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notice a difference?

I started the day with a little weight session. I kept it simple with a circuit session (2 full sets with 12 reps of each exercise).

  • Pushups
  • Squats with Overhead Press
  • Deadlift with Upright Row
  • Lunge with Biceps Curl
  • Lunge with Triceps Kickback

Then, I set out on a 5 mile run.  It was so humid today!  But, breaking a sweat felt great.

For breakfast, I couldn’t decide what I wanted.  Finally, I decided on a fruit smoothie with 2 small quiches.

The mini quiche muffins contain eggs, cottage cheese, parm cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and basil.

They are delicious!!

The smoothie contained:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 6 frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup lime coconut water
  • 1 tbsp pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

Pepitas are a great source of iron, amongst other things.  I have low levels of iron probably from not eating any red meat and have been taking iron pills for about a year now.  I decided that I wanted to try other ways to boost my iron, so I started adding a tablespoon of raw pepitas to smoothies and it seems to be working!  I don’t feel sluggish like I do when not taking the iron pills, so I can’t wait to get my iron levels re-checked!

For lunch, I broke into an yogurt bowl.  I had 1 serving (1 cup) of plain greek yogurt left in this container.  To the container I added an apple, chocolate banana granola and cinnamon!  It was yummy.

Full of lots of good stuff which actually kept me satisfied for hours.

Mid-afternoon, I snacked on a Prana Bar and a few slices of watermelon.  I wasn’t sure about this flavor bar, but once I tried it, I loved it!  It was tart without being too tart…and the amaranth adds a bit of crunch.  (Full review to come!)

Dinner was low key.  I had a few pieces of Veggie Pizza.

The pizza contained spinach, onions, zucchini, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes.

Do you notice any difference in my photos from today?!  I got a new camera, so I can finally have some good photos of my food!  Just a new point and shoot for the time being…yahoo!

chocolate covered raisins

This morning I woke up early to get some work done, however, about 5 minutes into my work I realized that I could not concentrate!  I kept looking outside and seeing the trees blow in the cool breeze…I needed to go for a run!

So, I threw on some running clothes, laced up my sneaks, strapped on my Garmin and hit the pavement.  I ran my new favorite running loop around UMASS Boston.  It is exactly 5.6 miles from door to door.  Today it took me 53 minutes.

Once home, I decided I needed to lift some weights.  I kept it light and fairly quick since I haven’t lifted weights in what seems like months!

At Home Weight Session

  • 21’s (3 sets)
  • Squats (3 sets of 12)
  • Overhead Press on One Leg (3 sets of 12)
  • Deadlift with Upright Row (3 sets of 12)
  • Tricep Kickbacks (3 sets of 12)
  • Pushups (3 sets of 12)
  • YTA’s in Static Squat (2 sets of 12)

I could feel the burn!

After my workout, I made up some breakfast because I was famished.  We don’t have many veggies left in the house (except carrots and celery – which I normally keep on hand for juice!), so I knew that I wouldn’t be getting many veggies in at lunch and dinner.  I decided I needed a Green Monster for breakfast to pack in some green nutrients.

Served with 2 small slices of Fruit & Nut Manna bread with homemade Crazy Butter.

YUM!

For lunch, I didn’t feel like more chili or soup when I was packing my lunch last night (probably because it was so hot out!), so I filled up with Yogurt, Granola and a Mango.

Unfortunately, this type of lunch never holds me over and I ate a handful of chocolate almonds and some dried apple a few hours later which was the last of my snacks in my desk.  Why didn’t I pack some carrots and almond butter? Sometimes my brain is asleep as I pack my lunch…

I contemplated hitting up the vending machine, but everything in there is just gross, so I fixed myself some dinner immediately upon arriving home.

Leftover Coconut Red Lentil Soup!

With a small salad of pea shoots, Parmesan cheese and lemon vinaigrette (fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, salt, pepper).  And, some pita.

Mmmmm…

And then I made something wonderful for dessert.

Chocolate Covered Cherries & Raisins!

Angela over at Oh She Glows comes up with some pretty delicious recipes.  This one was no different.  She made these 3 ingredient chocolate covered raisins the other day and I obviously had to try them.

These may be the simplest thing you will ever make:

  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (I used a dark chocolate bar)
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1.5 cups raisins (I used a mix of dried cherries and raisins for fun)

Heat the chocolate and coconut butter together until melted and smooth.

Then, stir in your raisins and cherries and mix until evenly coated.

Once coated in the chocolate mixture, spread the mix on a parchment lined cookie sheet (so that they don’t stick to the cookie sheet) and place in the freezer for about 10 minutes until hardened.

Break the pieces apart and enjoy!

They came out more like raisin and cherry clusters, which were wonderful.

Enjoy!

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.

super sunday

I started my day with a 5 mile treadmill run at the hotel gym (which consisted of 1 treadmill, 1 stationary bike and 1 elliptical).  Luckily, no one else was there!  It always feels great to sweat after a night of drinking.

We were headed to a post-wedding brunch, but I was starving, so I re-fueled with a post-run recovery drink (8 oz Chocolate Almond Milk, 1 packet Chocolate Amazing Meal, ice cubes).  It was delicious!  This is my go-to recovery drink while on the go.  The Amazing Meal tastes great, especially mixed with almond milk, but it tastes best when ice cold.  I also had a packet of plain instant oatmeal with flaxseeds and a banana.

A few hours later, we hit up the brunch where they had a wonderful spread of food.  I ate some scrambled eggs, a slice of zucchini bread, spinach and fruit salad.

Brunch totally screws up my eating!  I snacked all afternoon…yogurt, pita bread, hummus, dried fruit and a supercharge me cookie.  I didn’t eat a lot of all of this stuff, but it still feels like a lot because I’m snacking all day instead of eating 3 meals.  Oh well.  Life is too short to worry about it! 🙂

This afternoon, we hit up the South End Open Market (SOWA), where we picked up some local greens, hummus and pita bread.  They all made an appearance for dinner this evening.

Mixed greens and Pea shoots!

Tabbouleh and Whole wheat pitas.

Then, I whipped up some cookies, granola and nut butter for gifts.  Homemade gifts are the best (well, I think so at least).  They come from the heart and are made with love!

Super Charge Me Cookies (original recipe from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan).

To bring with us to the LOST finale party tonight.

Modifications to recipe:

  • 2/3 cup almond flour instead of flour
  • 3 tbsp cashew butter instead of almond butter

I have made additional changes in the past, but the original recipe is so good that it’s hard to change too much. 🙂

Crazy Nut Butter

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup raw hazelnuts
  • 1 cup raw brazil nuts
  • 3/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup raw peanuts
  • 1/2 cup flaxseeds
  • 4 tbsp chia seeds

Throw all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.

Be patient while blending.  The nuts will go through stages, but will eventually become smooth and creamy!  This process took about 12 minutes for me.

This made a ton of crazy nut butter!  I filled three 1/2 pint jars.

Chai Granola

*I got the inspiration for this recipe from Sarah at The Smart Kitchen.  I used most of the dry ingredients, but varied the wet ingredients to what I had on hand!

  • 5 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup oat bran
  • 1 cup chopped raw almonds
  • 1 cup chopped raw cashews
  • 1 cup chopped unsweetened banana chips
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 heaping tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 2 tbsp brown rice syrup
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup dried ginger, chopped

1.  Add all dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl, including spices (but leave out raisins and ginger, as they may burn while cooking).  Mix well.

2.  Add all wet ingredients to a bowl and heat on a stove top over low heat until all melted and mixed together.

3.  Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and mix very well.

4.  Pour mixture onto 2 parchment lined baking sheets and cook at 375 degrees for 25 minutes, or until slightly browned (take out once at about 15 minutes to mix).

5.  Add raisins and chopped ginger, then place back into the oven for 5-7 minutes.

6.  Take out and let completely cool before storing in an airtight container.

7.  Enjoy plain, with milk or sprinkled over yogurt!

Time for dinner!

I made up a big salad with farmers market greens, tomato, cucumber, orange pepper and feta sprinkled with olive oil, salt, pepper and oregano.  With tabbouleh, kalamata olive hummus and whole wheat pita bread.

Off to watch the LOST series finale!!

itching to run

I woke up this morning feeling pretty good, so I figured it was the right day to give running a try.  I wasn’t expecting much due to my week off, but I just wanted to get out there.  Me and the road…and everyone else out their running too!

It was wonderful!  My legs were itching to move, which made this a pretty great run for me.  I covered 5.6 miles in 51 minutes, which definitely isn’t too shabby.  I would have loved to do some light weights, pushups, planks, etc afterward, but my left arm is still sore when I move it a lot and the last thing I want to do is injure it more!  Baby steps. 🙂

Before my run, I just had some tea and a granola bar.  We are meeting some friends for brunch, so I never really know how to eat before brunch!  I am always hungry, but don’t want to ruin my appetite.  I figured due to the run, I needed to fuel properly.

After my run, I made up a smaller version of a protein shake that included 1 frozen banana, 1 scant cup frozen cherries, 1/4 cup hemp protein powder, 1 cup frozen spinach, 1 cup coconut water.

I love protein smoothies after a good workout.  They give your body the protein that it craves and needs and gets into your system quickly and efficiently, allowing your body to feed off of the protein, instead of the lean muscle that your workout helped to create.  The protein also helps to repair and restore your muscles from your workout.

Finally, it was time for brunch!

We headed over to Flour Bakery in the South End.  They have the best motto:

Yes, please!

Flour offers a variety of specialty sandwiches, pastries and coffee/tea for breakfast and lunch.  It’s a great spot to hang out and catch up with friends for a low-key meal.  We love it there!

I went with some iced tea and a raspberry/rhubarb bran muffin – yum!  It had a brown sugar top.

We are off to a wedding this afternoon/tonight.  In order to be prepared, I packed a small suitcase bag full of snacks because I never know what I am going to find to eat at events like this!  My thoughts are that it’s better to be prepared than starving. 🙂

Enjoy the gorgeous day!