Brown-Bag Lady

Legs were feeling decent after Tuesday morning’s 8-miler and I stretched them out even more by taking a little walk to Central Park on my lunch break. My brown-bag lunch was enjoyed on a park bench: apple, 2 peices of Ezekiel sprouted grain bread with peanut butter, honey, and banana slices. Mmm, I could eat this sandwich every day!

lunch on a bench

Later in the afternoon I had a cappuccino that gave me the jitters. Must.cut.back.on.caffeine.asap!

Cappuccino

Snacks were multiple handfuls of the following: Salt & Pepper pistachios and chocolate-covered cranberries. This morning’s mileage made me a very hungry lady.

pistachios and chocolate covered cranberries

After work, I returned home ready to tackle my to-do list! First up: dinner using Nature’s Pride bread. I was sent two free loaves to sample as part of the FoodBuzz tastemaker program. I checked out the stats on this bread and was pleased to see that whole wheat flour was the number one ingredient.

Nature's Pride Bread

I toasted up a slice of the 12-grain bread and topped it with a Morningstar farms black bean burger, laughing cow cheese, and sprouts. On the side I sliced up some green bell pepper and plated some Stacy’s pita chips with chipotle hummus. This brand of chips is SO delicious, better than any other kind I’ve tried. Stacy – how do you do it??

Black bean burger

And then…I did laundry and vacuumed the floors! Not my favorite things to do, but quite necessary. Felt much better to get these chores over and done with. Night ended with a cup of Yogi detox tea

7.5 hours later, I started the morning with another cup of tea (green tea this time). If you know me/read this blog often, you’ll realize that I never, ever start my morning without coffee. However, I’ve been feeling kind of crappy lately and was wondering if too much caffeine had anything to do with it. I’m a little nervous about experiencing coffee withdrawl symptoms, so we’ll see how this goes…

With my cuppa, I enjoyed a mini lemon zest lara bar and then set out on a morning run in Central Park. My right hamstring/butt was giving me a bit of trouble, so I gave it a good stretch when I returned from my 6-miler (52  minutes, ~8:43/mile pace). The good news: faster paces are getting easier, the bad news: faster paces bother my hamstring. Hmmm.

luna bar

Inspired by Holly’s drool-worthy oatmeal concoctions, I attempted to have a little fun with my breakfast.

I prepped some overnight oats by combining the following in a tupperware:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 6 oz Stonyfield Farm low-fat plain yogurt
  • splash of 1% milk
  • sliced banana
  • dried cherries
  • Tbs PB2
  • peanut butter chips/chocolate chips

overnight oats

Mmmm, ’twas perfect after sitting in the fridge overnight and made a lovely post-run breakfast!

Heart oatmeal

Continuing on my quest to stop spending $30 in the office cafeteria every week, I packed another homemade lunch:

Lunch from home

  • Two slices of Nature’s Pride 12-grain bread (love the nutty taste!) topped with chipotle hummus, sprouts, and mozzarella cheese.
  • Sliced green bell pepper and the last of the hummus on the side.

I have plans to meet up with a blog reader who works near my office – so excited! I bet that will make my lunch hour a little more fun.

Speaking of exciting food, I have some VERY cool dinner plans. Hint: Reservations at one of the city’s best vegetarian restaurants. Stay tuned for a recap!

From the NY Times: How Marathon Running Affects the Heart

Birthday cake cannoli? Pumpkin pie cannoli? PB & J cannoli? Yes, if you live in the NYC area, check out the new artisan cannoli shop that just opened up on the LES.

Question: What is your favorite fall food? Pumpkin is delicious, but I think apples are my true Autumnal love…

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11 Responses

  1. My favorite fall food is definitely a tie between apples, cranberries and pumpkin! I’ve cut back on coffee lately…but all the “pumpkin spice latte” signs around town are calling my name!

  2. I have to agree, apples are probably my favorite fall food! I love them in any form: apple cider, apple pie, apple donuts! Yum! Now I need to go apple picking!

  3. I agree, Stacy’s pita chips are the best! I could easily eat an entire bag! I love both apples and pumpkin anything! Apples are so much better in the fall than any other time!

  4. apple apples and more apples. seriously can’t get enough!

    I’m interested in knowing how cutting back on caffeine is going to work. I’m thinking about doing the same thing, but i dont want any withdrawal symptoms ( i sound like some drug addict) but i love tea and need to start drinking it more! what are your favorite brands and flavors?

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  5. Lizzy – when i was contemplating the coffee withdrawl symptoms i also realized that i sounded like a drug addict. :-)

    my favorite caffeinated tea is english breakfast with a splash of milk/cream.

    i also love herbal teas like peppermint, yogi detox tea, and good earth’s sweet & spicy variety (kind of difficult to find…)

  6. Hi Megan!

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while and I absolutely love it. You’ve given me so many cooking ideas! I write for another WordPress publication and Runner’s Kitchen came up on the dashboard one day–talk about serendipity! I’m also a runner/foodie in New York, so we’ve probably crossed paths in Central Park at some point.

    Anyway, I just had to comment today, particularly to mention that I just tried those cranberry raisinets last weekend for the first time. Not only are they delicious, but I found them in 100 calorie packs in Duane Reade–perfect for a long run!

  7. yay for oatmeal concoctions! they are so much fun…its like cooking, art and eating all in one!

    i feel ya on the miscellaneous spending – tomorrow i get paid, and tomorrow starts major budgeting!

    have a good one girl!

  8. I am loving reading about your running as your training amps up. It impresses me that you can run everyday – I cannot seem to do two days in a row with the pain in my knee/shin.
    That sandwich combo (banana, PB, honey) never fails to make me feel like I am five years old and in heaven simultaneously! It’s so bloody good!
    Have fun at your dinner!

  9. Drooling over those overnight oats. I love the dried cherries/pb and chocolate chips. It’s just like my favorite TJ’s trail mix
    That cannoli store is too good for words

  10. I adore ezekial sprouted grain bread, almond butter and a pumpkin spice late. To me that is the BEST fall food. I love the fall. I’m in Texas, so this is when our running weather is ideal.

  11. […] snacks were identical to Tuesday: salt and pepper pistachios and chocolate covered cranberries. […]

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