Good morning world! I’m in a great mood, as I finished up my workout for the day, all before 6:30am. Oh-so-nice…no?
My mom and I went on our standard walk and then I ran three miles after we parted ways. Today, in the interest of finding the last 40%, I hauled A. I’m thinking these shorter distances ran at a higher speed really work for me. Would you rather run longer distances at a slower speed, or shoot for a shorter distance at a quick pace? I used to dig those long, paced 7 mile runs, but I really might be a convert!
So it was 80 degrees in the house when I got back from my run, so something cool and refreshing was in the cards for breakfast. I made Peaches & Apricots Squared! I layered a peach, apricot & vanilla yogurt, a chopped peach and a couple of chopped, dried apricots all together. I randomly just happened to have all these ingredients in the house at the same time – how cool!
Ok, this is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten…seriously. Creamy, smooth, sweet and chewy.
I could have eaten about 10 of these…it was just perfect for a hot day like today.
So I’m happy to report that yesterday’s Caesar’s Salad was BOMB, so I packed the other half for lunch today!
This time, I replaced the croutons with some sliced zucchini. Do you like raw zucchini? I think it has great texture!
I also packed Masoor Daal from last night. I’m thinking this is one of those dishes that tastes even better the second day – yes!
Oh, you know what else – I was thinking this dish would taste amazing with Chipotle Rice! The kick from the cilantro and lime would be just perfect with the smokey, savory daal. **Making mental note for next time**
So last night I was cruising around the ‘net and I found this great article about lentils – timely, no? Some highlights:
- Dating as far back at 7000 B.C., lentils are one of the oldest cultivated crops.
- Lentils provide both healthy protein and complex carbohydrates, and they’re full of fiber to keep you satisfied longer.
- When you eat a combination of grains and legumes (such as rice and lentils), you create what’s called a “complete protein.” These power combos contain the same protein building blocks as meat, which makes them a great way for vegans and vegetarians to get protein.
- One cup of cooked lentils has 230 calories, and one serving will give you 37% of your daily iron and more than half your daily fiber.
- Cooked lentils make an awesome ground beef substitute.
I’m telling you, lentils are where it’s at! What’s your favorite legume? While I love lentils, I do have a soft spot in my heart for black beans. Like lentils, they’re just so versatile – don’t you think?
Off to work – it’s my last work-day for the week. I’ll let you know WHY, tonight! Have a super day everyone!
Today’s Three Question Thursday questions came to me during my run this morning. So – here are the random things I think about while running:
1. What was the name of your childhood pet? Dog, cat, fish, lizard…rock…
2. You’re at a superb, Southern restaurant. What two sides from this list do you choose to come with your entree: Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Macaroni & Cheese, Collard Greens, Green Beans, Sweet Potatoes, Black Eyed Peas, Buttermilk Biscuit, Steamed Vegetables or Corn Bread.
3. What’s one bad habit you’d like to break?
Here’s my answers:
1. RIP Friski (yes, with an “i”) She was a cockapoo and the greatest dog that ever lived…and she lived for 17 years!!
2. I’m going old-school. Definitely mashed potatoes & gravy with a fresh buttermilk biscuit! Ben and I were just talking the other day what a true joy fresh biscuits are.
3. Picking my split ends! It’s AWFUL! Oh, and procrastinating…I’m really bad at that…eep!