Before I jump into this week’s munching roundup hosted by Jenn at Peas & Crayons, I’ll go ahead and share a few of my random thoughts.
Kate Spade needs to stop advertising its sales. Or I should just avoid all means of accessing shopping stores, websites, or literally freeze my credit cards. There is just too much good stuff out there. And there need to stop being sample sales next to my work. Right now Under Armour is literally one block away and they have SO MUCH and decent prices.
I also need to create a massive buffer between me and any type of candy. Usually I’m good about spreading out my sugar intake and saving up for the good stuff. I don’t know what happened Monday but I must have had some underlying stress combined with lack of sleep that prevented me from realizing I was full and altering my willpower. Oh well, what’s done is done. I did whip up some good junk in ‘da trunk cookies to take to work and my roommate gave two thumbs up. This helped me get rid of some of some ingredients in the kitchen. I try not to house too much junk in my apartment, just because I know myself and know that I will dive in whenever is around, especially if I’m a bit stressed. Eva Longoria claims the no sugar diet helps with energy and sleep. I think I might try my hand at it. Although I have a few sweet treat recipes coming out in the next few weeks, so no guarantees.
I made these while riding Monday’s sugar high. The plan was to use up any remaining candy in the house and instead bring them to work for my coworkers. 🙂 They pretty much loved me and hated me at the same time.
One more random thought – has anyone heard of the Mercury Retrograde? Where Mercury is in such a position that impacts our communication and makes technology go haywire? This would sort of make sense why my phone keeps acting up, I never hear it when it rings, it continued to drop calls yesterday, the washing machines in our apartment complex don’t work (one even ate my $20…I had a lovely conversation with the company about that), and the computers at work keep breaking. Don’t believe me? Check out this Huffington Post article on the matter.
Their recommendations: editing, revising, reviewing, research, relaxing, and regrouping. Also, cleaning out clutter, organizing and catching up on paperwork are highly favored during this time. Above all, remember that this is a magical time to reconnect with the past while revisiting abandoned projects and renewing old relationships. Have a magical retrograde!
So onto food, food, food. Breakfasts have been anything from bagels from our company’s Thursday bagel delivery to pumpkin overnight oats to a Shakeology smoothie to go. This morning in particular I threw in half a large frozen banana and a handful of spinach.
In terms of lunch, I finally got into the habit of prepping meals for the week on Sunday, which saves some money by not eating $12 salads every day. As of late, lunches consist of quinoa, pepper, carrots, spinach, green beans, and hummus. I might not be eating enough protein since I end up hungry throughout parts of the afternoon and am pretty much starving by dinner. As you can see, the snacks are distributed throughout the afternoon and if I’m lucky, avoid most of the candy. That is, “if” I’m lucky.
Does anyone watch Revenge? I’m starting from the beginning on Netflix and it’s too good. Not to mention the attractiveness of the cast 😉
This is my favorite dinner by far – salmon with some type of squash or sweet potato and some sauteed kale. Add a dollop of ketchup and mustard and we are good to go. I was still hungry after my body pump class, so some peanut butter and almond milk was added to the late night mix. Maybe I should add some more pumpkin to my daily routine 🙂
Here are some of my favorite recipes thus far (some are oh-so-old and desperately need to be recreated) –
- Pumpkin Spice Granola
- Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Pudding
- Pumpkin Brownies
- Pumpkin Protein Pancakes
- Pumpkin Scones
- Pumpkin Pull Apart Bread
- Pumpkin Froyo
- Pumpkin Mac & Cheese** (highly recommend)
- Mini Pumpkin Pies
- Pumpkin Cookies w/ Cream Cheese Frosting
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Blondie Bars
- Pumpkin Biscottis
- Pumpkin Banana Bread
Do you find yourself hungry throughout the day? What are your favorite snacks? Favorite fall foods?
“I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time.” – Anna Freud