Hey there! Hope your day is going well for you on this beautiful day outside. Wait, no. It’s freezing and in the thirties here, which means any hopes of a run outside aren’t happening. I’m just not not quite ready to tackle that yet.
On a lighter note, I hope you’re ready to see some snow pictures soon because we already had our first snow fall this week!
Breakfast was a new one for me, but satisfying enough to share it with you. Three cheers for healthy carbs!
(Whole wheat English muffin topped with cider mill pumpkin butter – YUM – and a single serving of Bluberry Chobani Greek yogurt.)
That seemed to hold me through to lunch when I repeated yesterday’s combine whatever you’ve got in the vegetable drawer turkey salad from the refrigerator.
(Say that name three times fast!)
While it was great, my belly still wasn’t content until I also devoured a few big handfuls of Triscuits dipped in hummus. Ahhh, much better.
I had plans to create a workout to share with you today, but then I remembered it was Thursday and I need to get back into my normal routine of Thursday evening Fitness Pilates with our team trainer. Her hour long class at our gym provides the perfect type of sculpting I need for those little two piece, hip hugging costumes we get to wear in front of thousands of people. I always leave sore, feeling like a new person walking out of there every time!
With her permission, I would love to show you a series of core moves inspired by her classes sometime. Hopefully next week!
Thinking About a Healthier Thanksgiving
Today I realized we are already in mid-November. How the heck did we get here already? Seriously though.
Like last year, we are planning on having Scott’s dad and step-mom visit us for Thanksgiving which I am really excited about. The only downfall is that we are now also going to be responsible for cooking Thanksgiving Dinner. Last year’s spicy chili was a great substitute for the pressure, but I have a feeling we won’t be able to pull that off two years in a row.
I think it’s finally time to put on my big girl pants and attempt putting together a traditional Thanksgiving Day Dinner for us, turkey and all.
And by turkey and all, I mean Scott can handle the turkey and I can handle the sides.
Thinking about what to put on the menu has my head spinning. There’s just too many options. I want to include some staples I grew up on like cream corn, dressing, and green bean casserole, but I’m dying to make healthier substitutions I am not sure everyone will like.
Have you ever been in this spot before? I feel it every time I make a birthday cake or brownies. I prefer to substitute the oil and butter where other people might miss it. And since it is usually for someone else, I cave and just do it the normal way.
I have been pinning like crazy trying to find ideas and recipes that I could probably get away with. The frontrunners so far are stove top green beans, maple glazed carrots, a healthier sweet potato casserole, a healthier pumpkin pie (clearly a necessity) and and cranberry sauce.
I figured I could get away with making things like what I listed above as long as I threw a few traditional dishes in there as well like macaroni and cheese (mostly for Scott) and dressing.
Looking at the calendar, I have about a week and a half to figure it all out and need to start making a grocery list and plan of attack. I would love to hear your input or any of your suggestions!
Questions of the Day
• What are some of the side dishes you have to have at Thanksgiving?
• Have you ever attempted to make something healthier for your family/friends for a holiday? Has it ever backfired?
See you bright and early for tomorrow’s Friday Favorites link up! 😀