Mondays… Are awesome!

Yep, that’s right. I said, err, typed it. Mondays are awesome! Personally, I choose to not dread the beginning of a new week, but instead embrace it. It is a chance to start over, to get back up and try again, work off that weekend bbq indulgence, or that night out on the town. For me however, it’s just another day. We’re not weekend party people. We just chill, or not, around the house. Whether it’s cleaning, yard work, whatever, we just stay home.
I’d have to say that the hardest part of my Monday is waking my son up for school. He does not enjoy waking up early. To be honest, it wasn’t that long ago that I didn’t like it either. That’s all changed now, though. Don’t ask why because I have no idea. Sleeping past 8am on Saturday is huge these days! I guess I’m finally growing up. 🙂
I was very proud of my daughter this morning. She’s almost 14, and sometimes it can be tough to get her to eat breakfast before school. (I’m sure next year will be harder… high school) So I tend to keep quick and easy options around to help entice her like breakfast bars along with the normal breakfast staples such as cereal, eggs, bagels, etc. and always fresh fruit. When she got out of bed and came into the kitchen I went into my normal ramblings, listing all the things I can think of, including but not limited to oatmeal to go square thing, granola bar, cereal… hoping that one of them will sound good enough for her to eat. None of them did. But, as she was walking back to her room she stopped! She turned and asked, “Would you make me some actual oatmeal with strawberries?” I laughed… “actual oatmeal”. I was thrilled, though! I’ll make that girl “actual oatmeal” everyday if it means she’s leaving here with some nutrition in her! I felt victorious, and so did she when it was time to eat and she pointed out how I was leading her to making a not-so-healthy choice and she chose oatmeal and fruit. That’s my girl! 😉

My son had poptarts that he bought and has stashed in his room.

My Monday breakfast was a new smoothie! I purchased some baby Georgia peaches from the little produce place down the street last week and decided I was going to try a peach and banana smoothie. As it turned out, I sliced too many strawberries for the “actual oatmeal” so I ended up changing my Monday smoothie to a peach, banana, and strawberry smoothie. I have to say that this was by far the tastiest smoothie I’ve made to date. Everything blended perfectly!
I have to apologize, I did not get a photo of this one. It was so tasty that I just drank it up without thinking! I did get a photo of the ingredients in the blender, though. 🙂

Peach Banana Strawberry Smoothie
4 ice cubes
3/4 cup banana slices, frozen
1/2 cup Dannon Oikos nonfat Greek Yogurt
3/4 cup sliced peaches, fresh, with skin
1/4 cup sliced strawberries, fresh
1/2 cup Silk Original Soy milk, Light
1 packet Stevia sweetener

Nutrition Facts:
Calories 265
Fat 1.6g
Cholesterol 7.5mg
Sodium 104mg
Carbohydrates 53.5g
Fiber 6.7g
Sugars 35.5g
Protein 16.9

Besides having an amazing breakfast, I rode my bicycle to the dollar store for a little shopping. I needed to pick up a couple things and of course bought more than intended. I did get a great workout, though! Round trip to the dollar store is 5.28 miles with a combined time of 31:49. I burned off almost my whole smoothie and got to go shopping. That’s a win for me!
I’m sure you can imagine that I was starving for lunch by the time I returned home. Next to smoothies, my favorite meal includes eggs with onions and bell peppers. Sometimes I make an omelet, but more recently I’ve been having it as a sandwich with 100% whole wheat toast and a little (not butter) spread. It’s been a great lunch for me, keeping me full and helping me to snack less between lunch and dinner. (Today I chose a bagel thin over the bread and had 1/2 cup cantaloupe on the side)

The recipe goes like this:

3 small eggs, beaten
approx 1-1 1/4 tbsp chopped onion
approx 1 tbsp chopped green bell pepper
approx 1 tbsp chopped red bell pepper
1 Thomas’ Bagel Thin, Everything or 2 slices 100% whole wheat or whole grain bread
1 tbsp spread (I only needed 1/2 tbsp for the bagel thin)

Heat small pan on medium(ish) after spraying with non-stick cooking spray.
Mix onion and peppers into eggs.
Once pan is heated pour egg mixture into pan.
I let it cook briefly then I start moving it around to make it small enough for the bread or bagel. I don’t really want to scramble it because all the veggies fall out of the eggs once they start cooking.
While the eggs are cooking you should be toasting your bread or bagel.
After spreading the spread, and your eggs have reached desired doneness, place eggs on bagel or bread.
312 calories
Enjoy!

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