Sunday, June 28, 2015

Vegan What I Ate Today: June 2015 (with kids!)

So I might have fallen off the bandwagon for the month of May in keeping up with my "Vegan What I Ate Today" series (cue the crazy end of the school year for me), but I'm back and ready to share my vegan food for the day for the month of June.


So if you haven't seen the past two "What I Ate" posts you can check out "March" here or "April" here. Or you can jump right in to my gluten-free, vegan food for the day...and since it's summer I figured I would share a little bit about what I do with my girls now that I'm home with them for my summer break from teaching. So this post is a combo of "what I ate" and "a day in the life." Let's get started!


Now, you would think I'd be sleeping in on my day's off, and in the past I have, but now that I have my girls I need all the time to myself that I can get because once they are awake, they take a lot of my attention.  With this is mind, I still get up at my usual "work day time" of 4:45 AM. This allows me to get up, workout, get some computer work done, shower, and get ready all before my girls wake up...which is a glorious thing to me. I think it's mainly because that's how it is during the school year, that's my routine, so to get up at the same time as them (7:15-7:30) I feel WAY behind already.

So here I am 5:00 AM with my warm lemon water: 8 oz. warm water + juice of 1 lemon
During this time I write in my little journal. This is where I keep track of my exercise from the previous day (that I was too tired to write the night before), how much sleep I got, my dreams if I can remember them, and any other thoughts I have right when I wake up. I track food symptoms, things to be grateful for, and ideas for posts and videos. Probably sounds like a lot to be writing first thing in the morning, but I don't write on all the topics each morning, just whatever comes to mind that particular day.
5:25 AM Pre-workout snack: Erewhon Brown Rice Cereal with Trader
Joe's Rice Drink and Lakanto Sweetener
While eating my pre-workout snack, I do some social media time. This is where I reply to YouTube and blog comments, check email, and maybe edit a video if I have time. Usually I only have about 20-30 minutes max for this, so replying to comments is about all I get to. I've found I enjoy replying to comments much more in this small quantity (just a few a day) instead of waiting for them all to pile up and it taking me an hour or two once a week. I bet you all like hearing from me a little quicker too!

Replying to comments while eating my pre-workout snack.

Workout: 60 minutes Bethenny Frankel's Skinny Girl Yoga Workout. This is one of my favorite workouts to do to stretch and tone. As you'll see in the video, I love plan and come up with ideas for posts, videos, and even my finances (hence the planner I set down in front of my yoga mat). Something about exercise gives me the best ideas, so I'll stop a pose or wait for a break, jot something down, and then get right back into my workout.  Can you tell I do a lot of thinking, planning, and writing in the morning? I seriously love my mornings to myself. The rest of my day gets so busy and crazy with kids, so I savor this early morning time to myself and use it to not only fuel my body, but also my mind.


I'm way happier with my girls once they get up too, since I know I've already had some time to myself to get my workout in, get some work done, get out all the thoughts and ideas I have floating around in my head, and take a shower. This way I feel refreshed and ready for them, not already behind and they are roaring and ready to go. Maybe it's just the little piece of "working mom" I still have left in me? To where even though I'm on summer break, I still like to have some routine/consistency/sense of productivity. Can anyone else relate? 

Here's a preview of this DVD:




After my workout, I shower, get ready and then my girls usually start to
wake up.
 Morning smoothie recipe:

Blend + serve.

7:30 AM: Breakfast smoothie. I make one smoothie and share a portion with
Mila (as Avery is not a fan).

Every morning Mila loves to push this Croods movie
DVD case (not even the actual movie, just the case)
around our kitchen counter in her stroller, it's hilarious.

She then has a small portion of my smoothie in her smoothie cup. Right
when she gets up I nurse her, so she's not too hungry when we're all
eating our smoothies/breakfast snacks.

8:00 Avery's breakfast: a KIND Bar (Strawberry and Peanut Butter)
She usually eats half now, and an hour or two later,
then she'll eat the other half.

9:00 AM: Morning snack #1: Fruit bowl, 1 banana + several organic
strawberries.  Other than my smoothie in the morning, this is the only fruit I eat all day
as it seems to mess with my digestive system if I eat it later in the day
and combine it with other food. As you can see from my bowls, we all have this
for a snack. Usually I chop Mila's frozen grapes in half.

Finishing her KIND Bar on our way to Nana and Papa's house.
On this day we headed over to my parent's house to hang out. They are both teachers like me, and also off on summer vacation so it's fun to have the chance to spend more time with them. 

As you can see, Avery caught on to me taking pictures of everything
in our morning so far, so she was all about taking pictures too of her food
and in this case of her sister's "cute feet"!

10:15 Morning Snack: "Quinoa Oatmeal" (actually no oats, just reminds
me of oatmeal. I made this using rice milk, Lakanto Sweetener, 
and some Ancient Harvest Quinoa Hot Cereal Flakes.

Avery had a little of my "oatmeal" to snack on as well.

Lunch 12:15: Wildwood Sprouted Tofu Veggie Burger, organic roasted
potato rounds, steamed peas.

I like to dip mine in Organicville Ketchup and BBQ Sauce.

The girls lunch was a mix of leftovers with Field Day Gluten-Free Pasta
with spaghetti sauce, some of my leftover veggie burger, and a little
frozen mango. They also ended up with some of my peas as well. 

Lunchtime with my girls.

For their dessert (which I use sometimes to motivate them to try healthy
foods or eat a little more), they got a Lucy's Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie.
Avery got a full one and Mila got half of one. 
After lunch we head home and I put them down for a nap, which they take at the same time (thank you!). I then lay down and take a 15-20 minute nap to recharge a bit since I've been up since 4:45 AM. After I get up, I head downstairs to "work" and snack. 

2:15 PM: Drink up time: Daily Chia Seed Drink: 2 cups water+ 3 Tbs. chia
seeds + 1 packet of SweetLeaf Stevia + juice from 1 lemon. About 20 minutes
later I'll have a Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar.
During this time I work on my writing blog posts, filming or editing YouTube videos, or when my eyes are tired from looking at a computer screen I do some cleaning and decluttering (one of my favorite things to do in the summer when I'm on break).


Then I usually hear this little sleepyhead whispering at me from the stairs, "Mom...I'm awake!" So she comes on down in her over-sized t-shirt (her favorite PJ attire at the moment) and gets a snack. Usually it's vegan yogurt or today she had a MamaChia Chia Squeeze.

"I'm awake and I'm hungry...and why is this camera tripod out?"

3:15 Avery's snack: MamaChia Chia Squeeze

Shortly after that Mila wakes up and she likes to have a Trader Joe's Strawberry
Fruit Squirter. 

About an hour later, the girls (aka snacking machines) are hungry again, so they have
some Lentil Snaps together. 

4:45 PM Green Juice: 2-3 stalks of swiss chard, 1 gala apple, 1 knob of ginger
3 stalks of celery, 1/2 a lemon peeled, 1/2 a large cucumber *all organic
I like to wait at least 2 hours from the last meal/snack that I've eaten to have my green juice so it's easier for me to digest, instead of getting stuck behind tons of food. And tonight we were heading to our local pool, so I made a "green juice to-go" with this straw lid on my mason jar.


After playing at the pool for an hour, I "bribed" them with some Trader Joe's Organic Fruit Wraps, and we headed home to get ready for dinner. 

Bikini Mila snacking on a fruit wrap.

Avery with my Dad.

6:30 PM: Dinner was Veggie Burritos. For mine I had a Food for Life
Gluten-Free tortilla shell with Dayia Cheddar Cheese, brown rice, organic
fajita veggies (red pepper, green pepper, onion and spices), organic corn,
salsa, and Trader Joe's guacamole...with a few organic corn chips on the side.

As you can see we make this like an assembly line with rice in the rice cooker,
black beans, fajita veggies, guacamole, salsa, and corn. This way we can
make our burritos specific to us. Personally I can't seem to handle beans lately
so I avoid those, and Brandon seems to be allergic to whole corn, so he skips
that one. I love buffet style meals. ( :

For my girls I made cheesy quesadillas with Daiya Cheddar Cheese and
Food for Life gluten-free tortillas, as well as salsa, guacamole, beans,
rice, corn and a few veggies (they are not bell pepper fans). 

Family dinner time.

For dessert the girls each had a Dandies Vegan Marshmallow.

For my dessert: 1/8 cup of Lily's Sweets Baking Chips (stevia-sweetened)
Sometimes I don't have the time or energy to cook a fancy dessert or even just
a regular dessert, so I pour some chocolate chips into a measuring cup and eat
those for my dessert. Quick, easy, and satisfies my sweet tooth.
Anyone else like to eat just plain chocolate chips? ( :

So there you have my food for the day, and all the things I did on a typical day at home with my girls in the summer. Did you see any food you would like to try or do you have a special food you or your kids have been loving lately? Share it below! See you next month for the next "What I Ate" post.

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