Friday, June 1, 2012

Simple Eats plus a Morning Workout Challenge

My meals have been pretty straightforward lately.  Here are some of my recent eats:

1/2 cup 1-minute oatmeal mixed with 1 cup boiling water, 1 T chia seeds, 1 banana, strawberries, blueberries, cottage cheese, and a spoonful of sunflower seed butter.  This was packed full of nutrients and kept me full until lunch!

I've been getting kind of tired of hot oatmeal, though (and have been too lazy to put together overnight oats or breakfast cookies before I go to bed at night... need to work on that) so I decided to make a yogurt bowl instead.  I combined plain nonfat yogurt with a banana, strawberries, blueberries, and homemade granola.

I went home for lunch one day this week and made myself some scrambled eggs topped with Trader Joe's salsa (SO good!), and ate them with an apple, sugar snap peas, baby carrots, white bean and basil hummus (also from Trader Joe's and ridiculously tasty - I highly recommend it!).  Medjool date for dessert!

It's been awhile since I had a salad beast, so last night I made myself one for dinner.  I threw together spinach, some iceberg lettuce, grape tomatoes, sugar snap peas, carrots, chopped walnuts, white bean and basil hummus, oregano-infused balsamic vinegar, and lentils (which I got already-steamed and ready-to-eat from Trader Joe's).  I ate this with a baked sweet potato with a little butter and cinnamon.  Plus a bowl of yummy Greek yogurt and homemade granola for dessert.

Today I finally took the time to make myself something a little more substantial for lunch to take with me to work.  

My salad last night tasted really good, so I pretty much made a repeat, but I also added some leftover cooked asparagus this time, and brought regular balsamic vinegar to add.

Another medjool date for dessert!  Tasty wasty.

Angela at Oh She Glows started a "Salad A Day" goal for June, which I think is a great idea.  One day down, 29 to go :)

I've posted some of Amanda Russell's workouts before - I love them because they're short but intense, and require little or no equipment.  She just uploaded a new video with a "challenge" - it's a 4-minute morning workout, and she challenges us to do it every morning for 3 weeks.  I mean 4 minutes isn't too much, right?  I'm going to try to do it!  Anyone with me?

The routine is:  30 seconds of push-ups, 30 seconds of leg lifts (on hands and knees, lift alternating leg with bent knee and flexed foot to ceiling), 60 seconds plank (see this Fitnessista post for lots of plank variations to keep it interesting and challenging), 30 seconds Spidermans (in plank position on hands, bring knees to elbows), 30 seconds bridge-ups, and 60 seconds headstand.  The headstand is the only one I'm worried about - I'll probably have to use the wall.  I do want to get better at doing a headstand, though, so this will be the perfect way to improve.

Hope your weekend is off to a great start!

Song of the day:

"Something to Talk About" by Bonnie Raitt.  Such a classic - I love her.  I listened to her a lot growing up (because my dad's a big fan).  She was in town the other day and I caught part of a radio interview with her, and it reminded me of how great her music really is.


  1. 3 weeks! wow! doesn't look too bad though! just 4 minutes? i can't do a headstand though, that's for sure........ at least not without a wall! maybeeeeeeeeeee ill try it with you......MAYBE ha!

    your eats look delish!


    1. Have you tried the early morning workout? I've done it for the past 3 days now - it doesn't exactly make me excited to hop out of bed, haha, but it's not too difficult and it flies by, plus I feel great after it's over!