I’m finally in the spirit of the season. On Wednesday morning, I woke up early for a run in Central Park and loved every second of it. Even though it wasn’t quite cold enough to require tights, I did sport a long sleeved t-shirt and fleece hat to keep me warm. Back home after a quick 4 miles and a stretch, I was glad I’d packed my food the night before. I did a quick shower, blog read, and jetted off to work. Here’s the Elise-inspired food I packed for the day (this picture also includes chili and a biscuit that I brought for my lovely coworker):
For breakfast, I had the Clif Iced Gingerbread bar. Um, WOW. I’ve had lukewarm opinions of some Clif bars in the past, and their pretty high cal for a snack, but this was perfect for breakfast on the go. With it, I had a big mug of Candy Cane Tea by Celestial Seasonings. I was SO excited to find CS teas on sale 2/$5 at my local health food store and I think I might have to stock up on this flavor. I had mug #1 of the day with a bit of organic vanilla soy milk and it was fabulous.
So far, I’d had gingerbread and candy canes. Not too bad!
For lunch, I had organic sweet corn soup from Whole Foods and about a serving and a half of lightly salted soy crisps. Ever since my mom warned me of the dangers of microwave bagged popcorn (apparently a chemical in the bag’s lining becomes carcinogenic when heated and it seeps into the popcorn!!), I’ve been trying to find soup add-in alternatives. The soy crisps very closely rivaled my homemade mega croutons, so I was very pleased.
Cozy comforting soup? Check!
Unfortunately, I had to work through lunch, yet again (I hate that this is becoming the norm), so I took 5 minutes around 2:30 to have a chocolate chip ZBar and mug #2 of candy cane tea. Normally, I would be concerned about having tea in the afternoon, but this green tea is decaffeinated so I didn’t get the midday shakes. Seriously, you have to try this stuff!
As I was enjoying a juicy organic orange, The Huz called with some great news that we wanted to celebrate over dinner. As soon as I got home, I got to work finding a tasty recipe for butternut squash. We had about 2lbs of pre-chopped butternut squash that needed a purpose, but none of the recipes were jumping out at me. As I walked Bodhi, the creative juices began to flow and I came up with a fabulous dinner of my own:
Stay tuned for the recipe! Served with a glass of Castle Rock Pinot Noir and a big glass of water.
I had a second serving of the vegetables. I just couldn’t get enough! For dessert, I had three squares of Green & Black’s 70% Dark Chocolate. YUM!
What’s your favorite holiday dish or recipe? Maybe this article will inspire you!