But I'm still finding some small ways to get a few treats in. With the warm weather, I started off both yesterday and today with iced coffee!
On Thursday evening I brewed a pot of strong coffee and let it cool down, then put it in the fridge overnight. Then when I got back from the gym yesterday morning (cardio day - elliptical and rowing machine), I enjoyed a refreshing glass of coffee poured over ice, with some added almond milk and a few drops of stevia. Yum!
Random observation - have you ever taken coffee to the gym with you? A hot drink is seriously the last thing I would want when I'm working up a sweat, but yesterday when I was on the elliptical, a guy got on the elliptical next to me with a Starbucks coffee. I saw this happen when I lived in DC, too (there was a Starbucks in the same building as my gym). First of all, I can barely drink out of my water bottle without spilling all over myself when I'm on the elliptical, so trying to sip hot coffee would be a disaster waiting to happen. Second, hot coffee is just not thirst-quenching, in my opinion. But if people in DC and Ohio do it, I guess it's a thing....
Moving on - I've been having a lot of huge salads for lunch lately, which are delicious, but yesterday I was in the mood to switch things up a little bit without spending much time on preparation. With that in mind, I put together some mini "pizzas," using what I had on hand in the fridge.
I lightly toasted some whole wheat sandwich thins, then spread on a mixture of pasta sauce, tomato paste, and fresh basil.
I added some toppings: spinach, halved grape tomatoes, sliced kalamata olives, and nutritional yeast.
Then I put them under the broiler for about 5 minutes.
And that's it! Super easy, and a great lunch alternative to the usual sandwich or salad.
After lunch I was craving something sweet and chocolatey, and I decided to make this chocolate cake batter smoothie by Angela at Oh She Glows.
It definitely satisfied my craving and was pretty healthy to boot! It contained almond milk, old-fashioned oats, a frozen banana, cinnamon, vanilla, carob powder (you could also use cocoa powder), peanut butter (the recipe calls for cashew butter but I didn't have any, so I subbed another nut butter), chocolate chips, and ice cubes. The hardest part was waiting an hour for the oats to soak! It would be easy to add a scoop of protein powder, Greek yogurt, or cottage cheese to get in some extra protein, too.
Well I submitted my take-home exam earlier today, so I've got one more exam to go before I'm finished with this year. So close! Hope you're enjoying some margaritas/ mint juleps, wearing a fancy hat/ sombrero, and breaking a pinata/ watching the Derby. All at once, preferably. Have some extra fun for me!
Song of the day:
"Hey" by the Pixies. One of my all-time favorites.