Does your breakfast ever just make you wanna smile and be happy? 😀 That is completely what my breakfast did for me today.
2 slices TJ’s FF Mutli-Grain Bread
1 Tbsp Nut Barn Crunchy Almond Butter
Decaf Christmas Blend Coffee
I think I crave this simple breakfast whenever I am not super hungry, but, know I need to eat. It’s a 5 pt breakfast so you’d think I’d pick something less, but, almond butter toast is my FAVORITE standby ever.
I spent the morning shopping, doing chores and prepping for the week. I find it always helps my eats during the week if I have them ready to go. I made up stuff for an AWESOME lunchtime salad and boiled some eggs for a quick protein snack.
The Husband requested BLTA’s for lunch and continuing with the theme of using what we have on hand, here is what I cam up with.
Smashed AVOCADO on toasted TJ’s FF Multi-Grain Bread seasoned with sea salt & black pepper.
Plus crunchy tomato slices.
Plus spinach for my “L” 🙂
Topped with 3 slices of center cut bacon (TJ’s Turkey Bacon is my FAVORITE, but this is a close 2nd).
Smooshed together and devoured (6 pts of FANTASTICNESS).
While I made up the sandwiches, I roasted the Organic Kambuca Squash I picked up at Whole Foods last week. I plan on posting a how-to for you all this week and using this melon to demonstrate. It reminds me a bit of pumpkin more so than acorn or butternut squash.
My afternoon snacks were sorta random. I had a low-fat colby cheese square for 1 pt.
Then, snacked on a few of The Husband’s peanut M&M’s. He bought an ENTIRE bag (ahhh, hope he eats them all soon because I LOVE these!) (1 pt for 8 barely!) 😀
I had fun this afternoon putting together a package for “My Secret Bloggie” along with a couple of other surprise packs I have going out. I think seeing all the goodies I got made The Husband have cravings like a girl 😉
Seriously, he asked me for a junk food night and wanted Nachos with processed cheese from a jar or to go by Red Robyn to get their like 2,000 calorie version. I didn’t want either option, so, instead, I whipped up my very own version of Healthy Nacho-Riffic Nachos!
I had 1/3 of the BIG Bowl I made him for 8 pts ~ BARGAIN! Totally delicious and I think he was pretty happy with the result. The best part is we have leftovers to make up tostadas or tacos or taco salads – FUN!
Does anyone want the recipe??? 😀 Leave a comment below to let me know and I’ll be sure to share it soon. I can totally see this as a SUPER BOWL FOOD!
Speaking of recipes, have you all checked out the Latest Issue of Cooking Light? I finally finished reading the Jan/Feb issue that Time sent me and it’s AWESOME!
Here are some of my FAVORITE things from this month’s issue (aside from that AMAZING looking chili on the front!:
* The Cooking Light Way to Eat (p. 133) – They offer up 10 rules for healthy eating in 2010 and 50 small changes that can make a big difference. I LOVE their approach to CLEAN EATING ~ The plan’s tips include: Try something new; Choose healthy fats; Cook more often; Eat less processed meats; Eat more whole foods; Start the day off well; Indulge adventurously; Eat out creatively; Be portion aware; and Drink well.
* Chili Basics (p. 102) – Learn the secrets to making a great bowl of meat-based, bean-based or completely VEGETARIAN chili. YUM, I will be making some of these!
* Dinner Tonight (p. 77) – I am a BIG fan of their DINNER TONIGHT emails. Do you all get the daily newsletters? I do and I swear they make me want to abandon my dinner plans to make what they send me. This month’s issue includes 3 of those recipes that are AWESOME , easy and quick ~ Roast Chicken with Balsamic Bell Peppers, Pan-Grilled Halibut with Chimichuri, and Chiptole Bean Burritos. Although I really want to try their Chicken Tamale Casserole too!
I could go on for days because this is my FAVORITE recipe magazine and this issue is chalk full of amaziingness as usual, but, I should probably leave something for you all to read about in case you picked it up too 🙂
You know how I told you all yesterday I was done celebrating my birthday, well, guess what ~ NOT YET!! WOOHOO! The AMAZINGLY, SWEET, THOUGHTFUL, KIND, FUN, AWESOME Janetha sent me a gift card to NY&CO (my favorite store!) and this TOTALLY CUTE card that I had to show you all.
I LOVE all the foodie references!
I think she should have to come up with MORE PUNS 😀
Thanks, Janetha! You are such an awesome friend and I am lucky to have you in my life ~ Love ya!
Alright all, my lower back has not been happy all day long. I am thinking it was maybe doing my long run on the treadmill versus outside? Not sure, but, I am off to get a massage a la The Husband to make it better :D, apply some heat to it and read/relax!