Last night my shoulders felt so tight as I was studying. It was a good reason to forgo the cardio and spend some time with yoga and strength training, which is exactly what I did this morning, after a big bowl of “repeat” blueberry oats (i.e., same as yesterday…too yummy to have only once, ya know? ;) )
It felt so good to stretch. All the tension in my shoulders was gone and I felt completely energized for the day. That’s what I love most about yoga—it always leaves me feeling so str-r-r-etchy and fresh.
For a morning snack, I packed a chocolate Amazing Grass bar. The first time or two that I tried these bars? I was *not* a fan. However, it seems to be slowly growing on me, because today I really enjoyed it.
I think the fruity/chocolate flavor took me by surprise the first time. But now I’m kinda likin’ it!
This morning was a bit rushed, but I managed to throw together a quick salad. By the way, salads can be quick if you pre-chop veggies at the beginning of the week and throw them together. All you need is the chopped lettuce (or mesculin mix) and can add the chopped veggies when you’re ready. Throw in some canned beans, a bit of olive oil & balsamic, and voila! Quick. Easy. Nutritious.
I added some crunch in the form of kashis and a bit of sweetness with a pear.
Since I was planning on staying late at school with a meeting, I also packed along a juicy grapefruit and a handful of almonds.
+ an oatmeal, chocolate-chip, peanut butter cookie that my friend brought along to share. She is the queen of cookies. :mrgreen: It was chewy, sweet, salty, nutty, chocolatey…totally hit the sweet tooth.
We have been so lucky with spring weather lately. On my drive home from school, I had to promise myself that I wouldn’t run my heart out as soon as I arrived home.
I did however, go for a lovely 2-mile walk which was so nice. I loved seeing the community alive with action. Everyone was out walking, playing baseball, running, and just being active. I love that feeling of spring.
Tonight for dinner, I tried flounder for my first time ever. I remember my sis trying it a while back, and I knew immediately that I wanted to try it at some point. I love white fish, but usually stay with what I know (i.e., cod and haddock.) I cooked the flounder much like I would a peice of tilapia (1/2 T. butter, melted in a nonstick skillet…fish cooked until brown and starting to crisp.) The verdict? I loved it! It would make for an awesome fish sandwich.
On the side, I steamed some broccoli, roasted some red potatoes in olive oil and rosemary, and added a dollop of cranberry sauce to the side.
+ a night snack of LIFE cereal and milk
Time to get back to studying! I have a Diabetes quiz in Nutrition Problems tomorrow…after that, spring break is official.
ALSO, keep up with all of the awesome sweet potato challenge recipes! I love seeing all the creative ideas and can’t wait to post them up on Saturday.
Question: What is your favorite thing about spring? Aside from the warm weather, I love the feeling of energy that spring brings, as everyone gets out and gets active.