Day One

Alarm went off at 5am. I snoozed for ten minutes. Then remembered I did not make egg muffins for breakfast. I intended to make them last night, but didn’t for no reason other than I just didn’t do it. So, I jumped off to the kitchen. My egg muffins consist of ground turkey, onions and green pepper. I loosely followed this recipe for temperature and timing guidelines.
Then, I had to pump for 20 minutes, jumped in the shower and grabbed my son who was slowly waking up with my husband.
I did not get to my yoga, but I can do it tonight. I have a healthy breakfast and lunch packed, my water bottle is full, and my ipad is fully charged for reading Silence of the Lambs on my way home. I am ready to go.

Goals for 2019

Happy 2019!

Goal: Since the birth of my son last summer, my self care has fallen to the wayside. As much as I would like to blame outside factors, I can’t. My husband is super supportive and encourages me to have my time, I’ve just been lazy. So, on this first day of 2019, I am going to attempt to turn myself around. My goal is to use this space to hold myself accountable for my health and wellness.

Nutrition Goal: I weigh 155 lbs, but at 5’6, I’m more comfortable around 135. However, the mom version of myself has convinced me to try to throw numbers out the window and to aim for more of a lifestyle change then a diet. My nutrition goal is to eat a clean diet and concentrate on feeling good and not worry about the numbers.

Water Consumption: 8 to 10 8 oz waters a day.

Fitness Goals: I did yoga, took walks, and lifted weights all throughout my pregnancy. However, post pregnancy, I’m in the worst shape of my life. My goal is to do 5 light workouts a week. I”m starting slow with a coach to 5k training, which will take up three workouts. The other two workouts are a half hour of yoga to build full body strength and regain movement and flexibility. Unfortunately, there is litle time in my schedule to exercise if I want to spend time with my son, so I will be getting up at 5am Monday – Friday to workout.

Mental Goals: I’ve been very lazy and watching way too much tv. So, my goal is to read a book a week. Im starting with silence of the lambs for no reason other than I’ve always wanted to read it. My other goal is to record my progress on this blog every weekday on my way to work on the train.

Pineapple Spinach Smoothie

My parent’s headed to California for the week to visit my brother. I picked them up to take them to the airport and they bestowed upon me an abundance of pineapple and, told me I had to eat it right away because it was about to go bad. With spinach already in my refrigerator, I googled pineapple spinach smoothies and went with this this recipe from Garnish and Glaze. It was the first one after the Smoothie King ads.
The ingredients are as follows:

  • 2/3 cup low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt.
  • 1 banana.
  • 1 cup pineapple.
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach packed.
  • 1/4-1/2 cup apple juice or skim milk.
  • Ice optional.

I didn’t have any yogurt, so I left that out and filled in the space with two handfuls of spinach and lots of ice for a thicker smoothie. I also pulled the I am pregnant card and used my husband’s whole milk instead of skim!

This smoothie was alright. I was expecting more pineapple, but I had a very ripe banana and it overpowered the taste.

My version: 320 calories.
banana: 120 calories | pineapple: 80 calories | Spinach: 30 calories | Milk: 90 Calories

When I first read this recipe, I was shocked to see milk listed as the liquid. In combination with the other ingredients, I assumed a citrus juice over dairy. To satisfy my curiosity, I tried the smoothie again using orange juice. Awful idea. It tasted good, but, at times, was difficult to drink because there was nothing to cut the acidity … clearly, I am new to smoothie making … lesson learned. Also, I was left with the worst heart burn I have ever had and it would not go away. I have cut orange juice from my diet until I have my kid … However, I am assuming this is all just a pregnancy thing and the non pregnant version of myself would not blink an eye so I am willing to try again once I’m back to normal …. Three weeks to go.

Pipe Cleaner Smoothie inspired by Animo

Today’s smoothie was inspired by Animo, a Juice and Burrito bar across the street from my office, called “Pipe Cleaner”. Animo has delicious smoothies and burritos, but the service is tortuously slow. I can only go in there if I have ordered a head of time or I find myself getting irrationally angry at the poor hardworking staff.
The “Pipe Cleaner is from the “Specialty Blend lit” listed with the ingredients here and consists of:

  • Lemon
  • Apple
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Leafy greens
  • Banana
  • Psyllium husk

The was I made it, approximately 415 calories.
Apple: 60 c; Carrots: 30 c; Beets: 60 c; Leafy Greens: 15 c; Banana: 120 c; Pomegranate Pear Juice: 130 c.

The problem with taking a recipe from the menu is there are no directions, only a vague list of ingredients. So, I have to wing it a bit and that seems to have worked out well.

First, I unintentionally forgot the lemon. I had one and just forgot the put it in until I was drinking the smoothie … it was my intention to squeeze in the juice of an entire lemon. I added one medium honey crisp apple, a cup of carrots, and one chopped up beet. I used spinach as my leafy green …. about two heaping handfuls, a large banana, and I nixed the Psyllium husk because I did not plan ahead and didn’t have any, but it can be order on Amazon here. And, there was no liquid in the recipe … I need liquid to help blend and not break the blender. I know I could have used water, but I added Nantucket Nectar Pomegranate Pear Juice because I have had this smoothie before and knew what was coming … the taste of dirt. The juice was intended to dissipate the earthy taste. It didn’t work. I guess the taste of beets overtakes the smoothie and there is nothing I can do about it.

Warning: the smoothie looks the same going out as it does going in.

Black Cherry Spinach Smoothie

I guess this was my week of cherry spinach smoothies. I actually didn’t even notice until I started writing this post, but it really happened because of my love of Ciobani Black Cherry Yogurt! And because I didn’t feel like / did not have time to go to the store an used what was in my house, which was …

  • Spinach … about 2 large handfuls
  • Ciobani Black Cherry Yogert .. one single container
  • Banana … one medium
  • Orange Juice … 1 cup
  • Splenda packet … 1 packet
  • Ice

Calories: 375 ish
Spinach: 14 | Yogurt: 120 | Banana: 120 | Orange Juice: 120

I am proud. It was delicious and reasonable in calorie intake and I didn’t mess up the recipe because i made it up, however, all of the ice I used turned this into a three 12 oz cup servings … I just slipped slowly throughout the morning to get all of my folic acid in. This was actually my second banana of the day. I had a banana when I woke up because I had a crazy Charley horse last night that seemed to go on forever … my leg hurt all day and I was told bananas might help. Bananas, magnesium, staying active and good footwear. Magnesium is in my prenatal vitamin and I don’t want to overdo it, I’m very active and good footwear is out because my feet are so swollen two sizes larger … good thing for summer and a laid back work environment. So, more bananas it is.

My husband also showed me a trick he learned on Reddit to rinse the blender without scrubbing, which is to put water in the blender and run it … with the lid on. This might sound obvious, but I thought it was pretty groundbreaking information. It worked like a charm. So that is exciting.

I preferred this smoothie to me Cherry Spinach Almond, but I think that is because it was so sweet and the pregnant version of myself is dying for sugar … all of the time.

Cherry Almond Spinach Smoothie

To ensure my soon to be born baby receives enough folic acid, I rely heavily on spinach smoothies. However, there are only so many times I can sip on orange banana smoothie, which I consider the traditional smoothie, so I went to the internet for ideas …

I have always wanted to be on TV as a person who tastes food and comments on it. This has not happened yet so I am using my blog to share my thoughts and findings. First up, the Cherry Almond Spinach Smoothie from Meaningful Eats.


  • 1/4 cup raw almonds, soaked in water overnight (or 6-12 hours)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1-2 cups spinach

Smoothies have a lot of hidden calories. This one, about 484 calories because I figure …. almonds: 140; cherries: 120, small banana: 120; orange juice: 90; spinach: 14.

Healthy Extras: Optional

  • Chia Seeds
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Protein Powder

Full recipe and directions here. I made this smoothie twice. The first time, I forgot the banana so I used a fresh banana as a garnish. It was delicious. I also used vanilla whey protein, which I think gave a creamy texture. The second time, I dropped the protein powder, to cut 150 calories, and blended in a fresh banana, which brought out a nutty flavor … it was awesome.

I never soaked the almonds because I forgot, but they blended in just fine. I also used way more than the 1-2 cups of spinach. One cup of fresh spinach is one serving of vegetables. Pregnant people need 6 to 11 cups so I use two large handfuls, which looks about 4 cups. And, I forgot the water, which I am assuming just would have thinned out my smoothie so I am glad that I didn’t even realize until now. I am just the worst at following directions.

Warning: This smoothie turned out a funny green color. It tastes much better than it looks.

And then I got Pregnant …. Now what do I eat?

It has been a long time since I blogged! I think I needed a break, but not anymore and I am using this random day in February to start back up again! It’s not really a random day, it is the day before the Eagles are in the Super Bowl, however, it is random for this blog and I am telling myself now that I will make a conscious effort to keep up with it.

Anyway, it has been quite a year … I had an amazing bachelorette party weekend, the best wedding I ever could have asked for followed by an even better honeymoon to Hawaii! And, this just in, I am pregnant!! I am extremely excited, but don’t think the concept of having a child has registered enough to make me nervous … right now just none of my clothes fit and I feel like crap, yes, this means I am still only thinking about me, but also brings me to my next point … I feel that I may have blacked out or never have been paying attention when every other woman was learning how awful the first trimester is! For the last ten weeks, I have been exhausted, super bloated and felt like I am always going to get the worst period of my life tomorrow. Everyone else seems to have known this was going to happen, except me … I was completely blindsided. And, to top it off, I have been eating super super healthy, but learned at my doctor’s appointment, the fun appointment where you hear the heartbeat and learn your baby is zooming all over the place … I even started crying uncontrollably when my doctor handed me our first baby picture, that it does really matter what you are eating the first trimester as long as you are taking your prenatal vitamin … apparently the first trimester is considered a wash. It would have also been nice to have known that, but I was afraid to get any books in fear that I would miscarry or not have a heartbeat or something … That was silly of me.

I am sort of joking about all of this, even though it’s the worst to eat super healthy, but feel like I downed a large fully loaded pizza and a quart of ice cream, I still wouldn’t have come home to cheese steaks, pasta and cookies, it’s just not my style. And, don’t be fooled, I cheat all of the time, however, I do try and get these foods in daily:

  • Vegetables
  • Dairy
  • Avocado
  • Berries
  • Salmon (twice a week … no more that 12oz)
  • Lean Meat
  • Eggs
  • Grains
  • Legunes .. also twice a week
  • Dried fruit and nuts … I think I over did this in the beginning … hehehe
  • Water
    • From this diet … I have put on about 18 pounds. I have no idea how because it is pretty much what I was eating before … my nurse almost had a heart attack when I told her my starting weight … under her breath she said something about a nightmare, but then I learned she was the type to literally take her ring off when weighing herself … perspective! And, my doctor said not to worry and embrace it as long as I wasn’t eating a carton of ice cream and a box of girl scout cookies every night … I’m not, so in my head, we are cool.

      Anyway, this blog is about the first item on my list … vegetables. I am not going to lie, I am not really that good at eating the recommended 5 servings of leafy greens recommended a day. My mom is super good at roasting vegetables and eating them through out the week, but I didn’t seem to get that jean so I needed a new solution. Smoothies!! I found a lot of good recipes such as Joe Rogan’s Kale Smoothie, Ambitious kitchen Green Goddess and Fit Foodie Finds Detox Green Smoothie Bowl, however, I learned that I just like plain blueberrie and spinachm which I am sure many people do, but took me some serious time to figure out. I literally measure out six cups of spinach and one cup of blueberries and blend. I don’t even use water. Water was producing way too much smoothie and I think it was making me even more bloated so I just blend the blueberries first, leave the blender running and add one cup of spinach at a time and finish it off my blending in 5 ice cubes. This produces one 20 oz smoothies. Sometimes, I mix this up and do a banana and half cup of blueberries ro a cucumber and three cups of spinach or throw in some protein powder or chia seeds … It kind of depends on my mood. I know this is nothing fancy, but sometimes, I don’t want fancy, just healthy 🙂

Yoga Schedule

I teach yoga now.  I only have one real class, but I love it.  It is my favorite thing I do:

C1: Corepower Yoga 1: Wednesday 6pm  @ Corepower Yoga: Walnut Street. 

C1 is a beginner vinyassa flow.  It is the same every week as it is designed to build strength and flexibility. However, for beginner or experienced yogi’s, this is one hell of a workout.

I say only one real class above becasue i also teach John Paul a class every morning.  We get up at 5:38, yoga in our yard starts at 5:45.  Once I am more versed, we will offer classes to those in our neighborhood …. exciting!!!