Since life has been so hectic lately, I haven’t taken pictures of all my meals, but you can be sure I’ve been enjoying a daily Green Monster. Sometimes I’ve included maca powder, sometimes flax seeds, sometimes, just lots of almond butter! I’ve also been drinking lots of iced Tazo Zen tea.
My favorite lunch, which I had on Wednesday AND Friday, was this:
A whole grain English muffin spread with almond butter, sprinkle of sea salt, dried cherries, banana chips. This is a great version of a traditional PB&J crossed with a PB&B. The crunch of the banana chips mixed with the chewy texture and tart flavor of the dried cherries made the sandwich super satisfying.
I’ve also been having Clif Zbars, Coco Choco Bars, and tons of fresh fruit for my snacks and treats. One day, I had pineapple and fresh cherries:
Another day, I had Fage 2% with fresh raspberries:
There’s really nothing better than a big bowl of fresh fruit for me. I’m kind of picky with my fruit favorites though: cherries, strawberries, pineapple, nectarines and plums are my top five. (I do love bananas, and I enjoy them in my smoothies every morning, but I had to be brutally honest with my top 5!)
Question 1: What are your top 5 favorite fruits?
I kept things pretty simple with dinners as well. We had some premade meals from trader Joe’s so I made garlic chicken pasta on Thursday and The Huz made an incredible meal for me on Friday – homemade sundried tomato pesto rotini with endive and homemade vinaigrette. I would include a recipe, but I have no idea how he made it (I was out on my run) and he’s the exact opposite of me and my total dependence on recipes. This was so good that I made him promise to take measurements next time though. Look how thick and beautiful that pesto is!
Desserts usually consisted of small bowls of trail mix I put together. I really love being able to buy supplies in bulk so I can just grab a piece of fruit here, a spoonful of chocolate chips there. So convenient!
As far as exercise goes, I think my workouts have been the primary way I’ve stayed sane!
Monday+Tuesday: Nothing much, just a 2 mile walk on Tuesday with the dog
Wednesday: interval workout on treadmill – 1 minute at 7.5, 1 minute at 6.5 for 40 minutes.
Thursday: 20 minutes on elliptical machine, 25 minutes on ArcTrainer
Friday: 4.5ish mile run in Central Park with the dog after work
Question 2: Does exercising ease your stress? Have you ever found yourself more stressed by the idea of needing to exercise?