Meal Plan

Over a year ago I decided to get tested for food allergies or intolerance’s after completing an elimination diet. I narrowed it down to a few items but wasn’t quite sure. I had my blood drawn and tested. The results were startling to say the least, I had MORE food intolerance’s than I knew about; wheat, eggs, animal milk, Parmesan cheese, which is my absolute favorite, etc. My food issues are not life threatening but over time my skin breaks out in rashes and my stomach is constantly upset. Once I knew what I needed to stay away from I had to figure out how to make meals and snacks that would work for me. We basically went with a paleo diet.

Unfortunately, I have fallen back into bad habits and terrible eating. Like I said none of the allergies are life threatening but my skin and stomach take the brunt of it. I am making a change TODAY. The biggest issue is not prepping my breakfast and lunch. Dinner is usually my focus but over time it has become apparent that breakfast and lunch are an after thought.

Sunday is usually my prep day. I struggle the most with…BREAKFAST! Heading out to work  or running out to the gym. On the menu is chia pudding, like this one,  and overnight gluten free oats. I found most of the recipes on pintrest. I have a pile of mason jars and loaded them all up, enough for a week.

Chia pudding with berry and nuts. It looks really gross but I have to say it is extremely delicious and filling.

INGREDIENTS
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • Fresh berries for topping

Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a glass and shake to combine. Refrigerate overnight. Stir quickly in the morning, top with berries, and enjoy! I mixed the berries and slivered almonds with a tablespoon of maple syrup, stir and placed the mixture on top. ( Most bags of chia seeds have the instructions but I have found they can ask for a tad too much liquid so trial and error.)

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For lunch, in the past I have loaded mason jars up. However, I do not have enough space in my fridge right now so I made a run to Costco and bought a whole bunch of their pre-made salads and a rotisserie chicken. Lunch is done!  Also, I can make a quick chicken quesadila for Hudson’s lunch. WINNER!

I hope you try the chia pudding, it is so good and oh so good for you.

 

 

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Let Freedom Ring

This weekend is 4th of July…if you haven’t heard.We are planning to spend time with family and friends. Hudson was so little last year he couldn’t even keep his eyes open for the fireworks, so I am exceptionally excited for him to see them this year!

Also, Hudson has had a couple festive breakfasts this week. I was excited to make him festive meals but he could have cared less….his goal…gobble as fast as possible so he could go play.

Raspberries, bananas and apples with a blueberry pancake

Mini bagel with plain cream cheese, strawberry and blueberry slices

Most people will be spending the long weekend at lake, hanging out at the pool or watching fireworks at a family Barbecue. The Fourth of July is not only a day to party but a day to remember those who cannot be with their families. Either they are deployed or never made it home. My husband spent 8 years in the Army with three deployments, the last being during my first pregnancy. As a former Army Wife, Independence Day means so much more to us! Jordan and I remember friends who did not make it home and the hurt their families must feel. I do not want to ruin the PARTY but am asking for you to remember those who gave all. Have a drink in their memory or take a moment of silence. Freedom isn’t free!

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Have fun this Fourth of July weekend and remember those who cannot be with their families! Be safe friends!

 

 

 

Wheat-Free Carrot Muffin

The elimination diet lifestyle change is still moving forward. It has not been the easiest thing I have ever done but all changes take work.  I have never felt more in-tune with my body before. That alone has been amazing!  After about two weeks of listening to my body and focusing on what I am eating, I might have found my trigger WHEAT. The other evening we had pizza (My FAVORITE), I was awake at 4 am scratching rashes on my arms and neck, allergy meds did nothing. I am done with 4 am wake ups…except  to tend to Hudson. 😉

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Paleo Banana Bread

Hey Friends I hope you are having an amazing time with loved ones and enjoying some nice weather in your neck of the woods!
Montana on the other hand has decided to dump rain on and off all day long. Kind of hard to have fun outside when all you can see in the distance is grey clouds. A perfect day to bake am I right?! During Hudson’s nap I felt the need to use my brand new Kitchen Aid stand mixer….I have been dying for one for years. Husby finally said go get it, Happy Mother’s day! Whoot Whoot!

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Spring Fever

Spring Fever has hit our household, LITERALLY. Hudson has had a low grad fever since yesterday…maybe too many St. Patty’s Day Shenanigans or simply  teeth trying to pop through. Either way a sick baby is ZERO fun but I am LOVE all the extra snuggles. H is not one to cuddle unless he is sick so I am soaking it up as much as I can.
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