Despite my body forcing me to take an unplanned rest day on Wednesday (or perhaps, because of it) I had a really good week of workouts. I've been leaning heavier on the run vs. strength/barre workouts recently as I'm trying to get ready (again) for my first half marathon in April. I'm going to aim for 12 miles this weekend and if it feels comfortable to me (I ran 12 once before my knee issues) then I'm going to sign up for race next week. I think I'm also running more because I know Summer will be here before I'm ready and I'm not sure how long I'll be running in 90+ degree temperatures.
I found myself in a bit of a food rut again this past week so I've been trying to be creative in the kitchen. I definitely didn't reinvent the wheel with this one, but I never thought to toast a flatout wrap before to use as a treat with my PB2!
I sprayed it with a bit of PAM, sprinkles stevia and cinnamon all over it, and baked it on a parchment lined baking pan in the oven for 5-6 minutes at 350 degrees. With the 4 Tb of Chocolate PB2 it came out to just shy of 200 calories. I'm going to try making other 'chips' out of the flatout bread - I think rosemary and olive oil is next! If you haven't tried PB2 yet I'm addicted. I go through 2 16 oz bags a month. It's just powdered peanuts that you add water to and use as a replacement for peanut butter. Regular peanut butter has 200 calories in 2 tablespoons and PB2 has only 45. That's what's up! I'll probably do a post soon on all the incredible ways I like to eat it.
Part of getting out of my food rut entailed a trip to Fresh Market last night before dinner. I was in the mood to roast vegetables and make a light, detoxifying salad for dinner. I also wanted to pick up some Oolong tea to try a metabolism-boosting tea recipe I found online here. It tastes incredible! Cinnamon sticks can be kind of pricey so try looking in the Hispanic spice section at your grocery store. For whatever reason they are always much cheaper there! Also, if you live in Pensacola, Apple Market has them super cheap.
I also picked up some veggie and fruit chips. I hadn't tried the fruit chips before and, no surprise, they were gone in about 2 minutes. The star one was definitely my favorite! Very unique flavor - I"ll have to find an excuse to go back to Fresh Market soon to pick all the star pieces out of the fruit chip bin ;)
Aren't those veggies ready to be roasted just gorgeous? I love, love, love eating real foods. I had such a blast getting my hands dirty with it all. I roasted the acorn squash and sweet potatoes per my recipe here, used this basic baked kale chip recipe (plus adding 1/4 c. of Nutritional Yeast), and subbed balsamic vinegar for the olive oil to roast the brussel sprouts.
It was my first time having kale or brussle sprouts! I know, I know, what kind of 'healthy living' blogger am I? The kale chips were incredible. I wish the bunch didn't cost $3 because I'd make them every day. My favorite part of the brussle sprouts were the nearly-burned outer leaves so I think next time I'm just going to rip the leaves all off and roast them like that! The detox salad recipe can be found here, and the only thing I left out were the currants (a.k.a., rich folks raisins.)
All this food talk is making me hungry. I've got so much work to do this weekend, but thankfully I love my jobs so I'm looking forward to it! Particularly creating the plan and shooting a video for my Happiness project. I also scored my first real freelance writing gig for Completely You's blog so look for me to point you in that direction when I publish articles there!
I took this photo in the bathroom before class this week. I know some of my students read this and I highly doubt any of them would be surprised to see this is how I prepare for my lectures.