Sunday, August 9, 2015

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

Okay now eventually I will get these posts in line, but it just didn't quite happen for July...so here it is in August? Sure why not! So this is my last "Vegan What I Ate...with Kids" since I'm going back to my teaching job in a few days. It sure has been a fun and relaxing summer with my girls, and I'm going to miss them, but I'm also excited to get back to a job I love. So let's get started with my vegan food for the day for the month of July.



Here's the breakdown in this week's video....



No time for the video, here's a look in pictures:

5:00 AM: warm lemon water: 8 oz. warm water + juice of 1 lemon

5:20 AM: Pre-workout snack: Food for Life Sprouted Gluten Free Bread 
with Trader Joe's Organic Creamy Peanut Butter.

Workout: 60 minutes of Suzanne Bowen's BarreAmped Workout DVD. Read more of why I love this workout DVD in this post, "My Workout Routine". Basically it's an awesome full body workout that will get you "shaking" for a good reason.



Here's a preview of the DVD I did today: Suzanne Bowen's BarreAmped 



After my workout, I shower, get ready and then my girls get 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).

8:00 Avery's breakfast: a Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Larabar
She usually eats half now, and an hour or two later,
then she'll eat the other half. 
As Mila gets caught up on her reading in Avery's special little closet nook.

Then I give them about 20 minutes on our iPads while I jump in the shower,
change clothes, and get ready for the day. 

This is when I do my oil pulling too. 

9:00 AM: Morning snack #1: Fruit time! Avery made her own little fruit bowl
in this funny popcorn container of organic blueberries and strawberries.

Such a fruit girl!

Personally I've been loving frozen mango lately that I get from Trader Joe's.
I like to have it with 2 fresh bananas chopped. 

On this day we decided to head to the library once my mom, a fellow teacher on summer vacation came over, so Avery packed us some snacks for the road. 

Loading up some veggie straws.

We've been loving these Blue Avocado Clear Zipper Reusable Bags lately.

10:00: Morning snack #2 for my girls: fruit pouches. I made these
with a combo of frozen fruit and applesauce (I'll post the recipe another time)
using these reusable Little Green Pouches in the Large size..

They ate these pretty quickly in the car...before we even got out of the driveway!

So I'll say they were a hit. I've been trying to make my own snacks for them
lately, but although it's greener and cheaper...sometimes it's a bit more time
consuming, thank goodness for summer though!
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. 



10:30 Morning Snack #2: My snack Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar that I
ate in the car while we were out.

Time for the veggie straw snacks we packed. "Want one?"  ( :

Then we were off to Michael's Craft Store to get some craft supplies
for this artsy girl...can you tell she was in awe of them all!

Then when we got home it was craft time!

11:15 3rd Morning Snack: 1 organic corn cob with Earth Balance Vegan Butter, and
garlic salt. Some what of a strange snack for this time in the day, but I've been
trying to have more whole foods lately, instead of chips and crackers. So
instead of corn chips I had actual corn...yum!

Wait who's eating my corn on the cob...that's supposed to be for me!

To warm up lunch I use my stove top as you can see. So the night before
when we had this for dinner, I kept the food in the sauce pans and stock pot
that way when I'm ready for it the next day, I just place it right on the stove
top and start warming it up...since I don't use a microwave.

Lunch 12:15: Tinkyada Gluten-Free Spaghetti and organic green beans.

For the girl's lunch, I added some of Avery's little berry fruit salad from the
morning (that she didn't finish) and for their dessert they had some Annie's 
Gluten-Free Bunny Cookies.

After lunch I put them down for a nap, which they take at the same time most days (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: My Healthy Chocolate Chia Milk (find the recipe here)
During this time I work on my writing blog posts, editing YouTube videos, and catching up on emails.

Yummy chocolate + chia seeds.

About an hour later, Avery gets up from her nap and to keep her in a happy mood you go get her some Almond Dream yogurt, then she comes around a bit...

No time for a smile, I just want my yogurt.

A little later Brandon comes home. Lately he's been trying to eat healthier
and he's doing so by having a smoothie a day. He usually has one similar
to the one I had for breakfast with rice milk, Sunwarrior Protein Powder,
bananas and he'll alternate other fruits or even peanut butter. Avery
loves it because she gets some leftovers...

...and so does Mila when she gets up!

4:45 PM Green Juice: Usually I make my own, but my juicer broke (my fault).
Luckily it was still under warranty, so a new one is on it's way. In the meantime
I got some store-bought juices like this Evolution one.

About an hour later, the girls were hungry again and Avery was heading
to gymnastics so she made this snack on her own with some
organic peanut butter, organic apple slices, and veggie straws. Mila
had the same snack too!

Then I got started on dinner, which for tonight was homemade pizza. I make
this "Gluten-Free, Vegan Pizza Crust" from Minimalist Baker

5:30 Pre-dinner snack: Roasted Sweet Potato Fries and organic ketchup.
Like I said before, I'm trying to swap chips for whole foods, so out are the
chips and in are the sweet potatoes. These fries are seriously one of my
favorite snacks. I like to make a big batch and then save the leftovers. So
batch was actually from the night before, and all I had to do was pop them
in the oven for 10 minutes and then were ready.

Before Brandon left to take Avery to gymnastics, he got his pizza all ready.
As you know he can have gluten, so he just gets a pre-made, whole-wheat
crust from the store. 


Roasted cauliflower with garlic is one of our favorite sides to have on "pizza night"!

Here's what my pizza looked like, hot out of the oven. I topped it with:
Muir Glen Organic Pizza Sauce, Daiya Shredded Cheese, mushrooms,
and black olives. 

6:30 PM: Dinner: Homemade Pizza and Roasted Cauliflower 

The girls had a side of organic applesauce with their dinner. 

For my dessert: 1/8 cup of Lily's Sweets Baking Chips (stevia-sweetened),
my favorite quick, easy dessert to satisfy my sweet tooth in a healthy way.

So there you have my food for the day, and all the things I did with my girls on one of my last days of summer vacation. 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.

By the way, if you're in the mood for some more "What I Ate" posts, be sure to check my others out here by clicking MarchApril, or June! ( :

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