Hey guys! It was a nice weekend here – gave us a little taste of spring, although apparently it’s going to snow mid-week, so it was just a tease. Oh well – we enjoyed it while it was here! One of the big highlights of the weekend was lots of walking! Riese and I (and Matt!) love the fresh air, so it was nice to get out and about a ton, especially yesterday since we had gorgeous sunny weather.
Yesterday morning we met friends Kathleen and Zach and their 18 month old for a walk on Roosevelt Island. Perfect morning for it, and fun to catch up with our friends!
I love Riese’s little hooded sweaters – so cute!
I also got in a nice walk on Friday afternoon after finishing out work for the week – I met up with a couple friends and their babes and we walked the Mt. Vernon Trail. We parked at Daingerfield Island which is a great spot to park because there’s lots of space and you can enter the parking area going either southbound or northbound on the GW Parkway!
Walking south on the trail from Daingerfield Island brings you to this cool boardwalk area:
And going north has pretty views of the marina.
We had some good food this weekend too! Friday night was low key – Matt was at a work happy hour so Riese and I had a solo dinner. I bought a rotisserie chicken earlier in the week and paired it with black beans, brown rice, string beans, and a huge dollop of guac. Plus hot sauce. Great combo! And easy to eat one-handed, which was a good thing because Riese still doesn’t love being put down, especially in the evenings… she was pretty fussy on Friday night.
I had a similar variation the next day for lunch, but with microwave-wilted spinach instead of string beans.
Saturday night’s dinner was at my parent’s place – our standard fave steaks with taco salad. Yum!
Riese was the life of the party. ;)
For lunch yesterday my aunt and uncle came over to see Riese (and us!) and kindly brought food with them! Big salads (greens + walnuts + dried cranberries + cherry tomatoes) with roasted salmon on top. I made a simple apple cider vinaigrette (apple cider vinegar + lemon juice + olive oil + dijon mustard) to go with the salads. Yummy!
As for dinner last night, Matt and I took advantage of the warm weather and had a little date night with Riese in tow! We hit up Rockland’s BBQ – they have a big outdoor seating area which was nice because I feel way less bad if Riese is noisy if we are outside vs. inside. ;)
Riese only likes the car seat/stroller if it’s moving, but luckily she was content to be held and looking around. :)
She made it about an hour before melting down and we quickly departed. So nice having light in the evenings again – makes it much more appealing to get out and about!
Hi guys! Happy almost weekend. Let’s close out the week with some things I’m loving lately. What are you loving lately? Share in the comments! :)
1) Baby + Mommy Yoga
Riese and I made it to our first “baby and mommy” yoga class on Wednesday morning along with some of my mom friends! It was so much fun – I was able to time things so that she had just eaten when we got there and was in a relatively cheerful and playful mood for most of the class.
We started with the babies on the mats like you see above and did some stretching in tabletop, plank, down dog, etc. while making fun faces at the babies. Then we did a bit of a standing series including some modified warrior 2 pose while holding the babes, and some seated stretching with the babies involved, too. So much fun! She got a little fussy at the end of class but overall I’d say our first try was a success. It was nice to not worry about her fussing or getting hungry or needing to be changed during class, though, since obviously all the other moms were in the same boat and it was no big deal to take a break to cheer up, change, or feed your babe! The stretch felt nice, too. :)
This class was at Sun and Moon yoga studio in Arlington; there’s another one nearby that I also want to try just to see which one I like better. It’s something fun to do together on our solo Wednesdays! :)
2) The fact that Wednesday was National Registered Dietitian Day! It took me 3.5 years of tough science-based coursework and unpaid internships to become a dietitian and the day back in February 2013 that I passed the national exam to officially become one is one of my proudest moments. I am so honored to have the opportunity to help others to improve their relationships with food through my AnneTheRD private practice and this blog! Here’s a throwback photo from that day in 2013 – and a link to the blog post I wrote after passing: “3.5 years in the making.”
Fellow intuitive eating RD Heather and I celebrated on Wednesday evening at my place with our babies and burgers, fries, and bubbly. Plus a little spinach and beet salad for good measure. ;) It was perfect!
3) (sponsored) These fun Run Virginia shirts from District Line Co., my good friend Lisa’s local t-shirt company. I thought those of you that are in the area would love these as much as I do – I can’t WAIT to get my hands on one! I’ve been helping her finalize the design/color choices over the past couple months so it’s exciting to see them in action and ready for the world now!
The shirts come in two colors and styles in both men and women’s sizing. There’s a tech tee version in teal for women and orange for men, and a soft and cozy casual tri-blend tee in orange for women and taupe for men.
Here’s a close up of the graphic – Lisa worked with some of the big northern Virginia running groups to help decide which local trails/races to include on the shirt; there are a bunch of Virginia trails and races as well as a few iconic DC trails/races since NoVA runners love those, too. :)
The shirts are currently on pre-sale right now through March 20, and Lisa is offering free shipping for pre-sale orders if you use the code FreeShipfANNEtastic. This is a limited edition release, so if you are interested, pre-order one today to make sure you get the size and color you want in time for spring races! :)
4) Poke bowls.
I grabbed lunch with a fellow new mom after the baby and mommy yoga class on Wednesday and had this AMAZING poke bowl at Maneki Neko Express on Lee Highway right by the yoga studio. It was sooooo good… definitely going back for another one soon! Made me miss Hawaii. :)
I’m off to meet an AnneTheRD nutrition client and then to wrap up the workweek. Have a nice weekend! I will leave you with some St. Patrick’s Day recipe inspiration from my blog and around the web. Enjoy!
Thank you to Blue Apron for sponsoring this post. The first 25 readers who click here will get $40 off their first two weeks of meals!
In January, I wrote about how Matt and I wanted to cook at home more in the new year. While we have still done some takeout and delivery each week (let’s be real – we are new parents, delivery is an absolute necessity some nights – and a nice treat on others), I’m proud of us for making it a priority to cook at home more often again!
We have made this goal happen a couple ways – one, by utilizing some of our favorite really easy throw together meals (like the 15 minute dinners on my recipe page), and two, by getting Blue Apron deliveries every week! Blue Apron sends you all the ingredients you need to make delicious, chef-designed recipes at home – no grocery store trips or meal planning required, which is perfect because time is not something we have a lot of nowadays. The recipe cards are full of photos and the accompanying text instructions are easy to follow, too, which is especially helpful when trying to read and carry them out while sleep deprived. ;)
We subscribe to the 2 person plan with Blue Apron (they also have a family plan option), and each week you choose your favorite 2 or 3 meals from 8 choices. I love that you can now choose any combination of recipes (aka a vegetarian entrée, a fish entrée, and a beef entrée all in one order), and that they continue to add new recipes each week so we don’t get bored with the selections. I also love how creative and unique their recipes are – the dinners are almost always more interesting than what we’d throw together ourselves, and Blue Apron has introduced us to a lot of cool and new to us ingredients over the years that we’ve used them. For example, the vegetarian Caribbean Chickpea Curry with Roasted Cabbage and Rice pictured above included pickled Peruvian peppers – cool, huh? (And not spicy, thankfully… although Matt would have been on board for spice!)
That curry was a big hit with both of us, which says a lot since Matt almost always says “this is good, but it would be better with meat…” when we have an all-vegetarian meal. He didn’t make that comment this time. ;)
Another unique ingredient featured in the meals we got last week was black garlic! I’d never heard of black garlic before, but according to Blue Apron, despite what its name might suggest, it’s actually a special preparation of garlic rather than a separate variety. Black garlic is made from regular garlic that is heated over a period of weeks, caramelizing the cloves; the result is has a complex, savory, almost sweet flavor. Here’s what it looked like – black and kind of sticky. Fun!
Our final Blue Apron meal from last week was Spicy Smoked Trout Sandwiches with Roasted Sweet Potatoes. Matt originally turned his nose up at this because he thought it would be aggressively fishy, but to his surprise he really liked it (and so did I). Another win! We were too full for the sweet potatoes, so we saved those and I ate them as a side with fried eggs the next morning for breakfast. Yay for leftovers!
If you haven’t given Blue Apron a shot yet, please check them out! They ship to most of the country, and there’s no commitment – you can skip or cancel at any time. Meals start at $9.99 per serving and all the ingredients are delivered in a refrigerated box so you don’t need to be home when the package arrives. Click here to get $40 off your first two weeks of orders. Enjoy!!
Which of these meals would you most be interested to try? What’s the most unique ingredient you’ve cooked with lately?
Hi guys! Exciting news… over the weekend I jogged about 3/4 of a mile (with some walking breaks in there) – the first time I’ve been able to do that since last summer! I was heading out to take Freyja for a quick walk solo and decided last minute to swap out my nursing tank for a sports bra to see how jogging felt, because I hadn’t tried it recently. And what do you know – it still didn’t feel amazing, but it definitely felt better! My pelvic floor feels normal/fine, and while my C section area still felt weird/tender, it didn’t hurt like it did last time I tried to jog a few weeks ago.
Weirdly, one of the things that bothered me most was actually my aggressively tight groin muscles. Is that normal for a C section? Or just for postpartum in general? I’m sure the lack of stretching and all the sitting I was doing after Riese was born probably contributed to that, as well as all the shifting/changing my body has done over the past year, but it was still kind of weird. I do remember that 4 or 5 weeks after Riese was born when I first started doing some light stretching I was so tight that I couldn’t lie on my back with one leg straight on the floor and the other leg lifted – I had to bend my lower leg knee or lift that leg slightly off the floor. Thankfully now that’s not the case anymore, but I guess things are still just extremely tight! (For more on some of the gentle core strengthening and stretching moves I have been doing post C-section, check out this post: Getting Back into Fitness After a C Section.)
I definitely want to continue to be extra cautious with the running because I’m not looking to injure myself or set back my surgery recovery by ramping things up too quickly, but I’m hoping that now that I’m 4 months out from the C-section I can start to incorporate a tiny bit of jogging into the mix once or twice a week on the occasion that I’m already out doing a solo dog walk anyway. We’ll see – I’d love to be able to do a 5k in late spring/early summer… once I get a better idea of how long I think it might take to build back up, I want to pick a race!
My body is starting to feel a lot more like my own again in general, which is nice. My C-section scar area is still tender and a bit numb, but it’s healing up well. (I’ve been using this Vitamin E oil to do some scar massage at the recommendation of my postnatal PT and I think that has helped… here’s a video on how to massage your C-section scar if you’re interested.)
As for other fitness, I am making it out consistently to 2 classes per week now, occasionally 3 if I’m feeling especially energetic. I’m doing one to two strength/boot camp style classes, and/or one yoga class.
It has made the most sense to do the yoga class over the weekend when Matt is home, if our schedule allows… I usually just play it by ear and go if timing works out, and if not that’s okay too. For the strength classes I’ve been doing early morning during the week with my workout buddies Chelsea and Kathleen – I leave when Matt and Riese are still asleep and am home by the time Riese is up and needs to eat (although I leave a bottle of pumped milk just in case she’s hungry before I’m back), so it works out well timing-wise. It’s hard because I can’t always fall back asleep after feeding Riese in the middle of the night before my alarm goes off again to get up for the workout, but seeing my workout buddies makes me happy and it feels good to move my body so it’s worth getting a little less sleep once or twice a week to make those classes happen.
Unless Riese has literally JUST eaten (that magical timing pretty much never happens though), I get up with enough time to pump to make sure I’m not full of milk when I’m bouncing around in a class – that probably wouldn’t feel great. I have a snack and some green tea (I save the coffee for post-workout) while I pump… my Oatmeal Banana Coconut Cookies are my recent fave pre-workout as well as middle of the night nursing fuel snack – so good! Not too dry and not too sweet. (Also, after trying a couple different brands my favorite hands free pumping bra is officially the Simple Wishes brand bra – thank you to those who recommended that! SO NICE to be able to have my hands free to eat/drink/play on my phone while pumping rather than just sitting there awkwardly holding the flanges.)
I don’t need to modify as many of the moves in classes anymore now, although I still avoid or dial down some of the core work (especially crunches – I usually do tabletop and lift alternating arms and legs instead). I’m also being cautious in terms of the amount of weight I’m lifting, and making sure to focus on form vs. speed. If I’m slower than everyone else to finish something or do less reps overall, no worries. It’s more important to do the move properly and safely.
My #1 form of fitness since Riese arrived in November is still walking, though! I love doing lots of walks with her, and as she gets heavier I get stronger – doing a long walk with what’s essentially a weighted vest on is no joke! I wasn’t able to walk while wearing her until my body healed up a bit, but now I love it.
For tomorrow’s fitness, it’s my day off from work to spend with Riese, and my Wednesday PACE mom’s group is over, so I’m going to take Riese to a baby and mommy yoga class! I’m excited – obviously the point of it is not a big workout but rather some fun play time with Riese and a little stretching as a bonus. Apparently they teach you a little baby massage during the class too which is fun and something I’ve been wanting to try! I’ll report back later this week on how the class is. We will see how timing works out in terms of her eating… just watch she’ll want to eat during the whole class. ;) Have any of you guys tried baby + mommy yoga classes before? Any tips/things to expect? I want to try one of the stroller group workout classes soon too… I hear the stroller strong moms group in the area is awesome! I believe they are indoors right now and move outdoors come April.
Have a nice day guys!
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Hi guys! How were your weekends? I’m feeling much more rested (I mean, as rested as you can be with a 3 and a half month old…) after a low key weekend. On Friday night, Matt had plans to go out with some buddies for dinner and drinks, so my mom brought sweetgreen salads over for dinner and we had a girl’s night with Riese!
I had their Harvest Bowl, which is kale, brown rice, sweet potatoes, apples, goat cheese, chicken, sliced almonds, and balsamic vinaigrette. It’s soooo good – really hearty. Riese went to bed at 8-ish and I was so exhausted from the week that I went to bed with her. It was glorious and such a good call – I felt way better on Saturday!
We spent most of Saturday outside because it was nice out – sunny and not too crazy cold. What a treat!
Funny story – on Saturday, we headed out for a nice long walk and when we were about a mile and a half from the house, Riese had a TOTAL meltdown. I thought we’d easily have another hour or so before she was hungry, but I brought her to a friend’s place for breakfast that morning and I think she was too distracted to fully eat while we were there, so she decided it was time to eat halfway through the walk, and once she turns on a dime there’s no going back until she eats. We ended up having to rush around for a few blocks until we found a bench where I could feed her awkwardly under Matt’s jacket. I’m glad no one was walking by because there was definitely some time where I was not 100% covered while we tried to get her to calm down and eat. Whew! Also, Matt suggested we bring a couple diapers and wipes with us just in case (we don’t normally on walks), and I’m so glad he did because we ended up needing to change her on the bench, too! Quite the adventure.
On Saturday night we were feeling cozy and craving Italian food so we did UberEats and ordered ourselves chicken parm from Alto Fumo (formerly Faccia Luna) in Clarendon. It hit. the. spot. We got an order of tomato and mozzarella to share as well and added some arugula to it to make it more of a salad.
On Sunday morning I treated myself to a yoga class, and when I got back we had some leftover thick garlic toast from the restaurant that Matt used as the base for avocado toast with fried eggs. So good. I think the bread was grilled originally because it had a nice smoky flavor, and Matt reheated it in the oven so it got nice and crunchy again.
We spent most of yesterday outside, too – Matt and our friend Shane wanted to kick around the soccer ball for awhile so once I fed Riese I got her in her little snowsuit and we walked over in the stroller to watch them play.
The rest of yesterday was spent relaxing on the couch and playing with Riese. Over the weekend she gave us her first giggles – they were SO CUTE! It’s so much fun to see her get more interactive as the weeks pass. <3
I hope you guys have a nice day! I’ll be back tomorrow with a postpartum fitness update… stay tuned.
Hi guys! Wow, this week went by quickly – how is it already Friday? It has been a really busy week over here – yesterday in particular I had a ton of AnneTheRD client meetings and calls and before I knew it it was 6 p.m. and I still hadn’t written my blog post for the day. Oh well! I’m sure you guys survived without me. ;)
Let’s kick off the almost weekend with a round up of some eats and fitness from the week, starting with last night’s dinner – a really easy salmon, quinoa, and sauteed spinach combo.
Matt didn’t get home until about 7:30 last night so quick was definitely key for dinner! He cuddled with Riese while I threw this dish together – the salmon was baked at 450 for about 14 minutes, and I topped it with a dijon mustard/pure maple syrup/olive oil mixture before tossing it in the oven. Yum! Everything came together in 20 minutes – my kind of dinner. It was a massive piece of salmon so I just made the one and we shared it – it was plenty!
The rest of the week’s dinners were Blue Apron, as usual – more on that next week!
I was out and about early today because I met my friend Chelsea for a morning workout! We hit up Bodymass Gym in Arlington via ClassPass (<- affiliate link for $40 off) as usual.
We were actually there on Tuesday morning, too, with Kathleen! It was a new-to-us class that we took on Tuesday – a more CrossFit/strength-focused class vs. the boot camp style one we usually do on Fridays. I like the boot camp ones better because they are faster paced and have more variety, but it was still good! The focus on Tuesday was deadlifts – my lower back and core are really weak still so this was probably good for me, although I had to check the ego and go really light on weight and also do only one round vs. two rounds like everyone else. No point in trying to be a hero and injuring myself! Slow and steady is key right now for me with fitness.
I’m feeling pretty wiped today and looking forward to a nice relaxing weekend! I’m such a light sleeper and anytime Riese makes noise in her bassinet next to me I wake up with an adrenaline surge and then can’t fall back asleep, even if she does. Sigh. At least being up early means I get to enjoy gorgeous sunrises from the window, right?! How insane was this one from Tuesday? I really miss seeing these via my running shoes! I might attempt to jog next week at some point and see how it feels since I haven’t tried recently… the last attempt was a few weeks ago I think.
I will leave you with two photos – first, of my little shower buddy! Riese is still a velcro baby and doesn’t really like being put down during the day for more than a few minutes (even for naps – she wants to sleep on someone all the time – so grateful that at night she’s okay on her own in the bassinet now though), but I’ve discovered I can take a quick shower with her in the bathroom in this chair and she will usually entertain herself while I’m showering/getting ready. :) And if she is melting down, at least I can see her/know she’s okay!
And for my Zara fans – she’s been working on her tummy time, too. ;)
I will leave you with a few recipes from around the web I want to try. Have a great weekend guys!
This post on easy chicken or tofu marinades was originally published back in 2013, and has received a big upgrade with new photos and extra marinade ideas, so it was time to re-share it! I hope these ideas make dinners more interesting. First up you’ll find the easy marinade recipes; the second part of the post includes ways to turn the marinated chicken or tofu into delicious balanced meals. Enjoy!
One of my biggest pet peeves is when people think that eating healthy means eating completely plain grilled or baked chicken. Not so! Healthy food can (and should) be delicious – no need to struggle through bland meals in the name of health. Here are some of my very favorite easy marinade recipes. They are perfect for adding tons of flavor to chicken or tofu!
Marinating is one of the simplest ways to add tons of flavor to chicken and tofu – two proteins that are pretty flavorless on their own. Just let the chicken or tofu soak in flavorful ingredients in the fridge, and you’re well on your way to a delicious, healthy dinner! You can marinate for as little as 30 minutes or as long as overnight. After marinating, your protein is ready to grill, saute, or bake.
Each recipe below will marinate about 2 chicken breasts or about half a 14-oz block of tofu. Even if you’re only serving yourself, go ahead and cook both and save the extra to eat the next day!
8 Easy Marinade Recipes for Chicken or Tofu Easiest Marinade Ever: Salad Dressing!
Balsamic vinaigrette and Italian dressing in particular make great marinades. Make sure to buy full fat/regular versions, because reduced fat/light dressings usually have tons of added sugar, fillers, and salt to make up for the lack of fat – and they don’t taste as good either. :)
1 clove garlic (minced or grated) + ¼ cup fresh cilantro + ½ Tbsp. Asian fish sauce + ½ Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce + ½ Tbsp. toasted sesame oil
Green Chile & Lime Marinade
juice of 1 lime + 1 Tbsp. honey + 2 Tbsp. olive oil + 1 small can diced green chiles + ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro + a pinch of salt & pepper
Honey Soy Marinade
1/4 cup honey, 2 Tbsp. soy sauce, 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice, 2 tsp. red chili paste
Chipotle Cilantro Marinade
3 Tbsp. olive oil, 2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro, 1 Tbsp chopped canned chipotle peppers, ½ tsp. chili powder, ½ tsp. cumin, a pinch of salt & pepper
juice from 1 orange, ¼ C low sodium soy sauce, 1 Tbsp. sesame oil, 1 clove garlic (minced or grated), 1 tbsp sesame seeds
Persian Lemon Marinade
juice from 1 lemon + 2 tsp. olive oil + 1 tsp. cinnamon + 1 tsp. turmeric + a pinch of salt & pepper
1 tsp. dried rosemary + 2 cloves garlic (minced or grated) + 1 Tbsp. olive oil + ¼ cup balsamic vinegar + a pinch of salt & pepper
For all of these marinades, just stir together the ingredients in a bowl and then add chicken or tofu! You can either marinate in a bowl or in a large plastic bag to really massage the marinade into the chicken (stick with a bowl for tofu cubes or slices, since they’re more fragile).
Here are some of my favorite ways to make quick meals with these easy marinade recipes!
Teriyaki Tofu Stir Fry:
Dice half a block of tofu and marinate in the teriyaki marinade (you can get this going in the morning or the night before!). Remove the tofu from the marinade and reserve the extra marinade. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the tofu. Cook until the tofu is browned and slightly crispy, then remove the tofu and reserve on a plate. Add any veggies you have on hand to the pan and cook until tender, then add the tofu back in and pour in the remaining marinade. Cook until most of the liquid is evaporated and serve over brown rice!
Persian Lemon Chicken & Spinach Salad:
Marinate two chicken breasts in the Persian lemon marinade for 30 minutes. Remove the tofu from the marinade and discard any extra marinade. Place the chicken breasts on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees until cooked through (about 15 minutes or so). Slice and serve over spinach, sliced apples, sliced almonds, and a drizzle of oil and vinegar! Enjoy a roll on the side (or add some grains to the salad) to make this meal more filling.
Chipotle Cilantro Tofu Tacos
Dice half a block of tofu and marinate in the chipotle cilantro marinade (you can get this going in the morning or the night before!). Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the tofu and all the marinade. Cook until the tofu is browned and slightly crispy. Fill corn tortillas with the tofu, diced tomatoes, cheese, cabbage, cilantro – whatever your favorite taco toppings are!
Hi guys! We had a nice, low key weekend over here – the sunshine was very welcome! Here are some of the highlights:
1) Lots of fresh air!
Since last weekend was so rainy it had been awhile since we got in a nice family walk! We did our old tradition and stopped at Starbucks along the way. It was so nice out we ended up walking over 3 miles – quite the workout when you have a 10 pound weight strapped to you! (If you’re curious, that’s the ErgoBaby winter carrier but unfortunately it’s an old version that’s not being made anymore – it’s on loan from a friend.)
2) Good eats!
For lunch on Saturday Matt made us a variation of this Saucy Tomato & Spinach Chicken recipe from ages ago – he added onions, celery, and red pepper and omitted the black beans. Delicious! And we had enough left over for lunch yesterday too.
We also had pancakes one morning – hadn’t made pancakes in way too long! This was the simple mills pancake mix with chia seeds and blueberries added to the batter. I had mine with cottage cheese, sprouted pumpkin seeds, and pure maple syrup (added after the photo so it didn’t get soggy)!
My other weekend breakfast was a couple fried eggs with berries (which I ate most of before this pic) and some leftover Red Lentil Granola Bars (<- recipe) from the freezer.
3) Social time with friends!
On Saturday, I was texting with my friends and fellow new moms Heather and Lily; none of us had plans for dinner so we decided to get all of us + the husbands and the babies (they both have 2ish month old boys) together for dinner out! We met up at the baby-friendly hour of 5 p.m. at 2Amy’s in northwest DC. I love 2Amy’s and hadn’t been in ages! We got a ton of appetizers and different pizzas and shared it all, and I got a salad as well to get in some veggie volume.
The babies all did really well at dinner! All of us brought bottles of milk vs. trying to deal with breastfeeding in public and it worked out really well. Riese hung out in the car seat for a bit and then sat in our laps while we ate before Matt gave her her bottle!
When we arrived at 5 the place was not crowded at all and mostly families with kids – by the time we left around 7 it was PACKED with people waiting for tables. Good timing to get out of there!
4) Lots of baby cuddles.
Matt had to do some errands on both afternoons, so Riese and I got in lots of nice cuddle time. On Sunday afternoon we took a nice long walk, on Saturday we just relaxed at home. Here are some of my favorite pictures of her from the weekend. :)
Okay one more. This is from bath time on Saturday night – her fuzzy little wet hair is so cute!!
I’ll see you guys back here tomorrow for an easy marinades post – lots of easy weeknight meal dinner inspiration in the post so stay tuned!
Hi guys! Wow, is it windy out there today – we have a weird storm system rolling in and when I let Freyja out this morning I found half the stuff on the porch had blown all over the place! Apparently a lot of power is out all over the area… so far ours is still on and I have my fingers crossed it stays. I spent the morning out at a coffee shop having AnneTheRD nutrition client and other business meetings. I started meeting with my ongoing/long term AnneTheRD nutrition clients again at the end of January, and as of earlier this week I’m now officially taking new clients again, just FYI, in case you are interested in working together. More details on my nutrition coaching offerings are on my business website.
I just got home and threw together a quick lunch before getting back to work. On the menu was leftover chicken from my Instant Pot Maple Mustard Chicken, plus some leftover cabbage, brown rice, arugula, feta, avocado, and a simple vinaigrette (apple cider vinegar + mustard + olive oil + dijon mustard). Yum. I almost bought lunch while I was out but I’m glad I didn’t… good to use some of this stuff in the fridge!
Anyway – let’s close out this week with a few Friday faves.
1) Wednesdays with Riese.
As you guys know, I’ve been fortunate to be able to compress my work schedule a bit so I can take Wednesdays, and Friday afternoons, off to spend time with Riese. It’s my favorite time of the week. <3
This Wednesday, we went to my PACE mom’s group (last week is the final session – it went by quickly!) and then got lunch after with a couple of the other moms and babies. We decided on Northside Social so we could sit outside because the weather was lovely on Wednesday! I had a big chicken salad – I was craving something fresh with the warm weather – although it was kind of boring/lackluster in terms of flavor. Oh well! Next time I’ll stick with my beloved avocado toast – theirs is legit. :)
We spent the rest of Wednesday cuddling and took a walk with Freyja, too. Post-walk snuggles:
2) Workout dates with friends.
On Tuesday morning, I met my girls Chelsea and Kathleen for a workout date! We were supposed to do a 7 a.m. treadmill workout class at BLAST (I was just going to walk on the treadmill at an incline vs. running since my body still isn’t up for running), but Kathleen was a few minutes late and they got her all checked in and she hopped on the treadmill next to me and then they came in and pulled her off and told her since she was late she couldn’t do the class?! It was so absurd – worst customer service. I mean I understand they have their policies to follow, but don’t let her get all checked in and start the workout before pulling her out, you know? And it’s not like anyone else was waiting for the spot in the class – it was hers and already paid for! She was understandably bummed so Chelsea and I bailed too and the three of us did a fun outdoor workout together instead. :)
We did a bunch of squats, lunges, dips, pushups, side shuffle, etc. It was a really beautiful sunny morning – nice to get to enjoy it with a little “create your own boot camp” type thing with the ladies! We had fun chatting away as always while breaking a sweat.
3) Fried eggs.
Yep, still obsessed with fried eggs with runny yolks now that I’m not pregnant anymore! This morning’s breakfast was two fried eggs with berries and a muffin. Such a yummy and satisfying combo (and yes, that’s sugar sprinkled on the muffin – gotta live a little my friends)!
4) Baby books.
How cute is this little alphabet book featuring Riese’s name that blog reader Amanda gifted us?! She started a company a few months ago called “Purple Hippo Books” – they make personalized alphabet books for babies. Wouldn’t this be such a great baby shower gift? (FYI the price on Etsy is just for a digital copy… they send you a link to buy a hard copy via Shutterfly.)
Also, one of my best friends, Jessica, is a Navy wife and she recently launched a company with a friend called “Juliet & Echo”- they make military move journals to document all the places military kids live during their childhood. As a military brat myself, I love this idea and wish I had one of these journals myself because I can never remember where we were when! For any of my military family readers, I hope you check them out and spread the word – I wanted to be sure to give her some love and support via the blog as they are just getting the business off the ground and it’s such a great idea. There are a few different styles and previews of the books on their website, if you are interested!
And now, I will leave you with a few items of interest from around the web recently. Have a nice weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday.
Friday Forward – this weekly leadership and personal growth-themed email newsletter is one of the few that I actually look forward to reading and open every single week without fail. It’s always a really interesting, thoughtful topic. I have no idea how I got on the email list, but I’m glad I did because now I love it! A few of my recent favorites were: “Stop Doing List” and “No Right Time.”
Morning guys! We’ve had a busy one over here – I took Riese bright and early to her follow up appointment with the lip tie doctor. Looks like everything is healing really well which is great… hoping it starts to make a difference with breastfeeding soon! We’ll see. :) We are still doing all sorts of suck strengthening exercises on her, too… who knew breastfeeding was so complicated?!
I’ve been eating on it all week – nice to have it in the fridge ready and waiting each morning! I’ll have to make it again soon. I was loving it with a muffin (a pumpkin muffin my mom made) and some fruit, too! Plus a little avocado on top, because avocado is the best. (See also: avocado toast recipes.)
Another food highlight from this week was lunch with my friend Gretchen on Monday! She lent me their baby scale so I could do some more weighted feeds with Riese to make sure she was taking in enough food, so I needed to return that to her and we decided to use it as an excuse to have a lunch date. We had lunch at a Mediterranean place called Yayla Bistro and shared their vegetarian sampler platter. Blogger in action:
We also got two salads – the beet salad and the arugula salad. Gretchen doesn’t like arugula so that one was all me. :)
Yummy lunch! I always find meals like that where there are lots of different things being shared very satisfying – love all the tastes and textures. Loved the time to catch up with Gretchen, too, and to talk all about balancing being new moms and work! We are in very similar life phases right now. :)
One other fun meal out from the week was last night with Matt – we had another follow up appointment for Riese (with the baby chiro… basically baby facial massage) at 5:45 so he met me there after work and we went out to dinner when we were done. We didn’t make it to the restaurant until 7 (we hit up Virtue Feed and Grain in Old Town since it was about a 15 minute walk from the appointment and I love that place) so we were cutting it a little close with the baby bedtime situation, but we decided to go for it. I was really craving their salmon again… the cheesy quinoa it comes with is so good! And it was warm enough to eat outside, which was nice in case Riese was noisy.
Just like last time, Riese started crying a bit as we got our beers and said “cheers” – her timing is spot on. But this time with a little pacifier action she was content to stay in the stroller and fell asleep after a bit, too. Whew! Success!
I’ll see you guys back here tomorrow for some Friday faves. Until then – have a good one!
What’s the most delicious thing you’ve eaten this week? For me it was definitely that salmon… the harissa sauce it comes with is amazing, as is that cheesy, creamy quinoa! Must find out how they make that and replicate it at home!
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