Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Banana Kale Smoothies

I’ve been making a conscience effort to make foods with less simple carbs because we really eat too many. We've been eating a lot more whole grains and vegetables. I've even adapted my fried rice recipe to be fried buckwheat (which I'll be posting soon). Anyway, I decided to make banana kale smoothies the other day. When I was working on the Reservation I made these all the time before work and I made them a few times while I was pregnant but I hadn’t made them for many months. I really wanted something healthy to fill me up and we had left over kale from these yummy lentil burgers.

Banana Kale Smoothies

1 banana
1 cup of chopped kale (or however much you think you’d like)
1 tsp flaxseed meal
1 tbsp agave nectar or maple syrup
½ cup to 1 cup Soymilk or any milk alternative (I like my smoothies so thick that I have to eat them with a spoon but add lots more milk if you like a thinner consistency)

Put banana, kale, flax meal and agave nectar in blender and turn on, begin pouring in milk until it’s blended and to the consistency of your liking. Enjoy! J

We’re all getting over a cold here. Having a sick baby is so awful. She had a fever for two days and wasn’t sleeping at all. She still has a runny nose but is generally happy again and is sleeping very well.

I’ve been sewing a bit again and Brett and I went to a local play over the weekend. It was a play written by Steve Martin called Picasso at the Lapin Agile, I enjoyed it more than Brett, I think, but we both had a great time.

We’ve been busy with normal stuff but nothing too exciting has been happening. We’re looking in to a holiday in New Zealand but we’re not sure we can make it work and still be able to go back to America in November. We’ll see I suppose.

Wearing one of my old sleepers :) 

Playing FIFA with Dad! 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Sugar free!

We’ve officially gone sugar-free! It seemed to be nearly impossible in the beginning but – just like becoming vegetarian – as soon as I was able to replace products containing sugar with sugar free products it became a whole lot easier and it’s becoming easier all the time. I’ve found wonderful sugar free blogs to follow and great recipes to try. Brett seems to be adapting well but I’ve already begun to feel the sugar withdrawals, I’m hoping they subside soon.

The last month or so has been exceptionally busy with Grandma visiting and now Whitney visiting but we’re all doing well.

We took Chucky to the zoo for the first time while Grandma was here. She didn’t seem that interested in the animals yet but even since Grandma has left she’s become much more interested in what’s going on around her. We now have to be very careful about what is within her reach.

This past weekend we were in Moura visiting some of Brett’s family and friends, most of whom had never even met Chucky. We had a great time even though the drive was long and both Brett and I came back sick.

This week is all about starting and finishing sewing projects that I’ve been meaning to get to for weeks so we’ll see if I actually get a chance to do that.  

Chucky is a happy little girl who is very interested in Tesla and anything silver or metallic in color. Brett’s dad bought her a Jolly Jumper and walker a few weeks back and she loves being in both of them. She’s even “chucked a few tanties” when I’ve taken something away from her that she shouldn’t have been playing with (so cute!) I’m really enjoying this age because she can’t yet move on her own but she’s very interested in her surroundings and I know she’ll be crawling anytime so I’m just trying to enjoy her immobile stage.

Life is wonderful even though I miss my family and friends so much. Hopefully I’ll be making it home soon for a little visit.