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swimming & soup

I was psyched to fit a swim in after work today!  2100 yards in 45 minutes.  I love swimming, it works your entire body and I feel so great afterwards.  No aches or pains like I sometimes get while running.  Plus, it is great for your body to switch things up!

Before my swim, I snacked on a homemade granola bar.  After my swim, I was more than ready for dinner.

I kept it simple tonight with leftover Coconut Red Lentil Soup, cheesy bread and a champagne mango!

The soup was still good!!  I made it into more of a comfort meal with lots of cheese. 🙂  I love cheese!  And, comfort food is exactly what I needed after a long day.

And, I really felt like a mango – sweet and juicy!

Just what I wanted.  A healthy, nutritious and delicious meal in just a matter of seconds.  This is why leftovers are key, so that you can eat healthy and not have to cook every night.  Plus, it will save you some money too!  You could double up one recipe per week and have lunch or dinner for an extra day or two.  I am definitely picky about my leftovers though – somethings I like, somethings I don’t!

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stuffed dates

Once again, I was starving when I woke up!  But, also really really thirsty so I chugged some water while making breakfast.  This is a normal occurrence seeing that I drink lots of water all day long.

I decided on a smoothie and toast for breakfast.

In my smoothie mix:

  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 7 frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxmeal
  • 2 tbsp hemp protein powder

Topped with Galaxy Granola for crunch.  This made for perfect us of my spoon-straw!

And paired with a lone piece of leftover french toast toasted and topped with raw almond butter and blueberry Crofter’s jam.

It felt very summery with my seashell placemat and fish plate today!  Ha.

Unfortunately, this left me feeling hungry around 11am!  So, I snacked on 2 whole wheat pretzels and pushed lunch back until 12:45ish.

Salad with lots of goodies for lunch! 

Green leaf lettuce with artichokes, spiced chickpeas, sprouted sunflower seeds, cucmbers and kumquats.

Last night while I was making dinner, I added some spices to plain chickpeas and baked them at 375° for about 15 minutes while my sweet potatoes were baking.  I dumped about 1/3 cup chickpeas into a baking dish and added about 1 tbsp real maple syrup, 1 tsp apple cider vinegar, 1 tsp coconut oil, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp nutmeg, shake of ground ginger.

I mixed it all up, and baked.  They came out looking delicious, and smelling even better!

I stored them in a seperate container in the fridge overnight, then dumped them onto my salad for lunch.

Unfortunately, this salad stunk!  I loved the chickpeas, but something with the artichokes and lettuce just wasn’t right.  So, I ended up eating the cucumbers, chickpeas and kumquats out of the salad.  And, ate a banana to fill me up.

Of course, not even 2 hours later, I was hungry.  So, I made the best snack ever!!

Medjool Dates stuffed with Peanut Butter and Hazelnuts

Why have I not thought of this before?!  It was such a great snack, I could have eaten so much more.

I started by cutting a slit into the date and scooping out the pit.  Then, I put a small amount (maybe 1 tsp) of peanut butter into the date and stuffed in 2 hazelnuts.  The peanut butter is basically there to hold the nuts in place.  You could do so many different varieties of these.  YUM!  New favorite snack.

Swimming is on the agenda for tonight.  We’ll see if that happens!