The day after the race and back to normal eating. It felt like Monday all day due to the long weekend and although it threw me off a bit, I soon got over that. It's always a nice feeling to know you are a little bit closer to the weekend and all the possibilities that holds.
I haven't been proper food shopping all week, just going meal to meal, so today's food was a bit of a mish mash of whatever was in the house.
I was running a little late for work as I was pretty tired on waking due to yesterday's exertion and adrenalin high so breakfast was quick. I was going to have my usual of banana and nut butter but I thought of my blog and how many times that meal is on there and I felt a little boring so I whipped out my blender and made a very random smoothie of strawberries, banana, frozen blueberries picked last summer, almond milk, almond butter, cocoa powder and hemp protein (it's about the only protein powder that I can stand the taste of-i.e. it has no taste). One of my favourite smoothies is from the Thrive Diet book and it's chocolate almond. When I next make it, I'll post the recipe. Today I made a poor imitation of it as I did not have all the ingredients and the strawberries really needed using up. The resultant smoothie, although healthy and nutritionally balanced was not the most inspiring way to start the day. But, I'm happy I used up my strawberries and got lots of antioxidants from my concoction.
Mid morning snack
Chilled Gala apple with cinnamon peanut butter squeeze pak
I prefer my apples chilled. I also prefer to slice them but did not have a suitable knife to do this so I took a bite and then squeezed the nut butter onto the open flesh and then took another bite. Repeat, repeat, repeat. I ran out of apple before I ran out of the nut butter so just ate it straight out of the squeezy pak for maximum usage and indulgence.
Leftover chicken/cranberries/onion etc from Sunday night
I put it all on a plate at work and put it in the microwave. It was a much larger lunch than usual and so I decided I would have a smaller evening meal as a result. I was mightily impressed with the standard of my leftovers today though and had a good chat with my co-worker, who was also eating lunch, about balsamic vinegar and all it's wonderfulness.
I did not have any of my own chocolate on hand today (I'm not counting the cocoa powder in my smoothie as eligible) but as luck would have it, my office mate had purchased some dark chocolate covered pomegranate seeds on her break and placed them within range at exactly 2:30pm when I was starting to experience withdrawal symptoms. The universe really does conspire to make me eat chocolate every day. What can I do but surrender to my fate?
Spinach Salad with tuna, avocado, potato, capers and cranberries
As planned, dinner was light and fast. I got back from my workout at the gym at 7pm and overdue for eating. The cranberries and potatoes were leftover from lunch and the avocado had reached ripeness about 2 mins before I cut it open. This was a good salad, very summery in the hopes of inspiring some equally summery weather.