This week was a busy one. Not necessarily in terms of work, appointments, outside commitments, or obligations. Mostly just due to a very demanding infant who was fussy, wouldn’t sleep, showing early signs of teething, and kind of just being a little monster 24/7. A cute little monster who I love dearly, but that doesn’t negate the exhaustion that stems from caring for an irrational, 13 pound human.
A friend of mine was given this book last year and I thought it was hilarious. If you haven’t heard the Samuel L. Jackson narrated version, you need to. It is pretty much the epitome of my life these days.
I’ve also been trying to stay more on top of my everyday food choices lately in an effort to compliment my post-baby exercise routine. As most of you can probably relate, when you’re very busy all day long, whether with children or work, cooking a nutritionally sound meal can be a challenge. On days like that, you just want to throw in the towel and eat a bowl of cereal, order take out…anything quick and easy. Which is totally fine from time to time. However, when you want to keep metabolism up, empty calories down, and in my case, keep well fuelled for nursing an infant, you need to make consistently healthy choices. So, as tempting as a peanut butter sandwich sounds after a gruelling day, sometimes you just have to dig a little deeper.
Due to the nature of my week, I didn’t do any major cooking or food preparation for our dinners. I just didn’t have it in me. Instead, I went for simple, quick, and easy. Here’s what made its way to our table, and some ideas for uncomplicated & fuss-free dinners.
|BBQ’d Chicken Kabobs
Salad: Cucumber, Tomato, Yellow Pepper, Red Onion, Feta
|BBQ’d Basa Fillets (seasoned with pepper and olive oil)
Grilled Sweet Potatoes (in foil on BBQ)
|BBQ’d Atlantic Salmon
|Garlic Prawn Spinach Salad
Garlic Marinated Prawns (purchased raw then cooked in foil on BBQ), Baby Spinach, Cucumber, Strawberries, Quinoa, Avocado and Goat Cheese
Dressing: Balsamic Vinegar
We treated ourselves and went out to one of our favourite neighbourhood restaurants for dinner last night. The Bubs enjoyed watching everyone, perched in his stroller, and I had a night-off from my slightly structured meal plans of the week. Totally necessary for health, motivation, and sanity, in my unprofessional opinion. We devoured some amazingly delicious chickpea battered calamari, rocket & parmesan salad w/ walnuts, and a roasted pumpkin/pine nut and goat cheese pizza. YUM!
My dinner date!
Oh yeah, I chopped a necessary 3″ off my hair yesterday and got it toned down as well. It’s not as dark as it appears in the above photo, but definitely darker than it’s been as of late! Adam watched the little guy, and I enjoyed some down time catching up on celebrity gossip magazines and sipping on some lattés at the salon. I feel MUCH better!
I hope you’re all having a great weekend so far! We are off to a BBQ to celebrate a friend receiving her PhD (yaaah, Karen!), then running a 5K race in the morning, which after not running in a year will probably feel like a half-marathon. Wish me luck 😉