Hey hey hey!!!
How are ya? Can you believe tomorrow’s Friday?!? I can’t either.. but I will happily embrace the weekend 😀
Someone is still a little tuckered out from our trip:
(I thought it was so cute that she matches the crocheted blanket)
I started out the day with a homemade continental b-fast
2 pieces of Ezekiel bread (1 topped with Polaner, the other topped with 2 egg whites), cantaloupe and blueberries
With a giant cuppa Joe, it was a fabulous breakfast
I did some stuff around the casa, including sorting through 3.5 weeks of mail and ran to school to drop off some paperwork.
For snack, I had a Christmas-flavored (aka Gingersnap Larabar)
I took the puppers on their 2 mile walk, then came home to play with the Vita Mix!!
I seriously can’t believe that I didn’t get one of these sooner. It is OUTTA CONTROL—you can make anything! Appetizers, soups, fondues, juices, milks, smoothies, ICE CREAM, dough, the list goes on and on..and on
I studied the cookbook that came with the Vita Mix last night and after getting a feel for the settings (there’s variable speed in which you can increase and decrease the speed depending on what you’re making, and high speed in which I’m pretty sure you could put an umbrella in the blender and make umbrella butter). I came up with this concoction:
-2 organic carrots
-1 small banana
-1/2 cup cantaloupe
-1 cup almond milk
-1/3 cup water
-1 packet Stevia
-1/2 cup ice
On variable speed, turn the power to on and increase the speed level from 1-10 and blend for 1 minute.
It made two pina colada glasses full of this sweet and surprisingly filling creation. It tasted so light and I loved the fact that I was eating two giant carrots!
I hit up the gym with my friend Jeni and did some cardio and weights:
|Elliptical||30 minutes, Hill 2 program|
|Chest press||20 lbs, 3 sets of 12|
|Shoulder press||20 lbs, 3 sets of 12|
|Compound row||50 lbs, 3 sets of 12|
|Seated row||60 lbs, 3 sets of 10|
|Triceps Extension||50 lbs, 3 sets of 12|
|Stability ball back extension||Body weight, 3 sets of 12|
|Hammer curls||10 lbs each, 3 sets of 12|
|Lateral raises||5 lbs each, 3 sets of 12|
|Total time: 1 hr 15 min|
When I got home, it was lunchtime so I was stoked to use the Vita-Mix again
Raw Chickpea Marinara
-1/2 package of sundried tomatoes
-1/3 cup chickpeas (you can use soaked dry chickpeas or the ones a la can)
-1/3 cup water
-juice of 1/2 lemon
-dried basil and oregano
-sprinkle of garlic powder
On variable speed, turn the power on and increase speed from 1-4. Stop after 30 seconds and scrape the sides down and continue blending. Add more water if needed.
I shaved a yellow squash with a veggie peeler as my “noodles” and topped with the sauce:
It was delicious!! I seriously think it’s love at first sight with the Vita Mix. The pilot seriously needs to stop going away.. I’ve fallen in love with a high school vampire and a kitchen appliance since he left.
When I was finished with the amazing “pasta”, I was craving something starchy (and didn’t want bread), so I opened my first package of polenta. I used 1/3 of the roll and cut it up and zapped it in the microwave for 90 seconds.
I topped it with sea salt and pepper, and it was pretty good, but I got the feeling that I wanted it to taste sweeter. Does anyone have an amazing polenta recipe they’d like to hook me up with? I still have 2/3 of a roll left to use 😀
After snack, I went to an hour yoga class. I really enjoyed it but I’m thinking no matter what, I’ll always be more of a pilates kinda girl.
After yoga, I met up with Jeni and Jamie at Baberitos for dinner. I forgot my camera (!) but I’ve had this meal a few times before: salad with tofu, guac, black beans, mushrooms, cucumber, jalapenos, pico, salsa and olives. It was muy bueno.
Now I’m watching Grey’s, having trouble getting into it (this season just isn’t doing it for me), sipping some green tea and stoked for Friiiiiiiday!
Tomorrow I’m training a friend, starting my first day at a new job (ack!), walking the puppies on base, going for a run, then dinner with the girls 😀
Hope you all have a wonderful night!