Happy Saturday! I hope that everybody is enjoying their post-Thanksgiving weekend with family, friends, relaxation etc.
Brian and I started the morning right with a run with the 10-Miler training group. We ran 2 full miles on the track (boring!!!) but it went really well and felt great. This morning was especially important for me because I was trying out a loaner pair of shoes that my running coach gave me out of his shop to see if they would help to correct the foot pain I've been experiencing. Verdict is....success!!! I ran the full 2 miles pain-free. YAY!!!! He says that I have a very unusual foot and that this is their least-selling shoe because it combines the soft, cushioned sole with added support for pronation. They are still Brooks, which I've been running in off and on for about 9 months, just a different style. I love them so far...aren't they pretty?!?!? Not that that is the point...
Breakfast: I had 1/2 a banana before my run, then came home for a bowl of oats. This yummy bowl contained
1 cup prepared rolled oats
1 apple sprinkled with 1 tsp turbinado sugar and a dash of cinnamon
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tsp ground flax seeds
sprinkling of pom seeds
I spent some time catching up on blogs this morning, then made our grocery list for the week. I took a thorough inventory of the fridge, pantry and freezer and was able to keep the trip pretty light. But first, we stopped at the running shop so I could buy my shoes. I also picked up a wind/rain breaker from the sale rack and a pair of gloves. Anything to keep me motivated to run through the winter...
Its not really day-glow pink...more of a bright raspberry. I figure I won't be missed when running on the road! Brian also got a new pair of shoes, and since we spent so much money (eek!!!) I got a free t-shirt (yeah!).
After that spending spree we stopped at Hot Cakes for lunch. They have an awesome selection of salads, sandwiches, soups, quiches, lasagnas etc. I selected the Salad Sampler which had
Spicy Lentil Salad (sooooooooooo good, has me craving lentils now)
Roasted Cauliflower w/ Dried Cherries and Capers (such an unusual combo but really tasty!)
I skipped the piece of bread that came with it.
Next was Whole Foods. I was shooting for $50, but was thrown off after my amazing lentil salad from lunch (I just had to buy bulk lentils to try and replicate it), a sale on Amy's soups (who can resist?) and a persimmon! So the total wound up at $63, which is still good for us considering we typically spend at least twice that (scary...I know). I paid for detergent and dish soap separately to help us to get an idea of our actual food cost for December. We're trying to cut our grocery shopping in 1/2...
Here's our loot:
brown rice pasta
bars!!! (we're taking full advantage of the coupons in the Whole Deal and stocking up every week)
Amy's Soups (in hearty bean flavors for added protein for me)
organic Stonyfield French Vanilla yogurt (no Oikos for me this week...)
I also picked up these flavors of Clif Nectar bars yesterday when we were shopping at our local sporting goods store...they don't carry these at our Whole Foods so I had to get a few.
After getting home, unloading and photographing groceries I was ready for a snack. I decided to try out the infamous PB-filled medjool date for the first time.
FANTASTIC!!! Now I know what you all have been raving about!!! I also had a couple of tortilla chips with some salsa that Brian was munching on...
Now we are going to spend the evening decorating our Christmas tree while I bake up a few treats in the kitchen!!! I should have a BSI post tonight or tomorrow morning, and I'm going to try another of Sweet + Natural's recipes! Woohoo!!!