[I would just like to prefix this post with a short note. I am aware of the devastation that is currently afflicting Japan. I have not mentioned it before because in all honesty there is absolutely nothing I can say that would even begin to address the situation or what I feel about it. Needless to say my heart goes out to everyone involved. In the grand scheme of things my posts are very trivial and I know it. Please do not take my irreverence as a lack of respect for the people suffering because I can assure you this is not the case.]
Have I ever mentioned how much I hate Monday’s? I dread the sound of the alarm clock going off in the morning rudely reminding me that it’s time to get back to the daily grind. Don’t get me wrong I don’t I hate my job, it’s just that the repetition of it all gets a bit irritating. Monday mornings are the start of that repetition and I am pretty much snarky all day. I can’t help it; I just find it hard to be happy on Monday’s. You may call me Garfield if you wish. It helps to have the sun shining though. And a comforting bowl of warm oats to start the day. This was just oats plus soya milk with a heaped teaspoon of PB&Co Smooth Operator peanut butter. I know it was only a few days ago that I said I don’t generally put peanut butter on my oats during the week but today I really fancied it.
My morning snack was a departure from the usual banana. I really need to get out of some food ruts, starting with my snacks. Fruit + fat! What could be better? Dates are my all time favourite dried fruit; they are just stupidly delicious. Weirdly, I never used to like Babybel cheese but I bought these on Sunday (purely because they were on offer!) and I actually really like them.
For lunch I took a departure from salad and instead had (the world’s largest?!) carrot and houmous sandwich. It’s a combo I’ll never get tired of; it just works. This was one stuffed sandwich! I may not have had a salad but I did still have a hefty dose of vegetables. Okay, I’m pretty sure the photo doesn’t do it justice but trust me when I say this sandwich was packed!
[Top tip: if you don’t want a soggy sandwich make sure you squeeze the moisture out of the carrot. I do this by putting the grated carrot between some sheets of kitchen roll and then placing something heavy on top for a while. Adding houmous to both pieces of bread will also create a barrier between the carrot and the bread to prevent it from going soggy.]
I also had a couple of squares of white chocolate for a sweet finish to my lunch. For my afternoon snack I stuck with something familiar. An Empire Apple.
To be honest, the food I packed today was not enough. By the time I got home I was ravenous. I absolutely hate being hungry so as soon as I walked through the door I scarfed down a packet of Nairns Oaty Bakes. And then proceeded to make the quickest thing I could think of for dinner – cous cous and leftover vegetables. It was just cous cous with a teaspoon of coconut butter stirred though then left to cool. Kidney beans, sweetcorn and pineapple chunks were added to make a delicious tropical tasting salad. It’ll do for me!
Now that Monday is over I can look forward to the rest of the week. It’s a downhill run to the weekend from here, right?!