To Make a Smoothie Bowl

 

     Hey there! I love the look of this smoothie bowl! They are fun to look at and fun to make. Visually pleasing things always get a thumbs up in my book! I had actually never made one before this, but I figured it's no different than making an actual smoothie. Choosing the toppings was interesting too. I basically just threw in what I had in the pantry, and the risk paid off! I was surprised to like the pistachios with the strawberry and banana flavors. That's the actual smoothie part. I loved having the freedom to top it off how I wanted, and it felt a lot like going to a froyo place! This bowl makes the perfect breakfast for those sunny spring mornings. Get the recipe below!

Ingredients:

- 7 or 8 strawberries, chopped

- one frozen banana, sliced

- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds

- 1 cup of almond milk

- whatever toppings you like! I used granola and pistachios, more chia seeds, strawberries, and sliced bananas.

Directions:

Step one - Blend everything but your toppings until smooth. Pour into your bowl of choice, and have fun with toppings!

To Eat Clean

 

     Hey there! I've been contemplating a clean eating post for awhile, mostly because I always find those types of posts inspiring for my own clean eating agenda. For me, my experience with clean eating really started when I did my first Whole30. Doing a program like that is great way to force yourself into eating clean because you don't have the option to eat anything but. However, the Whole30 is slightly extreme and doesn't necessarily represent truly eating clean to me. Clean eating is about eating a fresh and un-processed diet. It's more of a lifestyle choice, in that it's fluid. You don't have to restrict yourself, like with the Whole30. A meal can still be healthy if there is a slice of cheese in it, which is forbidden in Whole30, as long as the components of that meal have great nutritional value.

     Post Whole30, it was a relief to just focus on eating clean. I love cooking, and that is a big part of clean eating. The more you cook for yourself, the less you go out to eat and in turn eat less heavily processed foods. Also, once I became a mother, I really threw myself into cooking, because I wanted to be able to make good meals for Bailey, just like my mom had. Of course, I still eat out maybe once a week, but it's never at a fast food place and at worst I have a delicious burger, which there is still nutritional value in. I haven't eaten McDonald's in over two years. That was a big part of my transition into adulthood, I had to learn to value what I eat more.

Here are some tips to help you get started on your own clean eating adventure:

  • Start off by hitting the grocery store! I always begin in the produce section and work my way around, ending with the middle aisles.
  • Remember, you don't have to give up everything you love eating. Just eat less of the bad things and more of the good things!
  • Know the facts on your personal nutrition, like what vitamins and nutrients can help you if you're stressed or bloated. Knowing that healthy foods can make you feel better is big motivation.
  • When eating out, make a decision ahead of time on if you are going to indulge. You'll feel less pressure to choose quickly.
  • Check out Pinterest if you are in need of a way to make veggies more appealing. There are endless ways to cook them and cater them to your own taste.
  • Plan out your meals for the week ahead of time. It's easier to eat healthy if you aren't randomly choosing a meal.

What We're Loving, #2

     Today, we have the second installment of my weekly What We're Loving Series. It has been very enlightening, so far, to sift through our lives to pick out a few things that have been getting a lot of attention. Some things are obvious, like I'm definitely going to be reading our Book of the Month this week, but other things, like pinpointing what specific toy Bailey has been giving the extra hugs to, require a little bit more observation. Now that she's talking and saying syllables of words, she makes it pretty clear what she wants. This was the case with last weeks Loving choice of Mr. Wolfie, she literally says "wolf" when she wants him. I really look forward to continue documenting her childhood choices.

What We're...

Wearing: My favorite beanie/Bailey's favorite cardigan.

Reading: The Book of the Month/ Little girl is saying the number 2!

Eating: Homemade salsa from Brett's mom/ She eats at least one banana a day.

Making: Cards for the place settings at Thanksgiving/ washi tape balls

Loving: air plants!/ a little box from D.C. that her Auntie Becca gave her. :)