First things first…. I got a Droid today!! I am so excited to have a new phone. I was eligible for my New Every Two through Verizon yesterday, and I wasted no time. I got a pretty good deal on it though, considering it retails for 599.99 and with the online discount, new 2 year agreement, and the new every two discount, i got it for 149.99… not bad! I’m still figuring it out, but am very excited to have a nice phone! It supposedly takes awesome photos too, so maybe I can figure that out and not have to bring my digital camera with me everywhere 🙂

Onto today’s eats….. breakfast was sliced up strawberries, followed by overnight oats with yogurt.

My oats contained 1/2 cup steel cut oats, 1 cup water, vanilla extract, 1 packet of truvia, and 1/2 cup of fiber one. For overnight oats, you cook them the night before and eat them cold. I, too, was taken aback at the idea of cold oats at first, but then I tried it, and I really like them! It’s kind of like cold cereal meets oatmeal… and I really love steel cut oats but they take way too long to make before work, so this is the perfect solution. Morning snack was a new find from Whole Foods:

Vegan soy jerky… I found it last night and couldn’t resist because I love jerky and find its a great snack that really holds me over, but with the no meat thing it’s out as an option, unless you can find soy jerky! I actually loved this! It was Texas BBQ flavor and the texture really mimicked regular jerky. It was double wrapped for freshness, so the outside package opened to a vacuum sealed package inside around the jerky.. and it was very tasty! Definitely something I will purchase again.

Lunch was the old standby, a microwaved sweet potato with black beans and pineapple salsa

With raw snow peas on the side

I love this lunch because it takes no time to throw a raw sweet potato and a tupperwear of black beans mixed with pineapple salsa into my lunchbag. Not to mention, sweet potatoes and black beans are a match made in heaven…

On to conquering the last few hours of work so that I can go home and play with my new phone! 🙂 Hope your Tuesday is treating you well!

Two Things

Two exciting things to share:

1.) I got accepted into the Brooks I.D. Program!!

2.) I made an awesome dinner

I learned about the Brooks ID program from Caitlin over at Healthy Tipping Point and decided to apply. According to the website, Brooks I.D. stands for Inspire Daily. These two simple words guide the principles of the program. Brooks I.D. is made up of over 800 members who are active in their running communities and share a passion for the Brooks brand. They are runners who are winners in their own right: Winning their age divisions, accomplishing their personal goals, pushing their own limits, and, by extension, encouraging others to do the same. They are coaches, mentors, and leaders.

I am so excited to be a part of this and am waiting to get my race gear in the mail. You get a 40% off Brooks products if you get accepted, and I love their running shoes and can’t wait to try some of their other running gear. If you’re interested in learning more and/or applying for the program, you can apply here.

Now, onto food! After work I got home and was craving another green monster! I decided to add some vanilla extract and some frozen blueberries and was a little taken aback by the color it turned out…

Sort of black/purple.. seems pretty obvious now that I think back to the ingredients I put in there but I was expecting it to be green since there was so much spinach!

I realized that even though I went shopping yesterday (and spent over $60!) I really didn’t buy anything substantial.. mostly pantry staples and fruits and veggies. I got some okra that I wanted to make but wanted to do it with panko crumbs and I am so, so I decided to run to Whole Foods to pick up a few things to throw together for dinner. I found some boneless whole trout there for 7.99 a pound, and two whole trout were under a pound so this is something I will definitely purchase again! I also bought some panko bread crumbs, fresh strawberries, arugula, and goat cheese, among other things.

I washed off the okra, trimmed the ends, and cut the pieces into two. Then I put out two bowls, one with beaten egg, and one with the panko crumbs. I added salt and pepper to the bread crumbs and lined the bowls up so I was ready:

Anytime you are doing panko (or any breadcrumbs really), its good to have one “wet” hand and one “dry” hand. This helps you from getting egg into the breadcrumbs and getting everything sticky. I took the okra and dipped it in the egg with my left hand, and then used that hand to transfer it into the breadcrumbs. Once the okra is in the breadcrumbs, you switch to your right hand to toss it around which stays mostly dry. Then you use your right hand to take it out of the breadcrumbs once its coated and put it onto the baking sheet. It’s also really important to season the breadcrumbs so the okra comes out flavorful. After each piece of okra was rolled in the egg and breadcrumbs, they were oven ready:

I heated the oven to 375 while breading the okra, and then tossed them in there for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, you flip them over, and put them back in the oven for another 15.

While those were cooking, I took the trout and brushed on this great sauce we picked up in Puerto Rico that was made locally called Tropical Heat Wave in Passion Fruit/Sweet Pepper Flavor. I also added some salt to the fish, and put that into the oven once the okra were flipped and back in.

I also threw together a salad with arugula, strawberries, and goat cheese. We just put a little lemon juice and olive oil on it instead of dressing, and the meal turned out amazing!

The panko crusted okra was probably my favorite part. They get so crunchy and taste fried but are actually really healthy. The trout was so good too, and we used more of that passion fruit/sweet pepper sauce on it after cooking. Yum!

Now I’m gonna curl up on the couch and do some reading before bed… I’m feeling a bit under the weather so have given myself a break with exercising, but back to the grind tomorrow. Have a good night!

One Month And Bizzaro Lunch

It’s March 15th, which mean its been exactly one month since I stopped eating any meat, except fish! It has gone by really quickly and hasn’t really been that hard for me. I’m leaning heavily towards sticking with the fish only diet and maybe eating meat for special occasions only (special dinners or holidays) even after Lent is over.  It’s kind of nice too because even though I’ve indulged (a LOT) over the last month, it feels a little less indulgent because it’s only ever veggies and/or fish (even if they are fried)… oh the tricks your mind can play on you 😉

Breakfast today was plain 0% Chobani yogurt with 1/2 cup fiber one and blueberries. Lunch was really bizarre. After dinner last night, I had about half of my egg drop soup left which I was going to bring in for a snack. There were tons of veggies from the Szechuan Shrimp left but they were doused in sauce. My boyfriend said I could just throw them out but that felt so wasteful, so I decided to rinse off all the sauce and throw them in the soup. It sounds kind of gross but it actually worked out really well and I was glad to not let all those delicious veggies go to waste. As I was packing my lunch, I realized that probably wouldn’t be enough, so I grabbed a small red potato to cook in the microwave but forgot to bring something to put on the potato. After microwaving it, I decided to just cut it in half and put the heated soup over it. Really odd concoction, but it kept me full for a few hours and was actually pretty delicious!

Afternoon snacks included a gala apple, Jolly Time Kettle Corn, and a grande Americano from Starbucks.

Also, I wanted to share one of the most amazing experiences from Puerto Rico with you! We went on a Biobay Tour and it was seriously one of the most incredible things I have ever seen/done. I never even knew about the existence of these things before being told my sister had reserved this trip for us. We went our last night in Puerto Rico and took a long and very bumpy bus ride to the bay where these organisms live. We then got on a pontoon boat for about an hour where they bring you out into the water. It’s hard to explain, but the water basically glows with movement. So the tour guides would jump on the bottom of the boat to startle the fish in the water, and then you would see all these fish in the water glowing as they swam away from the boat. After going deep into the bay, they let us jump off the boat and swim around. It was incredible! When you spin around in the water the whole water around you glows like theres a light in it, but its just these microorganisms. So weird! The coolest part for me was that when you lifted your arms out of the water, there were still some on you so your arms looked like they were covered in stars and then it quickly faded away. I tried taking pictures but it was nearly impossible. I am so glad I got to experience that while in Vieques because though there are more of these bays throughout the world, the one we swam in is supposed to be one of the most specular in the world! I feel lucky to have gotten to see/swim in it!

It’s hard to try to recap a whole week’s worth in one post (slash to try not bore you guys) so I’ll be adding little tidbits all week from my trip as I think of them.

Back to Reality

I woke up hungry today. I looked in my fridge and the pickings were quite slim since I’d been away for the week and had tried to use up everything perishable. It made for an interesting breakfast. I found some carrots and celery that were still good in the fridge, so I decided to break out my juicer. After the indulges all week, my body was craving some vegetables and nutrients! I used 4 large carrots and 4 small stalks of celery to make this juice:

It was really freshing but I definitely would have put an apple, orange, or grapefruit in there if I had one. While I sipped on that, I looked through my freezer to see what frozen veggies I had… cauliflower and krinkle cut carrots were it. I microwaved some of each, chopped them up, then added in 1/2 a cup of egg beaters to make a scramble. While that was cooking I found some dill that was still good in the fridge, so I chopped some up and threw it in with the eggs and veggies. I love adding fresh herbs to just about everything.  I heated up two frozen morningstar veggie sausage links to go with the scramble:

It was actually pretty good, but not a typical combo of veggies I would use for a breakfast scramble… so I forced myself to get up and go to the grocery store to stock up on some food so there’d be more options for later.

I’ve been reading all about Green Monsters on a lot of blogs lately and have been wanting to try one for some time, but have been a little skeptical. There are lots of different combinations, but they typically have some form of milk, raw spinach, and banana as the basics. You can also add frozen blueberries or cherries, flax, seeds, nuts, powders, etc. The whole idea of raw spinach in a smoothie just kind of weirded me out, but everyone says you can’t even taste it and that it makes your energy levels skyrocket and your skin glow, so who am I to not give it a try..

I picked up some raw spinach, light organic soy milk, and bananas and to give the basic one a try.

I put 1 cup of soy milk, 1 small banana, a few handfuls of spinach, and a few ice cubes into the blender and let it go for a few minutes. It took a little longer than I was expecting for the spinach to break up completely but in the end it looked like it was supposed to:

The verdict? Delicious! Seriously, you cannot taste the spinach. I know that seems counterintuitive but it really just tastes like a regular smoothie (banana and milk) and I am definitely excited to try some new combinations. I have frozen blueberries and might add vanilla extract next time I try it. If you’re interested in trying it, I think it makes the most sense to think about a smoothie you like without spinach, and then just add a few cups and you’ll barely know its there. I hope loads of energy and clear skin is in my near future. Fingers crossed 😛

Even though I went food shopping, I felt too lazy to cook so we decided to order chinese. There’s this great place downstairs in my building called Charlie Chiang’s, and they deliver the food about 15 minutes after you order it because it’s so close.

I got egg drop soup to start, and then we ordered Shrimp Szechuan and Vegetable Moo Shi (Shredded cabbage, mushroom, green onion, scrambled eggs and it comes with pancakes and plum sauce). I was much more excited about the Moo Shi so I only had one shrimp from that dish and had two of these babies:

Then rolled it up:

Yum. Definitely hit the spot and fit perfectly into the Sunday I had envisioned 🙂

Now off to watch World’s Greatest Dad (thank you Netflix) and melt into the couch. I don’t wanna go to work tomorrow!!

Vacation Recap

Back in DC after a looong day of traveling yesterday and finally getting settled enough to share some highlights from my trip! It was SO fun and went by far too quickly. We went to Vieques in Puerto Rico, which is a tiny island off the coast of Puerto Rico, one of the Spanish Virgin Islands. There were four couples in total and three kids, so we decided to rent a villa and ended up in Villa Uno which was amazing. I swear the pictures on the website don’t do it any justice. The house had 6 bedrooms, 2 kitchens, a pool, a ton of outside seating, and was located RIGHT on the beach. I ate a ton of delicious, fried food and indulged more than I intended to, but thats what vacations are for, right? Right.

We had trouble finding direct flights to San Juan from DCA so ended up laying over in Charlotte, NC. I had a bloody mary for my first vacation drink at the airport during our brief layover there.

And don’t mind my pasty white skin crying out for the sun while I sipped it 🙂

Once we got to San Juan, we realized everyone else was stuck there and couldn’t get to Vieques. We had to take a tiny puddle jumper plane from San Juan to the island, and it was rainy and miserable in San Juan so none of the planes were running! We ended up having to spend the night in San Juan and didn’t get to Vieques until Sunday. I had never been to San Juan before, so we went out to dinner with my sister and her husband in Old San Juan and had some great local food. I tried taking pictures but the lighting was so dim and they were turning out horrible, so I gave up. My sister used her points to get us rooms at the Sheraton which was SUCH a nice hotel.

There’s a look in our room. It was so fancy! After dinner we came home and played around in the casino downstairs. My boyfriend and I each lost $6 and then decided to call it quits. Woke up Sunday and actually managed to go the hotel gym before heading back the airport for round 2, which turned out to be my only run of the whole week.. ah well.

We got to the airport Sunday and the planes were running so we finally got to Vieques! The little puddle jumpers were SO scary to ride in because they are shaky and so small and i’m a pretty anxious traveler as it is. Here’s a picture of the plane we took:

They literally hold 9 passengers in total. Crazy! The weather was pretty miserable Sunday but that gave us a chance to unpack settle in, lay low, etc. We were told it would be raining all week so expectations were pretty low, but luckily, the weather shaped up on Monday and we were able to get to the beach! We rented cars to drive around the island because half of the island is Atlantic (where our villa was) and you have to go to the other side of the island for the Caribbean beaches, which are much brighter and calmer and just gorgeous.

We mostly did breakfast and lunches and home and dinners were half and half cooking and out. The food was actually pretty uninspiring at most of the restaurants we went to. It was very expensive, and nothing to write home about unfortunately. The best meals we had were the ones at home!

There was a docking area a few blocks from our villa that we could walk to where local fisherman came to sell their catches of the day. We went to check it out and they had just brought in some lobsters, so we decided to buy 4 large ones to make for dinner.

Doesn’t get much fresher than that! We kept them in the fridge to “chill them out” until it was time to make them for dinner. Here they are all ready for the boiling water 😉

After boiling them for 6-7 minutes, we severed the tails and cut them in half  to finish off in the oven.

We obviously doused them in butter after they came out of the oven and they were delicious. Maine lobster is definitely a bit sweeter than Caribbean lobster, but the texture is similar and there is a lot more meat in the Caribbean ones, so two people can easily share one if they are large. We made salt cod fritters and stir-fried veggies to go with the lobster, and it was an incredible meal.

One of the other awesome meals we had at home was rice and beans with tostones. Plantains are very common on the island (and in Puerto Rican cooking in general) and were easy to come by. I also happen to LOVE them so we had them most days we were there. Here’s a few photos of the meal:

Tostones, white rice with cilantro and jalapeno, homemade mango salsa, and black beans. The mango salsa is so easy to make and sooooo delicious. We make it at home a lot and it seemed quite appropriate for PR. It has chopped up mango, yellow bell pepper (or you can use red), red onion, lime juice, lots of cilantro, and salt. So easy and so good.

I was able to stay away from meat all vacation pretty easily, which I was happy about. If I could do it all again I would probably have picked a day or two to splurge instead of just slurging the whole time. (I say that now that I am home safe and don’t have to stick with that :P.) I ran at the hotel on Sunday and went kayaking twice for about 30-45 minutes. We also did a good amount of swimming and walking, but it was definitely an indulgent vacation but so fun and worth it.

DC’s weather is overcast and rainy and pretty cold so it’s been a little traumatic trying to adjust back to regular life. I am so glad we decided to come home on Saturday instead of Sunday so I had a day to just relax and catch up on things (grocery shop, clean up, unpack, etc). But going back to work tomorrow is going to be ROUGH.

I miss Vieques already!

Puerto Rico

I had such high hopes of blogging every day and documenting all my meals and activities while here in Puerto Rico, but clearly, it’s been a total fail. I have taken a TON of pictures and have had some incredible food and so much fun, but just wanted to let you all know I am in fact alive, just failing miserably at keeping up the blog. The house we are staying in is AMAZING, seriously. Right on the beach with our own pool and several private apartments making up the house. It’s been a blast and great weather for the most part. I am returning to DC tomorrow (unfortunately) and will update over the weekend and be back on the regular next week. Hope you all are doing well!

Pizza, Pizza

I’ve been so busy wrapping up a the last few things at work before my big trip that the days have just been FLYING by and its been wonderful! Today was a gorgeous day out, too – it was sunny and warmer than its been in a while, so it felt good to get out and walk around a bit for lunch!

Though I had brought leftovers from last night for lunch, while I was walking around outside I saw this Korean cart that I have walked by many times and wanted to try, but I never carry cash and it’s cash only… but not today! I had $10 in my pocket and was so happy once I realized it and spotted the cart. It’s on 14th and K in downtown DC right outside the Corner Bakery. I talked to the girl working the stand and she said that all the food is homemade daily and its authentic Korean. I opted for the vegetable dumplings with kimchi, which is basically Korean pickled cabbage… very flavorful and figure friendly.

The guy at the stand cooked the dumplings to order, and the dumplings and kimchi together were only $4! My kind of price. Everything was INCREDIBLE. Soooo good, I savored every dumpling.

For an afternoon snack, I brought the last 3 clementines in the bag with me, and when I took them out of the fridge, I realized 2 had some weird spots on them, so I had to throw them out… Only one last chance to try to get the peel off in one piece and…

I did it! Yesssssss! Be impressed.

After work, I went to get a quick pedicure in preparation for Puerto Rico, and I had pizza on my mind. I was thinking about going to the store to buy some ingredients to make my own, but as I walked into the nail studio, I walked right past pie-tanza, a wood-fired pizza place. It was literally next door to the nail salon so I ran in and grabbed a menu to look at while I was getting my toes done. The menu had a bunch of great options, so I decided to go for it and picked out:

12″ Grilled Vegetable Pizza ~ roasted red peppers, seasoned and grilled eggplant and zucchini, sliced roma tomato and black olives with red sauce, mozzarella and fontina cheeses

Goat Cheese Salad ~ mixed field greens, minced red onion, diced roma tomato, goat cheese and toated walnuts with halved red crapes in a light oregano vinaigrette (i got the dressing on the side)

I ordered it for carry out and the timing worked out perfectly. I met my boyfriend at home with the goods and we dove right in. Here is my plate:

I may or may not have had a third piece of pizza  and a second helping of salad (most may). Everything was awesome and definitely a place I would go back for my next pizza craving. It wasn’t too too heavy like Domino’s can be, and there were lots of great veggies and tasty cheese on it. It definitely hit the spot!

Now I’m off to eat some popcorn while watching Pam and Jim have their baby!!!

Warning: Don’t Try This Without Gloves

Seeing as I showed you the contents of my wonderful lunchbox earlier, you can probably venture to guess today’s eats. Breakfast was the Trader Joe’s oatmeal with some fiber one, and lunch was a sweet potato with black beans and pineapple salsa… (close up!)

with a salad on the side with dill and roasted red and yellow peppers:

Snacks included all the fruit you saw… grapes, grapefruit, apple, and clementines. yum!

Two funny-ish things happened. First, after all my gushing about the lunchbox and how wonderful it is, I am an idiot and left it at work. I was cooking dinner and went to go start packing my lunch and realized. Ironic isn’t it because I always put it right in my purse after unloading everything in the fridge, but not today because I felt the need to take pictures.

Second, I am still trying to regain your confidence in my clementine peeling skills, so I thought today was the day. I literally said to myself, “OK you can do this..” and then, this is how far I got before the piece broke off:

ha. Good job, Beth.

All day I had been craving a waffle sandwich. There in a Dunkin Donuts that I pass by on my way to the metro and they have decided its a good idea to change their signs to larger than life pictures of their Waffle Breakfast Sandwich which has eggs, sausage and cheese. I decided to make my own version as a snack before the gym, but thought peanut butter and bananas would be a safer pre-workout option than sausage 😉

I used 1 whole wheat frozen waffle (toasted), 1/2 large banana sliced, and 1 tbsp Better ‘N Peanut Butter. I ate it open faced and it was sooo good.

Definitely something you’ll be seeing again. Yum. Day five in a row of working out.. tomorrow will definitely be a well earned rest day. I did 45 minutes on the elliptical at level 10, but went slower than usual and just enjoyed it. I get really bored on the machines even though I am watching TV and doing a bunch of other things to try to keep myself busy (like calculating the percentage of my workout that I have finished because I am crazy).. So I went for 15 minutes pedaling forward, then 15 minutes backwards, then 15 minutes forward again on the crosstrainer. For some reason it helps the time go faster for me…

And then, onto the main event.. FOOD. I needed to redeem myself to my palate after last night’s horrendous dinner. Over the weekend I found loose beets at the grocery store for $1 a pound, so I got 4 medium sized beets for $1.02! I love me some bargains. They were trimmed without the greens and looked like this before I got to them:

I cut off the ends and then decided to wrap them in foil and roast them at 400 while I went to the gym. I left them in the oven for 1 hour 15 minutes, and then let them cool (but not for the whole 3o minutes I was supposed to because I was getting hungry!). After they cool a bit the skin comes off pretty easily, but beware, DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS WITHOUT GLOVES. I honestly never would have thought to wear gloves, but I am so lucky that my boyfriend warned me to wear them (and that hes a chef so we even have them in the house) because they stain EVERYTHING:

I wore them to peel the skin off the beets and am so glad that ended up on the gloves and not on my precious hands. Here’s the peeled beets:

They turned out AWESOME. While those were sitting cooling, I sauteed some polenta with nonstick spray (also from Trader Joe’s) and put that in the bottom of the bowl. I then threw 1/2 cup of shelled edamame in the pan, cut up the beets into chunks, and threw them in with the edamame. I added a little apple cider vinegar (random, I know) and then put the beet-edamame mixture over the polenta, and ta da!

Verdict? Delicious! I think I have redeemed myself to myself (I hope).  The textures and colors of this dish worked well and it tasted great. Also, the beets were totally fun to roast and peel, even though they were messy. I definitely want to do some more experimenting and at that price, I will!

If you can’t tell, I am trying to use up everything in my house because I leave for Puerto Rico in three days! Ahhh!  Now onto catching up on last night’s episode of the Biggest Loser, which I am so glad that Melissa is no longer on. Night!!

Best Lunchbox Ever AND One Whole Year

As I’ve mentioned on here a few times, I bring my breakfast, lunch, and all my snacks with me to work. This allows me to eat healthy, save money, and not have to stay at work the extra 30 minutes because I eat lunch at my desk 😛

I was looking and looking for a lunchbox that would hold enough things, and I found the perfect one! It is stretchy material so it can stretch out to fit whatever you put in there, it zips shut, its insulated, AND it folds down flat once you’re done so you can just shove it in your purse/bag. Take a look at how much stuff I can fit in there. Here it is zipped shut after I just got to work:

And here is everything that was inside

A takeout container with black beans, the end of a bag of salad, a grapefruit, an apple, frozen oatmeal from Trader Joes, three clementines, a bag of green and red grapes (changing it up!) and a sweet potato. Crazy that that all fits in there! I got this lunch box at Target for just $10! Highly recommend it for those of you who bring your breakfast and/or lunch to work.

Be prepared, rare sappiness ahead..

While I was on the metro riding into work today, I was thinking about what I have to do at work today, and then I realized, it’s March 3! One year ago today I joined Weight Watchers and it has really changed my life. And, it has definitely been the best year of my life. I could go on and on about all the things that have changed, but let me spare you and just highlight a few.

  • I’ve lost over 50 pounds!
  • I started running and now love it and have completed six races!
  • I completely transformed my diet and exercise regimen
  • I have transitioned into a mostly whole foods diet
  • I work out 4-5 times a week and feel like something is missing if I don’t!
  • I have been able to save money because I bring my breakfast/lunch into work every day instead of buying out every day like I used to!
  • I can shop in any store I want to
  • I feel so much healthier
  • I am so much healthier

I think its easy to lose sight of all the changes you’ve made and give yourself a hard time about missing a workout or having a slip up, but sometimes it’s important to sit back and pat yourself on the back for how far you’ve come. Sometimes. Over the last year, I have had more than my fair share of slip-ups and have eaten a lot of crap that I wish I hadn’t and felt guilty about the next day, but really, I have made some incredible changes in my life, and for today, I’m going to embrace them and be proud! =D

Dinner Fail

Today was pretty uneventful… had leftover oatmeal for breakfast with 1/2 cup each yogurt and fiber one on top.. I ate the oatmeal cold, which I thought sounded gross when I first read about someone eating overnight oats, but I actually really like it! It’s kind of like cold cereal meets oatmeal, hard to describe unless you’ve tasted it, but definitely something worth tasting. It’s nice for me because when I bring it to work I can just eat it right at my desk without having to heat it up or anything. Lunch was leftover Soba Noodles w/tofu and chinese veggies (which were JUST as great for lunch!) and snacks included 1 cup of grapes, 94% FF popcorn, and a small red grapefruit. Not terribly exciting eats today.

After work I came home with the intention of doing a good, long workout and I was just totally out of steam. I did 15 minutes on the bike to warm up, some upper body weights, and then ran for 30 minutes. I was planning on running for 45 minutes but I just couldn’t go anymore, and then I got to thinking and realized it was day four in a row of working out. For me, three days in a row is the charm, and if I go one more day in a row my body begs for a rest day. So, I stopped running after 30 minutes and walked the last 15 minutes at a big incline (from 6.0 up to 12.0), and then stretched, a lot. I’m happy to report that my quads are feeling wayy better today – much less sore than yesterday!

I don’t know why, but I generally HATE stretching. I guess I feel like when I’m done doing cardio and weights, I’m done working out, and I just want to get out of the gym. I know a lot of people embrace stretching because they’re done with their workout and can just relax, but for me, I just want to be done and outta there! Something I definitely have to work on because there are tons of benefits of stretching, including injury prevention.

So then came the worst dinner in history. I barely even want to write about it because the taste has just gotten out of my mouth and I want to forget about it as soon as possible! The funny thing is, I pretty much love all food, so for me to find something I don’t like is very rare… I generally like tempeh, but I usually use the plain kind and put it in wraps or on sandwiches or just grill it, and add a bunch of other flavorful ingredients. I don’t have it that often but I was excited to try this kind that I found at Whole Foods:

Two servings in that package, lots of protein and fiber. I even read some reviews online that said the Zesty Lemon flavor was great and that a lot of tempeh can be bland.. but not this kind. Instructions on the package were to pan fry it in oil but I used non stick spray instead. I sauteed some garlic, red onion, and shelled edamame, and then added some fire roasted tomatoes. I put the veggie mix and tempeh over whole wheat couscous, made the second portion for lunch tomorrow, and then sat down to eat it:

It was AWFUL. Seriously, that Zesty Lemon flavor tempeh was so gross I couldn’t even eat it… can’t remember the last time that happened! I ended up eating some leftover falafel with pita instead, and then went back to try one more piece to make sure I did in fact hate it, and EW! I literally threw out the container that I had gotten ready for lunch tomorrow and then chugged a few glasses of lemon water to try to get the taste out of my mouth… yuck. They do have two other flavors – BBQ and Ginger, that I think might be more palatable than this one, but I’m on a self inflicted hiatus from tempeh for a little while. Better luck next time.

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