Hello fellow bloggies! Can you believe we're so close to Christmas!?! Yikes! Another quick recap...
Breakfast: 1/2 cup plain Oikos with 1/2 cup TJ's pumpkin spice granola and one sliced banana.
Morning Snack: Breakfast didn't stick with me 'till lunch time, so I dug a chocolate chip Clif ZBar out of my drawer at the office and ate 1/2.
Lunch: Whole wheat pita stuffed with TJ's edamame hummus, cucumber, yellow bell pepper, alfalfa sprouts and broccoli slaw, along with a cup of TJ's Veggie Lentil soup.
Afternoon Snack: The other 1/2 of my ZBar and a Minneola Tangelo...yummy. :)
Dinner: Veggies and tofu simmered in TJ's Korma Sauce on top of jasmine rice with a side of steamed broccoli.
This sauce was really good. The hubb and I love Indian cuisine so I was excited to find this sauce at Trader Joe's last week...
We pan-fried the tofu similarly to this method, but cut into smaller pieces and without the glaze at the end. Once the tofu is brown on both sides, we added chopped onion and carrot and let it all saute together for 5-7 minutes.
When the onion and carrots were soft, we added a can of drained chickpeas and the jar of Korma sauce.
On top of jasmine rice it was sooooooo tasty. :)
Dessert: One beautiful peanut butter filled date.
And I worked on some Christmas gifts!!! I finally made the Cranberry Ketchup that Erin has been raving about...she sent me the recipe a few weeks ago and tonight I finally had a chance to make it up! Let me tell you all....It. Is. Awesome. I plan to eat it on everything for the next few weeks. I was planning to actually can the ketchup to preserve it for months, but started reading up on canning and became worried that I might give my loved ones botulism by incorrectly preserving their Christmas gift. So, instead, the ketchup will be given to a select few of our Charlottesville friends with a friendly tag reminding them to keep it refrigerated and use it within 3 weeks... :)
Are any of you making Christmas gifts this year?
What a day. My brain is completely fried after an exhausting + frustrating 9 hours in the office. I'm so glad that the hubb and I got up and ran this morning, there is no way I would have felt up to it tonight! We ran a lovely 2 miles, with 1/4 mile warm-up and cool-down, for a total of 2-1/2 miles. We're finally sticking with the weekly mileage in the training program so there will be a bigger difference between our long Saturday runs and our mid-week training runs. We are bumping to 4 days of running per week too, up from 3, which I'm excited about! I did pop my favorite power yoga dvd in the player for 45 minutes of strength training after work, followed by 15 minutes of crunches.
Here's a quick daily eats recap:
Breakfast: An Ezekiel cinnamon raisin muffin with 1 tbsp almond butter and a banana.
Lunch: A whole wheat pita stuffed with 2 tbsp TJ's edamame hummus (YUM!), broccoli slaw, yellow bell pepper and cucumber, along with an Oikos blueberry yogurt. This was my first blueberry Oikos experience...I literally got THE LAST OIKOS on the shelf at Harris Teeter. Below the empty shelf was a sign that explained that they wouldn't be stocking Oikos for a short period due to a manufacturing problem. I guess I owe my Whole Foods a blog apology for ranting about them last week... :P Anyway, the blueberry was pretty tasty but I really miss my honey flavor!!!
Snack: A 12oz skim latte from my favorite coffee shop downtown and 1/2 a honeycrisp apple. This apple was really disappointing as all my store-bought apples have been lately, I guess the season is finally over... :(
Dinner: Baked chicken, roasted veggies (brussels, potatoes + golden beets) and Near East Whole Grain Blends (chicken + garlic).
Dessert: Definitely breaking back into the chocolate covered strawberries in a little bit...
I'm off to do more Christmas prep...we'll be in Florida in 1 week!!! Yay!!!
Good Morning! Another busy day ahead...I panicked yesterday when I realized that when I get back from Thanksgiving "break" (I have both Thursday and Friday off...woohoo!) it would be December 1st! My goodness, where did November go?!? I have a big coordination meeting for my biggest project in the office on December 9th, which doesn't leave me much time to accomplish the thousands of things that need to get done. So, I'm trying to cram as much in as I can before leaving Wednesday evening...
I'm using my lunch break today to run errands, first to the running shop for new shoes (!!!), then to the vet to get dog food, and finally to Whole Foods to try and beat the after-work Thanksgiving shopping crowd.
On to food...
Breakfast: Bowl of Oats! So good, this morning I mixed 1 cup prepared rolled oats, 1 banana all mushed up, 1 tbsp ground flax seeds, 1 tbsp almond butter and 1/4 cup pom seeds. This was the first time for me to add nut butter to my oats and my goodness, I have been missing out!!! It was a little higher in calories than I like for breakfast, but I ate about an hour earlier than normal and I'm still totally full three hours later...yay!
Lunch: Another whole wheat pita stuffed with 2 tbsp roasted red pepper hummus, broccoli slaw and cucumber slices, along with my leftover tomato saffron soup.
Snack: Since lunch is a little light in the protein area I decided on a honey Oikos with a pink lady.
I hope everybody has a fabulous day! Wish me luck with my foot/shoes...hopefully I'll have new shoes to try out on my run tonight and a pain-free foot! :)