Ick, it’s been raining pretty much all day. And it’s hard to get out of a warm bed when it’s cold, dark and raining, I seriously had to motivate myself this morning. But my workouts have been fun lately because I’ve been setting our DVR to grab every Christmas movie I can find to watch during them. So far I’ve watched The Muphet Christmas Carol (super cute!), Elf (which I could watch about 20 more times), Christmas Vacation (just wouldn’t be Christmas without it), It’s A Wonderful Life and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (not the train wreck version with Jim Carrey). I could spend most of December watching Christmas movies, there are so many good ones.
For lunch I utilized more leftovers, salad with a creamy hemp seed rosemary dressing and chopped veggies with hummus. Not too original, but quick and healthy.
I’ve found a creamy, hemp seed-based dressing coating a salad can help preserve it in the fridge longer and always make a huge salad for simple lunches.
After work I did something very brave – headed to Trader Joe’s with a long list. Even though it was raining and traffic sucked. But it actually went better than I expected, the store wasn’t that crowded and I found everything on my list which can be hit-or-miss with Trader Joe’s. A lot of what I bought wasn’t for me, but goodies to send to east coast family for the holidays.
Nut butters, flavored nuts, flattened bananas, dark chocolate and Larabars – I think they’ll like it. :-)
But my shopping trip left me a little drained and running late on preparing dinner, so I went ghetto-healthy first chopping a small butternut squash in half and gutting the seeds.
Then turning the halves cut side down on a plate of water and “steaming” them in the microwave on high for 8 minutes.
While I heated one of my favorite soups on the stove top.
Shredded a topping for it.
And dinner is served in 10 minutes!
Yeah, not fancy, but warm and soothing after running around in the rain all day. Now I need to coax a dog into stepping out into the rain to do her business, but between the rain and the terrifying blow-up Christmas lawn decorations, I’m thinking this is gonna be a short walk. :-)
What are some of your favorite Christmas movies?