I just realized that today is exactly ONE MONTH UNTIL THANKSGIVING!
This has made me realize that I have been indulging in some things lately that I don’t usually and it’s time to make some adjustments before we get into the holiday season.
To start the day off, I had some healthy, filling oatmeal with apples, cinnamon and peanut butter for breakfast.
I decided to give the Pumpkin Spice Silk another try so I heated up about 1/2 cup and then poured coffee on top of it.
BINGO! This tasted great and what a more affordable (and vegan) way to enjoy pumpkin in my coffee 🙂 Next I’m going to have to try Mama Pea’s version!
Snacked on some peanuts for the first time in a while (for me).
Then for lunch, I had leftover Vegan Refried Bean cakes which I turned into a sandwich with some spicy mustard!
I also had some carrots and a new type of hummus on the side.
I picked this up at Whole Foods over the weekend. Once again, it was just okay. I’m going back to the good stuff after this 😉
After lunch, I went to class and tried not to fall asleep. I managed but I still yawned quite a bit. Exercise Science is an interesting field to me but we’re still making our way through all the body systems and I’m finding it rather dull.
Later in the afternoon, I snacked on some soy yogurt.
This stuff was way too sweet and made me realize that I have been consuming more sugar lately than I am used to. There’s one adjustment I’d like to make. I need to find a good brand that has lower sugar. Some are better than others. And I definitely need to stick to plain and put my own stuff in it.
After work, I went for a 4 mile walk. I had it on my “agenda” to run tonight but it was one of those days where I walk just sounded like a better idea. I really enjoyed it and my legs are definitely still tired!
For dinner, I was having a major bread craving, so I made this ciabatta loaf I picked up at Kroger (take and heat):
I also made a nice salad of Italian style greens and a drizzle of Italian dressing.
Then I heated up some leftover Hot Tamale Vegetable Pie with a side of bread 🙂
All together now…
I’m so glad I took the time to figure out what I wanted and made a healthy and enjoyable dinner. The only thing missing was some good wine, but that is another thing I am trying to keep to a minimum. I am secretly hoping somebody brings some on Wednesday at Girl’s Night 🙂
With just one month until Thanksgiving, what goals are you hoping to work on?
While I have no goal of winning this thing, since there are some really dedicated runners in this group, I do want to make it a goal for myself to get in lots of miles, either through walking or running, between now and Thanksgiving.
This is why I love Mondays, ends of months, and beginnings of new ones. Let’s get to it!
I ended up going to Whole Foods, Valu Market and Kroger before my grocery shopping extravaganza was finished! I went a little over my budget (which was $40) but I splurged on a couple of seasonal items 🙂
This is why I love Fall!
There is also a “Nog” flavor that I will be getting closer to Christmas time.
I’ve been on the search for pumpkin butter for a while too and I finally found this little gem, which just happens to be local (from Hazard, KY) which makes it that much better!
These apples were no splurge, I got 3 lbs for $1.50!
When I got home, I was starving for lunch, so I had some leftover Vegan Refried Bean Cakes that I turned into a wrap when I topped them with salsa on a tortilla.
Then I had some carrots and hummus on the side to round out my meal. I really enjoyed this!
After shopping at all those places, I think I want to try and get more stuff from Whole Foods next time. They had a lot of winter squash on sale and also avocados for $1 each! I passed those up this time, but I did find peanut butter for $1.79, a new kind of hummus to try and of course the Silk Pumpkin Spice. I will be using that in my coffee tomorrow morning!
There were a lot of things that were more expensive though, like bread, lunchmeat, etc. that I buy for Josh so I doubt I will ever do all of my shopping there but maybe when we have a bigger budget.
I actually found some really great things at Valu Market, especially produce! So I think next week I may try to do Whole Foods + Valu only, we’ll see.
It’s time to go be crazy with Courtney at the Halloween stores!
Hope you have a wonderful day 🙂
For lunch today, I had leftover Vegan Red Beans & Rice, the last serving (sniff, sniff). I can’t wait to make this dish again and perhaps make some modifications (or perhaps get that Adobo seasoning)!
For my afternoon snack, I unintentionally had 2 tbsp peanut butter. It just sounded better than peanuts and it was already there 😉
I was scheduled to work out with Farrah today to do a short run and some weights but something came up on both our ends, so I decided to go home early and enjoy a night of relaxation 🙂
Self-realization #2 – I love to cook!
I have yet to make up my own recipes but I love trying out what others have created and sometimes putting my own twist on them. Especially when I have the time to just take it easy and prepare a good meal…there’s nothing quite like it.
I used just regular vegetarian refried beans and I substituted oats for the bread crumbs, like I did with the vegan meatloaf.
I also finished off the wine from Tuesday night while cooking, that’s a good way to relax too 🙂
And here are the little cakes when they came out of the oven.
I was really hungry by the time dinner was done, so I piled a few on my plate and went back for seconds later. I actually nibbled at the veggies before the cakes were done so there were more there originally 😉
There are still enough left for another serving or two, yay!
For dessert, I had some So Delicious peanut butter zig zag. It’s my favorite, officially.
I usually don’t eat dessert this much but thanks to my friends, I have a freezer full of So Delicious treats. I think they should just make a container of peanut butter So Delicious now that I think of it. Can they get on that?
I’ve been sitting on the couch most of the night and I think I will do a load of dishes and laundry before the Jeff Dunham show comes on, then after that hit the hay.
It was nice to take a day off from exercise. I love it and it is a big part of my life but sometimes we need a break.
I don’t want to overdo it and miss out on good workouts like my run yesterday. My hips are still kind of sore. But I should be good to go tomorrow!
And put my alarm clock across the room before I go to sleep! See how sneaky the dog is then…