Get all that? Good! Not only is beach weather upon us, but aqua Zumba starts up soon and this proud pisces needs the water like woah. Spending most of my life in Florida means that I’ve been part of the teeny weenie polka dot bikini club for a long, long time, regardless of shape and size. Recently however, my shape is a little less hourglass and a little closer to that of a preggo about to hit the seven month mark. Needless to say, I need to go swimsuit shopping for something that fits. This should be interesting! I’m not sure I’m ready to give up the two-piece in favor of mommy-wear; I’ll probably still rock one like the Florida girl I am at heart — Watch out North Carolina! =)
Before I traumatize you any further, here’s what I ate… last Tuesday!
breakfast: coffee with unsweetened vanilla coconut milk and plain shredded oat cereal topped with fresh raspberries and almond-coconut milk. [The unsweetened one Blue Diamond makes is my recent favorite! So tropical!]
You may have noticed two things about my breakfasts lately: 1. It rarely changes, unless I add a second breakfast to the mix! 2. My bowls are tiny! It’s true, I beeline for cereal most mornings these past few weeks [months?] because I typically awake at the crack of dawn absolutely starving thanks to the chickpea. Cereal keeps the early morning nausea at bay so I rarely deviate with that first quick bite. Since I’m up so early, I’ll typically add in another small breakfast or a few snacks to round out the meal. As for the teeny tiny itty bitty bowls, they’re my portion control!
I have a slew of 1/1.5 cup bowls that I use for blog recipe photos that are the perfect size for one serving of cereal. Since I typically choose nutrient dense cereals, the added nuts/fruit/grains jack up the calories while scaling down the suggested portion size. The little bowl ensures I don’t take a 3/4 cup serving cereal [like my beloved swiss museli] and pour half the box into a standard bowl. It’s a perfect portion! If I’m still ravenous after downing it I can always fill the bowl back up and have another go at it! I’ll either grab a bit more cereal or fill up by grabbing some fresh fruit, cheese, or a protein bar to round out my morning meal. I also never put cow’s milk in my cereal. It’s always the unsweetened versions of So Delicious Coconut Milk or Blue Diamond Almond-Coconut.
snacks: cucumber, snapea crisps, crinkle cut carrot “chips” with roasted red pepper hummus, toasted sourdough with cream cheese, tomato, and chives, strawberry wallaby organic greek yogurt, and a snack plate with cabot habanero cheddar, triscuit crackers, cukes, and carrots.
I had one last salmon fillet staring me down in the fridge so I went with old faithful
I know, I know. I should have used the last salmon fillet to make a new recipe for the blog. I can’t help it though — I flipping LOVE these! Next time I buy salmon I’ll branch out.
a monstrous bowl of Paul’s baked spaghetti! He whips up a homemade red sauce, adds veggies and sometimes a little local/grassfed ground sirloin, and pours it over cooked spaghetti noodles. Then he tops it with fresh sliced mozzarella cheese [or in a pinch he steals my mozz balls
from the freezer!], sliced vine-ripened tomatoes, and dried or fresh basil. It’s to die for. I love it when that man moseys into the kitchen; he really does have a way with carbs =) I made him promise to help me measure and recreate the sauce to share with you guys. I could seriously DRINK that stuff! Stay tuned!
When Paul was deployed [for the bulk of 2012!] I managed to inhale nearly a book a day on average. Lately I’m a bit slower but still manage one or two a week! My recent favorites are “Splintered” by A.G. Howard, “A Hidden Fire” by Elizabeth Hunter [free on kindle right now! ahhh!] and the few sneak-peek chapters I was able to read from Leigh Bardugo’s “Siege and Storm?” Ohmygosh! I’m literally dying for that one to be released next month. Dying.
If you’ve been out soaking up the sunshine like I long to be [and will be once I find something to fit this preggo booty!], you may have missed a few posts. Let’s play catch-up!