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allandale farm csa, week 16

Only one more week to go in our CSA!

Our list is getting smaller and smaller, but this week we got some of my favorite things: arugula, apples, greenbeans and radishes!

Carnival Squash

Green Beans

Lettuce Mix

Arugula

Radishes

Potatoes

Apples

Garlic

weekend trip to philly

A few weekends ago, Brant and I took a trip down to Philadelphia, PA to visit some friends for the weekend!  We had tons of fun visiting the Reading Terminal Market, eating good food and just hanging out.

The Reading Terminal Market was huge!  It is filled with vegetables, crafts, places to eat, etc.  I loved all of the fresh produce.

Baby Apples!

Cactus fruit?!

Peppers

Honey!!

After checking everything out, we stopped for lunch – I had a falafel wrap and a fresh squeezed juice!

Yum!

Then, we stumbled on this Magic House which took 15+ years for the designer to complete.

It was all made of tiles, stone, bottles, etc.

And, then hit up Max Brenner’s Chocolate Restaurant for dinner and dessert. 🙂  The best part of the meal was the Spicy Hot Chocolate I had fordessert…served in a Hug Mug to keep you toasty. 🙂

Delicious!

breakfast & lunch

Wow!  I have been slacking on blogging this week!  Really, it’s because I have been so busy and tired with other things, that the blog had to take a backseat.  So, I thought I’d show you what I have been munching on for breakfast and lunch the past few days.  (Dinner’s have been a little sub-par, mostly because i’m just plain tired when I get home!)

Since I am pregnant, I am making more of an effort to make my meals well balanced and contain ample protein, fat, nutrients, amongst other things.  It is really important to get the baby the nutrients it needs, and I want to do my part to get those to him or her. 🙂

When I am deciding on what to have for breakfast or lunch, the first thing that goes through my head now is whether or not it has enough protein.  I have been adding protein powder to my smoothies to give them an extra boost and have just been more conscious about my protein intake overall.

For breakfast, I have been alternating between my usual oatmeal and smoothies.  Some days I crave something warm, while others I want something cold and refreshing!

Yesterday, I started the day with steaming steel-cut oats!

I added a lot to the mix, so I kept the toppings simple.

In the mix:

  • 1/4 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/2 cup homemade applesauce
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened dried cranberries
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla

Topped with Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter and Crofter’s Raspberry Jam (my favorite combination!) and a sprinkle of shredded coconut for looks. 🙂

It was delicious, as usual, and contained ample protein, fat and carbs for my morning meal.

This morning, I started with a smoothie and toast.

Two slices of Cinnamon Date Manna Bread with a smear of butter.

And, a Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie!

  • 1 cup hemp milk
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tbsp unsalted peanut butter
  • 4 tbsp chocolate hemp protein powder
  • 2 tbsp flaxseeds

It filled me up, and contained the nutrients this baby needs!

I have been trying to get a little creative with lunches, since lately lunch seems to be the meal where I most want to eat!  By dinner, I am never really hungry…

Yesterday, I mixed up some leftover cooked sweet potato orzo, arugula, a fresh tomato and cheddar cheese.  Heated for about 1 minute in the microwave to take the chill off.

YUM!

With, 3/4 cup plain yogurt and frozen (defrosted) fruit.

It was a super yummy meal!

Today, I made up a pita sandwich with hummus, avocado and spinach.

With cheddar cracker from one lucky duck and an apple.

Perfect!

To me, my breakfast and lunch seem to be well rounded, which makes me feel better and happier in general.

I have been snacking on lots greek yogurt.  I can’t get enough!

Hopefully, I can keep this up!

allandale farm csa, week 15

Only 2 more weeks to go in our CSA!  And, all of the fall produce is coming in full force!  YUM.

Tomatoes

Peppers

Eggplant

Beets

Arugula

Salad Mix

Potatoes

Sugar Pumpkin!!

I’m turning this into pumpkin bread, I think…or maybe a pumpkin risotto?!  You’ll have to wait and see!

vita mix ice cream!

During the Vita Mix demonstration at the Big E, we saw them whip up some delicious, quick treats, including Ice Cream!

It is so simple and easy!  And, you can basically mix up whatever ingredients you want.

This week, I was craving something cold and sweet, so for breakfast one morning, I whipped up some ‘ice cream’ using the Vita Mix!

Vita Mix Protein Ice Cream

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 scoop SunWarrior protein powder, vanilla
  • dash vanilla
  • 2 tbsp honey or sugar of choice

I added some protein to the mix because I am definitely trying to get more protein in my diet these days!

Turn the blender on and use the plunger to push down all of the frozen ingredients into the blades.  Trust me, it works!  After about 30 seconds, 4 peaks will form.

And, you will have creamy, cold ice cream.  Ok, maybe it doesn’t taste like ice cream, but more like frozen yogurt.  Either way, it is cold, creamy and sweet!  Just what I wanted.

Made in 1 minute, and all for me!

Check out the texture – it’s so smooth.

Topped with a little granola for crunch…and to make it feel more like breakfast, 🙂