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Cue The Slow Clap.

18 Jun

I am honestly having a hard time believing that the humidity was only 48% yesterday, but Siri says it’s so.

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Sure felt like 100* to me!  Suck it mother nature.  I feel groggy, bloated, tired, and generally just disgusting when it’s hot and humid.  I’ve been going to bed earlier and sleeping past my alarm.  And yet, I did the almost unthinkable and forced myself to run after work yesterday.  I only had 2 miles on the books, but I was dreading 2 miles in the muggy misery.  To really dig it in to myself, I opted for a 2 mile trek that included several hills.  Honestly, it was forecasted to be hotter on Wednesday (today) than Tuesday, so I knew if I didn’t get the miles in they would be there waiting for me.  But they would be hotter.

This arrow in the picture below points to the spot where “Yay!  I get to run down hill!” became “Oh…we are going back up hill again.”  I forgot to bring my Garmin with me today to check the actual steepness, but I will make sure to include it in my weekly recap.  There wasn’t anything special about this run – it was probably pretty slow considering I walked a lot because DUH.  It’s really super friggin’ hot.

You’re lucky I love your curves, Pittsburgh.  That’s all I’ve got to say.

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When I got home, I was sans energy.  Sans spirit.  Sans vitality.  I knew dinner needed to be mindless and needed to drag out into lunch for the next day.  So, I grabbed one of my most recent Patak’s Simmer Sauces (swear, they do not even know who I am – I’m really just enjoying trying all the different flavors!) which was Mango Curry and some chicken breasts.  Very yummy and I’m not worried about a little extra sugar after a long, hot run.  I got 3 servings out of the jar, here is the nutrition facts per serving:

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Mango Curry Chicken w/ Coconut Rice:

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Yes, I know there was a startling lack of veg on my plate.  I was too hot and tired to even care.  There was more than enough chicken for lunch today and now I have to figure out how to use the extra coconut rice!  It would make a fantastic rice pudding.  So anyway, there was really no point in today’s post other than I am really proud of myself for getting uncomfortable!!!

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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!


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