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29 Apr

The anatomy of my new favorite lunch:

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Stuff I’ve Put In My Mouth Lately

28 Apr

I have been trying to stay on point with eating.  (Hold on a sec while I put this Easter candy down…it’s so hard to type with just one hand!)  ANYWAY, to me clean eating isn’t steamed broccoli and grilled chicken with a seasoned rub.  I honestly think I would die.  I love flavor, food, and cooking too much and that feels like throwing in the towel.  Instead, I try to make smart choices and use whole, healthy ingredients.  Running also helps.  So does moderation.  😉

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Here are some of my favorite eats from last week:

A few days after Easter, I realized that we weren’t going to eat the leftover ham unless I got creative.  (Big shout out to my mom for leaving a bunch of cloves in the ham, so I got a mouthful of potpourri not once, but TWICE.  ON TWO SEPARATE OCCASIONS).  So, into a frittata with the leftover asparagus that didn’t get cooked with Easter dinner, some spinach that’s been hanging around, and a bit of shredded pepper jack cheese:

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of course this monstrosity is my own creation

Some semi-clean comfort food that got us through the chilly days:

It tastes like comfort food, but its just 363 calories per serving.  The 33.7 g of protein pack a huge punch and it’s healthy carb heavy.  I subbed in almond milk, so I know mine was lower in fat than the original recipe.  I love it when I feel like I’m having a cheat meal but it’s still pretty clean!  This stretched out over several days worth of lunch for myself at work.

 

This apple-cheddar stuffed chicken didn’t photograph so beautifully, but HOOBOY was it yummy.  This is another home run from Iowa Girl Eats – her recipes are amazing and if you don’t follow her on Pinterest, I’m sorry for your loss.

These gluten-free, dairy-free muffins were a great find on Pinterest!  Christina of course hates them, but I think they are mighty tasty.

Strawberry Chicken Spinach Salads (mine with balsamic, hers with Poppyseed)

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The End.

 

Consider this a Post-It Note!

25 Apr

Um, I love my Garmin.  I mean…I’m just starting to see how much analysis I can do of my training using their website. For example, today’s medium-hard 2 mile run was 6 minutes faster than the easy 2 milers I was doing in January. In fact, I’ve gotten progressively faster since the beginning of the year.  Very cool!

Things are starting to click and the only reason why is because I’m being more consistent.  It’s a little bit hard to swallow that I’ve known that was the trick all along.  Knowing something and putting something into practice are two very different steps in the same process.

Someone remind me of this after my 5 mile run on Sunday…

 

Pineapple Glazed Chicken with Pineapple-Mango Salsa

23 Apr

One of the biggest challenges for me (and about a billion other people) during race training is nutrition.  As soon as my metabolism spikes, I want to eat ALL OF THE THINGS.  So, for someone like me who has no self-control whatsoever, preparation is really critical.  Lately, I’ve been making a more significant effort to make healthy, whole dinners.  This pineapple-glazed chicken breast with a seriously addictive pineapple-mango salsa is so, so good.

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Pineapple Glazed Chicken with Pineapple-Mango Salsa

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c. pineapple juice
  • 2 T. packed brown sugar
  • 1 T. yellow mustard
  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 whole pineapple, peeled and diced
  • 1 whole mango, diced
  • 1/2 whole red onion, diced
  • 1 whole jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • lime juice, salt, sugar (all to taste)

Preheat the oven to 400*F.  Combine the pineapple juice, brown sugar, and yellow mustard, then bring to a boil in a small saucepan.  You are going to constantly stir the mixture so that the sugar dissolves and the sauce thickens (for me it took about 3 minutes).  Once you remove it from the heat and it starts to cool, it will thicken even more.  Brush it onto the chicken and bake for 15 minutes, uncovered.  After 15 minutes, brush them again and put them back in the oven until they are gorgeous and golden brown*.  While the chicken is cooking, prepare the salsa by combining all of the fruit and onion.  To finish, squeeze a few tablespoons of lime juice (1 medium lime) over the mixture and salt/sugar to taste.  Garnish with cilantro if you’ve got it…but that’s it!  So yummy, fruity, fresh, and simple.  We ate it with this coconut rice.

*Disclaimer/Suggestion:  I baked my chicken because we are sans grill, but this would be AWESOME if you grilled it!


Checking In!

22 Apr

I was just testing you guys to see how long you would come here to stare at an indecent plastic humanoid before you quit reading my blog all together.

Glad you guys are committed!

I have been SUPER busy lately, but I am managing to stay on track with my training.  Easter Sunday was my scheduled long run – my longest distance ever y’all.  5 miles!  The point in my training plan where shit gets real.  I still can’t believe I did it.

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Shout out to Ron, the runner/2010 BM finisher/marathon coach/all-around good guy for randomly finding me and sticking with me for those 2 miles!  Despite the fact that your “easy pace” was more like a sprint to me, and despite the fact that I was super self conscious and tried to take a dozen walking breaks to scare you away, you stuck with me.  When I finished my run and got back in my car, I realized that the only reason my pace was so great was because of Ron and his ignorance of my awkwardness.  I finished strong – I felt horrible but great all at the same time!  I barely even had time to gather my thoughts or stretch because I had to high-tail it back home to get ready to drive to New Castle for Easter.  Phew!

Easter was very low key this year as we are all trying to eat cleaner.  The kids are finally old enough to enjoy Easter without the bunny.

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I’m starting to feel really nervous about the relay, but I also have something big to share with you in the upcoming weeks!

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