August is here. We all know that summer can be quite brutal. Multiple showers in a day, the ever so sexy armpit sweat marks, loss of appetite, and my quickly diminishing patience and understanding makes me lovely company during this time of the year.
However, there are amazing things that come with summer also, such as going to the beach, grilling, rocking the latest colorful fashion trends (anyone loving the color orange?), watching summer blockbusters (still haven’t seen The Dark Knight Rises), eating fro-yo…. This year, the Summer Olympics is definitely the highlight for me.
Summer is also an awesome time to kick up your produce intake to a whole new level, thanks to the bounty of in-season selections! Check out this website to see a list of fresh produce in your area! Or I bet you can tell just by looking at what’s on sale at your local grocery store. How about trying out something from that list that you normally don’t consume or cook with. It’d be a great way to get out of a food rut if you’re in one. I saw that turnips are in season in Texas this month. I hardly cook with them so I’ll be recipe hunting now ;).
Can’t wait to share some of my staples as well as read about and incorporate some of yours into my routine!
Here’s a look at what I ate on Monday. My appetite is surprisingly off to a great start! It was a happy day for my tummy.
Banana, hardboiled egg, handful of almonds. No picture. But you get the idea.
Protein shake and a slice of PB&J. I wanted to eat it within the 30 min window so no picture.
Roasted eggplant stuffed with ground bison meat, veggies and topped with Greek yogurt dressing. And yes, a squirt of sriracha is a must! Be on the lookout for this recipe! It’s a keeper ;). The husband, who does not like greek yogurt (gasp!) and eggplant, gave it a 9!
Nothing impressive with this one. Not so pretty to look at either. But it sure was satisfying. It was veggie clean-up day – salmon, kale, zucchini (I was lazy and chopped it Flintstone style), heirloom tomatoes, chickpeas, cucumber, nutritional yeast, drizzled with dressing comprised of apple cider vinegar and honey dijon mustard. And yes, the sriracha (or what’s left of it) makes its appearance once again. It goes with everything! even…
Other snacks eaten throughout the day…
First of all, if you haven’t tried this chocolate, go get it now! The three flavors together are a force to be reckoned with. Remember that Biscoff spread that I discovered the other day? Well, it’s amazing stuff. In the picture you see it nicely spread on a piece of toast, but that’s not the only way I enjoyed it. In reality, my finger made its way in the jar multiple times throughout the day. The finger is the best utensil at times like these. I know I know..it’s quite unsanitary. Oh wells, moving on…to pluots..I’ve never had these before either! The only reason I bought them was because they were on sale at Whole Foods. They were incredibly juicy and sweet and reminded me of a cross between plums and apricots…ahh I see..hence the name! Bear with me, please, for I am a lil’ slow…so I’ve been told.
As far as fitness goes, even though the food and fitness theme is over, I really enjoyed reading about your workout routines and insightful tips. So I do hope that you continue to post them!
I’m still enjoying the group classes, but they’re pretty high-intensity workouts. My heart rate stays in heart rate zone 4, which is def not where I want to be. I’m going to scale it down a lil bit this month and incorporate more yoga practice into my regimen.
Mon: I showed up at the gym to do the Strictly Strength class when to my dismay, I learned that the class was actually for Sunday. Then something amazing happened. One of the trainers took pity on me, and out of the goodness of her heart, walked me through a TRX workout. There was a lot of talking involved since I asked her a bazillion questions. I can be so annoying sometimes!! However, she was so incredibly sweet and patient and gave me some really helpful tips to take away!
I was motivated to do more, and even though I went to the gym unprepared, thanks to my iPhone and Natalie, I followed her amazing summer arm circuit routine! If you haven’t met her yet, oh boy, you’re missing out! She’s one phenomenal girl with a fresh zest for life! So go check out her blog!!
Tues: I went to a 5:30 am hot vinyasa class. Summer means sleeping in so I haven’t gone to this class for about 2 months now. However, it looks like I’ll be waking up early on Tues and Thurs from now on.
Wed: Today I’m going to my fav class – barbell strength training. As of last week, I added 2 more Ibs. to my bar! I know it’s not much, but it’s a huge feat for me! I’m getting stronger…one Ib. at a time! 😉
– What are you loving this summer?
– What produce is in your fridge right now?