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Smoked Salmon Bagels

Breakfast is and always has been my favorite meal of the day. Growing up, I always loved the elaborate spread my family put out on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

It’s hard (read: impossible) to produce a big feast on weekdays, but Dave and I definitely try to have something we really enjoy for breakfast on weekend days when we have the time.

My all-time favorite right now might be bagels with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on the side. We haven’t made this in a while, but I planned it in as an easy and delicious meal for today. I did my 15 minutes of yoga while Dave prepared everything. He was excited to have me try his new scrambled eggs creation.

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Don’t let the small serving of eggs fool you – I had seconds. He scrambled eggs, almond milk, green onions, goat cheese, and a few dashes of Trader Joe’s hot sauce. I was beyond impressed! He seriously could make this for some sort of gourmet breakfast place. I get hungry just remembering it right now.

The salmon was premium smoked salmon from Scotland and the bagels fresh from the Wegman’s bakery. So delicious.

Here is the thing though. I always used to have this creation with cream cheese. Since I’m trying to phase out dairy and avoid it whenever I can, I opted for Earth Balance this time.

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For those of you who don’t know, this is a vegan, soy-based buttery spread. This is the first jar I’ve ever bought of it and the first time I’ve knowingly tried it. For those of you who do know it, what are your thoughts and what do you mostly use it for? Is it a butter substitute than can be used across the board or just for very specific things?

I spread a pretty thin layer on my bagel before adding the smoked salmon.

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It definitely helped make it less dry, but was, of course, way less creamy than the cream cheese. I think I need to try it again with a thicker layer. Good thing tomorrow is another weekend day!

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Lemon Dijon Salmon and Asparagus

Major rain/snow/slush fest today. I worked from home until lunch because the roads were so bad. An hour-long commute in slippery conditions is definitely not my idea of a good time.

Lunch yoga was cancelled and moved to tomorrow, so I did a yoga video this morning and planned to run tonight indoors. We have a gym at our apartment complex, so I begrudgingly resolved to use the treadmill there. But, upon my arrival, someone was already using it. Last resort: the elliptical.

I actually love working out on the elliptical, but it often feels like a half-ass workout. Not today. I put in 30 minutes of high-intensity intervals, rocking out to my new training playlist, which happens to contain some Turkish pop (perfect for 90s-style workout lip-synching).

So I guess this means I’m not really running at all this week, but cross training instead. Oh well, my knees and shins will thank me, and I have a 10-mile run coming up on Saturday, which will surely put an end to my freshly non-sore legs.

After my workout, it was time for a seafood dinner.

Lemon Dijon Salmon from Trader Joe’s with a side of asparagus.

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The fish baked in the oven for 18 minutes. I really love the lemon dijon marinade, and it was cooked just about right. Dave deserves credit here – he made dinner while I was at the gym.

Desert was another Trader Joe’s favorite, if not THE favorite.

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Dark chocolate covered ginger… As good as it sounds. The best part is that it takes only about five of these tiny geniuses to make me feel completely satisfied – no binging danger at all.

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Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese & Dried Cranberries

I am in a goat cheese phase. Which is weird because I detest blue cheese and only like really mild versions of feta. Most people think the feta thing is pathetic because I’m Turkish. They are right, and it’s not just feta, but olives too.

Anyway, the goat cheese. Yum. Especially with dried cranberries. So, naturally, I moved the thing on the dinner menu that contained both up to early in the week.

But first, when I got home, I made a strange choice. I was starving and decided to go for… a spoon of raw honey. That’s definitely never happened before, but it kind of did the trick.

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I got this from Nature’s Marketplace at Wegmans. It’s kind of naive that I think if I buy something from there it automatically must be super good for me. Pure, raw, and wild surely must mean superior to standard honey, right? But my ignorance aside, I actually think honey is a product where this really matters.

On to dinner.

Spinach Salad with Chickpeas, Goat Cheese, and Dried Cranberries

Ingredients:

  •  One bag of baby spinach
  • One container of goat cheese
  • One can of chickpeas
  • Half a box of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2/3 cup of dried cranberries
  • Extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar

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I used the Trader Joe’s baby spinach. It’s one of the things Trader Joe’s sells for way less than other stores.

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Such freshness.

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I mixed in the dressings to taste with just the spinach in the bowl. I didn’t want the goat cheese to absorb balsamic vinegar – yuck.

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Then I added all the other ingredients. The entire container of goat cheese was last. I was going for a dominant goat cheese taste here, so feel free to adjust the amount.

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And this is me taking our plates back for seconds. After that, the leftovers were enough for my lunch tomorrow. Dave always goes out to lunch with colleagues on Wednesdays.

Now I’m sad that I most likely won’t be having goat cheese again until next week.

Also, quick running update: I stuck to the elliptical today during my lunch workout because my legs are a little achy. I figure better take a day off than pay with a stress fracture. I’ve been doing plenty of Yoga too, so hopefully I’ll be able to do four miles on Thursday with no problem.

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Asian (In)Fusion

So, this weekend turned into a little bit of an eating-out marathon. When we moved to State College last July, I was worried that we wouldn’t have as many ethnic food options as we did in Milwaukee. But strangely enough, it feels like we have more, and they’re all so affordable. So weekends often turn into feasts of Indian, Japanese, Thai, or Greek cuisine. We also have lots of New England type taverns here, but this weekend was strictly devoted to Asian deliciousness.

My day started with a small miracle: I actually got up when my alarm clock rang at 7. I had to finish my run from yesterday, and I guess I was just eager to get it done. The thing that actually got me up though was my plan to do this 15-minute yoga video before I left. I have done it three times now and absolutely love it. After I was done, I had a package of Gu (I didn’t want to spoil the run with more digestive problems), and I packed another one to have 45 minutes in.

The run was hard because I was still tired from yesterday and it was super windy. I ended up doing 6.71 miles, which brought my mileage for the weekend up to 9.71. I guess I’m happy with that, considering I was only going to do 8 had I not had to split it up.

When I got home, Dave made me breakfast while I iced my knees and stretched.

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He is just so much more talented at making eggs look pretty than I am. Oatmeal with a fried egg, nutritional yeast, and avocado. I also had almond milk with Amazing Grass powder and lots of water.

Then we went to the UUFCC and straight to lunch afterwards. There is this amazing Indian restaurant in State College – seriously the best Indian food I’ve ever had, and they have a lunch buffet every day that I will never be able to get enough of. I figured going after a long run was ideal because I wouldn’t get full as fast as usual.

I stuck to vegetarian options. It’s becoming easier and easier for me to just leave meat out completely, to the point where I’m almost ready to declare myself a pescetarian, which makes me happy because it shows my plan to ease myself into eventual veganism of some sort is working.

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Spinach Saag, vegetarian yogurt balls, and a curry veggie mix.

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A piece of naan topped with the spinach saag. I want to take a bath in this stuff! I used to get it with lamb, but actually think it’s just as good without meat.

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I indulged a bit for desert, and definitely didn’t say no to the dairy. Chai tea, sweet rice pudding, and a milk ball in sugar syrup. When else if not after a run, right?

Then I took a pretty long afternoon nap during a 4-episode Gilmore Girls DVD while Dave worked on school stuff. When I woke up, it was time for weekend chores, laundry, grocery list making and a trip to Trader Joe’s. No time for making dinner, so we decided to splurge and order from our favorite Thai restaurant, My Thai.

I am beyond obsessed with their red curry. I have eaten there at least 15 times and have never ordered anything else. But tonight, I finally made the switch from chicken to the shrimp version.

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This dish is so amazingly good. The bamboo and spinach in the creamy coconut milk curry never get old. Brown rice on the side. Only downside to getting the shrimp version is that they leave the tails on, so I had to eat the shrimp by themselves after biting the tail off.

Can’t wait to have this again for lunch at work tomorrow. Although… our new boss has his first day tomorrow, so we may go out to lunch, in which case, this will just have to be my afternoon snack 😀

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February 24, 2013 · 10:20 pm

Full Day of Food and Running Recap

Today was different than most days because I didn’t do as much snacking as usual. On weekdays, when I’m at work, I have a snack about every two hours. Today, I had three actual meals and only one snack, so I used it as a chance to document everything I ate.

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For breakfast, I decided on blue cheese and spinach omelettes, which also gave me a chance to use a tomato that was on the brink of death and some of the mushrooms in my fridge.

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Here is the creation before I folded it. This one was Dave’s, so it has a generous amount of blue cheese. I have a hard time with feta and blue cheese if the flavor is too strong, so I put about half this amount on mine.

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Naturally, I fried the omelettes in coconut oil. This is the refined kind, which was an accident-buy, but I’ll soon have to do a post on organic extra virgin coconut oil and the obsession I’ve developed with it.

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Complete breakfast: omelette, English muffing with strawberry jam, water, and coffee.

This was supposed to be my perfectly timed-out meal before my 8-mile run. I had it at 10:30 a.m. and was planning to run at 4 p.m. I read in Runner’s World that you’re supposed to eat a meal about 4 hours before a run/race and then a small snack about an hour and a half before the run. I am an absolute hopeless case when it comes to math (read: logical thinking) , so I didn’t notice that I was having the meal 5.5 hours before the run instead of 4. In my head, it was right because I has having the meal 4 hours before the snack.

My snack, which I indeed had at 2:30 as planned, consisted of sushi leftovers and a banana.

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Now that I look back, I realize that sushi really may not be the ideal choice here, especially because it was leftover sushi from last night, so there was a reasonable chance that it might not make my stomach feel all that great.

Sure enough, about 20 minutes after eating it, I started feeling a bit queasy. Without going into too much detail, let’s just say my lunch was looking to make a quick exit. I was nervous about running now because I knew I couldn’t have gotten much energy or nutrients out of the snack, but I decided to hope for the best.

So, I set out, ready to enjoy slightly warmer temperatures (39 degrees) and my brand-new Spotify playlist. But my digestive system was not ready to enjoy much of anything. It became clear quickly that I would have to stop to go to the bathroom at the first chance I got. 3 miles into the run, there was a grocery store, so I used their customer restroom. It helped, but now I suddenly felt weak and without energy. I had lost a lot of water and my last actual meal was now 7 hours ago. I wished I had brought money to get some Gatorade, but alas, I only had my phone.

I decided to keep going to see how I would feel, but I realized fast that my energy was gone. Part of me wanted to push through and finish the run, and the other part wanted to stop and delay it until I actually had some food in me. Maybe it’s because I did yoga this morning that I was able to remove myself from the obsessive urge to finish the 8 miles, no matter what. If there is one thing I’m trying to avoid in my food and exercise behavior, it’s becoming obsessed and turning healthy habits into destructive mind games. So I think I made the right choice to call Dave and ask him to pick me up, which he gladly did.

When he got there a few minutes later, we decided to have dinner at Wegman’s, which is the grocery store in State College that comes closet to Whole Foods. They have a great selection of plant-based prepared foods, and I could go there in my running clothes.

I quickly felt my energy coming back once I started eating this delicious meal.

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Thai meatless meatballs in red curry, brussel sprouts, a gorgonzola/apple/squash gratin, and butternut squash and carrots.

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And at least as important, a true German Hefeweizen because why not?

We then went through the grocery store to pick up a few things, to Target, and to Dick’s Sporting Goods. At Dick’s, I bought about 15 Gu energy gel packages. From now on, I’ll have one or two on me on every long run I do. It could have saved the day.

Back home, we played Boggle (which I forced us to buy at Target) and watched Flipping Vegas. The one downside about having to abort the run is that I now have to get up at 7 tomorrow to try again.

Oh, and here is an awesome desert, which we had while playing Boggle.

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It’s Greek yogurt, pureed mango, and honey ice cream. I made it about two weeks ago from 1 large container of Greek yogurt, 1 Trader Joe’s bag of frozen mango, and 1/4 cup of honey. It stayed delicious in the freezer – the honey is a really nice addition. Better than Saturday night Ben & Jerry’s chocolate chip & cookie dough ice cream, which Dave and I used to have regularly in our early days of dating.

This leaves me with one question: If you run, when and what do you usually eat before longer runs? What do you eat the nights before you run, if you run before breakfast? And if you do yoga, does it help you make less obsessive choices about your diet and exercise, too? Okay, that was more than one question!

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Creamy Quinoa with Kale

In the fall, Woolrich offered a 10-week Yoga class every Wednesday during lunch. We liked the instructor so much that they brought her back for another one. Today was the first time she was back. Perfect hump day lunch activity.

I didn’t take pictures during the actual session, so me and my two co-workers did a reenactment in the office later.

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Yeah, we’re extremely cool people.

For dinner, I made Creamy Quinoa with Kale, a recipe I got from my absolutely favorite “veg*n” blog, Hungry Hungry Hippie (which, btw, is the blog that inspired me to start my own).

Ingredients (you can be flexible with the amounts):

  • 2 cups of quinoa
  • several handful of kale
  • 1 cup of red pepper hummus (add nutritional yeast and thin with water and lemon juice)
  • 4 eggs
  • olive oil

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While cooking the quinoa, simmer the kale in olive oil and water.

Prepare the hummus sauce while waiting for that all to happen.

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Then mix the quinoa in with the kale and scramble the eggs into it.

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Finally, mix in the hummus sauce and there is your delicious, quick, vegetarian and dairy-free dinner!

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I made enough to have seconds and end up with lunches for tomorrow.

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Definitely an ideal mid-week dinner: quick, healthy, and delicious.

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February 20, 2013 · 9:28 pm