38 weeks & Meals

38 weeks, here we are! The kids are done school and the schedule is wide open!

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My latest obsession is having kale salad with ranch dressing! I shared a whole foods recipe last week for the raw ranch, and here is another from the RAWTARIAN – food process all that!
RAW RANCH DRESSING

  • 1 1/4 cups cashews soaked overnight (or for a few hours)
  • 3/4 cup water (or a little more)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons agave nectar (or honey) (or maple syrup)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Add some hemp seeds, or roasted pumpkin seeds that my foodie friend shared with me and it’s delicious!!  I forgot how good roasted pumpkin seeds are! And filling with their protein content!

Workouts this week looked good! I had a good day where I ran around the track in between sets, and another day of crazy squats!
Monday was SQUAT TIL YA DROP by Unite Fitness. Drop baby drop!

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Tuesday was a TRX workout with laps in between the sets!

Wednesday a Blonde Ponytail workout that I’ve done often:

Elliptical one mile
50 thrusters 25#
40 OH walking lunges 35#
30 sit ups on a ball
20 ground to overhead 35# plate
10 pull ups (assisted)
20 ground to OH
30 situps
40 walking lunges
50 thrusters
1 mile elliptical

Thursday
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OH squats
kettlebell swings
sit ups

and elliptical

Friday

grabbed part of a unite fitness workout that flew by!

Saturday – off
Sunday – walked 4+ miles with my good friend – we usually run that route together!  Hoping to get things going here :)

MEAL PLANNING WEEK OF MAY 25!

Last week I barely followed the meal plan. Things popped up and leftovers were available + what was in the fridge!
So I will be repeating things from last week. We have a hot week coming up, so I’m trying to stick with fresh, cool foods!

Sunday – think I’ll make this to bring to a BBQ:
QUINOA POWER SALAD

Quinoa with diced red onion, bell pepper, avocado, fresh fennel, cannellini beans, carrots, almonds, currants, mint, citrus vinaigrette, hemp seeds. Served on a bed of marinated kale and romaine

Monday – a Buddha Bowl! Either this one that I have not tried or this one by Minimalist Baker!

With the delicious dressing, pick any veggies and you’ll eat them!

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Tuesday – veg breaded chicken sandwiches with (fake) bacon, avocado lettuce, tomato & cut up veggies

Wednesday – a leftovers/flex day/ breakfast for dinner. One night this week we had nice cream for dinner :)

Thursday –  Fresh veggies salad with beans + this looks so good but too wintery??

Friday –  Meatball sliders via Chef Chloe and vegan nachos

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Saturday –  A variation of Ultimate Green Taco Wraps OSG / fish tacos maybe as a salad?

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The biggest challenge that I have is that my husband is a meat-eater. He is great about trying all of this stuff but when it comes down to eating out and BBQs I get frustrated at the options for the kids.  Any mixed families out there where you are a vegan or vegetarian and your family is not? I try to handle with a sense of balance, but find eating out the worst with kids options!

Maybe next week I’ll have a baby :)

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What I’m wearing now at the gym … at the end

I wanted to do a round up of a few items that I love at the gym for the end of pregnancy, but most of them I can’t find anymore! I’m getting to a point where I have about 2 shirts that are long enough to alternate at the gym without being too short! I’m able to wear my normal shorts & favorite running skirt from Athleta. I love this weather for the end – the less I have to pile on, the better!

For a while I was wearing Target’s C9 line from a couple of years ago that looked like they could be maternity shirts –  I have it in 3 colors so that helped me get through most of this trimester…

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They seem to change up their styles every year so they don’t have these anymore, but they have a similar style:

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My favorite top is the speedsetter from Athleta – I got it on sale at the end of last summer and it was extra long (they only had medium left but I loved it so much, I kept it!) They no longer seem to sell that :(
Here’s that shirt in September – love it!

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and back at however many weeks:

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The last one that I love is the Chi tank in extra long from Athleta.

I don’t love the 2 colors on the one I got, but it was an end of summer deal.

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but they have them in solids still:

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Wait for a sale and grab one :)

Those 2 shirts are getting me through right now!

What did you wear for work outs at the end of pregnancy? 

Today’s workout was called Squat Till Ya Drop! From Unite Fitness. I saw it yesterday and knew I was doing it because I need this baby to drop! Still carrying pretty high up at 37+ weeks.
It was a good one! Goes by quickly! I definitely wasn’t sitting as low as this girl pictured, ha!

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37 weeks! workouts and meal planning

Last week was a good one! We had some more beautiful May weather! There have been some perfect running weather days, but I have to say that I’m enjoying the break and don’t miss it too much.  I’ll be excited to run this summer/fall though and sweat!

One of my favorite workouts this week was doing TRX sets with a lap on the track in between. I felt good so I was able to run about a half mile total in between sets, which felt good! Otherwise I have been doing the elliptical to warm up or for 20-25 min then doing a lifting set.  I also love the Unite Fitness ones to switch it up!

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On the weekend I like to walk a few miles instead of doing any kind of strength work.
I’m ready to be able to do more intense workouts because I’m getting bored of the elliptical!

Officially full term! I am feeling good. Sleeping is a pain but other than that I don’t really have any complaints. I’m carrying really high up so sitting in a chair isn’t super comfortable, and heartburn is back.

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Some of the things I made this week that were awesome:

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I had made some cashew sour cream, and added salsa to it with Daiya cheese for a taco dip Monday night. Another night I made a massaged kale salad with cucumbers, fake bacon, red onions, croutons, hemp seeds and raw ranch dressing. Yum! I loved the raw ranch!  This was my take on their savory kale caesar salad: Marinated kale, romaine hearts, chopped Tempeh bacon, chunky avocado, cucumber, croutons, veggie parmesan.

For snacks and smoothies  – 2 delicious recipes to share
Apricot/Vanilla bars

PB smoothie

What I want to make  – I saw in a magazine:

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and I found this last night on instagram!

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This week I’m turning to Veggie Grill again for some inspiration.

MEAL PLANNING MAY 17.

Sunday – BBQ w friends – burgers/hotdogs, massaged kale salad, pasta salad, homemade potato chips or sweet potato chips.

Monday: QUINOA POWER SALAD

Quinoa with diced red onion, bell pepper, avocado, fresh fennel, cannellini beans, carrots, almonds, currants, mint, citrus vinaigrette, hemp seeds. Served on a bed of marinated kale and romaine

Tuesday – mahi mahi tacos with fried rice and veggies

Wednesday – veg breaded chicken sandwiches with lettuce, tomato & veggies

Thursday – we’ll have company this night so will have to think of something good!
What’s your favorite crowd pleaser meal?

Friday –  PIZZA night!

Saturday –  Memorial Day BBQ

Thinking good labor thoughts in the next few weeks!

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36 weeks and mocha cashew creme!

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This week my goal was to make a recipe using Vega’s Mocha Sport Powder. I hadn’t tried their sport line before, and it’s tasty! My favorite is the Vega One powder because it’s loaded with goodness. My favorite smoothie this week was this cookie dough smoothie. Holy moly! It’s delicious and has kept me full until lunch! It’s kind of a shame that my pictures don’t look nearly as good as the ones on the original sites… this is topped with spirulina.

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Mocha cashew creme with Vega Performance Protein

For this recipe, I took best of vegan‘s raw cookies and inserted the mocha creme in the middle. It was so good!
See below for the cookie recipe

1 pouch Vega Mocha powder (sport or one)
1/4 c cashews, soaked overnight, then drained
2 T powdered sugar (didn’t want to use this but needed to thicken it up)
1/3 c almond milk

Blend all ingredients above.
The creme is in the middle. It was delicious!

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Cookies adapted from best of vegan:
1/3 c instant oats
3 T coconut butter
1/2 c almond butter
handful mini chocolate chips

Stir to combine then set in fridge –  I left them in overnight to harden up. Fill the middle with your creme.

Vega has free nutrition and training plans on their website from May 6 until mid June.  You can find 8-weeks of training guides, meal plans, recipes, playlists and nutrition info, all for free! Definitely worth checking out!

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   Wake up, sweat & recover with this Coconut Chocolate Quinoa Protein Pudding:  #fuelyourbetter
I’ve been fueling my best by keeping my activity level up – my internal clock goes off at 5:30 every morning!
and then starting each day with a smoothie!  How do you Fuel Your Better?

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MEAL PLANNING

Now for the meal planning! This will be taking a hiatus, I’m sure, in a few weeks! We’re going for easy. I like staying outside all afternoon and coming in and throwing something together very quickly.  Not feeling the motivation this week! I’m using inspiration from Veggie Grill (a California Vegan chain) for my meals!

Sunday – Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mamas out there! I won’t be cooking on Sunday or many nights the rest of the week either!

Monday – Nachos with dairy free dip and rice with carrots

Tuesday- out with a friend, easy dinner for all! chicken nuggets, mac & cheeze + broccoli

Wednesday – T-ball. savory kale caesar salad (veggie grill) with burgers (Hilary’s are my fave right now)
Marinated kale, romaine hearts, chopped Tempeh bacon, chunky avocado, cucumber, croutons, veggie parmesan.

Thursday – Chicken and cream cheese roll ups (K requested this one!) with quinoa power salad! (veggie grill)
Quinoa with diced red onion, bell pepper, avocado, fresh fennel, cannellini beans, carrots, almonds, currants, mint, citrus vinaigrette, hemp seeds. Served on a bed of marinated kale and romaine

Friday – Mediterranean plate – grape leaves, olives, pita, hummus
Saturday -Burgers on the grill (maybe even a boca burger) with sweet potato fries!

Looking for a quick and easy mother’s Day Breakfast? These look awesome for Sunday!

Minimalist baker – Sticky Buns or Cinnamon Rolls!
I also made this yummy cake this week!

What’s on your menu? What do you make when you are feeling uninspired?

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Meal planning & 35 weeks

It was a lovely weekend! And I didn’t get a chance to sit down and think about meals for the week. It was too nice out!

We spent lots of time outside :)

5 weeks to go, hopefully less, I am feeling the discomfort, but keep moving.

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Workout of the week:

1 mile warm up (elliptical for me)
5 rounds:
10 renegade row pushups 25#
15 goblet squats w/ kettlebell 25#
10 kettlebell snatch each side 20#

1 mile again

I’m sort of unmotivated to plan out meals at this time, but it’s so helpful with grocery store trips and that mid day question – what’s for dinner?

Monday – Veg Chow Mein – pics are from websites

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Tuesday – stuffed portabellos and risotto

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Wednesday-  CINCO DE MAYO!!  black bean enchilada bake (try with daiya!) with nachos!

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Thursday- leftovers/new recipe try
Friday-  fakin bacon with avocado, tomato sandwiches with sweet potato fries
Saturday- pizza or easy!

Last week I tried 2 new meals, OSG Quinoa patties – yummy!! and A chef Chloe recipe of bowties! Also for breakfast some OSG pancakes!

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Here’s what looks good this week!

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I missed running my second Broad Street Run in a row after a 10-year streak! Kind of crazy! Last year we were in California,
and this year I’m too huge to even consider running. Surprisingly, maybe 10 years of it was enough, I didn’t miss it too much!  We will see about next year!

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34 weeks, meals & exercise!

34 weeks! 

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In the home stretch! The weeks are ticking off really quickly.  I’m getting less motivated to cook with the warmer weather and just wanting to be outside during the dinner cooking hour.  Just 6 weeks to go, here is what’s going on in my world ~ I can’t really complain. I’m sleeping relatively well, turning a few times most nights, but I’m not super uncomfortable. My heartburn subsided and I’m breathing better which I think means the baby dropped a bit. He/she is definitely lower down! I have to eat less at one time or I get full really quickly!
This week I was craving massaged kale salad – I made it one day and enjoyed it for lunch 2 days in a row, yum! I want more!  I see that on my lunch menu for the week. With pink himayalan salt and red onions, it’s delicious, like kale with guacamole!
I use a pretty loose recipe and take one bunch of kale, squeeze 1/2 to 1 lemon on it, drizzle with olive oil and himalayan sea salt then massage with my hands till all the kale is wet and bright green. Then mash up 1-2 avocados, add salt and pepper and massage in or mix around with a fork or spoon into the kale. Add green onions and chick peas if desired!

looks like this: (photo credit flowtoxcleanse.com)

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I also have a 3-year old now as of last weekend! Can’t believe she’s 3!
She loves puzzles :)  and peanut butter balls (peanut butter, vega, agave & mini choc chips)

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WORKOUTS!
My main workouts are lifting with some cardio.  I try to walk and be active later in the day with the kids.
We are switching gyms at the end of this week, I’m a little nervous for a new crowd and getting used to everything
but looking forward to some TRX workouts!

Here’s a favorite workout from this week:

20-25 min on the elliptical or running
3 rounds
set 1:
10 pull ups (assisted)
15 overhead pullovers (bench, dumbell or kettlebell) #25
20 dips

set 2: 
deadlift to row 25#
one arm push press 20# kettlebell
one arm snatch (then repeat otherside) 20# kettlebell

FOOD!

I’m still in clean out the freezer mode and use what I have. I went over the budget by a good $200 this month – eeek!
So I’m trying to get back on track with minimal spending!

Meal planning week:

Sunday – black bean noodle curry – I made this a couple weeks ago and froze it!
Monday – quinoa burgers – An OSG recipe that I want to try!
Tuesday – quiche from last week – farmer’s market.
When I was pregnant with #3, we lived right down the street from the farmer’s market and my daughter
LOVED these quiches so we would get them often. In the weeks before #3 was born, I was noting the ribbon colors that they put on randomly. I had a pink one and then I had a girl. Well our quiche was tied with a pink ribbon last week…
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Wednesday – risotto with asparagus – frozen!
Thursday – breakfast for dinner
Friday – english muffin pizza, quesadillas, something quick/easy!
Saturday- out to dinner for date night :) Actually an anniversary of 15 years of dating. Kind of crazy!

recipe to share – made for Sunday breakfast:
I wanted something cake-like and fun for Sunday breakfast! I made these streusel muffins replacing egg nog with almond milk and skipping the frosting and used a donut pan. Delicious!
What’s on your menu?

I was sent a package of Vega Sport in Mocha to try out so stay tuned for a review and recipe coming up soon!
The Mocha is my absolute favorite flavor of Vega!  So yummy!

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10 things in my shopping cart and meal plan 4/20

Here are 10 things that are always in my shopping cart weekly:

1. spinach

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2. almond milk
The kids drink this and I use this in place of milk for everything

3. bananas
For smoothies and snacks!

4. apples
With lunch daily!

5. almond butter
“PB&J”, baked goods, pancakes

6. frozen berries
Smoothies!

7. avocados
Lunch on toast or with a veggie burger many days!

8. applegate honey roasted turkey
Lunch for the kids!

9. broccoli
Dinner!

10. beans
Hummus, dinners, sides.

What’s in yours?

I usually make bread, and buy coconut oil, peanut butter, hemp seeds, flax seeds and chia seeds, and nuts in bulk. I also tend to buy whatever produce is in season weekly. I’m excited for summer berries and produce!

My grocery spending has gone up with the purchase of organic nuts and nut butters, and this month I’m already over my budget with 11 days to go. I’ve visited the grocery store 10 times in 18 days :(  I am trying to use what I have frozen and in the pantry to make up this week’s meal plan.  Next month and for the summer, I am considering having Door to Door organics delivered for fresh produce to see if it helps keep the grocery bill down.

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Meal plan week 4/20 Happy Boston Marathon Monday! Such great memories of that race!

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Sunday: spiralized zucchini with salmon (frozen)
Monday: eggs are hatching at the kids school this night so warm up frozen pizza!
Tuesday: dairy free mac and cheese casserole with broccoli
Wednesday: fish tacos with mahi mahi and corn fritters
Thursday: rice and sauteed kidney beans
Friday: english muffin pizzas or easy!
Saturday: go out to eat or wing it

Today – 33 weeks! Getting there!

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I have been sleeping fine but many mornings when 4am hits I am wide awake and can’t get back to sleep!
I am pretty positive I’m bigger now than when I delivered any of the other kids. I feel like a house!
I have been able to consistently make it to the gym in the morning which feels great!

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“Early risers really do have a distinct advantage when it comes to mental clarity, acuity and energy.”
Loved this quote another mom posted on FB. I always notice the sun coming up with all the colors when I’m at the gym and just stare at it!  Good way to start the day :)

Lots of tabatas and short spurts of cardio this week. Just trying to keep moving! What’s on your meal plan this week?

WOD: Balls to the Wall – Blonde Ponytail. I tabata-ed each move, skipping #2 and 7 with a mile warmup and mile cooldown

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