Hi all !!
I just wanted to jump on and share 3 things with you …. how much I LOVE my smoothies of a morning, how easy it is to make simple substitutions in order to still have a ‘treat’ when out & about…. and lastly, how creating a yummy healthy dinner is actually fun to do !!
So, EVERY single morning starts with a Healthy Mummy Smoothie…. I’m in a bit of choc cherry or Raspberry Ripple phase at present, but really any flavour is divine !!
My husband is constantly in awe at how much I actually pack into my brekky smoothie, so here’s a run down on what goes into every morning smoothie.
I used to put almond milk in my smoothies, but ran out one day, so simple threw a handful of almonds in with water.. and it tasted just as good. So I thought… well, that’s gotta be a healthier option. If you look at the nutritional info on a carton of almond milk (even the good organic activated almond milk), the % of almonds is pretty darn low. This way, I know I’m actually getting a good amount of almonds in.
So, along with the almonds and water, goes a frozen banana, 2 or 3 frozen strawberries, (usually some frozen blueberries, but I actually forgot them this morning, .. whoopsie), a big ole spoonful of LSA (Yes, I know I’m doubling up on almonds.. but hey, there’s worse things to double up on, right?), Organic cacao, Maca powder, Chia seeds, Hemps seeds & the HM mix. This one had some organic cacao nibs on top with the blueberries and strawberry too. Whip it up in the trusty Ninja Auto IQ.. and you’ve got yourself a nutrient dense, yet delicious, breakfast !!
I literally go to bed each night looking forward to my smoothie… it’s crazy right? I did wonder when I started with HM whether I’d get bored with them, or get sick of making them each morning, but no… I still LOVE it. I also wondered how I’d go thru winter.. whether I’d like getting up and having a cold smoothie on a cold morning.. but I actually went through last winter still having one each day. There was one morning that I made a warm smoothie, using the thermomix, after seeing a HM recipe for it. I really did like it, but didn’t actually make another.. so who knows if I’ll do more of that in winter this year.
I also have come to love using my ‘smoothie time’ as my quiet time with The Lord. I make my delish smoothie, make it pretty (a totally unnecessary part of smoothie time.. but hye, it makes it more special.. like you’ve having a smoothie from Charlies Raw Squeeze.. lol).. and then go sit somewhere nice and get into the Word. I GREAT way to spend part of your morning. I’m still working on ‘becoming an early morning person’… (says the blogger at the computer after 10pm). It just seems to make so much sense to me.. to get up by 6, have a solid hour with The Lord.. and then tackle the day… but I’m not there yet, so currently have a quiet time of about 20-25mins.
OK… jump forward into the day.. and we decided to head to the beach around lunchtime as there’s not too many of these opportunities left before school goes back. I totally could have taken something with me to eat, but part of the fun of a ‘beach trip’ is the chips on bread lunch/arv tea you have after a swim in the ocean.
Sooooooo, here’s how I still have my ‘treat’ with the kiddos, while fueling my body the best way I can in the situation.
If you’re not Australian, and you’re reading this…. that pic on the left, is a VERY Aussie beach meal. A ‘chip sanga’. Not many would choose to have it on multigrain, but hey… I actually like it.. and it meant I was actually adding some nutrition to what would normally not have much.
In years gone by, the chip sanga would have gone down VERY well with a Pepsi Max, but today… a delish Watermelon water was my selection.. and man, it was no sacrifice. It was downright divine !! I have had this one before, so knew it was going to be yum.. but still. It meant that I ate alongside my kiddos.. enjoying the beach lunch experience with them. Being healthy isn’t just about the food & exercise peeps !!! However, I can’t help myself, I did walk out a mere 5000 steps along the beach while the kids rode the waves.
OK… an hour drive home… and it’s time to tackle my challenge for the week…. instead of ‘meat free Monday’.. I decided to challenge myself to a ‘meat free week’. It’s too much to go into right now, but when my niece went vegetarian a few years back, I decided to look into and do some research as to why people think it’s a better option.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love my chicken and beef far too much to go vegetarian, but after all the research I did, I certainly do believe there is too much meat production in the world. As a result, I made the decision to go one night a week without meat… but I’d like to aim for 3 or 4 nights per week as meat free.
What had me seeing it as difficult tho is I didn’t think I could come up with enough options to reduce our meat intake, but after I came across a page last night, I’ve put together a list of options.
Here they are – Vegetarian lasagna, soup, fritters, spinach and ricotta cannelloni, veggie bake, mushroom risotto, chick pea & veg curry, flafel burgers, sweet potato and feta sausage rolls, veggie nachos with guacamole, veggie frittata, roast pumpkin and quinoa salad, quesadillas with beans, spinach & ricotta pastries, bbq halloumi & veg kebabs.. and vegetarian pizza.
Tonight, I decided to simply start at the top of the list and make veggie lasagna. We actually ended up having friends over for diner last minute, so they were my little guinea pigs. lol.
I was honestly just making it up as I went along (see, it’s fun !! )…. randomly putting in whatever I thought would work… actually being so lazy that I didn’t even make a cheese sauce, but only poured a can of coconut cream over one of the layers. I also used lavash bread instead of the lasagna sheets. One, because it’s a healthier option.. and two, because it gets dinner on the table WAY faster.
My method was – Slice up 2 sweet potatoes and lay the pieces on a pan and drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil over the top, then season with S & P. In a 180 degree FF oven for approx 20mins. While they’re cooking, slice up 2 big zucchinis and 4 large carrots and microwave them for 10mins (if I had more time, I would’ve steamed them though). Once everything is ready, simply start constructing layers in an oven proof rectangular dish. I added a can of diced tomatoes, a can of corn kernels, the sweet potato, carrot and zucchini slices, some cream cheese spread dollops, some chopped mushys, the coconut cream.. and some grated cheese on top. It only took maybe 10mins in the oven as there’s really nothing to cook.
I’d love to show you a picture, as it actually came out of the oven looking gorgeous.. but it got eaten too quickly. I do have 2 serves left tho… so I’m now hanging out for lunch t’row. ha ha.
OK.. so there you have it… a day of Fi’s meals. A little bit of a treat with the chip sanga, but overall, a very good food day, nutritionally speaking.