Hey guys! I hope you have all had a great weekend! My weekend has been pretty uneventful with work and quite a restful Sunday-more of why later!
I look like a dork in this picture, but it was the best of the bunch!
Foodie highlights over the past few days have included some tasty apple and blackberry oats on a cold Friday morning:
This was a simple mix of 1/2 cup of oats, 2 tbsps of wheat germ, 1 tsp of ground flax, 1 cup of rice milk, 1 cup of water, a handful of blackberries, 1 chopped apple, 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1/2 tsp of ginger.
Saturday morning’s breakfast was a comforting bowl of banana and chocolate pudding which I made by mixing 1/2 cup of oat bran, 1 tbsp of chia seeds, 1 tbsp of wheat germ, 1 tsp of ground flax, 1 tsp of organic cocoa powder, 1 cup of vanilla rice milk and 1 cup of water. Toppings included raw cacao nibs, raw coconut and dried cranberries.
This morning breakfast was a bowl of my homemade muesli recipe with vanilla rice milk. This mix includes some of my favourite ingredients, all to be revealed later this week. 😀
Lunches have included lots of salad in many variations:
Friday’s salad beast was super green and made from mixed leaves, romaine lettuce, watercress, sprouting alfalfa seeds, edamame beans and my Creamy Avocado Dressing all enjoyed with some Clearspring sesame seed rice crackers.
Saturday’s salad mix included watercress, mixed leaves, basil tofu, red pepper, sprouting alfalfa seeds, cherry tomatoes and some .
Today’s lunch surprisingly was not a salad, as it was getting too close to dinner I made quick and simple yummy snack plate :
Oat cakes, Red Pepper Hummus, red pepper, avocado, olives, sundried tomatoes and white bait. Lots more hummus and fruit was consumed afterwards. 😀
As I got home late both Friday and Saturday I went for quick simple and light meals such as stuffed mushrooms with mixed leaves watercress, and basil tofu:
The mushrooms were stuffed with asparagus, olives, sundried tomatoes and a tomato sauce. This was so so tasty and required very little effort! 😀 Last night I got home even later so needed something even quicker to eat. Of course it had to be a green smoothie!!!
This smoothie consisted of romaine lettuce, vanilla rice milk, water, blackberries, ground flax, xanthan gum, mesquite and maca powder. All topped off with a delicious gingerbread muffin, goji berries, dried fruit and nuts and omega mixed seeds.
Dinner tonight was a stir fry made form purple sprouting broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, spring onions, garlic, ginger, courgettes and pineapple with fine noodles…
I made a simple sauce using sweet chilli sauce, rice vinegar, vegetable stock and soy sauce. I loved this stir fry! The pineapple caramelised and went super sweet. I will definitely be making this again as a quick meal and as alternative to the Chinese sweet and sour sauce that I find wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy to sweet and tangy. Dessert tonight was a berry smoothie made from frozen mixed berries and Yeo Valley strawberry frozen yoghurt, topped with some .
On Friday I headed out for a short 3.0 miles run, completed in 30 minutes and 29 seconds (10.09 miles/min). I was really surprised at my time as I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to run. I could have probably pushed through more but I’m happy with my time overall. But, with every positive comes a negative. Since Friday’s run the tendons in the front of both knees have been sore and very tight. So tight that they are quite prominent when you run your hands over them. The boyfriend had a look at them this morning and said that he thinks they are inflamed due to over usage. He may be right. All the spinning, running, cycling and cross training sessions is quite repetitive on the knees.
Alas there was no long run today so instead I went on a mini shopping spree…
I picked up some bargain Calvin Klein underwear sets, water bottle and other house hold goodies from TK Maxx. And I’m probably one of the few people that goes out and buys Nike dri-fit vest and running shorts when they cannot actually run. Ha!!! 😀 I also bought dress from H & M that I may decide to wear to one of two weddings that I have coming up this summer, but I will show you that later this week.
I’m one of those annoying people who cannot rest for too long. I think my workouts this week will have to include lots and lots of yoga to stretch out my knees and some light cardio on the cross trainer and treadmill, but I will keep assessing my knees as the week goes on. Obviously if my knees are still sore I will have to stop any kind of cardio all together. Darn I hate being injured! How do you handle being injured and not being able to run? Do you change and adapt your workouts or just rest.