W30 Round 2, Day 5: Fog Lifting
WHAT I ATE
God bless. We were due a morning like today’s. First day back to school and the kids are tired but excited to see their friends. Second day back and they’re moving a bit slower. Third day we’re ALL wishing school started at 10am… We haven’t done laundry in a few days which means it will take me weeks to catch up 😜. To hedge that scenario I started a load right when I woke up. That way the washer was finished before we left and I could load the dryer right before we walked out the door. Clothes are ready to fold when I get back from drop-off. YAS. Except I apparently washed ALL of the youngest kid’s non-color leggings and colored leggings are THE WORST and WHY WOULD I DO THAT?! I’m a monster. 😒 So while my breakfast looks gorgeous I had to talk that kid down from the ledge about the leggings situation which means I had about 2 minutes to just wolf down what I could before running all of us out the door to school. I didn’t have the fruit until I got back AFTER another little grocery stop, after drop-off. I usually just make fried eggs but I saw Michelle Tam of Nom Nom Paleo making crispy fried eggs on her IG Stories and I’m full-on addicted to the bubbles and crunch and runny yolks. The veg was all leftovers so I warmed that up and topped it with the eggs. Done.
It’s not really a snack but it wasn’t part of my breakfast meal either. And it was TOO GOOD not to mention in its own section! One thing I knew I was going to miss on this Whole30 was my Bulletproof-ish morning coffee. I don’t have that daily but I do enjoy it probably 3 times a week. I saw a recipe on TheWholeSmiths.com for a Whole30 Latte and I tweaked it a bit for what I had on hand. Enter non-dairy coffee creamer nutpods, which is almond milk + coconut milk and absolutely Whole30 approved. OMG. I don’t think I’ll go back to my old coffee! I had a sneaking feeling that the dairy in the butter was messing with me (that much fat at once, minus a gall bladder…) but I REALLY didn’t have any other way to enjoy coffee without a sweetener. I only wish I had a glass mug to show you the froth on this bad boy. The blender version will have to do for now. It was at least an inch thick. So awesome. And I realize this is more a process than a recipe but it’s there in case you want to Pin it or print it.
Time to kill that shredded chicken. I saw Skinnytaste’s IG Story last night and she was prepping 2 slow cooker chicken dishes for a TV spot she was doing today. The first was a chicken burrito bowl, and after just doing a Chipotle bowl plus leftovers I’m just not feeling that right now. But the second was buffalo chicken lettuce wraps. Hmm 🤔. That’s a good way for me to put more of that homemade mayo to use with another serving of homemade ranch-style dressing AND the Boston lettuce I picked up the other day. We have Frank’s Red Hot Wings Buffalo Sauce and while it’s OK-ish it does have canola oil, xantham gum and something called “Natural Butter Type Flavor.” I knew I could do better, and I was going to the store anyway. I needed my favorite clean wing sauce, Tessamae’s Mild Buffalo Sauce, so I headed to Whole Foods to get that along with a few things the girls wanted. But WHAT THE DEUCE WHOLE FOODS?! Lots of Tessamae’s dressings, which was good to see, but no precious buffalo sauce. ARGH. A quick search online and it turns out Frank’s Red Hot Original is Whole30 approved and since I’ve never had it I picked up the little bottle. We LOVE Frank’s Buffalo Sauce so I imagine it’s delicious but I wanted to make sure. I have to say it was a lot thinner than I had expected – more like Chohula sauce. I used quite a bit of Franks’s Original but in an effort to be completely transparent I used one healthy splash of Frank’s Buffalo to give it some body. I read THIS and felt OK about it for this one time, while I go on the hunt for a bottle. Or two… I heated the chicken, added the sauce, mixed up the dressing, put it all together and thoroughly the wraps! I also had a bowl of sweet potato soup to add a little more to the meal so that it kept me full until dinner.
When Thursday rolls around I like to go ahead and work through the leftovers as much as possible. Tomorrow I’m taking one kid out to dinner while the one is at a birthday party so we got down on the leftover Chicken Tikka Masala. The kids were happy with the chicken and leftover Brussels sprouts. For my dinner I sautéed the leftover mushrooms from the bolognese and half of a red onion I found and added the leftover cauli-rice/bell pepper mix and the leftover Brussels sprouts. That served as the base for the chicken. Topped it with a generous dollop of coconut milk and cilantro. SO GOOD.
WHAT I PREPPED
Since we’re at the “eat through the leftovers” part of the week I didn’t have anything to prep really. I’ll have the leftover smoked salmon salad tomorrow for lunch and then out to dinner. But I was thinking about fruit and what I could have after dinner on those nights I want a little something sweet. Enter frozen grapes. This is one of our favorite summer sweet treats, so why not winter? Washed these and put them on a plastic-wrapped small jelly roll pan before I left for school pick up. By the time we got home for dinner they were ready. I forgot how awesome these little guys are. Like individual fruit sorbets. Totally worth stocking (and restocking…) your freezer with these!
HOW I FEEL
Minor confession: I did NOT get that bath in last night. Didn’t want y’all thinking I was soooo on top of life that I was sitting in a bubble bath with a glass of sparkling water, giggling at my good fortune. Kids who can’t sleep, specifically the one who refuses to pull a tooth that’s literally hanging by a string 🤢 but is freaked out that it’ll fall out when they’re sleeping and end up swallowing it 🙄, and a husband who’s up early and working late means my people needed me and I needed them more than I needed that bath last night. And that’s just fine. The afternoon nap was enough awesome for the day!
This morning I woke up with a headache that subsided once I had some water and really got moving. I’m liking how little I miss the things I thought I would. I thought my biggest craving would be for something sweet – like refined sugar or simple carbs – and while it’s not totally gone I’m satisfied right now with a few dates or a banana. Or those frozen grapes! My workout today was walking 20 blocks with 25 lbs. of groceries. I KID! Kinda. I intended to do the 21-Day Fix Yoga Fix because the biggest thing to come out of my fitness assessment yesterday was that I need to work on my mobility. But for some reason the Xbox wasn’t having it, even after a software update, so I did the next best thing and actually found an excellent YouTube yoga class called Morning Yoga for Hip Flexibility & Energy by Yoga with Kassandra. I haven’t done yoga in what feels like ages so this was a nice little ditty to again, ease back into it. Get the kinks out. She has a great channel – lots of options – and I’m looking forward to trying more of her classes. So taking the time for a yoga sesh was my gift to me today. And the Whole30 Cookbook that arrived in the mail. Straight up cookbook addict.
I have some reading to do before bed so until tomorrow. 😴