Foods I’m Loving Lately

I know I mentioned this previously, but lately, food has not been front and center in my mind. Nope…I guess having a (almost 4 week old?!?) newborn at home will do that to ya.

Depending on the day, my eats may not look all that exciting or healthy, but I do try my best everyday to maintain an adequate calorie intake, incorporate some color, and try to meet all of the various food groups. So even though food really isn’t my top priority these days, there are still some different things that I’ve been loving (when I get a chance to eat them).

For the past two mornings, I’ve been lovin’ me some Love Grown Foods super oats, topped with sliced bananas and almond butter.

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In case you hadn’t already heard, Love Grown recently launched two new varieties of super oats and I will say that they are delicious. For a while during pregnancy there, oats just really didn’t appeal to me, but after having them the past two days, I am more than happy to have them back!

Peanut butter is another love lately but, well, that’s no secret.

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For snacks, anything that’s quick to grab is a-okay in my book, and trail mix has definitely been a go-to.

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I recently had the opportunity to make my own “custom mix” of trail mix from Nuts.com, which is actually just a few almonds and chocolate chips shy of being demolished.

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For lunches and mid-afternoon snacks, there’s been a few days where I have thoroughly enjoyed a major favorite of mine, which has been off my radar for WAY too long…smoothies!

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While I do have some smoothie favorites in my collection, I recently branched out a bit and tried some new ones which have all totally rocked my world. The smoothie bowl above was loaded with fresh blueberries (as if the color didn’t already give that away), but the smoothie below was even more incredible, thanks to one ingredient. Can you guess what it is?

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Well if you guessed peanut butter, then you’re correct. 😉

That smoothie was sort of like a pb & j, with pb, vanilla protein powder, and fresh strawberries being the star ingredients. It was delicious, but there was another one I made with peanut butter and some cocoa powder and honestly, it tasted just like a chocolate peanut butter milkshake. It. Was. Incredible.

On Tuesday, believe it or not, I actually found the time to bake. I know, go figure, right?

I had some ripe bananas that needed to be used up so I used a slightly altered version of this banana bread recipe to make ourselves a loaf.

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I’ve been enjoying at least one piece a day since and I must say that it is definitely a winner of a recipe!

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So, so good. Especially when topped with a little butter or, surprise surprise, peanut butter. 😉

When it comes to after-dinner treats, I’ve been all over the board. Some days, I need something with more substance so I’ll have a mug of cereal or something like that. But for days when I really just want something a little sweet, I’ve been enjoying fruit bars, just like these Fruttare ones.

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I recently had the opportunity to try out a few varieties of these fruit bars and I am loving them! The strawberry and milk ones are a bit different and creamier than the average fruit bars, so those are great for a change to switch things up a bit.

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But I think my favorite are just the regular ol’ fruit bars. My particular grocery store didn’t have too many flavors besides strawberry, but I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for the mango and orange varieties. I’d be willing to bet that they’re scrumptious.

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You guys know how much I love my sweet treats! And if you want a chance to try them out for yourself, just leave a comment on this post to try to win a free coupon for Fruttare! Any comment you leave will enter you to win! I’ll choose the winner tomorrow, along with the Reebok Nano giveaway….good luck!

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So what kinds of foods have YOU been loving lately? Anything seasonal? Any good recipes you’ve come across? If they’re easy and require little time, feel free to share. 😉

Comments

  1. says

    I TOTALLY know what you mean about the food thing… Just within the past month or month and a half have I had the desire to put more time, thought, and energy into my meals and snacks. Before that, it was whatever was fast and easy. Of course like you, I tried to add in some color, nutrients, and plenty of calories, but food wasn’t a huge priority to me like it was before. Interesting how things change, eh? 😉 Trail mix, PB&J, smoothies, cereal, and sandwiches were my go-to foods…and still are a lot of the time!
    Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries recently posted..How My View of Exercise Has Changed

  2. Chelsea says

    Yum, those look good! And I was just thinking that I should have brought some peanut butter to work to have with my apple today!

  3. Kathryn says

    I haven’t really been craving anything recently, but when my kids were born, I could not got enough Clementines. I would literally go through a 5lb box a week for the first month or so.

  4. says

    Lately I’ve been loving in-season fruits like nectarines, plums, and peaches. I’ve also had a crazy obsession with salted macadamia nuts lately too – on salads, in cereal bowls, by the handful – delicious!
    Danica @ It’s Progression recently posted..signing off

  5. Maggie says

    Those fruit bars look amazing! Also I’m going to need to find some of those super oats. Thanks for sharing all your tasty eats!

  6. Alaina says

    I tried the Mango Fruttare and really enjoyed them! I can’t get enough of all the flavor options! I need to try them all!

  7. says

    I’m definitely on the nuts.com website right now making my own trail mix. That’s so cool! Yeah I know I could probably do that at my grocery store haha but I get to NAME this one? So cool
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  8. ALexandra says

    Ahh that smoothie bowl looks delicious! I’ve gotten out of the habit of making smoothies lately but I think that you just re-ignited my true love of them :)

  9. says

    I’ve been lovvvvvvinngggg fresh fruit from the Pike Place Market this week! It’s SO nice to finally be home after being away for 5 weeks. I lovvveeeeeeeee getting my blueberries and peaches and apples and can’t resist throwing them into some chobani :)
    Ashley Renee recently posted..Mango Key Lime Pie-sicles

  10. says

    so true that food becomes so forgotten when you have a baby doing his/her thing and being a baby, hah! Oh mannnn thank you for posting about the banana bread because my sweet tooth has been raging lately and in need of something sweet yet SUBSTANTIAL. I better get to work and start baking my own breads again. 😉
    Ellie@Fit for the soul recently posted..Shape Up in 10 Minutes a Day

  11. says

    Peanut butter is always something I’m loving! And I’ve also been digging plain Greek yogurt that’s NOT fat free. Who knew a little bit o’ fat could make such a big difference?? 😉
    The fruttare bars look delicious. I love good ol’ strawberry fruit bars.
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  12. Tracey says

    My family had 2 cantaloupes just sitting on the corner which I cut up and also ate most of it. Hard work=reward

  13. Katrina says

    I made some PUMPKIN oats last week and tried a new PUMPKIN PIE recipe a couple days ago! Guess I’m ready for fall flavors!

  14. says

    I’ve been seeing those Super Oats everywhere – dying to try them!

    Lately I’ve been on a Quest bar kick. Their chocolate chip cookie dough ones are SO good (esp microwaved for 15 seconds – tastes just like cookie dough)
    Gracie recently posted..cost approach, 14.

  15. Rochelle says

    I thoroughly enjoy the fruit bars that I’ve had, but I haven’t tried the Fruttare ones yet. I would love to win a free coupon to try them, risk free =D

    Thanks for this opportunity

  16. April V says

    These are my absolute favorite posts from you!! Love to see what your loving lately in the food department! :) Thanks for the chance to win as well!

  17. kristin says

    I would love to try this brand – im currently obsessed with the edy’s creamy coconut – would love to try out a new brand/flavor

  18. Nala says

    Those fruit bars do look good – the perfect thing for summer! I haven’t had banana bread in along time so I will be sure to have some after seeing the loaf you baked. I think the foods I’m loving so far are hot oatmeal with fruit, greek yoghurt and LUNA bars – especially the chocolate coconut dipped flavor =)

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