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off to the big apple

Today is the day!  We are headed down to NYC for my half marathon weekend of fun!  The plan for tomorrow is to take it easy, but to spend the entire day outside because it is going to be 70°F.  70 degrees on the first day of spring – I hope this means that we will have an awesome spring.

This morning, I started my day with some homemade coconut butter!  I toasted up 2 pieces of my Cherry, Peach toast and spread a thin layer of the coconut butter and raspberry jam.  This is easily my favorite combination.  So good.

Along with my toast, I had a white grapefruit.  It was great.

And some tea – I was so sleepy this morning!

Lunch time came around quickly today, but I was starving.  We are out of veggies in the house, so I made do with what we had.  A whole wheat mini pita slathered with spinach & artichoke hummus and a large helping of spouts.

On the side, Fage 2% greek yogurt with granola and banana.  And, a POM spritzer – 1/2 pomegranate juice, 1/2 seltzer water.  This bottle was about 1/3 full, so I just filled it up with seltzer.

The afternoon also flew by!  I didn’t even have time for an afternoon snack!  I guess that’s what happens when you take a day off in the middle of the week.  For dinner, we needed something quick since we were heading out.  So, I stopped at Chipotle!

I know, not the best food, but by far one of the best ‘fast food’ places around here.  I did hear a T.V. segment about Chipotle a few weeks ago and found out that the owner really cares about what type of food he is giving his customers!  They use organic foods and try to buy as much as they can from local farmers – I love that!  Plus, they have a decent vegetarian option, which does not happen all that often with fast food.  I wish we had a great veggie place around here!  They also have a great website with all of the nutritional information for their products, and how they cook the products (steamed, in oil, etc.).

Anyways, I got the Vegetarian Salad/Burrito Bowl.  In the bowl, I had them put romaine lettuce, a small scoop of chipotle-lime rice, fajita veggies (peppers & onions), black beans, fresh tomato salsa, corn salsa and guacamole.  They seriously have the best guac!

This was delicious!  I was in need of some colorful veggies for the day!  Check out all the guac they threw on here.

Super delicious, full of good nutrients, veggies and greens.  Just because it’s fast food doesn’t mean it is necessarily bad for you.  You just need to pick and choose the places that you go to, and pick and choose from the products they serve.

I knew that I would eventually want something sweet on our ride tonight and I could picture myself digging into the snack bag I packed for the weekend, so instead I whipped up some Banana Softserve for the road.  Same as the other night, which melty chocolate PB drizzled on top.

See you from NYC!


long run & leftovers

After lunch I headed to the gym for my long run.  After my busy weekend, I could not get motivated to run outside.  It seemed like more work than running on the treadmill, and I’m just not sure I would have pushed myself to run 10 miles!  So, I headed to the gym for my run.  I made sure to go so that I could watch Oprah during my run, which definitely helped move it along.  One hour and 35 minutes later, I had 10.6 miles under my belt.  Phew, glad that is over! 🙂

It is really important to fuel up with protein after a tough workout, so once home I made some juice, had some blueberry tea (to warm up!) and snacked on a Super Charge Me cookie to hold me over until dinner.

In my juice mix went:

  • 1 huge carrot
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 small green apples
  • 1/2 lemon

This fruit was all destined to be tossed with the trash tomorrow, so I needed to use it up!

We have tons of leftovers from the weekend, so dinner was a smorgasbord!

I had one slice of pepper and cheese pizza, one slice of BBQ chicken pizza and salad for greens!!!

I added some nuts to my salad for crunch.  Sahale Snacks sent me this Valdosta Nut Blend, along with some other nuts for me to try (full review to come later after I have tried everything).

The nut blend contains Pecans with Sweet Cranberries, Black Pepper and Orange Zest .  They were a delicious, sweet and crunchy mix!  I added a sprinkle of feta to my greens as well.  For dressing, I mixed up a little pomegranate juice with olive oil, salt and pepper.

Dressing ingredients:

Instead of mixing it all up, I just drizzle some of everything onto my salad.

I also enjoyed a Pomegranate Mocktail with my dinner, as well!  Seltzer with a splash of POM pomegranate juice and a squeeze of lemon. 🙂  I felt like a cocktail, but needed a detox after the weekend!

POM Wonderful sent me some samples of their 100% pomegranate juice that I have been enjoying for a few weeks now.  I love to use a splash of the pomegranate juice in my seltzer water and to mix it with a little olive oil for a delicious salad dressing, which is just what I did tonight.  The pomegranate juice is great!  It is both sweet and tart at the same time, and tastes just like the juice that you would squeeze directly from a pomegranate!  And, it is super healthy for you!

Check out the facts from their website:

All of POM Wonderful Juices:

  • contain no added sugars, preservatives or colors
  • are a good source of potassium
  • are gluten-free
  • are flash pasteurized to retain both flavor and nutrients
  • are certified kosher

It’s also 100% authentic, 100% delicious and 100% pure, meaning there’s no added sugar, colorants or cheap filler juices.

You can find this in almost any grocery store, so definitely give it a try!  The juice is great in cocktails as well!

For dessert, which I seem to have to eat lately, I tried a new chocolate bar!

Chocolove’s Crystalized Ginger in Dark Chocolate (65% Cocoa Content)

All of Chocolove’s bars have a fun poem inside!  This one came with a poem about Romeo & Juliet:

The chocolate bar is delicious dark chocolate with hunks of ginger – yum!

I love this chocolate company!