Hello, all! Hope you had a good day getting back to the grind!
Two quick pieces of housekeeping business. First, I apologize if you tried to visit the site earlier today and were unsuccessful. My server was down for a bit, but all is well now!
Second, I’ve decided to stop naming these posts “What I Ate” because I’m finding it a bit…boring. For you and for me. My original purpose in calling them “What I Ate” was so they could be easily separated from my various other types of posts; I figured some people would want to skip over them, while others would want to read only them and nothing else. That may be the case, but the posts should still be easy to identify. (I’ll continue to categorize them as “What I Ate.”)
Onward to the day’s eats!
For breakfast I tried out the new Bagel Thins that have been all the rage lately.
Toasted whole wheat Bagel Thin with an egg white puff and Laughing Cow cheese.
My verdict: just ok. I mean, I guess they’re pretty good if what you really want is a bagel substitute. But I love bagels, and generally don’t want a substitute! If you’re having a craving for a dense, chewy bagel, I wouldn’t expect these to fill it. Now perhaps my assessment would be different if I tried the Everything variety, which I’ve heard is better than the Whole Wheat.
On the side, four kiwi halves.
I definitely ate the skin on these, which I’ve never done before…that’s not going to hurt me, right?
The kind folks at POM Wonderful recently sent me a case of their 100% Pomegranate Juice to sample and review for the blog. I knew pomegranates were both delicious and healthy, but I didn’t realize just how healthy until I took the time to look into it. Did you know that pomegranate juice has more antioxidants than some of the well-known antioxidant superstars, like red wine and green tea? I didn’t either!
I’m actually not a huge juice drinker because most of them aren’t just juice – they’re also added sugars, preservatives, and filler juices. But POM Wonderful juice actually doesn’t have any of that! I enjoyed some on its own last night (watered down a bit, because it’s pretty strong), but today I decided to try using it in other interesting ways.
Like in a smoothie!!! But first, my workout. After breakfast I headed to the Y where I did 3 miles of hill intervals on the treadmill. I actually think my 10-mile race is pretty flat, but I’m still incorporating hill intervals because 1) I need to get over my hatred of inclines and 2) I know hill workouts will just make me even stronger and faster on a flat course. I also did some upper body strength training (shoulders, biceps, triceps, upper back, and chest) and some core work.
Came home and pulled out the blender!
This smoothie was incredibly basic, but it totally hit the spot. It contained:
- 2 oz. (1/4 cup) POM Wonderful 100% pomegranate juice
- 1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt (I used Trader Joe’s European-style)
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
Lunch today focused on vegetables. And quite purposefully. At the Women’s Retreat this past weekend, I am certain that more cookies than vegetables passed through my lips. They were all delicious, and I don’t regret a single one of them! But my body definitely needed a good dose of vitamins and nutrients today.
Big beautiful salad containing:
- mixed dark leafy greens
- cherry tomatoes
- red onion
- shredded carrots
- crumbled feta
- dressing of white balsamic vinegar and a touch of EVOO
I also enjoyed some amazing bread!
When I arrived home from the Retreat, I discovered that Dave had spent his rainy Saturday afternoon making homemade bread…yes, that’s correct. Have I mentioned that I’m 100% certain this man is my soulmate?
He followed the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day recipe for light wheat bread, which consists of just five simple ingredients: whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, yeast, water, and salt. I was shocked by how amazing this bread tasted with just those ingredients!
I topped it with some strawberry jam.
It was exactly the meal my body was craving!
While I was out and about this afternoon, I munched on a Clif Mountain Mix Mojo Bar. Look at how beautiful it looks, balancing on my leg.
And later, a dried Japanese persimmon (another surprise from the husband!) and a piece of candy a medjool date. Eaten from a K for Katie plate!
Dinner was delicious, and it involved more POM Wonderful pomegranate juice!
That would be Scallops with Soba Noodles, Stir-Fry Veggies, and POM-Soy-Ginger Sauce. A mouthful to say, a wonderful mouthful to eat!
Dave and I both ♥ scallops, so we splurged this week and got some. I pan-seared them in a little bit of ginger oil, trying really hard to get the nice brown crust without overcooking them. I was pretty successful I think.
I also boiled some soba (buckwheat) noodles, then added a bag of stir-fry veggies. I tossed the noodles and the veggies with a lovely sauce made from POM juice, balsamic vinegar, agave nectar, soy sauce, ground ginger, and sea salt. (I have exact measurements if anyone is interested! I thought it was perfect; Dave thought it would have been perfect with a touch less balsamic.)
Even though this dish looks pretty sophisticated, the best way to describe it is in rather unsophisticated terms: MAJORLY YUMMY!
Dinner was filling and satisfying, so I just opted for a small bit of sweetness.
Three dark chocolate candies from a local candy shop called Rheb’s. One was butter cream, another was peanut butter, and another was something gross that I spit out. You win some, you lose some, I guess!
I’m also munching on some red grapes as I finish up this post. Then hopefully getting a good night’s rest before my 7 miler in the morning!
Have you tried POM Wonderful pomegranate juice yet? If so, what do you think of it?
Do you find that after a weekend with too few veggies in sight, your body craves them? Or do you have to force yourself to eat back those vitamins and nutrients?
P.S. Be sure to check back tomorrow when I’ll be hosting my first GIVEAWAY!!!