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i love juice!

Happy Humpday!¬† So glad that we are halfway to the weekend again. ūüôā¬† Sorry, long post alert!

I made a HUGE glass of fresh squeezed juice this morning with breakfast.  I have been craving it ever since my One Lucky Duck stop over the weekend in NYC.  I tried to re-create the juice that I got there (carrot, apple, ginger), and added a few other simple ingredients as well.

In the mix:

  • 4 carrots
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 2 apples
  • 1/2 lemon
  • ginger

I love the addition on ginger to my juice.¬† It gives it just the right amount of spice and kick – I just need to make sure I don’t add to much!¬† This mix made a huge glass of juice plus more.¬† I loved it.¬† Paired with slice of When Pig’s Fly Toast with almond butter, it was a wonderful breakfast.

Since I got in so much fruit for breakfast, I made sure to make my lunch veggie packed.¬† Whole wheat mini pita with hummus, cucumber and lettuce with a side of kale chips.¬† I’m loving these kale chips.

Along with yogurt, flax seed and Mainly Maine Maple Granola.

My stomach has been giving me issues with yogurt lately, so I put this down after eating about half.  I need to go back to making my own yogurt Рmaybe this weekend!

Before hitting up the gym this afternoon, I snacked on a Banana with PB for protein, carbs and fat to power me through the workout Рdelicious combo.

At the gym, I ran for a bit on the treadmill.¬† I felt awesome for just having run my best half marathon yet!¬† I completed 4 miles in 38 minutes – not bad for a recovery day.¬† I made sure to spend a good 10 minutes of stretching afterward so that my hips don’t tighten up again.¬† Doing some yoga moves the past few days made me feel awesome – I need to get yoga back into my life again.¬† I love to run, but maybe I need to change things up a bit for at least the next few weeks.¬† I think that it is important to change up your workouts to keep yourself fresh, and to trick your body into burning more calories and getting stronger.¬† Here I come swimming, and yoga, and spinning! ūüôā

Speaking of swimming, after my run tonight, my husband met me at the gym to swim!¬† It was awesome.¬† I haven’t been in the pool¬†for at least 3-4 months.¬† I took is easy today and just swam laps for 30 minutes.¬† No sprinting, no nothing.

I was desperate for dinner while swimming, so I snacked on an Apple Heart Thrive in the locker room.  I loved this flavor!  I have only tried the Lemon Poppyseed and Apple so far.  The apple was moist with big chunks of apple in there.  Yummy.

We kept dinner simple.  Pasta with peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, basil and sauteed rainbow chard.  I have never used chard before, but I loved the colors!  I cut off the stems and used it just like I would have used spinach.  It was delicious.

I made a sauce out of 1 small can tomato paste, 4 garlic & herb laughing cow wedges, salt, pepper and basil.  It surprisingly came out great Рalmost like a vodka pasta sauce, but much healthier.

Then, I just mixed everything together in a pot while heating up a bit.

Served with some Kaia Foods Garlic & Herb sprouted sunflower seeds sprinkled on top.

Simple, yet delicious.