in the groove

And so it’s back to work I go.

Slowly but surely, I’m finding my morning groove. 

30 minutes for breakfast
30 minutes for working out/yoga
15 minutes for showering
15 minutes for getting dressed, throwing on a bit of makeup, and grabbing my coffee to go

Breakfast and working out are not to be messed with.  They do wonders for tuning my day to the right note. 😀   

“Un”overnight oats became my quickie breakfast of choice this morning.  With the nice addition of chia seeds and a scoop of almond butter.  Delicious.

Last night I threw together a random rice, veggie and tempeh concoction for today’s lunch.  It turned out quite yummy, although garlic would have made this stuff shine.  Unfortunetly, chewing gum is not allowed in the food service.  So, well, garlic was thrown out of the picture.  😉

  • 1 c. brown rice
  • 1/2 block of tempeh mixed with 2 tsp. lite soy sauce
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1/2 tomato, diced
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • pepper, cumin and cayenne to taste (ADD garlic if you can!! :mrgreen: )

Snacks: apple, orange slices and almonds

I’m close to finishing up the job descriptions.  I never realized how much work goes into doing these things until now.  Especially when the Union is involved.  Everything needs to be clearly marked and job oriented.  Otherwise, people get in trouble and things can get pretty ugly.  😉

On the non-business-related front, I’ve also been taking a peak at the monthly menus for the school.  They stay pretty similair month by month, with the occasional change in fruit options, lunch options, etc.  Apparently, chicken is the big selling point for the school.  Whether found as a breaded chicken patty or chicken nuggets, these things s-e-l-l.  I wonder what it would be like to introduce a completely new meal.  Healthified.  Delicious.  Kid-approved.  What would that take?  I would love to find out. 😀

Afternoon Snack: yogurt with flax, bananas and granola

Have you ever roasted a chickpea?

For dinner, I roasted 1/2 a cauliflower with some diced, fresh beets together at 425 degreesF, for 10 minutes.  I then added some salt, pepper and 1/2 c. chickpeas.  Ten more minutes and voila!  Bursting chickpeas that popped when you bit into them.  They grew tougher.  Meatier.  And I liked them.  A lot.  😀

The rest of my salad was kept pretty standard.  Olive oil with sea salt.  Bell peppers.  Avocado.  And a slice of deliciously chewy, whole grain bread.

Time. To. Relax.

First with a 4-mile walk.  And finished with some journaling and chocolate mint tea.  Mmmm….

Question: What was your favorite (healthy) meal to eat as a kid?  I’m looking for ideas. 😉


15 thoughts on “in the groove

  1. I used to like vegetarian ziti as a kid, which we’d have for dinner with some kind of steamed vegetable, like spinach or peas. But I bet it could work if you added very finely diced red peppers or carrots, to hide the veggies in the sauce. Or it could have some spinach in it too.

  2. Your eats look delicious! I also LOVE tempeh! Chocolate mint tea sounds simply awesome. What brand is it, or is it a mix that you put together yourself? I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday, Sarah!

  3. Your packed lunches always look so good!! I want you to come pack my lunches for me. 🙂

    I LOVED artichoke (because you got to dip each piece and eat with your hands) and spaghetti squash as a kiddo.

  4. I have pretty much the same routine in the morning, exceot 30 min for dressing and make up etc..
    My favorite meal as a kid that was healthyish was roast chicken, mashed potatoes, peas and some gravy. I guess it was healthy because all the ingredients were pure, minus the gravy, it was all normal regular traditional food, cooked in a healthy manner.

  5. I was going to say that my favorite healthy meal was chicken broccoli stir-fry… but then I read the comment above this and remembered how much I loved it when Mom baked a chicken. So I think that wins. 🙂

  6. I think my favourite healthy meal as a kid was chilli… which I think could probably be pretty easy to incorporate into schools. September is definitely the season for a piping bowl of chilli too!

    I know what you mean about your morning routine. When I was working this summer, I always got up to enjoy breakfast and a workout before I had to go in. Every single day that started out that way usually ended well 🙂
    ❤ Tat

  7. Yeah, the kids love “chicken nuggets”, my daughter included! I think it is ok, but not often. I allow my daughter to have them once a week. However, I think the schools rely on them way too much…….in fact they rely on any QUICK & EASY food option that is usually not very healthy too much. I know why….due to low budget, quick prep, etc., but our nations children are becoming more and more unhealthy….it is very sad! =( Believe me you can make a healthy or semi-healthy kid approved meal in no time flat and not for much $$$ if you try…….I do it every night!

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