Oh happy dayaaaaaaaayaaaaaa!
Today has been so good that if I could, I would go back, pop some popcorn, ease myself into a nice lawn chair (oh yeah, I’m classy like that) and watch it all happen again!
First, the day started out with this:
Clean Eating Chelsea’s Peanut Butter Pancakes with Grilled Bananas & PB Sauce!
Oh.my.word! I have to say, these actually beat out yesterday’s pancakes which I thought couldn’t be beat! So wonderfully peanut buttery! Ahhhh, how I love you Trader Joe’s Peanut Flour!
Work today was nice and laid back. We had probably about half the number of patients we normally have which was a welcome sight after a long relaxing weekend. Nothing like a Monday and where you hit the ground running first thing in the morning! :/
I got an unexpected visit at work today from a woman who I feel is a second mother to me. She came into my life years ago and has been there for me no matter what! Love you Mama T! She brought me goodies for Christmas! Just when I thought the celebrating was over…SURPRISE!
A gorgeous angel statue that represents my birth month, December, some beautiful monogrammed note cards, and THIS:
A hand-made apron made from a dish towel and two homemade jams, raspberry and cherry! How awesome is that? Isn’t it the cutest??
Later today, I received a text with a promo code for a Redbox free movie rental which I used to rent this:
If you haven’t joined Redbox’s email/text list, do it! You get one free promo code the first Monday of every month among other offers! It’s easy to register. Just go to this website and enter your information!
I love the word “free”…it just rolls so nicely off the tongue!
When I got home from work, I so excited to see this little package that I won from Janetha’s blog on my doorstep:
It’s like a ready to go french press! Check out the blog for Xpress Smartcup here!
I had a little pre-work out snack (2 huge medjool dates and a few cinnamon almonds) and then headed to my garage to workout in support of Team HEAB! Wow, let’s just say I really need to get back into shape after the holidays! Lindsey kicked my BOOtay!
Then, with a sudden burst of energy, I decided to bare the cold and went for a one mile jog outside. I was so relieved/surprised that I had absolutely no pain from my ankle during the entire workout!
When I got back inside, I was fah-reeezing, but oddly enough, all I really wanted a green monster. Solution: a green monster AND a hot decaf coffee made with my Xpress Smartcup!
Green “Goddess” Monster:
- 1/2 a nanner
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 handful of spinach
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 4 ice cubes
All given a blend in the trusty Magic Bullet! I love the light green color! Reminds me of Green Goddess dressing!
And the coffee? So easy…just followed the 4 steps and voila! 3 minutes later a HOT drink for my oh so COLD body!
Dinner was the perfect way to end this awesome day!
Cheesy Bean & Beef Nachos: (serves 2)
- 2 Whole wheat flour tortilla, cut into triangles
- 1/2 pound extra-lean ground beef
- 1/2 cup black beans (I used leftover black-eyed peas)
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
- Ms. Dash Southwest Chipotle Seasoning, to taste
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- tomatoes, avocado, sour cream, and whatever other toppers you like!
1. Toast tortilla triangles in a 400 degree oven until browned and crispy, about 10 minutes.
2. Brown beef in a skillet over medium-high heat.
3. Add beans and seasoning and cook for an additional 5 minutes to combine all the flavors.
4. Top with seasoning, cheese, and your toppings!
These turned out great with just the perfect amount of spice! Using your own combination of flavors (whatever you like) instead of the pre-made taco seasoning is an easy way to cut the amount of sodium in the dish.