Body Cycle kicked my butt this morning! For about half the class, my Garmin was acting up, telling me that during my sprints my heart rate was at 120. Uh, no, based on the amount of sweating that was pouring off my bike, I do not think that was accurate, Garmin.
Thankfully, the Kaiser bikes that BodyCycle has provide wattage and calories expended, both of which are good indicators of how hard I’m working. Although calorie burn estimators on fitness machines can be inaccurate, I’ve used them so much at school that I know what my typical calorie burn is on a Kaiser bike. I don’t concern myself the the number of calories expended during indoor cycling classes, as I am much more focused on my heart rate (how high it gets and how fast it can recover), and my wattage output. I’ve found that keeping track of those two really helps improve my cardiovascular fitness the most.
After Body Cycle, I stopped by Trader Joe’s to pick up some groceries. I purchased the usual staples (Greek yogurt, vegetables, fruit, almond butter and Peanut butter), as well as a couple “fun buys”.
I’m starting to make it a habit of opening things while shopping, and today I was scared that I was going to get told off! I swear a security guard followed me around for about 15 minutes until he seemed to decide that I wasn’t too suspicious after all.
Speaking of opening things while shopping…
I was craving something salty, and also wanted some protein to stabilize my blood sugar after downing my juice. Even though the juice was purely made of fruit, it lacks the fibre that whole fruits boast, and therefore when not consumed along whole foods, it can cause a spike in blood sugar and energy levels. No sugar crashes fo’ me!
I also walked by the samples station (<–genius idea, TJ’s), and picked up a mini Greek yogurt cup with honey and a strawberry. They used whole milk Greek yogurt, which made this taste like a creamy dessert!
I then walked home with my groceries and did bicep curls and triceps extensions for fun. HA!!!! Just kidding. As much as I like working out, I wasn’t about to be that much of a dork. Instead I just carried them normally and felt a good burn in my shoulders for the 20 minute walk home. Functional training at its finest, right?
Inspired by Trader Joe’s sample cups and my NYC Chobani experience, I decided to recreate the PB&J Greek yogurt parfait that I had on Saturday.
I topped a cup of plain Greek yogurt with ~1 Tbsp raspberry jam, ~1.5 Tbsp peanut butter, 1/3 cup sliced grapes, and a sprinkling of cashews. A small but significant detail when making this dish is to cut the grapes in half. I was talking about this with Kat the other day, and we were trying to discover what made this dish so unique. We came up with 3 reasons:
- The grapes must be cut in half. You get more “grape” bites that way, and it adds more texture to the yogurt bowl. It’s also the most refreshing part of the dish!
- Peanuts (or nuts) for crunch. Don’t underestimate texture! Even though I added cashews instead of peanuts to my bowl, it still worked.
- Don’t mix it all together before eating. You don’t mix your peanut butter and jelly together in a bowl before smearing it on your sandwich bread, do you? The contrast of the salty PB with the sweet jam/jelly is what makes this yogurt bowl so interesting.
You never thought so much planning went into a yogurt bowl, did ya?
Anywho, time to go do some work before my squash game later. See ya!