We had a good week but it had its challenges - what week doesn't with kids. Baby was teething fiercely. I am grateful and blessed to have 3 healthy kids so I don't like to complain but I really do not understand why my kids suffer so hard with teething over such a prolonged period - they start early (4 months), come in slowly and are extremely painful. It is taking each tooth almost 2 full weeks to come through and medication doesn't seem to even dull the pain.........I mean baby Tylenol. I haven't had to resort to alcohol or meds yet. But baby turned 8 months today and tooth number 6 poked through so we only have 14 more to go - lol. It just makes me sad that we are missing enjoying the baby days because he is hurting so bad - he is such a fun, playful little guy when he isn't teething and I want to enjoy it. So hopefully we are on a break week - he was actually still fussy today even though the tooth was partly through so I hope it just needs a day or two to settle down versus another one making a move already.
Anyway, we had another week of clean eating. It actually gets easier as it becomes our "new normal". At first it is a struggle to think of what to eat but its becoming second nature to make a salad instead of a sandwich. Plus now I have a roster of good tasting snacks to keep us going and on the protein train. One of my main struggle is to keep the nuts/seeds, yogurt and fruit portions in check. Some days I am eating way too many nuts and seeds and not enough veggies. Nuts are full of healthy fats and a good source of protein but like everything moderation is key especially when you are working on improving a very weak digestive system. So I keep having to re-evaluate and make sure I am picking vegetables as my snack/meal whenever I can.
Hope you all had a good week and get some ideas here on some clean food choices you can make for yourself. I missed lots of pictures because of baby fussiness but here are some I got......
|Pork and Beef meatballs in mushroom sauce with green beans and mashed cauliflower. The meatball recipe needs some tweaking before it gets a blog post.|
|Once bitten Twice Shy brownies. Made with coconut flour and dark chocolate. Baba said "why didn't you make a double batch". Good point. These are good........try them. Kid-friendly even.|
|Vinegar with food dye, a plate of baking soda and a medicine dropper. What fun! Not a meal, just a way to let me actually make a meal. And I found some phot editing software to play with. Fun for Mom!|
|Chia banana almond pancakes. I topped with high Protein Greek blueberry yogurt and blueberries. I am not letting myself have maple syrup. Take that sugar devil.|
|Twice baked mashed cauliflower with leftover meatballs. I doctored up the meatballs and they were better the second day - they needed more salt/spices.|
|Mama's famous impress the in-laws ribs with Greek salad and steamed broccoli I bought back ribs this time instead of side ribs. I never knew the difference before but I definitely prefer the SIDE RIBS. Plus I think we better slow down on our rib in-take. I thought we only ate them once a month or so but they keep popping up in the week in review so its a little more frequent than it should be.|
|Butter Leaf lettuce topped with Kale salad, rotisserie chicken, onions and Jalapeno yogurt for lunch. And cranberries because I always need my hit of sweet.|