Happy Wednesday! So contrary to last Wednesday, the mood is SO MUCH better this week. Just goes to show that nothing lasts forever, and a wonky mood can often be helped with a little work. I think part of it was I was feeling stressed out, but not because I have a lot going on right now. It was more like preliminary stress because I am taking a lot of difficult classes this semester and also working and also trying to balance extracurriculars, and I was starting to freak out about how I would do it all.
The fact is, I won’t. I can’t get 8 hours of sleep every night, have a bustling social life, work, get A’s in every class, and also do fun things for me. At least not every day. Some days will require figuring out what to prioritize and what to put on the back-burner for a little while. Realizing that made me breathe a little easier.
And another thing is that when I’m not stressed, I feel so much more motivated and creative. I start thinking up different goals, different adventures I want to go on. When I’m too busy thinking about how to make sure every hour is filled to the brim, I don’t leave any space in my mind for creativity. So here’s hoping this week is rich and abundant with time, energy, and focus and that my productive mood is not just a fluke. 😉
And now, the reason you all are probably here; let’s dive into the eats. This was a HUNGRY day, I will say. I don’t remember being this ravenous in the evening since quite a while ago, but when the hunger strikes, we do our best to placate the beast.
Breakfast was my favorite bowl of chocolate protein oats with a side of blog reading. This breakfast has been my most craved for the past few weeks probably because it’s winter and cold, and there is nothing more comforting and cozy than a warm bowl of oats before you enter the tundra outside (okay it’s not as cold the past few days, but I’m still bitter).
For lunch, I have been making a loaded smoothie to take with me to work because Mondays and Wednesdays I have a really busy schedule where I basically work from 10 to 2 and then have class right away until 3:15. Which makes for a HANGRY Nicole, so I figured it would be best for me and those around me if I packed a portable lunch with me to eat at work.
The easiest thing I found for now is this smoothie, which I whip up right before leaving in the morning. It’s half a cup of frozen blueberries, a cup of spinach, a scoop of Vega chocolate protein powder, a tablespoon of peanut butter, a tablespoon each of chia and hemp seeds, vanilla extract, and enough almond milk to blend. Super filling and delicious!
Before dinner, I snacked on a banana with peanut butter. Super simple and a classic.
Dinner was when I first felt the wreath of the hunger beast. Most days, I’m not super starving when dinner rolls around, but today I was ready to eat my elbow, so I got a hodgepodge dinner from the dining hall that involved meatballs, pumpkin-rice curry, and some veggies. I completely inhaled this, so I think it was good?
Two hours later, I was ready to eat my other elbow, so the snacking began. I do this thing sometimes where I mix my favorite Buddha Bowl popcorn with this Oat My Goodness peanut butter banana granola, and it’s the best thing ever. I did several rounds of this.
And then ate some more peanut butter from the jar.
Well played, Hunger Beast. Well played. 😉
Have a WINNING Wednesday, guys, and I wish you lots and lots of good vibes this week. <3
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