daily eats: april 15, 2015

Wow! Demi and I had a day yesterday. She spent most of 8am-1pm attached to me – eating. She typically eats pretty frequently during the day but this was not how we normally spend the morning. (And hopefully it isn’t a regular occurrence!) I can’t say I blame her though, just like her parents, she really enjoys her food. :)

beverage: morning coffee + 1/2 & 1/2

coffee

breakfast: silver hills sprouted herb’s garlic bagel + cream cheese + avocado + tomato slices. In between nursing sessions for Demi, I had a few minutes for breakfast. This is one of my favorite meals right now, and calorie-dense meals are currently what I’m going for. I now understand what people mean when they say they don’t have time – or hands – to eat.

breakfast

lunch 1: sautéed kale + slow cooked beef. Before my parents left (tear!) I sautéed some kale, cut up some carrots and slow cooked a piece of beef to fill my fridge with some proteins and vegetables. (Both have been lacking lately.) They all came in handy today and I ate some vegetables! Yay!

lunch

lunch 2: carrots + cheese + olives + pita chips. This is my favorite snack right now and I have it on a daily basis. :)

snack

snack: 2 pieces of peanut butter ‘eggs’ (recipe from minimalist baker). I didn’t shape them into eggs and dip in chocolate (mostly because I’m lazy) but I’ll definitely make the easy ‘bar’ version again. (I’ll add a few more dates than the recipe calls for to make them a touch sweeter!)

pbtreat

dinner: wine + salad with italian dressing + frozen pizza (topped with mushrooms, pepper, onion and parmesan). I mentioned that we’ve been so spoiled with food and meal from family and friends…and believe it or not, but I’ve been craving frozen pizza! It was time.

dinner1

thoughts on the day: I’m happy that I got a few vegetables in throughout the day, in addition to dinner. As always, it doesn’t matter if I’m pregnant, breastfeeding, or not, I listen to my body and try to balance mostly healthy food with fun food. If I’m hungry, I eat. If I’m not, I try not to.

asparagus & garbanzo bean salad

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Guess who hasn’t cooked a thing since having a baby? ME!

Now that’s not to say we haven’t been eating well, because we have. Between my parents, our cousins and friends, we’ve been SO well-fed and SO spoiled. (Not quite as spoiled as Demi though, packages arrive on a daily basis for that girl!)

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This salad was the last thing I made before I went into labor and I will definitely be making it again soon for a few reasons:

  1. My favorite spring vegetable is without-a-doubt, asparagus. Now is the time to eat it!
  2. It combines my favorite salad toppings. (hard boiled eggs! feta cheese! garbanzo beans!)
  3. I definitely need more salad in my life. Vegetables have been seriously lacking lately.

Asparagus & Chickpea Salad | anutritionisteats.com

This salad requires a bit more than most of the salads I make, but it is SO worth it and it’s full of so many tasty things.

Asparagus & Chickpea Salad | anutritionisteats.com

Butter lettuce, asparagus and radishes act as the vegetable base for this salad. We’ve got green, we’ve got crunch and…asparagus. See above.

Asparagus & Chickpea Salad | anutritionisteats.com

And for flavor, protein and texture I topped the vegetables with hard boiled eggs, garbanzo beans and some thinly sliced feta cheese.

Asparagus & Chickpea Salad | anutritionisteats.com

Then there’s the dressing. You can go a few ways with the dressing. My personal favorite is green goddess, but it is an extra step. You could also use french (Richie liked it with his homemade french dressing) or a simple shallot vinaigrette.

Asparagus & Chickpea Salad | anutritionisteats.com

It’s pretty on a plate and is perfect for company. Serve with some crusty bread and some grilled protein like chicken or fish.

It makes me excited for salad.

5.0 from 1 reviews
Asparagus & Chickpea Salad
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • ½ lb asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2" pieces
  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • 4 oz radishes (about 1 cup thinly sliced)
  • 1-15 oz can garbanzo beans, rinsed
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • 2 oz feta cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 tsp olive oil in medium-sized sauté pan over medium heat.
  2. Add asparagus and cook for about 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Set aside and let cool.
  4. Divide lettuce leaves on 4 plates.
  5. Top with radishes, chickpeas, hard-boiled eggs, feta cheese and asparagus.
  6. Top with fresh ground pepper, a sprinkle of salt (if desired) and drizzle with dressing.
Notes
Dressing not included in nutrition facts.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 203 Fat: 7 grams Carbohydrates: 24 grams Sugar: 3 grams Fiber: 7 grams Protein: 12 grams

 

overnight muesli oats

Overnight muesli oats are an easy, make-ahead breakfast, packed with protein, fiber and antioxidants! 

Overnight Muesli Oats - prep this healthy breakfast the night before and breakfast is ready to eat! | anutritionisteats.comThis post is sponsored by Central West Produce.

If you spend your mornings running around (I can’t be the only one!) in a tornado of bags and lunches and the worst: trying to find something to wear – then I’ve got the perfect prep-ahead breakfast that’s both filling and delicious.

Overnight Muesli Oats - prep this healthy breakfast the night before and breakfast is ready to eat! | anutritionisteats.comThese days, the tornado is a bit different. Instead of packing meals and bags for the work day, breakfasts are eaten in a rush, between nursing sessions and showers. In the two short weeks of living with a newborn, I’ve learned that I’ve got to have a hearty breakfast that comes together in minutes and since oats are good for milk production, they’ve been on a steady rotation. (I’ve also learned that anything that can be prepped ahead of time is ideal!)

Overnight Muesli Oats - prep this healthy breakfast the night before and breakfast is ready to eat! | anutritionisteats.com

Muesli has been around for ages, and it’s simply a mixture of oats combined with other ingredients like nuts and dried fruit. It’s soaked in water, milk or yogurt – or a combination of all three. Soaking the oats means they don’t require any cooking and all they need in the morning is a quick stir and plenty of toppings. I absolutely love the cool oats and burst of fresh berries once the weather starts warming up.

It’s also one of those meals that can come together with whatever you have. Out of yogurt? Add some milk. Not a fan of flax? Add chia seeds. Prefer strawberries? Swap them for blueberries. Only have frozen berries? Those work too!

Overnight Muesli Oats - prep this healthy breakfast the night before and breakfast is ready to eat! | anutritionisteats.com

Spend a minute prepping breakfast the night before and waking up the next morning is that much easier. (Unless you’ve been up all night…and I can’t help you there!)

Overnight Muesli Oats
 
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Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • ½ cup oats
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • toppings: fresh blueberries, honey, ground flax, almonds
Instructions
  1. Place oats in jar or container with lid.
  2. Add water and then yogurt, no need to stir.
  3. Store in the refrigerator overnight.
  4. When it's time for breakfast, stir together and top with blueberries, ground flax, almonds and some honey if you'd like some sweetness.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 271 Fat: 8 grams Carbohydrates: 46 grams Sugar: 29 grams Fiber: 6 grams Protein: 8 grams

 

coconut oil + butter chai latte

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So. I think (?) we’re ready for a baby! I mean, are we ready? Probably not. But are we ready to do this? YES! I’m so excited to meet this little baby – possibly later this month! One thing I’m trying to spend more time doing in the next few weeks is taking time for myself. Not on my laptop, not working out. More like drinking tea and reading. I made the mistake of subscribing to The New Yorker, which now means I feel guilty when I don’t get to it every week. What was I thinking?! I’m also trying to finish up a few parenting books and then you know, read a few books for myself too! When I do get a chance to slow things down, it feels utterly luxurious to make a cup of coffee or tea on the weekend and sit down with a book. And right now, I’m all about savoring the little things in life.
coconut oil butter chai latte | anutritionisteats.com
I’ve got my favorite green teas, but I’ve got a new favorite chai tea latte. And it’s not made with milk or tons of sugar.  Chai Tea Lattes are so good and I’ve always tried to recreate them at home, but without some sort of sugar or sweetener, they just aren’t the same! I love that Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener sweetens without calories and without artificial ingredients – it’s the best of both worlds! I’m happy to report that Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener is made with only real ingredients –- nothing artificial, and has ZERO calories per serving! It’s a perfect way to add some sweet flavor to my morning tea, or to sprinkle over my favorite foods during the day!
coconut oil butter chai latte | anutritionisteats.com
I came up with a version that’s the perfect blend of frothy, creamy latte flavor and the right amount of sweet: simply brew some chai tea and blend it with coconut oil, grass-fed butter and a few packets of stevia.
4.7 from 18 reviews
Coconut Oil + Butter Chai Latte
 
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Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 chai tea bags
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp grass-fed butter
Instructions
  1. Brew tea as directed.
  2. Blend tea, oil, butter and stevia until frothy.

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