HAPPY FRIDAY! Here is a new edition of what I am loving at the moment!
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I have had a planner problem in the past. This problem included over $60 on a customized Erin Condren Life planner. A tote full of washi tape, stickers, pens, and all else that is “essential” to using a planner still stashed away in our office. The next year I went a little smaller (well maybe bigger, but definitely cheaper) with the Me and my Big Ideas planner. Last year when I was pregnant and must have had a million hours of free time each week, I used the bullet journal. My favorite of the three planner types was by far the bullet journal method. I could make it JUST how I wanted and needed it to be, with no extra wasted pages that I would never use. It was small, compact, fit in my purse, and was adjustable any time I needed it to be. Fast forward to AFTER baby and I have no idea how I would find the time to set the bullet journal up, let alone accomplish anything I had planned. However wonderful all of the past planners may have been, I have found my absolute favorite this one year. On sale for $6.88 at Walmart, the price seriously It has EVERYTHING I could possibly want in a planner and NOTHING more (without spending 2 hours each week making my templates.. *a-hem* bullet journal.
A pretty cover, a pocket to put important papers, monthly view, weekly views, and a spot at the beginning of each month for important dates, goals, etc. I am in planner heaven! Check it out at www.shopstudioc.com
IT has been sweltering a 90 degrees more than one day this week. Not that the day starts out that way but our house is generally 10x hotter than it is outside in the morning (any other people lacking central air conditioning?!) Overnight oats is a super quick, cold, doughy, delicious breakfast either while I am getting ready or once I get to work. I actually forgot to make some a few nights ago and threw some together when I got up. By the time I got to work they tasted like they had been sitting all night!
My go-to concoction:
1/3-1/2 Oats, 1 T chia seeds,1/3-1/2 cup water, 1/3-1/2 cup plain greek yogurt, ½ a banana, 4-5 strawberries, and a tsp or so of maple syrup!. Topped with a handful of hemp seeds in the morning, SO doughy and delicious!
Harper is wanting to feed herself more and more which means less and less purees. I encourage her to feed herself, although it sometimes feels like she is not getting as much food as she was when I was spoon feeding her. My pediatrician said at her 9-month check up that “food before one is just for fun”, and that was not the first time I had heard this saying. I can’t say that I agree with this! At 9 months, Harper is eating at least 4 meals/snacks a day. While it may not be a lot at one time, it is surely contributing a significant amount of calories, vitamins and minerals to her diet. One of her favorite snacks is the rice teething crackers. These are really easy for her to eat, portable, and make very little mess. Looking at the nutritional profile though, I am less than impressed. Not that I won’t be giving her one of these to munch on next time we are at the grocery store, but I changed my mind about giving them to her every day while at home. I started to look around for a easy (and fast) recipe for another cracker or biscuit that might include more bang per bite nutritionally. These homemade baby biscuits were really easy to make, easy for her to eat, and something I feel good about giving to her daily.
My trusty salad spinner broke a few months ago. I spent a few weeks sopping up my washed lettuce with 254738 paper towels until I caved and purchased a new one. The cheapest of the lot at Bed Bath and Beyond, it is my favorite to use! I like to buy a bag of romaine heads each week, chop them, wash them, and store them in the salad spinner for the week. This way I can very easily build a salad with little prep work. The lettuce seems to keep pretty well for a several days as well.
Part of the reason I love this salad spinner so much? No other spinner lets you pretend you are pull starting a mower while drying your lettuce (which noises may or may not happen each time this is used)! Check out this spinner on Amazon.
My new Facebook Challenge Group: Plate Half Full RD Plant Protein Challenge: ONE Week, ONE Meal a Day!
I am VERY new to facebook groups/page/blogging in general/social media promotion, so I was not really sure on the etiquette of starting a facebook group. I kinda sorta strongly dislike it when people invite me to a group that I didn’t want to be in in the first place and then I am bombarded with things from the group (without actually choosing to join!)…. SO I didn’t want to do that to other people (although I may have accidently did it to a few people before I realize what I was doing.. remember, I am new here..) BUT just one day in and people are finding out about the group, tagging their friends, joining, commenting, sharing pictures and I am SO EXCITED!
One of the reasons I started this blog was to get back to why I actually became a dietitian. Getting people excited about good food and building a healthy relationship with food is what I am SERIOUSLY passionate about. When people share pictures of meals that they have made or comment about dishes that they have tried or want to try- especially when the dishes are full of VEGGIES- I feel like I am getting closer and closer to what I am meant to do.
If you want to take the challenge to include more plants in your diet and commit to featuring plant protein as the star of your meal at just ONE meal a day for ONE week, go ahead and join the group—there will be LOTS and LOTS of good ideas, recipes, and support to help you along the way!
I hope everyone has had a wonderful short week and a great relaxing weekend coming up!