celebrating the beginning of a new week

Happy Monday!

It’s the last day of the month and ironically the beginning of a new week. As we say good-bye to January 2011 let us embark on a new week full of adventures and aspirations.

In honor of a new week…celebration pancakes.

These pancakes have been spotted all over the blogosphere and clearly I was inspired to make some of my own.

Batter up!

Sprinkles are calorie free. Right?

A girl can dream.

My cakes topped with 1/2 banana, 1 tbsp peanut butter and sprinkles. Plus a side of low-fat vanilla yogurt for dipping.

Lunch was a packed salad that consisted of lettuce, cabbage, carrots and a hard-boiled egg. raspberry yogurt, two clementines, 5 stoneground crackers, and 1 laughing cow rounded out the meal.

It took 20 minutes to remove a thick sheet of ice from my car windows before driving home from work.

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Light Snow                                                           Wintry Mix  Wintry Mix    Wintry Mix

Light Snow Tonight Tomorrow Tomorrow Night
Wintry Mix Wintry Mix / Wind Wintry Mix / Wind
26°F 22° 27° 23°
Feels Like: 17°                                                     Low High Low

Dinner was a late an I probably could have skipped it, but sometimes if I don’t eat enough before bedtime it affects my falling asleep.

 Comfort food.

 Scrambled egg with peppers, cabbage, dash of garlic, dash of cumin, S +P, and nutritional yeast. Of course I had a small side of chips and salsa, what can I say I’m addicted.  Sadie’s Salsa and Naturally Preferred Tortilla chips both seem to be lower in sodium than some other well-known commercial brands.

Dessert.

Easy mango bowl

  • 1 cup frozen mango (found at Trader Joe’s)
  •  1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tbsp granola
  • sprinkle of coconut.

I’m not really sure I can call this dessert because in my opinion it is so dang healthy. Is it possible to call something “healthy” dessert? I think so!

Speaking of desserts my goal for January was limit them to three per week. Overall I think I did pretty well, except for last night when I raided the cookie jar.Smh oh well.

seriously though have you had a chace to think about your goals for February?

December’s goal was to drink less coffee and diet coke and instead drink more water. Done.

January’s goal was to limit deserts to three per week. Done

February’s goal is to eat out less. In progress.

Buono fortuna!

Maria

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Mango smoothie

Smoothies are quick and easy to make. They’re satisfying , not too filling, and decadent enough to skip dessert.

The combinations and ingredients are endless. It’s up to you to decide what goes in the blender.  Use your imagination and have fun, listen to your body, what are you craving? Oranges, bananas, kale? Vitamin C, potassium, beta carotene?

 You get the picture.

Tonight I wanted mangoes! What’s so special about mangoes you ask, well according to The National Mango Board:

Mangos are high in vitamin C and A

Vitamin C promotes healthy immune function and collagen formation. Vitamin A is important for vision and bone growth.

Mangos are high in dietary fiber.

Mangos contain over twenty different vitamins and minerals.

I suppose my body is asking for some anti-oxidant properties, no?

Anywho,

here’s what I had for dinner.

Maria’s Mango Smoothie

Into the blender

  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 clementine
  • 1/2 cup kefir (found in the yogurt aisle)
  • 2 tbsp vega smoothie powder in mango tango

Topped with

  • 1/2 kashi pumpkin flax bar, crumbled
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tbsp better n’ peanut butter
  • a few slices of banana
  • 1 tsp pumpkin butter

Big plans for the morning.

See ya!