Impact of a Morning Routine I love mornings. Each new day brings new opportunities and it’s a chance to start fresh and do better. How you start your day, or more specifically how you spend those first few morning hours has a big impact on the rest of it. Think of it as setting the tone for your entire day. That’s why making over your morning is so important. It’s about much more than those first few hours. I’m sure you’ve experienced this yourself. Let’s use the snooze button as an example. You set an early alarm to make sure you have time for exercise, quiet time, or simply some much needed “me time”. You have every intention of getting up and doing whatever you’re setting out to do when you set the alarm in the first place. Some mornings - hopefully, most mornings - you get up when the alarm chimes and go for that walk, read your Bible, or pray for twenty minutes. Then there are those days when you just can’t make yourself get up. You hit the snooze button multiple times, or turn the alarm off altogether and go back to sleep. (I'm a recovering "snooze alarmer"). It Takes Discipline Think about how the rest of those days went. Did you notice a difference in how you felt? How much did you got done on the mornings when you got up with your first alarm? Were you able to do all the things you set out to do? How did those days compare to the ones when you hit the snooze button over and over again? If I had to take a guess, I’d say that the mornings when you got up … [Read More...]
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According to Dr. Norman Rosenthal, 14% of the US population suffers from the Winter Blues. I definitely fall into that category! Each season has a purpose but I always look forward to the promise of Spring after a long Winter. Spring has always been my second favorite time of the year (second to Fall!) because of the promise that the icy fingers of Winter will soon recoil. Throwing the windows open to allow the staleness of winter ebb free from our home is refreshing to the soul. It’s something I long for once the daffodils start pushing up from the earth.
Spring is the perfect time for integrating fresh veggies into your meal plans. In case you’re new around here (Welcome!), breakfasts are simple and lunches are normally leftovers from the night before.
Without further ado, here’s my meal plan for the week:
Monday//Meatless Monday – Tuna Melts + Green Beans (Not quite meatless)
Tuesday//Taco Tuesday – Black Bean Quesadillas
Wednesday – Beef Stroganoff + Mixed Veggies
Thursday – Salmon + Quinoa and Broccoli
Friday – Chicken Fried Rice
Saturday – We’re going to be all over the place so we’ll probably have something easy like Sandwiches 🙂
Sunday//Leftovers – Whatever is leftover or munchies
Fresh Spring Recipes
I love food and especially love to try new things. However, I’m finding it difficult to dedicate a lot of time in the kitchen making recipes with labor intensive instructions. I do much better with recipes that don’t have a long list of ingredients and directions. There will be a time in my life when I can “get fancy” with cooking again. In the meantime, I’m enjoying finding new recipes to add into our rotation that are tasty, healthy, and easy to put together!
Here are some new ones that I’ve found that I look forward to trying. Hopefully you get a chance to give them a try as well.
- Salmon and Veggies in Foil
- Chicken Enchiladas found in The Nourishing Traditions Cookbook (I’ve never actually made enchiladas, which is something I want to change! This recipe looks super easy and I can tailor it to what we have on hand.)
- Garden Vegetable Pasta Salad
- Shrimp Fried Rice
- Three Cheese Broccoli Soup found in Slow Cooker Quick Fixes
- One Pan Lemon Parmesan Chicken + Asparagus
- One Pan Healthy Sausage + Veggies
- One Skillet Chicken with Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce
- Chicken Enchilada Zucchini Boats
- Creamy Asparagus and Shrimp Pasta
If it’s still cold where you are, remember that Spring is right around the corner and pretty soon the Earth will thaw and new life will bud. It’s delightful watching the plants push up from the darkness of the ground, peeking to find the warmth of the sun and the morning dew. Instead of laboring in the kitchen for a while, try some of these easy spring recipe finds and let me take some of the burden off of you by following along with my already made Meal Plans.
What’s on your meal plan this week? How will you celebrate Spring?