Posted by: benepuella | April 10, 2012

April 6-9

From last Thursday until Sunday, we were super busy with Easter activities at school, in the community, church, and with our family. I was so glad to have a pretty calm day on Monday. I’m not going to write-up every single thing I ate over these three days. I’m just going to do a quick run down.

The oatmeal I cooked earlier in the week made quite a bit so I had that for a couple more mornings. I ate plenty of salmon between my house and eating at lunch at my in-laws. Friday night I made these delicious fish tacos. It was the second time I’ve made that recipe and it is so good. I could eat it weekly if not more often than that. I didn’t read the package on the hard corn tortillas I used and right after I ate I thought about it and went back and looked at the package. They had TBHQ, a preservative, in them. I had wanted to use them up since we had opened the package the previous week.  Lesson learned (or so I thought).

I found a recipe for a vanilla cake that I wanted to try so I whipped it up on Friday night and topped it with a chocolate gnache. It was yummy…a little too good actually since I wound up eating half the cake. To give myself the benefit of the doubt though, it was a thin, one layer cake.

Saturday, I made some barbecue sauce for some chicken I cooked and shredded to go on my homemade whole wheat buns. This is where my mistake #2 happened. I was trying to figure out what my sauce was missing so I was looking at several different recipes online and adding a little of this and a little of that, tasting as I went. I pulled out the Worcestershire sauce and had poured just a little bit into the pot, and then I decided to check the label…high fructose corn syrup. Shoot, two days in a row. I never expected perfection but I was a little disappointed that I didn’t think to check the label first. I do much better just making my own food from scratch with real, whole foods. Otherwise, I forget to read the labels because I don’t expect a certain product to contain junk.

On Easter Sunday, I made whole wheat pancakes with fresh whole wheat flour that I ground on Saturday. We had lunch with my husband’s family (they already eat whole, clean foods so no worries there). Dinner was leftovers.

All in all, it’s going well and I have even resisted the very tempting Easter candy that is lying around our house thanks to several Easter egg hunts my children participated in.

Monday was a day full of leftovers or food from the freezer paired with fresh fruits and veggies.

Posted by: benepuella | April 7, 2012

April 5, 2012

On this day I woke up early so that I could go running before anyone else woke up. Thankfully, the rain held out today, unlike, yesterday. I’m slowly building my distance back up to what it was before my pregnancy last year. I’m hoping to be able to comfortably run a 5K by the end of the month. Currently, I’m running 2 miles. If I am able to get in my morning runs like I want to, I’ll add 1/2 mile every week.

After my run, I still had a little time before my son would be waking up for school. I took the opportunity to mow the front lawn. It felt good to get that out of the way.

When I got out of the shower, my husband was putting together breakfast for my son. So I got busy making his lunch for school. I was getting hungry so to ride me over I ate a slice of cantaloupe. The night before I soaked some steel cut oats in water. I cooked those for breakfast and had a bowlful with cinnamon and maple syrup stirred in and topped with a chopped pear and a handful of blueberries.

We had a busy, full day ahead of us. I drank a small green smoothie as we headed to the mall.

I packed leftovers for lunch to heat up at my son’s school. I took garlic rice, salmon that was seasoned with herbamare, and a bag of cut up carrots.

My baby had a doctors appt that took longer than I anticipated (don’t they always?) so I was getting pretty hungry when we left. We had one more stop before heading home though. My daughter did not eat her half of banana that I packed in her lunch so I ate that on our way to Target. I was still hungry in Target so I bought a bag of Archer Farms Organic Tortilla Chips with Flaxseeds. I was going to be on my own with the kids all night so I knew if I didn’t eat a little on the way home that I would be ravenous by the time I would be able to sit down and eat dinner.

For dinner, I tried a new recipe. I was not very impressed with it though so I probably will not try it again. I forced myself to eat it though because salmon is too expensive to waste.

Today is the first day that I have felt tempted but it was not too difficult to resist. When we went to the mall, we entered through the food court. It smelled really good. I picked up a cookie cake to take to my son’s class for their Easter party. I don’t ordinarily buy desserts from their because I normally make my own but I purchased a groupon a few months ago that was about to expire.

After my son’s class party, I took the remaining portion of the cake by my husband’s work so I wouldn’t be tempted with it at home.

I did not workout to my 30 Day Shred DVD because my midfoot was hurting although quite honestly I probably wouldn’t have done it anyway due to being worn out from being on go all day.

Posted by: benepuella | April 5, 2012

April 4, 2012

Day 4

Breakfast at my place can get boring sometimes. With three children, I need something simple and quick so I had a repeat of yesterday, two eggs, cantaloupe, and a green smoothie.

My morning snack was thin mint balls from the freezer (Boy, I gotta think of a new name for those. ). What can I say, I just love them. Then, later, I ate a few apple slices I was cutting up for my daughter’s lunch.

After I pick my son up from Pre-k, I don’t have much time before my older daughter needs to take a nap. So I made up some broccoli salad and ate a granola bar put of the freezer for lunch.

When I was making my menu for the weeks meals, I kept in mind that I had enchilada sauce in the freezer. I don’t add the sugar when I make it and I almost always make extra. I decided to try these veggie enchiladas for the first time. I also made whole wheat tortillas from scratch. They were pretty good. I plan on adding them to my enchilada rotation. What can I say, we like Mexican food in this house. The chicken enchilada recipe (linked above for the sauce) is my favorite and I also have one made with white beans.

To round out the night, I ate some Mary’s Gone Crackers and finished off the thin mint balls in the freezer.

Posted by: benepuella | April 4, 2012

April 3, 2012

Day 3

Tuesday morning began with a green smoothie made in my wonderful Vitamix along with two eggs and cantaloupe. I used to think that I would never like a green smoothie. I think part of it was just getting over drinking something that green. It doesn’t look very appetizing. I know there are all sorts of recipes for green smoothies but I’ve settled on this one for now.

I had laundry to get caught up on, toys to pick up, ants to kill, and a recorded show to watch. I needed something to snack on during on this so I grabbed my tasty Mary’s Gone Crackers. These are so good and they are made out of flax seeds, brown rice, quinoa, and sesame seeds. At $5 a box at my local co-op they are expensive though so I may have to try to make some myself.

For lunch, I had a big salad consisting of spring mix lettuce, grape tomatoes, and carrots. Alongside the salad, I ate a veggie burger topped with slices of roma tomato.

That afternoon I was craving something sweet and needed a little pick-me-up so I ate one of my granola bars out of the freezer. I followed this recipe pretty closely except I didn’t eat any chocolate chips. I substituted sunflower seeds for peanuts since that’s what I had on hand when I made them and used half almond butter/half natural peanut butter. I think I may have also used some quinoa flakes in place of rolled oats. I rarely follow a recipe exactly :).

While I was making dinner I grabbed a handful of raw almonds to snack on. For the main entree, we had Chicken with Tomato Herb Pan Sauce which was cooked following the recipe with the exception of subbing coconut oil instead of butter, dried oregano instead of fresh, and teff flour instead of white. This was the first time I used coconut oil instead of butter and I will tell you it did not change the flavor of the dish. It was still excellent. I am not opposed to using butter but I rarely spring for organic butter. I served garlic rice as a side using brown rice and sauted asparagus topped with this sauce. To round out the meal, I served a spinach salad with strawberries, blueberries and my own balsamic vinegar dressing.

A couple of hours after dinner, I ate some thin mint balls that I had leftover in the freezer.

Yay! I was also able to squeeze in my 30 Day Shred Workout earlier in the day.

Green Smoothie

Servings: 2-3 Smoothies

Apple, peeled and cored
Pear, peeled and cored
1-2 Tbsp
Ground Flax Seeds
1 inch
Fresh Ginger
3 cups
Fresh Spinach or Kale
1/2 cup
Pineapple Juice
1 cup
Juice of 1 lemon or 1 Tbsp lemon juice
Place all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth.

Balsamic Vinegar Dressing

Servings: 2-3 side salads
1/4 cup
Balsamic vinegar
3 Tbsp
1 tsp
Dried thyme
1/4 tsp
Ground pepper
  1. Stir all ingredients together until combined.
  2. Pour desired amount over salad.


Posted by: benepuella | April 3, 2012

April 2, 2012

Day 2

For breakfast I drank green tea with a bowl of sprouted quinoa with a pear, handful of blueberries, cinnamon, and a tablespoon of maple syrup.

As a snack I ate a handful of almonds and finished off the broccoli salad. For lunch, I ate a salad consisting of spring mix, spinach, 1/2 pear, 1/2 an orange, and a handful of blueberries. I wanted to eat some of the Mary’s Gone Cracker’s I bought on Saturday but couldn’t find them so I ate a serving of Archer Farms Organic Blue Corn with Flaxseed Tortilla Chips. There was one leftover chicken nugget from my daughter’s lunch so I ate that for a little protein. The chicken nuggets are made by me and are seasoned with herbamare and coated in teff flour.

When I got hungry for a snack later in the afternoon, I went on a hunt looking for the Mary’s Gone Crackers. I found them in an unpacked bag on the floor of my pantry. Yes, my pantry is that cluttered and disorganized that I didn’t notice an unpacked bag of groceries. When I came home from the store on Saturday, I was in a hurry while unpacking them and didn’t get all of the pantry goods unpacked because I needed to feed the baby. So for a snack I ate a serving of Mary’s Gone Crackers and a cup of green tea.

For dinner, I made Veggie Burgers. I subbed coconut oil in place of the oil listed, quinoa flakes instead of rolled oats (I didn’t have any on hand), and ground flax seed for bread crumbs. I usually chop my veggies using my vitamix but the baby was napping and this thing is really loud. After getting started on the red onion, I couldn’t help but pull out the blender. It is so much easier using it and I have a hard time chopping my veggies small enough so that the burger doesn’t fall apart. I always quadruple the recipe so that I have plenty of burgers to put in the freezer. It makes the long list of ingredients worth it.

To top my burger, I made  ketchup using tomato paste and a few seasonings. For one side, I made a salad using spring mix, spinach, grape tomatoes, carrots, and homemade italian dressing. As a substitute for fries I made baked potato chips using a russet potato which I sliced and tossed in grapeseed oil, onion powder, garlic powder, and sea salt.

I was ready for some chocolate today so I made dessert. These Raw “Thin Mint” Balls are so yummy. They are like a larabar consisting of walnuts, cocoa, dates, and vanilla and mint extract. I love the fact that I don’t have to bake them so they are ready as soon as I have the ingredients blended. This is the second time I made them and I opted to make them bite size this time instead of the larger balls that I made last time. I ate five all together but had two while shaping the so only three made it to the plate :). I put the rest in the freezer to enjoy for the next day or two.

It was a long day but I even managed to workout to my 30 Day Shred DVD tonight after the kids went to bed. I didn’t make it to bed until 11 o’clock and probably didn’t fall asleep until closer to 11:30 so I’m definitely going to try to get in my workout earlier tomorrow.


Posted by: benepuella | April 2, 2012

April 1, 2012

My first day starts today and for breakfast I had: 3 triangles of Whole Grain Waffles, with roughly 1 Tbsp of Grade B Maple Syrup, 1 Egg, 1 Orange, and a glass of water. For the waffles, I substituted unsweetened almond milk in place of the skim milk; grapeseed oil in place of the canola; maple syrup in place of the sugar; almond flour in place of the all purpose; and freshly ground hard white wheat berries in place of whole wheat pastry flour.

I ate of snack of 5 Raw Almonds on my way to pick my son up from preschool. For lunch, I had leftover Lasagna that I made the day before with cantaloupe, and a glass of  water. The lasagna was made with organic whole wheat noodles. I used coconut oil to sauté the onions. I did use Pacific Foods Low Sodium Chicken Broth which lists organic cane sugar. Ideally, I would have made my own but I didn’t have any chicken bones or celery on hand when I made it.

While at the beach, I ate Broccoli Salad, an apple, and had more water. We stayed at the beach all afternoon so there wasn’t time to prepare dinner.  My kids were hungry and it was almost their bedtime. I almost always have these  Whole Grain Waffles in the freezer. They are so yummy that I didn’t mind having them for a second time today. I had waffles with a little syrup, 2 eggs, cantaloupe, and water.

After the children had gone to sleep I was wanting something sweet, so I drank some Decaf Green Tea sweetened with SweetLeaf liquid stevia.

We were gone almost the whole day so I didn’t have time to workout with my 30 Day Shred DVD. Overall, today went well and it was not a struggle to eat clean, healthy foods.