Oh, how I love waking up with no alarm to a full day ahead of me. Truth is, I purposely made NO plans for today. I knew that Wednesday through Saturday were going to be pretty busy, and I wasn’t sure how sore I would be after yesterday’s half marathon. I wanted to a day to chill out, get a few things done around the house, and hang with the BOY before I lose him to finals prep. I’m adding in a few shopping stops, but mostly, I just wanted a lazy day off! Can you blame me?
Yes, this was last night’s big event laying around in my PJ’s and compression socks, eating my favorite snack (popcorn with olive oil), and drinking a little bubbly out of my congratulations glass. Only fitting after yesterday’s race!
I woke up starving and although I really wanted something rich and sweet like pancakes, I had the perfect leftovers to make a flavorful Breakfast Stirfry.
It was exactly what I needed to get my day started. Although the first half of my day involved sitting on the couch, looking for recipes, and watching Law&Order (I swear if there was an L&O Anonymous, I would be a founding member). Around my 3rd episode, I was actually starting to feel hungry. Usually this happens to me the day after an intense workout, all I want to do is eat all day. I was snacking on an apple with almond butter when the BOY mentioned heading out for lunch. I convinced him to take me to Which Wich? since I was totally craving a veggie sandwich with pesto and hummus!
This is seriously the BEST sandwich place EVER! If you have one in your neighborhood, I highly recommend checking it out. Afterwards, I made a
quick longer than expected stop at Michael’s. I still haven’t framed my Marathon poster, and for the past year, I have been wanting to hang it in the office. Who knows…there may be more to follow!
With the BOY at the library, I finally had a few quiet hours at home. I threw some banana bread in the oven and FINALLY sat down to watch last week’s Grey’s Anatomy. What can I say…I’m still hooked on this show!
The house started to smell incredible, which the banana bread gets credit for. I had some over ripe bananas and wanted to try something new and fall-tastic.
This isn’t easy considering all of the banana bread recipes I’ve made, but after a few minutes searching online, I came across this recipe for Maple Banana Bead on Baker By Nature. She used oat flour, so I just subbed in white flour. And because the only Greek yogurt I have is pumpkin flavor, I used that too. It goes with the fall-tastic theme!
I debated whether or not to add in some nuts for crunch, but in the end placed a few pecans along the top of the bread.
Taste Test? Of course!
The batter was tasty, but not as maple flavored as I expected BUT my house is overflowing with sweet maple aroma.
I can’t wait try it. Because let’s be honest…along with some wine in a Congrats glass, banana bread is perfect for recovering from a race on your Day Off.
Now I just have to wait for the BOY to come home from the library to watch the DVRed Bear’s game!
What do you like to do the day after a race?
Because this week was so crazy, I loved laying low today.
But…tomorrow I have a 90 minute full body massage. Hooray!
Maple Banana Bread
From Baker By Nature
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup maple syrup
2 eggs, room temperature
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
4 very ripe bananas, mashed
2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Spray the bottom and sides the loaf pan with non-stick spray.
In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt, set aside. In a separate large bowl, beat maple syrup and eggs with a whisk until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add melted butter. Add mashed bananas, Greek yogurt, and vanilla. Gently mix in dry ingredients. Pour batter into the lined loaf pan and bake for about 1 hour.
Cool before cutting.