I tried dates. I see Heather from Kiss My Broccoli always eatin’ them and she has pretty darn good taste in food so I decided to pick some up. I hate anything resembling a raisin. I don’t do dried fruit and I certainly would have never bought a package of dates if I hadn’t been seeing it on some of my favorite blogs lately.
The verdict… they’re good and not as gross as raisins. A little sweet and not too chewy. I wouldn’t crave them or anything, but they don’t make me gag which is a plus in my book!
I took Pepper to canine charm school. Yeah, he may be a cutie, but don’t let those sweet little eyes and adorable big ears fool you. This little guy is sweet as can be one second and a monster the next! We finally decided enough was enough and enrolled him in training classes. We had orientation on Saturday and the trainer brought her dog to show us some commands for us to work on until out first class on Saturday.
Let’s just say her dog was an absolute angel and if Pepper turns out half as good as that dog then it’s money well spent! He definitely needs a little more socialization too so it will be good for him.
I made the best sandwich ever. Using this recipe from Vegan YumYum, I made a batch of smokey miso tofu which is incredible! I toasted a couple of slice of Ezekiel bread, added avocado to both sides, some tomatoes and a few slices of tofu. So good! It was my first time using liquid smoke and it gives such an amazing smokey flavor and pairs so nicely with miso.
I made eggplant dengaku. I saw this recipe in Appetite for Reduction and was on a miso kick so decided to give it a try. It’s a delicious and easy side to make when you want something quick. here is a similar recipe if you want to try it yourself. I paired mine with a baked potato and greek yogurt for dinner and it really hit the spot.
I hope you all had a great weekend full of fun and good food! What was the highlight of the weekend for you?
Breakfast: Two slices of toasted Ezekiel bread with three egg white and iced coffee with unsweetened almond milk.
Morning Snack: Apple
Lunch: Kale salad (recipe from Oh She Glows). Stir-fry using a bag of frozen mixed veggies and this sauce I made the night before. The sauce was really good! The recipe called for anise stars which I didn’t use and it still turned out fine. I had never heard of that spice before, but it is beautiful! Check it out:
Pretty neat, huh?
Here’s me enjoying my lunch at my messy desk. Stir-fry.. MMM! :]
Afternoon Snack: Banana
Late Afternoon/Pre-Workout Snack: Ezekiel pita bread with almond butter. I ate half the pita with almond butter when I got home and when I realized I forgot to take a photo. I knew the right thing to do was eat the other half in order to take a photo so you all could see. :]
I wanted to work out but I didn’t feel like strength training or intense cardio so I went with Bob Harper’s yoga DVD. I’ve had this for awhile but never done it. Hour long workouts are just so hard for me to get into unless it’s a group exercise class with someone really there to motivate me.
This yoga workout was really awesome though. It’s a bit of strength, but the stretches are so good and there’s modifications for all the moves. The hour actually went by quickly which was great because…
I wanted to catch up on Secret Life! I always bring my laptop in the kitchen to clean or cook while watching tv shows so I feel productive. I got to work on dinner and followed along with the drama while chopping onions, garlic and ginger.
Dinner: Chickpea & eggplant curry from Appetite for Reduction that was enjoyed on the front porch with Greg & Pepper. I wish I could share the recipe with you all because it is amazing! I’ve loved every recipe I’ve made from this cookbook so far, but I think this is my favorite.
After dinner we went on a walk around the neighborhood so Pepper could get some energy out. After every walk, the minute we take the leash off, Pepper goes crazy and rolls and rubs his face all over the carpet. It’s pretty funny but kinda weird. Does anyone else’s dog do this?!
I’m off to pack lunches and get my gym bag ready because I’m going to try and make a strength class after work. I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!
Be sure and check out what everyone’s eatin’ at the What I Ate Wednesday party!
The park we also go to is heavily wooded and runs right by a farm. You never know what you’re going to see! We’ve ran into baby raccoons, tiny turtles, llamas, horses, donkeys and snakes while walking through there. I love it! Okay, maybe I didn’t love the snake, but it was neat to see.
Pepper & I on one of our walks over the weekend. It was beautiful out! Like my tan?
Last week I didn’t do much thanks to my knee hurting a bit. I wanted to stay off of it for awhile and give it time to heal, but it’s still feeling weird so I’m not sure how active I’ll be this upcoming week either. I still did some upper body and core work, walking and yoga a couple of times.
I didn’t even bother putting my heart rate monitor on for most of those activities since I knew I didn’t burn much.. I probably burned somewhere around 800 calories. I actually liked taking the week off only because I knew my body needed time to rest. I was reading an article where this one woman works out every day for a week and stays with her diet and she will then take a week off and eat for nourishment that week. She said it gives her muscles longer than usual to repair themselves and that she finds she tones up a lot faster due to this. I know that everyone is different, but that made a lot of sense to me. I’m sure your body needs more than a day or two off, you know?
Greg also told me something that really stuck with me. He’s been reading Daniels’ Running Formula (which he loves, btw) and said that in one part of the book the author mentions that if you don’t make time for your body to rest that it will make it for you in the form of sickness or injury. I’ve never really thought about it that way, but it makes total sense. I’m definitely going to be taking more time off here and there.
Here were my goals for last week:
Keep going with my food diary. I’ve tracked everyday for awhile now and I’d like to keep that momentum up!
I’ve done really well with tracking my food and keeping up my healthy eating habits. You can view my food diary here.
Do more yoga. My knee is a little weird right now so I want to take it easy for awhile.
I only did a couple of yoga sessions, but that’s better than none! It’s more than I usually do so I would consider that a success.
Pack a healthy lunch this week and post them here. The campus I work at is on spring break so there are no dining halls open this week.
I did this too! I packed my own healthy lunches and even though I didn’t take photos of them all, I do remember what all I had.
That is not all my food, btw! haha. I ate with a friend that day.
I took Monday & Tuesday off work, so I only had to do lunch for three days. Friday turned out to be a leave early kinda day, so I didn’t eat lunch at work then.
Wednesday was a stir-fry of carrots, broccoli, snap peas, onions and mushrooms with quinoa. I also had a salad of field greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, sunflower seeds, avocado and sprouts with balsamic dressing. I also had a coconut water to drink.
Thursday was the same salad as above along with kale & yam soup, a banana and water.
It’s not hard to pack a healthy lunch, but it definitely takes some planning. I’m always running late in the mornings (need to change that!) so I always make them the night before. Sometimes on Sundays I will make a huge batch of soup or quinoa to use throughout the week. Also, when I go grocery shopping I buy a ton of salad ingredients and will make around 7-10 salads in individual tupperware containers so Greg & I can just grab them before heading to work. I’m all about saving some time!
I’ll probably be staying off my knee most of this week as well, but I still want to set some goals to help with my motivation.
1. Continue with upper body & core work, as well as yoga.
2. Start planting veggie seeds in starter pots. Greg & I are determined to get a garden growing this summer! We bought a lot of seeds and are ready to get to plantin’!
3. Keep up with my water intake. I just bought a 34 oz. water bobble today and know it will help me fulfill my water intake while I’m at work.
I’m now off to enjoy the last few minutes of sunshine. I absolutely love this weather and that it stays light out until almost 9pm! This is going to be a great summer, I just know it!
This is a tad late, but that’s better than never! Last week I worked out for a total of 3:41 and burned 1,878 calories. Not too bad for jumping back into working out out after being sick for a few days. The weather here has been awesome so Greg and I have been getting outdoors and walking/running as much as possible. Another reason for that is we are running a 5k on April 30th! I’m so excited and nervous! I’ve never done a race before, but I can’t wait to be running along with the crowd!
Lemme tell you though.. running outdoors is so much different than the treadmill. I know you’re probably like well, yeah of course it is.. but this is all new to me. I love running outside though and I think the scenery makes it go by so much faster than being in the stinky gym watching ESPN (ugh, yes, that’s all my gym offers besides CNN & Fox News). Luckily this 5k is pretty flat the entire way and it’s along a Dogwood trail so it will be gorgeous out!
I’m going to do some running with Greg and Pepper where the race will be so I can see what it’s like and get used to it before the race. Pep can’t get enough of this weather and wants to be outside all day so I’m excited to take him out more often.
Speaking of Pepper, I was at Earth Fare the other day and decided to head down the pet aisle to get him a treat and noticed they had a lot of dog foods on sale. Now I know this is horrible, but I never gave much thought to what I was feeding him. I always bought him the higher priced food and assumed that was better than the cheaper stuff and that was that.
I grabbed a bag of Wellness just to check out the ingredients and was really surprised. Here’s what they are if you can’t read the text on the photo:
Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Oatmeal, Ground Barley, Ground Brown Rice, Tomato Pomace, Rye Flour, Canola Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a natural source of Vitamin E), Tomatoes, Rice Bran, Deboned Whitefish, Natural Chicken Flavor, Carrots, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Blueberries, Ground Flaxseed, Ground Millet, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Minerals [Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite], Vitamins [Beta-Carotene, Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B-12 Supplement], Choline Chloride, Taurine, Mixed Tocopherols (a natural preservative), Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Chicory Root Extract, Garlic, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Green Tea Extract, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation products
It had veggies like sweet potatoes (which I know he loves), spinach and even blueberries and apples! I thought I might as well try it out since it was fairly cheap and see how it went. It suggests you gradually incorporate it with the old food and when I did Pepper would eat all of the Wellness mix out and leave the old stuff! I picked up the old brand of food to see their ingredients and now I kinda see maybe why:
Ground Whole Corn, Meat And Bone Meal, Ground Whole Wheat, Corn Gluten Meal, Animal Fat (preserved With BHA and Citric Acid), Wheat Mill Run, Chicken By-product Meal, Natural Flavor, Salt, Rice, Potassium Chloride, Vegetable Oil (source of Linoleic Acid), Vitamins (Dl-alpha Tocopherol Acetate [source of Vitamin E], Choline Chloride, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate [source of Vitamin C*], Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Biotin, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement [Vitamin B2], Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Dried Vegetables (Peas, Carrots), Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Potassium Iodide), Added FD&C Colors (Red 40, Blue 2, Yellow 6, Yellow 5).
Seriously. Pepper usually annoys the crap out of me and will totally eat some disgusting things, but the lil’ dude deserves better than that! I’m really happy that I’ve started the switch over and I should have the old food phased out by the end of the week. I haven’t noticed any changes except how he only eats the new food, but I will keep an eye on anything and give updates.