I don’t think I sleeped a wink last night! The coconut presentation that I was preparing to do for this morning kept rerunning its way through my head. This happens every time. I don’t get nervous as much as I just want to make sure everything is perfect.
I ended up rolling out of bed at around 6 and made a big ol’ bowl of apples ‘n’ oats ‘n’ egg whites. 😀 This breakfast is so filling which is exactly what I wanted for this morning.
- 1/4 c. each oatmeal and oatbran
- 1/2 apple, diced
- 1 c. milk + 3/4 c. water
- 2 egg whites, stirred in at beginning and cooked with oats for 7-8 minutes on low
- 2 T. crushed flax
- toppings: 2 T. each of walnuts and granola
Then I checked the school’s website and lo and behold…classes were cancelled for a snow day! There is at least a foot of snow outside and the thought of not having to un-bury my car and trek across campus made me more then happy.
I decided, however, that I needed to take full advantage of my snow day in lines of homework. I was feeling a little overwhelmed at the beginning of this week from having so much to do, so having this extra day to get things done came just when I needed it the most.
Even though I had a bunch of packed snacks planned for today at school, I subbed in a dish of cottage cheese, half an apple and some cinnamon. Love this combo!
Spending the day at home also meant I could be a little more creative with lunch. I rummaged through the fridge and pulled out a ton of veggies and some Al Fresco Sweet Apple Chicken Sausages. Time to roast!
- 1.5 red bell pepper
- 4 chicken sausages, diced
- 1 T. olive oil
- salt and pepper
I combined all the ingredients in a big bowl, placed on a sprayed cookie sheet, and roasted at 450 F for 25 minutes, flipping once in between cooking times.
While the veggies and sausage were roasting, I heated some brown rice in vegetable broth. When everything was ready, I topped the rice and the roasted mix with some grated Asiago cheese. This was so simple to prepare and super flavorful! I almost added some maple syrup to the mix, but I’m glad I didn’t. The sweet sausages shared their sweetness with all the veggies and the roasted veggies had a sweetness all of their own.
The entire mix served 4 hungry people. 😀
+ a cup of sweet apple cinnamon tea
Today was mostly a rest day, but I did manage to squeeze in 20 minutes of arms and abs. Followed by a delicious snack of Doctor Kracker Seeded Spelt crisps, which I topped with a laughing cow and a dab of homemade blueberry jam. This snack will never get old. 😀
+ a juicy pear
Knee update: I’m still laying low on running or doing anything to bother it (i.e., bicycle crunches, running down stairs, squats/lunges, etc.) If it’s still in pain by Monday, I’m bringing my knee and foot problems to the doctor. I don’t mind taking a rest from running as long as I know I’m doing everything possible to get back to normal in the meantime. 😉
After a quick walk in the woods (and snow–so much snow!) I made dinner, which included a large salad (1/2 c. black beans, carrot, 1/2 red bell pepper, mesculin mix, and olive oil with balsamic and garlic) and Southwestern Quinoa (click for recipe.) Even though the red quinoa tasted the same as white quinoa, I loved the red color for a fun twist. 😀
+ a night snack of All Bran Strawberry Medley and milk
I’m super sleepy tonight, but expect a breakfast cookie tutorial very soon!