Good morning, my friends! How is your week going so far? All is well over here!
We’ve had a nice balance of work and play this week and I’m feeling grateful for play dates both for Chase’s entertainment and for my personal sanity. As you may remember, one of my goals for this year was to put myself out there more and find playgroups and mom friends in my area. Thankfully things like library story times (<— my favorite!) and Stroller Strides make it a bit easier to connect with people in a similar stage of life right now. I’ve met a handful of first-time moms who all live close by and they’ve quickly become a great support network. We’ve been meeting up a couple of times a week and it’s definitely a highlight for me!
We also had Chase’s 6-month pediatric visit on Tuesday and everything looked good on that front as well.
Chase is still a little peanut but he seems to be a healthy little peanut and that’s all I could ever hope for as a mama. He gave flirty smiles to the nurses during his visit and made sure to show our pediatrician just how active and wiggly he is by kicking, squealing and reaching out to try to touch his beard.
In between all of the craziness of everyday life and balancing blogging with babyhood, we’ve been eating our fair share of delicious food, too!
Today I’m teaming up with OLLY vitamins to give you guys a peek into some of our recent eats! When it comes to my diet, there are some things I find myself prepping over and over again (helloooo frittatas, overnight oats and chia seed pudding) but I do like to try to change things up a bit to keep things interesting. Here’s a look at three random meals and snacks I enjoyed last week!
- Sausage and Kale Frittata (Made with Roasted Sweet Potatoes) + Banana
- Protein Pancake (Topped with a Smear of Peanut Butter) + Banana
- Graham Cracker Encrusted Whole Wheat French Toast (Topped with a Drizzle of Maple Syrup)
When it comes to breakfast, I will often gravitate toward meals I can prep ahead since I like to grab something quick before my morning workouts, but when Chase sleeps a little later (and by later I mean like 7 a.m. – haha!), I love to take a little more time to make myself something new like French toast, an egg sandwich or a protein pancake (though these can also be prepped ahead!) or even scrambled eggs with veggies and a sprinkle of shredded cheese.
My morning meals these days always include coffee that I make with a heavy pour of Fairlife whole milk (it’s THE BEST and so creamy) and a splash of unsweetened vanilla almond or coconut milk and a side of OLLY postnatal vitamins on alternate days. (I typically take postnatal vitamins one day and then a super food multivitamin the next day.)
You may remember seeing these vitamins in a past Things I’m Loving Friday post back in November because they quickly became my favorite after I was suckered into a “buy two OLLY vitamins, get a $5 Target gift card” deal at Target one day. It was love at first bite both for the flavor and and the fact that they don’t include any artificial colors like other gummy vitamins.
(FYI – OLLY vitamins are available at all Target stores in the United States and online at OLLY.com where you can order the vitamins and even subscribe to regularly receive your vitamins at 20% off with the code SUPER20.)
Random Snacks (Morning/Afternoon/Evening)
- Greek Yogurt or Cottage Cheese Bowls
My morning, afternoon and evening snacks are often a rotation of protein smoothies, an egg white and oatmeal protein pancake, chia seed pudding and Greek yogurt/cottage cheese bowls packed with fresh or dried fruit, nuts, cacao nibs and/or homemade granola.
My protein smoothies usually include a base of either Greek yogurt or protein powder (I’ve been loving After Burn), cocoa powder, peanut butter and a frozen banana. My egg white and oatmeal protein pancake has quickly become a snacktime favorite for me and I’ll typically beef it up a bit by smearing nut butter on top or adding some chia seeds to the mix before cooking it in a skillet (as seen above)!
When we’re out and about (or when I’m in a rush/starving) and convenience is key, I will reach for nuts, portable nut butter packets, turkey or beef jerky, healthy bars and fresh fruit.
- Big Salad Bowls
Barbacoa Salad Bowl = Brown Rice Base + Lettuce + Slow Cooker Barbacoa + Shredded Cheese + Guacamole
Salmon Salad = Spring Mix + Salmon + Peppers + Tomatoes + Homemade Ranch Dressing
- Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Hash
- Homemade Chili with Avocado
I feel like lunch is my biggest crapshoot meal of the day since so much of it depends on Chase’s schedule (whether he’s napping well and I can take more time to put together something more involved) and whether or not we’re out and about. When we’re at home, dinner leftovers are key!
I’ve started making larger portions at dinner so I will have leftovers easily accessible in the fridge to turn into a large salad, sandwich/wrap or even a quesadilla. (Slow cookers meats and large pots of chili are wonderful for reheating the next day!)
Lunchtime is also when I’ve been reaching for OLLY Super Foods vitamins!
Right after lunch, if I haven’t had postnatal gummies in the morning, I’ll grab two Super Foods multivitamins to enjoy with a hot mug of tea, some sparkling water, kombucha or a probiotic drink.
After OLLY caught wind of my love for their postnatal vitamins, they sent me their Women’s Super Foods multivitamins to try. I’m a sucker for gummy vitamins (they’re basically the only way I will take vitamins on a consistent basis) and the flavor of the Super Foods vitamins won me over instantly. They’re sweet but slightly tart and along with providing essential vitamins and minerals, the vitamins also provide a boost of phytonutrients from 10 of the most nutritious super foods on the planet. The Super Foods multivitamin delivers the antioxidant equivalent of a whole serving of fruits and veggies which makes me feel a little better about things on days when fruits and vegetables are a little scarce in my diet.
- Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Mushroom and Turkey Bolognese
- Zoodles with Shrimp and Marinara Sauce
- Against All Grain’s Ginger Chicken and Broccoli
When it comes to dinner, I try my best to focus on incorporating lean proteins and vegetables into our evening meal. When I need something simple, whole wheat pasta or chili works well and crock pot meals are making a serious comeback in our house these days! I’m also enjoying meal planning on Sundays more and more and more and this helps me keep a little more variety in our weeknight dinners.
Questions of the Day
- Do you tend to make the same things for breakfast, lunch and dinner every week or are you all about variety?
- If you’re a creature of habit when it comes to your food, what are some of your go-to meals?
- Is there a new recipe you’ve tried recently that has quickly become a favorite?
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by OLLY vitamins. I really appreciate your support surrounding the sponsored posts that help support our family. Thank you so much!