Merry Christmas, Happy New Year.. yada yada! Hope you all had a great Holiday. The last few weeks have flown by. We were in Newmarket, Cornwall, cottage country and back to Toronto. It was busy, but well worth it!
I can’t believe I’m back at work tomorrow. As much as I have loved these two weeks off, it will be nice to get back on a routine.
I’m not going to do a full recap of my Holidays but I had a fantastic time. It was nice to unplug and just spend time with my family and friends. I baked and cooked but I didn’t write down my recipes or take pictures of what I was making or eating… and it felt nice to relax.
I saw friends I haven’t seen in a long time and I got to spend my first Christmas with Grant. Although
we Grant did a lot of driving.. it was worth it!
Don’t get my wrong.. I love my blog and I love coming up with recipes for you guys, but I think I needed a few weeks to relax. I didn’t work, blog, or workout everyday. And that’s ok!
So onto my New Year’s resolutions!
I usually don’t write down my NY Resolutions and as a result, I usually forget about them and don’t follow through. This year I wrote them down on a piece of paper and reminded myself to share them with you.
Working out is hard for a lot of people, but in the past few years I have learned to love it. My body craves a good sweat session but most weeks there is so much going on that I push workouts to the back of my schedule. This year I want to make my workouts a priority. No excuses.
I want to make more time to call my family back home, especially my grandmas. I also want to visit friends more and take the time to connect with them to see how they are. In high school and university it was easy to keep in touch because I saw them every day.. I miss them!!
And I want to keep eating fresh and as natural as possible. I’m a vegan (obviously) but even vegans can pick up bad eating habits (we still eat fried food and candy.. don’t be fooled). Not only do I want to rid these foods from my diet, but I want to start encouraging my loved ones to adapt a healthier diet.
Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions this year? In addition to the three above, I also plan to spend less money. I like nice things.. and I like to get the nice things.. haha. This needs to stop! I plan to only shop when I NEED something, which if you know me, isn’t going to be easy. I like to buy clothes and make up and it has gotten a bit out of control. I’m reigning in my spending.. I have a wedding to save for!
Annnd I couldn’t leave without sharing a recipe with you. Below is a super easy recipe for almond bites that will help kick start a healthy year! They come together in under 10 minutes and make a great snack.
Almond Oat Bites
Makes 10-12 balls
- 2 cups raw almonds
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1) Place the almonds in a food processor. Process for 2 minutes. Scrap down sides and process for another 2 minutes. You want the almonds to be super fine (almost at the stage where they start to turn into almond butter). Test it by taking a chunk and squeeze in palm, if it holds together nicely, you know it is done.
2) Add the rolled oats, chia seeds, ground flax, hemp seeds, and maple syrup. Process for 10 seconds, or until combined.
3) Take about 1 tbsp of mixture and roll into a ball. Wet hands if the mixture is too sticky. Roll into 10-12 balls and place in tupperware container. Freeze or refrigerate.
How were your Holidays?
Any NY resolutions?