Cooking…eating…trying not to think about eating…it’s hard not to do all three of those things in abundance on a snow day. Juno turned out to be a bit of a letdown, but I still hibernated in my apartment all day long. I think I have officially decided that I could never work from home full-time because I would never shower or get out of my pajamas. Kudos to those who do it successfully!
My view. Not very impressive, I know. Well at least I didn’t hole up and inhale sleeves of Oreos all day long. Or put away pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream. That certainly sounds like an old-Ellen thing to do.
So let’s discuss my favorite meal of the day, shall we? Despite the dropping temps, I’ve been really into smoothies for breakfast lately. Smoothies are a comfort food to me in the sense that they satisfy my cravings for something cool and creamy. I always feel good starting my day this way, especially if dinner the night before was more indulgent than usual.
In the blender went: a frozen banana, frozen strawberries, a pear, 1 tbsp peanut butter, ice + just enough water and milk to get everything moving. I usually always throw in spinach, too, but the grocery store across the street was all out. Imagine that. Apparently spinach was on everyone’s Juno shopping list!
The one positive thing about working from home; however, is that you can eat breakfast for lunch if you want to. That is always a win in my book. Avocado toast has also been a favorite, hearty any-time meal recently. I always feel satiated after consuming a tasty dose of healthy fats!
I simply mashed half of an avocado with juice from one lime, a drizzle of olive oil, a dash of red pepper flakes and salt + pepper. Delicious! And what’s a better accompaniment than sweet potato fries?
I was craving something easy and comforting for dinner, so for a rare treat I decided to make mac ‘n ‘cheese following this recipe. Unfortunately, the store was also out of cauliflower, so I had to omit it, but I definitely want to make it again for another time. (More volume for fewer calories? Yes, please.) At least I had some kale and jalapenos on hand — those suckers added a nice kick. I enjoyed this comfort-food dinner while catching up on Girls and remembering the days when I ate Cool Whip right from the container, just like Hannah.
All in all, I think my snow day eats were a success. I didn’t go crazy at the store stocking up on goods because as I know from experience, if it’s in the house I’ll consume it. I made sure I had my favorite essentials, and it was easier for me to stay on track. The food item I didn’t capture? A couple spoonfuls of peanut butter because it was the closest thing to a treat that I had — other than fruit, that is. I need to plan out a healthy baking project next time!
Tell me: What are your favorite snow day foods and meals?