Good morning! Are you enjoying your weekend? Mine has been jam-packed, but it’s all been fun! Kevin and I kicked off the weekend on Friday by pretending we were 18 again and going to the Yellowcard concert … it was a great set list, fun venue at House of Blues, and lots of fun overall! Saturday morning, I was regretting the late night when I woke up to go to the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes with my parents, but of course, once I got moving, I had tons of fun! It was great to see so many people out supporting a cause I care so much about (remember my 62-mile bike ride for diabetes a few months ago?), and fun to spend time with my parents – I even “coached” my mom through a few running intervals throughout our walk, and she did great! Saturday night we went to my 10-year High School reunion. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since I graduated High School, and it was fun to see people who I had lost touch with over the years. Today, Kevin has to fly out early (we usually leave on Monday mornings for our work trips), and we have a friend staying with us for a few nights, so we’re going to barbecue at my parents’ house. That was probably a lot more detail about my weekend than you cared to know, huh? 🙂
Well, I’m about to give you even more detail by sharing 7 things I ate last week. Since I had the chance to be home in Dallas last week, I got to prepare far more meals than usual, and I loved every second of it! I was also doing the Fall Reset, so I tried to eat as cleanly as possible and cram in as many of the detoxifying foods as I could (I managed to eat every one of them throughout the week, including 10 of the 12 on Monday!).
Overall, I think the Fall Reset was a fun way to kick off a new season. I enjoyed focusing on the detoxifying foods (which I love anyway), and was pretty surprised by how much of a challenge it was for me to stay away from added sugar! The worst time for me was right after dinner, when I almost ALWAYS grab a little bite of something sweet (and then usually have dessert an hour or so later!). I am really proud that I managed to avoid added sugar … but I did have a few processed items along the way (a Quest Bar and a sliver of Kevin’s pizza on Thursday night come to mind). Despite the challenges with added sugar, the Reset actually made me realize that there wasn’t a ton of difference from how I normally ate, and I really didn’t feel any more or less energized. I did get to enjoy some delicious meals, so today I want to share 7 things I ate last week (you may have seen some of them if you follow me on Instagram!). Many of them are recipes from other bloggers, so I’ll share the links of the good ones, just like I did in this post:
- Breakfasts. I enjoyed my favorite breakfast most days this week, but I changed it up with a green smoothie one day and a “sweet scramble” another: I just combine 1/2 cup egg whites, 1-2 T oats, 1-2 tsp. chia seeds, 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/4 – 1/2 cup pumpkin, lots of cinnamon, and a few drops of stevia. Then pour in a saucepan and cook while stirring frequently. It takes on kind of an oatmeal texture and tastes delicious topped with almond butter and berries!
- Cracklin’ cauliflower from Eating Bird Food: this is a super easy recipe filled with a ton of spices that turn cauliflower from a “boring” side into the flavorful star of the show! I added cubed tofu to my cauliflower, and subbed in green beans for the peas in the original recipe. Served with extra roasted asparagus, mushrooms, and zucchini/ squash.
- Creamy Chickpea Salad from Better with Veggies: I never would have thought to make a dressing from tofu! This was SO flavorful (my mouth was on fire because I was a bit heavy-handed with the cayenne on the chickpeas!) and really delicious. I mixed in roasted green beans, asparagus, and zucchini, and I loved having warm veggies in the mix.
- Lots of veggie-filled meals. I already showed you my Autumn Harvest Soup with Apple Brussels Sprout salad and roasted veggies. I enjoyed a veggie and hummus dipping plate, plus a salad topped with leftover Creamy Kale Artichoke Dip mixed with chickpeas and lentils (don’t bash it until you try it!). Also pictured are a fish dinner with lentils and bok choy, plus extra roasted veggies, and a salad topped with leftover roasted veggies, beets, avocado, and goat cheese.
- Plantain socca from Purely Twins: this is a super creative recipe for a simple flatbread. I was amazed at the texture given limited ingredients. A great healthy side dish to my green smoothie!
- Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips from The Healthy Maven: WOW, if you have time to cook these for 3 hours, please do it now! These tasted just like those expensive-but-delicious apple chips that I love to buy, and the only ingredients are apples and cinnamon! A great, fun, Fall snack.
- Desserts. You know I couldn’t go a week without dessert! Most of my desserts involved fruit and unsweetened almond milk, plus some cinnamon or other spices, ice, and a Vitamix. Here is the AMAZING mango dessert that I highlighted in my 10 Healthy Desserts post (topped with puffed kamut, which is technically processed, but since the only ingredient is kamut I went with it), and an “apple pie smoothie” that I tried to create – it actually wasn’t that great or I would share the recipe!
Now, don’t consider this health advice :), but I couldn’t resist a little treat once the Fall Reset ended. Of course, I had pumpkin on the brain, and look what I ended up with!!!! I believe that even in the healthiest of diets, there’s room for little indulgences. After all, that’s why my tagline is “Eating Healthily and Living Actively … the Lyons’ Share of the time!” So every once in a while, enjoy some coffee creamer (even though it’s processed and full of artificial sweeteners) and some candy (even added sugar fits in to a healthy diet sometimes!).
So tell me in the comments … what is one healthy thing you ate last week? What’s your favorite indulgence?