creamy crunchy parfait

You all are the best, you know that? I really appreciate all the advice on my post from yesterday on what I still need to do before Baby Itz’s appearance. Let’s just say that things are getting very real very quickly and lil man will probably be here before his expected due date. I’ve been crazy busy and will continue to be until he comes with all of the preparation that still needs to be done. Deep breaths… Deep breaths…

Food lately has been…. undocumented (unlike my pregnancy – ha!).  I’ve eaten lots of good food recently, too; I just haven’t been snapping the camera. Last Friday, Jonny and I went out to a terrific little Jamaican restaurant with Jonny’s parents. Saturday night included barbecue at my parents. Sunday was my baby shower and Sunday night was a delicious dinner out with my family.  And this week? Well, itz been whatever is fast and easy.

Breakfast: Oatmeal with bananas, cinnamon, and peanut butter.

oatmeal

Itz comforting, easy, delicious, filling, need I say more? And itz a recycled photo, but it all looks the same anyway!

My snacks at school yesterday morning included an orange and popcorn. Random.

Linking up to Peas & Crayon’s What I Ate Wednesday!

I felt like I’d been eating pretty heavy lately, so yesterday for lunch I wanted something on the lighter side. That’s how this delicious creamy crunchy parfait was born.

creamy crunchy parfait

Creamy Crunchy Parfait

  • 1st layer: cottage cheese & walnuts
  • 2nd layer: strawberry yogurt & hemp hearts
  • 3rd layer: plain Greek yogurt, honey, & almonds

Itz creamy. Itz crunchy. Itz healthy. Itz delicious. ‘Nuff said.

I order the hemp hearts from iherb.com. Use my referral code VAJ523 to save money!

Fiber Love Bars recently came out with two brand new flavors: Coconut Macaroon & Apple Crisp and sent me a couple of each to try. Yesterday while I was hooked up to the baby monitor, I was feeling a little snacky, so I opened the coconut macaroon bar.

fiberlove

LOVE! I love love love coconut flavor anyway, and this bar was the bombdotcom, like seriously. (All is good with Baby Itz, by the way!) It reminded me of the inside (the good part) of an almond joy. It was super moist, and honestly just so good. I haven’t tried the apple crisp, but if itz as moist as the coconut macaroon, then itz gotta be great!

Dinner was brinner last night. I made eggs for Jonny and I had a bowl of cereal. I wasn’t super hungry since after my doctor appointment I went all snack-monster at my parents’ house. When hunger rolled in later in the evening, I had a bowl of frosted mini wheats. Can’t really ever go wrong with cereal, eh?

cereal

Yes, I use a lot of milk. And yes, I even let my cereal sit a bit so it gets soggy. I like it.

What’s your favorite cereal? Are you a soggy cereal eater like me?

five things friday

Itz Friday!  Yee-haw!  Itz five things Friday which means I get to spill my guts share five random things with you all today for Clare’s Five Things Friday link up!

1.  I made a beautiful green smoothie with hemp hearts.

green smoothie hemp hearts

Mmm!  Isn’t it pretty?  I’d had this sample package of hemp hearts for too long, and decided this week was the time to try ’em out.  Benefits of hemp hearts? 

  • Incredibly nutritious – per 30 gram serving, Hemp Hearts contain 10 grams of easy to digest plant-based protein and 10 grams of Omegas.
  • Hemp Hearts contain more protein and omegas and less carbs than the same serving of chia or flax.  (source)

I found hemp hearts to be pretty flavorless which is a good thing because you can add them to anything to get the benefits of their nutritional value.  Some people say they have a nutty flavor, but I found them to be very mild.  In my smoothie went the hemp hearts, strawberries, bananas, handfuls of spinach, ice, and vanilla almond milk.  Now I’ll need to get a full size package of hemp hearts.  I’m thinking… iherb?

2.  Yesterday morning I emailed my dad a link on how to make a lightbox.  He’s incredibly handy and I thought maybe I’d just give it a shot by passing along the directions.  Literally just a few hours after I sent him the email, he replied with, “BAM!”

lightbox

Is my dad not amazing or what??  I seriously could not believe it!  Now I need to get some light bulbs, start experimenting, and learn how to use it.  My dad is the best!  Thanks, Dad!

3.  Jonny got me a Miami maternity tank right when he found out I was pregnant.  I felt funny wearing it before I was showing, and now that I am, I finally got to rock it!

quarterback in training gym

Quarterback in training, Baby Itz!  It feels good to be back in the gym.  Itz still low key: walking a couple of miles, lunges, squats, push ups, and light weights, but itz something!

4.  I made these delightful cucumber snack bites the other day and forgot to include them in my last WIAW post.  But aren’t they cute?

cucumber snack bites

Itz cucumber slices on Triscuit crackers with Laughing Cow garlic and herb cheese.

5. This guy. Date night.

gender reveal

I’ll never tire of our announcement or our gender reveal photos!  Love them and love him!

Any tips for me on how to use my new lightbox?  Plans for this weekend?