I hope your first full week of the new year is off to a great start. I’ve been getting back in the swing of things this week with work, exercise, meal planning etc., so it’s been busy yet productive. My inner type A has enjoyed being back on a routine and schedule, but I’m missing all the excess down time the holidays bring.
For today’s What I Ate Wednesday post I’m sharing the eats from my first day back in the office on Monday. I tried a few new recipes to start the first Monday of 2016 off on a high note, so get excited!
The day started off with a very sweaty workout. I decided to start the Kayla Istines Bikini Body Guide workout plan to mix things up and it was no joke. I completed the first day of Pre-Training Week 1 and there was nothing “pre” about it! I was panting and sweating up a storm as I completed the 27 minute leg/cardio circuit.
After showering and getting ready for work, I whipped up a crazy good smoothie bowl for my morning meal. Into the blender went frozen spinach, kale, frozen strawberries/banana, Vega One Berry Protein & Greens, ground chia seeds, and unsweetened cashew milk. I topped it with Purely Elizabeth granola, hemp hearts, and Trader Joe’s creamy almond butter. Thick and delicious!
My metabolism must have been in full force because my stomach was viciously growling again at 9:45am. I snacked on a few Mary’s Gone Crackers, baby carrots, and leftover white bean pesto dip from NYE.
To be completely honest, it felt kind of weird to be eating this savory snack so early in the morning, but it’s what my body wanted so I just went with it. No shame!
I also snacked on the last cookie from my batch of healthy “sugar cookies.” I failed to take a photo, so here is a recycled one from a previous WIAW. I am currently whipping up a gingerbread version of these babies as we speak, so stay tuned!
I swung by my parents’ house on my lunch break, so I got to eat my packed lunch out of a real bowl and chat with my little brother who’s still home from college for winter break.
On Sunday I made a batch of Oh She Glows Cumin Lime Black Bean Quinoa Salad for lunches this week and it turned out really good. I served it on a bed of kale with avocado and salsa and a cinnamon-coated apple on the side.
Later in the afternoon I snacked on a Chocolate Sea Salt RXBAR to sustain me until dinner. I was so lucky to win two boxes of RXBARs through an Instagram giveaway, so you will be seeing these popping up around here for a while! They’re one of my favorite bars since the ingredients are so clean and simple.
After work, I made myself a dinner that ended up being one of the best meals I’ve had in a while. I followed Whole Living Lauren’s recipe for Chickpea & Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash and it was amazing! I subbed pepitas for sunflower seeds and halved the recipe to yield enough for two meals. It was absolutely delicious, and I highly suggest serving with a drizzle of tahini.
I had one final Sweet Potato Brownie calling my name from the fridge, so I dished it up with some Halo Top ice cream and called it dessert. YUM.
And because I’m a bottomless pit, later in the evening I enjoyed a small bowl of puffed kamut with banana, cinnamon, and cashew milk to get me through The Bachelor. Some of the girls this season are ridiculous, but I still love it nonetheless. My current front runner is Olivia – she seemed too cool!
What is the best meal you’ve made lately?
Who is your favorite Bachelor contestant?
XO – Bailee