I’m going on a road trip today! Woowoo! After work, Tommy and I are taking a quick trip down to Philly to pick up my new gym. Sadly, we will only be there for as long as it takes us to pack up the car. I will miss the area. Hopefully, we will be back there one day! Anywho….it’s Wednesday so lets talk about FOOD and FITNESS!
First up is breakfast quinoa. Yes, it appears that my quinoa obsession has hit a new level this week.
I cooked up the quinoa the way I would make my regular oats. Two parts milk to one part quinoa. I added in cinnamon, apple and dried blueberries to make an incredible breakfast. The only down side is that this takes a bit of time to cook, and isn’t weekday friendly.
Luckily, this Veggie Tofu Scramble is very weekday friendly and this is why I’ve been enjoying it every morning this week.
Spinach, green peppers, tomatoes, tofu with a bit of sriracha and garlic salt scrambled together on a hot, hot skillet. If this doesn’t make you smile for the rest of the day, I don’t know what will.
Oh wait, yes I do! How about some Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna.
Just looking at these pictures makes me want to reach through the screen and grab it. It was incredible!
But what’s a good dinner without a good drink, right? We picked up this
lemon juice beer from the Beer Boutique, a new beer store that opened recently in Brooklyn.
White Aphro is a Belgian style Wit Ale made with lemon peel, ginger & lavender and tasted amazing.
The Beer Boutique has this crazy contraption in which they can put on-tap beer into plastic bottles that will keep for up to 6 weeks. The machine first fills the bottle with CO2 so that the beer stays carbonated and it shakes it while pouring it into the bottle. According there are only 5 machines like this in the world!
And no day is complete without dessert. Be it healthy like the watermelon I enjoyed on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
..or indulgent like the Coldstone Ice Cream Munchkin and I shared yesterday.
And since calorie-less ice cream is yet to be invented, I turn to fitness to keep myself in check!
My favorite way to burn calories is through running. If you would’ve told me two years ago that I’d be running a 10k in a few months, I would’ve laughed in your face. Until a few months ago, the extent of my running experience consisted of being a sprinter on my high school track team. Those long legs came in handy!
When I first started running for distance, it was an incredibly difficult transition for me. I started out way too fast, burned out way too quickly and ended up walking home disappointed and discouraged. I believe that this is why I wasn’t successful in my running last year and never got to race.
This year, something just clicked. I stopped running on the track which made me feel like a hamster in a wheel and I just took it at my own pace and had a good time with it. I listen to music and
dance along with it while I run run on the street. I set mini-goals for myself like I want to get to the park and get a drink at the water fountain before turning around to go home. Lemme tell you, getting to said park is now a breeze, but it felt nearly impossible when I was starting out.
I am planning on running three races this year. Two of them are more for fun and one is my ‘serious’ race. I am doing the NYC Color Run on August 25th (keep an eye out on the Fitfluential blog for my recap!), the Down and Dirty Mud Run 5k and the Rock and Roll Brooklyn 10k in October. Since these are my first races ever, I’m going in with a goal of just finishing. Once I see how I do in these, I think I will be able to step up the training and work on speed, but for now I’m happy being the tortise in the race. Slow and steady wins anyway, right?
So long story short…I love to run!
What’s the best thing you ate this week? What’s you favorite way to burn off those eats?