What Have I Been Up To Lately?

Well certainly not much of this…

Way to go Jess, WAY TO GO

But a whole lot of this…

Sweet & Spicy Glazed Salmon Sandwiches 

Eat, Live, Run

French Macarons with Almond Buttercream


My Favorite Version of Overnight Oats

Recipe Below

Creamy Rotelle with Basil Yogurt & Mozzarella

Ancient Grains for Modern Meals

My Favorite Baked French Fries

Garlic, Rosemary, Kosher Salt, Pepper & Olive Oil

Farro Soup

Super Natural Every Day

Honey & Rose Water Tapioca

Another from Super Natural Every Day

Yes, one more from Super Natural Every Day

Lemon-Zested Bulgur Wheat (my version below)

My Favorite Overnight Oats

  • 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • scoop of chia seeds
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower butter
  • banana slices

Mix the milk, oats, applesauce, chia seeds and cinnamon altogether. Keep in the fridge overnight. Add sunflower butter and banana slices and enjoy!

Lemon-Zested Bulgur Wheat

Adapted from Super Natural Every Day

  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup fine or medium bulgur
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/3 cup chopped raw almonds
  • vanilla soy or almond milk (or your favorite milk)
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the coconut milk, 3/4 cup water and salt to a simmer. Stir in the bulgur and bring mixture to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer the mixture for 5 to 20 minutes until the bulgur is creamy, but still retains some texture.
  2. Take off heat and stir in poppy seeds, lemon zest, honey and chopped almonds.
  3. If you want to eat this for breakfast for the week like I do, add your favorite milk to an individual serving and warm up in the microwave.



How Can I Make This Work?

I mentioned yesterday how I already managed to use my rest day. And then once again, I did not get up to workout this morning. Awesome.

Back up plan was to go home and complete my strength training after work. I came SO close to skipping out again. Then I remembered how much I love TV (I know, I should be embarrassed to admit that, but I just do) and how I hadn’t watched my favorite show yet, Biggest Loser. What’s better than working out while watching Biggest Loser? 🙂

I followed another one of the circuit workouts from Peanut Butter Fingers and it took me about 25 minutes. Those burpees are a killer!

Since I had already eaten most of my points allowance for the day, without a longer term workout I decided to keep dinner pretty light. I boiled a serving of soba noodles in vegetable broth and added slivered red pepper, shredded kale, garlic and fresh cilantro to the soup.  I added some heat with a pinch of crushed red chili pepper and Sriracha sauce. Nothing better than a large bowl of noodle soup on a freeeeeeeeeeeezing night.

I know you’ve been on the edge of your seats waiting for this week’s salad brigade. Are you ready???

Let’s get a close up of those chickpeas!

I spotted this recipe from Oh She Glows and knew I would be a fan. Rather than eating in a wrap form I added each serving to romaine and spinach greens.

Not only did I have a salad of the week, but also a special breakfast from Skinny Taste. Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries and Bananas

I was skeptical of one serving keeping me full until lunch, but I haven’t been hungry any day this week so far before lunchtime. Pretty impressive.

Okay, onto finding a treadmill workout for tomorrow morning that might help me hate the treadmill a little less. Have a great night!

Sunday Salads

How was your weekend? It was amazingly warm here on Saturday. Ben and I had a nice and easy run around our new neighborhood, couldn’t pass up the awesome temperatures in January.

So it’s Sunday and you know what that means! Time to make the lunches. As usual I’ll be having salad, but so will Ben this week. What do you have your lunch? Do you dine out or bring in your lunch? Anyone else have a routine like me on Sunday afternoons?

I often get asked how I actually keep my lettuce in edible condition for the week. I think the key is buying fresh (non pre-packaged) lettuce, chopping, washing and then drying with a salad spinner. I’ve seriously never had a problem with my salad greens wilting.

Ben’s salad of the week – green leaf and red leaf lettuce, shredded rotisserie chicken, lemon & garlic olives, cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.

My salad of the week – green leaf lettuce, cucumber, kalamata olives, 1/4 cup hummus and 1/4 cup tabouli. If you ever need to make a quick and easy salad and don’t have dressing on hand (or want something healthy), add hummus and shake, shake, shake. Each leafs gets a nice hummus coating.

Dinner tonight was another round of Holiday Soup from Oh She Glows. You should definitely make this.

Complete with a mug of Godiva hot chocolate.

I’m pretty happy with my workout recap.  

  • Wed – Run 2 miles & more cardio Jillian Michaels Level 2 Ripped in 30
  • Thurs – Strength training Ran 2.5 miles on the treadmill
  • Fri – Cardio Jillian Michaels Level 2 30 day Shred
  • Sat – Run outside Ran 2.5 miles outside on a beautiful day
  • Sun – Strength training Jillian Michaels Level 1 Six Pack Abs

This week I definitely need to get some more miles in, 995 more to go in 2012!

  • Mon – Run 3 miles & 15 min Stairclimber
  • Tues – Strength Training
  • Wed – Run 3 miles & Cardio
  • Thurs – Strength Training
  • Fri – Cardio
  • Sat – Run outside
  • Sun – Run 2m & Strength

Time for bed, goodnight!


I have to say, my new commute is pretty awesome. Not only do I have a guaranteed two miles of walking every day, but the majority of my walk is along Newbury Street. Pretty awesome, except maybe for my bank account.

Other than the Somerville Jingle Bell, this has really been the coldest day we’ve had so far. Brrrrrr, definitely a night for soup.

I loved checking out the top soup recipes of 2011 from Oh She Glows. Love soup! I made this one tonight and was perfect for a chilly evening.

Holiday Soup for the Soul

I realized after I shared my resolutions yesterday, that I totally disregarded my workout plans for the week. Not surprising that resulted in not working out today. Great job kicking off that New Year Jess! Well, I still have the opportunity to win a gold star this week, it’s not over yet.

  • Wed – Run 2 miles & more cardio
  • Thurs – Strength training
  • Fri – Cardio
  • Sat – Run outside
  • Sun – Strength training

Wish me luck!