Changing my eating habits has been the name of the game for me this week. Somehow my healthy food rebellion melted away and it was easier to choose healthier options at home.
I have been drinking a lot of protein shakes this week. They are quick and easy to make and keep me full. This is my current favorite recipe…
2 scoops (one 20g protein serving)
8 oz. milk (almond milk, soy milk, whatever you use)
2 handfuls frozen berries
1 heaping spoonful (or two) fresh ground peanut butter (found at any health food store)
agave nectar or honey to taste
I have been working to perfect this recipe as well….tonight I am soooo tempted to bake the box of Ghiradelli brownies in my cupboard but this is my substitute (found on Pinterest at http://faithfulprovisions.com/coconut-oil-chocolate-fudge/#_a5y_p=1359294)
1 cup of extra virgin coconut oil (* I do ½ cup coconut oil and ½ cup freshly ground peanut butter)
¼ cup of whole coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon of sea salt
¼ cup cocoa powder
¼ cup raw honey
¼ chopped nuts pecans or walnuts (* I have skipped this so far)
1. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
2. Put milk and coconut oil in a stand or hand mixer and mix for about 5 minutes or until well combined. Add remaining ingredients except for nuts. Mix well until well combined.
3. Fold in nuts.
4. Pour into loaf pan.
5. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes or until firm.
6. Cut into small pieces and transfer to a zipper bag. Keep in refrigerator.
In addition to food, I have also been focused on making organization a routine (organization is my Achilles heel.) When I spend time in the evenings getting both my clothes and Miles laid out, filling my water bottle, preparing snacks, etc., I have a much easier time leaving the house the next morning without running around like a chicken with my head cut off. Another struggle of mine is finding time to balance all the ideas in my head (working out, creating/trying new healthy recipes, creative artistic endeavors) in the few hours I have to myself. Should I be able to do some of this while involving Miles? Yes! Do I always succeed? Sometimes!
This product has been a great help in the kitchen. He LOVES it.
He often hangs out and eats while standing in this more patiently and for longer periods than in his high chair. I can also cook (sometimes) while giving him some small part of what I’m doing to play with so he feels involved.