Monday in Review

So after a weekend (and then some) of eating out and getting drinks with friends I was ready for some simpler meals cooked at home. And after working three days on top of all that fun I was ready for a rest day and to sleep in. Luckily the birds weren't too loud, probably because the rain drowned them out and I slept until 8am! That's a rarity these days. I wasn't too hungry when I woke up, but once I started making coffee I figured why not make some breakfast. Went with a classic oatmeal with banana and almond cashew butter. I am going to be sad when this nut butter is gone! Enjoyed while reading emails and blogs. I know I should be more mindful while eating breakfast, but this is one of my favorite ways to start my day.

I spent the morning studying for an upcoming final as well as doing laundry. I hate doing laundry. It's the worst. But it's over now! Except for the fancy clothes drying on my drying rack currently.

Lunch was eggs. I love having eggs whenever I am at home for lunch. I had this for breakfast once at Julie's and knew I wanted to recreate it. It was two pieces of bread with some butter and melted cheese, two fried eggs, and siracha. Sandwich style with grapes on the side. Yum!

I studied some more in the afternoon before having a snack to get me through class and the afternoon. I decided on some carrots and chunky peanut butter. I used to eat this all the time in high school. It literally combines my two favorite foods. But I have to say I have qualms (spell check anyone?!) with chunky peanut butter. You end up eating so much more than with creamy peanut butter because it is impossible to spread if you put it on toast and the same amount just doesn't go as far as when you have creamy. But it's okay because my body needs fat to function and my body will let me know when it needs more fuel which might be a little later on. Spoiler alert: I usually eat dinner around 5:30 and that night I didn't even start cooking until 6:30 when my stomach started to make itself known. See how the body is amazing!?

Dinner ended up being a repeat of what I had a few days ago. Salad greens with bell pepper, tomatoes, and tuna mixed with olive oil and pesto. So good! I love tuna and I am definitely feeling the salads lately.

I stretched and foam rolled for a bit and now I'm going to kick back with some ice and maybe some cider or London chocolate 😍

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I had the double decker bar last night and tonight I went with the Cadbury Caramel...I have so much appreciation for London chocolate. Definitely ate the whole bar and I enjoyed every last bite of it.

Rest Days

My body loves rest days. Mentally and physically. Today I was planning on running but I woke up to snow, wind, and a sore body from my tempo run yesterday. Rest day it is. Just means I mentally have to get up before work to run tomorrow. I can do it... This morning I finished some homework before going to my dermatology appointment. Starting last year I have been getting an annual skin check. To be honest, I could have been better about the suntan lotion growing up (hello sunburn in Martinique...) and my beautiful blue eyes and skin tone put me at a higher risk. I am also one to be into taking preventative measures so why not, right?

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After my appointment I came home and decided to whip up some protein balls to have during my travels next week. I also always do my cooking the day after vacuuming...why, Megan, why?

Anyways, I loosely followed Anne's recipe for Salty Maple Nut Energy Bites using what I had on hand. I always have peanut butter on hand and never have nuts, but I have found that using less nut butter than the recipe calls for nuts tends to work (i.e. this recipe called for 2 cups of nuts and I used maybe 3/4 cup of nut butter). I also used a combination of the last of my cereal and wheat bran for the dry ingredients (I still have so much wheat bran). Instead of dates I used rehydrated raisins which I promptly spilt all over my counter and heard water dripping, but couldn't figure out where...it happens. Life of a tiny kitchen...

The batter (is that what you call it?) stuck together perfectly although it is a bit oily. It made 16 balls of a pretty decent size and I am so looking forward to these for snacks and running fuel! Look for my altered recipe below!

After getting those situated in the refrigerator I roasted an acorn squash and some brussels sprouts to have for dinner the next two nights. I get home from class late on Tuesdays and Thursdays and am never in the mood to cook. I am also trying to use up the food in my refrigerator before my parents come this weekend and I take a quick trip to Portsmouth/Portland/Boston. Talk about crazy next few days for me!

Sitting down now to do some homework before getting up to campus for class (it feels like so much effort...)

Maple Peanut Butter Chia Energy Balls

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup nut butter of your choice
  • 1 cup rehydrated raisins (soak in water while getting other ingredients ready)
  • 2 cups dry ingredients (I used 1 cup of cereal and 1 cup of wheat bran)
  • 1/8 cup chia seeds
  • 1/8 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Method

  1. Combine ingredients in a food processor and pulse into mixed together thoroughly.*
  2. Form into balls. I made about 16 energy balls of a good size (one seems like plenty for me, but some days I will definitely need 2 depending on my hunger).
  3. Store in the refrigerator.

*This was a lot for my small food processor to handle and I actually had to pulse it together in two separate batches. Can cut the recipe in half if need be. 

 

References:

  1. Anne. Salty maple nut energy bites. Fannetastic Food. http://www.fannetasticfood.com/salty-maple-nut-energy-bites-recipe/. Published September 17, 2015. Accessed March 9, 2017.