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…best things I’ve eaten today:
3. BBQ roasted chickpea sandwich. It’s like pulled pork, but better.
2. Cashew Brittle. It’s like Costco’s version, only more brittle. It’s a work in progress.
1. Mama Pea’s Banana Chocolate Millet Muffins. It’s like heaven in your mouth.
That is all.
Remember eating popsicles as a kid? You’re sitting outside, it’s the middle of summer. The melting juice running down your chin. You picked the red one (obviously, because it’s the best) and now sweet-sticky red syrup covers your once bright white shirt.
I loved Flinstone Push-Pops, Rocket pops, the plastic tube ice pops, and the classic Popsicle brand popsicles. There’s not much better than an ice cold popsicle on a hot day.
In an effort to
re-live my childhood cool down a bit in this scorching SC summer, I decided to make my own. I had the popsicle mold already, and I discovered a few cans of peaches in the pantry. Hmmm..
Homemade Tropical Popsicles
one can diced peaches in light syrup
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1/4 cup shredded coconut
- Mix everything together in a bowl. Pour into molds and freeze for several hours, or overnight.
This was so simple to make and low calorie too! I like the texture of frozen fruit chunks, so I left the fruit whole. You could process in the FP to make it a bit silkier if you prefer a smoother popsicle. The possibilities are literally endless. If you don’t have a popsicle mold, you could always use old yogurt containers and sticks. Seriously, get creative because these are gooooood.
What was/is your favorite popsicle flavor/type?
Weekends always go by way too fast. Why is that? I need a(nother) vacation.
This weekend was a busy one too. There was a used book sale on Saturday and I was all over that. I got there a bit before noon, shopped a bit and went back in the afternoon. After 3PM, they give you a paper bag and you can shove as many books as you want in there and pay $10 per bag. I ended up with 36 books for a total of $20. Not bad! Now I’m just waiting for my mom and BFF to come knocking on my door, telling me I’m going to be on the next episode of Hoarders.
This book was included in my loot, as it looked intriguing. Non-runner? Check. Training for a marathon? Check. Woman? Check.
I broke my detox this weekend by re-introducing gluten and beans. The Pita House is a local Greenville restaurant/grocery store where they serve authentic Middle Eastern food. It is absolutely to.die.for and the book sale was just a hop, skip and a jump away from this tasty lunch.
I seriously need to learn how to make falafel like this at home. With tabbouli and creamy hummus stuffed inside a homemade pita? I kind of want it for lunch tomorrow too. I need a Pita House intervention.
In running news, I ran nine miles today! Personal distance record! Woohoo! I kept a slow and steady pace and I finished the whole thing. It gave me a lot of time to think and relax, oddly enough. I’ve never considered running relaxing, but when I tell fear and doubt to shove it and get into a groove, it’s actually most enjoyable.
Who am I!?! But how could I not enjoy this beautiful, shaded trail? It runs right behind my alma mater so I was able to sneak a peek at my old stomping ground. Sigh. I miss college sometimes.
The Swamp Rabbit Trail is a 13 mile trail through gorgeous upstate South Carolina. There were tons of bikers, runners, joggers and walkers out this morning, even at 7:30am! Luckilly the trail isn’t too hilly, and there are water fountains along the way. I parked and ran 4.5 miles out and back. When I got to 4.5 miles, there was a cute little shack labeled “watering hole.” It wasn’t open but it piqued my curiosity!
The trail is spray painted with mile markers every tenth of a mile, and I just so happened to pass the 26.2 mile marker! The trail actually starts at mile 23, because eventually they want to extend it all the way to the North Carolina border, where it will begin at zero.
I spotted my little mickey pin on my camera bag last night and decided to pin it to my shorts for inspiration. It worked! I ran almost the entire way, and ended up walking about 1.5 miles total. Not bad for 9 freaking miles!
Do I really have to go to work tomorrow?
I’ll leave you with this hilariousness:
You a wanta a spicy meatball?!
We’re in day four of my little detox experiment and it’s still going well.
I’m going strong avoiding caffeine (wah!), dairy, soy, beans and gluten. I have to admit, I am getting a bit bored with my food variety. I miss coffee, crunchy bread, froyo, a good goat cheese and veggie burgers. If nothing else, this detox has truly made me appreciate the foods that I “can’t” eat right now.
Lunch today was a huge quinoa salad, topped with cauliflower (love!), cherry tomatoes, green beans and carrots. I whisked up a quick dressing of olive oil, balsamic and grainy dijon to pour over it. It was delicious.
I slipped up yesterday and had some sunflower butter, which has some added sugar and salt (which I’m also trying to avoid), but I didn’t beat myself up about it. Some salt is essential and sunflower butter is freaking good.
In terms of how I feel, I feel most excellent! On Tuesday I ran a slow but steady three miles nonstop! I know walking doesn’t make me any less of a runner, but I always feel accomplished when I can go the distance without walking. I also feel more focused at work, which is always a plus.
I also started reading 50/50 this week (I have a slight Dean Karnazes obsession), and the back of the book has a beginner’s marathon training guide, which I’m going to incorporate into my training.
I knew back when I started my first plan it was unrealistic for me to run up to ten miles on a weekday. I just don’t have time! I think I’m also going to bump up running to four days a week, instead of the planned three, with one day of biking, one day of swimming and one rest day. However as anyone who took high school english knows, the best laid plans of mice and men oft go awry.
Anyway, I can’t believe tomorrow is Friday! This week has absolutely flown by. Time for me to snuggle up in bed with my nerdy book of the week.
Long run days call for two breakfasts.
This is a rule.
On Sunday I ran six miles. I had the usual smoothie in the morning and I was hungry a few hours later. I bought some buckwheat for my detox this week, so I decided to try out Ashley’s buckwheat bake. I followed her recipe exactly and added some chopped pecans. I also microwaved for 2 minutes instead of baking for 30 minutes.
I was hungry, okay?!
Buckwheat is an interesting little thing. Contrary to it’s name, it’s gluten free and quite tasty. I bought the groats from the bulk section at WF and used my food processor to grind them into flour.
The bake had a muffin-like consistency and was delicious topped with some maple syrup, coconut and pumpkin seeds. Mmmmmm.
I can’t wait to try out some fall varieties. Pumpkin puree, applesauce, chopped apples, raisins. The possibilities are endless!
Second breakfast never tasted so good.
So. Let’s talk about what I’ve been eating lately.
It’s been looking a little like this:
and less like this:
which left me feeling like this:
So I’ve decided to do a seven-day detox of sorts. My body has been all out of whack for a little while, and I want to get to the root of the problem. There is very clearly something that is causing me distress. I have a good feeling it’s caffeine and something in Sabra hummus (tear!), but I want some more solid proof.
For the next seven days I will be abstaining from caffeine, dairy, gluten, soy, beans, and most added sugar and salt. What does that leave me to eat? A multitude of things!
Breakfast today was a banana and a brown rice cake topped with peanut butter.
Mid-morning snack was a Larabar + delicious detox tea. I’m not a huge fan of tea in general, but this one tastes sort of like chai. I’m not really sure if ‘purifies my liver’ as it claims, but it sure is tasty!
Lunch was a hugh jass salad: spinach + mushrooms + carrots + sprouts + tomatoes + Angela’s cheezy sauce.
Afternoon snack was half a honeydew and two dates. Dates = candy.
Dinner consisted of roasted sweet potato, rainbow chard roll ups packed with millet, nutritional yeast and pepper plus cherry tomatoes on the side.
I didn’t feel hungry or deprived at all during the day, which is good because that’s not what I’m going for at all. I’m cleaning up my eating and will slowly be adding the above off limits back in, after seven days of clean eats. Hopefully I can get to the root of the problem and health-ify myself on the way.
One day down, six to go!
There’s nothing better than driving around with the windows down at dusk. I’m loving the 75 degree weather lately. Fall is on the way!
Clip art is hilarious. Hi.lar.ious.
Swiss chocolate is divine.
I’ve added another cookbook to my collection! Thanks, Jenny!
Themed Scrabble is kind of silly. What if you play a work unrelated to cooking? You automatically lose?
People put some weird stickers on their cars.
Why is Pinterest such a time suck? And so full of delicious things?
This week has been super busy at work, so quality kitchen time has been a bit compromised. I also slept for 12 hours last night instead of making dinner/blogging. Oops?
Promise I have some delectable things in the works!
I am self-admittedly very late to this bandwagon.
Regrettably so, because kale chips are quite delicious.
I’m not a big fan of eating straight lettuce (strange, I know), so when I discovered there was a way to make kale more like potato chips, I bookmarked it immediately. Then I forgot about it.
When I re-discovered the genius idea, I tested a batch out with a huge bag of kale. Holy deliciousness. The kale crisps up to give it a delicate crunch, which pairs perfectly with the salty topping. They’re the closest thing to a healthy chip. I don’t regret eating a whole pan of these. Unlike when I ate a whole bag of Kettle Chips a few weeks ago…
seasonings of your choice. I used seasoning salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 425F. Prepare the kale by tearing it into small pieces and removing any large stems.
- Drizzle a bit of olive oil over the kale and gently massage to coat. Season with whatever your little heart desires.
- Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, keeping a close eye on the kale to make sure it doesn’t burn. Some small pieces might brown faster than others, but that’s okay. They’ll just be a little crispier. Be sure to stir often.
- Kale chips can be eaten straight out of the pan!
I made these when I was in New Jersey with my mom and grandmother and they both thought I had lost my mind. Believe me though, they’re addicting.
The only thing I don’t like about these treats is that they’re hard to save overnight. You have to eat them immediately after baking otherwise they go limp and lose their crunch. Maybe I’m just not nuking them enough?
I am a huuuuuuuuge sucker for salt and vinegar chips. I wonder if salt and vinegar kale chips would work? What other seasonings/flavors do you recommend? Have you ever had kale chips?
Is there anything better than perfectly cooked hash browns?
Crispy yet soft, buttery, carb-y potatoes shredded and fried into oblivion. When I think of hash browns I think of one place: Waffle House. If you live in the south, you’re quite familiar with WaHo. It’s the late-night hang out for hungover college students and truck drivers alike.
However, today I wasn’t hung over and I had little desire to have my potatoes fried in bacon fat and handled by the bare hands of an ex-convict. WaHo is quite an interesting place and it is for sure an experience everyone needs to have at least once. Did you know their pickles both go excellent with eggs and stick to the window? Also, if you eat a whole bowl of their pickles, you won’t get sick. Not like I know from experience or anything.
While I wasn’t jumping out of my seat to get myself to a WaHo, I did use their menu as inspiration for breakfast this morning.
Unofficial Dictionary of Waffle House Hash Brown Terms:
Scattered: scattered on the grill (not contained in a ring)
Smothered: with grilled onions
Covered: with melted cheese
Chunked: with ham
Topped: with chili
Diced: with tomatoes
Peppered: with peppers
Capped: with mushrooms
According to the most official dictionary, I had mine scattered, covered, diced, and capped. I also threw in some non-traditional WaHo fare: carrots, spinach, tofu and olives. Orange’d, Green’d, Vegetarian’d and Mediterranean’d?
All I did was grate a few potatoes and throw them into the skillet with a bit of oil. Talk about an easy, nutritional breakfast.
Maybe I’ll start my own restaurant and call it Hash Brown House. HaBrHo?