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Sunbutter and a Chest Cold

I have never been so happy to see my own kitchen.  After a week of fried and junk foods, vacation-burnout hit hard and I’m ready to make my own meals.  Before a workout I try not to eat a full meal; most days I eat a snack of about 300 calories with plenty of fat, protein, and carbs.  Today’s preworkout snack was a treat featuring my new Sunbutter.  How is this new to my life?  I love sunflower seeds!  This spread has a savory flavor and slightly grainy texture: a refreshing change from my usual peanut butter.  Sunbutter on a Nature’s Own Whole Wheat Thin-Sliced Bagel hit the spot and I watched Ruby with MamaDi for half an hour before hopping on the treadmill.

Breakfast Part 1--Sunbutter is going to be a new obsession 😉

My workout could’ve been better.  I’m fighting a lingering cough from a nasty flu/chest cold I had way back in February and today it reared its ugly head.  I was feeling good for the first twenty minutes of my hill workout and then I was hacking and wheezing.  No amount of water seemed to help so I cut my run short around the 3 mile/30 minute mark.  Though I felt fine once I got off the treadmill (despite the continuing cough I wasn’t in much discomfort—mostly it was irritating and disruptive) I thought a healthy smoothie was in order.

Green Deliciousness--maybe it can scare away a cough?

Does anyone else experience a lack of appetite after running?  I have trouble thinking about solid foods for an hour or two after so I normally stick to a smoothie to refuel.  Lent’s hitting me hard in the smoothie department: I love a chocolate/banana/something flavor and the no-chocolate-milk-till-Easter is only getting harder.

This smoothie was no Green Monster (well, technically I think maybe it was…) but the nutritional stats weren’t too shabby.  I threw in a couple handfuls of spinach, three ice cubes, 1/4 cup of pineapple juice, 1 cup of milk, and 1 giant frozen banana.  Fruit does make a smoothie high in sugar, but there wasn’t any added sugar, so I’ll take it!

Recipe Analysis by CalorieCount.com

Afternoon update: I think I picked up a normal cold in addition to my lingering cough.  There’s a chance my wheezing and now-runny nose are due to allergies, but it’s fairly unlikely since I have never suffered from sensitivity to anything besides lactose.  I plan on cuddling up with a Robert B. Parker novel and a bowl of soup for the afternoon.  Maybe even an attempted nap is in order.  Hopefully this is a 24-hour bug, because I want to get back on track with my training after a week away.  Cross your fingers!

Time for some Link-Love:

 Tempting Food Can Trigger Urge to Splurge
An Egg a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
12 Ways to Eat More Colorful Fruits and Veggies


Disney Vacation Day 4: Afternoon Nap?

Disney Day 4 started with a scream—literally.  MamaDi has a penchant for insanely long, steamy showers, so just as I was blinking angrily at the alarm clock (I had planned on getting up at six thirty and it didn’t go off) the fire alarm shrieked.  I slipped on a sweatshirt and opened the door to our room because I initially thought someone had tripped the alarm in the whole building.  Then I remembered one of my apartments in Florida, where we had to leave the porch door open whenever someone was in a shower to keep our alarm from going off.  I told LilSis to try and get the window open as I held the door to our room open to the hall.  A few people poked their heads out of their rooms to glare at me.  MamaDi kept asking what was wrong, was it the whole building?  No, just our room, just the steam from the shower.

An inauspicious start to our final day of park fun, but I have to say I was sure we’d have a great last day anyway.  We lounged around the hotel and didn’t leave until ten o’clock.

LilSis and the Fiancé love Disneyland

When we got to the park, we headed straight for Tomorrowland to get Fastpasses for Space Mountain.  For those unfamiliar with the Disney parks, Fastpasses are available to everyone by putting your ticket in the machines at popular rides.  The Fastpasses allow you to take a shorter line later in the day (you can pick up a pass every two hours or so).  If you time them right, it really helps you skip long waits for crowded attractions.  Fastpasses in hand, we hopped in the stand-by line.  Half an hour later we were screaming in the dark on one of my favorite coasters.  It’s definitely a classic!

By 11:00 it was 80° and sunny—time for a little break in the shade 😉  I was craving fried food and fish and chips were near at hand.  Score!  I have to say, it’s pretty easy to eat pescatarian (if not particularly healthy) in the Disneyland area (a small section of Anaheim), but if you’re a vegetarian you’re stuck with soup or junk food.  I wish I had remembered to take pictures of my food this week.  Highlights included: teriyaki tofu rice bowl on the Wharf at California Adventure (scarfed down while waiting in line for the California Screamin’ Roller Coaster), buttermilk flapjacks and eggs at the local Original Pancake House, fresh-popped popcorn in a collectible bucket, shellfish sampler at Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion, and shrimp in a spicy broth at Bubba Gump’s.

We took the afternoon off since Disney vacations can be tiring.  MamaDi met with me after I ran a mile and a half and we walked this route.  Now MamaDi and LilSis are napping while I type.  Try as I might, I’ve never gotten the hang of midday sleep.  Tonight we’ll head back to the park for the fireworks show.  I can’t wait 🙂

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Spur of the Moment

What’s a girl to do when she’s got a spur of the moment weekend trip?

Forget her camera, that’s what!  So, this will be a quick post (on slow hotel internet) of old pictures with new words 😉

The morning started out with this: 

Mimi's looks the same pretty much everywhere 😉 Always tasty!

The Mimi’s shown is actually one I went to while living in Florida (note the rain), but they all look pretty much the same.  For those not blessed enough to have eaten at Mimi’s Café, they do breakfast-lunch-dinner but truly shine in the breakfast category.  Their baked goods are legendary (muffins the size of small children come to mind) and the service is almost-universally excellent.

This morning I had the Two “AA” Large Eggs breakfast, one egg over-hard the other scrambled.  Those hot and tasty eggs came with fruit stolen from MamaDi, a heaping pile of red skin breakfast potatoes (which were passed along to my sister’s fiancé, whose early arrival was the cause of said weekend trip), a glass of orange juice (which was passed along to MamaDi, since I’d just brushed my teeth before its arrival), and a huge buttermilk spice muffin.  The spice muffin was not passed along, although I did share so I only ate about 2/3 of it.  After a little digging I’ve discovered the muffin was about 500 calories with around 10 grams of protein.*  I’ve often said muffins were calorie bombs (come on, I could eat a cupcake instead!), but holy cow!  It’s a good thing I don’t eat breakfast out that often because this wasn’t as filling as the breakfasts I usually eat at home. :/

Anybody have a calorie bomb they indulge in occasionally?  Besides muffins I occasionally indulge in super-fudgy chocolate cake (not any time soon, since I gave up chocolate for Lent).  I try to keep small indulgences in my daily diet so there aren’t a lot of things I truly think of as calorie bombs.

Well, it’s time to hit the mall and look at tuxes—I swear my life has been taken over by this wedding and I’m just a bridesmaid 😉  Here’s hoping your weather’s as nice as ours: 72° and sunny! 

Wish you were here?

*I want to throw out there that I do not count calories, but I do try and stay aware of the contents of my meals: calories, fat, protein, fiber.  Since going mostly meatless, I’ve tried to be very conscious of getting enough protein and healthy fats.

Time for Some Link-Love:

How to Stop Hating Exercise from Health
Study on the Effects of Mercury in Fish on Heart Health
Jenna’s Pizza Rolls Recipe over at Eat, Live, Run


TMI-Time: Going Veggie=Gas? +A Quick Lunch Recap

So today’s post is about to get real.  Maybe a little too real for those of you who are squeamish.  Feel free to skip down to the first picture in the post if you’re not into discussing the effects of food on your digestive system or at least with any levity…Okay, I think we lost the wimps.  Let’s get down to brass tax.

The last time I ate meat (when I talk about meatless, I’m still eating seafood once or twice a week—mostly so I can still eat out with my family of carnivores) was February 7th of this year.  Admittedly that’s not very long ago, but for someone who just a year ago ate meat at least twice a day it’s a radical change.  I’d begun phasing meat out of my diet a few months ago.  I knew going cold turkey wouldn’t work for me; my food choices have been ingrained in my psyche for too many years for that to be a viable option.  I still crave the occasional corndog or steak, but the promise of my HHDs have kept those cravings in check.

I am an admitted girly-girl when it comes to manners.  Years after that dreaded etiquette class, I can still curtsy, dine, and chat with begrudging refinement.  One of the biggest social stigmas for me has always been the passing of gas in public.  Supposedly this happens to everyone, but I have never had any issues with flatulence.  I’ve long held the position that I can wait to pass gas until I can excuse myself to the bathroom.  A little ridiculous?  Maybe.  But it’s just one of those lines I drew a long time ago that I’ve never been willing to cross.

And then came the fiber.

Oh, I had a decent amount of the green stuff in my diet before going mostly meatless (that’s as close as I’ll come to defining my diet—it’s not something I stress over and I could care less about labels).  But anyone who’s gone relatively veggie can tell you that you’re going to be digesting more products that are likely to give you gas (think many varieties of vegetables, beans, dairy, soy, even my beloved whole wheat!).

And I swear that’s not the end of the world.

Occasionally you might have to fart in the presence of others (I nearly fainted with embarrassment the first time this happened, even though the person was my mother), but oddly enough most people will ignore it!  The gas caused by food is often close to odorless.  This means you might be embarrassed, but not uncomfortable. 

By monitoring what you eat and observing how your body reacts (something I’ve been really striving towards) you can pinpoint the foods causing gas and spread them out in your diet or eliminate them altogether.

If all else fails, you can enjoy the childish humor I found on this website: http://www.jokesaboutfarts.com/.  Yeah.  It’s real.

Lunchtime

 

Delish! One hot Chik Patty and a pile of raw broccoli–what else could a girl want?

 

Midday hunger hit me hard and fast, so a quick fix was in order.  I stuck a Morningstar Farms Italian Herb Chik Patty in the oven (I always use a pizza pan to cook patties/nuggets because it helps to give you a better crunch) and started chopping up some broccoli.

Yes, that is a TON of broccoli.  It’s always been one of my favorite foods and I prefer it raw with a little dressing for dipping.  Today’s dip of choice was Kraft Light Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing.  Despite a slightly scary list of ingredients it’s got such great flavor and I haven’t been able to recreate the tangy taste on my own.  Sometimes a little corn syrup is worth it.

 

Toppings and Dippers of the Day

 

I topped my Chik Patty with some cold leftover Classico Tomato and Basil sauce from Sunday night’s pizza.  Something about the cool sauce and the hot, crunchy patty is really satisfying.  Mixing up temperatures and textures is a great way to add variety to any meal without overdoing it.

Twenty minutes post-Patty I was still feeling hungry so I snagged a banana and headed out to the porch. 

In honor of his 80th birthday today, William Shatner's old-man hand dropped by!

I cozied up in a blanket and read a few chapters of Pastime by Robert B. Parker.  My dad owns all of the Spenser novels and I’ve been slowly working my way through the series.  Anyone else a mystery fan?  I never read them until the last year or two, but I’ve gotten wrapped up in a few good series recently.

Now it’s time for a little amateur at-home Namaste Yoga from the DVR.  Wish me luck!

Time for some link-love:

10 Healthy Vegan Snacks over at FitSugar: http://preview.tinyurl.com/4owu3dz
Running Milestones this Week over at Runner’s World: http://preview.tinyurl.com/4qjks3o
12 Ways to Eat More Color with Tina from Carrots ‘n’ Cake: http://preview.tinyurl.com/tinapost