Full and Satisfied: Happy Thanksgiving!

What a week it has been! I hope everyone had an excellent Thanksgiving and holiday weekend. Christmas preparation is in full gear here with the music playing, decorations up, and recipes pinned on Pinterest for the big days.

I started my day with a bowl of overnight oats before my early morning workout. This included mashed banana, dates, raisins, cinnamon, and walnuts.

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Later on in the morning I had this delicious bowl of berries.

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The next day I went with my favorite peanut butter toast and half a banana.

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This warming bowl of oats was the perfect accompaniment to the freezing rain/snow mixture we had on Wednesday. This was chock full of fruit and peanut buttery goodness.

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On the big day itself, I went with some poached eggs over toast. It fueled me right through my workout and kept me full until the big lunch we will get to later.

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Those poached eggs definitely left their mark because I woke up craving them once again. Different toast however.

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Taking full advantage of the free mornings on the weekends, I cooked up my peanut butter pancakes. I ran out of my white chocolate peanut butter- the horror- so I went with double dark chocolate. Still excellent, especially with some raspberries.

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Pumpkin French toast was not only delicious, but appropriate for the season. Once again, I topped this with dark chocolate peanut butter, jelly, and toasted coconut.

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I love breakfast!

This spinach salad hit the spot with a medley of crisp veggies,feta, and balsamic vinegarette. I enjoyed this with a toasted English muffin and tablespoon of almond butter.

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Another day, another salad. This time I had the same spinach and veggie salad, this time topped with tilapia.

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Wednesday, I didn’t have time to snap a picture because I was eating while I was driving. I enjoyed some chopped veggies and a a peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat sour dough. Sometimes simple very much hits the spot.

This special lunch came on a little day called Thanksgiving. We always start our afternoon with an appetizer called “crabbies,” which is essentially cheesy, crabby English muffins, as well as stuffed mushrooms. When we sit down, we enjoy lobster ravioli before digging into the big event. Here we see turkey (I prefer chicken but I’ll accept this one day a year), sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, and roasted squash, Brussels sprouts, and celery root. Before eating, I topped everything with a glaze of gravy and homemade cranberry jelly. Delicious!

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On Friday, I kind of braved the Black Friday craze but not until two in the afternoon. My cousins and I headed to Chipotle before going to the mall where I purchased a hat for myself. I filled my burrito bowl with brown cilantro rice, steak, black beans, peppers, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and sour cream. Unfortunately, you can only see the less visually appealing sour cream and cheese.

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After a long, cold run, I heated up some leftovers for myself. I topped some roasted Brussels sprouts, celery root, zucchini, and peppers with some shredded teriyaki chicken. I finished off the Mac and cheese. So good!

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Our Monday night dinner included this grilled, blackened salmon, roasted asparagus, and spinach rice.

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There is a reason I don’t allow my mom to make this too often because I cannot control myself. Her Mac and cheese is probably my favorite dish of all time. We also had teriyaki chicken in the crockpot and stir fried veggies, including peppers and zucchini. Look at the cheesy, buttery noodles!

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On Thanksgiving Eve, we were kept to the house due to the storm raging outside, except to get some take out. I went with a Greek salad with honey barbecue marinated steak tips.

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I didn’t have an official dinner on Thursday after our feast that afternoon, unless you include some apple pie and a chocolate chip cookie, which I do. However, I didn’t even think to snap a picture so you will just have to envision it.

My Friday night dinner looks even bigger than my Thanksgiving did, but a majority of it is vegetables- and Mac and cheese. I threw on some turkey, stuffing, Brussels sprouts, squash, celery root, green beans, and Mac and cheese.

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I went out with a few friends for dinner and drinks on Saturday. To go with my sangria, I chose my favorite blackened salmon salad that included spinach, peppers, black beans, and corn. Many fresh tostito chips were enjoyed on the side.

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I am feeling very full and craving a salad. I am going to try and keep a very clean perspective until Christmas. This is the time to be most mindful of maintaining healthy habits because it’s very easy to fall into the habit of eating heavy, rich food consistently. Paired with exercise, you will be well-equipped to enjoy another (two) feast days (in my family, Christmas Eve is bigger than Christmas). Have a great week!

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