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long run & leftovers

After lunch I headed to the gym for my long run.  After my busy weekend, I could not get motivated to run outside.  It seemed like more work than running on the treadmill, and I’m just not sure I would have pushed myself to run 10 miles!  So, I headed to the gym for my run.  I made sure to go so that I could watch Oprah during my run, which definitely helped move it along.  One hour and 35 minutes later, I had 10.6 miles under my belt.  Phew, glad that is over! 🙂

It is really important to fuel up with protein after a tough workout, so once home I made some juice, had some blueberry tea (to warm up!) and snacked on a Super Charge Me cookie to hold me over until dinner.

In my juice mix went:

  • 1 huge carrot
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 small green apples
  • 1/2 lemon

This fruit was all destined to be tossed with the trash tomorrow, so I needed to use it up!

We have tons of leftovers from the weekend, so dinner was a smorgasbord!

I had one slice of pepper and cheese pizza, one slice of BBQ chicken pizza and salad for greens!!!

I added some nuts to my salad for crunch.  Sahale Snacks sent me this Valdosta Nut Blend, along with some other nuts for me to try (full review to come later after I have tried everything).

The nut blend contains Pecans with Sweet Cranberries, Black Pepper and Orange Zest .  They were a delicious, sweet and crunchy mix!  I added a sprinkle of feta to my greens as well.  For dressing, I mixed up a little pomegranate juice with olive oil, salt and pepper.

Dressing ingredients:

Instead of mixing it all up, I just drizzle some of everything onto my salad.

I also enjoyed a Pomegranate Mocktail with my dinner, as well!  Seltzer with a splash of POM pomegranate juice and a squeeze of lemon. 🙂  I felt like a cocktail, but needed a detox after the weekend!

POM Wonderful sent me some samples of their 100% pomegranate juice that I have been enjoying for a few weeks now.  I love to use a splash of the pomegranate juice in my seltzer water and to mix it with a little olive oil for a delicious salad dressing, which is just what I did tonight.  The pomegranate juice is great!  It is both sweet and tart at the same time, and tastes just like the juice that you would squeeze directly from a pomegranate!  And, it is super healthy for you!

Check out the facts from their website:

All of POM Wonderful Juices:

  • contain no added sugars, preservatives or colors
  • are a good source of potassium
  • are gluten-free
  • are flash pasteurized to retain both flavor and nutrients
  • are certified kosher

It’s also 100% authentic, 100% delicious and 100% pure, meaning there’s no added sugar, colorants or cheap filler juices.

You can find this in almost any grocery store, so definitely give it a try!  The juice is great in cocktails as well!

For dessert, which I seem to have to eat lately, I tried a new chocolate bar!

Chocolove’s Crystalized Ginger in Dark Chocolate (65% Cocoa Content)

All of Chocolove’s bars have a fun poem inside!  This one came with a poem about Romeo & Juliet:

The chocolate bar is delicious dark chocolate with hunks of ginger – yum!

I love this chocolate company!

a day off!

Check out the post on A Better Bag of Groceries from today!  Melissa liked my post on NuVal last week, so she talks about some of my finds!

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I decided to take the day off today since my in-laws were still up in NH with us.  We packed up this morning, since they would have a long ride home, but first we stopped for breakfast!

Flapjacks is a pancake house in downtown Lincoln, NH.  It was rated best pancakes a few years in a row!

It is really cute, but simple inside.  They have a gas fireplace which we sat next to and kept nice and toasty, despite the 8 degree weather outside!

The menu is also pretty simple.  Lots of famous pancakes and eggs.

I started with some tea with just a touch of half & half.

And then ordered the egg sandwich (1 egg and cheese on an oversized english muffin).  Of course, I spread a little bit of ketchup on my english muffin!

I’m not a big pancake or french toast fan, but I did try some of this delicious french toast from my husband.  It was great!  That is a blop of their signature maple butter on top.

After breakfast, we drove back to Boston.  Once home, I broke out some leftovers for lunch because I was starving!  It wasn’t the most nutritious lunch I could have had, but it was what I was craving, so I went with it!  I mean, it’s my “day off”, right?!  I needed it to be light, so that I could hit up the gym an hour after.

Leftover Israeli couscous and Chobani pineapple greek yogurt with granola.

I have missed greek yogurt so much!  I splurged and bought some of my favorite pineapple yogurt, even though I normally don’t.  It was just what I wanted.  Super thick, creamy and fruity!  Looks like veggies will need to be in my future for dinner.

I enjoyed my lunch while reading a new issue of Food that was waiting for me on my doorstep.

Not sure how I got this magazine, but it is great!

Hopefully some veggies will be on my menu for tonight!  Time to get back on track!  It is not that I ate completely unhealthy this weekend, but it wasn’t the most nutritious weekend on record.  Sometimes, it is hard when you are away from home.  I think that it is important to eat healthy, but I also think that it is important to make the best of what you have around you.  My mom graciously cooked for us all weekend, and made wonderful homemade and healthy options for us to eat.  Even though I had plenty of healthy options, sometimes I just want to eat junk food, like nachos, since I rarely ever eat them!

I never feel great after I do, but to me sometimes it is worth it.  If you don’t give into the cravings, you’ll just end up eating more junk later on!  Plus, the majority of my meals are pretty healthy, so a splurge every so often is not going to kill me!

If I am going to eat something unhealthy, like nachos or pizza, I find that the best time to do that is when they are homemade.  This way you can regulate the amount of cheese and toppings that go on them.  I watched Michael Pollen on Oprah the other day and one thing that he said stuck with me. (Well, everything that he said stuck with me, but this one thing really stuck out!)  He said that you can eat as much dessert or junk food as you want, as long as you cook it yourself.  The chances of you cooking fried chicken or a chocolate cake every night are very slim!

Off to the gym!