Spin Out Your Stress

My week went by fast, but I am so ready for the weekend!

After Thursday night’s 10 mile run, I decided it would be best to sleep in a little on Friday and plan for a p.m. gym visit. My day started off simply: coffee, Nature’s Path instant oatmeal (made with skim), and a banana.

oatmeal with banana

Lunch was a leftovers re-mix: lentils, 1/2 sweet potato, melted mozzarella cheese, and hot sauce. I heated up everything for 2 minutes and then mixed in a big handful of arugula. All of the flavors melded together quite nicely :-)

arugula, sweet potato, lentils

I managed to fit in a brisk 15 minute walk at lunchtime….I sat at my desk for 10+ hours yesterday and I could NOT do that again today. I needed some sunshine!

Afternoon snackeroos were decaf cappuccino and another honest foods baked granola bar. I love the ingredient list on these bars: oats, almond butter, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, etc. So good! I can’t wait to try all of the flavors. The variety I had yesterday was pretty good – it had a decidedly almond flavor.


honest foods

I was feeling kind of brain-fried when I finally left work, so I wasn’t in the best of spirits when I arrived at the gym. I thought about packing it in and going home, but I know that I always feel better after a sweaty workout so I stuck it out. I warmed up on the elliptical for 10 minutes and then took a 45 minute cycling class. This instructor was nowhere near as fun as the guy who teaches my Tuesday a.m. class., but all-in-all it was a good workout and I felt better afterward.

I stopped at Whole Foods on my way home and decided that I needed a little snack from the salad bar – a small container of spinach salad with lemon pepper tofu.

whole foods salad

And then when I got home, I heated up some lentils with hot sauce (that’s the last of the lentils, I promise!) and a veggie burger with hummus on a whole wheat sandwich thin. And there wasn’t a simple carbohydrate in sight ;-)

lentils and veggie burger

I experienced some internet problems that caused me to freak out put a damper on my to-do list, so I decided to unwind with a book + early bedtime. But before I hit the sheets, I needed a snack: Oikos plain greek yogurt with a Tbs almond butter and 1/2 crushed Kashi granola bar.

yogurt

Things are looking up today – the internet issues are solved, I’m about to head out the door for a run, and I have a fun afternoon + evening planned with one of my best friends from high school. Happy Weekend!

What if you’re a runner, but can’t tolerate pasta? No worries, there are other options.

Question: Are you a pasta lover? Or do you prefer to get your carbs in other ways? I don’t really like pasta, but thankfully I DO love potatoes, bread, and oatmeal. Yay, carbs!

Spinning and Strength

Good morning! Check out my latest contribution to the Running Shorts column on True/Slant – Alternative Sports Medicine. If you’re struggling with aches and pains, make sure you know all of your options.

Yesterday was an early one, but getting up with the sun was worth it – I love my Tuesday morning spin class! I started off with 1/2 decaf coffee and a few pieces of dried fruit.

Prunes

After a fun 45 minute cycling session, I did some strength training (not my fav, but necessary):

  • 3 x 10 bicep curls
  • 3 x 10 tricep dips
  • 3 x 10 tricep extensions
  • 3 x 10 lunges

And then 20 minutes on the elliptical to read Marie Claire magazine cooldown.

Breakfast was vanilla greek yogurt with PB2 mixed in, a lazy girl’s baked apple, and a vita muffin.

My “lazy girl’s baked apple” was just a sliced Macoun apple, drizzled with maple syrup and cinnamon, and microwaved for 2 minutes. So easy to make, but it feels so much more special than a regular ol’ apple.

vitatop and chobani

Mid-morning snack: Heritage grain flakes and 2% milk.

Heritage flakes

Lunch was a cup of Campbell’s Select french onion soup and a hummus, arugula, and mozzarella sandwich on a whole wheat flat bread. I was pleasantly surprised by this soup – very rich and flavorful and no “canned soup” taste.

soup and sandwich

And then some leftover Halloween candy to power me through the rest of the afternoon…

Halloween candy

After I left the office I headed to my local polling place to vote. Yay, civic duty! And then returned to my apartment for dinner and a few hours of writing, emailing, and blog work. I think I stared at a computer screen for 14+ hours yesterday – yikes!

Dinner was a repeat of Monday – 1/2 baked sweet potato, lentils, lots of mozzarella cheese, and hot sauce. Oh, and some leftover apple cider!

lentils

I resisted the new Mad Men DVD sitting on my desk (must.respond.to.emails), but I could not resist the call of Katie’s homemade pb & j bars sitting in my fridge. I warmed one up in the microwave and added a big dollop of greek yogurt (tastes like whipped cream!)

pb & j bar

I may have eaten another pb & j bar around 1am. It was a long night…

10 Free Ways to Get Healthy in November!

Hungry for a sandwich? How about generous scoops of quinoa and hummus rolled in a blistered naan along with pickled vegetables, sauerkraut and tangy yogurt? Yes, please! Read more about these drool-worthy sandwiches on the NY Times.

Get the 411 on dried fruit – FYI yogurt covered raisins are NOT your best option.

Is there a connection between processed foods and depression? The BBC reports on a study that says yes.

A new study suggests that yoga is very beneficial for women being treated for eating disorders. Yay, yoga!

Question: What’s your “power snack” to get you through a late night of homework/work?

Kitchen Creativity

When I was thinking about what to make for dinner last night, I knew I wanted to use up ingredients that I already had in my pantry. I decided to cook a big batch of brown rice, lentils, and sauteed onion. I mixed a serving of each in a bowl and added a few spoonfuls of Dinosaur BBQ sauce. Sounds weird, but it was actually pretty good! I’m going to have leftovers for lunch today.

Rice, lentils, onionsAll together

I ended my day with a cup of my favorite tea and an oatmeal raisin cookie.Cookie and tea

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

Although I eat meat occasionally, I prefer plant-based foods. I’ve been craving sloppy joes lately and decided to finally try a recipe from my Veganomicon cookbook. The cookbook authors call these “Snobby Joes”, but I just call them delicious! Due to copyright issues, I don’t think I can post the exact  recipe, but I’ll give you a summary, and you can get the full recipe here.Ingredients

Veganomicon’s Snobby Joe’s – Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • Uncooked lentils
  • yellow onion
  • green pepper
  • tomato sauce
  • tomato paste
  • garlic cloves (I forgot to buy garlic, so I used garlic salt instead of plain salt)
  • olive oil
  • maple syrup
  • yellow mustard
  • salt, oregano, chili powder (I substituted a tsp of hot sauce for the chili powder)

Directions:

Cook lentils, drain, set aside. About 10 minutes before the lentils are done boiling,  saute the onion and pepper in the oil until softened. Add the garlic and saute a minute more. Add the cooked lentils, the chili powder, oregano and salt and mix. Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste. Cook for about 10 minutes. Add the maple syrup and mustard and heat through.  Serve a scoop of “snobby joes” over toasted rolls, yum! Snobby Joe'sUp-closeOven fries

Oven fries with Cumin – Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 large potato
  • Tb olive oil
  • tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • salt (to taste)
  • cooking spray

Directions:

Wash potato, cut into 1/4 inch strips.  Combine oil, cumin, pepper, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add potatoes and toss well to coat. Arrange on a single layer on a baking sheet coated with vegetable cooking spray. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Flip potatoes over, and bake for another 10-15 minutes until browned. Serve with ketchup.

Also, check out this list of 25 Cheap, Healthy, and Delicious foods!

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