Getting Back At It

Hi all, sorry about the long wait since my last post! I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather this week, so a lot of meals have been repeats and workouts have been barely happening. Rather than bore you with the day-to-day (non)details of this week, I’ll give you some randomized life/food/fitness highlights of the last few days…

Las Vegas was almost too much fun, such good fun that my bestie and I totally forgot to snap a picture of the two of us or any from the Dixie Chicks concert (it was crazy good – we belted out EVERY song). Thankfully, the friends we met up (LV locals) caught a snap of all of us at the pool!

Amazing weekend with new & old friends!
Amazing weekend with new & old friends! I’m pretty sure I’m about to bust out laughing mid-pic 🙂

On the food front, since I haven’t been feeling great almost all week, I’ve been wanting smoothies, fruit, and spicy noodle soups. The soup craving feels especially ridiculous since it’s been over 90 degrees all week. We’ve been sweating through dinner…a lot!

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Not-so-green smoothie!

I had this smoothie twice this week. It includes 1 frozen banana, 1/2 of a large avocado, 1 cup frozen strawberries, 1 handful of spinach, 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk, 2 Tbsp. hemp seeds, and 1 Tbsp. flaxseed oil.

Other mornings I mixed it up a bit more. The husband works a later shift on Tuesdays, so he asked me on a breakfast date! I had been wanting to try Cafe Dolce in Solvang since seeing a blackboard advertising acai and pitaya bowls after the Wine Country Half Marathon I ran in May.

Breakfast dates = the best kinds of dates!
Breakfast dates = the best kinds of dates!

We both got the Popeye Bowl with spinach and kale added in to the acai blend. Maybe even better was getting to enjoy it in the cute courtyard out front.

And today I had good ol’ toast with sunflower seed butter, banana, chia seeds, and coconut flakes.

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As I said, tons of spicy noodle soups for dinner this week…

Udon noodle soup.
Udon noodle soup.
Tofu ramen.
Tofu ramen.

These soups were basically the same except the first one had udon noodles and vegetable broth and the second one has ramen noodles, no-chicken broth, and a little more produce thanks to a trip to the farmer’s market with my mom earlier that day.

We also had a caramelized onion, tomato, and pistachio pizza with salad on the side for dinner one night, but I forgot to snap a picture – I guess we were hungry!

Lunch has been mostly leftovers, but today I whipped up one of my go to easy lunches – Chickpea Salad from Oh She Glows.

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Oh She Glows is hands-down my favorite vegan recipe blog and her cookbook is definitely the most used in our household. I can’t wait until her second cookbook comes out this fall! I made a few substitutions to the recipe because we’re currently out of pickles (gasp!), so I replaced it with kimchi. I also only had dried dill and spicy mustard on hand. Still great!

Finally, on the exercise front, I wasn’t up for much this week, but went for a three mile walk yesterday.

My favorite tree-lined street.
My favorite tree-lined street.
Hot! But worth the views.
Hot! But worth the views.
Almost a solid hour of walking.
Almost a solid hour of walking.

And this morning I attempted my first run this week. It ended up being 3 miles of running and one mile of walking back home. I’m getting better at learning to listen to my body and not pushing it so I can actually recover rather than feel worse!

3 miles of running in 27:44 + a little over a mile of walking.
3 miles of running in 27:44 + a little over a mile of walking.

Questions…

Do you have a go to meal when you’re feeling sick?

What are your go to cookbooks/blogs/websites for recipes?

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