Snack of the Day: Sweet Potato Sunshine

Today’s mid afternoon snack is an easy and nutritious way to satisfy a sweet tooth. Bonus points: the healthy fats will keep you full until dinner.

This is my Sweet Potato Sunshine:

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Now this is easy….

Cook or just reheat a leftover microwave steamed sweet potato. Mash in a bowl with a dash of cinnamon. Mix in some shredded coconut. Top with a few almonds. Eat. Done. Yum!

What did you snack on today?

What’s for Breakfast: Not Your Normal Oatmeal

This mornings breakfast may be typical in that it involves my go to combination of oatmeal, fruit and healthy fats, but that’s where the normalcy ends.

This is my Blueberry Coconut Oatmeal:

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And it’s super easy to make! Cook 1/2 cup rolled oats cooked in water in the microwave for 2 minutes. Mix in a dash of cinnamon to taste, about 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce, a few tablespoons of ground flaxseed (optional), and a handful of nuts (I used walnuts). Then the fun part: add some fresh blueberries and a couple tablespoons of shredded coconut!

And yes, no sugar necessary. Promise. It’s sweet enough! Enjoy!

You are in fact NOT a nutrition expert…

This is a must read: Opinion Stew from Dr. Katz of the Huffington Post!

Everyone who has ever gotten fat and then lost weight is embraced as an expert, fully authorized by our culture to dispense advice and sell books advising others on how to succeed. For the most part, every one of these makes a case different from every other — and yet every one is convinced they have found the universal formula. And over and over again, the faithful, or hopeful, line up and reach for their credit cards.

Don’t get me wrong — I am delighted for very individual who figures out how to lose weight, and more importantly, find health. I am delighted each time someone finds a path they can follow to lasting vitality. But the notion that this automatically registers as expertise is exactly analogous to the car crash and kitchen fire examples above. In any area other than nutrition and weight control, we would either laugh or roll our eyes.

Everyone who has ever eaten seems to be granted an equally authoritative opinion about nutrition.

This is not just nonsense. It’s dangerous nonsense.

Amen!

Seriously do yourself a favor and seek expert nutrition advice.

Find a registered dietitian in your area by clicking here, or ask your physician for a referral. Seek true research evaluation and opinion from medical experts, not that chick on Facebook that’s gotten skinny and started a blog.

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I am currently not an expert… but in a year, when I’ve completed my nutrition degree and passed the boards, I hope to be. And I hope to come from a place of fact and science, not trend or gimmick.

Be smart with your information diet. We’re talking about your health here – it’s important to be safe and get it right!

Home Grown Broccoli Monster

I’ve done it. I’ve grown an edible vegetable in my own backyard! Several vegetables actually…

Tonight for dinner we will devour this head of broccoli as large as my head!

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Question is, how to prepare it? Steam, roast or grill?

And coming to a dinner table near me soon, zucchini!

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It is so rewarding to grow your own food!

Oh Baby!

It’s officially official! Baby GIRL Blankenship is due in May!

I’m sorry I’ve been MIA from blogging land lately. Life’s been rough. School. Work. Life.

And a very angry fetus that really hates digestion and exercise.

A hospitalization for dehydration due to severe acid reflux certainly hasn’t helped my fitness motivation.

But I promise a full pregnancy nutrition and experience update one day soon.

In happier news, however, my super awesome baby room already looks like this:

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Thanks so much to everyone for your continued support and blog traffic despite my recent hiatus! I owe y’all some serious fat belly pictures soon!

Sunday Night Sgetty

Tonight for dinner, despite my all day morning sickness, is a big ole bowl of vegan sgetty. It seems like all I can tolerate lately is carbs, and I’m a-okay with that!

Bonus points – my husband will eat this too!

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My go to can of sauce is the Publix Premium Marinara Sauce, a little pricey if you compare it to your basic stuff, but it’s worth it. This sauce is vegan and low in sugar. It’s even completely free of high fructose corn syrup.

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Thanks to this month’s foodiepenpal who sent me some awesome spinach noodles! I combined those with some whole wheat noodles I had on hand. Not only was it pretty, but extra nutritious.

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Bowl number one was a huge success. (In other words, its still in my pregnant belly!) I may have to go for two!

Have I mentioned how much I’m loving not counting calories these days!? Bring on the food!

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What are you having for dinner tonight?

What’s for Dinner: Holy Carbs!

So I don’t really know what I was thinking when I packed my dinner for work, but I guess the baby in my belly was craving some carbohydrates! Note to self: don’t prep food while hungry.

Tonight for dinner: Mexican Black Bean & Brown Rice Sweet Potato plus Guac!

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Oh man is this tasty! And so easy to make you might not believe it only required a microwave.

Make it at home by throwing together a few simple ingredients you may already have in your pantry! You need a cup of instant brown rice, a cup of rinsed canned black beans, and some pre-made salsa – microwave for two minutes or just eat it cold. Then add a microwaved sweet potato and some pre-made guacamole. That’s it! Yummy in my tummy!

What are you having for dinner tonight?