Even with the bonus hour of sleep (which I took FULL advantage of), Monday came as abruptly as ever. And with the lowest temperatures of the fall, which is really only going to contribute to my discontent.
I’m definitely a coffee-only morning person, and will consider food a few hours later once my body has had a chance to wake up. This morning I was definitely on the slow and steady path, starting with iced coffee first thing, and followed up with a vegetable, steak, and egg scramble late-morning to keep me going.
By noon I was hungry for a little something more, and needing another kick in my veins, so I made my new favorite midday pick me up (aka: vitamixture):
hoarding collecting iced coffee tumblers from Whole Foods a few months ago, not only because proves economical for me ($4 refills!), but also because I don’t have the time or energy to coordinate a coffee run every morning. Having their amazing iced Toddy mixture just an arms length away, in my own fridge, feels like winning each and every morning.
So, with a tumbler in hand, and vitamix plugged in, I make my own version of a Frozen Monkey.
Here’s what you need (measurements are discretionary):
1/2 c. Ice
1/2 c. Coconut milk
1 c. Iced Coffee
1 frozen banana
1 tsp. raw cocoa powder
1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
(option to add in 1 tbsp almond butter)
Today was a long day of work, and since I took class at MADabolic the last three days in a row, I decided upon a well deserved rest day. I’ve been trying to be better, recently, about really enjoying my rest days and fully listening to my body when it needs a break. So that’s what I did.
What does an afternoon of rest look like, you wonder? It looks like this (and it feels awesome).
Mixed greens, chopped walnuts, a honey crisp apple, and blueberries, made for a pretty awesome fall salad. And since no salad is complete without some protein and side items, this particular meal was rounded out with a mixture of Sunday night’s leftovers: roasted chicken, and spaghetti squash sautéed with roasted cauliflower.
Lets be honest, if it’s going to get dark before 6pm, the least you can do to cope is have a great meal ready and waiting. And this one was exactly the right blend of not-too-heavy combined with the warm comfort that comes with cold weather food.
Welcome November, I was not looking forward to you, but so far, so good.