Tis The Season for Eating- Have I Said That Already?

I’ve been really into Taylor Swift’s new song, Blank Spaces, and I’ve been singing really loudly in the car during my commute. It’s lucky no one can hear me because I was certain that she was singing something about “Starbucks” lovers until I read online by happenstance that it was “long list of ex-lovers.” It shouldn’t seem like those should sound alike, but when you next hear the song, listen for it, and you’ll hear it too!

What a week of eating it has been. I was not practicing what I preach, but it’s in the past, cannot be changed, and therefore I can only look forward. It is so hard when everyone wants to go out to eat or normal routines get interrupted. Overall, I don’t think I did too bad, but I didn’t feel my best, which means there was room for improvement.

Remember, the holidays are hard with all the celebrating and food is a big piece of that. If you can aim to eat well and exercise properly most of the time and get yourself back into a strong routine after, it will be fine! I remind myself of this every day.

The week started off on the right note with a delicious bowl of baked oatmeal, stuffed with dark chocolate peanut butter, banana, blueberries, and raspberries. It’s quite a dark picture.

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This egg and cheesestick was a great pre-workout fueler. I followed up my workout with an amazing egg and cheese sandwich with a piece of bacon and some berries on top.

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Warm peanut butter toast got me up and moving the next morning. After my workout, I looked towards this chilled bowl of overnight oats that helped me refuel. It was full of walnuts, raisins, and banana.

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Thursday morning, I had a day off from the gym and plenty of time to make a big breakfast for myself. I hadn’t gotten to make my favorite peanut butter pancakes in what feels like a long time, so I was so happy to wake up to these. I threw a generous handful of blueberries into my batter and served the cakes with more peanut butter, toasted coconut, a smear of jelly, and raspberries.

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I should have snapped a picture before I wrapped this bad boy up, but I can assure you it was filled with peanut butter, banana, and chopped strawberries, and it was so good! When I got home from the gym, my mom a as off from work for the day so she was kind enough to poach me up an egg. I got so excited, I forgot a picture!

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Saturday morning, I woke up drowsy and off my game. I scarfed down some eggs and toast, both over done, before heading out to try on bridesmaid dresses! It was very exciting and I can’t wait to show you all….in June! At least the food looks edible here.

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This breakfast was much nicer before my mom and I headed out grocery shopping, which wasn’t that bad! I could eat poached eggs every single morning. They are so buttery and delicious and healthy!

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Lunch started with leftover curry. I threw in chickpeas, snap peas, carrots, peppers, and mushrooms over brown rice. It was a delicious, warming bowl in the middle of a cold afternoon.

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You are going to be quite bored of my lunches this week. On Sunday, I stirred up a big batch of black beans, brown rice, chopped veggies, and marinara sauce. It was very tasty, filling, and quick, but boring.

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I guess I wasn’t as boring as I thought. One of the days, I added some tilapia on top, which was a pleasant surprise to the taste buds.

Ok, this getting awkward. The next day, I actually chose leftover macaroni and cheese over the rice and beans. I kept things healthy by throwing another piece of tilapia and some veggies on top. I actually ate the fish and veggies in a different bowl because I don’t like anything messing with my Mac and cheese, regardless of how good it might taste.

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The next day at lunchtime I had a Chinese food luncheon and didn’t remember to take a picture. I splurged on all the favorites like lo mein, general gau chicken, and crab Rangoon. It tasted delicious, but I felt off afterwards and I’m not sure why.

As I mentioned, I went out with my sister and all the bridesmaids to get our dresses. After, we stopped at TGIFridays for what turned out to be a long lunch because of terrible service. To go along with our celebratory bottle of wine, I chose the grilled chicken marinated in soy sauce, over spinach, yellow squash, mushrooms, and a side of tomato and mozzarella salad. It was very flavorful and I’m hoping a healthy option! Those types of restaurants can be difficult, especially with so many overwhelmingly tempting options, but I tried to aim for lots of veggies and grilled options.

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On Sunday, my mom and I finished our holiday shopping at my new favorite store, The Loft! I am obsessed with their clothes and it can be hard to contain myself. On the way home, we stopped to pick up a bite to eat. I went with this grilled chicken salad that had so much chicken, I put the leftovers in my lunch the next day. The place we went to also happens to have excellent pizza, so I got myself a slice to accompany the salad.

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The week for dinners started off at a nice function at a steak house. I opted for a small piece of steak, want ever kind of fish this was- it was good!-, Caesar salad, green beans, yummy mashed potatoes, and a dinner roll. I can’t help myself. I love dinner rolls. I’m not ashamed.

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This tilapia was excellent smothered in a lemon pepper seasoning. I enjoyed it with a cheesy baked potato, a zucchini and pepper mixture, broccoli, and half an egg roll.

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For the big Christmas tree decorating ceremony, we all enjoyed massive amounts of Mac and cheese. As my maid of honor duties entail, I supported my sister by also trying the gluten free option and it wasn’t bad. Teriyaki chicken, Brussels sprouts, peppers, and squash were also delicious, but were really the side pieces to the main event.

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My brother was quite mad for this next meal because I stepped away from the stove, leaving my quesadilla to grill to perfection, while he stayed in front of his, rapt with attention and burned it three times over. I don’t know what to say, luck was on my side with this meal. Grilled steak, cheese, and peppers made this meal.

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Friday night meant another holiday party. I enjoyed homemade potato chips, brushetta made with sweet pickles, and an incredible arugula salad made with red and yellow tomatoes, corn, and Parmesan cheese. I went with a cheeseburger without the bun and more salad on the side instead of fries to make up for all those potato chips I couldn’t stop eating. The meal wo as complete with a bite-sized piece of cheesecake. Sorry, no pictures! I was bad this week remembering to get them!

More leftover Mac and cheese was my dinner on Saturday night after a bit of a fail at the gym. I also had some leftover Brussels sprouts, peppers, zucchini, and squash with a splash of hot sauce to keep things interesting. Notice how the two parts are separate.

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After a big lunch on Sunday, I wasn’t starving. I opted for half a grilled cheese sandwich and cup of soup that hit the spot! Have a great week of eating, regardless of what you do or don’t celebrate!

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