It’s official…almond butter rocks my socks off.
I first tried almond butter by buying Whole Foods’ 365 brand: unsalted, dry roasted, creamy. It was just okay.
Then I tried Trader Joe’s Chunky Raw Almond Butter…simply amazin’!!! 😀
This morning’s bowl consisted of:
- 1/4 c. oat bran
- 1/4 c. 1-minute oats
- 1 c. soymilk + 1/2 c. water
- handful of raisins
- 1 large banana
I heated it all up and topped the bowl of deliciousness with 2 T. FEED’S bittersweetness granola and a big ol’ scoop of almond butter. This may be my new breakfast fave of the week. 😀
After waiting a half hour for my food to digest, I headed out into a run. I kept my pace nice and slow. The weather cooperated quite nicely too. It was 60 degrees, just a little breezy, and mostly cloudy. Perfect for my long run of the week. 😀
I ended up running 5 miles and felt great. My pace was super slow, but I didn’t care. Pace and distance should never be increased all at the same time, so I took advantage of the slow pace and really enjoyed myself. 😀
I finally got around to trying out the Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar today too. I munched on it during the drive to the grocery store…
Oh. My. GOOODNESS.
How is it possible to combine peanuts, dates and a bit of salt, and expect it to come out tasting like a real peanut butter cookie? I have no idea. But larabar does, and thats all that matters. Too bad these things are so crazy expensive!! Loved, loved, loved this flavor…
Enough gushing…on to lunch.
I thoroughly enjoy cleaning out the leftovers on Thursdays before restocking the fridge with new stuff. So today I decided to make a hodgepodge out of:
- about a cup’s worth of leftover brown rice
- about a cup’s worth of leftover mixed veggies from yesterday
- about 1/4 c. of leftover spaghetti sauce mixed with soy sausages…a concoction Matthew had made last night which turned out really tasty
It actually tasted pretty good. It doesn’t look so pretty all jumbled up together, but the flavors melded together which was most important at the moment. 😉
Dessert: yogurt with blueberries
I finally managed to be somewhat productive this afternoon. The last thing I wanted to be doing on a gloriously sunny day was sitting on the couch with a math book. But I stuck with it and got a good, solid hours worth in. When I focus, I really focus and can get a lot done. Unfortanetly I have a huge procastination side that likes to take over sometimes… 😉
After sitting down for some of the afternoon, I needed to get back up and move. So mom and I headed out for our routine 4-mile walk, with me literally eating this snack on the go. I globbed on some peanut butter on top of a chocolate rice cake, and ate it while walking. 😀
Dinner was simply delicious…feta cheese was the star along with some giant black olives too. On top of the mesculin mix, I added:
- 1/2 c. kidney beans
- carrot slices
- red onions
- 4-5 black olives
- 4 green olives
- sprinkling of feta cheese
- 1 tsp olive oil
- balsamic vinegar, drizzled over the entire salad
This is why salads don’t need to be boring. Kind of like oatmeal. A blank canvas just waiting to become a masterpiece.
kashi’s…gotta love ’em, no matter how many times they’re shown on blogland.
For dessert I had a giant grapefruit. It was perfect. Firm, slightly tart, incredibly juicy, a little sweet…just the way I like them. 😀
Snack was another bowl of multigrain cheerios with raisins and soy (which was added post-picture to avoid soggy O’s)…
Okay, all, I’m determined to be super productive tomorrow with homework assignments and work that I need to get done for the hospital too. If I come back tomorrow night, saying that I didn’t get much done, you have my full permission to yell at me. 😉
I’m now off to relax and read some more of My Sister’s Keeper…and yep, I stocked up on kleenex, so I’m good to go! 😉
Tomorrow is FRIDAY!
Exercise: 5-mile morning run and a 4-mile pre-dinner walk…I’m glad I didn’t run yesterday because my legs really did feel nice and fresh for today. 😀