Starting baby on their first foods is exciting, but admittedly, it’s a bit stressful. You don’t know how they will react to new foods. Will they be allergic to the food? Will it upset their digestion? I remember wanting to sit in an emergency room parking lot the first couple of times we gave peanut butter to Lyla! Just in case. You might be wondering if you have all of the tools you’ll need to make homemade baby food and how do you even transition to that point? (more…)
Who doesn’t love a big ‘ol plate of cheesy nachos? Now that I have created this recipe once, I can see some nacho dinners in our future. They are filling, cheesy, and contain some veggies and beans. Healthy, right?
Just after Christmas, our family went on a wonderful vacation to La Jolla, CA. What a beautiful place! The weather was so incredible. I honestly think that I would be a nicer person if I could start my morning with a walk along the coastline. When you are coming from Wisconsin’s ridiculously cold winters, it’s really something when there is no temperature change when you walk from inside to the outdoors.
It had been a really long time since Nic and I had traveled. Since our honeymoon, actually. While we’ve always eaten pretty healthy, we hadn’t taken a substantial trip (I don’t count weekend getaways to Door County and Lake Geneva as vacations) since we really cleaned up our diet and completely focus on real, whole foods. In fact, it’s been more than 10 years since I studied abroad in Australia and I still can look back now and remember not feeling the best, gaining a few pounds, and the crazy sugar cravings while I was there. There were lots of weekend trips of eating out, eating fast food to keep costs down (hey, we were college kids on a budget!), WAY too many alcoholic beverages, and food from a dining hall. I didn’t realize it at the time, but my body was not happy. Traveling and eating out can really do a number on you.
I wanted to make sure that we were mindful of eating well on our vacation to La Jolla, without being too obsessed or getting carried away with it. I wanted to pack smart snacks, stock up on a few items for our hotel room when we arrived, and pick some great places to eat out. My favorite part of traveling is trying new, local restaurants. Here’s how we kept our eating in tip top shape while on vacation: (more…)