It turns out this eating healthy thing does require a bit of effort. It’s not that things are difficult to make or even take much time, it’s more the mental fortitude it takes to get out of the rut of oh-just-grab-a-handful-of-XYZ. Luckily I have this space where when I say I want to refocus on eating more whole, healthy foods I feel like I need to stay accountable to y’all. So yesterday, instead of resorting to Clif Bars and Stacy’s pita chips for all day sustenance, I put forth some effort.
The smoothie kick continues! This one has vanilla protein, unsweetened almond milk, half a frozen banana, a spoonful of peanut butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
The mental effort? Overcoming my constant dread of cleaning the blender. The time it took to actually clean the blender? About 30 seconds.
We somehow made it out and to playgroup yesterday morning. I downed two handfuls of lightly salted almonds on the ride over and forgot to take a picture. However, this is a more fun image to look at anyways…
Does anything scream SUMMER more than kids running through a sprinkler? I love those kids and their mamas.
We made it back home in time for lunch.
Greens, Tabouli salad and chicken. Effort? Minimal, thanks to Sunday’s mini food prep.
Hailey spent the afternoon with her BFF which allowed me to run errands AND eat a snack. #winning
I love these Strawberry Power O’s. And yes, my three week old can almost flip herself out of her lounger. I’m going to have my hands full with this one.
Hailey went down at 7:00 and Kaitlyn followed soon after around 7:30. I celebrated with a glass of vino.
Effort for wine is always worth it, but it’s even easier when it comes from a box. Now you know just how fancy I am.
Now dinners, however, do require some effort. I’m not back into the swing of meal planning just yet, so I feel like I’m flying by the seat of my pants. It’s not something I’m wild about, but it will have to do for now. While running errands I came up with a simple concept- burgers. They are hearty, David-approved and you can grill them, which means minimal clean up. To keep the meal on the healthier side, I wrapped mine in a collard leaf and paired it with squash and onions from Saturday’s farmers market.
The result? Incredible! It was my first time using a collard leaf as a wrap and I enthusiastically approve. The collard is sturdier than lettuce and almost water proof, which helps it hold in all the fillings in a neat little package. It doesn’t really add any flavor, just a nice crunch. I’ll definitely be doing this more often.
Thanks Jenn for hosting WIAW! Now let’s chat…
What is your favorite kind of wrap?
Have you ever used a collard leaf?
What is your go-to healthy dinner when you have to throw something together last minute?