it’s week 23 of being pregnant, and whoa am i feeling it a whole lot more at this point than when i was pregnant with amesy. i’m 2 years older, which almost feels like dog years when you’re in your 30’s, pregnant (and have a toddler), and have a physical job on most days. which is all to say, i am beyond grateful, but also beyond tired most days. i try to keep a consistent schedule throughout the week which basically consists of this:
5:20 - wakeup, drink a big glass of water. brush teeth, etc.
5:45 - make myself 1/2 piece of toast or waffle spread with some almond butter for a pre-workout snack
6:00-6:30/45 - head downstairs to our little gym for a workout. i generally train with weights 3-4 days a week, or i do a light cardio/body weight exercise.
6:30/45-7 give amesy breakfast and make an iced matcha.
7/7:15 - shower.
7:30 - amesy helps to make my breakfast smoothie with me (i generally have the same one everyday, i’ve been following kelly leveque’s smoothie method for almost 2 years - it’s my favorite and keeps my tummy full and happy for a few hours). he has a ball adding everything, watching it blend, and loves taking a few “moothie” sips at the end ;)
7:40-8 - play with amesy. usually we read a book or 5, do a puzzle, etc.
8 - hustle time! make amesy snacks and lunch for preschool, get myself ready for the day - dry hair, make the bed, finish folding laundry, wash dishes, answer any important emails or DMs, etc., etc.
830/45 - frank leaves for work (some days he takes amesy to school)
9:00/30 - drop amesy off at school, then head to the grocery store to pick up groceries for a few days, food for recipe testing, or ingredients for a shoot, and stop for a matcha.
10:30/11 - get back home (this all depends on traffic). mid-morning is typically when the light is good in my studio/kitchen. so if it’s a shoot day, it’s straight to work. if it’s a recipe testing and recipe development day then i usually get on my computer, then into the kitchen.
1:00-1:30 - lunch
1:30-3:00/30 - edit photos, write blog posts (i generally write the blog copy the day before, but everything else - including my email campaigns - gets built out ahead of time) brainstorm future content, get back to emails and DMs, wash dishes that were used in that day’s shoot, clean up, etc.
3:00/30 - walk quint
3:45/4 - leave to pick up amesy.
4/4:15 - pick amesy up from school and smother him in kisses and hugs
4:30 - get home. we play outside for a bit, read books (he loves books, if you haven’t already guessed), snuggle - if he lets me - play inside, etc.
5:30-6 - amesy watches sesame street or barney, and i’m back in the kitchen making dinner, or heating up what i’ve made earlier in the day.
6:15/30 - frank’s home and we all eat dinner together
7:00-7:30 - amesy’s bath time, then bedtime
7:30-on - we generally talk for a bit a catch up, then watch something on TV, or hang outside and talk/listen to music if it’s a nice night.
9:30/45 - get ready for bed: oil the eff out of my belly, brush teeth, wash my face (which i’ve been doing with just raw honey and loving lately - check out this post by my girl lily) , put jammies on, and bedtime. goodnight.
not much of a segue here, but i thought it would be fun to share what a typical day looks like. i always find it interesting how people schedule their day (especially if they’re freelance, and/or have children), and use the most of their time.
but we’re also here for this soup! i’ve been making cashew-based soups like this for a while, and i think it’s a terrific way to not only take a non-creamy, vegetable-centric soup to the next creamy level, but also to add some healthy fats into what is generally a fat-less or low-fat dish. i mentioned kelly leveque above. she’s a holistic nutritionist that i began working with almost 2 years ago, and i haven’t looked back. her (science-based) philosophy is essentially to fill your plate/bowl with quality protein, greens, fiber, and healthy fats. the combination of these 4 quiet your hunger hormones leaving you happy and full, but more importantly they balance your blood sugar.
i’ve struggled with regulating my blood sugar for most of my adult life, and even when i was a teenager. i probably haven’t felt more myself now than ever. i previously dealt with debilitating stomach pains, bloat, constant depression, anxiety, headaches, body and joint aches, etc. it wasn’t until amesy turned a year old that i finally realized that i can’t take proper take of my child if i’m not taking care of myself. since then, (and i’m not perfect at this, especially being pregnant now) i have prioritized my health and well-being, which includes a workout schedule, and maintaining a diet that makes me feel good. this soup is part of that. it’s got a good serving of fibrous asparagus in each serving, along with fresh green herbs, a whole bunch of spring onions, and cashews for our healthy fat. i serve it with a protein: generally baked fish or grilled chicken. this is in no way saying that you should follow this way of life. i firmly believe that everyone has their own path and journey, this world is not a one-size fits all, and neither should your well-being and health. but, if you have read through this and have struggled with similar issues, and you have questions/comments i would be so happy to have a conversation with you!
more than anything, i began dolly and oatmeal to find and learn from a community of people who both loved food, but also had some struggles. my intent was, and always has been to give back in some way. to offer something of value. i am going to continue to talk about my journey here, and i hope you’ll chime in - whether that’s in the comments or through email. even though it seems that blog commenting is on a downward trend, i would love for this space to be an open conversation, and place where we can all learn from one another.
in the meantime, biggest of hugs to you! xx
cashew cream of asparagus & spring onion soup | v & gf
the great thing about this soup (most soups) is that you can substitute in whatever vegetable you prefer here. think: broccoli, peas, a combination of both, cauliflower and spinach, the list goes on. i add a bit of tarragon here just for a touch of its flavor, but feel free to add another herb in its place.
| serves 4-6 |
1 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours, drained and rinsed
2 large leeks, white and light green parts sliced
1 bunch (roughly 1/2 cup) chives, roughly chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
2 bunches (roughly 2 pounds) asparagus, woody ends trimmed
8-10 tarragon leaves
3 cups organic vegetable or chicken broth
salt & fresh ground pepper, to taste
juice from 1 small lemon
roasted asparagus tips
toasted bread cubes
chopped herbs (i used dill and chives)
chive & broccoli rabe blooms
fresh ground pepper
heat a large soup pot over medium heat. add the oil and leeks, stir and cook until the leeks are a little soft, about 6-8 minutes. add the chives and garlic, stir and cook for another minute, until everything is fragrant. then add the asparagus and tarragon leaves, stir and cook for 1-2 minutes, until the asparagus is bright green. add the broth, and bring everything to a simmer. cook the soup for 8-10 minutes, until the asparagus is tender when pricked with a sharp knife. remove from heat, add the cashews, and let the soup cool for 10 minutes.
in batches, puree the soup in a blender (preferably high-speed). pour the pureed soup back into the soup pot to warm it back up. serve the soup warm and garnish with desired toppings. soup can be made ahead of time, and can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.