Rest Day + Food Journal {3.29.18}

Hey friends!

This is going to be a food heavy post tonight! Today was an unscheduled rest day from running/working out. I have trained pretty hard since Sunday, and while my body feels strong and capable, mentally I needed a break.
Plus, a glass of wine sounded amazing! I don’t drink often at all… maybe a few times per month. And tonight I wanted to kick back with a nice glass (or 2!) of red wine.

Before I get into the wine, let’s start with breakfast, shall we?!

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I ordered a soy + SF cinnamon dulce latte from Starbucks this morning. I normally order a black Americano but today I wanted something a bit different. Their SF cinnamon dulce syrup is on point when added with soy milk!

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10 AM is when I typically eat breakfast. I have never been one to eat right when I awake. 10AM has always been the time I typically eat breakfast. Before I left for the office I scrambled egg whites with onion, spinach and red bell pepper and topped with cherry tomatoes. Once I get to work I place my container in the fridge and eat my eggs cold. I actually like them chilled!
On the side I toasted a few slices of sprouted bread and had half of an avocado.

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Lunch was Pacific Foods butter nut squash (I love this one!), over some Jasmin rice and topped with a sprinkle of sea salt and black pepper. I ate it with multi grain rice crisps and Lilly’s red pepper hummus. Super simple and very good!

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I stopped by the grocery store after work to pick up some dinner things… like bread, smoked Gouda and wine! 😉 A little pre-dinner snack!

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As I was walking around the wine aisle, I noticed these chicken sausages in the cold case nearby. It had been quite a while since I made them and they sounded delish!

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More wine? Yes please!

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Dinner was pretty simple but very good! Chicken sausage, steamed sweet potato, steamed asparagus and a little more bread. I added a little fresh ground Italian seasoning to my asparagus for an added pop of flavor.

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I also picked up a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Americone Dream – my favorite flavor!!! Jordan’s too! So you bet I had some dessert tonight!

Rest day was a success!  I feel nourished, happy and peaceful! Now it’s time to sleep!

Good night!

XxOo Tasha

 

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Grub + Training Plan!

Hi Friends! Happy Wednesday!

I did not forget about blogging! I am just trying to find my groove after months and months of not blogging 😉

Between working full time, taking care of little man, training/running/gym, and everyday life things, I am trying to see when I can actually sit down and whip out some posts!

I will say that if you want to see what I am eating on a more regular basis, head on over to my Instagram – this is my preferred platform for posting pictures and life happenings. I wish blogging was as easy as Instagram! HA!

Here are a few things that I have been grubbing on lately! And you may see a trend with these eats… CARBS! I am running more these days and trying to fuel myself with more healthy carbs.

Breakfast is my most favorite meal of the day! I seem to always take pictures of my breakfast 😉

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3 egg whites with sauteed onion and red bell pepper, 2 slices of bread toasted and fresh cherry tomatoes.

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Overnight oats with apple and peanut butter.
For the overnight oats I added 1/2 cup whole oats to one cup of unsweetened almond milk, a few table spoons of chia seeds, cinnamon and stevia. Place in fridge and I topped it with a chopped apple and a tablespoon of peanut butter in the morning before I left for work.

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This may look or sound a bit unusual but it is one of my favorite combos!
I chop a few carrots, some stalks of celery, 3-4 medjool dates and add a dollop of nut butter. Easy and so delish! I typically add an apple but we were out so I added more carrots.

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I had a mid-day dentist appointment so on my way back to the office I stopped at a local natural food store and picked up some quick treats. This made a great lunch! Multi-grain crackers, hummus, a chocolate Rebbl protein drink and a coconut macaroon bar.

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This was one of my easy lunches – greek yogurt, stevia, granola, homemade oatmeal cookies and a few dates (I was going to eat these before an after work run but I ended up not being hungry)

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And looking back at all of my food pictures, this was the only dinner picture I took! Dinner is a little hit and miss with me – usually I am snacking on a few things here or there or eating as I am cooking dinner for Jordan. I have gotten out of the habit of actually sitting down for a meal. I should probably get better at this! But for now this is how life is.
This bowl had a modge-podge of yummy things in it! Whole wheat pasta, chickpeas, leftover turkey burger patty, baby spinach, fresh parmesan, and a a mix of different herbs and spices. I remember being so RUNGRY (hungry after a run HA!) that as soon as I took this picture, this bowl of food was gone in minutes. And it was a BIG bowl!

And speaking of running, I have finally created a training plan for a marathon I am running in August!

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My customized HalHigdon Novice1 marathon training plan!
To say I’m a little excited is an understatement. #nofear #allgood
The last time I was training for a marathon was over 5 years ago. I sustained a lower back injury that put me on bed rest for weeks. I was at a complete hault with no recovery time in sight. Once healed, I was so scared to run any distance over 4 miles that I completely took races out of my future.
Until this year.
The difference?
Weight lifting, conditioning, proper rest, a plan and patience.
And ENJOYMENT!
I have always enjoyed it, but I would be so critical of my time and how I felt during and after each run. Now I embrace my speed (or lack of), and embrace the flow of each run.
I am so excited for this year, this challenge and to see where my love of running will take me!

I am also encouraging Jordan to run with me on the weekends.

Here was his very first jog with me!

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I will be updating my running here on the blog. But remember to head on over to my Instagram for more running and race updates!

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Well, this is all for now! I am off to the gym to work on some speed running at the gym.

Goodnight!

XxOo
Tasha

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The day after…

Hi friends!

Just a quick post to show what I ate today! 🙂

I was pretty hungry this morning and y tummy was growling at meg by 8:30. That is pretty early for me as I normally have my first meal around 10. But last night was leg night and I am ALWAYS more hungry the day after.

I generally stay away from meal / protein bars but I do have a small stash in my desk in case of emergencies. And I didn’t feel like eating my “real” breakfast so early in the day as I knew I was not going to be able to grab lunch until 2PM today.

So I enjoyed this Zone bar with my coffee this morning while checking emails.

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Around 10:30 I enjoyed my actual breakfast that I brought to the office with me.

3 egg whites scrambled with a little coconut oil and spinach and fresh baby tomatoes. I make my eggs in the morning before work and then keep them in the fridge until I am ready to eat them. I actually prefer my eggs cold vs. hot!

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I also had some oatmeal with chia seeds, cinnamon, stevia and natural peanut butter.

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I was going to take my lunch at 2 after my meetings but I was pretty satisfied still from my two breakfasts; so I opted to stay at work and eat when I got home around 4:30. I will say by the time I got home I was pretty hungry and the ONLY thing that sounded good was a big salad!

This salad had a ton of chopped baby spinach, green cabbage, red onion, shredded carrots, a few kalamata olives, a sprinkle of fresh parm and ceasar dressing. I also had a side of flatbread crisps.

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And to curb my sweet tooth, I had 3 dates.

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Little man had a super-short, but super-cute recorder concert at his school – he had so much fun! And it was so fun to watch him and all his friends play instruments!

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Tonight’s workout:

40 minutes speed-work on the treadmill + back/biceps

Question: What is your favorite “healthy” sweet treat? I love dates and dark chocolate!

 

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Getting back in the saddle!

Well here it is… my first food blog post in several months!

Again, I wanted to start documenting my food as I love looking back and seeing what I was eating in different seasons of my life. If you have been a long time follower, you know that I have been primarily plant based, consuming little to no animal products. This too fluctuates with the different seasons of my life, and right now I am consuming animal products. I will write a post on this in the upcoming weeks and why I am… but for now let’s just get into my eats for the day!

I always start with water – at least 20 oz – and black coffee

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I wasn’t too hungry this morning so I sipped on Suja Mighty Dozen green juice during some work meetings. This is my favorite bottled green juice!

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For lunch I made a yogurt bowl – Zoi Greek Honey Yogurt, an Opal apple cut into bit size pieces, Bear Naked granola and cinnamon. These yogurt bowls NEVER seem to get old!

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For an afternoon snack I had a hot cup of Turmeric tea and a Power Crunch bar. These are not my preferred bars but it curbed my afternoon hunger.

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For dinner I had a 4 ounces of chicken breast over romaine lettuce and shredded carrots, dressed with a few splashes of Tuscan Italian dressing. Also a side of steamed asparagus with a few spoonfuls of noodles I made for Jordan. The noodles were lightly tossed with olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, basil and fresh parmesan.

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Workout Summary:

T25 Full Body Blast after work before I made dinner

Gym session tonight – Steady cardio and legs: I am dealing with some knee swelling so I am taking it a bit easy this week until I can reduce it.
I did 20 min elliptical hills, 10 minutes stairs, leg machines at a moderate weight, then finished with 35 minutes walking at a 10% incline at 3.1 rate.
I have been consistently lifting pretty heavily and increasing my muscle strength. The past few weeks I have been incorporating running outside and ever since, I have had knee swelling. I am icing quite a bit but they are both pretty swollen. I have never dealt with knee swelling when I have ran so this is new. I do have some races coming up this year, so I am hoping with a little TLC my knees will start to acclimate to running again. I :crossing fingers!:

Well that sums up my day! I may or may not be posting every single day but I am going to try to stay consistent with at least 3-5 posts per week. Again, let me know what you would like to see from me!

Have a great night!

 

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Oh, Hi!

Well HELLO there!!

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It has certainly been a while, hasn’t it?! PS Jordan is now 9! Crazy, right?!

I wanted to quickly pop on to let all you (my readers, fans and subscribers) that I am going to start posting content again! FINALLY!! It certainly has been WAY TOO LONG and I soooo miss my little blog! :(

There have been many life changes, prioritizing and shifting over past few years. But for the past few months, my little blog has been calling me! I didn’t realize how much I have missed blogging until I started reading my old blog posts and revisiting my favorite blogs again.

I am genuinely excited to be connecting with you again! I am going to be posting journal-style posts (like day in the life posts), recipes, product reviews, workout/running updates, etc.. I really enjoy this kind of blogging style as it not only keeps me accountable but it‘s really fun to create!

And if you wouldn’t mind, please leave me a comment letting me know what you would like to see! Again, I am planning on using this as a personal journal type website but I still would love to get suggestions from you!

And to end this post on a “yummy” note, here was my lunch today from this amazing little bistro called Sage Coffee House & Bistro! I ordered The Melt bagel sandwich which had turkey, bacon, tomato, cucumber, spinach, Swiss cheese and brown mustard on an everything bagel. I paired it with a cup of split pea ham soup and a much needed soy milk latte. Heaven.
So if you are in Washington state driving on I-90 near Quincy, be sure to take a moment to stop and enjoy a coffee or tasty meal!

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XxOo
Tasha

 

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Protein Pancakes

I will proudly admit that pancakes are one of my favorite breakfast foods! The warm pure maple syrup, the hot fluffy cakes… and the coffee! A stack of pancakes can really make a morning!

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But I try to stay away from simple carbs, especially white flour. It can make me feel heavy and sleepy only a few short hours after I have eaten. This past weekend I tried to healthify my beloved pancakes by making protein pancakes. And while they are not EXACTLY like buttermilk pancakes, they are very tasty and really hit the spot!

Plus, they are a great way to get your much needed protein in first thing in the morning! If you are tired of eating oats with eggs, well here is the recipe you have dreaming of!

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Protein Pancakes

Serves 2

  • 4 egg whites OR 2 whole eggs
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats (NOT quick oats or steel cut)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • splash of almond milk, if needed (or any kind of milk)

In a blender, combine all of the ingredients except the milk. Blend for about 30 seconds or until the batter is smooth.

In a hot skillet, melt a dab of coconut oil (less than 1 tsp). Pour 1/4 cup of the batter onto the skillet. Cook for about 2 minutes or until the bubbles stop. Flip and cook the underside for about 2 minutes.

If needed, add milk to thin out if the batter becomes a little thick.

These pancakes will not rise like regular flour pancakes. But they will bubble. When the top of the pancakes did not look wet any more is when I flipped them over.

Top with berries, pure maple syrup or even your favorite nut butter! These pancakes are soft, moist and will keep you full for hours!

Enjoy!

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XxOo Tasha

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Greens for Breakfast

Because some recipes need to be visited over and over.

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As much as I love drinking my greens for breakfast, I happen to love waking up and sautéing onions, red bell peppers, garlic and kale for a change. Remember when you eat living food (plants) you will feel ALIVE!

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  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 3 large stalks of kale, washed and ripped into bite size pieces (discard stalk)
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a medium skillet, heat oil on medium heat. Add onions, red bell pepper, garlic and a pinch of salt. Sauté for 4 minutes, or until onions have softened. Add washed kale and another pinch of salt and ground pepper. (I leave water on the leaves as this helps steam the kale and lets it become soft)
Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and let cook for 5 minutes, or until kale has softened. Check often to make sure the onions are not burning – you can always add a few spoonful’s of water if more moisture is needed.
Serve with rustic toast, top with hot sauce and enjoy!

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XxOo Tasha

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