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smoothie in a bowl

Happy Sunday! 🙂

I was feeling very productive this morning doing my work, so I decided to hold off on my workout until the afternoon.  Mid-morning, I was finally ready for a break for some breakfast.  I was famished at this point, so I made up a big bowl of oatmeal/oatbran.  See, some days, I just crave a solid bowl of oatmeal!

In my mix this morning went:

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup oat bran (I am liking this combo of rolled oats/oatbran)
  • 1 huge banana
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup almond milk

YUM!  As always, it was delicious and very filling.  In fact, It kept me full for a really long time.

While I was making this delicious bowl of oats for myself, Brant was working on his own creation.

Check out his omelet!  Yup, I was a little jealous when I saw that!

Anyways, while I finished up my work, I put some pineapple into the dehydrator to make my dried pineapple stash for the week.  Doesn’t it look good?!

In 12-14 hours I will have a delicious dried pineapple snack for the week.

Before my workout, I snacked on a granola bar and an orange to hold me over until my late lunch.  I tried this 18 Rabbits bar that I was sent to sample.

It was delicious.  See my review of other flavors here.  I loved the big chunks of figs and cherries.

At the gym, I decided to take it easy and do 45 minutes on the elliptical and 10 on the stepper.  My legs and body were a bit sore from yesterday’s weight session, so I want to let my body recover.

Once home, I knew that I needed some protein for my muscle recovery, and some greens for nutrients.  The last thing I felt like was a salad, so instead I made a thick, creamy Smoothie in a Bowl which I had seen on Kath’s blog!

In my SIAB mix:

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2 huge handfuls spinach
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 packet Chocolate Amazing Meal (you could substitute any protein powder here)
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds

Blended in the blender until thick and creamy.  For a normal smoothie I would have added more water or milk, but I wanted to eat this with a spoon.

Perfect for muscle recovery and staying power!  You have probably noticed that I love smoothies by reading my blog, and it’s true!  What I love most about them is that you can basically put anything that you want into a blender and have a super nutritious, quick and portable meal in a matter of seconds.  They are perfect for a meal replacement if you make it dense enough (because sometimes, like today, my smoothie was basically a salad blended up!), or for a quick protein replacement after a tough workout.  I keep frozen fruit and spinach in my freezer all the time, and a tub of hemp protein powder in the fridge for quick and easy smoothies when I am running out the door and don’t have time to think about or prepare a meal.  They really are perfect. 🙂

I used a ton of fresh spinach in this baby!

Once blended, I added some crunchy granola on top.  I loved the crunch.  Eating this smoothie with a spoon, tricked my mind into thinking that this was a larger meal, I think.  Funny how the mind works.

I also had a slice of toast with Chocolate Coconut Butter and Raspberry Jam.

A delicious late afternoon lunch!

We are off to a fun potluck tonight – off to make my dish. 🙂

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chill out!

I sat in the gym parking lot for a good 5 minutes this afternoon debating whether or not I wanted to go in.  See the thing is that I didn’t want to go in, but I almost felt guilty for not wanting to.  I just had no motivation to workout!  Then, I realized that my body is probably trying to tell me something – that I need a rest after my half marathon last weekend.  My legs are sending a signal to my brain saying “please don’t run!”, so I decided that I just need to chill out already!  Forget the guilt, it’s just not worth it.  Listening to your bodies cues are much more important in regards to working out and eating, so that’s what I did.  I’m pretty proud of myself. 🙂  Does this happen to anyone?  Do you feel guilty for not working out?

Instead of the gym, I came home to cook a fun meal using some beets in my fridge that were on their last legs that my friend Michi recommended.  I had 3 huge beets waiting to be used.

The recipe I used is from The New Moosewood Cookbook.  I love so many of their recipes, so I knew that this would be a winner as well!  It uses many of my favorites, including beets, pineapple, dried prunes and walnuts.  Check out the recipe here!

I preheated my oven to 400°F and cooked my beets wrapped in aluminum foil for 40 minutes.

While they were cooking I prepped my other ingredients by chopping up the pineapple, dried prunes and walnuts.

Once cooked, I popped the beets into my food processor using the grater attachment.  This is so much easier than grating my hand!  They were grated within seconds.  Gosh, beets are super messy – I now have red hands!

Then, I mixed everything together and put it in the fridge for 15 minutes to chill.  This recipe was so easy, and it tastes delicious.  It would be perfect for a BBQ.

For dinner purposes, I served the beet mix over some red leaf lettuce with a slice of seven grain bread.

This is a great way to get new colors into your diet, which is important for making sure that your body is getting all of the nutrients that it needs.  Different fruits and veggie colors mean that you are getting a few different vitamins and minerals that you don’t normally get!

Odessa Beets Recipe

from The New Moosewood Cookbook, found through Calorie Count

Ingredients:

  • 5 medium beets (I used 3 large)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (next time i’d use more)
  • 8 prunes, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple

Directions:

  1. Wrap beets in foil and cook at 400°F for about 40 minutes or until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, chop pineapple, prunes and walnuts.
  3. Peel and grate beets.
  4. Mix all ingredients together and chill before serving.
  5. Enjoy!

I love spending Friday night’s on the couch!  I am just about ready to whip up some Banana soft serve and chill out!!

half marathon training

I recently found out that my name was picked to run the New York City Half Marathon on March 21st!  I am not sure that I am really ready (mentally or physically) to fully train for another long race yet, but I am excited for this adventure.  I have decided to log in my workouts on my blog under my Running Laps tab at the top of the page, so that you can follow my progress (and to keep myself under check)!

Since I have planned to ski a lot this winter, and I am enjoying doing more cross training and weight lifting to get stronger, I am going to try to take more of a cross training approach to this training session.  I am still going to try to keep my mileage up around 30 miles per week, but will most likely only run 4 days a week instead of 5-6.  My plan is to have 1 long run day and 1 speedwork day each week, amongst my other workouts.  I am not going to follow a strict schedule like I normally do, so we’ll see how this goes!

Overall, I think that my body will feel better and get a well deserved break from all that running I have been doing. 🙂  I am thinking of this half marathon more as a way for me to stay motivated over the cold winter months than as a PR race!