The last couple of weeks have been interesting. Housing hunting in Portland continues to be slightly unpleasant and more competitive than I generally like. We have seen a little less than 30 homes at this point and have just put in our third offer. We shall see how it goes! This has been an interesting process because I spend my working hours with folks who are experiencing homelessness and battling this fiercely competitive housing market in a very different way. They are fighting just to find any place to live, while I am looking for a home from the comfort of my safe apartment that I can afford. Despite how frustrating buying a house has been, I finish each day feeling grateful to be in this position. We are incredibly lucky and I won’t forget that. 🙂
The stress of all of this has sent my sugar cravings through the freaking roof!! Does anyone else experience this? You are going through something stressful and you are suddenly the Cookie Monster devouring every sweet in sight! I’ve been trying to reach for natural sweets, such as dates, but at work I have been slightly less successful. We get weekly donations of pastries from Starbucks and cupcakes from Saint Cupcake so I am always surrounded by surgary, buttery, bready foods. It’s intense!
It’s a new week, however, and I am ready to tame the sugar beast! I am starting this week with a new resolve and hope to access other coping mechanisms for stress. In addition to my morning work outs, I will try going for a little walk at times where I feel like I need that chocolate cookie staring at me (i.e. when I am feeling particularly stressed). Other tactics I have found are helpful for me when I am overwhelmed include cleaning (I know, I’m weird) and taking a minute to breathe and drink some water. I also made some tasty date and nut bites (using this recipe) and can rely on the deliciousness of chocolate Shakeology too!
I made this smoothie for the first time a couple of weeks ago and it really was like drinking a chocolate covered strawberry. However, instead of a couple strawberries dipped in chocolate, it was a big ol’ glass of cold, creamy, super foods that tasted like ice cream! Perfect for post-work out or to cool off on a warm afternoon (if you are lucky enough to be in sunny Sping/Summer weather already!). This has definitely been added to my regular smoothie flavor rotation 🙂
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie
Add to your blender the following ingredients:
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 4-5 large organic frozen strawberries
- 1 scoop Strawberry Shakeology
- Large handful+ of ice
Blend and pour between two glasses. Place the glasses in the freezer while you make the chocolate layer.
In your blender, combine:
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology (I used the vegan one)
- 2 tsp almond butter
Pour on top of the strawberry layers and enjoy!