I've always wanted to go to one of the those health retreat spas. You know, the fancy ones that celebrities and really rich people get to go to because they're crazy expensive and totally decadent? Yeah, that kind. But the problem is that I am neither a) a celebrity (despite how you may feel about me, dear reader) nor b) a wealthy person. I actually looked up what it cost to go to the Biggest Loser resort a while back and found that one week, one week at the California ranch costs $2,695. Four weeks costs $10,000. And while I would really love to go a on diet in the lap of luxury, 10 grand is just slightly above my pay grade. Slightly.
So since the house is a little quieter for the long weekend (various members are visiting family in the Great White North), I decided to create a spa-like experience for myself. I got up and made it to the gym, I'm cooking yummy, clean food for myself (but not necessarily over-the-top diet-y) and trying to keep off the computer and TV as much as possible. Today I did ok. Tomorrow I'm going to try to do better.
Here's what I ate: for breakfast I made a berry smoothie that I adapted from a Food Network one I found. I drank it outside in our lovely backyard. Lunch was caprese salad and for dinner I made turkey piccata (I accidentally bought turkey cutlets...I didn't even know such a thing existed). I'd never made piccata before and sort of just made it up after a couple recipes I saw on the interwebs. It was delicious. I tried not to pat myself on the back too hard.
So really the thing is, why can't we try to make the quality of our everyday lives better? I thought about this. Instead of drinking my smoothie in front of the computer, I ate it outside. I took the time to walk down to our garden and while I was relaxing out in the perfect weather, I saw a very busy bee. No literally, it was a bee on one of the sunflowers buzzing away, working hard. If I hadn't gone outside just to enjoy the nice morning weather, I wouldn't have noticed this little bee, busy doing his part. I liked the dichotomy of our existence in that moment. Me relaxing, him working. It was cool. I grabbed my camera and caught him hard at work. Maybe I'll try to do little things like eat outside more often. I guess it's all about being present where you are. Yeah, I like that idea.
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup greek yogurt
splash of vanilla extra
Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.