Food Combing Faux Pas and Changes On The Horizon
Like the seasonal Starbucks menu, all things must change. But, before we get to those changes, how was your Labor Day weekend? Mine was fairly mellow. We bought Snuffy some new shoes at the outlet mall on Friday, I worked Saturday, then Sunday we went to Babies R Us to look for baby gifts. I swear everyone seems to be expecting lately!
While we were at Babies R Us, we found these !
Snuffy gave them 5 stars! I tried the pomegranite flavor and it was awesome! I like things really sweet and these certainly fit the bill.
Mallard asked for more carnivorous creations this weekend…another Giant Pizza Roll
I used a refridgerated pizza crust because that’s what the crazy man prefers!
I spread about 1/2 cup of sauce onto the crust and topped with mozzerella.
Then I added Mallard’s favorite pizza topping
I rolled it all together and pressed the seams of the dough tightly closed. Then, I scored the top and sprinkled more mozzerella
I baked at 425 until it was dark golden brown (Mallard’s preference)
I couldn’t even get a pic before Mallard cut into this bad boy!
Now for the changes at hand…
First of all, Snuffy’s babysitter is due…well, today with her third child. So, Snuffy will have to go to the daycare center near our home for a few weeks. She has been there before for two days while our regular babysitter was on vacae. She seemed to do fine. But, they don’t provide the MOST nutritious meal. Sure, there is usually a fruit or veggie involved. But, snacks include “juice” made of non-organic fruit and who knows what else. Sugar cookies and preservative-filled grahams are other frequent snack stars. The meals are okay by dietetic standards. Some of the meals I would prefer not to give my lil one: BBQ pork because I don’t know what kind of chemicals and “crap” are in the sauce and in the meat. The other meal that I don’t really want to give Snuff is their ravioli as I’m sure it’s generic canned …junk. So, I wanted Snuffy to have a nutritious lunch without feeling like she is not getting what the other kids have. Solution? Same idea, different version!
On Ravioli Day (tomorrow) I packed Snuffy the same meal on the menu only in a junk-free version
Snuffy kept asking for bites as I was packing her lunch. So, she tried this cold (I felt like a bad mom). But, she loved it! I have to say, it’s not bad. Yes, it’s a bit more expensive than Chef you-know-who. However, she can get at least three meals out of a can since she eats it with a fruit and a vegetable! For her lunch, I packed a Snuffy serving of ravioli, a serving of peas and a serving of oranges. It was exactly what was on the menu for the other kids 🙂
She even got a cool , new lunch bag that she picked out!
When I bought it, I didn’t look at it closely. I thought it was an eco-friendly BUILT lunch bag like mine. But, looking closer, I noticed that the tag says it’s made by BUILT but I don’t think it’s made of eco-friendly materials…lunch bag fail.
Oh well! I also got Snuffy some an alternative to the unhappy pork with mystery BBQ sauce
Whole Foods had a coupon for this in The Whole Deal this month so it was an easy and inexpensive alternative!
I also packed some junk-free snacks for Snuffy to keep at daycare.
These were another change for Snuffy. She love them though! She was on a hunger strike on Sunday until I opened a box of Bunny Grahams!
You must know that Snuff can’t survive without Cheddar Bunnies
She’s cool like that
As I had told you in a previous post, I have been in a bit of a food rut lately.
So, I took advantage of the Whole Deal coupon for these
I swear I have seen these on Jenna’s blog. But, I can’t seem to find the exact post.
And now for NEW NUT BUTTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!
I had some samples of this from Starbucks a few months ago and I really liked it! I didn’t want squeeze packs though due to the waste of packaging and I finally found it in a jar!! Plus, I haven’t been able to find Mighty Maple anywhere! Does anyone know what is going on with that? It was my fave. But, Justin’s Maple AB may replace it.
And now for the star of the show
I didn’t even know this existed until I saw it on the shelf! I can’t wait to try it. Reviews to come!
If you have read my blog lately, you have seen how much I love my nut butters.
(Dark Chocolate Dreams+Cashew Butter+Naturally More)
You may also notice that I almost always pair nut butters with fruit and veggies
Well, I have been having some major tummy aches in the mornings. I have begun to wonder if it has anything to do with my last snack of the evening which is usually nut butter and fruit or veggies. I know that it’s not the best thing to be eating in the evening. But, it’s become a staple in my evening unwinding. Digging deeper, I found some info on food combining while reading Gena’s blog. According to food combining guidelines, fruit should be eaten by itself and on an empty stomach. Could this be the source of my tummy troubles? The guidelines list vegetables as “neutral” which means they can be combined with any of the other food groups. Am I destined to eat my nut butters with celery and carrots for the rest of my life? I sure hope not! But, I suppose I owe it to myself to change up the routine and see if bad food combining is the issue. I am tired of feeling bloated and crampy in the morning…and NO I AM NOT PREGNANT. I have an IUD for those of you who are wondering. I won’t be having any more children any time soon as it lasts up to 10 years!
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I picked up some new bars to try. I’m just not a bar person. I went through a phase when I ate a Kashi Go Lean Chewy bar every day when I went back to work after maternity leave. I don’t now if I got burnt out on bars or I just like “real” food? Either way, my days are so long most of the time that it’s not feasable for me to pack food for that long of a time period. Also, there are so many bars on the market that are made with natural ingredients and no “junk”. So, I thought I would give these a go.
And I picked up this guy on a whim
Hmm..75 percent organic, 100 calories…we’ll see how it goes.
I also made an effort to reduce my risk of breast cancer
NOW FOR SOME BIG BLOG NEWS
I have been working with someone on a blog makeover! The new and improved Whole Body Love will be up and running within a few weeks! I will keep you updated.
Many of you have read about my anticipation of my birthday and the “birthday fairy”
It’s obvious that the camera on my phone is just NOT cutting it! I’m sure you noticed that all my pics are blurry and dark. So, after speaking with the “birthday fairy” , I was informed that I will be getting a camera for my birthday. I thought I may have to compromise on the camera I want. But, since Mallard’s job is going decently well, I get the camera I want! This means that after the nineteenth, there will be much better pictures on my blog. In fact, once I get my new camera, I plan to photograph almost all of my eats and do more experimenting with new foods and recipes! So, be prepared for food porn!