Hello friends. We’ve returned from our self imposed media black out. We were officially off last week – off from Twitter, Facebook, Email, Blogging… Off from everything, as we were off to the beach. And not some stinky Jersey Shore, Snooki infested beach. We went to the Outer Banks in North Carolina.
Vacation was fantastic. Last year we vacationed for just a few days in upstate New York with our then 4 month old Baby Boy. Vacationing with a 16 month old is night and day different. Not that I didn’t love every minute with our 4 month old, but a toddler is so much more fun (and easier!) to vacation with.
Every morning we would wake up (correction, he would wake us up) at sunrise and walk down to the beach. Following is just one glorious example of what we enjoyed during those quiet early morning walks.
We couldn’t walk very long before Baby Boy would want to be put down so he could run run run on the sand. The little birds that run from the incoming surf, the sand crabs, people walking their dogs; so much to see and chase after when it’s your first time at the beach!
And of course, lot’s of shell collecting. (Followed by, later on, putting shells into a bucket, dumping that bucket into another one, dumping that bucket onto the ground, repeat).
Rachel and I enjoyed the time with Baby Boy immensely, and we know he had a blast. He’s still a little tyke though, so he only could handle about 30 minutes on the beach until he’d start pointing at the dunes, saying “That” (translation: Take me home!). And while he loved digging in the sand and running around the beach checking things out, he wasn’t a big fan of the ocean itself. Waves can be a little intimidating. But that’s ok. Between the beach, the swimming pool (also a new experience) and having all of his aunts, uncles, grandparents, and his cousin around to play with he was quite entertained. And of course, if I may say so, he loved having his Daddy around all day instead of at work. <3
Vacations often tend to be vacations from moderated and restrained eating, at least with my family. And to be honest, I think that is some of the fun, splurging on treats you’d ordinarily not; ice cream
once a few nights, those Krispie Kream donuts for breakfast, or half a tray of Buffalo Dip (you try to resist it!).
So when we returned home we were eager to get back to some more normal eating. Our first day home we wanted something light, but tasty and filling. We dug through our Weight Watcher cookbooks and Cooking Light magazines for ideas and settled on this delicious chicken and tzatziki wrap. Tzatziki is a Greek sauce commonly used on Gyros, consisting of yogurt and cucumbers. It’s a very refreshing flavor and a nice change to mayo or mustard we’d typically put on our sandwiches.
Shredded rotisserie chicken provided the protein to fill our bellies, while the crisp Romaine lettuce and tomato gave that burst of fresh flavor, and the Feta complimented with it’s salty accents. Definitely give this wrap a try the next time you want something light and exciting for lunch-you won’t be disappointed.
As for us, we’ve settled in and are glad to be back in New Jersey. It’s always great to get away, but there is nothing like being home.
Adapted from: Weight Watchers Momentum Cookbook