This blog post is a little bit different and a lot more special. This is because, as I head off to school today, I am finally able to reflect upon the last 3 months, outlining the stress and uncertainties I was facing when I published my very first post, and highlighting the incredible changes I am now experiencing, both physically and mentally, 16 posts later.
First, I am going to briefly backtrack to mid-May, which featured my return to the US, and the beginning of summer.
On the plane ride home from Sevilla, I kept thinking that leaving there was the hardest thing that I had ever done. However, in a matter of hours, and a few pieces of lost baggage later, that profound notion quickly changed. After touching down in Baltimore, and actually realizing that my semester of “learning”, traveling, and fiesta-ing was officially over, I knew it wasn’t the leaving that was the hardest part – it was the returning.
The beginning of the summer was rocky – I was unsure of how to get back to “normal life” and couldn’t seem to grasp the concept of healthy eating habits, since I was now used to binge eating the less-than-optimal food selection that Spain had to offer. My self-confidence also took a nose dive after I noticed my slightly heavier appearance in my bedroom mirror. And although I was initially overwhelmed with the reverse culture-shock of english speakers, dollar bills, and jorts, it was this tanking self-confidence that I was stuck on the most. So, I knew the only way I would get out of this funk would be to spice things up a bit and create something that I could focus all of my nervous energy into – and so became “A Smaller Bite…”.
Now a quick fast-forward.
Today, 90 days after my first blog post and now 15 pounds lighter, I couldn’t be happier as I begin the first day of my senior year of college. Why? Because, I’ve finally obtained a healthy, natural, and stable relationship with food. Because, this summer, I was able to develop and pursue a new passion for health and wellness. Because I have created a lifestyle for myself that I can maintain for years to come. And most importantly, because I have finally found confidence in myself, again. In short, it’s been a pretty good summer.
So, to commemorate these past 90 days of summer and to also celebrate day 1 of a new chapter, I combined three new recipes for dinner last night (with the help of my mother, of course) and wanted to share them with you.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 head broccoli, sliced
- 1/2 bunch of kale, chopped
- 10 eggs
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- Saute onion first with olive oil, adding broccoli, and then kale in 9- inch skillet over medium heat for about 10 minutes
- Pour eggs over vegetables and sprinkle the salt and pepper
- Decrease the heat to low, and cover for 20-30 min, until eggs are cooked
- Slice into 8 wedges and serve
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees
- Use as much kale as desired, break leaves into small pieces (discard stems)
- Place kale in large bowl and drizzle with olive oil/sea salt
- Massage mixture into kale until uniform
- Place kale pieces on baking sheets with parchment paper
- Bake for about 15 minutes, flipping leaves halfway through
- 1 cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 1 bunch parsley, finely chopped
- 1/2 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
- 2 sprigs tarragon
- 1 tbsp lemon zest
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
Instructions: Blend in food processor
All three recipes were DELISH, and even better when combined.
I’m not sure how exciting my cooking will be at school, but I will do my best to keep up with the blog. Maybe some healthy tailgating treats will be featured or perhaps after a very important birthday I could post some lighter beverage choices? Let’s be real, after seeing what I’ve accomplished over the last 90 days, I can only imagine what could happen over the next 180 days of my senior year! Double the excitement.
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Rohn