Happy morning/afternoon/evening to you & yours! While this week looks like a breeze due to Thanksgiving (hello class only Monday & Tuesday!), the dregs of the end of the semester are certainly weighing on me. Final projects are looming, exams coming up, all that stressful stuff piling up in the last few weeks of class. Eek. For now, I’m just trying to keep my focus on the present moment & take things one step at a time. That’s all you can do, after all! And of course, eat some real good food to get this brain & body pumping good fuel to carry me on through.
This morning I was feeling like a nice, green smoothie bowl to give me a punch of extra vitamins & minerals…and you know, I gotta be honest guys, I messed this one up. This was not a good smoothie. I put in way, WAY too much mint. I got really pumped because we got a whole bunch of fresh herbs, including mint, and I went waaaayyyy overboard. However, before the mint was added, it tasted great! Almond milk, 1/2 an avocado, greens, green apple, vanilla protein powder, chia seeds, and 3 thousand pounds of mint. Don’t add the last part. Also this recipe was based off a Be Well By Kelly smoothie recipe I came across but I imagine hers was actually good. I still ate this because me without breakfast is a NASTY sight to see, and as we all know, breakfast is the best part of life. Plus, I’m not a food-waster! So I owned up to my mistakes and tried to embrace them. At least my breath smelled really good afterwards.
I also had a cup of black coffee & lots & lots of water (gotta get that hydration on).
This salad I had for lunch today was BANGING. The only word to describe it. Thankfully it completely made up for the gross breakfast and got me pumped full of goodies to keep the energy flowing! Kale, yellow bell pepper, red onion, zucchini, sunflower seeds, 1/2 avocado, canned skipjack tuna (which I talk about in my October Favorites 2016 post!), dressed with avocado oil & red wine vinegar & topped with fresh cilantro & basil. I was really riding the fresh herb train today, as you can clearly see. I was about to say they make everything taste better, but, well, you know what happened earlier.
There’s a real story behind this snack…see, I’ve got some nasty knee injuries at the moment and I’m doing 6 weeks of physical therapy that I was pretty positive started today. I finished my last class at 5:30 & my first physical therapy appointment was at 6:30 so I knew I wouldn’t have time to eat dinner beforehand but I knew I’d be hungry–hence, this snack in the interim. Except here’s the thing, I get to the physical therapy office and it turns out my appointment IS in fact at 6:30…next Monday. Whaaaa-whaaaaa. Huge bummer, but I sure am glad I had this bar because it was so so good. I’ve mentioned rxBars before and I’m a big fan of their ingredients and especially of the Chocolate Sea Salt flavor, so give ’em a go if you feel like it.
Dinner was pretty impromptu since my boyfriend was finishing off leftovers of last night’s Tikka Masala (SO GOOD!) and we didn’t have much in the fridge seeing as we’re leaving for a good couple days to be with his family for Thanksgiving, but scarcity births beautiful things. I made a bit of a superfood bowl starting with mashed roasted sweet potato, crispy pan-fried Brussels sprouts, lemony kale & two fried eggs. I’ve been REALLY digging mashed sweet potato lately, and this dish was the perfect blend of rich, savory, salty & sweet. Delectable. I also cooked up all of the Brussels sprouts I had on hand at the same time & now I’ve got plenty leftover to snack on the next two days! Wins all around.
Before bed I just had a quick cup of tea. This blend is my new favorite: Pukka’s “Detox” tea. It’s by no means a “detox tea” like the ones you see as part of fad cleanses & weird diets, but just one with ingredients to help enhance your body’s natural detoxifying abilities with aniseed, fennel, licorice, and something else I can’t remember. Either way, it’s deliciously sweet & such a nice way to close the evening. Plus if you’ve got a craving for something sweet post-dinner, this is a great option if you’re trying to avoid eating an extra dessert or something. Up to you, but I sure love it.
Enjoy the rest of your pretty miraculous day & let me know in the comments YOUR favorite thing you ate today. Because I’m nosy and I want to know and I have absolutely no shame in that.