Another holiday week past and January is intent on letting us know what we are left with: snow. The heavy kind, as evidenced by the shoveling I did at 11 on a Saturday night.
It’s in these months that we are left to entertain ourselves and find the little things in which to look forward. We also have to be careful about what and how we meet, especially when weather keeps us inside.
Monday started with this bowl of oats. Chocolate, peanut butter goodness in a bowl mixed with fruit and healthy carbs, you can’t ask for much better.
To fuel my workout, I started my day with a hard-boiled egg and a cheesestick. It was just enough to make me feel energized, not stuffed. I ended with peanut butter on toast with a variety of berries.
It seems I forgot to take a picture of my next breakfast and I can’t even remember what it was. If I had to guess, eggs of some sort.
The first meal of 2015 was concocted by my sister and her fiancée as we had spent New Years Eve with them. Eggs, toast, and fruit. Simple and savory.
Back to the grind on Friday morning, I woke up to another egg and cheesestick before my workout. After, I opted for this bowl of overnight oats I had made the night before. Chopped dates and mashed banana are the secret ingredients to make oatmeal sweet without sugar.
I’m not certain I could ever have too many poached eggs. The buttery combination of egg yolk on toast is perfection. It’s one of those doesn’t taste as healthy as it is indulgences.
I scrambled up some eggs with cottage cheese and a dash of salt and pepper with a side of toast and an apple on Sunday morning. The cottage cheese is really a superstar when it comes to making the eggs creamy and delicious.
For lunch on Monday, I enjoyed a bowl of the chili my sister had made for Christmas. I poured it on top of some brown rice and served it with shredded cheese and some chopped veggies on the side.
Chicken, macaroni and cheese, and a dash of mashed potatoes was on the menu the next day. Good, but definitely heavy.
Instead of lunch on Wednesday, my sister and I settled on a large dinner, which we will get to a little later. The same goes for Thursday after a late breakfast kept me full for the majority of the day.
On Friday, I chopped up this beautiful salad with some chickened had a piece of banana bread on the side. It was so nice to enjoy so many veggies.
My friend Stephanie from college visited this weekend and we spent Saturday walking around the city. Our favorite burger place was closed for renovation, we meandered down the street to another place and had burgers that were also delicious.
It was a family celebration on Sunday when we celebrated my mom’s birthday. We had chicken parm, pasta, and salad. After, we celebrated with two cakes, one of which was ice cream that I made myself.
Our first two dinners of the week were two of the ones we love the most, first came steak fajitas with grilled peppers, mushrooms, and zucchini and a side of chips. Instead of taco style, I prefer mine grilled with cheese ala quesadilla.
The second is this chicken and spinach salad we make with poppyseed dressing. It’s quick, easy, healthy, and delicious. I always add an extra punch of veggies to go along with some walnuts and craisins.
The last meal of the year was Indian takeout I split with my sister. We chose samosas to start with a side of naan and split two entrees, chicken tikka masala and vegetarian saag. We were so hungry when we finally dug in, but didn’t stuff ourselves to the brim since we knew we had a long night ahead of us.
I chopped up a ton of veggies to make this tasty salad with a few slices of pizza. I think pizza is of a food group all on its own.
I am quite proud of myself for this meal because I found it following a Pinterest recipe and it was a bit complicated. I’m a big fan of sesame chicken, but not the fried and oily variety at Chinese restaurants. I enjoyed my chicken with veggies and brown rice.
After our big lunch, we weren’t hungry until a lot later on in the night, so we went with peanut buttered toast. Same goes for Sunday as we ate a little later on in the afternoon, meaning I was still stuffed.
Now that the holiday season has come to an end, it’s time to focus on returning to a regular routine.