Running Date, Leftovers, and a Smoothie

Sunday Funday began EARLY today with a running date.

 

Ya’ll know that I am a mostly solitary runner, so I get excited at the chance to run with other people, friends or strangers : )  Which is why despite staying up a late for dinner and drinks last night, I set my alarm for a Sunday morning run.  Ok, I woke up at 7:30 which isn’t that early, but I usually sleep in later on Sundays.

 

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Breakfast was a running staple…TJ’s oatmeal with banana and pecans.  I met up with the trainer and two other friends at my old gym for an outdoor run.  The weathermen were predicting snow, but we were about to get out and begin winding through the neighborhoods before any foul weather.  It was around 35 degrees and at one point, we had to stop to delayer.  We ran at a steady pace for about 50 minutes before taking a good 20 minutes to stretch and roll out.  After making plans to run again next Saturday, I made my way over to Whole Foods for a few groceries.

 

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I was back home in time for lunch, laundry, and a second straight day of college basketball.

 

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For lunch, I baked a small sweet potato, smothered it with leftover pulled pork, and some cubed avocado with a side of mushrooms.  I didn’t get any great pictures of the pork last night, so I was hoping today’s pics would get your mouth watering.

 

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Mine certainly was as I dug into this BBQ Pork Baked Sweet Potato!

 

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One thing that caught my eye at Whole Foods this morning was their new line of juices.  They are made with just fruits and veggies, no water or sugar added.  The Green-Aid reminded me of yesterday’s invigorating green smoothie.

 

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I tried a new to me smoothie ingredient that added tons of flavor.

 

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Cucumber!

 

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I made a total mess in my clean kitchen with this smoothie, but it was worth it.  This sweet smoothie was one of the most refreshing I’ve ever made.  Cucumber may be a new stable in my homemade smoothies!

 

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After swimming on Thursday, spinning on Saturday, and running today, my legs are pretty fried.  It’s a great day to put up my feet and watch some basketball.  I’ll probably make another one of these incredible green smoothies too!

 

 

How are you spending your Sunday?

 

This is the IronGirl triathlon that I have been thinking about this June.  Has anyone done an IronGirl event before???

 

Refreshing Green Smoothie

 

Ingredients

1 large handful of spinach (I fill the bottom third of my blender)

1 cup of coconut water (I used flavored)

1 apple, cored and diced

1/2 medium sized cucumber, chopped

Splash of fresh lemon juice

1 cup frozen mango

 

Directions

Place spinach, coconut water, apple, and cucumber in a blend.  Pulse or chop until veggies are broken down.  Then blend on low-medium.  Add lemon juice and frozen mango.  Blend on high for a few minutes until smooth.

Sip and Smile

Note: I am learning with my new blender that the longer I let things blend on high, the frothier and smoother my smoothies are!

Friday Morning Vacation

I am beyond thrilled with my last minute decision to take the entire day off of work instead of working 5 hours in the morning and then driving back home (30 miles) before driving down to St. Louis!

 

I slept in well past my first patient, and I finally learned how to make flip pancakes!

 

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Yum!  These are incredible!

 

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I had time to make another loaf of Irish Soda Bread to take with us this weekend.

 

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And then sat down to catch up on blog reading, emails, and tea drinking while my bread cooked. 

 

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A little after 10am, I pulled my bread out of the oven and headed outside for some fresh air and sunshine.  Both have been lacking this week!  I also just needed some quiet and alone time, and the path is always so peaceful!

 

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With the all of the ice, snow, and rain these past few weeks, the path was a bit of a mess.  There was ice along some parts that needed to be walked over and a flood so bad that I would have needed a canoe to get across.  Running (and walking) along the trail, I felt calmer than I had all week!

 

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I walked in the front door just after the start of the Indiana vs Illinois basketball game, and.sat down to watch the game with a shamrock shake.

 

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Yea Right!  It’s just a kale, orange, mango green smoothie, which is super tasty!

I definitely need to have more Friday morning vacations in my life!

 

 

 

Friday Morning Pancakes

Adapted from Two Ingredient Pancakes

 

Ingredients

1 banana, mashed

1 egg

1/4 cup almond meal

 

Directions

Combine all three ingredients and stir well.

Pour batter onto a pre-heated, coated-in-non-stick-cooking-spray skillet or fry pan.

Cook and flip!  Top with your favorite pancakes toppings.

On Today’s Menu…Mexican Meatloaf

I am happy to say that I was able to catch up on sleep this week and make a few more deposits into the sleep bank this weekend. I am feeling way less run down.  I felt strong throughout the entire 90 minute Hot Yoga class yesterday and am almost looking forward to seeing what CrossFit has in store for me (although I know it involves box jumps which are intimidating).

 

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I turned leftovers from last night’s dinner into this morning’s breakfast.

 

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I had left over sweet potato and balsamic asparagus.  I roughly chopped them up and mixed them  into 1 egg + 2 egg whites with seasoned salt.

 

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I think that a goat cheese or feta would have complimented this combination perfectly but we didn’t have any in the house.  Can you guess what I am doing this afternoon?  If you guessed going to the grocery store that would be correct!

 

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The sweetness of the potatoes were delish mixed with the egg and sea salt.  In the summer time, I am always throwing leftover grilled veggies into my eggs, and I have to get better about doing this in the winter too!

 

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Speaking of winter, my Mom is reporting a big snow storm heading our way.  I’m not sure if she is doing this just so that I will sleep over tomorrow night (which is the game plan), but it looks like we could be blanketed in white over the next 24 hours.  Boo!  I certainly won’t have ay strength to help shovel after today’s CrossFit.

 

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We did a lot of leg work (including box jumps) followed by arm work.  In the end, I was proud of my effort, but I am learning that I can push myself a little bit more with the amount of weight I use.

 

My post workout smoothie was one of my best, so I totally had to share it with you!

 

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Spinach, Orange, and Mango Smoothie

1 cup almond milk

2 huge handful of spinach

2 little cuties, peeled and separated

1 cup frozen mango

Ice cubes

 

Blend and Enjoy!

 

 

On The Menu for this Week…

 

Monday: Mexican Turkey Meatloaf (recipe below)

 

Tuesday: Snow Day Sleepover

 

Wednesday: Homemade Indian

 

Thursday: Leftovers

 

Lunch: Chicken Tortilla Soup (I used this recipe but made it in my crockpot)

Snack: PB&J Energy Bars

 

 

So I have to warn you in advance that our kitchen light is broken, so these pictures aren’t top notch.

 

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I made three turkey meatloaves…two with cheese for the BOY and one without for me!

 

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This dinner is ridiculously easy and a huge success!  It has fantastic flavor and will definitely be added into our week night rotation!  Between the Chicken Tortilla Soup and the leftover meatloaf, we have more than enough to keep us full if we wake up to the expected 9 inches of snow tomorrow!

 

What’s on your menu this week?

 

 

Mexican Turkey Meatloaf

From BevCooks.com

Makes 2-3 mini meatloaves

Ingredients

1 1/2 pound lean ground turkey
1 egg
1/2 cup grated carrot (I got lazy and didn’t add this)
1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
3/4 cup chunky salsa (plus more for drizzling on top)
1 pinch coarse salt
1 pinch garlic salt
1/2 tsp ground cumin

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine everything in a bowl. Mix with your hands. Divide mixture in half or thirds and form little loaves with your hands on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.

Coat with extra salsa and bake for 45 minutes.

Run Down

Man, I am feeling run down this weekend. ( Note: my definition of weekend includes Monday since I don’t work today! )

And this is not just because I stayed up late to watch the fairly predictable Oscar’s last night.  It all started Saturday morning when I had a slow start to the day, followed by a nap, before actually putting in my contacts at 1pm. 

 

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I did hit the neighborhood for a 30 minute run.  It was pretty slow and I felt like I was running with weights strapped to my ankles.  I have no idea why I felt so tired.  It’s possible that it had to due with a stressful week that lacked my usual hours of sleep or maybe I’m just coming down with something.

 

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For whatever reason, I was running on empty, literally!  Sunday morning was Hot Yoga!  This is always a challenging class, but this week my legs were shaking like crazy 30 seconds into chair pose.  Although my balance poses were on, I was more than ready for child’s pose, stretching, and shavasana by the end.  The rest of the day was laid back and productive.  I had a lot to do around the house (yes, my pantry needed to be reorganized AGAIN) and a run down weekend is the prefect time for these types of activities.

 

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It’s no surprise that I didn’t wake up until my alarm went off this morning after more than 9 hours of sleep.  I set it for 30 more minutes waking up a few minutes before I needed to get ready for CrossFit.  I was a little nervous to go to this morning’s workout, especially when I found out that it involved burpees.  I knew that I didn’t have 100% of my energy but I figured I would do the best that I could.  Thankfully, the people I workout with are super supportive and there is great energy in the gym.  I survived today’s WOD AMRAP 8 although at one point I thought I might fall over : )  I made it through the ~2 minute cash out (optional) workout too.

 

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When I got done with my workout, I felt strong but tired.  I knew I needed some serious energy in the form of a refreshing smoothie.  I recently saw a carrot and orange smoothie on Herbivore Triathlete that intrigued me.  I didn’t have any fresh carrot juice, but thought that maybe my new blender could puree the carrots good enough to be a smoothie.

 

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On a whim, I threw in some kale.

 

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I had full intentions of adding ginger as well, but didn’t have time.

 

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I took one quick sip before packing up my smoothie to go.

 

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The BOY had an eye doctor appointment and I was going along to help him pick out new glasses.  Meanwhile, I found some glasses of my own to try on.

 

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While I was keeping myself busy reading a magazine, I saw a similar smoothie (minus the kale) in Clean Eating Magazine.   The best part is that it is supposed to boost energy.  That’s exactly what I needed this weekend!  When I’m feeling run down, it effects more than just my workouts.  I don’t make wise decisions about snacking and my memory stinks.  Looking to the week ahead,  I am committing to catching up on sleep, eating well, and working out hard.

 

 

Do you have weekends where you feel run down?

How do you get energized again?

 

 

Carrot, Orange, and Kale Smoothie

 

Ingredients

2 carrots, peeled and chopped (or carrot juice)

1 large orange, peeled (or 1 medium orange and 1 cutie)

1 handful of kale

1 cup of almond milk

1 handful of ice cubes

Ginger (optional)

 

Directions

-Chop carrots finely and then use your blender to puree.

-Add oranges and blend to combine.

-Add kale (and ginger if using) and blend well.  Stream in almond milk to preferred consistency.

-Add ice cubes and process until smooth.

-Sip Up!

To Peek or Not to Peek

I was finally able to sleep past 7 this morning (both Saturday and Sunday I was up at 7 for no reason and couldn’t fall back asleep), but I was afraid to get out of bed and see the state of my car.  Luckily, the temperature was well on its way to today’s 40 degree high, so my car looked wet and not frozen.  That’s a bonus!

 

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I had all of the ingredients needed to make Elixer, so that is how I started my day.

 

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I got a little overzealous with the cayenne pepper, but I was able to fix it and enjoy my morning beverage.  This is definitely a spicy way to start the day, but I liked it.  The only problem was that I started to overheat a little bit which may be secondary to the above mentioned 40 degree weather combined with our heat still being turned on and the cayenne pepper.

 

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Breakfast was Trader Joe’s frozen oatmeal with mashed banana and covered in homemade peanut butter.  While I nibbled on my breakfast, I debated whether or not I should look up today’s WOD before CrossFit.  I was curious, but sometimes I think the element of surprise is helpful with a tough workout.  But…I checked it out anyways!

 

Pull Ups (to fatigue) *I used the green band

1 minute rest

Push Ups (to fatigue)

1 minute rest

x7 Rounds

 

Yikes!  I might not be able to move my arms for a week.  Just like last week, everyone was very friendly when I arrived.  One of the benefits of the 9:30 Monday morning class is that it’s mostly women which I find less intimidating.  We all got down to business when the clock started. I was surprised by how many pull ups/push ups I was able to do, but my arms were exhausted before I was halfway done.  But I stuck with it, pushed a little farther, and was proud of my finish.  One of the things that I like about CrossFit is that as everyone finishes, they stay and cheer each other on.  One of the harder things for me is remembering to keep my form.  I am all about alignment and preventing injury, which I had to remind myself as I was trying to crank out my last few reps each round.  As expected, my arms felt like jello before I even walked out the door.  I finally made it to get my oil changed before coming back home for lunch.

 

I had an early lunch of leftover Lentil Chili, which was even better reheated today.

 

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A few hours later, I was watching Scandal and craving a green smoothie.  Typically, I have a few favorite recipes that I use, but I got a new idea while flipping through the pages of Cooking Light magazine last night.

 

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This one involves ginger and apples with my favorite green leafy veggies.  I would have loved to make green juice, but I didn’t know if my blender could handle it.

 

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So I added in a little almond milk with a few ice cubes to make a smoothie.  It was a little thick and pulpy, but I loved it!  One of the best green smoothies I’ve had in a long time.  The addition of ginger is genius!

 

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As I look back through these pictures, it was definitely an awesome day of eating!  I have a few more recipes from this weekend to share throughout the week, but for now I am logging off for a quick trip into the city.  I need to go pick out a book for the train!

 

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Green Juice Smoothie

 

1 big handful of spinach

3/4 apple chopped with peel on (I ate the other 1/4)

1/2 chunk ginger, peeled and chopped

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

5-6 ice cubes

 

Place all ingredients in blender and blend on high until everything is smooth.  Drink fresh!

Running and Randomness

It is currently 11:20AM, and I am sitting on the couch sipping a smoothie in my comfy clothes watching the DVR.  Sounds like a lazy morning…right?

 

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Not quite!  Hint: check out the running shoes in the background.

 

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This morning, I was scheduled for my longest pre-race run, a 12 mile run.  I packed my typical essentials and met two friends on my driveway for a sunny morning run around the forest preserve path.  For breakfast, I made a Strawberry Dough Boy Smoothie.  Sadly, I was too lazy to cut strawberries last night, so I only soaked everything for ~15 minutes this morning.  Hence, the runny breakfast smoothie.

 

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We headed out along the path on this sunny, but chilly morning.  It was fun to run with other people and the 11.5 miles went by quickly.  We finished in 1:38 which is a little slower than race pace, but I felt strong enough to get in another 2 miles if I needed wanted to.  A quick shower later, and I was in comfortable Saturday clothes and ready for a snack.

 

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Post run, I refueled with this refreshing green smoothie.  I used coconut water as the base and added in a little Good Belly along with spinach, 1/2 banana, mango and ice.

 

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Not a lot of protein in this recovery beverage, but it is definitely rehydrating and refreshing.

 

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Luckily, the BOY is going to make us a protein packed lunch on the grill in just a few minutes.  You may have noticed that since Passover, I have been eating more meat.  I am eating chicken, the grass fed organic kind.  With summer and grill season fast approaching, there will definitely be more meat in my diet.  However, I am planning to choose higher quality meats and decrease my frequency of meat consumption.  Which makes the timing of this gift that I got yesterday PERFECT!

 

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Doesn’t this look like fun???  The book is packed with vegetarian and vegan options.  You can bet there will be tons of recipes from this cookbook this spring/summer!!!

 

 

I am off to help the BOY prep veggies for our fajitas and then I SHOULD do some serious closet cleaning.  Good bye turtle neck sweaters!  I told you it wasn’t a lazy day!

 

 

Are you having an active or a lazy Saturday?