Warm Monday Full of Warm Goodies

Happy Monday!

What was going to be a workout morning, turned into a fall-back-asleep and wakeup with thirty minutes to get ready morning…but on the bright side I got a full 9 hours of sleep, which is double the usual, and I really felt the benefits. School wasn’t a complete drag, and   the annoyance of facing some immature individuals seemed to stay at bay. The power of sleep and a good attitude! Not to mention I aced some math problems without evening paying attention to the lecture…And had art class, where my inspirational art teacher brightened my day with her kind spirit, in addition to helping me get my thoughts onto paper in the form of images.

Gotta love Mondays! (well, sometimes, that is)

Despite tending to skip workouts and sleep in, I always find time for a good, healthy, and rejuvenating breakfast. Today I put my make-ahead steel cut oats with some homemade vegan pumpkin butter and maple pecan granola, mixed it up, added some coconut milk, heated it, and WA-LA! A rich and colorful breakfast bursting with flavors of a warm autumn (or Spring day!) Plus I was able to indulge in some hazelnut coffee, that we just added back to our surplus of coffee. Today is going to be good.

I couldn’t get enough of the warm, maple-y flavors of breakfast, so I brought my typical yogurt granola parfait:

1 container Cinammon Apple Chobani Greek yogurt, add about a 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt, some cinnamon and almonds, and enough Bear Naked Maple Pecan granola to please your soul.

When I got home from school, I decided that a workout was a must, as I’ve been trying to get back into my running regimen. About 3 miles in the hot weather, followed by some strength training.

AND THEN–DINNER. This week is Earth Week at school, and it is our Meatless Monday, but hey, I typically eat vegetarian, so why not use the leftovers from the night before? I heated up the leftover chicken from dad’s famous roasted red pepper and chicken pasta, along with sautéing some veggies, kale, and spinach, and threw them into a whole grain tortilla. All the extra veggies that were falling out of my wrap made a perfect and delectable side salad. Please note, with how much I cram into wraps and how messy I am, it all turned into a salad in the end.

The chicken from last night was in a tomato sauce, so it had  a lot of flavor. FOOD TIP: Make sure that when you heat up food, especially meats, to add a little water to keep it moist.

Homework couldn’t hold my thoughts for too long, so I whipped up some cornbread made with stone ground corn meal, spelt flour, flax, and chia seeds. I paired this with some more pumpkin butter.

With a tummy full of warm, flavorful foods, to sooth my now-soar legs, I am ready to do a little more studying and call it a night. Well, after I do some more stretching for my post-running stiffness, which oddly enough, I happen to love…it means I had a good workout, which I tend to slack on. Always remember not to work your muscles TOO hard, and to take time to relax and enjoy some warm weather and  soul warming foods.

To a happy and hopefully WARM rest of the week!

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One thought on “Warm Monday Full of Warm Goodies

  1. I can so relate to the great goals to exercise and the great temptation to catch a little more sleep. I love my pillow! Ruth

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