What to Look For When Buying Vegetables

I’m always looking for ways to make sure I’m picking out the freshest vegetables possible. Nothing is more disappointing than buying fresh greens and two days later you have a pitiful limp bunch of lifeless greens in your crisper draw. I found this while online and I thought I’d share with you guys. Hope you’re having a great Monday!

How to Check Your Vegetables
(via lifehacker)

The Recipes That Didn’t Happen…

Yum

Last week I wrote out a whole plan. There were shopping lists, recipes to prepare for, weekday lunches to make, but then life happened. And you know what? It was great! It was incredibly humid and steamy but I packed in as many activities as I could. I took the baby out with me everywhere and it was just nice to get out-and-about and not worry about her feeding schedule, naps or anything like that. I just went with it. Which is totally outside of my comfort zone but I’m glad I did it. She was a trooper and was the best happy baby there could be.

I wanted to squeeze in a recipe during the week but as luck would have it, I wasn’t able to. I told my mom about my plans for a recipe and she cooked it up, oops! So as much as I wanted to share at least one recipe this week I just won’t be able to, we ate it and it was good. I promise to share one ASAP! I’ve been cooking the same things all summer and haven’t posted nearly enough of them. Time to start photographing and sharing. After all, sharing is caring right?

On another note, I’m ready for fall. The only thing that’s been on my mind are stews, casseroles and cupcakes. Lots of cupcakes. Maybe because it’s so hot it feels like I’m living in an oven? Who knows. All I know is I have a fish dish coming your way, along with a delicious pasta bake. Oh man the pasta….so.good. And I really wish I could stop using my AC and just open up the windows. Mostly because it’s so expensive but also because we need the fresh air circulating.

So here’s to making next week a more productive food sharing week!

5 Clean Eating Goals

All the Cheese

When I first found out I was pregnant I would sit and day dream about having a big belly while eating raw kale salads while drinking green smoothies. I just knew I’d be that pregnant girl who ate wonderful nutritious foods while still exercising up until the end of her pregnancy. That dream quickly dwindled away about 9 weeks into my pregnancy. Those beautiful sunlit dreams then became porcelain nightmares and prayers to the food Gods to please let at least an un-toasted piece of bread settle my tummy. I couldn’t go near anything green and just the thought of my beloved tomatoes would turn my face green. Instead I basically went through my first (and part of my second and let’s be real, third) trimester surviving off plain cheese sandwiches on white bread. Because even whole wheat anything was just not appetizing.

Once I started to feel a bit better I started eating some sweets (oops!). Specifically, cookies. I wouldn’t crave them as much as just would have one when they were around, which was quite often in my office. I would tell myself, eh you’re pregnant it’s ok!

Now almost 5 months postpartum (AHHH 5 months!!!) sugar is still a staple in my diet and I’m struggling with the sugar cravings on a daily basis. I’m holding myself accountable, I can’t blame this on pregnancy because I’m choosing to get the vanilla syrup added to my morning coffee, just how I chose to eat a whole wheat donut, simply because the term whole wheat made me feel better about it. I’m a sucker for marketing.

  1. Kick the crack aka sugar. While I’m still trying to figure out how to naturally sweeten my coffee, I know this needs to be done. No coffee isn’t an option, not now at least but I really need to take control of my sugar addiction.
  2. Eat whole foods. Pasta and bread has been my cryptonite since as far back as I can remember. However, my mom has the same addiction to fresh Italian bread from the bakeries in my neighborhood as I do and has been fueling that fire to no end. I’m hoping to eat better carbs like sweet potatoes and grains instead of buttery pasta and butter slathered bread…..I literally just salivated, oy vey.
  3. H2O. I need to drink more water like it’s nobody’s business. I’m pretty sure I drank about 4 glasses of water yesterday. And since coffee doesn’t count I need to step my game up.
  4. Freezer Meals. I never really froze meals before getting pregnant but you guys, this has been a HUGE help! Not to mention it’s so much healthier to eat something I prepared rather than ordering pad see ew with mock duck from the Thai restaurant.
  5. Prep foods in advance. I definitely eat better when I have healthier options ready at hand. It’s when I’m starving and I don’t have 20 minutes to cook something that I tend to grab the hunk of bread or back of chips that’s lingering in my kitchen.

So what about you? Do you have any goals of things you SHOULD be eating/drinking? Let me know, I’d love to hear!
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