Christmas has been here and done already, I don’t believe it. Where does the time go?
This past week has been filled with plenty of last minute shopping and errands, baking, family, friends, food and sweets. It’s been some good holiday times so far.
Speaking first of baking, I did my fair share.
Around the edges are Oatmeal Cookies with raisins, pine nuts and a white chocolate drizzle (can’t find the recipe right now but I’ll keep searching) & Chocolate Covered Medjool Dates. In the centre are Maple Butterscotch Macadamia Blondies and Fruitcake Bars.
Christmas eve was pretty chillin. We made dinner out of quick appetizers:
Veggies with hummus
Rice crackers with cheese
And sat around being warm, cozy and relaxed for the rest of the evening.
Then Christmas morning arrived. A little too early for my liking, as my brother just couldn’t contain his excitement so thought it would be sane to set his alarm for 7:30am. Never sane, especially at the age of 18, but it was Christmas morning so I grinned and bared it. Haha… oy.
Coffee was made, stockings were unloaded, gifts were unwrapped. It was some good comforting family time.
Once everything was said and done, the floor littered with wrapping paper, bows and open boxes of chocolates (oh yes, they were consumed before 9am and before breakfast), the sun was up and shining and tummies were rumbling from a desire for real food after the mini sugar spree.
When you eat chocolate at 9, eggs sound especially good by 9:30.
Poached egg, toast and ketchup. Perfect.
Well almost. For some reason the toast just wasn’t thrilling me but I ate it anyway. Then ate clementines and more chocolate from lack of breakfast satisfaction. That did the trick.
Through the rest of Christmas day I munched on chocolates, coffee and foods with slightly better nutritional profiles before heading off to a family dinner for the evening.
No pictures from the dinner but it involved plenty of turkey, stuffing, creamy cauliflower and squash, followed by a plethora of cookies, fudges and other enticing holiday desserts. Chow down.
Christmas day was followed by Boxing Day. Obvi. Boxing Day was Christmas#2 at my dad’s house. Before heading on over there I tried to eat some clean meals along with my chocolates of the day. Oh Chocolate.
Oh yogurt, banana, cinnamon and toasted almond slivers.
Oh slaw, carrots, mushrooms, salsa dip and leftover creamy cauliflower dish
Christmas#2 was good times. Gifts, a brief Boxing Day shopping bout and another tasty dinner, this one involving plenty of leftovers of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, baked mac and cheese and stuffed vine leaves, followed by another plethora of leftover desserts like ice cream log cake and apple crisp. Oh if only I had photographic evidence of the goods.
And here we are today, the 27th of December, two days post Christmas. It has involved plenty of tidying to clean out the old and move in the new. My room is quite scattered at the moment. It’s a work in progress.
I started the morning off with
chocolates a very green green smoothie that included:
a ton of spinach on the last leg and needing to be used up asap
vanilla protein powder
Paired with coffee because, aside from the fact that it’s a morning necessity, it’s also a great way to combat the smoothie chills.
Lunch was a delicious mix of cabbage slaw, carrots and zucchini with a dressing of mashed avocado, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, sriracha, S&P. So good.
And the orange got wacked. It was a special moment.
With a lack of ideas for dinner, I had this brainwave that was telling me I needed some flatbread. Considering I’ve been dying to try the new flatbreads from Subway, dinner was born.
Subway Flatbread with turkey, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, honey mustard
The flatbread did not disappoint! I’ve always found Subway buns to be a little too thick and just too much bun so this was perfect. Probably gonna be getting these from now on. Hey Subway, whole wheat flatbreads next please?
Despite the fact that the holidays have involved such delicious foods and chocolate treats day in and day out, I’m feeling pretty good health and body-wise lately. I’ve done plenty of balancing out with veggies and other fairly healthy eats, and the holiday free time has given me plenty of time to get in great long, sweat-drenched workouts. Hey muscles!
… Or maybe my body just responds best to eating plenty of chocolate?? Dare I continue to test out that theory? Haha…
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and wonderful holidays! I’m off to do some post holiday retro night dancing. Until next time!