A new quote I spotted at the gym today:
Apparently the gym’s manager wrote this one himself. I like it a lot and really fits my workout I had today, which I will tell you about later!
Meet my new favorite snack:
I never thought I would like it, but I now LOVE peanut butter & apples. And for one small apple and a tablespoon of pb, it’s only about 150 calories. Perfect. And perfectly delicious.
I have been wanting to make my own granola bars for awhile: they look like a simple thing to do, I would know what was in them and I knew I’d be able to make way more than 6 for $3, which is what I end up spending on some of my favorites. So I scoured Pinterest for something yummy and healthy. The result was a gluten-free recipe with lots of nuts and dried fruits. I just made the recipe for the first time and I can’t wait for them to cool enough to eat! Trust me, I already licked the spoons! That little preview was amazing!
Gluten-free Granola Bars
2 cups rolled oats (certified gluten free)
1/2 cup shelled sunflower seeds
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup milled flax seed
1/2 cup quinoa (uncooked)
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup dried cherries
1/3 cup raisins (or any combo of dried fruit to make 1 cup)
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup pure maple syrup (not that fake stuff that’s actually dressed up corn syrup)
4 tablespoons butter (I used Earth Balance soy free butter)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Mix together all dry ingredients (oats, seeds & nuts) on the baking sheet. Place the pan in the oven and toast the dry ingredients for 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes to prevent them from burning. As soon as the ingredients are toasted, remove the pan from the oven.
While the dry ingredients are toasting, line a 9×13-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
Next, place a small saucepan over medium-high heat and add in the brown sugar, honey, butter, cinnamon and salt. Bring the mixture to a strong boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Place the toasted ingredients in a large bowl, and stir in the dried fruit. Pour the honey-sugar mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until all the ingredients are moist and well combined.
Using a wooden spoon or silicone spatula, scrape the mixture into the prepared baking pan, pressing down to evenly spread out the mixture. At this point I was ready to ditch the bars, grab a spoon and go to town! Set the baking sheet aside and let the bars cool for 2-3 hours until they are hardened.
Once the bars are hard, remove them from the baking pan and turn the granola out onto a cutting board. Remove the parchment paper. Cut the granola into bars by pressing straight down with a long knife (don’t saw or they will crumble) – I cut mine into 24. The bars can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature individually wrapped in plastic wrap for up to a week or in individual snack baggies.
So I tried one… YUMMMMMMOOOO! And I’m looking forward to trying some variations, I’m thinking one with chocolate chips, one with peanut butter & banana chips, one with more almonds… Oooh the possibilities! What would you put in a granola bar?
Nutrition info per bar:
165 calories, 5.1 g fat, 1.4 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 26 g carbs, 4.8 g protein
Are you sick of me yet? 3rd post today! A little late, but here’s what I made Monday.
Be proud of me. I had to teach summer school Monday, had a headache, an “eh” workout, but I still came home and cooked!
Penne Primavera with Rotisserie Chicken and salad (courtesy of Emeals)
16 oz. penne pasta (I had rotini so I used that)
2 T. olive oil
1 T. minced garlic
2 green bell peppers, diced
8 oz. sliced mushrooms
4 Roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 C. water (my recipe looked plenty liquidy so I omitted this)
3 T. Worcestershire sauce (forgot I was out of this, so found out soy sauce can be substituted)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
Boil pasta as directed, drain and set aside. I also made some Gluten Free Penne from Heartland. Have you ever tried it? It tasted like real pasta! Very yummy.
Saute veggies and garlic in olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until tender.
Add water, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and cooked pasta and heat for 4-5 more minutes. My skillet couldn’t possibly hold the pasta too, so we just served the veggies on top of the pasta and topped that with Parmesan cheese.
We had the rotisserie chicken (pre-made from the grocery store) and a salad on the side. I was so hungry, I completely forgot to take a picture of our plates, but it was delicious!
Since it’s been so long since I’ve updated my goals & things on here, I thought I would indulge you in my random thoughts today:
Next week I will begin updating you again on my week-by-week progress. Measurements to be updated soon!
As you know, I was nervous to get fitted for running shoes. If you don’t know me, I live in the general Kansas City area, so I went to The Running Well Store, which for you locals, used to be the Sports Medicine store. By the time we reached the front door, my palms were super sweaty and I was ready to run (pun intended) back to the car. I had a pre-conceived notion that although they said they were knowledgeable and helpful on the website, that I would be looked down upon or made to feel stupid with not having any running experience. I was so completely wrong – thank goodness!
As soon as we walked into the empty store, I met Linda. She was super nice and when I started to tell her what I needed, it all came rushing out: the knee injury, the Color Run coming up, my weight loss, my nervousness. She was so supportive and really pumped me up about being able to complete the run. She asked if I had ever had a stride analysis, which of course I have not, hence the nervousness. And by this time a couple of other customers had come in, so I cannot tell you the relief I felt when she said I could “jog if I wanted to, but you don’t have to.” I chose the not having to option! I walked on the treadmill about a minute while they videotaped me. More relief: the only part of me videotaped was my mid-calf down… whew.
Then she played back the tape and explained to me what she observed in my stride. I overpronate, or my ankles roll inward, which means I need a good arch support (and was probably a good reason I injured my knee). So then she measured my foot and got some boxes of running shoes. I tried on several different brands: New Balance, Saucony, Brooks and Asics. They were all comfortable in their own way, but the Brooks really fit the best, although they felt a little tight across the top of my foot. I got to wear them for awhile before deciding to take them home. I even have two weeks to decide they’re not for me. I have never spent so much on a pair of shoes in my life! But I am sure it will be well worth it especially if I don’t want to re-injure myself.
So yesterday since I knew I was going to do a crazy amount of walking at work, I decided to wear the shoes for awhile to make sure they were really going to work. Well, it became pretty obvious after the first hour or so that I needed to adjust the laces. They still felt really tight across the top of my foot. But then I noticed if I adjusted them enough to be not so tight, that the part around my heel felt really loose… hmmm…. not such a pleasant feeling either way. So I called the store and asked them to order me the wide width shoe. It should be in in a week – which feels like forever when I’m finally feeling pumped up to start C25K again, but I’m okay with it. When I get the new shoes I will start C25K and when the Color Run gets here June 30th, I will just do whatever training day I’m on and have a good time!! It may take me longer, but I will run a 5K!
I never did tell Linda about the blog, but if she ever reads this I want her to know that she made me so much more at ease and I truly appreciate her help and support! If you need a new pair of running shoes, go to The Running Well Store and ask for Linda!
I feel ridiculous, but I am so nervous. We are on our way to get me fitted for running shoes. You probably think that’s silly and I sort of agree, but I am still stinkin nervous! Why? Because I will have to run on a treadmill at the store to check the fit. In front of people. Fit people. And they will videotape me… running. This is a nightmare! I’m scared I will do something stupid and hurt my knee again. I’m nervous my boobs will hit me in the face. (Can anybody recommend a good sports bra for the well endowed lady?) But mostly I just don’t want to pass out in front of these people after running a few minutes.
So nervous…. Sweaty palms, butterflies in the tummy… But I can’t back out, because the Color Run is in 23 days and I don’t want to just walk it!! I
have to must start C25K! Not that I plan to run the whole thing, but it’s my personal goal to run half. Is that doable?
I’ll let you know how the fitting goes, if I don’t die of embarrassment…
Hahaha… gotcha – you thought I was going to write about some vacation to an exotic paradise, didn’t you? Reminder: I’m an educator with a toddler – exotic vacay ain’t happenin’ any time soon! The summer plans I’m referring to are summer fitness/eating plans! I thrive on structure, organization, routine, etc. I’m slightly type A. When I’m home alone or without structure, all eating and fitness plans quickly fly out the window, so I’m going to write the plans down here and you guys will keep me in check!
Do any of you have tips for keeping on track in an un/less structured environment??
Oh my – I have no idea what week I’m on here in my weight loss journey! The end of the school year was nuts, but it’s over, so hopefully I will have more time to blog. Here’s what I can tell you: