Holy WIAW! How are all you lovelies doing? I hope the stress of the holiday season has not yet gotten to you and you are reading this with a smile on your face and pure excitement knowing that the holiday season is upon us! I cannot seem to get enough of the seasons flavors and have really been incorporating every cookie flavor I can imagine into my foods lately! I don’t have the willpower to have that many batches of cookies around, so I find fun ways like making almond joy oats or chocolate peppermint truffles. And this Festive Holiday Smoothie, any guesses on what I used to make the red half?
The weather here has been pretty awesome considering its December 10th (hello 50 degrees). I got home relatively early and had time to rake the leaves. The joys of home ownership are bountiful! I’m so glad all the leaves are off the trees so I don’t have to do that again anytime soon! Anyone else feel me on that one? This year is the first year I’m responsible for the mowing and raking, and it’s not as bad as I expected honestly. Definitely a great job to give the kiddos as a chore though – too bad I can’t get my fur babies to help 🙂
But back to the food. I had an all day meeting to get continuing education for work. 8 hours in a classroom at my old university. But it was so fun. I was actually the graduate assistant for the professor that was teaching, so it was nice to catch up with him over lunch. He commented on my salad, “You get that here, it looks great”! That’s what I love to hear – I”m telling you healthy does not have to equal bland or boring!
I decided the night before training that I was not going to have another awful food experience at training. I had 2 other all-day trainings this month and there was literally nothing I could eat. Even the vegetables had meat in them. So I packed breakfast, lunch and a few snacks. I’m sure I raised a few eyebrows with my crazy food – but hey at least I was happy and very well fed 🙂
Breakfast: Almond Joy Overnight Oats with shredded coconut and chopped almonds
Snack #1 Homemade trail mix: Pistachio, almond and dried cranberry
Lunch: Spinach, shaved Brussels, shaved Kale Sprouts, roasted red peppers, orange peppers, avocado, chick peas and orange pomegranate dressing (homemade). It was similar to the Crunchy Salad but with a different dressing. I can’t get enough of these crunchy veggies this time of year.
Snack #2 Peppermint Truffles made with VegaOne – hello gorgeous 🙂 Recipe tomorrow – you are going to want to come back for that one!
Snack #3: Pear Gingerbread Man after raking!
I have been craving smoothies all week after making that super fun Eggnog Gingerbread Smoothie on Sunday. I cooked a few beets this weekend and saved 2 to make a red velvet smoothie sometime this week. I got to thinking on how beautiful the red is from the beets and decided to try to create a smoothie highlighting the holiday colors instead! This was seriously delish. It has a wonderful chocolate vanilla flavor in this Festive Holiday Smoothie and is a great way to get your veggies in. Recipe below!
I must have had an amazing food day because y’all I ran the fastest mile of my life! I barely finished the mandatory mile in high school – and I usually am a 9:30 minute/mile but I was so inspired by everyone participating in Elf4Health that I just turned on my legs and didn’t look back! Woohoo proper nutrition and yoga rest days!
I also wanted to share both mine and Dave’s personal favorite meals of the week: I had the most amazing raw burrito the other day at Luna’s Living Kitchen. Pretty right? I wish it was closer, I would go more often because the entire menu makes me drool! Dave’s favortie meal of the week: Chipotle 🙂
Festive Holiday Smoothie
For the red half:
- In a blender add the ingredients for the red half of the smoothie. Blend until smooth and transfer to a large glass.
- Wash out the blender and blend the ingredients for the green half of the smoothie in the blender. Transfer to a large glass.
- In a separate glass, pour the red and green smoothies at the same time, trying to get as close to half and half as possible. As you can see, mine got a little crazy but I still like the way it turned out.
What About You?!
- Any stories of proper nutrition and personal records?
- What was your favorite meal of the week?