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Good Morning Smoothie

4 Aug

Pretty much in no uncertain terms my OB is not pleased with me. She let me know that I am 7 weeks away from my due date and 2 lbs away from the maximum amount that they wanted me to gain of 25 lbs (probably would have been good for them to set up expectations prior to me getting close to that amount). So of course my husband starts joking asking if ‘eating cookies while lounging on the couch is a recommendation for that’, which she laughed at but was like ‘no, I’m pretty sure that no one recommends that.’

Ok, so I have to do better. I know that although I have gained a few more pounds than I planned I am not too far gone and whatever I do and put in my mouth now is going to effect my ability to get back into all my cute pre-pregnancy clothes which I miss dearly. It’s a little tough thinking about getting up and getting out there to get more exercise since I have hit that 3rd trimester wall of being exhausted by every activity, from things as small as walking downstairs from my office to refill my water bottle to a full hour long grocery shopping trip with my three year old. Not to mention that it is just about a million degrees in Southern California as we have started the month of August. My body is revolting against me when I even think of going outside. But I know that I need to get more exercise to be able to have a smoother delivery and recover more quickly from the birth. But besides getting outside and taking a walk or a jog, or hitting up the gym during lunch while I am at work I know that I need to still keep working hard (much harder) to sustain making healthier choices when it comes to what I am putting in my body, and no I don’t spend all day or evening eating cookies on the couch. I often have to wait to eat breakfast until I get into work since I usually choose sleep over getting up a minute sooner to do anything extra in the morning. Which means that sometimes my breakfast selections are influenced by what I see on the way to work, like fast food etc. Now I only do this maybe one to two times a week but I know it’s not good and I need to start somewhere. So I am issuing myself a little challenge to eat a healthy breakfast at home each work day this week.

To kick things off this week I made my Good Morning Smoothie. I am pretty picky when it comes to smoothies and I am definitely not on the level of most of my friends with their green smoothies. To me, I don’t really care how good whatever crazy ingredients are for you, I care about taste. But with this smoothie I am able to incorporate lots of good healthy ingredients with great antioxidants and the taste is still great! It has a great berry flavor but with a slight citrus tang and is hearty and healthy! It’s very refreshing and I especially love this smoothie in the summer even though with the use of mostly frozen ingredients I can have it any time of the year.

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Good Morning Smoothies

Ingredients:
1 cup frozen Strawberries
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1/3 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 fresh banana, sliced
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup 2% milk (could use another kind of non-dairy milk if desired)

Empty all ingredients into your blender and liquefy to desired consistency. *If it needs more liquid, I recommend adding more orange juice. Enjoy!

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Quick Apple Sauce

9 Sep

During my baking therapy weekend I looked at some apples that I just knew I was not going to eat and thought, what else can I do? I could have tried my hand at a apple bread or apple tart but I wanted something super fast and easy… apple sauce! My daughter loooves her apple sauce, she’s obsessed. I only usually buy the no-sugar added stuff- because frankly it’s not necessary, apples are sweet enough without it. I have made and canned apple sauce in the past and it required a good deal of time as well as effort and many many more apples than I had. I only had 4 apples but I was hoping that would be enough for two individual servings since it was just me and my daughter having some and I didn’t want to have to can it or anything that required real effort. It made just enough for the both of us to enjoy. It was one of those spur of the moment situations when you don’t necessarily have all the ingredients you would use in an ideal situation so you kind of wing it. That’s what I should call this “wing it apple sauce’ :).

I had 4 apples on hand, two fuji apples, one gala and a granny smith. Peel and core the apples and slice apples. Place all apple slices into a medium sauce pot, add 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg. 1 tablespoon of butter and simmer for 30 minutes covered and mash (I used a potato masher)- it was literally that easy, no fuss no muss!

The apple sauce was sweet without being overly so, it had a lot of great flavor from the multiple kinds of apples I used and the spices were spot on. I would totally recommend this for any time you just want a snack, couldn’t be easier!

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