WIAW and Birthday cake help

I decided to do round two of What I Ate Wednesday this week.  I don’t expect to be able to participate this frequently, but I had a great time connecting with other bloggers last week and I remembered to take pictures yesterday, so here goes…

Breakfast: Oatmeal with blueberries, cinnamon & ground flaxseed

Lunch: Sweet potato curry with whole wheat couscous, clementines

Snack: pumpkin-raisin muffin, hot chocolate (almond milk, cocoa, agave nectar)

Snack #2: banana & pb

Dinner: bulghur chili, broccoli & cauliflower

Dessert: chocolate chip cookie bar (found it deep in the freezer, couldn’t resist!)

Snack #3: apple & cheese (not pictured)

It’s tapering week, but for some reason I was hungry all day long, and craving sugar like crazy.  I must be subconsciously starting my carb-loading already for Sunday’s race!  L enjoyed smaller amounts of the same breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a banana and peanut butter snack.

L’s 2 year birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks, and I am having a difficult time deciding what to do dessert-wise for her little party… cake, cupcakes, or something less traditional? Healthy recipes or “normal” versions?

Some options:  Chocolate Covered Katie’s Funfetti cupcakes

She LOVES blueberries, so some sort of blueberry cake?

Her very first taste of “dessert” was pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, which she adored, and I really want to try Jen’s pumpkin pie (with dates and an almond meal crust) — who says you can’t have birthday pies with candles?  🙂

Or we could do some sort of monkey cake or other cute design… I can’t decide.  If you have any suggestions or links to recipes, please share!

47 thoughts on “WIAW and Birthday cake help

    • Thanks for the link, Kim! Easy and impressive is definitely a good combo. 🙂 It’s adorable! If I don’t make it for this birthday, I’m definitely bookmarking it for future reference.

  1. Wow, nice going on the healthy eating. I could never participate in WIAW because I would be too embarrassed of my food choices. I’m not a huge veggie fan:(

    • I feel like that some days, too. 🙂 I think I make better choices when I know I have to photograph my food… helps me think twice before reaching for extra snacks. But I do love veggies, so that helps!

    • Thanks! I think I’m leaning toward the cupcakes too… have you made them? Any ideas for an icing that’s not so sweet?

  2. Well done! My kids don’t like cake. They always have birthday pie (with candles). We even bring pie to school for birthday snack! Evan apple, Elizabeth pumpkin! Don’t ask about my Wednesday … we may have gone out for donuts before school today … carb loading, right? Yeah, carb loading!

    • That’s awesome! I love the pie for birthday tradition. She’s too young to really care, but she does know that people eat cake for their birthdays, and keeps talking about getting some on her special day. 🙂

  3. That blueberry cake looks delicious!

    For some reason, I’ve never thought to do peanut butter and banana – I may need to do that soon!

  4. Blueberry cake sounds delicious! I am a cake decorator but I prefer a different form of birthday cake. Enjoy it now while your daughter doesn’t fully understand what a cake is and have something that sounds good to you. My girls now only choose boring cake, so I make the fun stuff for my husband, sister and myself. 🙂

    • I remember seeing some of your beautiful creations… I’m not that talented, so I’ll stick to something simple. But I like your suggestion to pick what sounds good to me! Hmmm, dark chocolate brownies and ice cream? 🙂

  5. Your curry and your chili look fabulous. I love one dish meals. 🙂 I suppose in a sense I participated in What I Ate Wednesday too. Hope you have a great day…enjoy the rest of your week.

    • I love one dish meals, too. That’s how we do a lot of our cooking. But recently we grilled chicken with veggies on the side and I forgot how simple it is when you cook with meat! So much less chopping. 🙂

  6. Have a great time in Houston!!

    Looks like you will be all carbo loaded and ready to go. Those are some tasty dishes- the chili is the most interesting looking to me. Best wishes!!!

    • Thanks- I’m looking forward to it! Yes- what is it about tapering that just makes me want to snack all day?! I’ll be well fueled, that’s for sure. 🙂

  7. Bananas and PB are one of my favorite snacks. Do you ever make banana sandwiches?

    I vote for the blueberry! But if you make Katie’s funfetti, please let us know what you think. I’m curious about those! Her cookie cake recipe also looks intriguing.

    • Mmm, yes- I like banana and pb in a tortilla, or as a grilled sandwich. Yum! I’ll definitely report back on what I make, and how it turns out. I’m curious about the cookie cake recipe too (the one with chickpeas?)- haven’t had a reason to try it yet…

  8. I was drooling over your sweet potato curry lunch. Anything curry is good, but adding sweet potatoes is genius! Good luck deciding on a cake–I know it is tough, especially when they don’t have a strong opinion one way or another. Just wait though, it will come! 🙂

    • Thanks- yes, we eat a lot of various curries in our house. I’m leaning toward cupcakes (minimal decorating!) but we’ll see…

  9. Berries rule! That blueberry cake looks awesome 🙂
    As a kid though, I loved white sheet cake, cookie dough ice cream cake.
    Last year I made a sugar free jello poke cake. Basically you make two round pans of sugar-free yellow cake. Pokes holes in the baked cake and pour liquid, sugar-free jello over top. Let cool in the fridge then put one on top of the other and frost with cool whip. Look it up, it’s really tasty and cool-looking!

    • Cookie dough ice cream cake, yum! I’ve had that jello cake before I think, it’s really colorful- thanks for the suggestion!

  10. I vote blueberry cake!!! My daughter loves them as well 🙂 All of your food looks amazing and I LOVE your healthy take on everything! I will admit motherhood makes it hard – sometimes its so tempting to throw taquitos in the oven – but I wouldn’t dream of feeding my child that!! There’s a balance I am working to achieve, for sure 🙂

    WIAW is always an afterthought… I can never remember to do it!

    • Thanks! I’m excited to follow your adventures, too! I’m hoping some of your speediness will rub off on me as I read. 🙂

    • WOW- that cake looks amazing–thanks for the link! Definitely marking that for future reference. Her blog is super cute, too.

  11. Oooh I like the idea of a blueberry cake or blueberry version of a healthier cake recipe. I remember doing this for Nick for his 2nd birthday and I haven’t decided what to do for his 3rd yet (real recipe or healthified version) next month. I think one day of the real full out sugar cake is fine but a healthy version is good too! The funfetti ones do look fun but you’d have to multiply that recipe by alot 🙂

    • Yes- it’s tricky! I agree, having special treats is not a bad thing… but if healthier versions taste good too, it’s nice to be able to give them a treat that’s not loaded with sugar! If I have time, I should test some of these… you’re right, that funfetti is only for one, so I could at least do a trial run there!

  12. pumpkin-raisin muffins…ok, I want that recipe!!!

    Hope we meet up on Saturday at the expo! I’m not sure about you, but I’m getting SO nervous, anxious, excited…all of it tied into one big ball of emotions 🙂

    • I was thinking I should share that recipe soon… it’s one we’ve tweaked to make a “healthier” version and L (and my husband and I) love it. I’m thinking a lot about the weekend, but the nerves haven’t hit yet… they will, though! Standing around race morning waiting for it to start is usually the worst for me! Yes- see you Sat!

  13. Thanks for commenting on my blog! So glad I came to check yours out. I need all the nutritional tips I can get, and it’s looks like there’s TONS here. SWEET!!!

    • Hi Allison! So glad to connect with you! I do try to share a bit of what works for us… thankfully L is not too picky, so what she eats may not work for all kids, but we do our best to avoid processed foods and have cut way back on meat. I look forward to getting to know you better!

  14. Kathy and I just each at a Reeses Peanut Butter egg. Does that count as carb loading? :^)

    Your lunch looked AMAZING. I wish I could eat like that on a regular basis–I’m lucky if my lunch is PB&J or leftovers.

    For two year olds cupcakes are definitely my favorite–especially the little mini kinds.

    See you soon, Laura!

    • Definitely counts. 🙂 My never ending appetite is not subsiding… let’s hope it pays off on Sunday! Great idea to do mini-cupcakes–I have a mini-muffin pan that I always forget to use…thanks!!

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