Today’s Mini Goal: Diversify my fruit intake! I rely largely on apples, bananas, grapefruit, oranges, grapes, and dried mango. I’m starting to get bored of these guys though, and I need some new fruit friends! Suggestions?
Today’s post is going to be short and sweet because this girl needs to do some serious damage on her schoolwork pile.
Thanks for everybody’s sweet comments yesterday, I was struggling a bit and every time I opened my inbox to find one my face lit up. As a sort of follow-up question, do you want to be a mother, if you aren’t now? Or a father, I suppose, but I don’t think I have any male readers…
Breakfast is by far my favorite meal of the day — so many options and flavor combinations, and it’s fun to play around with. It also has to fuel me through my day, at least until lunch. When I was younger I usually had cereal (typically not a sugary kind, although sometimes I conned my mom into buying my reese’s puffs!), instant oatmeal, or, as I got older and my mornings got more rushed, a bar of some sort. Until about a year ago I used to always get hungry before lunchtime — usually around ten or eleven my belly would start growling. I am just not a morning snacker at all, so I always had the dilemma of either digging into my lunch stash early or waiting it out.
Once I started adding some fruit and a little bit of fat and protein to my breakfast, I saw an immediate difference. I think about this time last year I saw Kath putting a spoonful of peanut butter in her oats, and I thought that it sounded weird, but I tried it and fell in love. Now I regularly include things in my breakfast that used to sound totally exotic — apples, almonds, trail mix, soy milk, cottage cheese, pumpkin, bananas, dried fruit, coconut! The permutations are endless. I usually stick with oatmeal on weekdays since it’s pretty much a no fail option. I can cook it on the stovetop with spices if I have more time, or heat up a packet of kashi instant if I’m pressed for time (I like the Honey Cinnamon variety). I can even eat it while walking to class if need be, like I did this morning.
The above bowl, kashi instant made with extra water, cinnamon, a diced gala apple, and a scant 1/4 C trail mix, was absolutely divine. I could not ask for more from a breakfast. Tasty. Filling. Nutty. Sweet. Full-bodied. Crunchy. Smooth. Serious. Playful.
I prefer to use cereal as a snack since it doesn’t hold me over as well at breakfast, but sometimes I do use it. I like pretty much all the kashi cereals too, especially heart to heart, good friends, goLean crunch, and goLean berry crisp. When I do cereal, I like to pair it with some chobani yogurt for protein and a banana, possibly a little bit of peanut butter if I know I’ll be really active that day. Weekend breakfast possibilities include eggs (sunny side-up) with fruit and toast, french toast topped with fruit, nuts, and yogurt, or waffles. I also love smoothies when I’m at home; I like to use vanilla yogurt or soymilk, frozen berries, spinach, a few nuts or a spoonful of nut butter, and protein powder or amazing grass. In the summer I’ll throw in a scoop of peach ice cream for a yummy treat.
What are your favorite breakfasts?
I had one of the best speed workouts of my life today! The schedule called for 5×1000 with three minutes recovery between each. You know me — I can never seem to do exactly what it calls for, and today was no exception. I converted it to 5×6 minutes with 4 minutes recovery (I’m really OCD and wanted it to be an even ten minutes!) I was able to push really hard on the speedy parts without ever feeling like I was dying; this is all you can really ask for of a speed workout. I covered anywhere from .73 to .80 during each six minute hard section, and my pace ranged from mostly 7:30-8:30. There were a TON of hills going on today, and I was probably in the nine’s on them. Regardless, it was a really great workout and definitely gave me a nice shot of confidence in my ability to actually run fast once in a while.
Today’s grumble: Garmin will not turn on again so that I can look up my exact data. It worked fine after the reset and usually seems to turn on, but shouldn’t it turn on all the time? I don’t think that I’m asking too much of poor Apricot…*le sigh*.
Random Anecdote: Yesterday my mother accused me of “spending too much time cooking”. Considering what most college students are spending too much time doing, I found this pretty hilarious. I think my cooking habit is a bit tame…
I hope everyone is having a most excellent week!
Once I complete this half-marathon (March 21st), I’m going to try to switch up my moves a bit. I love running and I think I always will, but I want to be able to try more things and rediscover activities I’ve always loved too — swimming, yoga, gymnastics, dancing, biking, fitness classes. What is your favorite way of moving?