It’s Monday and that means back to the routine for many of us, I’m sure! I don’t know about you, but the long weekend’s festivities had their effect on my energy supply, so I slept in a bit this morning – but I think it’s going to take a few days for me to get completely back in the swing of things Oh well, I wouldn’t change anything I’ve been doing, so I’ll take droopy eyes in favor of fun!
It’s a miserably (er…wonderfully?) humid day in Chicago, where every minute spent outside is the equivalent of a minute spent in a steam bath with my nice work clothes on – lovely! I know, I know, I shouldn’t complain – but humidity definitely does not help boost my energy levels!
As a result, I decided to opt for cold cereal for breakfast. I added a little variety into this morning’s mix. I used 1/2 cup of TJ’s High Fiber O’s, 1/2 cup TJ’s High Fiber Sticks, and 1 cup of Nature’s Path Puffs. Big change, huh? Hey, don’t sell those fiber sticks short 😉 I also sliced up a banana and threw some TJ’s Nutz Over Raspberries and Chocolate trail mix on top.
It definitely feels like summertime outside, so I chose the bowl to match 😉 I’m really enjoying this combination with 1/2 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk. The fiber from the cereal is starting to keep me fuller longer, which is a definite plus!
After cooling myself off with the cereal, I was ready for some heat – in the form of Coffee Cocoa, not humidity!
As I said, that cereal really did hold me over well this morning – perhaps that extra addition of fiber really did have something to it? I ate super early – 6:45 am – and didn’t get start to get hungry until 10:30 am, which is pretty good for me! I decided on a Clif Chocolate Brownie ZBaR as a snack. As always, it didn’t disappoint me.
I was super excited for lunch today because 1) I actually packed it from home and 2) I packed it in my new lunch bag!
It’s the “Goumet Getaway” lunch tote from BUILT (click on this link here for more information)! I love it because it’s insulated and it flattens out completely when I’m done using it for easy storage. I was using paper bags and decided I needed something more permanent (and tree-friendly, right?) and when I found this guy ON SALE at the store last weekend, I knew it would be perfect!
My new lunch tote was also a good buy because it’s inspiring me to take the time to bring lunch from home! Today I brought a smorgasboard of different foods. I started out with 1/2 of a Cinnamon Raisin Swirl PB + Banana sandwich on Arnold Flax & Fiber bread.
It was awesome – I haven’t had this combination in a while and I had forgotten how delicious it is! The bananas make it sweet, and the raisins in the PB give it some extra chew!
The next piece of the lunch puzzle was in the form of Soy Crisps that I got from Trader Joe’s last weekend. I love these chips because they are as light as air but still have quite a kick to them. I got the barbecue flavor, which I’ve had before and knew tasted great. I’m amazed by the number of chips you get for the nutritional value – about 18 chips for 120 calories. They’re a perfect accompaniment or snack, whichever you’re in the mood for.
I also had a medium-sized, juicy red pear – I’ve missed these too!!
The final component of my lunch was a tasty, teeny treat!
I’ve posted about the Whole Foods vanilla meringue cookies before. Well, I found some even smaller ones at Trader Joe’s last weekend – the serving size is 100 of these things! They are 1 calorie each, and although they are pretty sugary, they are a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth at the end of a meal! I had about 50 of them – that just sounds bizarre, doesn’t it? But if there is ever an opportunity to say “I had 50 cookies for lunch,” you can bet I will be there!
Lunch held me over really well – must have been all those cookies 😉 I started to get hungry again around 3:30 pm, so I pulled out some David pumpkin seeds.
I thought I would go to the gym after work, but I was just way too exhausted – I think walking so many blocks + the awful, awful, and did I mention awful humidity had something to do with it! Let’s put it this way – by the time I got home, I looked like I had just endured a hard workout! Oh well.
It was out to dinner for me and my mom again tonight. My mom really likes taking advantage of all of the eateries I have here that she doesn’t have back home – hence the “dining out” theme!
Tonight we went to one of our family favorites – Wildfire. There are so many great dishes at this restaurant – but we tend to have old reliables that we always go to We started out by splitting a small spinach salad, which comes with egg, red onion, bacon, mushrooms and of course, spinach! Sorry these pictures are a bit dim – mood lighting, you know 😉 Haha!
They also have the BEST pumpernickel loaf I have ever had here – it has golden and regular raisins inside, and is always fresh out the oven! I had more than one slice, but here’s one to show!
For dinner, I got the chicken and portobello mushroom skewers. They come with a fantastic peanut sauce on the side – I can’t even fully describe how flavorful and rich such a simple dish is – YUM!
On the side I got a gigantic sweet potato!! I had about 1/2 of it with some of the brown sugar – I seriously must start buying sweet potatoes at the store because I just love them so much!!
I. AM. STUFFED. But happy, of course Now I’m off to read some blogs and get some shut-eye!