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WIAW {10-24-2012}

It’s time for another What I Ate Wednesday and today I’m going to show you my eats from yesterday (Tuesday). For more information and/or to link up, check out Jenn’s blog Peas and Crayons!
Spooky Snacks and Healthy Halloween Treats

Let’s get to it!

{5:10 am} Pre-run Snack

Before heading out for my 10 mile run, I had a medjool date stuffed with mocha peanut butter and sprinkled with salt and a little almond milk (unpictured). I’ve started salting my nut butters before longer runs to counteract the fact that I’m a salty sweater and don’t drink sports drinks while I’m running. I also accidentally bought a jar of unsalted almond butter and in adding salt to make it palatable realized I like my nut butters salty. No shame.

{7:15 am} Breakfast

It’s been really warm and humid in Chicago so after my run all I wanted was something cold, no oats, waffles, or breakfast bakes for me! I ended up making a recovery smoothie with 1 frozen banana, 1 cup frozen berry blend (TJs), 1/2 scoop Life’s Basics Plant Protein, and maybe 3/4-1 cup almond milk. I also had a rice cake with Naturally Nutty Pepita butter and raisins for crunch. This was a perfect post-run breakfast :).

{11:45 am} Lunch

I really tried to make it to noon to eat lunch but my stomach started growling loudly in my cube around 11 and eventually I gave in and dug into lunch early. I had leftover quinoa taco salad with veganaise and hot sauce and I have to say I think it was better the second time around!

I also had some huge grapes.

{3:30 pm} Snack

Yesterday was a hungry day and by 3:15 I was starting to feel like I needed something to eat. Knowing that I needed to run some errands after work, I snacked on a pear around 3:30.

{7:00 pm} Dinner

Dinner last night was super easy and really tasty. First, I made this roasted brussels sprouts and apples side dish and then I heated up the last of the TJs sweet potato bisque soup. The brussels sprouts were awesome (even Ian had some!) but the soup was just okay, I had to doctor it a bit with spices/hot sauce and I’m not sure I’d buy it again.

It’s hard to take a pretty picture of soup.

After dinner I spent a good chunk of time looking at and eventually booking our hotel for the Goofy Challenge (woohoo). We managed to get a pretty good deal and planning the trip made me realize that it’s actually happening. I’m so excited!

{9:00 pm} Dessert/Snack

I wanted a little something more than just a piece of chocolate or fruit so I attempted to make muesli by mixing oats, sunflower seeds, walnuts, banana slices, chocolate covered walnuts, dried cranberries, cinnamon, and almond milk in a little dish. It wasn’t quite muesli but it was pretty tasty.

After dinner, Ian and I both filled out our absentee ballots and relaxed for a bit before heading to bed. Being productive in the evenings after work is exhausting :P.

Do you normally have a snack after dinner? What do you like to have? 

The Start of Tri Training

Yesterday marked the start of my tri training so I was up bright and early to knock out both a run and a swim. I snacked on a medjool date with some sunflower butter and a couple sips of kefir and then headed out for my run. I ran four miles along the lakeshore path and it was absolutely beautiful. I kind of love Chicago at 5 a.m! There were hardly any people out and I got to see the sun rise. Gorgeous!

My run took about half an hour and when I was finished I raced up to the apartment, put on my bathing suit, grabbed my bags, and then headed towards my gym. About 20 minutes later I jumped into the pool and swam a mile. Whew! Busy morning!

I managed to pack everything for the day (including breakfast and lunch) but my tumbler was leaking so I couldn’t pack coffee. On my way to work I decided to treat myself to Starbucks and picked up a grande iced americano with soy milk to enjoy on my commute.

Do you monitor your intake of a nutrient (or nutrients)? If so which ones and how do you do it? Besides making sure I’m getting enough of each food group, I loosely watch my protein intake but making sure at least two of my three meals involve a heavy source of protein.

Have a great day :)

A Sunday in Boston

Most of you know that I was in Boston this past weekend. I was supposed to run the Boston Marathon but due to injury and the heat, I deferred until next year.

We started our Sunday morning with breakfast at the hotel like we did on Saturday.

I had a packet of instant oatmeal with banana, granola, and blueberry yogurt. I mixed about half of the yogurt container into the oats to make yoatgurt and had the other half on the side with granola. I also had some coffee.

After breakfast we took the T downtown and checked out the marathon finish line. At this point I was still planning on racing and wanted to time how long it would take to get to the shuttle buses (to the start line) from the hotel. The finish line area was crazy busy so we quickly made our way over to Newbury street to do a little window shopping and avoid the crowds.

We also looped back over to Beacon Street and finally checked out the original Cheers!

Sunday was absolutely gorgeous in Boston so we spent a lot of time just sitting and relaxing in the Commons. Let me tell you, if I lived in Boston, I’d spend so much time just reading and unwinding in the Boston Commons. I LOVED it!

Eventually we started to get hungry for lunch and walked over to North End looking for Il Panino Express. Unfortunately our directions misled us and after searching for the restaurant we decided to give up and check out Hot Tomatoes instead.

Honestly, I’m not too upset. I ordered the green monster sandwich and fell in love with the amount of veggies and high quality cheese in the sandwich. It was AH-mazing!

We also wandered into a little gelato shop looking for something sweet. I had a small cup of pistachio and hazlenut. It was really good and fresh and I figured the splurge was fine because I was running a marathon in the morning!

We wandered around the city some more while making our way to the Museum of Science to catch our scheduled duck tour.

I have to say that as cheesy as the duck tour was, I absolutely loved the experience. It was great to have a tour of the city and we could all sit down and rest our legs. Plus, we got to go out on the Charles River, how cool is that?

At the end of the duck tour I checked my phone and saw the marathon deferment option. I totally missed it at the expo (no surprise due to the crowds) and I became obsessed with calling and texting friends/family trying to figure out what I should do. It was a really confusing couple of hours!

We had planned on checking out Harvard Square and grabbing a pre-race dinner there so even though I was debating not running the race at all, we headed over to the campus to check it out.

The campus was pretty but I hardly noticed, I was way too obsessed with making my decision about the marathon.

We ended up wandering into Cafe Sushi for a late dinner (yelp recommendation) and I started my dinner with a green salad with ginger dressing.

And then Ian and I split 3 rolls (can’t remember now what was in them). My mom’s in the back with her veggie roll, she’s not the biggest fan of raw fish.

On our walk back to the T, we stumbled across J.P. Licks, an ice cream shop that I’ve read about many times in blogland. Not wanting to miss out on an opportunity for good ice cream, we decided to check it out.

I was way too bummed at this point to take my camera out but I enjoyed a small scoop of peanut lace ice cream made with hemp milk. It was really good (and only slightly green) and not too sweet. It literally tasted like natural peanut butter. Yum!

When we got back to the hotel, I made the final call on the race (not running) and we all crashed into bed after a long day.

How do you handle indulgences on vacation? Do you let yourself indulge a little bit?

Dollar Burgers & Race Registration

I can’t believe I leave for Boston in two days, crazy! Packing and preparations are currently underway but there will be more on that in tomorrow’s post.

I worked most of the morning (have some stuff to get done before leaving on Friday) but took a break around 11 to register for this.


Yep that’s right, next January I will be tackling the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge. I think I’m more excited about escaping the Chicago cold for a couple of days :).

Ian and I didn’t do a traditional grocery trip last weekend so it’s slim pickins at the apartment this week. We decided that in lieu of calzone Tuesday we would go to Bar Louie for dollar burgers (portobella for me).

I went with a portobella burger with pepper jack cheese, tomatoes, grilled onions, and pickles and it only cost about $3.00.

Ian and I also split fries and tots.

Not too shabby for dollar night!

I spent the rest of the evening doing homework and then at 11 plopped down on the couch to watch an episode of Friends before bed. I most definitely did not get enough sleep and am paying for it this morning!

Have a great Wednesday guys!