When I planned out my runs for this week, I didn’t bother to look at the weather forecast.
I whimpered my way to the gym yesterday morning in a thunderstorm to get my run accomplished on the treadmill.
I talked a good game all winter as if I found love with the treadmill but I think it was a forced relationship.
In fact, my time with the treadmill this winter has all of the characteristics of a rebound relationship.
You know what I mean; you tell yourself it is all sunshine and unicorns and perfect but once you stop seeing it and go back to what you really love, you recognize that relationship (or treadmill) for what it really was.
Would you believe that I haven’t had a bowl of oatmeal since Saturday?
I don’t know, I just love the three-ingredient pancake topped with peanut butter and a drop of jelly. I make one before and then one after my workouts. The second pancake usually has fruit on top too.
I know I will go back to oatmeal this weekend the day before and the day of the race but for now, I wake up each morning wanting this instead.
And in case you are curious, my son switched things up yesterday too from the Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel toast to Van’s mini waffles.
So I have been trying to limit my morning coffee to just one cup especially since I don’t want to drink more than one prior to the race on Sunday. The less I need to use a port-o-potty, the better.
I do need to know though if anyone has tried the new Archer Farms coffee flavors yet.
Sounds like dessert in a cup to me. I also spotted a milk chocolate variety. I don’t love chocolate-flavored coffees but I have had Fresh Market’s version of a chocolate cherry coffee and it was delicious – just super pricey.
Lunch has been interesting this week. I am so tired of figuring out what the heck I want to eat in the middle of the day. I never know if I want savory or sweet and this week especially I am just not in the mood for salads or vegetables or that overly stuffed and full feeling they are known to produce.
I randomly landed on this easy and delicious combination that I can only hope it excites and satisfies me for days to come.
Whole wheat English muffin super toasted (I like it crisp!) half topped with sliced plum tomatoes and melted mozzarella cheese and half topped with peanut butter and chopped apple.
This is a winning combination because I get the best of both worlds and don’t have to choose between savory and sweet. In fact, I eat the savory part first and save the sweet for last leaving me completely satisfied.
Close up shot from yesterday when I had the same combination on Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel Bread. I subbed strawberries for apples.
Yesterday afternoon I stopped at Best Market to pick up my watermelon for the rest of the week.
I walked away with a gigantic watermelon for five dollars.
It’s a good thing that my slicing method involves one piece in a container and one piece in my mouth otherwise I would certainly run out of pyrex containers for this amount of fruit.
This should last me through Sunday, right?
I also restocked the bananas, sweet potatoes and those little cuties.
I never loved oranges but these clementines (or are they mandarin oranges – I can never remember) are quite refreshing. My son loves to take them as a snack to school too.
After today I will be making sure that a sweet potato (or regular potato) is on my dinner plate but so far this week it has been all about the Trader Joe’s brown rice medley.
It is just so easy to microwave a bag of the rice and have it ready in a pinch. We have been super busy on the after-school activity front this week so the less time needed to prepare dinner, the better.
I can’t seem to get enough of making my favorite shrimp stir fry topped with avocado.
Please remind me that I need more of the wild shrimp the next time I say I am going to Trader Joe’s.
As you know, I don’t really prep meals in advance but on Sunday I did think ahead and prepare some chicken cutlets for my son so that I had a good protein source ready for him to eat a variety of ways depending upon what he wanted.
I need to give you my oat bran breading recipe.
This week he has eaten the chicken with tomato sauce, whole wheat pasta and sprinkle of cheese as well as cut up cold in a salad with feta cheese and balsamic dressing.
Dessert has still been my usual diced apple with peanut butter and mini chocolate chips.
I swear it looks like a bowl of cookie dough, doesn’t it? I use a little bowl to mix the PB2 and then add Crunch Time and Mighty Maple peanut butter into the bowl along with the chocolate chips.
PB2 may be pricey but it is so worth it. I just love the consistency that it gives, especially when combined with regular peanut butter.
If you are looking for me this evening, I will be on the baseball field.
I know I should say that I love sitting there and watching my son play but let’s be real here – the games are long (especially when you need to arrive 45 minutes prior to the actual game starting!), it is a bit cold at this point in the season and, well, it can sometimes be rather boring.
I hope you appreciate my honesty.
Last year my son was embarrassed when I would bring my apple and peanut butter with me to eat in the stands. I am hoping he doesn’t notice tonight because I am certainly not going to sit there for hours without a snack.
Make sure to check out what everyone else is eating today!
Have you tried the new Archer Farm coffee flavors?
What have you been eating for lunch these days?
What snacks do you bring with you when you know you will need one and won’t be anywhere to get something good?