January 10, 2013

Clean eating and what not to do on a trail (the kid version)

3, 2, 1, go. This will be my fastest blog post ever, and I will tell you at the end how long it took me to write and edit it.

Thanks to everyone who gave me ideas and feedback on how to eat on the run during my gluten/dairy/sugar free two weeks! I'm in the midst of brainstorming a paste that I can blend together and put in a baggy. Some of the possible ingredients: almond butter, quinoa, honey, sea salt, chia seeds. Any other ideas of ingredients to add to the paste?

So far I am loving this challenge so much that I could put a ring on it. One huge thing that I have noticed is that I don't have as big of an after-lunch slump. Some days it's almost impossible to stay awake during that time, but with less sugar (and probably less gluten too), I'm not getting drained as quickly. Sleeping would also help. That's why this post is on the timer.

I'm already considering extending my two weeks. I'm happy that I have so much energy, and my husband is happy because the fridge is packed with food. He's not necessarily eating any of it (trying to break him of the habit of barely eating all day until dinner), but he likes that it's there.

Here's my lunch for the past two days. Quinoa, sautéed red peppers and onions (with olive or coconut oil), avocado. So delicious.


Yesterday, I cooked up a huge pot of quinoa to have in my fridge so that I could whip something like this up in about five minutes. I also stockpiled boiled eggs, chopped onions, and chopped red peppers. They're all just really great to have handy so you can whip up a healthy snack quickly instead of reaching for the potato chips (my favorite junk food). 

The other best thing I tried was this chocolate avocado pudding that helped kill my chocolate cravings. I know it looks a little gross, but if you are trying to cut out added sugar, this can help bridge a gap. The recipe I used was a lot like this one


Next time I'm going to try using frozen bananas to make it more like ice cream, and I might try adding some of this coconut I found at Whole Foods. 


But sometimes I get really annoyed at Whole Foods when I see something like this. Eight bucks for 4 oz. of dried fruit. The problem is that I really wanted those cherries, but there is no way I'm going to pay $8 for a handful of dried cherries. In their defense (which I hate to be), it is really hard to find dried cherries that don't have sweetener added, and these didn't have anything added. 


With all of this extra energy from eating clean (and with $8 in my pocket from the failed cherry run), I decided to finally take down Christmas decorations. The twins cried about Christmas being over until I reminded them that their birthdays can't come until Christmas is over. Problem solved. Life is awesome as a three-year-old twin. 

This isn't how you organize your ornaments?

I'm also a little too excited about finding this 70% off advent tree at Target. I've already spent 30 minutes just sitting around opening and shutting the doors. I'm all about smart time management.


We also used some time (and some of my pizazzy gluten-free energy) to take a family hike yesterday. 

Just a safe little bridge for the young people.

Then I turned around to see this. It's getting real real up in here. 


And last, but finally something pertinent to this blog, I got this package in the mail yesterday. I won these from DE Running Mom, and I'm looking forward to trying out the latest and lightest version of the Wave Rider. I kind of can't quit staring at them. The pink and aqua are like eye magnets. 


Have you already put away all of your Christmas decorations? Be honest. I won't judge you because I know my own pile o' ornaments will probably be there another week. 

Do you ever hike with little kids? Yes, but they like to go off trail too much. And they pee on the trail. Isn't that an official rule of hiking? Don't pee on the trail. Basically, some adult should teach them some manners. Oh wait. 

Is there a food that you love but is too darn expensive to justify? About 90% of Whole Foods fits into this category. 

OK, one hour and fifteen minutes. Not the fastest blog post ever, but I did take about three naps in there. 

**Don't forget to enter to win some Happy Family organic snacks for kids! Free ninety-nine. Even I can't complain about that price. 

29 comments:

  1. Ok - Now I don't feel so bad about the time I spend on blog posts!!! All the Organic food here in Australia is very expensive and I don't buy it as often as I should for that reason:( Been hiking with our kids since they were small - gets easier as they get bigger....always some peeing on the trail. Robyn

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  2. I see a nice looking trail and dry feet, no ankle biting tennis ball size loose rocks in sight. Lol Christmas decro came down on the 7th this year. Frozen mango chunks are my would buy if they were cheaper I was paying $3 for 3 lb bag which was a decent price, then the bag dropped to 1 lb bag at the same price. The kid peeing, if you didn't take a picture no one would have known, Maybe a little further off trail next time but I always carry tp but isn't how you find the bodies? Ruth

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  3. I see a nice looking trail and dry feet, no ankle biting tennis ball size loose rocks in sight. Lol Christmas decro came down on the 7th this year. Frozen mango chunks are my would buy if they were cheaper I was paying $3 for 3 lb bag which was a decent price, then the bag dropped to 1 lb bag at the same price. The kid peeing, if you didn't take a picture no one would have known, Maybe a little further off trail next time but I always carry tp but isn't how you find the bodies? Ruth

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  4. Well, you could take the plunge and buy a dehydrator! That would really cut down the cost of your dried fruit, and the kids might enjoy helping out. As always, I love the pictures. You have such an amazing family.

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  5. Whole Foods is really Whole Paycheck. :) I love that place too, but I usually walk out of there amazed that I spent $50 on 4 things.

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  6. I have been eating a lot of quinoa too. Love that stuff! And that pudding looks yummy I think! Granola is too expensive to buy. I will definitely hike with my kiddos some day, like when I have them. We went once with Frank's cousin's kids (4 and 5) and they were great. My dog is a bigger challenge.

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  7. Love hiking with my kids! My boys' favorite part of hiking is peeing outside seriously, and they are 10 and 12! I am not a great example since I too pee on hikes. What's a girl to do? Christmas decorations have been gone for a while. I don't like the clutter:0

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  8. Even sweetened dried cherries are expensive - it's insane!!! I am a huge fan of quinoa. I actually eat it for breakfast sometimes. Just add some cinnamon, berries and greek yogurt = yummy. I make that avocado pudding whenever I'm really craving chocolate. Works like a charm!
    I absolutely CANNOT wait to get my hands on a pair of the Wave Rider 16's. I'm in the 15's now and will be due for a new pair soon. Sadly I have yet to see them in Canada. We are always so behind the times! :(

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  9. Oh, that chocolate pudding looks really good! And probably way better than the no name brand I consumed the other day. (I swear it was prescribed by my oral surgeon!).
    The Christmas decor is still up in my home, to my embarrassment but I just can't seem to part with it. Normally it would have been down loooonnngg time ago!
    And yes, I love going hiking with my son in the summer. It's a great way to get out for awhile, away from all the distractions of video games and TV. Plus, that's how great memories are made right! Especially when you bring out those photos the first time their boyfriends/girlfriends come around.

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  10. Enjoy the new Mizunos! I've got several pairs and love them all. Whole Foods is too pricey for me. I'm just not going to spend what they want you to pay for hardly anything there.

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  11. Between opening and closing the doors on your new Advent calendar and staring at your new running shoes - it's a wonder you get anything done! :-)

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  12. ooh, jealous of the mizunos! i just put away all the christmas last night. and my ornaments are insanely organized. i'm a freak like that. have you tried picky bars? i have them, and love them, and think they are all natural-but i could be totally wrong.

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  13. Just testing if this comment works...

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  14. Okay..so it does.

    Yes, we like hiking with our little man, especially in the woods. He always wants to play Hunger Games (hide and seek). He obv has no idea what HG is. But now, if we lose Daddy in a shop/airport/park, he'll make a mockingjay call, which is hilarious!

    So glad the new diet is working...I need to do something, I can't stop eating.

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    1. That is really hilarious. We might steal your game.

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  15. WOw you inspire me! I've been off the wagon since the cruise and need to reboard badly. Decorations are mostly down but not quite....today.

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    1. Cruises are an excellent reason to step off the wagon!

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  16. Have you been to Earth Fare in Hoover yet? They may have a better price on those cherries but I'm not totally sure on that.

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    1. So smart! No I haven't, but now that you reminded me I definitely will. And I'll try Organic Harvest over that way too.

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  17. Love the peeing on the trail. Something about the great outdoors makes kids love to drop trou. One of my favorite things to do with my kids is hike, but you are right--they love to divert off trail and discover things.

    You are doing great with your eating and sounds like you are coming up with really great recipes. I need to go check out that chocolate avocado pudding recipe!

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  18. Great job on the clean eating challenge! I am conscious of limiting those three ingredients, but I don't know if I've ever gone a whole two weeks without any of them. You have lots of great ideas! I love a mashed banana with cocoa powder for "pudding" - so yummy. And let me know if you do try the date nut balls!

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  19. I have shoes!! They're awesome. Wave Riders have been my shoe of choice for 3 years now. I've been told that if you find a shoe that you love and "fits" your running, then stick with it. Best advice, for me at least. But yours are obviously better because they were FREE. lol. Love the blog and your cute kiddos! I think of you often - my FIRST marathon is next week. Wish me luck!

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  20. Correction: Yes, of course I have shoes. Meant to say "I have THOSE shoes". ;) Thought the excitement was all for nothing, huh?!

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    1. Ha! I have ADD reading so I didn't even notice when I read through.:) The Mizunos are awesome, though I do love the 15s and 16s more than the 14s.

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  21. The quinoa lunch looks delicious! I love quinoa - it tastes good and it's fast.

    A lot of gluten-free processed food is too expensive for me to justify. There are these gluten free graham crackers that I LOVE, but I feel awfully guilty dropping $5 on them. And some of the baking mixes are the same way. $8 for a GF chocolate cake mix, not even including frosting? Yeesh.

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  22. your challenge is inspiring! makes me want to clean up my diet :) i also love dried cherries- so much that i will sometimes buy them at sam's club. if you want a lot of them or can find someone to split the price is great. Chocolate covered katie is a great healthy dessert blog, & she has more than just dessert. All clean eating stuff, would fit right into what you're doing. www.chocolatecoveredkatie.com i've made her ice cream with almond milk, cookie dough dip w/garbanzo beans,& more- lots of good recipes!

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    1. Thanks for the link! I will definitely check that out.

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  23. I tried the WR 16's - they were pretty sweet! I ended up getting the Inspires just because I like a little stability. Though I am thinking I might transition more training to the Elixirs. I freaking love those shoes.

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