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Friday, July 9, 2010

3 meals a day.

I did something today that I have not done in a very long time...
called a rest day from working out??...wait that's definitely not it seeing as I did not log one workout during my last week in Strasbourg. No no...today was special because I actually cooked all three meals for myself!

I started off the day with a sweet breakfast. On my last jaunt to Whole Foods, I picked up something I have been seeing around the blogosphere for a while now, Raw Cacao Nibs. I went with oats because, well, they work with just about anything.

(1/2 cup oats, 1/2 almond milk, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 tbsp almond butter, 1/2 tbsp chia seeds, and sprinkle of cacao nibs).
I'm a fan for sure. They taste like healthy chocolate chips! :)
Mid-morning I snacked on a whole mango (it was a baby) and a kiwi.

Lunch consisted of another first for me.
I cooked lentils. Ever since the host mom made me a dish containing lentils I haven't been able to stop thinking about the little guys. I really like the texture of them and they are a great source of protein for vegetarians. (Expect to see a lot of lentils around here!)
(1/2 cup lentils, leftover grilled tofu, steamed broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. Spices: dash of garlic powder, salt, and pepper).

I spent the afternoon running fun errands. And by fun errands, I mean shopping. Clearly it was of the utmost importance that I buy a new day planner (mine ends in July for some reason) and a photo album for my travel photos which should be arriving tomorrow! Then I hit up Kroger for dinner ingredients.

Small aside: The man in front of me at the checkout like caught my eye. I am not one to judge what people purchase at the grocery store, but his selection made me very sad. It was clear that he had walked to Kroger (as he was sweating profusely) and was not well off. Yet, he purchased 10 packages of ramen that were on sale (for around .20 cents each), a package of $4 cigarettes, and a 6 pack of Heineken beer. I was struck by how much more he spent on poisoning his body rather than nurturing it. I guess the point is that I wish all people had the opportunity to learn about health and nutrition and how to properly take care of themselves.

Okay, back to dinner which was based on a recipe that I found on Cara's blog. The moment I saw her post about Zucchini Lasagna I knew I had to replicate it. (Click the link to see the recipe. I don't want to claim ownership of her genius!)

I made a couple of alterations based on what I had in the fridge and cupboard. I omitted the rosemary, used wine + regular vinegar instead of rice wine vinegar, and added spinach to the tomato sauce. I also served my portion on a bed of fresh spinach.This recipe is magic. Seriously, make it. It tastes exactly like the heavy calorie laden lasagna your grandma used to make. I ate half of the pan (the recipe is 2 servings) and I can't wait for leftovers!
Dessert was the norm tonight, but with a fresh twist. Summer berries to be exact!(Blueberry vitatop, 1 tbsp dark chocolate dreams, 1 cup strawberries and blackberries).

On the workout front, I decided to push up my 1/2 marathon training a week. That means I start Monday! Ready or not, it's happening! I'm excited to have something to work toward but I am also intimidated as hell. But I figure adding a week will give me time to adjust as necessary and redo a week if I feel as though I am not ready to move forward.

Until next time,
~Jenn

2 comments:

  1. I haven't had cocoa nibs in forever! They were def. tasty (although, I wouldn't say they're on the same level as chocolate) ;)

    Don't feel intimidated about training; feel excited! You'll be fine- our bodies are capable of great things :)

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  2. Can you believe I have yet to try cacao nibs?!?! I must get some immediately! :)

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