Here's what we've been up to:
This year we were both looking forward to cutting down a Christmas tree again. Last year we were in South America until mid December so we decided to just put up our small fake tree. Although South America was one of our best memories so far, it didn't quite feel like Christmas without a real tree last year.
So we headed to Kruegger's Christmas Tree Farm in Lake Elmo (I love Lake Elmo) and to the Lake Elmo Inn for dinner beforehand. It was tons of fun. The first tree we saw we ended up getting but not after walking around the farm and getting our requisite hot apple cider and looking at a few other trees : )
We spent the evening decorating it and eating junk food. Perfect.
|we get each other ornaments each year, these were ours from last year : )|
|A Fine Frenzy|
Just last weekend Jason and I went to his work Christmas party. It was at a country club which I thought might be a little stuffy but it was great! It was fun to chat with his co-workers over a few drinks. To be honest, I surpassed my whiskey quota and didn't feel too well the next day but it was totally worth it (I think). : ) Here are a few pictures from that night.
|Jason being a creeper as usual|
As I mentioned in my blog posting in November, I started eating a predominantly non-processed food diet. Jason has been doing it as well. I feel a ton better and it's been fun to learn more about what's in non-whole foods and why they should be avoided. I have been reading books on the subject to back up this lifestyle change. The more evidence I have, the more likely I am to stick to it. Weight loss alone is not enough of a motivator as prior history has proven. I just want us to both be as happy and healthy as possible.
We've decided that one ''cheat'' meal a week is fair. There are still things that we love and don't want to fully give up but any more than once a week kind of makes us feel like poo and crave junk during the week. Everything in moderation.
The books I've been reading that I really like are:
Another book which is a cookbook that I really like is the Eat Clean Cookbook:
Another big change we've made which I LOVE is we started juicing. I bought this beauty a few months ago:
This is what our fruit basket now looks like constantly. It's pretty awesome. We keep all the veggies in the fridge. It feels great to have all this fresh food around!
Through my reading I have learned more about really healthy supplements you can add to your diet. One of the best ones I found was wheat grass. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever drink a shot of wheat grass. But when I learned that one ounce of wheat grass was equivalent to 2.2 lbs of green veggies I couldn't ignore it! Click here to learn more about wheat grass...it's pretty awesome! I bought some dried powdered wheat grass made by Amazing Grass. I have been adding it to my smoothies and while it doesn't taste great, it doesn't taste bad either. But all last week after I drank it, I was full of energy for all 3 of my night shifts. I worked 40 hours in 3 days and I didn't get tired at all. That has never happened! I don't know if it's just a placebo effect but I am a believer.
Ok enough about healthy talk let's share some recipes!!
I've made two things that I really like recently. One are quinoa egg bake cups. As you may recall, I've made my own version of egg bake cups but this recipe I found on Iowa Girl Eats blog last week. A friend at work introduced me to this blog and I just love it!
Here is the link to the recipe. I made my muffins in a regular sized muffin pan instead of a mini muffin pan so I had to use 7 eggs instead of the 2 eggs, 2 egg whites she uses. And I made mine with canadian bacon and swiss and they turned out pretty yummy!!
Ham & Swiss with Quinoa Egg Bake Cups
Last Monday after we had eaten two cheat meals over the weekend instead of one, I was craving something else that was unhealthy and was convinced I needed buffalo wild wings. That is why I can only allow myself one cheat meal or I just go crazy for shitty food. My husband thankfully drove right past bdubs and said we'd make something at home. I was pissed because I really wanted those wings.
We decided to make our own wings at home. I made my own breading and sliced up some chicken breasts. I dipped the breading in eggs, the breading mixture, and then pan fried them in some olive oil. I assumed they would be gross but they were SO GOOD. While I know it wasn't the healthiest option I could have chosen, it was much healthier than the alternative I was craving.
Here's how I made them:
Bri's Boneless Wings
2 tbsp flax seeds, ground
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tbsp ranch seasoning
1 chicken breast, cut into strips
1/4 c olive oil
Mix the first three ingredients in one bowl and place the egg in another. Whip the egg. Dip the chicken in the egg mixture and then coat in the flour mixture. Heat up oil in pan, pan fry til golden brown and cooked through on each side. Dip in sauce of choice and enjoy!!!
Though I will be working on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day I will still get to see my family. Plus since this is my first Christmas working the night shift I get to pass out the donated gifts to the kids on Christmas morning...doesn't get much more awesome than that!
For our anniversary this year, Jason and I are going to Miami and on a short cruise to the Bahamas. We are super pumped to get away to celebrate this year.
On that note I will close things down for the night. Since it is 7:30 am and I haven't slept it would probably be wise. My sleep schedule is really messed up right now. I've allowed myself a lot of naps this weekend...oops!
Hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend! : )