Oh boy! I’m becoming responsible again. (Did anyone else’s mom used to tell them, “You’re responsible for your own experience”? No? Just me? Cool. Well, that’s what came to mind.)
Saturday entailed the last hoorah of nutritional irresponsibility as I enjoyed our company Christmas party without abandon (free drinks, buffet, the works). Tons of fun. I actually didn’t overindulge TOO badly – but didn’t hesitate to enjoy the macaroni and cheese and cupcakes. The end.
The Paleo right of passage: spending the day cooking for the week. I used to do this back in the good old days by bagging fruit and veggies and easy snacks so I could grab and go, since I’m always ON the go. But meals are a bit of a bigger booger (did I really just say that?). Here’s a sampling of what I cooked up:
- Caramelized Brussel Sprouts (first Brussel sprouts experience! Not horrible. They kind of taste like mini cauliflowers? I can dig ’em. So can you. PLUS, they’re on sale.)
- Roasted Cauliflower with Red Chili Cilantro Lime – cauliflower’s one of the baddest veggies in the books, man. Love this stuff. I’ve made cauliflower poppers before by chopping up some cauli (is it cool if I call it cauli?), tossing it in a big ole bowl with olive oil, salt, pepper, chipotle red chili powder, garlic and onion salt. It’s like a healthy person’s popcorn – you can go through a whole bowl real fast. This version had a nice zesty flavor to it and made the whole house smell delightful (all few hundred square feet of it).
- Banana pancrepes – my take on the 2-ingredient mix I saw on Pinterest (thanks, Blogilates!). So easy for a lazy bones girl like myself. I literally mash up a banana (even when I buy them green, they ripen so fast! Perfect use for the pseudo-gross ones you don’t know what else to do with and feel guilty about throwing away), then use a fork to mix it two eggs, add a dash of cinnamon, and pour it into a heated pan with a spoonful of coconut oil. I mean… whoa.
- Cappuccino Smoothie – total game changer, yo! I’m a smoothie fiend. They’re so easy and when you pump them full of good stuff like greens or whatever, they’re packed full of good old fashion nutrients, and they’re cheaper than Jamba Juice. At first the idea of adding blueberries seemed really weird to me, but I didn’t even taste them, and the total combination was a perfect natural sweetener (I didn’t use the Stevia it calls for) that gave me a nice boost before and after my morning work out (more about that later).
- “Weight Loss Smoothie” – here again, another smoothie. Just can’t get enough. They never get old because there’s so many different combinations you can try! This one intrigued me with the chia seeds, and I just so happened to have some leftover from someone who brought them over (random). Not bad. Used a frozen fruit combo of pineapple, mango, strawberries and added a banana to balance out the citrus zing. Huzzah!
- Kitchen sink chili — made this one up as we went along to try and wear out old ingredients. Threw all this in the crockpot. It was delightful. Made for a great post work out meal tonight after CrossFit.
1 lb. ground turkey
1 lb. ground pork
4 hatch green chilis
2 bell peppers (red and green)
1/2 white onion
4 garlic cloves
1 can organic diced tomatoes
3 chopped Roma tomatoes
Gobs of chili powder and assorted spices
Other than that, I maintained the workout commitments for today that I posted about last time. Went to 24 Hour Fitness this morning and made it through the workout I put together, then begrudgingly crawled back to CrossFit tonight and was so glad I did. Such good people, such good motivators, always a good workout. We did a 10 minute AMRAP of 8 air squats, 6 sit ups, 4 push ups and 20m shuttle runs. I made 6 and was just fine with it!
Good start to a good week. Gotta keep killin it! Here’s the fitspiration that’ kept me going today. Hope it encourages you, too!