Today I had plans.
- Whole Foods & Trader Joes
- Hospital visit with volunteer coordinator
- Figuring out where to do my food service internship at
Busy, busy, busy…so I needed a good hearty breakfast which became this bowl of oats! 😀
- 3/4 c. oats
- 1 c. milk + 1/2 c. water
- 1 apple (just 1/2 in the mix and the other 1/2 to eat while everythings simmerin’…:D )
- cinnamon and nutmeg
- 1 T. crushed flax
…and on top:
- 2 T. walnuts
- sprinkling of coconut
Today’s 4-mile run felt great! I haven’t been feeling super motivated lately, which is strange for me. I don’t like forcing a run in, so I usually won’t (unless I know my body will feel super great after and I just need a good kick in the pants to get out there! 😉 ) And usually that doesn’t happen, because running feels so good and I typically want to go. It’s “me time,” “quiet time,” “prayer time,” and “fresh air” time, all rolled into one delicious package.
And today I ran because, to put it simply, I wanted to.
I came back, literally dripping with sweat. I chugged some water, took my calcium supplement, showered, and felt like a million bucks. Amazing what a good workout will do for your energy level. 😀
Lunch was a repeat from yesterday’s meal. I had a smaller then normal portion, along with some kashis, because…
…I also wanted to include this as part of my meal.
Opened the package, smelled it, and grew kind of concerned. I was kind of, admittedly, scared to try this one because it just seems so…grassy! And it even looked like grass when I poured it into my smoothie. But then I realized that it was kind of silly to be judging it by its color. If I always did that, I never would have tried the Green Monster…horror!
I blended up…
- the last of the red kale (about 3 c.)
- a banana
- about 4 ice cubes
- 1 c. milk
- Green Super Food pack
My blender is super old, in case you couldn’t tell from the sound effects. 😉
Old blender aside, this smoothie came out delicious! I seriously couldn’t taste anything “grassy” or out of the ordinary. All I tasted was frothy banana with a hint of kale in the background. Super delish! 😀 And a ton of tasty veggies were easily consumed in one sitting. Not too shabby… 😀
I hit whole foods at a really good time. It wasn’t busy at all! I went with the goal of spending as little money as possible on as high quality goods as I could. I did end up making a small little $$ splurge by paying more then normal for some organic lettuce. I always get organic spinach, but not so much with the lettuce. Considering how much I practically live on the stuff, I figured it might be worth paying extra to get it pesticide free. 😉
And I almost bought three organic tomatoes until I saw them ring in at $10. Eeks…a bit excessive for the budget. I’ll just have to wait until farmers’ markets start selling them for cheap. 😀
There were some good deals too and I think it was an overall, very successful shopping trip. 😀
I came home later then I was planning on because shopping through whole foods is never a quick stop. 😉 So I called the hospital to set up a time to meet with her (going again tomorrow!) before noshing on a banana oat muffin with a dollop of peanut butter.
The meeting with the volunteer coordinator was brief, due to it being later in the day, so I’ll be checking in again with her tomorrow in the afternoon. I hope it all works out so that I can do my internship there. It would make life so much easier. And it’s conveniently close by. Ah…*crossing fingers*
I knew Nicole was coming over for supper tonight, so I convinced mom into going for a 3-mile walk before dinner since we most likely wouldn’t get the chance later. It would mean a late supper, but that muffin was holding me over super well. So mom had a light snack, and we both headed out for an enjoyable, giggling filled walk. I’ve noticed each walk has a tone. Some are serious and quiet–neither of us talk much. Some are one-sided–one of us needs to vent about something. And some are giggle fests—neither one of us can stop laughing. Love each unique mom walk. 😀
I immediately got to work on supper when we came home. This was nothing fancy for tonight. Just a quick ‘n’ easy shepherd’s pie. I browned the ground beef and added a McCormick (no partially hydrogenated oils or icky ingredients!) taco seasoning pack. That was put on the bottom of a loaf pan, topped with steamed corn, and lastly topped with mashed potatoes. You could also easily substitute a mixture of beans to make it vegetarian, or switch the hamburg for lean ground turkey. Super versatile, which makes it a nice meal depending on what you have in your house at the time. 😀
On the side I sauteed 2 zucchinis & 1 summer squash in a T. olive oil and sprinkled with oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Mmm…simple but delicious. 😀 I’m so happy to be seeing some of these veggies popping up in farmers’ markets already.
And so happy Nicole could come over tonight… 😀
For dessert I wanted something a lil’ more filling because I was still just a tiny bit hungry. So I settled on a huge grapefruit. Seriously, this thing was probably the size of two of my fists together. Huge! But very delicious and refreshing…exactly what I wanted. 😀
Nicole stayed and visited until 9’ish, and by that time my stomach was growling yet again…time for a lil’ snack of honey nut cheerios and milk.
I can’t believe we’re already passing by Humpday with tomorrow being Thursday. Where does the week go?
I’m really glad I was able to accomplish some of my tasks for the day, because it’s amazing how fast a to-do list can pile on up. Tomorrow’s a new day, and my main mission is to finish grocery shopping, meet again with the volunteer coordinator, get some homework done, and email the RD to figure out a time to meet with her. The business continues! 😀
Hope you’re all doing wonderfully!