Tuesday, 29 April 2014

WIAW and getting back to paleo!

What I Ate Wednesdays (hosted by Jenn at Peas and Crayons) around here are really What I Ate Tuesdays! We're skipping the intro and getting into Tuesday's 'eats' today:


We started off with hard boiled eggs and then it was -

Welcome to Mommyhood: healthy breakfast

Smoothie time! This one was so easy and had 2 bananas, way too much spinach, chia seeds, and a wee bit of water (ran out of almond milk). The Toddler was obsessed with this! Bananas never last in my house, and this may be why... 


Lunch was weird and happened in 'shifts'. First I made salat Olivier, a Russian salad with eggs, carrots, peas, onion, pickles, eggs, dill (which I didn't have, but is definitely better with), and mayonnaise. I added a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil instead of mayonnaise and spinach. Again, everything is better with spinach. 

Welcome to Mommyhood: healthy salad

It turned out great! I know it doesn't look great, but it so was! I loved this skinnier version of a traditional (and unhealthy) Russian dish. The Toddler got to help make it, and loved scooping from the big bowl to his personal bowl. (Insert Montessori activity here). 

Welcome to Mommyhood: healthy salad

Later in the afternoon, I made 

Welcome to Mommyhood: roasted squash

Which turned into: 

(Sweet potato and butternut squash stampot/mash with spinach and endive) 

Welcome to Mommyhood: roasted squash mash with spinach

This was also fantastic if I do say so myself. And I do! I even have evidence- the Toddler ate his portion, and requested another bowl that was also promptly devoured. Afterwards, he asked for a third portion. Getting a one and a half year old to eat three portions of anything is definitely not easy, so I know this recipe is good! Plus, I loved it so it's a keeper, but only for lunch. Hubby, sadly does not like butternut squash or sweet potatoes. 

Welcome to Mommyhood: roasted squash mash with spinach


More squash, served with chicken, and a beet and leek salad (sans lentils because we're paleo now). 

Welcome to Mommyhood: wiaw


During the day, I drank way too much coffee, but the Toddler is officially refusing the boob, and is fully weaned, I think. So, I'm indulging. I had a million cups of fully caffeinated coffee and even had two, yes, two whole glasses of wine! I feel so rebellious! 

Somewhere in between the coffee and the wine, I did this: 

Welcome to Mommyhood: desserts

Welcome to Mommyhood: desserts

Three cakes/desserts for the Hubby because it's his birthday today! These were for the Hubby to take to work because I am awesome and made every. single. one. from scratch. 

Actually, I have no idea if these are any good because they were experiments and I am terrible at experimenting with baking. These are probably being eaten at the moment, and I am definitely ridden with anxiety thinking about it! I should have tested beforehand! Ohhhh I'm so nervous! 

The cakes were definitely not paleo, or healthy- they were just plain sugary, floury desserts based on some recipes I found online, realised we didn't have about half of the ingredients for, and then started doing things and throwing ingredients together. I ended up breaking my healthy eating streak by taste 'testing' things along the way. Too much sugar!

I cannot believe I just wrote that, but yes, it was way too much sugar for me. I hadn't realised it, but since switching to paleo, my food preferences and the foods my body 'likes' have changed. We completely moved this past weekend, and also celebrated King's Day here in the Netherlands! It was very busy, and we simply failed at eating healthy, let alone paleo and I hated it! I used to think I could eat anything and everything and didn't have to worry about side effects. 

After sticking more or less with a paleo diet for a few weeks, I did not do well on a 'normal' diet. We ate loads of breads, cheese, yogurt, etc. I'm not sure what it was specifically, but I was a big ole grouch, had a few headaches, some digestion troubles, and was generally feeling extremely tired and run down. I still haven't quite gotten back into the swing of things! Maybe part of it was the move... ? No idea, but I am so glad to have some sort of normalcy again with my meals, and even though I am going to bed way later than I should, and getting up way earlier than I should, I have a lot more energy! Evidence of the energy? Four cakes baked in one evening! Yea... I added a fourth, not from scratch though: 

Welcome to Mommyhood: desserts

Thanks for reading,