WAHOO it’s Friday!
Christmas is basically tomorrow I can’t even believe it. Thankfully, I finished up most of my shopping last night. The only person left on my list is the boyfriend…ahh! NO idea what to buy this man. No idea how much I should spend either, we haven’t really talked about it. But I need to get him something.
I’m just hoping I don’t end up in one of those desperate situations where you’re walking through Target and the random telescopes start looking like a fabulous gift idea…
I really hope that doesn’t happen.
Anyway, it’s Friday, so I’m gonna do another Elf4Health recap post! It’s a great way to catch up with random aspects of my life.
Saturday – Donate to a Holiday charity in your area.
Got this one done, actually through my office. As part of our holiday party this year, we were asked to donate to the local homeless shelters in Rhode Island. Here’s the box we’ve put together so far.
Not bad for our little office! I’ve also donated to Toys for Tots this year through the 5K I ran a couple weeks ago, and to a fund for homeless children in Boston. I bought them pajamas, socks, gloves, etc.!
Monday – Do a circuit workout.
Checked this bad boy off my list as well! After my final let out at 2pm on Monday, I drove home, had a snack, and then did this circuit workout from PB Fingers.
I just used my two 10-lb hand weights for the plank rows, overhead presses, bicep curls, and shoulder raises. This was a great at-home circuit workout!
Tuesday – Treat yourself to something you’ve been craving.
I finally finished my first semester of grad school on Tuesday, and honestly, the only thing I was craving was a relaxing night at home by my Christmas tree.
The couch was calling to me! I had time to paint my nails…
Watch an excellent movie…
And make a pretty sizable dent in my wrapping!
In terms of food, I was craving pasta. I added some broccoli so I was getting a few vegetables, and it actually turned out pretty festive looking! Green broccoli, red sauce, and parmesan (snow!)
Wednesday – Bake cookies! Try to make healthy swaps.
I definitely wasn’t gonna skip this one! I decided to try a healthy swap I’d been wanting to try for ages now…
Substituting half the butter in a cookie recipe with plain Greek yogurt!
I didn’t make any other substitutions, because when I experiment with baking I don’t want to change too many things at once. So these babies were normal, gluten-filled cookies. I added dark chocolate chips and walnuts and they came out pretty amazing!
I didn’t miss the butter at all I think the recipe needs a few tweaks before I’m ready to share, be on the lookout!
Thursday – Make a casserole for dinner tonight.
Ok so, I’m not really a casserole type of girl. Probably because we never had them growing up, so it’s not a typical dinner that I’m used to. But the point of this whole experience is to try new things, right? So I went for it, and made a broccoli quinoa casserole.
Sooo many firsts were happening for me in this dish. First time I’ve cooked and eaten quinoa, first time I’ve made a casserole, first time I’ve made a cheese sauce…it was fun!
I thought it turned out really well. I used this recipe from Annie’s Eats. I used almond milk instead of regular milk because that’s what I had, and dijon mustard instead of dry mustard. Everything else I followed pretty much exactly. I’m kind of psyched to have dinner prepped and ready for the next several nights! Maybe lunch tomorrow too
Ok guys, time for me to get going! I’m heading to Matt’s since the world might end tomorrow or whatever haha. I hope it doesn’t!
Have a great weekend everyone! Talk to you all next week!