what i ate with a 1 week old

What I Ate Wednesday is nothing new – other bloggers have been doing this for awhile now.  I’d like to consider myself more of a healthy living blogger than a food blogger, but the food you see on the blog is mostly all the frozen custard I partake in.  (I’m going on a week + a half of withdrawal right now.  I think that needs to change, stat.)  With 2 life changes last week (giving birth to a beautiful daughter + turning 27, which is just getting way too close to 30 for comfort), I figured this would be a great time for me to jump on board with What I Ate Wednesday.  Plus, it’ll be fun to look back a year from now and see how my eating has changed/evolved over the year.


I usually eat oatmeal for breakfast, especially when I’m at home and have the time to cook some on the stove top.  However, a newborn makes getting anything done much, much more difficult.  So, I’m sticking with easy breakfasts like bagels, fruit, or cereal.


  • 1 cup Honey Nut Cheerios
  • 1/2 cup Kashi Go Lean Crunch
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 3/4 cup vanilla soymilk

Tummy Time for MacKenna


Ugh, love her little face so much!  Happy baby! 🙂


We have an abundance of easy to prepare food right now thanks to frozen meals + family members who have been happy to keep us well fed.  We had ordered a pizza the night we got home from the hospital and it was calling my name for lunch today.  Delicious  veggie pizza made the perfect easy-to-prepare lunch.


(And a piece of Dove Dark Promises that went unphotographed.  Gotta satisfy my sweet tooth!)


MacKenna had a great day today!  She luckily let me make a smoothie this afternoon while she happily watched from the Boppy lounger.  She didn’t even make a sound when the blender was on!  Good baby!


  • ~1 cup frozen peaches
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soymilk

Served in my Tervis Tumbler that I received as part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program.  The cup was absolutely perfect for my smoothie!  Now, I just need some longer spoons so my hands don’t get all sticky.


Matt’s still finishing up the cross country season, so he doesn’t get home until about 5:30 and after a long day, he really doesn’t want to be making dinner.  What’s the easiest dinner I can make with a baby (who of course decided to take a nap today when I could have cooked a real dinner)?


Vegetarian Chili

  • 2 cans diced tomatoes with garlic + onions
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained + rinsed
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained + rinsed
  • 1 can Mexican spiced chili beans, drained + rinsed
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup frozen mixed veggies (random addition)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • A few dashes of Bubba Gump’s hot sauce

Throw everything into the pot and bring to a boil.  Turn heat down to low and simmer for about 30 minutes.  Top with cheese and a big slice of homemade bread on the side and that’s what I call an easy dinner!


MacKenna slept through dinner so Matt + I got to enjoy our chili at the table together, which was lovely!  It’s this little things…


We went over to my parents’ house on Sunday and left before eating dessert!  So, my mom brought me over some pie so we could still indulge a bit.


Mmmm… apple pie is my absolute favorite!  Hit the spot!  And maybe a handful of candy corn made it to my mouth a little later.  Just maybe though… 😉

  • Um yeah you definitely need to fix that frozen custard issue–esp with the warm temps we’ve still had! 🙂

    She is SO cute, I can’t wait to meet her–and I love reading about your new life as a mom!!
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  • oh my!!! congratulations – she is just beautiful 🙂 awww……lovely 🙂
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  • Jen

    I’m so impressed! I doubt I’ll even be cooking chili w/ a one week old. Keep up the great work! And she is SOOOO cute 🙂
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  • Excellent day of eats! I’ve come across more than a few mamas who when I asked what they ate that day, they would reply, “guacamole” or, “orange juice”. Now I’m hungry for chili…xo
    Mandy recently posted..Ian & Eliseo. Then & Now.

  • It looks like you were able to manage some pretty good eats, even with that gorgeous 1 week old.
    My goodness I never got much done when my children were first born. So precious to watch and observe.
    Congratulations to you!
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  • Congratulations on your beautiful little girl! Happy WIAW!
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  • She is absolutely gorgeous and you’re doing great with your food! Got to be fueled up for mommy buisness 🙂
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  • She is adorable! I am loving apple pie right now – the apples are just perfect this season.
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  • Katie

    That chili looks great! I understand that your husband works all day and doesn’t want to cook when he comes home, but taking care of a newborn is definitely hard work as well! I’m sure he wouldn’t mind taking over dinner responsibilities for a couple nights to give you a break. Give yourself some credit too for all that you’re doing, girl! 🙂