Back to work today! All during the night that song was playing in my head, so I couldn’t sleep. Ugh! Here’s the song in case you’re not aware of the 80’s hit by Soul II Soul.
So this morning I was not a happy camper when I arose at 5:45 to get ready for my first day back to school from the summer vacation. I started with an almond butter and peach sammie with a sprinkle of cinnamon atop and Oroweat whole wheat sandwich thin.
Next I got ready and headed out on my 40 minute drive for my Back to School Staff Development Day. By 12:00 my stomach was doing some serious talking. Thank goodness lunch had arrived! 🙂
For lunch I enjoyed a spinach salad with celery, carrot, 1/4 fuji apple, yellow cherry tomatoes, feta, and 2 tbsp. of light raspberry vinaigrette dressing. Mmmm, it was so refreshing and satisfied my hunger pangs.
And on the side–the other half of my peach from breakfast and a handful of blackberries.
Late afternoon it was time for a snacky-snack, the second of my three Larabars I picked up at Whole Foods last Thursday.
Whew!!! Today was a rough adjustment back into the swing of things. I got home after work and began a little tidying of the house and needed another snack. I must have been a bit hungry because it did not cross my mind to get a picture of my two slices of Hormel nitrate free turkey and Sargento light string cheese. <Input image here> Two round slices of turkey wrapped around a tubular stick of string cheese<Embed image> 😉
Now onto dinner–a southern [stated in my most stereotypical southern voice as heard on TV] classic. Shrimp and Grits.
I used Quaker 5 Minute Grits on the stovetop and added some Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese and garlic powder along with salt and pepper. For the shrimp, I started by sauteing them on the stove in canola oil with salt, red pepper flakes, and dried rosemary. Just before putting the pan in the oven I added a few splashes of worcestershire sauce. The shrimp were baked until done. Also, for some veggie action I roasted some squash with salt, pepper, and dried rosemary.
The shrimp and grits came together quite quickly. The longest part was the roasting of the veggies, which I didn’t mind getting a couple of other chores done while they roasted. And roasting lately is my fave way to cook vegetables. I wonder if it alters the nutritional value much!?! Any nutritionists out there reading? Please let me know.
I was thoroughly satisfied with my meal tonight, but I know in days, weeks, months to come I will be unable to answer that all too elusive question–what’s for dinner? Now that I am back into the reality of my life I need to get back into a comfortable groove and figure out how to balance everything–socializing, working, cleaning, cooking and eating healthy, exercising. And I don’t even have kids yet! I’m scared!
Question of the Day: How do you balance heading a household, working, and managing your healthy lifestyle? Do you have any tips or ideas on how to accomplish all that needs to be done on a daily basis when it feels that there is just not enough time in the day?