Highlights From A Low Key Weekend

I’ve been an avid blog reader for a long time before finally starting this blog. My favorite blogs have always been the personal blogs, as I tend to feel the most connection with those bloggers. In order to truly be “The Devoted Dietitian” I want to show you a little more about myself, so in addition to sharing nutrition tips, recipes, etc.,  I’ll occasionally post about my day to day life happenings. I want to show you that living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be exhausting, and in fact, can be enjoyable! If nothing else, hopefully my family and friends that are reading will find this a good way to stay in the loop. So if you’re still reading, let’s kick things off with some highlights from this past weekend.

FRIDAY

Friday night we had a low key night in, which was just what I needed after a long and busy week.

We made Iowa Girl Eats Make-Ahead Breakfast Bowls for dinner and both the boyfriend and I practically licked our bowls clean. This meal provides a mix of protein, non-starchy vegetable, carbohydrate, and healthy fats, making it a great option to enjoy for any meal of the day. Potatoes often get a bad rap, but potatoes (with skin on) are high in potassium and fiber, as well as vitamin C and vitamin B6. We definitely plan on making these bowls again. Next time I’ll probably throw in another bell pepper or add chopped tomatoes to boost the non-starchy veggie content.

After dinner, we plopped ourselves on the couch for the rest of the evening and watched our newest DVD from Netflix — 22 Jump Street (yes we are those people who still use the DVD subscription service). It was funnier than I expected and a good mindless movie for a Friday night.

SATURDAY

Saturday started off bright and early with a trip to take care of my car’s state emissions inspection. Luckily, despite the 25 minute drive to the inspection station, the entire process was fast and painless, and I was in and out in less than 20 minutes!

After getting back home, it was time to hit the gym for a run. Both the boyfriend and I are currently training for the Cherry Blossom Ten-Miler race in a few weeks. The mileage this weekend was a little lower, so we only had to get in a four mile run.

After completing four sweaty miles, I whipped up a quick tuna salad for us to share for lunch.

To make the tuna salad I mixed 3 Tbsp of guacamole with a 5 oz can of tuna. I also added a few chopped up Trader Joe’s hot and sweet jalapenos for a little kick.

I wanted a serving of fruit and vegetables to enjoy with lunch, but the fridge was pretty bare. Instead, I blended up a smoothie using this new Dole fruit and veggie mix I found on sale last week. I wish there had been a little more spinach in the bag, but overall this combo provided great flavor. The nutrition facts were not too shabby either, since the blend contains just fruit/vegetables and no added sugars. I added a combo of almond milk and water rather than juice as suggested on the package.

We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing and meal planning for the coming week before hitting the grocery store to pick up a few things for the veggie side and dessert we were making to bring to our friends’ house for dinner Saturday night.

Before starting on the meal prepping for dinner, I enjoyed a yogurt bowl made with Fage 2% plain greek yogurt topped with strawberries, Kashi sweet potato cereal, and a dollop of peanut butter. This yogurt bowl successfully curbed my afternoon hunger and held me over until dinner.

After finishing our yogurt bowls, we headed to the kitchen to start prepping. The boyfriend made a batch of homemade brownies, and I roasted a mixture of cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, red onion, and garlic and finished it off with a little parmesan. After that it was time to head out to our friends’ house.

I didn’t snap any pictures Saturday night, but we snacked on appetizers of cheese, french bread, carrots, and dip while we sipped on some wine. Dinner was local rockfish, rice pilaf, and my veggie side dish.

For dessert we enjoyed brownies topped with vanilla Halo Top. These brownies were the real deal–made with chocolate, butter, and sugar. Yes, real brownies can in fact be occasionally enjoyed as part of an overall healthy lifestyle. After all a healthy lifestyle is all about balance not deprivation or guilt, and these brownies were well worth the indulgence. Anyway, more on my healthy lifestyle thoughts to come at a later point on the blog.

All in all, it was a wonderful night catching up with friends we haven’t seen in awhile. We didn’t get home until almost midnight from our friends’ house but it was totally worth it for all the catch up time, despite losing an hour with the time change.

SUNDAY

We let ourselves sleep in a little bit on Sunday, since we were extra tired from losing an hour thanks to DST. Once we finally dragged ourselves out of bed, it was time to hit the gym for a 6 mile run.

After the gym, I heated up a few Kodiak Cakes I had thrown in the freezer last weekend. So glad I prepped an extra batch, as they were great for post-run refueling.

After quick showers, we headed out to the grocery store to pick up food for the week. We spent the rest of the afternoon meal prepping and relaxing.

We enjoyed these Chickpea Broccoli Buddha Bowls from Hummusapien for dinner. As I mentioned in Friday’s post, the peanut sauce that goes on top of the bowl is AMAZING. Know what makes this veggie bowl even better? Extra leftover veggies! We added some of the remaining roasted vegetables from Saturday night into the mix which added more color.

We capped off the weekend by enjoying a bowl of Enlightened’s new Brownies and Cookie Dough flavor while watching a few episodes of The Crown on Netflix which we are loving right now (don’t worry, no spoilers here). Then we called it an early night to get ready for another busy week.

*The foods discussed in my post are only a snapshot of my weekend eats and don’t necessarily cover everything I ate for the entire weekend. This is not meant to be a reference for how much you should or should not be eating on a day to day basis.*

To provide some meal planning inspiration, see below for this week’s dinner plan.

WEEKLY MEAL PLAN: MARCH 12TH-18TH

Monday: Broccoli, Cheese, and Potato Soup
Tuesday: Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala with peas and  lavash
Wednesday: Chipotle Black Bean Burgers (from freezer) with broccoli
Thursday: Vegetarian Black Bean Chili-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes 
Friday: Out to dinner
Saturday: Leftovers
Sunday: Homemade Whole Wheat Pizza with Veggies

Stay tuned, I’ve got a post coming soon about how I tackle meal planning every week.

Did you do anything fun this weekend? Have you adjusted to the time change yet?

What are you planning to eat for dinner this week?

I hope everyone had a great weekend and that your week has gotten off to a good start. For those of you expecting snow, stay warm!

 

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