Life has been busy, hence my lack of recent blog posts. I have been committing to my yoga practice, trying to enjoy some outside bike rides and fires, working hard on a few different projects, and enjoying time with my new roommates.
I have been drinking wine, teaching kids yoga, attending donut club, playing on the 606, reading like crazy, drinking a ton of espresso, and this past weekend we did a family trip up to Green Lake, Wisconsin.
What I haven’t been doing much off…cooking, baking, and blogging. I’ve been lucky enough to have some help in the kitchen and of course my BBQ master. Plus, with new roommates, there are more of us to help out with all of the meal planning. Last weekend was so super busy, I never even made it to the grocery store! So that being said, it was very clear when about 2 weeks ago I was playing tennis with my dad, went to shag down a run away ball, and fell in a hole, rolling my left ankle to the sounds of cracking and popping that perhaps the universe was encouraging me to slow down.
I iced and taped my ankle and focused on rest throughout the weekend. I took a night off from yoga teacher training and an easy bike ride throughout town (see picture above). At a time when my yoga practice was escalating and getting more intense, I too a step back. It wasn’t easy but I listened to my body. Luckily, the 5k I was supposed to run the next weekend got cancelled and by this weekend, I was feeling 85% better with only mild amounts of pain with lateral movements and Warrior II. Last Friday, I even went out for a pain free run and Saturday morning did a fun yoga session on the dock with my mom in Wisconsin.
However, Saturday took a sad turn when my right big toe got sliced by a sliding doggie gate. It didn’t look good for my nail but didn’t look bad enough for a trip to the rural Wisconsin ER. We bandaged up my toe and the weekend proceeded on with boat rides, food, crazy doggies, sunsets, and wine!
It was a wonderful weekend get away and we all appreciated the sunshine and stories.
Yesterday, I decided to have my toe checked out by the podiatrist. All the funny walking had my left ankle acting up again and I wasn’t sure what to do with the wound. The good news…no signs of infection. The bad news…my big toe nail was coming off. Somehow I made it through 2 marathons with all 10 toe nails and here after a casual weekend in Wisconsin, I was losing my first one.
I was instructed to rest and so rest I did. I spent last night off my feet, but didn’t sleep so well last night. I took today off of work, figuring my right toe and now sore left ankle weren’t ready for the ball pit at work. After a mid morning nap and a bandage change, my toe was feeling much better. So much so that I got a bit antsy. Since yoga, running, and biking were on the ‘No’ list, I took advantage of a yoga glo meditation. And then whipped up 2 new raw recipes for snacks for the week.
Which means after a quiet few months, I actually have some recipes to share. The first one, I modified a bit using a little almond milk instead of extra honey to help the dough come together. Both recipes below are as written without my modifications.
These protein bites are super delicious and won’t last long in your house! I was so successful that I decided to try one more with dates and peanut butter since we had both in the house.
For this recipe, I added a little extra chia and because I didn’t have peanuts, I used a mix of nuts from a trail mix.
I had to try a tiny bite before putting the bars into the fridge…
And they are also super delish! After all of the activity, I was ready to retreat back to my chair with a little more rest and some ice.
Because clearly, someone, somewhere is telling me to rest and slow down. My plan for the week is to let pain be my guide and build up my activity level slowly as able each day. I know that I will be back in my gym shoes and on my mat soon enough. And within the next year, I’ll even have a brand new toe nail!
Until then, I’ll be hanging with my new nurse!
How do you know when you need to slow down?
Have you ever lost a toe nail?
No Bake Cinnamon Vanilla Protein Bites
From Cotter Crunch
- 1 heaping TBSP ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup (around 65-75grams) Vanilla Protein Powder
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup honey ·
- ½ cup almond meal or peanut flour (you can also just finely grind raw almonds) ·
- ¼ cup nut butter (creamy no stir works best)
- ¾ cup of gluten free quick oats or gluten free cereal of choice
- Vanilla extract
- Grind up your oats or cereal in a food processor and transfer into a mixing bowl. This is optional. You can keep them whole as well and adjust the addition of honey.
- Add your almond meal, protein powder, cinnamon, and nut butter. Stir ingredients all together. Add in your honey and vanilla then mix again well with hands.
- Roll into 1-1.5 inch balls and place on cookie tray or plastic ware with parchment paper underneath.
- Dust with additional cinnamon and vanilla protein if desired.
- Keep in fridge or freezer for up to 6 weeks (if they last that long).
Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Bars
From My Sequined Life
- 1 cup pitted, whole dates
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1/4 cup peanuts
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 tbsp chia seeds (or 2x as much)
- Add all ingredients to food processor and process until the ingredients break down and become a mostly cohesive mixture. You will still have little pieces of peanuts remaining, and the consistency of the mixture should hold together when you press it together.
- Line a rimmed dish with parchment paper and press mixture into it, leaving your desired thickness.
- Refrigerate for at least 45 minutes before slicing. Store bars in the refrigerator.