Wednesday, January 25, 2012

WIAW and the Skateboarding Baby

Well this What I Ate Wednesday was extra fun since Brandon was home to enjoy it with Avery and I. So aside from some yummy vegan food that night, you can bet some skateboarding definitely took place.  In case you're wondering- no, I do not's all him...and maybe in the future, Avery. LOL.  I'll talk more about this "skateboarding baby" later. Until then, let's get right to this nursing-mama's gluten-free, vegan eats for the day:

Just woke up: 2 slices of Rudi's Multigrain bread with
Earth Balance butter and organic strawberry jelly.

Workout: 1 hour of pilates with 10 Minute Solutions Pilates Perfect Body DVD.  Just added this one to my "Exercise DVD Library" and it rocks. I was sore for a few days after I tried it for the first time. I'd highly recommend it.

Breakfast: Chocolate Ice Cream Smoothie.
It may not look mean and green, but this
thing is packed full of greens and awesome
nutrients. Did I mention it tastes like
chocolate ice cream?(  :

Morning snack...that I'm getting in the habit of having on
nearly a daily basis...Gluten-free, vegan pancakes from
Cinnamon Quill with Maple Agave Nectar as my syrup.
Does anyone else eat the same foods at the same time day after day like this? Or am I just crazy? ( :

2nd morning snack: 1 banana

Lunch: "Pressure Cooker Vegan Stoup (stew +soup)" from
Brittany @ A Healthy Sliced of Life.
Full of sweet potatoes, green beans, lentils, carrots, onions, tomatoes, and celery, this "stoup" was delicious, warming, and filling! Plus it made leftovers for days- score!

Dessert: "Chocolate Mousse Frosting" from Chocolate-Covered Katie.

Wondering what those little "crumbs" are in the mousse? I tried to melt a tablespoon or two of chocolate chips into the mix, but they didn't quite melt. No biggie...I like the little crumbs of chocolate!

Afternoon snack #1: organic orange

Afternoon snack #2: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabar

Afternoon snack #3: Move over Beanito chips...
 my new favorite are: "Simply Sprouted
Way Better Snacks: Simply So Sweet Chili Tortilla Chips"

These chips rock! They remind me of Doritos from back in the day...only now they taste better and are better for you! These chips have sprouted whole grains and seeds in them like sprouted broccoli seeds, sprouted quinoa, and even sprouted daikon radish seeds. Whoa baby...and they taste like Doritos? Yeah, let's just say I buy 2 bags a week of these yummy things!

Now usually it's just Avery and I hanging out in the evening before dinner, but tonight Brandon was home. This meant she had someone to play with while I got stuff done!

Avery and Daddy time.

It also meant that Avery got to play with her favorite toy...Dad's skateboard! They went for many rides around the living room and kitchen.

That's one serious, sitting, skater girl.

Riding on the carpet? You bet.

I think she knows that the way to Daddy's heart is through
his skateboard.  ( :

With all this skateboarding fun, I was left to do one thing...cook dinner. I didn't mind one bit. It was great to have his help and Avery sure loved it. Cooking without stopping is kind of a nice thing too!

Getting dinner ready.
Dinner: "Naughty & Nice Vegan Enchilada Casserole" from
Angela @ Oh She Glows

Black beans, peppers, onions and a homemade enchilada sauce come together in this yummy casserole.  Now despite having a bit of a kick, this is one of Avery's favorite meals! She eats up those noodles faster than we can get them to her!

"This enchilada casserole rocks you guys!"

"I just can't get enough of it!"

Curious about some of Avery's dinnerware? Cup: Lollacup, Placemat: Kiddopotamus Tinydiner Placemat, Bib: Koala Baby EZ Wipe Bib.

Now Avery sure has a blast making a mess at dinner, but cleaning up...well that's definitely not the highlight of my evening! The worst part is that she hates to have her hands and face cleaned.  She will fuss, and scream, and fight you every bit of the way. 

My solution: hold her over the sink and let her watch the water while you clean her. This works every time! She's so mesmerized by the water that she doesn't seem to mind me scrubbing away at her hands, arms, and face.  Well, she probably knows what I'm doing, but at least she tolerates it more.

"What? I'm getting cleaned? Who knew?"

Now to cap off the night...dessert: "Chocolate Pudding" from Angela,
Oh She Glows. It's surprisingly good from being made with avocados!

So there you have it, a skateboarding baby and my "What I Ate Wednesday" food.  See you next week!


  1. I can't help but come back every week to read your updates. For starters, AVERY is way too cute to not look at your pictures all the time. I also keep coming back for your recipes. Keep up the good work you awesome Mamma. I love reading your blog and attempting to be healthier.

  2. Hey Rachel! Good to hear from you. Thanks for your compliments about Avery. Kind of crazy to think that a year ago we were taking our birth classes with has changed so much since then! ( : Feel free to comment anytime!
    Hope all is well with you,

  3. Hi Ashley,
    I recently stumbled upon your blog and am so glad I did! I too am a vegan nursing mama, and it was so encouraging to find another out there that eats as much as I do! I was small before my pregnancy and breastfeeding, but now I weigh less than I ever have...and I eat ALL. DAY. LONG. It's actually sometimes a struggle for me to fit in all my meals in a day. So I too find it helpful to eat the same things at the same time everyday so I can get it all in without having to think about it so much. Plus, natural, unprocessed whole foods taste so wonderful, I actually look forward to eating the same things everyday! So, may I ask what the timing of your daily routine looks like? How do you fit all of your delicious meals into your day? Thanks for sharing your has surely struck a chord with me!

  4. Hey there Jacque!
    Glad you found my blog, it sounds like we have a lot in common. (Two cheers for nursing vegan mamas!) That's so funny that you feel like you eat all day long too. Doesn't it remind you of being pregnant all over again? Like you mentioned, I also weigh less than I did before I was pregnant, and I feel like I'm eating so much more!

    Who knew having a baby and breastfeeding could help you lose weight? I think we should market something-lol! I figured I'd be still trying to squeeze my way into my pre-pregnancy clothes right now, but I'm actually shopping for new ones because my old clothes are too big! I guess we can thank our babies for that one...and I bet being vegan helps us too.

    Here's a run down of my daily food times kind of according to the food I have listed above:
    -up at 4:45 am, first snack around 5:15 am
    -7:45 am chocolate ice cream smoothie
    -10:15 pancakes
    -11:30 banana
    -12:15 lunch and chocolate mousse
    -2:15 orange
    -3:15 lara bar
    -4:30 chips
    (5:30 usually have my second smoothie here, but didn't have time got in the way-I bet you know all about that!)
    -7:15 dinner and pudding
    10:00 bed

    I think that pretty much sums up my day...let me know if you have any questions.

    Look forward to reading your comments in the future since we're both kind of going through the same thing. ( :

  5. Thanks Ashley! It was helpful to get a peek into your daily schedule, and it made me feel somewhat more sane...sometimes I feel a little crazy when I think about my daily routine as it definitely does not coincide with the "normal" american lifestyle/SAD. Thanks for helping me feel "connected" with another young mama! :) Hope you are enjoying the weekend with your beautiful family and "see" you next week!


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