Thursday Thumbs Up – Healthy Things Edition

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I am dedicating today’s Thursday Thumbs Up to healthy eats.  I am NOT by any means a healthy eater typically.  I do my best to incorporate as much healthy food as possible in my life, but I just tend to take the easy way out and eat what is easy.  But, I want to highlight a few things today, including my own recipe for a healthy breakfast that I just enjoyed this morning!  Here’s to a year of healthy eating in 2014!

Trail Mix Rice Bowl Breakfast:  Of course I didn’t take any pics because I never think anything I make is going to be share-worthy.  But, I am going to go ahead and share the recipe with you all because it was so, so good!  I remember my mom making me left over rice for breakfast when I was little, with a little milk and brown sugar.  It was so good, especially on cold winter mornings.  I had not had it in a long time, but last week I made some Costco Orange Chicken and made some rice and veggies to go with it and had some left over rice.  So, this morning I put some rice, some milk and a handful of trail mix I had in my snack basket.  The trail mix has cashews, white chocolate chips, raisins, dried cranberries, and some other tasty things.  I added just a touch of brown sugar.  It was really, really good and somewhat nutritious!  So, that is my recipe of the day.  Save it – I don’t have them very often!  Maybe I will make it again tomorrow and actually take a picture and put it on my Pinterest!

Sleep:  Sure this is not at all revolutionary, but I went to sleep at 9:30 p.m. last night.  I played a little Candy Crush and Pet Rescue (I only play at night…those games are majorly addicting) and then went to sleep.  Unfortunately my daughter did not sleep through the night, so I was up at 4 a.m. with her for a little while and had some problems going back to sleep, but we slept until 7 a.m.  So, overall, a pretty good night’s sleep.  I am not a good sleeper, but I would like to go to bed earlier and get up earlier this coming year.  I get a lot more done in the morning hours and I love being the only one up in the house in the morning.  It is different than at night – the day is ahead of me, I’m not tired, I can drink coffee liberally.  I love the mornings.  I just need to not stay up AND try to get up early (or wake early due to insomnia).  So, this is a good change for me right now.

Working/Exercising Outdoors:  This is another thing I don’t do nearly enough of…get outside!  Today was a gorgeous day – 68 degrees, no wind.  My daughter wanted to play outside despite her current runny nose/coughing bit, so I decided we could both do with some sunshine and while she dug around a bit in the dirt I cleaned up some of the mess in our backyard.  Our backyard got some great use this summer and then it became the collector of summer past.  We had our blow up pool crumpled up in the corner with the tarp it had sat on and the broken hose I had given up on trying to fix towards the end of the summer.  We had lawn furniture strewn about that needed to be put together.  Dead plants in planters, empty planters strewn about…just a mess.  So, I picked up a lot of the garbage and put it in our garbage can since there is plenty of room this week as it got picked up today because of yesterday’s holiday and we will be gone to my mom’s this weekend.  I moved some pavers over by the patio to store the BBQ on and give us more room on the patio itself.  And I cleaned out a few of the planters.  Overall, it was nice to be outside, nothing too strenuous and the backyard already looks a ton better.  And, I count it as exercise since I was hauling things around.

So, there is my Thursday Thumbs up Healthy Things Edition!  Starting the New Year out with some changes that feel positive.  How about you?

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