As much as I love the weekends, I really do enjoy starting a fresh week. It's probably my natural disposition towards having a solid routine that gives me such an optimistic outlook.
Not gonna lie, the thought of digging into my usual breakfast bowls is a huge motivator to get things going.
1/4 C Kashi Go Lean, 1/4 C Kashi Honey Sunshine, 1/4 C Natures Path Flax Flakes, Berries, Banana, Crumbled Berry Muffin piece, Almond Milk, Sunflower Seed Butter
I powered through a pile of work this morning in the office. I'm getting ready to head to Pittsburgh for a conference soon, so I need to get caught up and well ahead of myself in these next two weeks.
I came home for lunch before heading out for some meetings….
Spinach, Romaine, Cucumber, Yellow Pepper, Asparagus, Nectarine, Strawberries, Sesame Cashews, Peas
After a few meetings, I treated myself to a frappe on the way back to the office. I thought I loved Iced Coffee but Frappes are like a coffee milkshake. I usually never even thought about ordering these because I assumed they were made with dairy but recently, I found a few places that will make them with soy milk. Fallen in love!
I've had a craving for Gazpacho so I pulled out the recipe I made last summer and got to it.
Chunky Tomato Gazpacho with Grilled Shrimp and Avocado
- 1/2 Red Onion, Diced
- 1 Cucumber, Diced
- 1 Zucchini, Diced
- 1/2 Green Pepper, Diced
- Jared Roasted Rep Peppers
- 5 Tomatoes, Diced
- 2 cloves of Garlic, Minced
- 2 TBL Red Wine Vinegar
- 1 Cup of v8 Vegetable Juice, Spicy Flavor (if you can find it)
- 6 splashes of Hot Sauce
- Salt, Pepper
Combine all ingredients in a food processor, reserving 1/2 of the chopped veggies. Process mixture until smooth. Add remaining chopped veggies and stir. Chill for a few hours.
I left out the red onion because I didn't have any. I also forgot to add fresh basil which would have been great in this so instead, I remembered to use it as a garnish. Another fantastic garnish, crumbled feta!
In case you're wondering, Toly is not a fan of cold vegetable soup. He is in fact a fan of Grilled Shrimp Fettucini Alfredo which is exactly what he was served tonight.
I'm not a chef but I'd say this dinner is worth paying for.
I hope you started this week off right, but just in case you didn't, tomorrow is a brand new day!
Which is worse, Monday Blues or Sunday Night blues? For some reason, I hate Sunday nights because of the anticipation of Monday, but then I actually embrace the start of the week when it does come around. Go figure.