Balanced Living – Balance in all things

We spent the whole weekend at the pool which means I ate all the things… all of ‘em!

Some healthy, some not as healthy… that’s balance.

But what I love about my attitude towards food is that I don’t punish or berate myself for enjoying things that might not be high on the “good for me” list, because I know I will bounce right back and actually crave/enjoy things that ARE good for me. By embracing this balance, I eliminate that awful feeling of guilt, which I’m sorry, is not a flavor I am fond of 😉

After eating all the things this weekend, my body craves fresh veggies and so, that’s what my body gets – spinach topped with veggies.

Balance.

Did you find the balance between nutrient-dense foods and treats during your pregnancy?

Saturday Splurge – Highlights

A fresh update!

Yes, my doctor told me it’s fine.
No, she didn’t go all the way to my scalp.
Yes, I feel comfortable doing so after discussing it in length with both my doctor and other ladies who have done high/lowlights while pregnant.

Yes, we were safe about it.

(And YES, I do wish she could come curl my hair every day!)

Trust me, I do my research and I ask my questions – not shy about that! 😊

Tasty Thursday – Greek Yogurt Cookie Dough

So, I LOVE when I can find a tasty replacement for an otherwise overly indulgent snack. Don’t get me wrong, I splurge and treat myself here and there because as I have said, I feel like that’s the best way to keep myself from overdoing it. But I ALSO love when I can enjoy something that FEELS super indulgent, but isn’t quite as bad for me.

This is one of those recipes. I don’t think its smart to eat it every day, but boy if it doesn’t hit the spot when you are craving something like this…

Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 5.3 oz Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tbs Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tsp Mini Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Pinch of Salt

Directions:  Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and enjoy your cookie dough greek yogurt!

Modifications –

-If you do not like honey, you can substitute 1 tsp of stevia

-You can use vanilla flavored Greek yogurt instead of adding vanilla.  I prefer to use plain Greek yogurt to avoid the sugar content of vanilla flavored Greek yogurt.

I certainly hope you enjoy 🙂

Good Eats – BLT Mac & Cheese

Full disclosure: this is a carb-splurge of a dish, but if you use Dreamfields or other low-carb pasta instead, that will help cut down the carbs.

So my fiancé came across this and it sounded fantastic, so we gave it a try. The L stands for leeks here; heated lettuce is disgusting and I would never…

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So it had the leeks, and bacon (because of course I’d never forget that!), and diced tomatoes. Plenty of cheese, and a macaroni that holds up to sauce well (we used cavatappi, because it’s fun!)

I totally loved it – delicious and super filling! Best part: minimal dirty pots!

Here’s the recipe (our slightly modified version of it) – Continue reading