Hi everyone, how are you doing today?
I’ll admit, I have not been doing my best, and this past week has been a little bit rough for me. I have definitely not been feeling 100%. I have been dealing with some tough, emotional issues and have been a little stressed and overwhelmed, to say the least. Given my current state, I have been all about finding ways to incorporate chocolate into my life (in as healthy a way as possible), and all about making quick meals that are as easy as possible.
However, despite my rough week, I have been finding that I have still been trying to stay as healthy and as well-balanced as possible when it comes to my eating. If I am mentally stressed or overwhelmed or what not, there is no need to take this out physically on myself as well… I find that if I make it a priority to physically take care of myself, I mentally tend to feel better as well…. even if I have to resort more to prepackaged or convenient foods. There is always a way to make it work, right?
On that note, lets move on to the food… Happy WIAW! Here is what I ate yesterday….
I made mine with:
- 1/4 c oats
- 2 tbsp Vega Chocolate Shake and Go Smoothie
- 3/4 c unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 banana
- 1 tbsp pb
This breakfast tasted so indulgent and chocolatey, yet was packed with whole grains, protein and healthy fats… I got to satisfy a chocolate craving and eat a filling, nutritious breakfast all in one… that is a win-win in my book.
Snack: 10:00 am
Midmorning, I snacked on some almonds, raisins and soy nuts to hold me over until lunch.
Lunch: 1:00 pm
I didn’t have to go into work yesterday, so I got to eat lunch with one of my favorite people… my boyfriend, Jon. It was so nice to get to hang out on a random Tuesday afternoon. I ate a pre-made Whole Foods Salad (that was so good), and he ate a Chipotle chicken burrito. We were both quite content with our choices.
I have never had this salad before, but I was quite a fan. I especially liked the peanut noodles and cilantro that was in the mix, and it was such a nice treat (since I never buy my lunch… especially during the week). When times are stressful and I really don’t want to cook or make myself food, I see nothing wrong with buying an overpriced salad here and there…. this one was definitely a winner.
I also had a Honeycrisp apple with my lunch as Jon and I played Family Feud on my phone…. anyone else addicted to this app? I can’t stop playing… which is saying a lot because I am not a big game player.
Snack (?): 4:00 pm
I wasn’t hungry for my normal afternoon snack yesterday, but I was craving a kombucha, so I treated myself (and my sister, Sami… I got her one too) to one. We drank them while doing some schoolwork outside a local coffee shop. it was my first time trying the mango flavor, and I definitely liked it. I usually don’t stray from Gingerberry and the Triology flavors, and while this one wasn’t as acidic/vinegar-y as my usual flavor loves, I still really enjoyed it. I love kombucha… why must they be so expensive?!?
I also forgot how much I LOVE (and NEED) sunlight in my life… it was soooo beautiful yesterday, and it better stay that way. I am loving it.
Dinner: 5:30 pm
Before my usual Tuesday night Body Attack class last night, I made myself a big Greek-inspired salad for dinner that contained:
- cubed tofu
- goat cheese
- greek dressing
I also had a piece of toast with some hummus and a squirt of lemon (I am loving the hummus and lemon combination, it’s so good).
Snack: 8:30 pm
And lastly, as my dessert/post-workout snack I had banana smoothie bowl that was made by combining the following in my Magic Bullet:
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 ice cubes
- a small spoonful of pb on top
This was very refreshing and delicious, but I am having some issues with my magic bullet…. I can never get all of the ice to fully blend! Does anyone else have this problem/have any suggestions on how to solve this issue?
And that concludes my meals/snacks from yesterday… I hope you all had some delicious food yesterday as well!
How do you stay healthy when busy/stressed?
What is your favorite smoothie recipe (with the warm weather I see myself getting inspired…. I need ideas!)