If you asked me the one thing I swear by to reset after an indulgent weekend or what I do to stay on track each day, I'd definitely say it's my morning smoothies. I start almost every day with a smoothie - it's a great way to get a big dose of protein, fiber, healthy fats, and antioxidants in first thing in the morning, and I love that it keeps me full for hours (seriously!). There's also tons of different flavor combinations you can try out that will keep things interesting, delicious, and satisfying. So many that it inspired me to create my eBook, Start with a Smoothie, with all of my favorites to keep your smoothie game on point!
If you follow along on my Instagram stories, you're probably aware of my obsession with Cauliflower Thins. I've been hooked on the cauliflower sandwich thins from Whole Foods for a while now and eat them with my eggs and avocado for breakfast several times a week. They're delicious, grain-free, made with minimal ingredients, and they toast up perfectly so you can smash some avocado on top and enjoy them with your breakfast or just as a snack on their own. The ingredients are so simple that I figured they had to be pretty easy to recreate, and definitely cheaper than the packs I was buying every time I'd grocery shop. I made it my mission to create a homemade version and let me tell you, these do not disappoint! Not only were they so easy to make, they were even more delicious than the store-bought ones that inspired the recipe! I was so excited by how they turned out that I couldn't even wait a full day to share the recipe here with you!
I finally understand what everyone told me about having a new baby - sometimes the days can be long, but the months are short. They were so right! Somehow Noah is already 6 months next week and he's has turned from a teeny newborn nuzzled in my arms to a little baby boy rolling around, full of personality, big smiles, tons of facial expressions, and some serious laughs! He's a huge fan of playtime, giggling with mama, flying like superman, being outside and staring up at the trees, watching us chop and cook in the kitchen, splashing during bath time, and sleeping (hallelujah, never thought we'd get here!). While I have all of our baby gear and registry must-haves on my Amazon shop, I figured it could be helpful to put some of our latest favorites right here with a little more context for any other new mamas!
One of the positive things that has come out of being quarantined is that it's challenged me to get more creative in the kitchen. Rather than going to the grocery store and getting all of my usual produce items, I've been ordering weekly boxes of produce from a local farm, and it's always fun to open it up and see items that I haven't cooked with before. For example, these carrots. Yes, I've cooked with carrots many times, but I've never cooked with carrot tops! I mean, check out these beautiful greens... it just seems like a shame to let them go to waste! After a quick search for "how to use carrot tops" on Google, I was inspired to make pesto. I didn't have Parmesan or nutritional yeast (a lot of people use this as a cheese replacement to make it dairy-free), but guess what, we didn't even need that to make this pesto super DELICIOUS. So turns out that this pesto is totally vegan, but if you have Parmesan on hand, feel free to add it. I'm totally hooked on this recipe and have been putting it on everything from shrimp to salmon to chicken to potatoes to roasted veggies. You'll love it!
We were supposed to head off to Mexico this weekend with 24 family members for our annual family trip, where we'd catch up on much-needed quality time, eat tons of guacamole, relax in the sunshine, and dip Noah's toes in the ocean, but this quarantine had other plans for us! So the trip will be rescheduled for next year, and in the meantime, we'll stay home, stay safe, and pour ourselves what I've decided to call the Take Me to Mexico Paloma, because it tastes like a vacation in a salt-rimmed glass. No surprise, there's no added sugar in this cocktail, which means you don't have to worry about waking up on Quarantine Day #283 with a hangover!
July 28th, 2016
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Lindsay is a Holistic Nutritionist who lives for a great meal, a beautiful farmers market, daily matcha lattes, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Weeknight Bite is Lindsay's happy place where her nutrition practice, simple recipes, and wellness tips come together to inspire you to live a healthy, balanced life.