Carpe Diem! Sundays are supposed to be a day of rest, a day to catch up on things and rejuvenate yourself before another whirlwind week. To me, one of life’s guilty pleasures is to wake up well rested on a Sunday and have a full day to reflect, relax and take care of myself. Sunday was always such a special day growing up. We would go to Church as a family and come home to a wonderful breakfast consisting of gigantic omelets and toast, strawberry Belgian waffles with whipped cream, pancakes or french toast all compliments of my dad…aka the breakfast man. It was the one meal a week he would (could) cook and he has perfected his craft over the years to truly make his creations art work worthy. We would proceed to do work until about 5pm when we would reconvene for a cozy early Sunday dinner prepared by my mom. It was such a special day. I often reminisce and cherish Sunday because of the sentiment of home that I have attached to it. Now that I am on my own I try to make lavish breakfast spreads (never as good as my dad’s) or take the day completely to myself.
This morning I woke up well rested and ready to conquer the day. I enjoyed the quite of the morning and as I gazed out the window I saw a blue sky and blaring sun! This never happens where I live, so I decided to take advantage of this gorgeous day and treat myself well. I prepared a light breakfast of Raspberry Chobani, ginger granola and an apple, and headed out the door for an 1 hour and 15min Vinyasa yoga class.
The Greek yogurt was exactly what I was craving. It had a nice raspberry flavor and was extremely creamy. It lacked raspberry pieces, which in this instance I actually prefered because raspberry seeds are so miniscule that they become an annoyance often getting stuck in my teeth. Ginger and orange is probably my favorite combination, but it added a nice spice to the sweet/tartness of the raspberry. Breakfast is never complete in my book unless I’ve had a piece of fruit, so I had a big crunchy Jonagold to go with this breakfast snack.
Yoga was fantastic, and exactly what I needed. I love how in tune it makes me feel with my body, and the peace that it gives me. It is exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise and gives me some perspective on life. The instructor repeatedly said, “let it flow” through out class, which was especially meaningful to me today. Every studentin the room makes yoga their own, but the phrase “let it flow” is one that I find I need to take more literally in my life. It is so easy to get caught up in life and become anxious about what comes next. Sometimes you just have to step back and realize that things will happen the way they are supposed to and can not necessarily be planned…you just have to let life flow and reveal itself to you. (Wow that was very deep of me.) The studio is attached to a boutique and juice bar (**side note how cool would it be to own a healthy cafe/ juice bar?!**) and I decided to treat myself to their “Protein Punch” smoothie and a homemade energy bar for later. My Peanut Butter and Jelly Bliss smoothie was based on the description of this, so I had to compare and contrast. Their smoothie incorporates peanut butter, dates, banana and chocolate soy milk. It was delicious, with an extremely potent peanut butter flavor, BUT my smoothie wins! The dates were not as sweet and flavorful as the frozen raspberries, and adding greek yogurt made my smoothie creamier.
I ended up taking this chocolate milk shake protein smoothie to Barnes and Noble and attempted to get some real work done. Despite the protein punch packed into this, smoothies never REALLY fill me up, and I broke into the energy bar shortly after I finished it.
It was a bit crumbly but really good. It had MORE peanut butter, sesame seeds, goji berries, dried cranberries, rolled oats, coconut and rice puffs (things that I guessed were in it, there was not an ingredients list). The star ingredient in this bar was the sesame seeds. For something so small the pack huge flavor and nutrition. I’m considering making an energy bar of my own and these will surely be in the mix!
After three hours, and no outlet for my computer 😦 I decided to call it quits and head back home. When I got back, I had my new favorite snack: 1/2 cup 4% cottage cheese with chopped cucumber, broccoli and hot sauce along with a kiwi and a chocolate rice cake (I know….gross rice cakes. Honestly I never eat them but they were a spontaneous purchase from our campus corner store and I wanted a sweet crunch.). It’s been a bit of a snacky Sunday I suppose. The rest of the afternoon I plan on more work, olympics, and making a home cooked fish dinner.
What traditions did you have growing up that you kept in your life as you got older?