10 Days of Real Food Days 2-4. 3 ways to eat Avocado

I had to compress the last few days of my 10 days of real food challenge.  Just as we were starting to get into the swing of things, someone went through a little growth spurt & when that happens I follow the rule “when baby sleeps, mom sleeps.”  Especially after two nights of being up every two hours.  But such is life.

I’m not going to recap every single thing that I ate, only the more exciting stuff.  But know that lots of apples and almond butter have been consumed as snacks the past few days.  I forgot how good that combo is.  When I was pregnant, almond butter did not at all sound the least bit appealing to me, but I’m making it up for it big time postpartum.

Last week, hubs and I went to Trader Joe’s after the little one’s doctor’s appointment.  One of the more exciting finds that I found were things little snack packs:

Instead of buying the big bag I opted for a big bag of smaller bags that I can just throw in my purse and eat on the go or in a hurry.

One of my lunches consisted of a lot of healthy fats.  A baked sweet potato topped with almond butter served with an apple and a 1/2 of a avocado.  It kept me pretty satisfied until dinner time.

For dinner one night, I made chicken cacciatore in the slow cooker.  Hubs requested this one dish, but instead of making it how I normally do, I googled a simpler/healthier recipe and found one on Weight Watchers website.  I scooped it out and served it on top of quinoa.  I was pretty satisfied with how it turned out.  A link to the recipe can be found {here}.

Friday morning’s breakfast consisted of an avocado smoothie as well as last three of my egg muffins heated up.  Because I loved how quick and easy the egg muffins were, I’m going to make them again this week but add some different ingredients in them and double recipe.  The avocado smoothie consisted of 1 avocado, 1 cup unsweetened plain yogurt, 1 cup almond milk, ice cubes and honey to sweeten it up.  The avocado throws people off but I really love them.

Friday’s lunch was a sign that I really need to go grocery shopping and pretty much just found whatever I could to make something edible and healthy.  I really wanted tuna salad and I was in luck because we had a packet of tuna in our cupboard.  Instead of adding mayo, I added an avocado to help with texture and taste and then I added almonds, dried cranberries, garlic powder and pepper.  It was really good, a little bit of sweet and salty and I didn’t really miss the mayo.

Yesterday, Madelyn and I went out to brunch with my mom and sister.  We visited one of my favorite restaurants, Cafe Hollander.  I enjoyed an omelette with a side of fruit.  After breakfast I ran some errands and went to Kohls’ to spend some Kohls’ cash.  Even though hubs calls it a gimmick to get you back into the store, I still can’t let it go to waste-it’s like throwing away free money!  I ended up with a Nike dry fit bright orange hoodie, perfect for the fall running season.

Last night for dinner, LC and I spent the night out.  My mom and sister came over to babysit Madelyn and the hubs and I went to a cookout/bon fire at a friends house.  She made the most amazing/moist chicken breast I’ve ever had on the grill.  I ate that with a really tasty salad some made and some hummus dip I had made.  It was really hard to pass up some of the other snacks there, but I managed.  I had my Malbec to keep me happy 🙂

Nothing like bringing in the first night of fall with a bonfire, friends and red wine.  Lucky for us, Madelyn was sound asleep when we got home around 11:30 pm and she slept until about 4 am and woke back up at around 7.  After that last feeding session, I woke, snacked on an apple & almond butter, pumped went for a run.  I love my daughter, but it’s nice to get some “me time”, something I don’t see a lot of during the week because of LC’s work schedule.

I’m off to enjoy some oatmeal and pumpkin coffee. Enjoy the first official day of the fall season!  What’s your favorite thing about fall?  For me it’s the comfort foods, change of colors and Pumpkin spice lattes 🙂


One thought on “10 Days of Real Food Days 2-4. 3 ways to eat Avocado

  1. Sarah @ Celiac in the City September 23, 2012 / 12:09 pm

    Sounds like a great week — I just scored some avocados yesterday on sale, so will be adding them in with eggs, and I like the idea of them in smoothies too! Can’t wait to meet that little Miss Madelyn! Have a great week, Maria! 🙂


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