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lunch and dinner

Boring title, huh?!

Thank goodness I got to step outside for a few at lunch today.  It was gorgeous out – 60° and sunny.

Lunch today was leftover Coconut Lentil Soup from last night.  I have tons of leftovers, so I will be eating it a few more times this week.  I also froze a serving to see how it holds up.  It was still pretty good, not mushy like I thought it would be!  It definitely doesn’t look appetizing though…

I paired the soup with a basic salad – arugula and herb mix, cucumbers, kaia sprouted sunflower seeds, pineapple and pear-infused vinegar.  I just wanted some greens to go along with the soup.  The pineapple was going to be separate, but I dumped it on there.  I love fruit in my salads, especially in the nice weather!

Filled me up.  The soup is a little more filling than I thought, I guess.

After work, I went on a nice looooooong run.  I was in the mood!  I haven’t run more than 6-7 miles for a few weeks (which, I know, is a lot!  But, I love distance running and sometimes a good long run does me and my mind some good).  My body has felt tired, but today it just felt like running.  I took it slow, breathed in the fresh air, people watched and just thought. 🙂  I needed some me time.  I covered 10 miles in 1:30.  Not too shabby.

Before my run, I snacked on a homemade granola bar.  Delicious, but so messy!  Lots of goodies in these bars – maybe that’s why they fall apart.

Once home, I made a simple dinner.

Salad with arugula, cucumbers, a Dr. Praeger’s veggie burger, walnuts, chickpeas, dried unsweetened apples, hummus and cheesy pitas.

Plenty of protein for after a long run.  I also drank lots and lots of water.

There is definitely some ice cream in my future tonight. 🙂

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coconut almond granola bars

The weather is looking great all week.  Hopefully I can get outside for some workouts!

This morning I took the time to make Steel Cut Oats.  I like them so much more than rolled oats, but they take a lot more time to cook.  Since I decided to study this morning instead of going for a run, I had an extra 30 minutes for my oats to simmer on the stove.

I kept the oats really plain today – no flax or banana in the mix, but I did have a banana on the side.

Topped with maple granola, 1 tbsp of homemade chocolate almond butter and a drizzle of coconut butter.

One of my baking projects yesterday included making homemade granola bars!  I have been wanting to make them for awhile, but have been trying to eat up the store bought bars we have.  I seem to have a problem with wanting to make homemade everything, even though we have loads of other stuff – like, granola!  A few weeks ago, I made 2 types of granola, however I had also just been sent Galaxy Granola to sample, and haven’t even opened 2 bags of my Kaia Foods samples.  Good thing granola will last for awhile in an airtight container…

Anyways – we were in need for some granola bars, so I was psyched to whip some up.  I looked at a few different recipes, but ultimately decided to just make up my own so that I could throw in whatever I wanted to.  This recipe definitely needs perfecting because the bars do fall apart a bit (maybe I need more liquids??), but they taste really good!  They would be perfect as a granola topping. 🙂

Coconut Almond Granola Bars

makes 12 large bars

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups rolled oats
  • 1.25 cups brown rice cereal (for added crunch)
  • 1 cup raw almonds, lightly chopped
  • 1/2 cup raw pepitas
  • 3/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter
  • 1/4 cup sucanat
  • 2 tbsp raw almond butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

Mix most of the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl: oats, brown rice cereal, almonds, pepitas, coconut, raisins, chia seeds.

Then, add the following ingredients to a small pot on the stove (brown rice syrup, coconut butter, sucanat, salt, vanilla, cinnamon, almond butter), and heat on low until sucanat, coconut butter and almond butter are melted and mixed well.

Then pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix well.  You may have to use your hands!

Lighty spray a baking pan with oil of your choice, I used coconut oil, and spread out the granola mixture.  Press down firmly to make sure everything sticks together.

Then, refrigerate until cold and firm.  Once chilled, cut into granola bars!

I made these into 12 larger bars, but they could easily make 18 squares.  I wrapped them individually in syran wrap for easy grab-and-go.  Does anyone have other recommendations instead of syran wrap for storage??

Each bar (if you cut them into 12 bars) has about 270 calories, if I typed the ingredients correctly into FitDay!  The bars are on the denser side, but that is how I wanted them.  More of a small meal than a snack and great to eat 1/2 at a time before and/or after a workout.

I’ll try one out before my run tonight!