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happy 1st blogiversary

One year ago today, I wrote my very first blog post!  It was a very short post, but it was the start…


Over the past year, I have had a great time blogging about everything from healthy eating to fitness apparel to my travels to my pregnancy.  It has been fun to get to know others in the blogging community who share similar interests.

I can’t wait to see what this next year holds. 🙂  Thank you for sticking with me and reading my blog!


The past week, my meals have been very simple.

There has been a lot of this…

A lot of these…

And, a lot of these pumpkin muffins that I burnt to a crisp. 🙂

I love fall!

We did whip up one delicious dinner, however.

Lentil Almond Stir-fry.

This is one of my favorite meals.  It is so simple, but the flavors work together so so well.  I would make it every week…it’s that good!

The only change that I made, was the addition of radishes from our CSA.

And, to make a simple recipe even simpler, I used the pre-cooked Black Beluga Lentils from Trader Joe’s.

Topped with the delicious mint and yogurt sauce…this was a hit!

And, a slice of warm bread on the side.  Perfect. 🙂


a day late

Good morning!  Yesterday was crazy, so I didn’t get a chance to post!

My day started with a smoothie.  I was running out the door, and needed something quick.  This wasn’t my best smoothie, but it did keep me full and satisfied for hours!  I think I put a little more peanut butter than was needed…and the cottage cheese added lots of extra protein for me.

In the mix:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach
  • 1/2 cup 2% Daisy Cottage Cheese
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/2 packet Vega Vanilla Chai protein mix
  • 1 tsp maca
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder

Wow, there was a lot in that smoothie – lots of calories and lots of goodness.

But, it tasted way to peanut buttery, even for my taste!  I think that 1 tbsp would have been plenty, but I was rushing around this morning and not thinking clearly.

Lunch was a delicious salad.

Spinach with grilled eggplant, 1/2 orange pepper, feta cheese and hummus.

The eggplant was a great addition!

It was delicious!  I also snacked on an apple and some chocolate pretzels for ‘dessert’.

Brant had the day off for Patriot’s Day, so dinner was ready for me when I got home!  He made a few additions to one of our favorite meals – Lentil Almond Stirfry from 101cookbooks.com.

He substituted the following:

  • Green Lentils for Brown/Black Lentils
  • Sweet Potatoes for Small New Potatoes
  • Broccoli for Brussels Sprouts

And, it was still just as delicious!  I really think that the mint sauce makes this dish :).  And the combination of lentils with potatoes and veggies.  It is a delicious and very easy meal.  Brant did cook the lentils this time (as opposed to using the pre-cooked lentils from Trader Joes) which makes the process longer, but it is well worth it!

It looks like a gorgeous day!