Day Two

Yesterday my son made it very clear he had some build up energy from being at home all week. We played outside just about every day but with all the rain going on lately it is difficult to make plans for the day.

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So today it was overcast but I took the chance and we went to the park. We walked around the pond, fed ducks, explored in the garden, ran across fields and played on the playground. Im hoping this release of energy will buy me a night of relaxation.

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Exerting all that energy sure made us both very hungry. Luckily I had packed hearty lunches for both of us today! I had made chicken with red beans and rice for dinner last night and accidentally made enough to literally feed an army so I packed some left over beans and rice for lunch. This can be quickly done if you didn’t have it as left overs. Simply use minute rice, which takes about 10 minutes start to finish and open up a can of beans and pour half of them in a skillet; add chopped onion, garlic, dried parsley, salt and pepper. Or you just just do plain beans. Chop up some chicken and throw it in the skillet too if you desire! Image

What to do with the left over rice or beans? Try a quesadilla for the next day lunch. Or this yummy looking Southwestern Quinoa Salad. Or how about a Skillet Zucchini and Black Beans? All delicious and easy lunch ideas!

As for my snacks, I chopped up two medium carrots and two pieces of celery with a dip consisting of whipped cream cheese and Olive Tapenade from Weelicious (which is one of my favorite spread recipes, great on everything!) And Whole Wheat Cheddar Crackers, also from Weelicious.

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Was full all day and it was so yummy!!

Day One

Considering this is my very first post, I’m betting not a soul will read this.

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That being said, I won’t bore you (by you I mean no body) with stories of my day. Instead I’ll talk food.

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Lots of food. My favorite part of this blog is the “15 minutes of less” concept. More so the “less”. If I can pack a healthy, delicious meal to keep me full all day in say five minutes, I am all about it. This is one of those lunches. It is incredibly easy and the freshness of it just screams summer to me. I love just eating lots of raw veggies and fruits during the day because they’re loaded with nutrients and keep you energized and happy.

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Not to mention fresh food is just gorgeous to photograph. So bright and colorful. And so so yummy.

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I was surprised at how full I was all day. I started off with two cheese sticks and a hefty handful of unsalted almonds. I ate this around 10am and didn’t feel hungry again till around 1:30pm. Then I had Strawberries and avocado salad with a cucumber and tomato salad. Then for my afternoon snack (around 3:30pm), coconut balls. (I’ll share this fantastic recipe later this week 🙂 )

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Strawberry and Avocado Salad:

2 cups of sliced strawberries

Half of an avocado

1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar drizzled on top

Cucumber and Tomato Salad:

1 medium cucumber, cut up

cherry tomatoes halved

half of lemon squeezed on top