I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! I am thankful to have today off work, much needed after the busy holidays. For most adults, the day after Christmas is more like Christmas – the pressures of the holiday celebrations are over, no more cooking or rich eating, and hopefully a relaxing time to enjoy gifts. I’m planning to meet my sister and mom at the gym for a little post Christmas workout and maybe a little shopping to restock fresh ingredients since I avoid Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods the week before Christmas to save my sanity.
There has been a lot of rich eating over the last two days, so much that I’m looking forward to getting back to my normal whole foods routine. Friday night hubby and I opted to stay home and eat simple before all the celebrations and I made miso soup with protein-packed soybean spaghetti.
Hearty and delicious with veggies.
Christmas Eve was very low key, we just had my mom over and hubby prepared this delicious Butternut Squash Pasta recipe we served with simple veggies.
We used Trader Joe’s vegan cream cheese in the sauce and it had a nice mild creamy and savory flavor.
Miko was pooped by the end of the evening after playing with my mom’s dog and going for a long walk in the cold to look at decorations.
Christmas morning we woke up to temps in the 20s and lots of frost – it was gorgeous.
And perfect for enjoying the warm indoors.
Miko got so many new toys, he wasn’t sure which to play with.
Leela and Smokey were just really happy to get new beds to snuggle in.
Christmas is a great excuse to deviate from our usual smoothie breakfast routine and I made hubby’s current favorite breakfast recipe – this Basic Vegan French Toast with fresh sourdough bread.
It’s such a great recipe using chia seeds and sourdough bread does amazing things for the sweet, savory, and tangy flavors.
Around lunch time I went out for a quick run to try my new gift from hubby – the Nike Edition Apple Watch!
For over the last year, I’ve been using a Pebble Time smartwatch for Runkeeper and general smartwatch stuff and really liked it for the battery life and always on display. So much so that I backed the Kickstarter fundraiser to get the next generation that included longer battery life, heart rate, and bigger screen. I was supposed to get it before running the marathon, but that didn’t happen and Pebble announced shortly after they were shutting down and selling off to Fitbit. I got a refund for the Kickstarter, but it was heartbreaking to see the possible end to their smartwatch concepts with lots of fun apps and watch faces. I decided to keep using the Pebble Time for as long as I could, but it started having issues with bugs in the final software update crashing and/or disconnecting from Runkeeper during runs.
Hubby sweetly surprised me with the Apple Watch and I had to try out it’s Runkeeper support which is very different from Pebble, the running activities can be launched and completely controlled from the Apple Watch and tracked standalone since it has GPS – awesome! And I’m already having fun replying to text messages with the voice option and can’t wait to try Apple Pay with it.
My run was just okay after such a heavy late breakfast, haha. And I’m a little sore from trying new runner’s strength exercises the day before. But it was not as cold and nice to get fresh air before our family gathering.
As usual we had too much food at our family party, lots of veggies, hummus, salsa, and holiday tortilla chips I found at Grocery Outlet colored with spinach and beet juice.
For the main course, we brought a Gardein Holiday Vegan Roast that included generous amounts of vegan gravy in the box.
It had a tasty seasoned crust and delicious stuffing in the center, paired nicely with mashed potatoes, green beans, and salad.
It’s been a great Christmas and I’m thankful for the amazing family, friends, and food! Now on to what seems like the awkward week between Christmas and New Year’s, actually a great week that’s usually peaceful and a great time to reflect on 2016 and set goals and plans to look forward to in 2017.