Whew…what a day. Where do I begin? Oh yes…breakfast of course.
I woke up kind of wanting yogurt, but wanting something nice and filling too. Yogurt & cereal just never really does it for me in the “filling department.” Unless I have canned pumpkin to add for the super filling fiber content. But unfortanetly there just wasn’t any in the house. So I went with the closest thing to a cold bowl of yogurt…a Green Smoothie!
This one was way better then yesterday’s. No gagging, choking, or forcing stuff down. I have a firm belief that food has to be tasty plus healthy. If it’s not tasty, it’s just not worth eating, you know? So I was determined to make this smoothie tasty to make up for yesterday’s.
In the mix:
- Amazing Grass packet
- 1 banana
- 2 c. kale
- 1 c. soymilk
- 4-5 ice cubes
- 1 T. peanut butter
It was pretty good! I’m not usually a protein powder girl…give me the real food! But this one wasn’t too bad, and along with a whole wheat cinnamon raisin english muffin, I was full until lunch rolled around. Not too shabby!
After breakfast, mom and I–of course–headed out for a 4-mile walk. It was drizzling out at the beginning but the sun started to peak out by the end…love when that happens! Today’s walking topic was mostly mom going over her VIP party presentation that she has to give tomorrow at a clothing store she works at. The topic is on choosing clothes that fit your body shape, and I think she’ll do great…looking forward to it mom!
Lunch was kind of a Four Course Meal…
It started with a small bowl of Gypsy Soup…
Continued on with a crunchy salad full of black bleans, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, and cauliflower…all drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Then came the Annie’s Whole Wheat Bunnies…I seriously love these guys.
And finally? Dessert of course! Two squares of very intensely dark chocolate.
I showered this afternoon, blow dried my hair, and figured out a professional outfit to wear for today’s interview with the RD and Food Service Manager. Then I went out to relax on the porch before I needed to leave, while enjoying an iced coffee under some blue skies!!!
The interview went really, really well. I start volunteering in the hospital’s kitchen on Monday at 8 am, and start volunteering with the RD on Tuesday at 7:45 am…I’m super excited to get started!! It’s going to be great to see what an RD does on a daily basis, in a hospital setting.
When I came home, I decided to go out for a 2-mile run. I’m glad I kept it short, because despite the fact that I felt great after the run, it was definitely a tough one. I’m not used to this warmer weather and the humidity made things a little tough. I’ll have to re-introduce myself to running in the heat again after this cold spell we’ve been having!!
After cooling off from the run, I got to work in the kitchen. I decided to make Chicken Broccoli Stir-Fry…and since Matthew was home, I decided to make a vegetarian version of it as well. Dad came in to check on me as noise erupted from the kitchen, but I told him everything was just fine. Chaotic, yes, but fine…it’s completely normal for me to make a huge mess and a lot of noise as I cook. It’s all part of the experience of quickly getting a healthy supper together for the family.
This recipe is easily adapted to be vegetarian. I used vegetable broth for both batches to avoid confusion, and substituted sauteed tofu in Matthew’s. It would also be great with the addition of pineapple and red bell peppers if you have those on hand too!
Stir-Fry Chicken and Broccoli
1 lb. chicken breast strips (or tofu/tempeh)
2 T. olive oil
4 c. broccoli
1-1/2 c. chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
3 T. soy sauce
2 T. cornstarch
2 tsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. garlic powder
3/4 tsp ground ginger
+ brown rice to serve it on.
Stir fry chicken in hot oil in large skillet until browned. Add broccoli, stir fry until crisp tender.
Mix broth, soy sauce, cornstarch, sugar, garlic powder, and ginger…add to skillet. Bring to boil for one minute.
Serve over rice. Makes about 4 servings. ENJOY!
Then I had this juicy red pear for dessert.
I was excited to head to the backyard to check out the vegetable garden. I couldn’t believe the beets were already popping up. Before you know it, there will be roasted beets in the oven and braised beet greens with olive oil and garlic on the stove. Mmmm…can’t wait!
And then I saw this little guy doing his job of insect control in the garden… how cute is he? hehe…
After dinner, I indulged in some yoga from Polly’s blog. If you haven’t checked out her Yoga for Running video, check it out sometime! I always feel so loose and wonderful after stretching out the hamstrings. Then I got inspired by the beautiful weather to head out for a short 2-mile walk.
All the fresh air and activity left me hungry for a snack. Since I hadn’t had yogurt for my breakfast, I turned it into a snack. I mixed in a T. of crushed flax into the plain yogurt. Then I topped it with:
- T. of homemade pb granola
- a few raisins
- 1/2 banana
- sprinkling of cinnamon
Mmm…hit the spot!
Tonight was such a fun, relaxing night. The family sat out on the porch, listening to Matthew sing and play guitar. I indulged in a glass of Pinot Grigio and a small bowl of stove popped popcorn. I loved this wine…very light and fruity!
I could have sat out on the deck listening to his music for the entire night. Somehow the gift of voice stopped before getting to me. But that’s okay, because I just enjoy listening.
I’m off to relax, and finalize some plans for the weekend. I’ll be back to post a full weekend recap along with a product review too, either tomorrow or Sunday night. G’Night Everyone!!