Holiday Spirit

It’s Christmas week!  Ahhhh! I’m so excited for good eats, days off, and pajamas! I love the holidays and I’m looking forward to having some downtime with my main squeeze. No post yesterday because by the end of the day I was exhausted and could not look at the computer so you get a recap of two days instead.


I almost didn’t make it to the gym but I hustled my butt out the door and made it to class.  Once home I had a handful of grapes and a slice of turkey bacon for post workout snack.  Showered, which was glorious. A super hot shower when the weather is chilly is one of the most amazing feelings.

Yogurt bowl and coffee

Quick yogurt bowl with some frothy coffee for breakfast.

  • 2% Fage
  • Homemade Granola
  • Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds
  • Crushed Pecans

Unsweetened Califia Farms Vanilla Almond Milk + Kerrygold Butter in coffee x 2.

I had some recipe development work that I needed to do and some food prep for the week.  I prepped some more chicken breasts in the Instant Pot.  Gosh this makes life so much easier!  Four frozen chicken breasts in the Instant Pot for 15 minutes and then I shred them once they are cool enough to handle.  That gives me chicken ready to go for the whole week.  I also worked on meal plans for the holidays.  Time for special foods!  Plus with starting Whole 30 on January 2nd, I want to make sure we get some fun stuff in.  This will be my 2nd Whole 30 and quite honestly, I’m so looking forward to starting it.  So lunch is quick and easy when you’re doing meal prep, recipe development, and photos in the afternoon.

Ham rolls, peppers, smoothie

Ham + mayo + pepperjack cheese rolls (I had two and two were for Scott), shishito peppers, and a smoothie on the side. Pretty basic smoothie:

  • 2C Water
  • 4 Scoops Collagen
  • Baby Greens
  • 2 Frozen Bananas
  • 1/2 C Frozen Blueberries

Makes enough for two smoothies.

After all that was done, I had two hours to kill before I needed to get started on dinner and I crashed on the couch watching Criminal Minds.  I was so exhausted!  So I kept dinner easy and simple:

Shrimp and asparagus

Roasted asparagus (Olive oil + Flavor God Lemon Garlic), roasted shrimp (Lime juice + Flavor God Honey BBQ), and some rice (cooked in broth with butter and pink salt).  Easy, filling, and delicious!

I snuggled on the couch with Scott and we watched a little bit of TV before I hit the hay.


Up and at ’em!  I hit the gym (wearing my jingle socks which I love.  I’m not sure how other people in class felt about them though!)

I had a slice of turkey bacon and a few grapes post workout.  The turkey bacon is Columbus brand that I get at Costco. It is delicious!  I won’t be able to eat it during Whole 30 because of the sugar but it doesn’t have any nitrates added and it’s a hefty slice of bacon.  I dig it!

Scrambled eggs and sweet potato

Breakfast was half a baked sweet potato and some scrambled eggs.

I cleaned up the house a bit and did some blog work, then it was time for lunch.

Chicken salad and mixed greens

Chicken salad on top of mixed greens.  The chicken salad is pulled chicken mixed with a bit of seasoning, chopped pickles, and Chosen Foods Avocado Mayo (so good! And I can snag it from Costco).

Dinner was another easy simple meal, tacos with sugar snap peas.

Tacos and sugar peas

Ground bison seasoned with Flavor God Spicy Everything and mixed with some salsa from TJ’s and topped with queso because holidays. Snap peas quickly blanched, tossed with a pat of butter, and some Flavor God Lemon Garlic. Yes, I use this seasoning all the time. It’s fantastic!

Now it’s time to kick back and watch a bit of TV with Scott before calling it a night. We’re currently watching last season episodes of Arrow and The Flash.  Currently The Flash is tops. Arrow is just alright, a lot of the characters are annoying and oh. my. gawd. All the angst.  UGH.  I can handle at most two episodes before I need a break from all the unnecessary drama.

Night all! Catch you tomorrow!

One thought on “Holiday Spirit

  1. I didn’t know you had an Instant Pot. Dan and I were discussing how to make more rice and beans (like what we ate in Brazil) in the new year, because I just can’t master the technique. We came back from Turkey Day travel and I was reminded of the pot thanks to Amazon deals! I’ve only made a few things, but I love it so far! I never broke down and got a rice maker just bc I didn’t want so many gadgets to store. I’m finding it’s even helping my recipe prep days because I throw things in there while I work on other stuff. How are you using yours?

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