Thank you for assuaging my holiday shopping fears! I know homemade gifts are often the way to go and I will definitely be doing some baking. But I appreciate all of the other tips, too — I’ve got a good list going now.
Now if there is someone out there who is able to help me get my bum into gear and up the number sleeping hours I’m currently getting, I would be forever grateful! As hard as I try to go to bed early, there is always something to do. Whether it be checking through my extra large inbox that I neglect too often or the need to clean my messy apartment, sleep is often the first thing to go when life gets busy! We’ve probably all heard it before, but it’s true. How do you tell yourself to get more shut-eye?
Do I sound like a complainer or what? I love life no matter how many hours of sleep I get — don’t get me wrong. But this blogosphere is great at giving advice so I can’t help but ask
Let’s talk about some food now, shall we?
When you wake up to a frigid apartment because somebody won’t turn the heat on (not I, said the fly), there’s nothing better than jumping out of bed, running to throw on a robe over the long sleeved shirt and sweatshirt that you are already wearing and making a giant mug of Coffee Cocoa.
Ah, much better. Now I can be more productive. That means catching up on a few emails, reading as many blog posts as possible and snagging a quick workout. Then comes my favorite part of the morning: breakfast! On today’s menu: all-you-can-fit egg wrap.
I combined 2 egg whites + 1 whole egg with feta, spinach and salsa. Served up in a La Tortilla Factory wheat wrap for a delicious start.
Somewhere between that last picture and this next one was a little thing called work That usually includes soup from Au Bon Pain and a whole grain baguette for lunch. It’s becoming a dangerous habit — and I kind of like it that way. It’s a good price, saves time in the mornings and allows me to have a chance to walk around for a bit during the day. I still bring lunch when I can, but it’s hard to go wrong with soup in negative windchill weather!
Then again, there’s also nothing wrong with a deliciously chilled smoothie after a long day at the office. I’m bringing back Bender’s Blenders!
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 5-6 frozen strawberries
- 5-6 frozen peaches (just wrote beaches – I wish!)
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 scoop Maqui Superberry
I received samples of Maqui Superberry to review and post about on the blog recently. I didn’t know this, but apparently Maqui is the highest antioxidant superfruit in the world — two to three times higher than acai, pomegranate, goji berry or mangosteen. I added a serving to my smoothie and this is what I came up with.
Gorgeous, no? It was delicious, too — couldn’t even taste the powder but there’s nothing wrong with adding a little antioxidants where you can I will definitely be adding it to more berry smoothies from now on. Thanks for the chance to review!
Finally, I’d like to present the easiest way to fill your fiber quotient for the day…in 5 minutes or less when you get home from work.
It’s simple. Too simple for it to be even considered a recipe! Take one bag of stir-fry frozen veggies, add one skillet and a bit of olive oil. Mix ’em all up and stir in 1 tbsp. teriyaki-soy marinade. Top with crumbled feta cheese. Voila! A filling, warm and fiberlicious dinner. I eat this combination a lot nowadays. Can you tell my new theme is “timesaver” or should I say it again?
If I seem a little wacky in this post, it is because I am.
The main reason for my whimsical mood is that, believe it or not, Mama Bender is coming to visit this weekend! I know, it seems insane — first Thanksgiving, then another trip back home last weekend and now Mama Bender comes to Chicago. We probably could have planned to space it out a bit better, but she really wanted to come visit during the holidays and see the Christmas spectacle that is Michigan Avenue during this time of year.
Note: I think she changed her mind once she stepped off the plane and felt the negative windchill!
We’ll be finding fun indoors this weekend I can’t wait to see her.
- Vote for Gena in the Best of Raw 2009 Awards! She’s nominated for Best Raw Educator or 2009, Best Raw/Vegan Blog of 2009, and Best Raw Website of 2009. Congrats, girl!
- Check out Foodie’s Knock Knock Giveaway! I may or may not be doing a very similar giveaway soon
- My cousin Kelli just started her very own blog! Go tell her hi from me Here it is: Brain.Guts.Hands.
Looking forward to the weekend! What are your plans?