Wow, what a week. December is just now here and I already feel like I am running myself into the ground. Sound familiar?
Tis the holiday season and I feel like every year I have to remind myself to SLOW DOWN. If not, my body will force me to do so as it seems like this morning it is telling me just that. The last thing I need is to be the Grinch this season. So, I am setting myself up with a few little commitments that will help me steer myself back into the right direction. They are nothing mind blowing, but somehow they get missed the minute I start to get overwhelmed.
- BREATHE. First and foremost on the list. Sit down. Close your eyes and slow down that breath. It’s the best quick fix for any stressful time and it requires almost zero effort. So why does it seem to be the last thing I remember to do in these times? Everyday, I am setting aside 5 minutes, that’s it, 1,2,3,4,5 minutes to sit quietly and breathe.
- Move. This one is a little bit tricky because I don’t want myself to go crazy if I haven’t gotten in a workout. I am simply talking about taking time to get the blood pumping for a few minutes each day. A walk around the block, some squats and lunges, a few sun salutations. The busiest days can’t always squeeze in a full hour so I am reminding myself that simply moving my body is all that is required.
- Connect. I am almost certain I have seen my husband a total of 30 minutes all week (unless you count the time we are sleeping). Our schedules are a bit disconnected so that can make it difficult at times. However, I am setting aside, as in scheduling it into my calendar, time that just the two of us can relax and be together. Tonight is that night this week and it is part of what is keeping me going this week! I don’t want this season to fly by without any time with the people I love the most!
- Rest. I am a night owl. That is not the most helpful thing to be on days I need to get up at 6 am. I also don’t always do the greatest job of winding myself down at night as I can be caught on Facebook, or browsing the web on my phone. New rule? No phone in bed. This will be tough. Really tough. But it has to happen if I plan on getting any rest at all!
- Pamper. This season is certainly about giving, but sometimes giving to ourselves is just as necessary as it is to others. Self care gets set on the back burner when we are running all over town to find the perfect gift for everyone on the list and make it to every holiday gathering. I am setting aside some time each week, at least 30 minutes to do a little something to love on myself. This could range anywhere from a bubble bath, a face mask, getting a pedicure, you name it, just something simple to treat myself and relax a little. It doesn’t have to cost a thing!
So these are my commitments. These are the things I plan to do the next month so that I can be fully present, less frazzled and a better person to be around during this beautiful season! Let me know what you plan to do as well!
Speaking of treating myself, this new Almond Butter Banana Breakfast Quesadilla is just that.
This is the kind of simple Saturday morning breakfast that is a great way to change up the usual oats, pancakes or even cereal. It’s really a base recipe in which you can add whatever fun to each quesadilla that you like. You can toss in some pecans, dried cranberries, switch up the nut butter to any you like or a seed butter as well. They are ready in minutes and certain to be a favorite for the entire family–adults just as much as kids!
And let’s be honest, they certainly can be eaten at any time of day, you don’t just have to save them for breakfast only! Enjoy!
- 1 banana
- 4 T almond butter or nut or seed butter of choice
- Drizzle of honey to your own liking
- Dash of cinnamon
- Dash of sea salt
- 2 large whole grain or gluten free burrito sized tortillas
- 1 T dark chocolate chips optional
- 2 tsp Coconut oil
Slice banana into 1/2 inch slices.
Spread 2 T almond butter over the entirety of each tortilla.
Add sliced bananas to 1/2 of each of the tortillas and add a drizzle of honey, dash of cinnamon and dash of sea salt.
Add chocolate chips or any other desired add ins and fold over in half.
In a skillet, heat about 1 tsp coconut oil over medium to medium high heat.
Add one of the quesadillas to the skillet and heat until browned, approximately 2-3 minutes.
Flip and heat the opposite side until browned to your liking.
Repeat with the other quesadilla and enjoy immediately!
Each quesadilla cuts into 3 equal pieces. 2 pieces would be a serving but if you have larger or smaller tortillas, this may change.
If you are vegan, sub maple for the honey.