Spring cleaning usually refers to cleaning the house, but I like to look at all areas of my life right as spring starts to see what could use a refresh. After taking stock this year, I realized my workday is still stuck in the depths of winter. Not the work I’m doing (I love being a yoyomama!) but everything else – the routine, my clothes, the food I’m eating, I just feel like I’m in a bit of a slump.
So I’ve found three ways to refresh my workday, from some pretty new clothes to delicious food to kick start my day and keep me going. It’s given me a fresh new perspective on my days and has helped keep me motivated!
After the long (long long) winter we’ve had, my work wardrobe was looking a little drab and tired and in definite need of some sprucing up.
Enter Joe Fresh and their 2017 spring line, full of deep navies and maroons with pops of lavender and sophisticated floral patterns. Frilly peplum tops are anchored by textured sweater fabric, and dark denim gets a sparkly pop. It’s all about striking a balance. The spring line is designed to go together, so you can mix and match tops and bottoms to come up with endless outfits without worrying about making a fashion faux pas. The best part? Tops, bottoms, jackets and accessories are all super affordable, so adding a few pieces to your work wardrobe isn’t going to break the bank.
We all know the best days start with a hearty and healthy breakfast, but I tend to get into a breakfast slump over the winter months. Opting for a couple extra minutes in my warm and cozy bed rather than making breakfast for myself every morning. Plus there’s the kid’s breakfasts, school lunch making, backpack packing, homework checking and school dropping off to handle. There often just isn’t the time!
To get back into healthy habits, I’ve fallen back in love with overnight oats. This awesome recipe from President’s Choice is really easy to throw together and the oats last 3 days in the fridge, so you can make a big batch to last most of the week. Bonus – my kids love the oats too! On mornings when I don’t have oats, I’ve been grabbing these PC Apple Cinnamon Greek Yogurt with Steel-Cut Oats with Granola, the Greek yogurt is packed with protein and calcium and the granola is a great source of fibre, so my tummy stays full and I can get on with my workday.
Nothing beats a homemade lunch, it’s healthier and less expensive than any option I can get “to go”, and so much better than forgetting to eat lunch and then eating a massive dinner — which happens way too often.
I’ve added a few new favourites to my lunchtime rotation. The recipes are really easy to make and make in bulk so I can have enough lunch to last me a few days.
Quinoa Fried Rice
Fried rice is a classic clean-out-the-fridge kind of meal that lets you use up all sorts of leftover veggies. It’s easy to customize this recipe depending on what you have on hand. Click here for the recipe.
Roasted Veggie and Hummus Whole Grain Wrap (pictured above)
If you’re looking for a veggie-based and tasty lunch to pack for work, this is the wrap for you. Try using different types of hummus to mix things up. Click here for the recipe.
Brown Rice Salad with Arugula and Feta
Brown rice is lower on the glycemic index than white rice and contains more fibre, meaning it makes you feel full longer — perfect for keeping you going during those long workdays. Click here for the recipe.
In addition to these tasty lunches, I’ve been better at planning out snacks too. Fresh veggies with hummus, an extra yogurt and granola cup, tzatziki dip and mini naan flatbread dippers are all things I have on hand when I get hungry in the afternoon. It’s a healthier option than dipping into the candy bowl or cookie jar and will keep my energy up to deal with the rest of my workday and all the after school commitments for my kids.
Spring is nearly here and it’s a great time to refresh your workday. Grab some new clothes and try out a few new breakfast and lunch recipes. It just might put a spring back in your step!
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