Since my last two posts have been whiny and lecture-y, respectively, I thought I should play a little catch up with what I’ve actually been doing this past week – you know, as far as healthy living is concerned.
Last week, I…
- Ate lots of salads.
And for whatever reason, I’ve been CRAVING anything and everything spicy. Peppers, Cholula, and Sriracha have been staples in my food lately.
- Made a couple new recipes
Avocado Stuffed Burgers. This absolutely scrumptious recipe is courtesy of The Civilized Caveman (<— recipe). I substituted the sundried tomatoes for chopped red peppers. We topped ours off with goat cheese and wrapped the burger in iceberg lettuce. A side of oven roasted brussels and asparagus, to boot. Mm mm mm!
Spicy chicken tacos in lettuce “shells.”
- 1 head butter lettuce
- 1 lb organic chicken breast
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp Cholula
- 1 avocado
- 1/2 red bell pepper (or yellow, green, orange, whatever)
- 1 tomato
- 3 tbsp chopped cilantro
- goat cheese
- Chop up all veggies: tomato, avocado, red pepper, cilantro, and set aside.
- Heat coconut oil in a pan on medium heat.
- Chop chicken into small, 1 inch wide strips and toss in cumin, garlic salt, and smoked paprika.
- Add chicken to pan – cook on each side for a few minutes – coat with the Cholula when the chicken is almost thoroughly cooked.
- Remove from heat and add chicken and toppings to 2 or 3 pieces of butter lettuce.
- Add goat cheese and extra Cholula (if you prefer).
- Hold it like a taco.
- Eat 🙂
I don’t know about you guys, but I much prefer lettuce to conventional tortilla shells. After eating these, I felt satisfied but not overly full or uncomfortable.
- Worked out
Got our squattin’, dead liftin’, lungin’, and calf raisin’ on at the LA Fitness near our place.
Morning run followed by some really cute planking 🙂
* Plank-a-day – my best time so far is 3:15.
Ran 10 miles. That’s my first double digit run since our half marathon last October. Our upcoming half is in two weeks. Yikes! Side note: I am NOT a runner. It doesn’t come easy for me and I don’t enjoy it. The process usually goes a little something like this: I dread it, I suffer through it, I’m glad I did it. That said, I like longer runs at a slower pace better than the shorter, faster paced runs – partially because I can’t run very fast. I get my stride around mile 4 and, at that point, I can almost get into it, get inside my head, and not worry so much about the physical pain. Hopefully I can achieve that during this half. Poor Meghan is gonna have to wait like half an hour at the finish line for me – sorry, girl 😦
- Made some delicious desserts
Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins. Yummy and Paleo, courtesy of PaleOMG (<— recipe). I used almond butter instead of sunflower seed butter. Also, these are labeled as protein muffins, but you can substitute the protein powder for coconut flour instead, which is what I did. Based on the reviews, apparently when other people used the same substitutions, they took rock-like biscuits out of the oven. That sucks. So, before I put mine in, I added 1/4 cup of coconut milk. This did wonders. My muffins turned out perfectly – tasty and not dry at all.
Three Minute Chocolate Mug Cake. As a quick treat after the gym one night, I made this mug cake. It was super simple and satisfied my sugar cravings.
- 1 banana
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- Blend banana, egg, and cocoa powder (I did it by hand, or you can use a blender)
- Pour mixture into a mug
- Microwave for 3 minutes
- Don’t burn your hand removing the mug from the microwave
- Turn mug upside down onto a plate – cake will slide out easily
- Serve by itself or with fresh fruit
Luscious Lemon Bars. This is one of the best Paleo desserts I’ve made thus far. All thanks to Danielle at Against All Grain (<—recipe). I usually don’t care much for lemon-flavored desserts – I guess they’re too tart for me – but this stuff is hands down amazing. Most of the Paleo treats I make taste Paleo, in that you can tell they weren’t made with traditional ingredients. This, however, tastes like a dessert from any other sugar and flour loving bakery. This stuff is well worth the effort.
Friday night outing with friends 🙂
Saturday pool time. And some beer pong for those guys ^^^^. Oh, and whoever designed our apartment complex should look into finding a different career. Our pool is surrounded by buildings five stories tall, which means you can really only get about 4 hours of sunlight down there before the buildings cast a shadow over the entire pool area. Genius.
Couples date night at Ru Sans.
Sunday afternoon reading with my man. I can’t remember the last time I actually just sat down and read a book out of my own volition. It was really relaxing, but not so much so that it put me to sleep <— that’s been known to happen with me and books.
Whew! Sorry, that was a lot. I guess that’s what happens when you document your life through pictures, but choose not to display them anywhere for over a week. I’ll work on that.
Has anyone created or followed a good recipe lately?
Is there a particular form of exercise you don’t enjoy?
Do you make time for reading? What was the last book you read?
Peace an’ blessin’s,