Hi, friends! Happy Monday! I hope you all had a FABULOUS weekend! Mine was really nice. Mal and I had all sorts of visitors to our house on Friday and Saturday to meet baby Q.
It was so nice to see everyone and catch up and many of our friends came bearing (ridiculously adorable) gifts for baby Q!
These onesies?! The cutest thing ever, right?
And my friend Marie made this wall hanging herself. Beautiful, right? She is so crafty!
On Sunday, Mal and I took Q to a friend’s barbecue, which was one of our first out-of-the-house adventures since Q was born. We’ve visited the pediatrician, the park with Murphy, and taken a bunch of walks together, but other than that, we haven’t left the house very much.
So, traveling with a newborn? I can’t say Mal and I are totally comfortable with it yet (we must look like such rookies), but it’s getting easier each time. Leaving the house is definitely a whole new ballgame with our little man!
You guys seem to enjoy seeing photos of my recent eats, so here’s another recap. I also might start doing daily recaps to help keep me accountable and on track with my healthy eating. We shall see!
Homemade lasagna from our friend Mike – don’t you love the ricotta smiley face?
Curry chicken from the Whole Foods hot bar
Homemade banana bread
Peanut butter & jelly granola from NatureBox with blueberries and almond milk
Scrambled eggs with fresh fruit salad and toasted banana bread with melted butter
Pita chips + hummus
Cranberry Almond Cashew Trail Mix
Dr. Praeger’s broccoli pancakes and baby carrots
Sunday Funday barbecue
Chicken burrito from Chipotle.
Health News & Views
Do you feel hungry all the time? Always searching for another snack? Try adding more protein to your diet! This super satisfying macro-nutrient will help you feel full for hours.
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My number one tip is to always plan my meals in advance and have lots of healthy snacks ready to grab if I get hungry between meals.
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Question of the Day
How was your weekend?
What’s your favorite easy, protein-packed snack? Please share!