As soon as I rolled out of bed this morning, I felt it. Humidity. Summer. Heat. Sweat. It was already 80 degrees at 6 o’clock, and it reached 96 by noon. Let’s not even discuss the fact that the heat indice was at 104 degrees.
Needless to say, today’s eats were all about the chill factor.
- 1/2 c. uncooked oatmeal
- 2 T. wheat bran
- 6-oz. plain yogurt + 2 T. crushed flax
- 1/2 chilled banana (not frozen…just chilled in the fridge)
- 1/2 c. chilled blueberries
Oats In A Jar!
Morning Snack: 2 chilly kiwi
All I wanted to do this morning was pass out in front of the fan and put an ice cold face cloth on my forehead. Workout Shmurkout. And then I remembered my strength training goals for July. And with one loud “harumph”, I dragged myself away from the window fan and threw myself into a plank. Let’s begin.
My mind wasn’t really into the strength training routine. At all. And then when it came time for me to do a push-up against the stairs, I realized that I went through 5 on the third set without a problem. Where did that come from? Last week, my arms were shaking by my third set. Suddenly, I was grinning from ear to ear. Feeling results—what a wonderful thing. 😀
There are certain criteria that every lunch must meet. It changes on a day to day basis.
Today’s criteria: Cold. Crunchy. Satisfying. Tasty. Nutritious. A salad seemed about right.
- mixed romaine
- 1 carrot
- 1/2 of a garden fresh tomato
- 1/4 c. garbanzo beans
- wild caught salmon (sold in a can at whole foods) mixed with relish, mayo, cumin and a dash of cayenne
- sprinklin’ of feta
+ kashis (crunch)
It completely hit the spot. 😀
+ an iced au lait while studying (1 c. chilled coffee + 1/2 c. soymilk + 1 tsp sugar)
Afternoon Snack: 6-oz. vanilla yogurt, 1/2 chilled banana, 1 T. crushed flax
Who wants to cook over a hot oven when it’s 96 degrees out? Certainly not I. Although the thought of roasting a head of broccoli did cross my mind. For a second or two. And then it was back to reality. Keep it simple, Sarah.
And so I did.
Somehow I came up with a pasta salad concoction. It was kind of the ideal way to go in such high temperatures. Only a quick bout of heat was required, followed by an afternoon of chilling in the fridge.
Chilled Pesto Pasta
- 1 lb. wheat pasta, cooked, drained and rinsed (save some of the cooking liquid in case you need to thin out the pesto)
- 1 batch of pesto (2 c. packed fresh basil leaves, 2 T. walnuts, 2 T. grated fresh parmesan, 2 garlic cloves, 3 T. olive oil, salt and pepper)
- 1 can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- a few handfuls of green beans, ends removed (bring to a boil for 2-3 minutes until crisp/tender…then douse in chilled ice bath to stop the cooking)
Mix above ingredients. Chill for at least 3-4 hrs. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle balsamic vinegar on top and toss. ENJOY! 😀
It actually came out really, really tasty! It would be delicious topped with feta or goat cheese as well. 😀
I. Am. So. Overheated. I think I need to head to the basement with a snack and a book soon, just for a relief from this heat!
Question: Do you continue workouts as usual during a really hot spree, or do you change it according to the weather? I definitely change it. I’ll cut myself some slack and don’t work out as intensely or as long. And working out in the morning or after dinner is the key for keeping me cool. 😀