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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Food Diary Entry #7 (for, Tues 4-29-2013)

Today fiance stayed home since he has a very bad sunburn! Yesterday we went to the doctor and he was given a shot, some antibiotics, ibuprofen, and a cream. He got this bad sunburn because he didn’t wear any sunscreen and went fishing for 9 hours! So please wear sunscreen if you are going to be out in the sun for hours! He definitely learned his lesson and he needed to stay home from work to rest. Today he is able to walk without saying “ow”, so we are definitely making an improvement! Today has been very relaxing and there has been lots of eating going on.

Around 3 pm today I decided to try Peanut Butter Fingers chicken tacos in my old school crock pot! here is proof:
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See i told you it was old school! My mom left me this crock pot on Cas’s first birthday party. I found so many recipes that look really easy and they use a crock pot!

For breakfast:
A strawberry and banana smoothie. I added a few almonds and a little bit of milk. I forget how sweet fruit can be when I don’t add kale or spinach to smoothies.
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For lunch:
I wanted a little bit of everything for lunch today. I wanted edamame with a spicy sauce on top and a kale salad massaged with squeezed lemon juice. Both of these ideas are not original since they are from two restaurants I visit often. One is a sushi place and the other is a vegetarian restaurant. So what do I have on my plate? Well, a kale salad, roasted red pepper hummus, pita chips, and steamed edamame with chili garlic sauce on top. You guys I ate every single thing! I left nothing! Yumm-O!
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Afternoon snack:
Since I was waiting on my 2 ingredient chicken tacos cooking in the slow cooker, the smell was making me hungry. I ate a lara bar to help with my growling stomach. I knew I wasn’t starving but I did want something small. This particular flavor is not my favorite but I did like the coconut in it! My favorite lara bar is the chocolate chip flavor!
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Dinner:
So 5 1/2 hours the chicken tacos were ready! And they were totally worth the wait! My fiance likes flour tortillas with his tacos and I had two taco shells… plus a flour tortilla! I know, I know they are not healthy but they are one of my weaknesses. I normally have two tacos but I was really hungry by the time dinner came around so I had 3. These tacos were amazing, especially with salsa verde. My fiance added roasted chipotle salsa to his and they were just as delicious. This was super yummy and I was going to use romaine instead of iceberg but how can you eat a taco without the crispiness of iceberg lettuce! Cas had himself a tiny burrito with the chicken, lettuce, and tomatoes. He did eat half of eat and picked at it later.
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Dessert:
2 Oreo cookies with a cup of milk. My fiance and I are now going to watch Justice League on Netflix until it is time for bed. (If you didn’t know, I love superhero tv shows, movies, and comics! My favorite is Batman!)
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Grocery List for the Week

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I wanted to share with you guys my grocery list! Yay! I am so proud of myself because I actually planned out meals and made a list of what I wanted to buy. I still bought other things that were not on the list but for the most part I did stick to the plan. The images I got from myrecipes and health and they are images of some of the food I want to make this week. The images include panzanella, caprese bites, chai tea, and mint tea! I also watched these videos from Leaf TV. For the panzanella video click here, the caprese bites click here, the chai tea click here, and the mint tea click here. I found that channel on accident on youtube and now I am obsessed with their videos!

Doesn’t the list look cute? And the food looks delicious too!

A few items that are not in the list that I ended up getting:

  • beer (for the fiance and for valentine’s day)
  • a sweet red wine (for me, you must think we are alcoholics!!)
  • a cucumber
  • avocados (they were on sale!)
  • a squash (the calabaza one from Mexico?!)
  • kiwis
  • balsamic vinaigrette
  • turkey ham

A few items that I did not get from the list:

  • chocolate bar (opted not to get it)
  • cardamom pods (couldn’t find them, does anyone know where I can find them?! please let me know)
  • mangoes (they didn’t look very good this time)
  • lemons (I forgot them but luckily I still have a few)

So that is my grocery list for this week. We ended up not drinking since 10 o’clock seemed really late. (We are so not in college anymore.) So we plan to drink Saturday evening, lol yes we penciled that in for Saturday but we will see.

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.

Pin it Tuesday: Frozen Yogurt Melts

One Good Thing by Jillee

Ok, so here goes another pinterest find I actually made as well. I usually buy Cas Happy Yogis or Gerber Graduates Organic Yogurt Melts and he loves them. So while I was on pinterest one day (like always, actually) I came across an idea to make homemade yogurt melts. I knew I just had to try them for baby Cas and I thought it would also be good to soothe his teething gums. I’m sure everyone has already made them by now but I am way too excited about them! Like, I totally love them!!!

So you first start out with any yogurt you like, I really like the Yoplait yogurt brand (I know greek yogurt is better but I prefer Yoplait), and then you put it inside a ziploc bag.

Then you cut a tiny piece of the corner of the ziploc bag and then you make swirlies (<- not a real word but whatever) onto a baking pan and freeze anything from 40 minutes to an hour.

And enjoy!! I usually put the yogurt melts into little baggies to keep them in the freezer (like the picture below).

I also made some with Stonyfield Yobaby Yogurt in the banana flavor for Cas. Since he usually loves to eat the Happy Yogis in the banana peach flavor. (see below) Anyways these are yummy and I am wanting to experiment more with yogurt melts… I’m thinking maybe making them in a chocolate flavor or making a banana peach mixture for Cas.

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!

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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?!

Baby food making craze

So, last time I mentioned that I would start making baby food for baby Cas. I have been inspired by a website I found called, weelicious! Weelicious has many healthy recipes for children and families. There are so many baby food puree recipes on there, that I have gone crazy! I love this website so much that I have made about 4-5 of the recipes on there. The first recipe I decided to make was the plum and banana puree. Cas loves bananas and I thought that plum and banana sounded really good!

This recipe is so simple to make and it only takes a few minutes! I made it using a nutribullet but i’m sure you can use a blender or a food processor to make this puree. This puree wasn’t Cas’s favorite but it tasted delicious to me. 😀 (Plum banana link)

The next recipe I made was the raspberry banana puree and this one was a hit! Cas and I both loved it so much. This recipe just needed one banana and a cup of raspberries. It made enough for 2 servings and Cas just devoured it. This puree also came out in a pretty hot pink color which I really liked.

I also decided to make a butternut squash puree because it is one of those vegetables that you just need to bake and then puree. Cas also happens to like butternut squash so it was nice to give him some homemade food. I was really scared to cut the butternut squash but it was really easy thanks to this video I watched.

Lastly I made myself a kale-rasp-banana shake. I loved Cas’s raspberry banana puree so much that I decided to make into a shake.

So far making baby food is a lot easier than I thought. I make enough baby food for 2 to 3 days. I have yet to freeze baby food since  the idea of it doesn’t sound so good. I guess I won’t know until I try it out. Anyways for new parents who want to make their baby homemade purees, you should check out weelicious.com!