A Quest for Variety

Well, hello, Monday... 

Our Mother's Day feast at my parents' was quite tasty. The manfriend and I brought premade patties from our local grocery store (gorgonzola stuffed, cheddar/bacon stuffed and regular locally sourced beef) and some kettle chips. We also enjoyed tasty watermelon and a southwest quinoa salad made by Sabrina.

I brought my mom some peonies by way of Trader Joe's. Peonies and ranunculas tie as my 'favorite to look at' flowers, but unfortunately, they'll be out of season for our wedding. :(

I've been trying to find some more fun ways to include veg into my diet. To be honest, I'm pretty anal about getting in my appropriate daily fruit/veg requirements. Most days, I probably eat about 5-6 servings with at least two of them being veggies. 

Last Sunday, the manfriend and I went on a short bike ride to a nearby lake. After 20 miles, I was pretty hungry, but wanted to make sure the meal packed a punch as I was meeting Lindsey, her fiance Sonny and friend Katie at a winery for some sips in the sun. 

I scrambled up a few farm fresh eggs (holy $6 a dozen at the Farmer's Market!) along with some onion, mushroom, spinach and tomatoes. I put it all in a corn tortilla, but ended up not eating it all because it just masked the flavor of the inner goodness

In my quest for variety, I've also been blending up more smoothies these days. 

I have salads a few days a week for or with lunch or dinner, but honestly, sometimes they make me gag. Smoothies however, are a great way to get in all that spinach with less gag factor...

Saturday, I went to Costco for a quick restock (oats, Adam's peanut butter, NFCS strawberry jam, spinach) and came out with all of that plus this 5 lb bag of berries. While I normally pay $3-3.50 for a 1lb bag of organic blueberries or mixed berries, this huge bag was only $9.49! 

Monster bag o berries = monster smoothie 

Ingredients: ice, 1/2 frozen banana, 1/2 cup berries, 2 cups spinach, 1 1/2 cups milk, 1/2 scoop Sun Warrior protein powder, 1 Tbsp peanut butter. Serves 2.

Blend for 3-5 minutes and serve w/ cinnamon, chia seeds and a little granola on top if you wish.

What's your favorite flower? Do you have super sneaky ways to add fruit/veggies that you don't always love into your diet?

Eeks! Yesterday officially marked our two months 'til wedding date. Thanks for reminding me, Crate and Barrel. Cue panic attack.

Foodie thoughts: I actually did pretty well at eating only when I was hungry this past week. I found that it's much easier for me to practice this on work days rather than the weekend where I'm always out and about or hanging around the house. Sometimes boredom or just doing something for the fun of it makes you forget that hello, you aren't actually hungry.

*Random note: today I bolded words or phrases that I liked the sound of, rather than their importance.  I don't know why, it just sounded fun. 


lisa fine said…
I'm all about making smoothies to get extra fruits and veggies into my diet. Spinach smoothies are delicious, but I've tried adding kale too.
I love peonies too! I wish that they were in season all summer. We have a bunch in our yard.
I love peonies! They are so so pretty! I don't have any sneaky ways to fit in fruits/veggies, but I also try to hit 4-6 a day. I usually have a banana with breakfast and a salad with lunch so that knocks out two. I usually have fruit as a snack, too. I haven't had a smoothie in a long time but I used to eat those after run club workouts as I would be so nauseated from the heat. I need to get back into my smoothie making habit!
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