Settle in everyone. I have compiled quite the plethora of pictures of my day. It may only be 4:30 as I sit down to type this (a bit of hindsight: this post took forever to pull together), but I have had quite the full day of healthy living/housewife syndrome. The best part of it all is that I feel back to normal after my rough patch.
Breakfast feels like forever ago, but it definitely fueled me through a grueling workout.
I microwaved 1/3 cup of rolled oats, water, 1 scoop of vegan rice protein powder, 1/2 scoop of chia seeds, and 1/2 tbsp almond butter. I also chugged two large cups of coffee before decided I needed to run outside today.
Since a cold front has settled in Arkansas I layered accordingly. I legitametly drove all the way to the river (my favorite running spot), got out of the car, set my Garmin, and walked away before deciding it was just too damn cold and that such misery wasn’t worth it. Rather than calling it quits I drove to my gym and ran in just one of my longsleeved tops. Um, sweat much? Let’s just call it a detox.
Anyways, I completed 4 miles (the last one being hills) in about 42:00 mins. A woman on the machine next to me started talking to herself while I was running. It was the most bizarre thing. I had to turn my music all the way up to tune her out, but she was clearly bothering other people as well. All I could think was “who does that?!”
I hit up Kroger for healthy staples afterwards.
Want to see what I bought? I love seeing what other people buy at the grocery store, and I actually remembered to take pictures today so you’re in luck!
Kroger has a great sale going on right now. I don’t know how long it is going to last, but if you’re near one of their stores, it is worth stopping in. Notable steals: The box of Shredded Spoonfuls was $2.00 and the oat bran was $1.37. Ridiculous.
I also might have purchased $7 worth of broccoli. Just for me. Along with a plethora of other veggies, I had intentions of roasting the day away! But first I broke for lunch, because nothing is worse than cooking on an empty stomach.
I made a simple salad of spinach, leftover tofu, and red pepper. For my dressing I combined red pepper hummus, mustard, water, and a bit of balsamic vinaigrette. I also had a slice of sesame toast with hummus. With a full belly, I got to work.
I chopped, washed, and cleaned vegetables until my fingers were numb. The result is beyond worthwhile though.
Check out the size of this bowl. I have leftovers for days, and I could not be more excited about it.
In the mix: Broccoli, carrots, red onion, brussel sprouts, fingerling potatoes. A mini mountain of sweet potato fries was still in the oven, but rest assured, I roasted those as well.
Leave no vegetable behind!
Since I start my new job tomorrow (!!) and will be out of the house, I wanted to make sure I had healthy grains and protein options to pair with my overload of vegetables. I distinctly remember how drained I felt after a long work day way back when I was an intern, and I refuse to let my laziness be a source of poor food choices.
Enter quinoa and lentils. I cooked both in water this time, as opposed to vegetable stock, because I couldn’t justify forking over (pun intended) the extra $4. Maybe I will try a sweet quinoa breakfast since it is made with water…
One last thing. Since I had already destroyed the kitchen, I went ahead and tried a recipe I have been eyeing for a while over at Averie’s blog. The woman is a creative genius. Her Cinnamon Sugar Peanut Flour Chickpea recipe seriously tastes like candy.
High protein candy.
The only change I made was to omit the 1/3 cup of white sugar in lieu of 2 packets of stevia. They turned out amazing.
And since we all know I struggle with portion control, one of the first things I did after photographing my chickpeas was create individual portion sized snacks. No one likes to be too grab-happy with the peas…
There you have it. All the prep work I could muster for one day. I’m glad that I do not have to think about cooking for a while. That adventure was exhausting.
Better go rest up for my AM workout and first day of work! I’m excited! Employment has been a long time coming…
Question: Do you prep your food for the work week, or do you just wing it when meal time rolls around?