered strawberries flavored yogurt. I totally invented this on the spot. (I’m sure someone has a better recipe somewhere.) I really wanted something chocolaty but I didn’t have anything around. I did remember however, that I still had a bag of Cacao Powder for which I use in smoothies or banana ice cream. So, I grabbed about 1/4 cup of vanilla yogurt, 1 tsp of cacao powder, and some chopped strawberries and mixed them all together. I wasn’t sure how it would taste but it tasted just like dark chocolate covered strawberries!!! I loved it! I think next time I will try this with bananas.

Today’s menu of food was just delicious from my breakfast to my dessert. i just can’t believe that I actually made all those meals myself. I’m extremely proud of myself!!

Food Diary Entry #3 (for Wed, 11/07/2012)

In the morning:
Cup of coffee with 2 packets of sugar in the raw and some water. I also had a small pear because it looked good in the fruit basket.

For a midmorning snack:
A small apple and banana. I was actually starving but since Cas was sleeping upstairs (on my bed :/ ), I really couldn’t make something to eat so instead I grabbed some fruit to help with the roaring stomach I had.

For lunch:
Spinach, whole grain pasta, garlic, parsley, and butter (I ran out of olive oil, so I used butter instead. I don’t really mind since we almost never run out of our small tub of butter. We just don’t use it that often since we prefer olive oil.) This is probably one of my favorite meals and it always keeps me really full.

For dinner:
So I had about 2 tbsp of wild rice, sweet potato, and apple with honey and cinnamon. Which I hated! So I stopped eating it and made a tuna salad instead. The tuna salad consisted of; half of chunk light tuna, 1 1/2 tbsp of light mayonnaise (too much for my taste), 1/2 tsp of pepper, 3 tbsp of chopped spinach, and 1 hard boiled egg including the yolk. I’m sure I could have done without the mayonnaise since I don’t really care for it but for some reason I can only have tuna salad if it has mayo. It must remind me of the way my mom makes tuna salad, which includes lots of mayonnaise.

Not the prettiest picture but when does tuna ever look pretty?

Later I sipped on..
Some Hibiscus tea with a tsp of honey and a dash of cinnamon. This has to be my favorite tea at the moment. (The Tea I used today was Raspberry Zinger Herbal Tea by Celestial Seasonings) I also had another small apple after my late workout.

I am okay with what I ate today. If I had all the ingredients to make a sweet potato and wild rice soup I would be a lot happier but the tuna salad came out good and very filling.

Grocery Haul from HEB Market

4 jugs of water, granola, baby mum-mums, baby puffs in the apple flavor, baby oatmeal cereal, stonyfield 32 oz vanilla yogurt, yobaby yogurt in the vanilla flavor, sweet potato, green beans, sweet peas, baby spinach, kale, cantaloupe, bananas, pears, apples, strawberries, and chicken.

So here is another post about my grocery shopping trip. This time I went to H-E-B Market; which I believe are only in Texas but I could be wrong. This H-E-B in particular carries organic items and non organic items. Which I absolutely love! I’m hoping I will use up all these groceries and i would like to post all the meals I make. This way I can keep track of what I actually use and what I should quit buying.

On a side note: I will also be including groceries I already have.

Today’s post will be a short one for now.

Making baby food is easy, fun and cheaper

yellow squash puree (top), apple and banana puree (bottom left), raspberry and pear puree (bottom right)

I have been having way too much fun making Cas’s food. I love coming up with different combinations for him. His favorite fruit is definitely pears! He eats small pieces of pears that I put into a mesh fresh food feeder, he also likes pears mixed with bananas, pears with apples, and pears with raspberries (his favorite puree of all). He pretty much likes pears with anything or by itself.

A few things I have discovered making baby food are:

  1. Making baby food is extremely easy. – The only equipment you really need is a blender or a food processor to make baby food. You can prepare the food in advance and refrigerate it for later. I usually make his baby food when I am making myself or for the fiance breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  2. Making baby food is lots of fun! – I never thought that I would have fun creating baby food. I used to think it would be extremely hard and that I would get frustrated every time. I actually enjoy it and can’t wait to make his baby food.  Since I am starting to learn his favorite fruits and veggies, it has been fun creating combinations like pears and raspberries for him. (I’ve also found new combinations to add to my morning smoothies because of this.)
  3. Making baby food is cheaper. – My fiance and I have found that by buying fresh fruits and vegetables for Cas means more cash in our wallets. For example, the other day I made Cas a sweet potato puree, but the sweet potato was so large I only needed about half to make enough for 3 days. So with the rest of the sweet potato I made baked sweet potato fries. Yumm! I didn’t throw away the sweet potato instead I used it to make fries for me and the fiance. Money well spent!

I would definitely recommend to moms or dads who have time to consider making their baby homemade baby food. Or to at least give it a try to just see how it goes. I was afraid that Cas wouldn’t like it but he actually loves it! The pear and raspberry puree below is by far his favorite, he is always wanting more of it. He also used to hate apples and bananas from the jars but when I made him the homemade version he loved it! I guess kids really do like homemade food from their mommies!

raspberry and pear puree

yellow squash

peach and banana

apple and pear sauce, super yummy!

Are their any parents who made or are making their babies homemade purees? How is it going and what is your baby’s favorite?!