Running out the door to head to the airport early in the morning and the hustle and bustle of traveling with a toddler made me totally forget about What I Ate Wednesday. So, forgive me…this is more like What I Ate Thursday!
Remember the traveling I mentioned a second ago? Burrito and I flew to North Carolina to spend some time with family. Both mine and my husband’s immediate families are in Raleigh, so we try to make the trip every couple of months to see everyone. That means, I’m at home…in my mom’s kitchen – yay! In a way, it feels like coming home from college (though I have long since graduated). I’m totally spoiled with plenty of people in the house to take turns running after the kiddo and, of course, my mom’s cooking. She likes to make my favorites and plenty of Indian food since we all know I’m still working on that skill.
I kicked off the day with scrambled eggs with plenty of sauteed veggies – spinach, onion, yellow pepper, and tomato – plus a sprinkle of cheese, along with a slice of dry whole grain toast that I dunk into masala chai. My mom’s tea is still something I have yet to learn how to make – mostly because it requires the perfect ingredients and some vigilance over the stove. I’ll learn, one day… for now, I’ll enjoy a cup every morning when I’m at mom’s house.
Breakfast kept me going long into the morning and gave me a boost of energy to do a quick under 30-minute workout. I did a modified tabata workout – 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off, repeated 4 times for about eight different exercises, with a 1 minute rest between each exercise. So, 20 seconds of push-ups, 10 seconds rest, 20 seconds pushups, 10 seconds rest, 20 seconds push-ups, 10 seconds rest, 20 seconds push-ups, 1 minute rest, then on to the next exercise. I picked exercises at random – pushups, jump squats, split jumps, burpees, etc. It sounds easy, but it really gets your heart rate up and gives you quite a workout in a short period of time. Anyway…I finished my workout and grabbed some fruit and nuts for a snack. The pineapple was sooooooo yummy – perfectly juicy and naturally sweet!
Once I got the little guy down for his nap and took a quick walk with my mom, it was lunchtime. I had a couple of savory Indian pancakes made with chickpea flour, cornmeal, scallions, and fenugreek leaves. Ate that with a side salad packed with kale, chickpeas, edamame, carrots, beets, walnuts and grapes.
I washed lunch down with a glass of skim milk and a 1/2 of an Indian sweet made with ghee, sugar, cardamom, and cream of wheat. My great aunt made it, and it’s delicious, so I obviously had to have a small piece.
Later in the afternoon, Burrito didn’t want homemade hummus (with edamame thrown in) and cucumber slices. So I ate it! He has had a stuffy nose and chewing just wasn’t something he felt like doing today.
Later on, we went out to a local Indian restaurant to celebrate my dad’s birthday. Yay! It turns out you end up eating less when you spend more of your time trying to feed a fidgety toddler in a restaurant. He was good for the most part and at least tried everything. He thought one of the dishes was pizza (it wasn’t, but I went with it), so happily ate it. We usually order family-style since the whole family is vegetarian (with the exception of me…who sometimes eats fish and seafood) and it’s more fun (in my opinion) to taste a little bit of everything than have a whole lot of one thing. Everything was delicious!
Once we got home, we pulled out a small ice cream cake, sang happy birthday, gave dad our gifts, and dug into some dessert.
You know how I mentioned the little guy has a cold? Well, when you’re mommy and get plenty of slobbery kisses and snot rubbed on you, you get sick. My throat started getting that tell-tale scratchy feeling in the late afternoon and by the evening, I knew I was getting sick for sure. So, my mom heated up some milk with turmeric in it for me. I’m not sure if it actually helps with anything, but I’ve been drinking this whenever I feel a cold coming on for as long as I can remember. Thanks, mom! Now, it’s time for bed.