Nothing like kicking off your weekend with some Good For The Swole reading, am I right? This week has been a little up and down, so I'm pretty glad it's over. Before heading off to enjoy the weekend, I wanted to share a little roundup of things that I'm loving lately - obviously pregnancy, baby, and health related!
I hope you all have the best weekend!!
The Planet Box I ordered for Piper arrived this week and I love it! I've mentioned this before, but I'm really trying to be more eco-friendly, and reduce my plastic use. I'm especially making an effort to eliminate the use of plastic with my food! I've also been looking for something simple that we can take to the beach or park and enjoy a little picnic with, and this has been PERFECT! I chose the Rover style because the compartments looked like the best fit for us, and Piper loooves it! I've actually also been letting Piper use it on our living room or playroom floor, which helps with the whole throwing-her-food-off-the-highchair phase we're currently going through.
PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP BREAD
I shared this little video clip of Piper and I making paleo pumpkin chocolate chip bread from a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to also share a picture of it here, along with saving the recipe, because IT.WAS.AMAZING!! I was planning on taking a picture of the loaf when it came out of the oven too, but I was stupid and didn't let it cool first, so let's just say we ate the loaf in chunks rather than slices (I'm an idiot). Definitely make this, and definitely let it cool first! Recipe HERE (adapted from HERE).
I want to write a whole post about Tubby Todd because I have so much more to say about this product, BUT to sum it up - I highly recommend this brand! I've been really working on improving the quality of the food in our home, and I'm also beginning to focus on the quality of cleaning and household products as well. It's definitely a process, and I have MUCH more to learn and improve on, but you have to start somewhere! Obviously one of the first things I've been concerned about is what I am putting on Piper's little body. I have been using Tubby Todd on Pipes because their products are 100% natural, simple, and safe. Plus they work WONDERS. Honest. Piper's skin is so soft, it immediately gets rid of any dryness, and it smells amazing. I'll also be using these products on our little guy as soon as he's born. I will also be using their Nursing Salve on the ole' nips when I start breastfeeding again. Yowza.
CREAMY CHICKEN PESTO PASTA
I can't take credit for this quick dinner, because Laura, from @fitasgluck, posted the step-by-steps on her Insta story, but I've made it a few times because it's amazing! It's one of those meals I make when I don't feel like cooking, or when I haven't planned anything, because I always have the ingredients on hand. Give it a try!
- Banza pasta
- 2 heads of broccoil
- Cooked chicken
- Kite Hill chive cream cheese (can also use Arla herbs & spices spread or Laughing Cow garlic & herb wedges, but I recommend Kite Hill first)
- Pesto (I make mine with basil, olive oil, salt & pepper, and garlic. I just keep adding more of certain ingredients until it tastes the way I want it to)
Roast broccoli in the oven at 375 for about 35 minutes (I season mine with Trader Joes 21 Seasoning Salute. Cook Banza pasta according to package directions. Drain the pasta, and add to a large mixing bowl, along with roasted broccoli and cooked chicken. Try to time it so everything is cooked and hot at the same time. Add in 1/2 a container of Kite Hill Chive cream cheese spread and mix everything together (you want everything to be hot so the cream cheese melts and spreads easily). Add 2 tbsp of homemade pesto and viola!