Honey Lemon Tea and Chickpea Salad

Last night as I was getting ready for bed I felt a sore throat coming on. Not a good sign! So I’ve been popping Cold-Eze and this morning I had some tea. I brewed a bag of Lemon Zinger and a bag of regular Lipton tea together with some honey, and so far it has helped!

Last night I felt like making something different for dinner, so I stopped at Hannaford after work to get the ingredients for Smitten Kitchen’s Smashed Chickpea Salad. Since I already have the chickpeas at home, I wanted to make this.  It was pretty easy to make, and I even put on the roasted red peppers and made the tahini spread. The spread was pretty garlic-y but delicious! It really added to the sandwich. Sadly, my camera’s battery died, so I didn’t get any pictures of my dinner.  But I have leftovers for lunch today! So tasty!

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I put it on a toasted honey wheat sandwich thin and had some fresh pineapple and blueberries on the side. (I ate them before I took this picture!) A very satisfying lunch!

I went to the gym after work today, and planned on running five miles. It was actually pretty hard. I warmed up faster than I usually do, at a 10 minute mile for the first mile, and picked up for the next three miles. It was pretty intense and I was sweating a lot! I felt pretty good after. I also did some ab work before I ran, because I realized that if I wait til after my run, chances are I will NOT want to do crunches!

I told myself my reward for running five miles tonight would be banana chocolate chip pancakes for dinner, so I made them.  Just as good as last time! I also have two left over that might have to eat for breakfast tomorrow…

I feel pretty exhausted right now, and my sore throat is coming back. I really hope it doesn’t last and I’m not getting sick! That would not be any fun.

Okay, I’m off to watch a couple episodes of “Dexter” and then pass out. Night!

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Six Miles on a Track

Today I didn’t have a running partner and I wanted to get a six mile run in, so after I work I headed to my old high school track. I ran a pretty easy six miles. I felt pretty good after, I probably could have kept going, but I was hungry and getting bored of running around in circles. One thing I like about running on tracks is that it is easier on my knees. After running six miles with Sue around her neighborhood, my legs were definitely more sore.  Either that or I’m getting used to running the distance. But I figured I would now write about using my new Garmin 205. Its pretty awesome, actually.

Here are my stats:

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Ignore the numbers under pace, because obviously I was sitting at my desk inside my house, not running around a track. 🙂 The program that came with it breaks down each workout and shows a map of where you were running. Its neat.

Total Distance: 6.14 miles (I think it got screwed up when I stopped to take off my jacket, I don’t think the garmin auto paused in time.)
Total Time: 56 minutes and 15 seconds
Average Pace: 9:09/mile
Average Speed: 6.6 mph (what???)
Maximum Speed: 8.5 mph
Calories Burned: 629 (goodbye chocolate cake I ate at work today…haha.)

I’m so happy I got this for my birthday, because its going to really help me train for that upcoming half marathon in October.

After running, I came home and had some dinner.  I made a simple spinach salad with goat cheese, walnuts, carrots, craisins, and raspberry vinaigrette. Yum! I also had some sweet potatoes my mom had left over from dinner. I finished with a protein smoothie. With strawberries, mangoes and papayas to be exact.

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In my smoothie:

  • 1 scoop of chocolate whey protein powder
  • about 1 cup of light soy milk
  • large handful of frozen strawberries, mangoes and papayas, with maybe a piece of pineapple thrown in.

Tasty.

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Banana Pancakes and Tulips

Yesterday morning I woke up craving pancakes. I had this recipe for a while, but decided today would be the day to try it. I think I might have made them once before, but I’m not really sure…anyway, I had all the ingredients so I went to work. I tweaked the recipe a bit. I had some wheat bran lying around, so I added about 1/4 a cup to the mix of dry ingredients.

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I also added about a tablespoon of ground flax seeds. I had those in my fridge I wanted to use up. So the pancake batter looked like this.

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 I’m pretty sure these were the best pancakes I’ve ever made. They tasted so good and the bananas were so ripe and sweet, they didn’t even need maple syrup. So. good. I love pancakes. Especially banana chocolate chip. And they were pretty healthy. But I probably added a little more chocolate chips than the recipe called for, but who cares?

Here’s what was in the tweaked pancake recipe:

  • about 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup of wheat bran
  • 1 tablespoon of ground flax
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1/4 tablespoon of salt
  • 3/4 cup of light soy milk
  • 1 farm fresh egg
  • a large handful of hershey’s dark chocolate chips
  • 1 ripe sliced banana

The batter was a bit dry once I added the milk and eggs, but I just added more soy milk until it was like normal pancake batter, but it was a little bit thick, but the pancakes cooked just fine, and they tasted great.

After breakfast I did some yoga. I DVR’ed the fit TV’s Namaste Yoga. I find yoga really helps stretch my legs out…lately my legs have been pretty tight. I’ve been running 17-20 miles a week, and my legs are feeling it.

I felt pretty good after yoga, so it was time to head to Tulipfest in downtown Albany. My friend Keri and I took the bus because parking is horrendous downtown, especially during events like Tulipfest. I saw lots of pretty tulips.

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If you notice I have amazing rainboots on in this photo. It is because yesterday’s weather was predicted to be pretty rainy. But, since this is Albany, New York, it was quite interesting. When I got there, it was sunny and warm. After about 30 minutes dark clouds came overhead and there was a short downpour. (Thank goodness Chris was smart and put up a tent, just for this reason.) Then the sun came out again, and then there was another short downpour with hail this time. Then the sun came out. And then it was windy and cold. Go figure.

Anyway, Happy Mother’s Day to my mom and all the mothers out there! Hope you all are having a great day today!

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Farm Fresh Eggs

This week I wanted to try something new. After reading a bunch of books about food and where it comes from, I’m having a hard time eating food that comes from factory farms. I don’t really want to get into much detail about it, but I love animals, and I don’t like how they get treated cruelly for our benefit, and its hard for me to even want to eat meat anymore. I gave up beef and pork almost two years ago, and now I’m in the process of giving up chicken and turkey. Even the idea of eating eggs from factory farmed hens bothers me.

So, knowing that there is a farm 1.5 miles down the road from my house that sells fresh eggs, made me feel a little better. And I can’t believe in the 25 years I’ve lived in the country, I’ve never had fresh eggs from a local farm. Well, that changed a couple days ago.

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My mother picked up a carton of eggs from the farm stand down the road, for only $2. And the money goes directly to the farmer. And I feel better knowing that these chickens are breathing the same fresh air that I do. And I like to believe that they live happy little chicken lives roaming around their farm, instead of being stuck inside cages without being able to see the sky or feel the ground under their feet.

So, with my eggs I made an omelet.

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Since I was out of spinach, I just used some goat cheese in my omelet, and it was delicious. And I felt good about eating it.

In my omelet:

  • 2 eggs from a local farm stand
  • 2 tbs of crumbled goat cheese

On top of a whole wheat bagel thin. And some banana froyo topped with dark chocolate dreams pb for dessert.

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The Big Two-Five

Well, I am now 25 years old. I decided to celebrate this monumental event by throwing myself a birthday party! Why not? I’ve never had a birthday party for myself, as an adult, so I figured it would be super fun. And it was! I made some tasty treats for everyone…

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sugar cookie stars!

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guiltless white bean guacamole

so much  fooood

the whole spread

And my cousin Liz, who hosted the party, even ordered a cake from Crisan Bakery on Lark Street, and it was gorgeous (and delicious). It was chocolate mousse with a hint of coffee. I can’t remember the official name of the cake. And boy was it good!!! Crisan never fails me. The chocolate covered strawberries were the best part.

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I also drank some of my favorite wine. Leitz “Dragonstone” Riesling. Delicious. I drank almost the whole bottle. (Oops!) But it was my birthday, so I allowed myself that treat! Also, maybe one too many sugar cookies. But I had a great time at my party, and I want to thank  my amazing cousin Liz for letting me have it at her beautiful apartment in Albany. Love her!

The party was on Saturday night, but my birthday wasn’t until Sunday (May 2), so in the morning, I was craving pancakes, as always, so Chris & I went to Cafe 217, again, for the perfect raspberry swirl pancakes, with a side of fresh fruit.

After brunch, I headed home for dinner with my parents. I was actually pretty full from brunch, so I didn’t end up eating much. Although, my mom did bake a triple chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. Of course, I had a piece. It was my birthday after all. (I justify this by running 4 miles the previous day.) What could be better than a birthday with two cakes? Nothing, I think. I didn’t get any photos of the cake, but it was heart shaped and wonderful. I got some new running gear from my parents, and most importantly…a Garmin Forefunner 205!! I’m super excited about using it! My sister also gave me some awesome perfume from Sephora, called Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture. It smells amazing, I love it.

Birthday festivities continued on Monday where I had dinner with Chris at Katrinella’s Bistro on Madison Avenue. I was looking foward to this dinner for awhile…it had been ages since I’ve had Italian food, and Katrinella’s is supposed to the best in Albany. They gave us bread to start, which was piping hot and homemade with olive oil and spices for dipping. I loved this bread! I also got the house salad, which surprised me, it had craisins in it! Love them. It was pretty tasty. For my meal I ordered the Eggplant Florentine: Battered eggplant layered with ricotta cheese and spinach topped with mozzarella cheese and baked in marinara sauce. It was pretty much to die for, and the serving was HUGE. Two people could have shared it. It was so delicious. And the pasta was great too, and the marinara sauce was incredible. I only ate half of my dish, there was no way I could have eaten that whole thing! But I was glad to have left overs.

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katrinellas heaping eggplant florentine

Well, I had an awesome birthday, spent it with some great people, and I’m lucky to have so many good things in my life right now. It turns out being 25 isn’t all that bad.

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