Weekday Prep: Veggie Omelets

Hello! I hope everyone had a great weekend. This Sunday for weekday prep, I am doing some simple veggie chopping to shorten my breakfast routine in the morning.  I love having eggs for breakfast but I don’t have time in the morning to chop everything up and cook the eggs.  Today I am filling little plastic containers with a morning’s worth of chopped onions, red peppers and broccoli. That way tomorrow morning when I cook my eggs all I have to do is toss in one of these pre portioned veggie cups.

Most of my weekday prep posts have been about making a healthy breakfast quicker and easier.  There’s a reason for that!  I’m sure everyone has heard the “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” line a million times.  I’m also sure that a lot of you probably still skip breakfast. You are making a big mistake!

Most people don’t eat anything after dinner until breakfast (or lunch if you’re bad).  This long period of time without food causes your metabolism to slow down.  There are some good reasons for this slow down. When your metabolism slows down it helps you relax and fall asleep. Once you are asleep, it helps your body focus it’s energy on repairing and restoring rather than digesting your midnight snack.

An important thing to remember is that your metabolism won’t speed back up again until you give it some fuel. Think of it like a fire. If you light a fire at night (dinner) and don’t put anymore wood on the fire until the lunch time next day, you wouldn’t have much of a fire anymore.  It’s better to have a healthy breakfast in the morning to keep your fire burning all day and your metabolism revved up.  Even something small like a handful of nuts or an apple can wake your metabolism up and give it the signal to start working. This jumpstart will help your body continue to burn more calories throughout the entire day.

Now that everyone is on board with eating breakfast, there is one caveat. Don’t just have any breakfast. A bacon, egg and cheese sandwich isn’t going to give your body the fuel it needs to be energized the whole day.

I try to stay away from any type of white flour at all costs, with the exception of special occasions (everything in moderation, even moderation).  White flour is made by stripping away all of the nutrients that come from grains.  Since all of the nutrients are stripped away during the processing, your body doesn’t need to exert much energy to break down the food to get to the energy source (sugar) and in turn your blood sugar spikes. This reaction causes your body to store the food you just ate as fat for your body to use as energy later on. If you can’t tell, eating a breakfast high in processed ingredients and white flours will make your metabolism go haywire, you’ll be hungry again in no time and guess what? You will be craving sugar!

Eating a healthy breakfast is crucial to your body since it is the first chance your body has to replenish itself from all of the work it did the night before while you were asleep. Try a balanced meal high in fiber and protein. It will keep you full and energized for a long time and you will have an easier time saying no to that donut during a morning meeting.

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Happy Hour: Sassy Sunrise

Happy Friday! It is a rainy, chilly day here today so for happy hour I am making something that will heat you right up! It is a different spin on the classic tequila sunrise.

I have told you about my friend Marissa, the “mixologist,” well one of her favorite ways to spice things up (pun intended) is to toss some freshly sliced jalapeno into her drinks. She makes a great jalapeno mojito which is what inspired this drink: the sassy sunrise.
Happy Hour: Sassy Sunrise
Lightly muddle 2 thin slices of fresh jalapeno. Pour in 2 oz tequila, 1 oz triple sec, 1 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water), 1 oz fresh lime juice and 2 oz fresh orange juice. Add ice, shake, strain and serve! I drank mine with crushed ice and tossed a few jalapeno slices right into my drink.
 
The jalapeno doesn’t over power the other flavors in the drink but it does provide a little kick. I am pretty much a wimp when it comes to anything hot or spicy and this drink wasn’t too much for me. If you are worried about it try just using 1 slice of jalapeno and not muddling it as much.  The flavor will be less pronounced but still there. The only warning I have is: don’t drink this with chapped lips!
 
Lately I’ve been seeing a ton of spicy and savory drinks out there. What other spicy or savory drink combinations have you tried?
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Fall Wardrobe Essentials

Fall Wardrobe Essentials

My fall wardrobe is by far my favorite. I love to layer and fall is the perfect time to do that.
1. A sleek overcoat works perfectly to make any outfit look put together.
2. Use lightweight scarves to layer. They keep you warm on chilly fall mornings and (if you are like me) in the office but if you get to warm they are small enough to toss in your purse.
3. I tend to carry a larger handbag in the cooler months to hold gloves, lip balm and other cold weather necessities.
4. I love these boots. I love boots of all shapes and sizes for that matter. When it comes to boots I say the more, the better.
5. Just because summer is over doesn’t mean it’s time to put your sunnies away. You want to be sure to use these babies all year round.
What are your fall essentials?
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DIY Inspiration Board

As part of the effort to get things in working order I bought a cork board from Ikea last time we were there. There are no shelves or drawers on the desk so it’s easy to get disorganized. I am constantly tearing things out of magazines to remember and figured the cork board would be the best place to store them for now. I’ve seen a bunch of inspiration boards on Pinterest and gave it a shot this weekend. So easy!
Since I already had the cork board, I just picked up a piece of pretty fabric and some nail head trim. The only other things you will need is spray adhesive and staple gun.
DIY Inspiration Board
If there are any wrinkles in your fabric you may want to iron them out.  Once you are wrinkle free position the fabric over the cork board and allow about an inch of over hang to wrap around the back. Use the spray adhesive to secure the fabric onto the cork only, wait to spray the frame.
When the fabric is positioned where you’d like it, start applying the nail head trim along the edge of the frame. I used a nail heads width between nails in attempts to keep the spacing consistent.
DIY Inspiration Board
DIY Inspiration Board
After the trim is complete, spray the frame and smooth the fabric over it. Fold the corners of the fabric like a present and staple to secure. I used about 5-7 staples to keep the fabric in place after the corners were secured.
DIY Inspiration Board
DIY Inspiration Board
The rest of the desk area is still a work in progress, but it’s coming along (finally).
DIY Inspiration Board
DIY Inspiration Board
DIY Inspiration Board
The next thing to tackle will be finding storage space for everything that tends to collect on top of the desk. Any suggestions on keeping your workspace organized?
Thanks for reading!
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Weekday Prep: Superfood Trail Mix

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  It was beautiful out here this weekend and we did a few projects outside (check for posts this week!) which felt amazing. Fall is officially in full swing. I’m excited to finally burn my cinnamon spice candle. They don’t last long in my house, I always have fall scents burning once it gets a little cooler out.

Today instead of being glued to the TV for football I whipped up some homemade trail mix.  It’s a great mix of protein and fiber which will give you long lasting energy and help to keep you full throughout the day.  It’s full of healthy ingredients like walnuts and almonds which have heart healthy nutrients like unsaturated fats, omega 3 fatty acids and fiber.
Superfood Trail Mix
Superfood Trail Mix:
2 c. quick cooking oats
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbs chia or flax seed
1/4 c. honey
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 c. dried cranberries
1/2 c. golden raisins
1/4 c. walnuts
1/2 c. almonds
Preheat the oven to 275. In a bowl, combine oats, cinnamon, chia seed, cinnamon and vanilla. Mix until throughly combined. I rolled some of the oat mixture into clusters that were a little smaller than a bouncy ball. This makes it a little easier to eat if you eat the trail mix alone. Spread the mixture on a baking sheet and bake at 275 for about 5-8 minutes.
Once the mixture is cooled, mix with the remaining ingredients. I immediately package mine in zip loc bags to control my portions and make it easy to pack for a work day snack. Dark chocolate chips would be a good addition to the mix but I like to mix mine with yogurt and prefer not to have the chocolate in there. Eating the trail mix with yogurt makes it a little more like granola but I’m ok with that.
Superfood Trail Mix
Packing snacks on Sunday like this trail mix or these protein bars, is one of the easiest ways to prep for the week. The best way for me to stick with healthy eating is to have a plan. If my snacks are already packed in the morning it keeps me from grabbing a bag of chips while at the office. Plus healthy snacks taste better and help keep you feeling fuller longer, too.  The trick  to eating right is to have a healthy snack readily available. It’s so much easier to avoid temptation when you have a better option at your desk.
What are your favorite healthy snacks? I love expanding my collection of recipes for stuff like this so I don’t get sick of eating the same thing over and over again. Have a great week!
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Happy Hour: Cosmorita

It’s about that time! Happy Friday. Today for happy hour I am enjoying a Cosmorita. It’s a nice twist on two classics.

To make one drink, fill your cocktail shaker with ice. Add 3 ounces cranberry juice, 1 1/2 ounces tequila and a splash of fresh lime juice. Strain into a salt rimmed glass.

Enjoy! Have a nice weekend!

Cosmorita

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