Ok, so I went a little gung-ho crazy at Trader Joe’s yesterday, stocking up on some healthy/paleo snacks for my trip to New Orleans this upcoming weekend to week.  Of course I won’t be able to go and not have a beignet or two, but I just wanted to make sure  that I had some healthy alternatives to reach for either on the plane or during the conference.  And you know what they say, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail!  Below are some whole ingredient products that don’t need refrigeration and should withstand some heat and movement.snacks_0

1. Apples and nut butter – I love a big, crisp and juicy apple.  Pairing this with a variety of different nut butters prevents this snack from getting dull.
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2. LARABAR – With minimal ingredients (primarily composed of a date and nut mixture), these have been my go-to energy bars since starting the Whole30.  This is a good alternative for something sweet with options like Apple Pie and Chocolate Coconut Chew!
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3. Nuts – Just good ol’ dry roasted, unsalted macadamia and hazelnuts.  These have quickly become a new addiction.

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4. Unsulfured and unsweetened dried fruit – Apple rings, pineapple rings, and dried cherries with no sulfur dioxide and no added sugar.  I love throwing these with some nuts for a homemade trail-mix of sorts.snacks_4

5. Roasted Plantain Chips – I haven’t had these before, but the only ingredients were plantains, sunflower oil, salt – they sound pretty safe.snack_5

How do you eat healthy on the road and on-the-go?

I woke up early this morning to go to yoga, and this was stuck in my head. A little behind (more like 2 years– 2011) I just came across this follow up to “Whole Foods Parking Lot” the other day.

I was due in for a long run this week since I ended up not running any extra mileage after Sunday’s race.  By the time my mom finished I was cold (wet sweat) and nothing sounded better than a nap.

Tonight I was originally I was going to try the Lululemon running club, but I kind of forgot about that by the time I was off work.  I seriously thought about how nice it would be to just go home and relax, but I’m already taking it easy tomorrow (morning yoga) and Friday (resting/babysitting).  So  I went out with the intention of running around 6 or 7 miles.  By the time I got to around 2.5, I decided I might as well go for 9.  Seems logical right?  Haha.  As I hit the 3 mile mark, I thought, just as well do 10.  So out 5 miles and back, I finished up just before it started getting dark.  I love these daylight savings days!

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After my run I patrolled Whole Foods for something new to eat.  I’m just getting bored and lazy with my usuals.  So I picked up some lamb sausage, even though I wasn’t sure if I’d  like it.  My few but previous experiences with lamb have been negative. 1. braised lamb in SF with my then-boyfriend and his 94-year-old great aunt –the whole situation reminded me of convalescent food. And 2. lamb skewers at a hookah bar in Jacksonville, FL. –not the most ideal eating establishment.

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The lamb sausage was different but good!  It tasted very robust and meaty, but not a whole lot like beef.  I also roasted some red and golden beets and some rainbow carrots — all outside of my veggie norms.  Of course I still paired everything with an egg omelet smeared with coconut butter (that tonight, tasted kind of like a donut).

Now early to bed, early to rise!

Favorite running song right now:
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The other day at Sprouts I picked up some Minneola tangerines, with the assumption that this was just another name for the Sumo tangerine.  With the same little nob at the top, I didn’t think there could really be more than one varietal.  After eating one, I started to think twice.  The Minneola had a thinner peel, and was a little bit harder to peel.  So I did some googling…  Minneolas are a cross between a tangerine and a pomelo (type of grapefruit).  These have a topknot (where their name “honeybell” comes from) reminiscent of the Sumo tangerines I picked up from Whole Foods not too long ago.  So what’s the difference?  Sumo Tangerines are a mix between tangerines and California navel oranges.  And their name comes from their topknot which resembles a sumo wrestlers.

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Post-work I ran back and forth along the coast and coaster tracks until I hit 4 miles – 31:43, about a 7:55/mile.  Mile 1: 7:53, Mile 2: 7:44, Mile 3: 7:59, Mile 4: 8:01.  Listening to my favorite song (above) and second favorite, Mirrors by JT.  After running, I didn’t have much else to do, so I decided to go to HPF 75 min.

Thennnn, I went to the usual Whole Foods where I finally found coconut butter in a jar!  16 ounces of pure creamy, sweetness.  This is my absolute favorite!  I love it on japanese yams, with a little salt and pepper to contrast the sweetness.  It’s also good with regular yams, and now I even like to use it on my omelette as my fat instead of avocado.  When I read that people liked to eat it out of the jar, I didn’t understand.  I wouldn’t go as far as to eat it out of the jar, but I definitely love it.

After yesterday’s cheat-day-to-the-max, I could not fall asleep until 2:30am.  I was more than ready to start eating clean again.  Today, to stay en route, I took my dad to lunch at the new Whole Foods (they have an actual service restaurant!) before he left.  I was able to make my own salad and from the salad bar while my dad enjoyed a good looking meal I realllllly wanted a taste of: sausage flatbread and crisp, golden-brown french fries.  Before we left we bought some funky sumo tangerines, some of the ugliest looking fruit I’ve ever seen.  A good 30% of their weight probably comes from their skin!  The fruit has a very strong and sweet flavor, and hit you with a bit of sour zest at the end.

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After work I was too tired to run, so I just went to a CP2 class.  I think Monday’s and Friday’s are going to be my yoga days.  It’s a good way to start and end the week.  Then I went to Whole Foods, again again again!  It’s just too convenient.  I bought ingredients to make Whole30 Pesto “Noodles” the right way, and some pork chops for protein.    photo

With a coconut water/pineapple puree smoothie and a couple mulberries (my new favorite dried berry- with iron and protein benefits) I am satisfied and set for an early night.

As of recently, all I’ve really wanted is to have a running friend.  But today, I think I’ve come to terms with my solitude.  The early day was gray, stormy and overcast, but by the time late afternoon hit, it was beautiful!

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The mix of this serenity with an easygoing “Hipsters work out, too” 8-tracks playlist pumped so much adrenaline and feeling of well-being into my body.   I ran the same trail I discovered yesterday and even though it was fairly soggy, I increased my pace significantly.  I was even hitting spouts of a 6:30 pace (for all of maybe 10 seconds).  My first mile was an 8:30 and my return was a 7:45.  Overall: 2 miles, 16:14, 8:07/mile pace.

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Then to round out my peaceful state, I went to a CP2 class.  It always surprises me how much I end up sweating.  I literally soaked through my entire leggings and sports bra.  I ended up having to go shirtless (ooh la la!) because I learned my top was not conducive to inversions and kept flopping into my face.

Post yoga I stopped by Whole Foods, again.  I picked up some larabars for just in case instances (Whole30 approved) and a variety of “butters” –coconut, macadamia, pecan and walnut.  I also discovered Japanese Yams.  I did a quick google search at the store to see what they were like and if they were compliant.  They just seemed to be starchier and drier than garnet yams, and one source suggested cooking them with more liquid than you would for a normal yam.

photoDinner was pretty basic, just using up what I had (i.e. one chicken wing). I ended up poking the japanese yam all over with a fork and cooking it in the microwave for about 3 1/2-4 minutes.  I topped it with a little bit of coconut butter–and I can kind of see now how people just eat coconut butter.  I also sprinkled a little bit of salt and pepper.  With the contrast of salty and sweet…I thought it was very enjoyable!

Do you prefer running alone, with a friend, or a group of people?

Today I had shin splints.  Which should have been unheard of SINCE I wore my compression socks to bed (until my feet started to sweat) and all day at work.  We were only able to run 1, walk 1, run 1, walk 1.  Totaling 2 miles running, 2 miles walking.  Oh well! I was moving at a snails pace trying to ease the pain, I’m sure I was moving just as fast walking.  The run was quite lovely, as we found a trail along the coaster tracks.  The clouds looked soft, with pastel colors of blue, creamsicle and pink that reminded me of baby booties/pillows.

Post-run we stopped by the new Whole Foods to scavenge for dinner, resulting in what I would deem the definition of Paleo: meat on meat on meat.  When I first told my brother I was going to do Whole30 and that it’s basically like strict paleo, he then told my dad “Ash is going to be eating mastodon!”

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Now, I don’t usually eat a lot of red meat.  I think because sometimes when I run I get this metallic, bloody meat kind of taste, which reminds me of raw steak.  But tonight, burgers sounded good and I’m feeling kind of ballsy lately, eatin’ chicken wangs fo breakfast ‘n all.  Then I suggested we add the forbidden B A C O N (another ingredient I don’t usually eat).  I’m not sure if this bacon was 100% Whole30 compliant, but we picked a brand that didn’t even list a nutritional value for sugar and the ingredients read “trace amounts of sugar.”  We cooked the bacon, then cooked the burger patties in the bacon grease.  Served these babies wrapped up in rainbow chard, with a side of sauteed mushrooms, zucchini and some roasted kabocha squash for that “french-fry” effect.  The whole meal was juicy, filling, and delicious!

Today was my first day at work while on the Whole30.  I had a filling breakfast of a steamed sweet potato, and omelette with avocado.  Around noon I stopped by Starbucks to try a “Whole30 approved” drink I found– a “dirty chai” made with a chai tea bag, shot of espresso and some sprinkled cinnamon.  I got a grande with a venti cup of ice.  The day was getting warmer, so I decided to pour it over ice.  Well, this drink was pretty dirty– potent and unappealing.  I probably made it about 3 sips before I had to stop.  Now it just sits in the fridge.  Maybe I’ll try adding some canned coconut milk (I’m thinking the lighter color might make it more appealing?)  I don’t think I am necessarily addicted to coffee.  Actually, I know I’m not addicted to coffee.  My go-to drink for the past couple of months has been a green tea-misto.  I might just be addicted to the franchise and the “pleasure” associated with warm drinks inside a of this world-known white cup.

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My hunger was quelled until an appropriate lunch time, and I enjoyed an easy go-to lunch favorite — tuna and avocado wraps.  Inspired by Nom Nom Paleo (I’ll post my version later).  This Whole30 has just made me more aware of additives in products- i.e. vegetable broth in Chicken of the Sea canned albacore tuna in water containing soy, or soy lecithin in olive oil cooking spray.

I felt lethargic today and not really in the mood to run (even though my first pair of compression socks did come in the mail today!).  I read in the Whole30 forum that not until day 26 will running/exercising become easier–as your body will start using fat reserves for fuel.  So I opted for a CP2 (Corepower 2) class.  I felt so refreshed afterwards!  I decided that I’m going to start doing yoga again, I’m just weighing the pros and cons of a monthly membership vs. class package.

This newer Corepower is located in the same shopping center as the new Whole Foods, which makes it convenient to frequent post-yoga in drenched-bun and sweaty spanks.  I bought some more kombucha, since yes, it is approved (my favorite right now is Bucha) and some chicken for dinner.  Even after waiting an hour for the chicken to get nice and crispy, I wasn’t ravenously hungry.  That’s new for me, especially when I just finished sweating a mini shower.  Here’s what was for dinner:

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Whole30 Pesto “Noodles”
Living Low Carb One Day At A Time
INGREDIENTS
2 lb spaghetti squash
1 cup fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup baby spinach
1/2 Tbsp dried sage
Juice and zest of half a lemon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
DIRECTIONS

  1. To make the pesto, add the basil, spinach, and dried sage in a food processor and pulse until chopped.
  2. Add the lemon zest and juice, salt, black pepper, and 2 Tbsp of the oil.
  3. Process until a paste forms. If the pesto is too dry add more oil until the desired consistency is reached.
  4. Pierce the skin of the spaghetti squash all over with a fork. Cut off the two ends. Place the squash on a plate and put in the microwave for 8 minutes.
  5. When the squash is steamed, cut in half. Remove the seeds and shred the noodles with a fork. Once the squash is done baking, allow to cool slightly before cutting in half.
  6. Add the pesto and stir to combine. Top with some chopped raw almonds for some texture.
  7. Served with roasted chicken parts (i.e. wings, drumsticks, thighs).

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I finally tried kombucha on tap (pineapple flavor) and it was so good!  This spurred me to buy a jug of pineapple juice for my next flavor of homemade scoby juice.  I really wish I could invest in a keg and make my own on tap.  However first, I should really try and master the art of making kombucha!  This time I am doing my best to actually produce a drinkable batch.  The past 2 times (before I stopped in October) had 1. a metallic taste (which I thought might be from the mason jars) and 2. tasted like nothing worth drinking.  I just brewed the tea and put the scoby in the vessel, so if this all goes well, I will undoubtedly post a “how-to make kombucha” just from pure joy.

 
 
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