I am finally close to the finish line. It is still a ways a way, but I can see it in the distance. After today I have T-minus 6 days until I am done with the 21-DSD, remember I added on 2 additional days because there were a few of them where I was struggling. I haven’t posted in a couple of days because I decided to give you guys a break and me a break too from posting daily. I have actually had a good couple of days; have tried out a few new recipes and ran a great 10-miler on Sunday morning.
Exercise/food for Day 15 (Sunday, April 21, 2013):
Pre-run: coffee w/ paleo creamer; 1/2 green-tipped banana; 1/2 cup sweet potato fries
I totally need to give credit to Samantha over @ http://sweatlikeagirl.wordpress.com/ for the sweet potato fries recipe. I followed her very simple and easy recipe and they came out tasting delicious!!
Sweet potato fries recipe:
- slice sweet potatoes in thin (fry-like) strips
- Toss with olive oil, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and salt
- bake @ 450 for 20 minutes.
Thanks again Samantha!! Go over to her blog and check out her posts about Paleo living, running, living a healthy lifestyle and much much more!!
10 mile run: total time 1 hr 37 mins 35 sec ; 9:45 min/mile ; 159 avg BPM
Post-run: Venti Iced Caramel Latte (Starbucks) –Hey I just ran 10 miles I think I deserved that!
Lunch: 2 eggs w/ baby spinach sautéed in bacon fat/ homemade applesauce
Afternoon: coffee w/ paleo creamer ; trail mix (banana chips, coconut chips, raisins and sunflower seeds)
Dinner: broiled salmon w/ avocado salsa (turned out really good-it is like deconstructed guacamole) ***I didn’t follow the recipe exactly I broiled it on high for 10 mins and left out the coriander (didn’t have any on hand) **still turned out good!**
Bedtime: trail mix
Exercise/food for Day 16 (Monday, April 22, 2013):
am: coffee w/ paleo creamer
Breakfast: 2 eggs / 1/3 cup sweet potato fries
1 hour stroller barre (it was killer, I am still feeling it, a day later)
Post-workout: Iced coffee w/ light cream
Lunch: (leftover) salmon w/olives, lettuce, hard-boiled egg, sunflower seeds and avocado oil/lemon juice dressing ; dill pickles; 6 ozs Kombucha
Afternoon: trail mix (banana chips, coconut chips, raisins and sunflower seeds)
Bedtime: applesauce ; trail mix
You have to try the recipe for the marinated beets. I don’t know if it was the way I cooked them or that the balsamic vinegar made them taste that much better. I normally peel and cube them and cook @ 400, but this recipe had me keep the beets whole (skin on) @ 450 for 75 mins ( small beets about 60 mins) and they turned out perfectly. Z even liked them. I do have to keep reminding myself for the next few days when I go to check Z’s diaper not to be alarmed of the pinkish/red hue that comes out of him. Sorry, I should have warned you, that might be a little TMI! Those red beets get me every time! 🙂
Exercise/Food for Day 17 (Tuesday, April 23, 2013):
am: large coffee from Coffee Bean – will explain later
Breakfast: 2 eggs / 1/2 cup marinated beets
1 hour power walking/ interval-training
Midmorning: Iced Americano w/ light half and half
Lunch: Chicken power salad (chicken, 1/2 avocado, black olives, grape tomatoes, 1 hard-boiled egg, red leaf lettuce, spinach) w/ lemon juice/avocado oil dressing ; 6 oz Kombucha (Guava flavor–yummy!) ; 3 dill pickles ; 4 capsules fermented Cod Liver Oil
Afternoon: coffee/ trail mix
Dinner: Southwest Frittata ; homemade applesauce
**the frittata recipe I used, I found through this blog: http://www.changeofpaceforme.com/2013/04/whole30-day-14.html In this specific post she used the recipe from this site and modified it a little. I even modified the recipe even more:
- I omitted the sweet potatoes, garlic and jalapeno (had none at home)
- Instead of using 12 eggs (per original recipe) I used only 10
- I switched out the ground beef for mild italian sausage
- I broiled the frittata on low for 10 mins or until eggs are set, instead of in the oven @ 350. Turned out really good!
You need to make your way over to http://www.changeofpaceforme.com/ . She has tons of paleo friendly recipes. Her blog has given me many new recipe ideas to add to my weekly meal rotation.
Also, need to check out http://everydaypaleo.com/ where the original southwest frittata originated from. I actually have one of her paleo cookbooks and love the easy and simple recipes she has come up with.
Bedtime: tea and trail mix
Today did not start well. I go downstairs to make my coffee and I guess I must have bumped the glass decanter and it falls on the floor and shatters everywhere. My first thought isn’t “oh boy, look at this mess!” it is, “Oh man! what am I going to do about my morning coffee!”. That is a normal response, right? Of course, I cleaned up the glass then made a bee line to my nearest coffee shop, which is Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. Luckily for me I was already planning to make a trip to Target today, so I picked up a new coffee maker. I was going to just buy a replacement decanter, but for the same price I could get a brand new coffeemaker; I chose the new coffeemaker.
Z also had a big day today. He got his first drink at Starbucks all for himself. Don’t worry, it was one of their non-coffee drinks, strawberries & cream. I, of course, had to take the first sip to make sure it tasted ok. It passed the test, yummy. Z drank about 1/2 of the drink, he was more entertained with flicking the straw with the whipped cream out of the cup and getting it all over himself.
Oh boy, have I consumed a lot of coffee in these last 3 days!? No wonder why I have been in a good mood. Everything is better with coffee.
This is completely off topic, but I am in the market for an (inexpensive) espresso machine. Is there anyone that currently owns one and is happy with their purchase? What is the brand/model? Pros/cons?
Do you think you consume more coffee than me based on this post?