Last week was a blast - nonstop action and fun. There were some moments I felt totally "normal". Maybe it was just an adrenaline rush. I went down the big twisty slide at the pool with my 3-year old on my lap, played at the playground, at birthday parties and at the lake. I enjoyed every moment of it. Unfortunately, all that action caught up with me as I laid in bed Saturday morning in pain with a flare up. Thankfully, my husband was home and took the girls out for breakfast so I could ease into the day. I guess action has it's consequences these days. Still, I would do it all over again.
I'm half way through this vacation and so far, it's been great. Yes, it has taken more planning and preparation, but it has been well worth it. Here are some things we've been eating.
Okay, if you like hummus, you have to try this recipe for Sweet Potato Hummus. It is in the Power Foods recipe book, but it's also available online at the Whole Living website (click on the link above). I've made hummus a few times and this is by far the best recipe ever. I served it with red bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers and gluten-free blue corn tortilla chips. Deeeelish! I highly recommend it! Next time I'm going to try it with purple flesh Okinawan sweet potatoes - it'll be prettier.
Last night I stir fried some broccoli, red peppers, mushrooms and spinach in a little olive oil and garlic (no butter).
Served it over some brown rice pasta with a green salad (baby romaine, cherry tomatoes from the garden and walnuts - lemon and pepper for dressing). This plate was for my husband (perfect fuel for a fantasy football draft :)
Smoothies for lunch: kale, spinach, blueberries, frozen banana, coconut water.
Sunday night BBQ: fresh corn, red bell peppers, portobello mushrooms. Served the veggies with quinoa. So much flavor and you don't have that heavy, uncomfortably full feeling when you're done. Portobello mushrooms are amazing. A little olive oil, salt and pepper and these babies are the juiciest, "meatiest" veggies you'll ever throw on the grill.
Thoughts for the day:
1. I feel like I'm running on clean burning fuel. My mind is clear, my body feels energized and nourished.
2. God has given each of us enough gifts, talents, and passion to last us a lifetime. We don't have time to look at others and wish we had what they have. Embrace what God has given you and run with it!
3. Sometimes you just have to laugh (at yourself) and relax.