Be Present: March

standard March 1, 2017 Leave a response

Hello March! Baby Darby’s arrival is coming soon, so as intentionally restful and slow as February was, March will be even slower. Including signing off here for a while. No pre-scheduled posts or guest content. Just a much-needed time away being present with my new little family. I may pop in once a month with goal updates, but only as I am able. See you all in May!

February in Review:

1. Read 3 parenting books.

Managed to not only read three parenting books, but two other non-baby related books to keep me from going baby crazy. There is a LOT of information out there on how to get babies to sleep, stop crying, stick to a schedule, etc. My goal was to be as informed as I could to make the best decisions on these topics for my family. Now that I have the strategies, lets see what happens…

Also, go read Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist. I love love love Bittersweet, but this one hit a similar nerve for a completely different stage of life.

2. Connect with 2 friends.

In keeping my schedule more open this month, I was able to do this easily. I was also able to make room for last-minute lunch with ladies at my house, help friends in need, and still feel relaxed and restful. Wins all around.

3. Do 1 thing for myself each week.

I actually had to schedule this in my planner to make sure I carved out time that wasn’t walking or exercise related (I also consider that self care time, but I wanted to keep it separate from this goal this month). This space looked a little different each week, but I fit it in, and it was wonderful.

4. Delete 1 item from my to-do list every morning.

This actually got hard as I started putting less and less on the to-do list to begin with. My last day of work ended up being the 17th, so these past weeks have been getting slower and slower in terms of tasks. Which was glorious and horrible at the same time. I am definitely addicted to checking things off my list!

5. Walk 3 miles every day.

This honestly has gotten too hard in the past couple weeks. Once I realized it, I managed to focus on finding 45 minute/2-2.5 mile routes in my neighborhood that have worked well in keeping me going without overdoing it.

March Goals:

  1. Allow help. Say YES to offers and ASK when needed. (This is hard for me!)
  2.  Go one ONE date with the husband. Even if it’s just a walk outside.
  3. Practice positive self talk and self care every day.

Having any sort of goals might sound ambitious this month, but as someone who thrives on structure and accomplishing things, even these small things will help keep me mentally and physically healthy through the next month and beyond.

 

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Morning Glory Oatmeal

standard February 27, 2017 Leave a response

Happy Monday! Since we are at the end of the month, and weekly menus are still consisting of Hello Fresh boxes, I thought I’d share a bonus Monday recipe that’s been on repeat this past month.

My go-to favorite oatmeal in the winter is creamy pumpkin steel cut oats topped with drippy creamy peanut butter. But once the holidays are over and pumpkin becomes harder to find, the thought of boring plain oatmeal is just not as appealing. This variation came about as I was thinking toward Spring and muffins and smoothies and warmer weather breakfast options. However, I still wanted the creamy, heartiness of oatmeal.

This morning glory oatmeal combines the classic flavors of carrots, coconut, dried fruit, and nuts with the comforting homeyness of chewy steel cut oats. Perfect through the wintery cold months or anytime of year you are craving a bowl of oats.

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Morning Glory Oatmeal

Yield: Serves 6

Calories per serving: 330 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 1/2 c steel cut oats
  • 1/4 c coconut sugar
  • 1/2 c unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 c unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 c water
  • 1 c carrots, shredded
  • 1/2 c raisins
  • 1/4 c walnuts

Instructions

  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add vegan butter and let melt. Add oats and toast, stirring until well coated in the butter and starting to brown.
  2. Add coconut sugar, applesauce, coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and stir to combine.
  3. Slowly add almond milk and water, 1 cup at a time, stirring to mix in as you pour.
  4. Stir in carrots, raisins, and walnuts. Let simmer over medium-low heat until all liquid is absorbed and oatmeal is thick, about 20 minutes. Stir often to prevent sticking.
  5. Ladle into bowls and garnish with toppings of choice (Extra nuts, raisins, or nut butter is always recommended!)
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Nutrition

Per serving: 330 calories, 54 g carbohydrate, 10 g fat, 9 g sugar, 120 mg sodium, 18 g sugar

Vegan Morning Glory Oatmeal

Friday Favorites: February

standard February 24, 2017 Leave a response

We’ve made it through the end of another month! The shortness of February always makes it seem to disappear so fast to me. But March means baby month! Today’s Neat roundup is a bit random, but all good articles from around the web that really stuck with me. And a lovely Nutritious list of drool-worthy eats that anyone is welcome to make and bring over for us to eat! 😉

Neat:

  1. How to Make Goals and Intentions Stick // Continuing on January’s theme of how to stick to goals past January, this model is helpful for any time of year.
  2. Relationship Advice for Couples with Different Diets // People ask me all the time how I handle the husband and I having different diets. This is how it works for us.
  3. Why Kids Need Minimalism // Something I’m bookmarking to remember as I venture into motherhood.
  4. Go Small with Goal Setting // My goals for March are going to be extremely small. And that is okay. Sometimes progress is made with baby steps. This is also something I find true for my nutrition counseling clients.
  5. The 23 Minute Post-Run Routine // Definitely something I was not good about doing before getting pregnant, and something I am for sure going to focus on as I start running again postpartum.

Nutritious:

  1. Vegetarian Kale Taco Salad // Kale + Tacos? Oh yeah! I’d just swap the yogurt for an avocado in the dressing and omit the cheese.
  2. Chickpea Scramble Breakfast Enchiladas // A genius combination.
  3. Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites // If I still had the energy, I’d be stocking my freezer with these babies!
  4. Farmer’s Market Vegan Breakfast Bowl // A hearty, protein and veggie packed meal, perfect for a weekend brunch.
  5. Quinoa Gado-Gado Bowl // This reminds me of one of my favorite dishes at The Steeping Room here in Austin. Fresh veggies, hearty quinoa, and ALL the peanut sauce!