Maybe it’s just me, but Mondays always feel like a ‘reset’ day. I don’t use the weekends as an excuse to go overboard, but I definitely allow myself a few more treats than I do throughout the week, and the combination of that, a meal or two out, and just a general lack of structure usually leave me feeling ready for a ‘reset’ on Monday morning. Reset meaning healthy, structured meals, a good workout, and generally healthier day.
This weekend, I found myself battling a bit of a cold (which eventually led to some dehydration- yikes) and woke up on Sunday morning ready to press the ‘reset’ button a day early. The best way to reset? A good breakfast
A yogurt bowl is my go-to healthy breakfast throughout the week, so it made sense to start off a healthy weekend day with the same thing; so much prettier when it’s not in tupperware or a glass jar! Somehow, I let myself run out of rolled oats so I substituted with steel cut oats, and may have found a new staple! I soaked them in water for 15 minutes to soften them up a bit and then drained them before adding to the bowl. They added a great, chewy texture!
Breakfast also consisted of a decaf cappuccino, and then I was back on the couch for the rest of the morning with a good book and a box of tissues.
By noon I was starting to get a little restless and decided to try out an easy run. But first, lunch! This salad was basically a mix of anything healthy left in our fridge, which meant shredded brussels sprouts, a small handful of kale, vinegar-soaked chickpeas and sunflower seeds, tossed with lemon and olive oil.
I wasn’t in the mood to wash dishes, so I tossed everything in the bowl that already held the leftover brussels sprouts, thus the gigantic-looking bowl and tiny-looking salad.
Cookie dough bite for dessert before heading out for an easy 3-mile run.
Before the run, I popped a batch of salt and vinegar roasted chickpeas into the oven for a post-run, mid-afternoon snack. We’ve had a bag of my favorite salt and vinegar chips in the pantry since a party a few weeks ago and while I’ve been able to keep myself from opening them, they’re still tempting! The chickpeas were a healthier option and hit the salt and vinegar craving- look for the recipe later this week!
After the run and a little snack, I was feeling pretty wiped out again and spent the rest of the afternoon taking a nice bubble bath and back on the couch with my book. Plus lots of water! Twice throughout the weekend I noticed an increase in braxton hicks contractions, and on Saturday night I actually ended up feeling pretty sick before realizing I probably had not met my water quota for the day. Since then I’ve had my water bottle practically attached to my hip!
Jim took care of dinner, grilling a steak and chopping up a salad for us to split. I contributed a vegan caesar dressing made with cashews, which was a hit! Clearly we’re not vegan (note the steak) but I like knowing that our salad dressing is packed with healthy ingredients as opposed to the store-bought crap.
I helped myself to another cookie dough bite (or two) for dessert and was in bed by 8, hoping a good night of sleep combined with a day of healthy eats would kick the cold.
Unfortunately, I’m still not 100% this morning so I’m spending the day working from home on the couch with the tissues, water bottle and a snuggly puppy to keep me company. I am, however, feeling better than I probably would have if I hadn’t hit ‘reset’ a day early. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to kick the cold by tomorrow!