5 Ways to Make Your Day Easier

You know those days when your day is overloaded with work, errands, kids, working out, etc?  There are actually things that can be done to make those days, or weeks, a little easier to deal with.  Especially if you know that they are coming ahead of time.  Christmas is one such time for me.  Especially Christmas Day when there are two families to go see and trying to squeeze in all the family time possible without being hunched over the stove. 1. Make Your Bed First Thing: I actually know a lot of people who don't hold with making their bed everyday.  It's actually a great way to get your mind in gear for the day as well as putting your bedroom in order even if the rest of the house is in chaos. 2. Make Breakfast Ahead of Time: There is nothing like being able to grab a nutritious meal right out of the fridge and go instead of just dumping down a bowl of cereal.  Try 1/2 cup greek yogurt, 1/2 cup pumpkin puree, 1 tsp honey, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, and 1 cup of granola for an on the go parfait.  One of the great recipes in the 14 Day Nutrition Guide.  One of my all time favorite Christmas breakfasts is a pumpkin pie french toast bake.  Try this recipe from the Minimalist Baker: Pumpkin-french-toast-the-pour
  • 5 1/2 – 7 1/2 cups 1-inch bread cubes (depending on type of bread)*, 7 large eggs, 2 cups milk (any kind)*, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1/4 cup pumpkin BUTTER (or 1/2 cup pumpkin puree)*, 3-4 tablespoons brown sugar for topping, nuts pecan or walnuts (optional)
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Cut any kind of bread into 1-inch cubes – I recommend a crusty, whole grain variety, but sandwich bread will work, too. Just use enough slice to fill a lightly greased 9×13 baking dish quite full.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, pumpkin butter and pie spice until well combined. Pour over bread and push down with a spoon or your hands until it’s all soaked and mostly covered. Cover with saran wrap or lid and refrigerate overnight.
  3. In the morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees, uncover and top with brown sugar, additional pumpkin pie spice and nuts (optional). Bake for 35-45 minutes or golden brown and no longer wet.
  4. Serve immediately with maple syrup, honey or agave nectar. Store leftovers in the refrigerator covered for up to a couple days.
3. Time Block: Write down everything you need to do and set certain hours aside for each task.  That way instead of running around worried that you'll never finish, you'll instead be able to organize your time. 4. Plan Out Travel: If I have a bunch of errands in town I will make myself a little route.  I write down every store and what exactly I need at that store and then hit the stores furthest away and then working back towards home.  This way you won't accidentally forget an errand and waste time backtracking. 5. Bring Snacks: I hate having to stop for lunch while I'm in errand mode but it can't be avoided when you haven't eaten in five hours and on top of being lightheaded you are now parched.  Bring water, nuts, granola, an apple, or a hardboiled egg.  All high in protein which will get you through to the next meal without sacrificing your diet to a handful of cookies or chocolate bar in the checkout lane.

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