What I Ate

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I don’t know about you, but I indulged in way too many Halloween sweets last month. I guess I could blame it on my crazy breastfeeding-a-baby appetite, but if I’m being honest with myself, I totally used the holiday as an excuse to eat too many treats.

chocolate and peanut butter sweet treats

Now that it’s November, and the Winter Detox is in full-swing, I’ve been cleaning up my act a bit and already feel so much better! My appetite hasn’t gone anywhere, but at least I’m making better choices when I need to reach for something in the fridge. I know we’ve all heard it a million times before, but preparation is seriously key. When you keep healthy options in your fridge and pantry, that’s what you’ll reach for when you’re hungry– if for no other reason than the fact that you have no other option. (Because I’m not about to jump in the car with two kids to satisfy a craving… nothing is worth that chaos.)

I’m sharing a look at what I ate yesterday, which was a bit of a strange day because it was pretty warm for November– it was 80 degrees outside! Our air conditioner broke, so it was 80 degrees inside, too. As a result, I ate more cold foods than I usually would at this time of the year…

apple pie a la mode smoothie in a glass, almond butter fudge, avocado on toast, carrots and hummus, and quinoa pasta salad

Morning: I made a double-batch of the Blended Apple Pie a la Mode smoothie for me and my husband to share. (The recipe is in Everyday Detox)

Later in the morning, I ended up eating two slices of sprouted toast with 1/2 of an avocado mashed on top, along with a piece of almond butter fudge, which I was cutting up for my son. It’s so good, I can’t help but eat a piece when I give him one!

Lunch: Yesterday was a crazy day, so I didn’t have time to sit down for a formal lunch at all. I ended up eating half a bag of baby carrots while standing in my kitchen, dipping them in hummus.

When I had another free moment, I threw 2 cups of quinoa into the Instant Pot to cook while I worked. Once it was done cooking, I took the lid off to let it cool, and later made my favorite Quinoa Pasta Salad directly in the same bowl. I ate one bowl of it right away, then saved the rest to have on hand for quick lunches this week. (It’s even better after it’s been stored in the fridge overnight.)

Snack: More carrots and hummus.

Dinner: We played outside with our son after work, so by the time we got into our (hot) house, all we wanted for dinner was a milkshake. So, I whipped up a double-batch of my Chocolate Superfood Shake (recipe from the preorder bonus) with loads of spinach, and called it a day. It was like dinner and dessert all rolled into one!

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I love your “what I ate posts”, it’s weirdly fascinating to see how other people eat! It’s heading into summer here in Australia, and I’m loving my favourite green smoothie recipe (I’m a creature of habit) every morning, and then lots and lots and lots of veggies at lunch and dinner (plus some salmon for good measure most days, although sometimes I skip that in favour of extra veggies). I’ve been particularly craving orange veggies lately and my favourite thing at the moment is lots of butternut steamed (I drink the cooking water as a “sweet tea” – don’t want to waste anything) mashed with coconut cream, herb salt and a punch of dulse flakes … but quirky but so good and I eat it out of the saucepan to save on dishes.


Do you rinse quinoa?


That’s awesome! I just love your blog. I’ve been eating crummy lately due to child-induced sleep deprivation, and this inspires me to do some food prep and feel better. Thanks for all the real-life posts! Blessings to you and yours. 🙂 🙂


When I was pregnant I took an online coursera course on child nutrition that was put on by stanford uinversity. (its free… and coursera is a source where the best universities offer free online classes and in return they recieve data on how people learn). http://www.coursera.org


Its really not as complicated as we make it out to be. and they seem to really like michael pollan and had him as one of their speakers on there. But anyway, what i really took from it is that food isn’t just about nutrition. Although nutrition is very important, food also has very strong social components. its about celebrating things together, its about passing on traditions, communicating, and sharing, and making social connections with each other. It adds up to emotional well being. Celebrating Halloween and having candy is not the end of the world. and in the broad perspective letting ourselves celebrate holidays and not being so wrapped up in vitamins and nutritional content can lead us to being better off in the long run. its about making smart choices most of the time. and we can have wiggle room in our diets for special occasions. its about balance. and your doing great!


What sprouted bread do you use? Is it GF?

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