Thanks for the support with my food history story! I also wanted to clarify that I was by no means trying to bad mouth vegetarians- I learned that my body type does best with some animal protein, but it’s our goal to eat a mostly plant based diet and many people feel great with no meat.
This is an unusual week for us- it’s the last week of summer, and we have no summer camp, minimal working, and no schedule. It’s led to some fun activities (more play dates, checking out the new playground that went up, “school” shopping and ice cream with my big girl) and more family time.
We’re hoping to take a day to get to the beach this weekend for one final summer outing before the school routine begins. This isn’t a complete WIAW but here’s a bit of what we’ve been making lately.
She loved the “carrot cake” theme and requested cookies- so we pulled these together.
They are soft and cakey, so the title fits well. Plus they’re gluten free and sugar free and a great “dessert” option for her. (You could also skip the chia gel for a less cake-like cookie).
Carrot Cake Cookies
- 2 bananas, mashed
- 1 carrot, shredded
- 1/2 c. almond meal
- 1/2 c. rolled oats
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 Tbsp chia dissolved in 3 Tbsp water (to make a gel)
Preheat the oven to 350. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Scoop teaspoonfuls onto a greased pan and bake for 9-11 minutes or until set. Let cool completely and store in the refrigerator or freezer.
Another recipe we found and loved this week was this simple side kale salad with roasted chickpeas:
My husband planted a few things for the fall and the baby kale is perfect for a fresh salad right now. He found this recipe and it was delicious! I probably overdid the roasted chickpeas (sorry, baby J!) but we’ll definitely make this again.
Besides doing more in the kitchen, we’ve been sharing the early morning workout routine. I’m running every other day right now, so my husband decided he’s going to pick up running and has been taking the opposite mornings. It’s fun to see him come back energized and understand my love of the morning sweat and endorphins!
What “healthier” dessert options do your kids go for?
Do you and your partner have to negotiate time to workout?