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feeling dehydrated

It sure is a hot one out there today!

I started out my day feeling so dehydrated.  This weather will really do that to you before your body adapts to it.  But, I was determined to get out there and run so I chugged some water and ate a few dates as pre-run fuel and set out for a run.

I ran along the water and enjoyed the cool breeze!  I ended up running 6.5 miles in 60 minutes.  It felt great to run.  Next week is the start of a new month, and therefore, a perfect time for me to kick my butt back into gear.  May has been a pretty slow month…

After my run, all I wanted was a smoothie.  I was so hot, that I couldn’t possibly think of eating anything else, except maybe ice cream. 🙂

I know I eat (drink) a lot of smoothies, but be prepared to see even more now that the summer is upon us!  They are definitely a favorite of mine.  Now, if I could just get a Vita Mix. 🙂

In the pink smoothie (a twist on the Vivacious Princess):

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 2 tbsp vanilla spice hemp protein powder
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 scoop chocolate Amazing Grass
  • 1 tbsp raw cashew butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup water
  • topped with chocolate banana granola

Just what I wanted!

Mid-morning, I chugged some more water and had a homemade Maple Granola Bar.

Lunch was leftover Bean Chili with Dr. Krackers.  Like I said before, this week is ‘eat up your freezer foods’, so I grabbed a chili on my way out the door this morning.

Not the best lunch for a hot hot day, but I work in air conditioning, so I’m usually freezing.  Served with a super juicy pear.  Hot weather = I crave juicy fruit all day long!

Mid-afternoon, I broke out a juicy grapefruit, yogurt and a new flavor of coconut water (which I have been sipping on since lunch).

Zico came out with 2 new flavors of their coconut water – Lima Citron and Pomberry.  I tried both of them at the NYC Half Marathon expo back in March, but it was just recently that they hit store shelfs.  I saw them on Sunday and was psyched (obviously!).

I tried the Pomberry today and liked it.  It contains coconut water and natural pomegranate and berry flavors…nothing else.  Nothing artificial.  It has just the slightest a hint of flavor.  I still prefer plain coconut water over anything else, but these hints of flavor are a nice change once in awhile.  It would be great after a long workout on a hot day!  Each bottle contains 14 ounces, which is one serving and contains 60 calories.

Who knows what dinner holds…maybe a veggie burger on a sprouted bun with a salad?  We shall see what leftovers we break out. 🙂

Edited to add: Veggie Burgers for dinner!  With a slice of american cheese and ketchup.

On a sprouted bun with farmer’s market greens mixed with a little olive oil, salt and pepper.


green monster

I love this weather!  I would prefer a few degrees cooler, but I will take it.

I started yesterday with a Green Monster.  I have felt so dehydrated and tired the past few days, so I needed a pick me up.

Green Monster Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 frozen peach
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1.5 cups frozen spinach
  • 2 tbsp vanilla spice hemp protein powder
  • 1.5 cups water

Don’t you love the color?!

The fruit helps to mask the spinach taste.  I swear you can’t taste it!  But, the addition of spinach helps my body on so many levels.  I start my day off with some greens, and it helps my skin, hair, nails, etc become stronger and clearer.

For lunch, I had some more greens.

Whole wheat pita filled with kalamata hummus, tabouli, romaine, peppers, cucumers, tomatoes.

This was heard t o eat, but so good.  I prefer a light lunch on such a warm day.  Not everything fit into my pita, so I had the rest of the veggies on the side.


I was snacky today, even though I didn’t feel hungry…lots of dried fruit later and I felt sick!

I tried to set out on a run after work, but it was just so hot that my body didn’t want to cooperate, so I went on a brisk 45 minute (3 mile) walk instead to get my legs moving.

We kept dinner simple by pulling out some frozen homemade Sweet Potato Gnocchi.  It is days like today, when I am so happy I have something healthy and homemade to pull out of the freezer!

We cooked the gnocchi in boiling water for about 5 minutes, then sauteed it in a skillet with a little butter, maple syrup and dried thyme until a little brown.  Served over our farmer’s market Pea Shoots!

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Maple Butter sauce, Parmesan Cheese and Pea Shoots!

Mmmm…a delicious dinner!