Happy Sunday you lovely lot, I hope your first week of January has been good and treated you well. I was ill in the middle of the week, which put a downer on things, but thankfully I recovered quickly and I’m feeling much more like myself.
Alfie came home from work with these lovely flowers and a truckload of soup to help cheer me up – I’m one lucky lady! Despite feeling crappy, it’s been a great week of getting out and about with Aiden, we went to our first baby massage class, a baby music class and our regular BabyCafe too. Socialising with the other mums and babies is so lovely, I’ve started to create a network of mums who I really get on with.
This week I had my first green smoothie in what feels like months. I whizzed up in the blender a banana, spinach, unsweetened almond milk, vanilla protein powder, lucuma powder and cashew butter. I’m going to try to have these a bit more this month as they’re so nourishing for the body, especially because nourish is my word of the month.
At the weekend, I made a huge batch of this slow cooker chickpea chilli soup for healthy lunches during the week. I have the recipe post planned for this later this month because it’s really delicious and deserves to be shared. When topped with avocado and crumbled feta cheese it’s such a healthy and filling dish, yum!
Leftovers are one of my favourite things to have in the fridge, food always seems to taste better the following day. I teamed these leftover brussel sprouts with pancetta and chestnuts with quinoa and crumbled feta for a speedy lunch.
I’d actually batch cooked a huge saucepan of quinoa earlier in the week and it’s been perfect to make lots of satisfying salads. This one was mixed salad leaves, quinoa, blueberries, avocado and crumbled Wensleydale with cranberries that were leftover from our Christmas cheese board.
Salmon is one of my favourite foods, not only is it tasty but it’s also enriched with lots of healthy fats. I had this pan-fried sweet chilli salmon fillet with buttered new potatoes and salad for a healthy, balanced and nourishing mid-week meal.
Simple plain yoghurt with fruit is always a winner in my book. I always buy plain full-fat organic yoghurt rather than flavoured yoghurt to cut out the sugar and additives. I had this bowl of plain yoghurt with a mix of grapes, blueberries and cherries with honey and coconut as a light breakfast during the week and it really hit the spot!
Not only am I excited to still be wearing my festive/winter themed leggings, I was equally as excited to finally wear my new fitness gear that I got for Christmas. There’s something about new workout clothes that gets me motivated to workout. I went to the gym yesterday rather than doing my planned jog because of the bad weather with a spring in my step. I got a decent strength and cardio workout and I’m hoping to go again today or for a walk if my body doesn’t feel up to it.
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Do new fitness clothes make you more motivated to work out? What cheers you up when you’re ill?