Good morning! I wasn’t planning on posting today because I have a few notebooks that still need a little organizing and some lists that definitely need some starting, but I have a few too many confessions to share.
I taught a butt load of classes. I did not run.
First off, Kitty is back to having morning eye boogers and sitting on the darn stove.
Maybe he just wanted to be photographed after I made him take a bunch of pictures last night with my huge Brussel sprout stalk.
The best picture was posted on instagram, but I took quite a few. I even made STUFT Daddy take a picture of me holding that darn stalk while I was still in my sweaty gym clothes.
It was a great use of my time at 9 pm. Ha.
That big stalk from Trader Joe’s had a really good recipe attached to it that might be worth trying.
I didn’t try it last night. Instead I roasted the heck out of those sprouts.
I may or may not have eaten one too many brussel sprouts.
I tried to make a new “frosting” last night for my Vitatop with a half of a banana and some coconut butter.
It was a baby step towards my attempt to limit artificial sweeteners. I wasn’t that impressed gosh darn it. I like three ingredient fudge (or my original oh fudge recipe) much better. I ended up having to top it with a huge serving of almond coconut ice cream. (Yeah, I “had” to.)
Another thing I attempted the other day was black coffee without any sweetener. Now that was hard to choke down. Do you all drink black coffee? Maybe it’s an acquired taste or something. I’m not ready for that just yet.
In fact, this morning I’m drinking a half soy milk half almond milk latte and had to add a little sugar free vanilla syrup to the mix.
This whole trying to stay away from artificial sweetener is going to be a bit harder than I thought.
I did make a really great cinnamon pear version of my breakfast STUFTwich yesterday that didn’t have any sugar substitute and I was pretty proud of it.
All I did was cook up egg whites with some cinnamon and thin pear slices.
Then put in on my favorite bread with some coconut butter.
It was pretty darn good. I may have to have it again today.
I thought it might be a good peanut butter and berry variation with this berry flavor, but I wasn’t that impressed with my concoction.
Yesterday I let the boys eat lunch in the family room after I slaved in the kitchen microwaving some Trader Joe’s veggie corn dogs.
Yep. Mom of the year. That’s me.
Speaking of “Mom of the Year”, remember the potty charts? Well, Judah has been diaper free for awhile now. Joaquin has no interest what so ever. I have not been very proactive about it either. We’ve been doing Pull Ups and he goes in the potty when he wants to. He also goes what seems like every 10 minutes or so in his pants. I really need to get on that. I’m a slacker.
I also have to confess that I have not been the most patient mom lately. I’ve been more irritable than usual. I know it’s because of stress and not enough sleep. I hate not being patient with my boys. Those early mornings sure do sneak up on me. Beavis.
Want to know something else? Over the past couple of weeks I’ve consumed way too many processed foods and snacks that I haven’t mentioned on the blog. I’m just not good at moderation friends. I’ve never been good at it. Those people that can have just one serving of cereal or pretzels are darn impressive. And really, can anyone have just one serving of Love Grown Foods granola at a time? I’m convinced that’s impossible, especially with Cocoa Goodness.
I know I’ve been craving these thing more because I’m stressed out and tired. Funny how your body does that to you. I can always tell if I’m well rested or not depending on what kind of food I crave.
We’ve had some very generous companies send us some amazing snacks to try that I keep forgetting to share.
Nature Box sent us this wonderful package last month of healthy snacks.
They have a great monthly snack delivery service.
You get all these goodies in one box.
Our current favorite are the Garden Tomato Crunchies.
We only like to open one bag at a time so next up we’re going for these.
They’ll be a great salad topper don’t you think?
We also got a fun bag of California Walnuts.
I actually keep wanting to incorporate more walnuts into my diet. I keep seeing them around with all these new paleo friendly recipes. I need to do some more research, but I think they may be making their way into my breakfast scramble this morning.
Lastly, I was also sent some samples from Chike Nutrition of their new whey protein iced coffee drink.
The package came with a fun little Blender Bottle too.
I’ve tried it a couple different ways. I blended it with ice, dark cocoa powder and almond milk.
I have to give it props for being pretty darn tasty under the circumstances. I’m so classy.
I have a little something for you though besides all the nonsense in this post.
The wonderful people at Chike Nutrition want to give some of you a chance to try their new protein drink also.
Three winners will get a package that includes 5 packs of Chike Iced Coffee and a Chike Blender Bottle (which a really darn cool by the way).
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here. I’ll pick a winner Thursday morning. Open to US residents only.
Don’t forget to enter My Race Ragz giveaway also for a chance to design your own shirt.
See you soon with some fun running talk. Woot woot!
Black coffee, yay or nay?
Favorite nut to snack on?
Any confessions for me?