This weekend was super busy and filled with lots of eats! Sorry I haven’t blogged in a couple of days…
My nephew (yes, I have a nephew- 2 nephews and 2 nieces to be exact!) had his Bar Mitzvah this weekend, so it was full of a lot of family and lot of food. I took some pictures here and there, but it was really hard to capture it all because I was chatting with relatives, friends, partying it up :), etc… it was basically a lot of bagels and lox (not to be totally stereotypical, but oh well there I go…) and some great party food on Saturday night. There was a yummy buffet and I chose Mexican food- chicken, veggie, and guacamole fajita. Yum!
I stayed active all weekend by taking long walks with my parents, dancing a lot at the party, and getting to the gym on Sunday for a great workout. I definitely don’t like eating so many big meals because I am so used to my way of eating: smaller meals, more frequently throughout the day. I end up feeling really hungry and then really bloated post-food. But exercise helps me stay sane and feel better about eating in this way. Around the holidays, my goal isnt to lose weight, but just to maintain. Whoever can lose weight at this time of year gets kudos from me!
I ended the weekend last night with a really fun event/ dinner party. My friend Charlotte had the brilliant idea of having a pre-Thanksgiving dinner for friends since we were all going to be in different places for actual Turkey-day. Everyone made and brought Thanksgiving-esque dishes, but unlike most Turkey-Day dinners, these dishes were mostly vegetarian and healthy.
It was quite the spread! It included (from left to right) 2 kinds of grilled salmon, roasted veggies, a whole grain stuffing with walnuts and apples, a sweet potato casserole topped with oats, and a cornmeal dish topped with caramelized onions.
I loaded my plate up with a little bit of everything and it was ALL fantastic! My favorite dishes were definitely the cornmeal (made just with cornmeal and water) and the whole grain stuffing, and the girl who made them was nice enough to pass along the recipes post-dinner. I would love to recreate these sometime soon.
I was stuffed by the time we got to desserts, so I skipped out on a very delicious looking Spice Cake, and just had a small bowl of apple crisp, with mostly apples. There was vanilla ice-cream, but I knew I didn’t need it and it would have just put me waaaay over the edge!
This was soooo good! The girl who made it used lost of ginger and cinnamon. It was bursting with flavor, and I definitely snuck some more gooey, tasty apple into my bowl.
It was a great night, and so fun for me to meet lots of new people (thanks, Char!). When I got home last night, I hit the hay pretty early and woke up ready to hit the gym this morning. I did 45 minutes on the elliptical and felt so much better sweating out that bloated feeling. I really haven’t been hungry all morning (understandably) so I am just listening to my body. I had half a banana around noon, but I am still waiting for my hunger to kick in!
This week will be very weird in terms of my schedule, but I will do my best to get back to normal posting.
Happy almost Thanksgiving! Hope you guys have a great start to the (short) week!