Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Breakfast, Lunch & Snack by Trader Joe's...

Sooo after my grocery store ban of the last couple weeks, Sunday we finally ventured out to stock up our kitchen and the first place we HAD to hit was the Trader Joe's.  I was sooooo excited since it was my first trip there since they unleashed ALL of their holiday goodies and I KNEW the first one I wanted to 'attack'...
Oh yes...a 'healthy' almond snack coated in eggnog lusciousness??  Yes, please!

And in an attempt to NOT sit and eat the entire tub, I had to think of a way to enjoy them aside from just popping one after another (after anotherJ)  My solution?  Use em as an oatmeal topper! 
In the mix:
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/2 scoop of chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • sprinkle of nutmeg
  • 3-4 diced Eggnog Almonds
OK, so I knew this would be good.  What I didn't anticipate was just how good when I realized all of the "Eggnog White Chocolate" had MELTED. INTO. THE. OATMEAL.  Oooooooh yes.  A little extra kiss of eggnog from my creamer and this was just soooooooooooo good!
And YES...while I try to only use natural creamer OR plain ole Half & Half throughout the year...from Coffee-mate Pumpkin Spice to Eggnog season, I just can't shake the holiday creamers!  They're made of crack.  It's that simple.

Next up was one that SCOTT tossed in our proud was I???
OK, could have been because tortilla chips were on my shopping list and these just happened to be stacked in abundance on the end cap....butttt I'll just let myself believe he got whipped into the holiday spirit via delicious RED & GREEN salty chipsJ

Christmas nachos anyone???
And if I'm not 'lunching' on microwaved tortilla chips & cheese, I've been LOVING a 'sampler lunch' lately.  And for this weeks 'rounds,' I picked up this:
Not NEARLY as fantastic as the Tzatziki I had at "It's Greek to Me" a couple weeks ago (WAYYY not enough garlic!!), but it made for a fun, dippable lunch sided up with a little Garlic Naan... 

And some cucumbers.  I've been OBSESSED with cucumbers lately.  Not the WORST 'craving' in the world, I figuredJ 

And one last holiday treat from Trader Joe's???  Oh's the: 

Sweet, salty ANDDDDDDDDDDD drizzled with just a bit of dark chocolate??  Oh was gooood...
All get my stamp of approval!  (Especially those almonds & tortilla chipsJ)

Oh seesh...and what did I realize I forgot to write about for not one, but TWO days???  My workout schedule from last week!  And after 2 weeks of slacking, I FINALLY had a week I was thrilled with!  Here ya go for a new category: The "Motivated MIDWEEK":

Tuesday:  1 hour "Yoga for the Warrior"

Thursday:  3 mile "Walk away the pounds" with 4 pounds + 1 round of weights with 8 pounds

Friday:  45 minutes "Body Slimming Yoga"

Sunday:  45 minute walk

I felt SOOOO good last week that I'm trying to replicate this schedule THIS week!  Believe me, it's TOUGH to get motivated to start a 1 hour power yoga DVD or a 3 mile walk...but the results are always so gratifying that it's hard to ignore.  Not to mention the working out really helps keep my 'holiday snacking' a bit more 'in line.'  It makes it soo much easier to 'put the breaks on' and be satisfied with just a littttle chocolate covered kettle corn or 1 to 2 cookies (not...10!)  Weight loss is 97% a mental game and this is just another example.  Working out sets my brain on the 'path' to make better choices and it all just works hand-in-hand for much as I'd hate to admit it sometimes!J hahahahhahahaha

Alright, well that's all I got for you today!  Happy (Motivated) Mid-week!

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