Happy Chanukah to all my friends who celebrate! William saw the candles on the menorah being lit for the very first time last night. All his firsts are so special.
So much cuteness. Always. And so many chins. Hehe, I love everything about that baby!
Now we’ll talk food. Let’s do a little WIAW action today since it’s been awhile since that’s happened. Big thanks to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting, as always. We’ll conclude the post with a Mamma Chia GIVEAWAY – it’s awesome, you just wait and see!
Breakfast: Cinnamon French Toast
I never make french toast; I’m much more of a pancake girl. For some reason, yesterday, I had a hankering for french toast, and it really takes no time to prepare at all. Mornings are always rushed for me, but I always make sure I eat a substantial breakfast before my day at work. I have to. Breastfeeding + working = a hungry beast. The combination of the cinnamon french toast, fresh blackberries, dollop of whipped cream, and syrup totally hit the spot.
I have one more breakfast to feature since both of these are so different than my typical egg sandwich that I’ve been eating for months now.
Breakfast: Cottage cheese, yogurt, Power O’s, & blackberries
This breakfast bowl packed quite a protein punch and tasted great, too! It contained cottage cheese, strawberry yogurt, fresh blackberries, and Love Grown Foods Chocolate Power O’s. Power O’s are made with navy beans, garbanzo beans, and lentils, but you’d never know. They’re definitely the healthiest breakfast cereal around and come in four great flavors (chocolate, strawberry, honey, and original).
I have no lunch picture to show because I pack it in a tupperware container and haven’t had time to take a better looking picture of my lunches for this week. Last week, I felt like I had no time to grocery shop or food prep, so I ate PB&J’s all week which really didn’t work for me. They kept me full for like thirty minutes and the rest of the day I was literally starving. So over the weekend, I made it a priority to do some food prep, and baked a huge pan of chicken. I throw together simple salads of spinach, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, chicken, and this new fig balsamic dressing I just bought at Whole Foods Market. Like I said, it’s very simple, but keeps me full much longer than a PB&J.
Dinner: Latkes, salad, & salmon
My parents watched William yesterday, so we stayed the evening to light the Chanukah candles and for dinner which was faaaaantastic because my mom made latkes! Perfect first night of Chanukah dinner!
Alright, now for this awesome Mamma Chia giveaway: Mamma Chia recently sent me their new Clean Energy Beverages to try. One word: LOVE! I’m always a huge fan of Mamma Chia products, and these drinks definitely did not disappoint. They’re different than their vitality chia drinks because they contain caffeine (hence, the “energy” part in their name). They come in four great flavors: Grape Power, Cherry Charge, Blackberry Blast, and Raspberry Razz.
Mamma Chia’s Clean Energy Drink is the first energy drink of it’s kind. Made with refreshing organic fruit juices and lightly sweetened with only 14 grams of organic cane sugar, one bottle of Mamma Chia Clean Energy (10 oz.) delivers:
- More than an entire day’s worth of Omega-3s (2500 mg)
- 25 percent of one’s daily fiber (6 grams)
- 4 grams of complete protein
- 90 mg of natural caffeine (about as much in an 8 oz. cup of coffee)
- Twice the antioxidants of a cup of green tea
- Calcium, powerful antioxidants and valuable minerals
- 120 calories
I decided to try it for the first time over the weekend. My niece Audrey had slept over, we stayed up late baking cookies with way too many sprinkles, William was up several times throughout the night, and they were both up bright and early in the morning. I definitely needed a little kick to get the day going. I’m a fan of these energy drinks. Actually, they’re probably the only “energy drinks” that I do like. They’re not too sweet and have the right amount of natural caffeine in it for me. Since I’m breastfeeding, I limit my caffeine intake. I will have a cup of coffee maybe once a week. This beverage has the same amount of caffeine as one cup of coffee, but waaaay more benefits. Omega-3s, fiber, protein, antioxidants, and calcium all in one drink? Plus, tons of great flavor. Oh yes!
Mamma Chia is graciously giving away a one week supply of Clean Energy beverages, a one week supply of Chia Squeezes, and a Mamma Chia Camelbak water bottle. To enter this giveaway, tell me which flavor of the Mamma Chia Clean Energy Beverage you’d most like to try. For additional, optional entries:
- On Twitter, follow Itz Linz and Mamma Chia and tweet the following, “I want to win a week’s supply of @MammaChia’s NEW organic Clean Energy Drink from @ItzLinz! http://wp.me/p2WMfo-2PQ
- Follow Itz Linz and Mamma Chia on Instagram.
Be sure to leave a separate comment for each additional entry. This giveaway will be open until Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014 at 8:00 pm CST. The winner will be randomly selected and announced on Wednesday, December 24th. CLOSED!
Congrats to #20 Leslie Bley! Please email me your shipping info!