During my workout yesterday morning, right after I published my Three Tip Tuesday post, I decided that running related tips really should include an asterisk followed by the following:
***Tips may not apply to every run; each run and/or workout will vary. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY***
While I was taking it slow during my first mile on the treadmill, I just knew it was not going to be a running day. At the half mile mark, I decided to just stick it out for one mile and then switch on over to the elliptical machine – knowing in the back of mind there was that slim chance that when I reached the mile mark, I would be more than ready to continue.
Well friends, I stopped the belt at .60 – it just wasn’t worth pushing to the mile. I know the difference between needing to warm up and needing a cross training day. Sometimes it is just not worth pushing yourself when your body is very clearly in protest.
We all walk that fine line of pushing ourselves to better ourselves and pushing ourselves straight into an overtraining/injury situation.
We really need to discuss the signs and symptoms of overtraining but since today is Wednesday, we need to discuss food. I promise to address overtraining in the coming days. See what I mean when I say there is always something to talk about?
I thought it would be fun to share with you what WE have been eating, as in, what I have been eating as well as what the little boy eats. Sometimes we eat the same things, sometimes we don’t and sometimes we eat different things that use some of the same ingredients.
I am still on the two-ingredient pancake kick for breakfast.
With each morning that passes, I am getting closer and closer to perfecting the complete flip.
What’s on top of my pancake you wonder?
Just call my breakfast the peanut butter and jelly pancake. I was never much of a jelly person but I bought Trader Joe’s Cranberry Apple Butter last week just because it seemed like the seasonal thing to do.
Combined with Might Maple and you have yourself some serious goodness on a pancake. Or on a sandwich. Or waffles. In oatmeal.
Or just dip your spoon in the peanut butter and then the jelly and eat it straight up. Come now, admit you do this. Or just admit you now want to and will before the week is over.
Have you made the two-ingredient pancake yet? You should. Even the little boy likes it.
Although yesterday he got all simple on me and asked for plain eggs.
I made him eggs with a side of KIND granola mixed with raisins. That little dab that looks like jelly on his plate is definitely jelly. He wanted to try the Cranberry Apple Butter. I don’t blame him, it’s quite tasty.
He is totally in love with the KIND Cinnamon Oat Clusters granola. Since his school is nut-free, I am unable to send him a real trail mix for snack so I often pack him this granola with dried fruit in a container.
His snack bag ALWAYS contains a bag of the Lite Kettle Corn from Trader Joe’s. He loves it and I love it for being a filling snack that is also low in calories.
Don’t tell Granny Smith but I have been cheating on her with Pink Lady and Honey Crisp at snack time.
My love affair with my oatmeal and greek yogurt parfait is still going strong. You bet there is Mighty Maple peanut butter mixed in.
Topped with my favorite KIND granola variety- Vanilla Blueberry Clusters.
Most days of the week, my son buys lunch at school. School lunch is NOT what you are I remember it to be. In fact, I went on a tour of the school cafeterias throughout the district yesterday as part of my role as the Nutrition Representative for his school.
Did your school have a fresh salad bar when you were growing up? I know mine didn’t. More on the school lunch tour in a later post.
Yesterday however, I did pack him lunch.
When I pack his lunch, I always include water, a natural applesauce or fruit cup, a mixed variety of Trader Joe’s snack chips and a sandwich.
The little boy doesn’t know white bread exists. Applegate Turkey on Sesame Ezekiel Bread with hummus and pickles.
I always buy Applegate turkey, roast beef and cheese for his sandwiches since it is made without the icky stuff. And because I can print coupons from their website.
Look what I got my hands on this week:
From the outside it appears as if it is a purple sweet potato but this one was actually a Japanese Sweet Potato.
It tasted sweet like a sweet potato but seemed a bit more starchy. When I roasted the wedges in the oven, it crisped up quick and did not have a mushy texture as a traditional sweet potato can still have even after roasting. I loved it. Hiding behind the potato rounds are my favorite mix of roasted vegetables, chick peas and avocado.
During the week, my son’s dinner is often broken up into mini meals before and after his activities. Last night when we arrived home he wanted chicken nuggets. And apple sauce.
I either purchase Bell and Evan’s Chicken Nuggets or the Applegate nuggets as pictured above. Both brands are antibiotic/hormone free with an extremely short list of ingredients.
I absolutely prefer to cook him dinner but as we all know, there are so many nights during the week that are packed with activities that sometimes it is OK to be SEMI-HOMEMADE.
I always keep chicken nuggets, Amy’s Organic Shepard’s Pie, Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers and Fish Sticks on hand at all times for quick, easy and healthy meals in a pinch.
We so don’t mess around at dessert time.
Do I need to tell you that topping your homemade chocolate donut with Mighty Maple peanut butter is genius?
Trust us, it works. It more than works.
Call me strange but all day I look forward to ending my night with my warmed Double Chocolate Chunk Quest Bar topped with a mix of pumpkin, Crunch Time and Mighty Maple.
If you haven’t had a Quest bar, or if you haven’t warmed your Quest bars, please go and do so. ASAP. And then top it off with peanut butter.
You won’t be finding me strange any longer. And if you still do, well, to each their own dessert.
Time for me to whip up a pancake. Go check out the other bloggers taking part in WIAW!
Do you have a favorite peanut butter? Is it Mighty Maple?
What do you keep on hand for those nights when you need a quick dinner ready in minutes?
Do you walk the fine line between pushing yourself and overtraining?