Happy Wednesday! Seems like week is zipping right along!
I’ve been pretty busy at work; this weekend is our biggest event of the year and it’s all hands on deck. Next week, I’ll be out of town for a business trip, and the following week we’re off on vacation, so things are going to get pretty crazy around here! Even crazier if I don’t start packing soon…
With vacation coming up, I’ve been trying to keep my meals pretty clean and make sure I get in a workout each day. I’ve been alternating some circuit-style HIIT workouts with running, but on this particular day (Monday) I took it easy with a long walk in the morning and another in the evening for a total of 3 miles.
I downed some ice water with a squeeze of lemon first thing after my walk. Not only do I love the taste, but drinking lemon water first thing in the morning has several supposed health benefits. Either way, starting the day off with a glass of water is definitely a plus!
And coffee, obviously.
Back at the office, I had a cup of kefir (un-pictured) mid-morning as breakfast part 2. If you’ve never had kefir, it’s like a more liquid yogurt. I like the plain, unsweetened variety; it’s very tart!
At my desk again. Boo! It’s been too hot and muggy to get out for a walk over lunch, and I also have lots to get done work-wise this week so I stayed put.
On Sunday, I made a big batch of tabbouleh (look for the recipe tomorrow!) and packed it for lunches this week. Yum! Lots of fresh veggies and whole grains with a lemony dressing. For ‘dessert’ I packed a few slices of cantaloupe. This was a super filling lunch!
I packed some hummus and baby carrots for snacks this week, but skipped that in favor of a small slice of egg and veggie quiche that one of my coworkers brought to share. I also grabbed a handful of frozen blueberries from the stash I keep in the office fridge.
At home, I helped myself to snack round two: a glass of red. 🙂
I had a lot of cleaning and housework to get done and I knew dinner was going to be late, so I also nabbed a half slice of the banana zucchini bread and powered through.
We were able to make it to market this week and I stocked up on tons of local tomatoes (fingers crossed that mine will be in soon!) and a ball of fresh mozzarella, so we had caprese salads for dinner. Shocker, I know. 😉
The basil came straight from my garden, and the baby arugula was a local find at the grocery store, tossed with lemon vinaigrette. The olive oil and balsamic (pictured above) came from a trip to Tuscany last year. It took me almost a year to finally open and start using both of them, but I figure the sooner I use them up, the sooner we need to plan a trip back to pick up some more. 😉
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
I’d say this day of eats gets a B-. The good: Everything was fresh, whole foods. Bonus for being homemade! The bad: I’m missing protein! Aside from the mozzarella for dinner and freekeh (in the tabbouleh), there’s really no protein here. Working on that! The ugly: I drank very little water today, during one of the hottest weeks of the year. I’ll be tracking water for the rest of the week to get back on track!