How can it possibly be Wednesday already?!? This week is absolutely flying by! Since I skipped out on WIAW last week, I thought I would catch up this time around
Next week my classes start back up, so this week I opted to take a couple of extra days off in order to really relax and enjoy the last little bit of my break. It’s a splurge, but one that seems necessary. So far I’ve been squeezing in workouts nearly every day, catching up on my fun reading (magazines and an amazing book, Fat Chance–more on that to come), and taking time to make all of my meals from scratch–basically, I’ve been in heaven!!
For the fourth day in a row I made my Quinoa Porridge for breakfast. I think I had become so accustomed to eating savory quinoa dishes for lunch and dinner that I had somehow forgotten how delicious quinoa can be in sweet breakfast dishes, too. Now that I’ve rediscovered this truth, nothing else sounds good!
For lunch I made my Smoky Massaged Kale Salad. I’ve been eating tons of kale lately and this salad always seems to hit the spot. I have to say though, the dressing is my favorite part of this dish. I made extra dressing, and as hard as it was not to eat it all at lunch, I forced myself to save some for later.
Because I had an appointment to get my hair cut early in the morning (another much-needed splurge), I went to the gym with my hubby later in the afternoon. Usually this is a no-no for me because I’m often so tired later in the day that any attempt to workout then is lazy and half-hearted at best. But because of the big bowls of quinoa I’ve been having for breakfast lately, I’ve had tons energy in the afternoon!
After a surprisingly good quick workout, I decided to replenish with a smoothie. This one is made up of spinach, bananas, a blend of cacao powder and carob powder, and almond milk. Bananas and cacao are great to include in a post-workout snack because they both contain complex carbohydrates, potassium, fiber, and protein which help to enhance recovery and refuel energy. After I downed this smoothie, I felt like I could go for another workout!
Then, I decided to finally use up the last of my golden beets for dinner. I had tons of golden beets in my fridge from making my Millet with Roasted Golden Beets and Greens over the weekend and they have been calling out to me to be eaten! This time around I used red quinoa instead of the millet. I liked it, but I still prefer the millet for this dish because of its more earthy flavor.
I don’t know how I was able to do it, but I actually abstained from dessert yesterday!! Post-dinner desserts have become a regular occurrence for me lately, but after reading Fat Chance By Dr. Robert Lustig, I’ve decided to cut back on my overall sugar intake. I’m not cutting out sugar entirely. I did that when I was trying to reset my body after becoming a sugar glutton over the summer. This time, I’m going to try to eat more whole fruits (because the fiber in whole fruits naturally slows down the breaking down of sugar in the body), and limit my consumption of dried fruits (which contain excess sugars) and healthy, but often processed, sugars like maple syrup and honey. I plan to do a post on this soon and I’ll definitely elaborate more then. But, if you get a chance to read the book, I highly recommend it!
I hope you have a fabulous Wednesday full of delicious eats!