Today has been a non stop marathon, but in the best kind of way. Before we get to that though, let’s back up to dinner from last night, because I am salivating just thinking about it.
As I walked to the squash courts last night, I checked out my Pinterest board on my phone for inspiration for dinner. I always end up pinning things that look delicious, but rarely think to go back through my list to actually make them.
I found a recipe that I had pinned a while ago for a Cheesy Quinoa Broccoli dish. Since I had an entire head of broccoli in my fridge that I needed to get started on eating, I figured this would be a good way to use some of it up.
In a pot, I combined chicken stock, quinoa, and about 2.5 cups of raw broccoli. I let that cook for about 15 minutes, drained the little remaining excess liquid, and then added in some cheddar and feta cheese, and a little bit of salt.
It was an incredibly easy dinner, yet so flavourful! The quinoa really soaked up the flavour from the chicken stock, and it ended up tasting like cream of broccoli cheese soup, but in solid form! I’ll be making this again sometime soon, and when I do I’ll be sure to post an official recipe for it.
The chicken was also surprisingly fantastic. I honestly don’t know how salt and pepper added so much flavour, because it’s such a simple combination. If you’re out of cool spices or in a rush, try this out! I’m sure it would be great on the BBQ too. (Isn’t everything better on the BBQ though?!)
Before heading to Body Cycle this morning for a spin, I ate a banana sprinkled with cinnamon, and some almond butter. My go-go-go marathon morning began the moment I stepped out the door at 8:15 am, and looked something like this:
- 8:15-8:30 – 2 km run down to Body Cycle studio
- 8:30-9:15 – Body Cycle class
- 9:30-9:45 – Moderate pace spinning with Juliet, the instructor, after class
- 10-10:30 – Strength train at Unite Fitness (Juliet and Shoshana -both of whom are instructors at Body Cycle- invited me to join them for the strength portion of one of the classes at Unite, so we headed on over there after the spin class)
- 10:30-10:45 – 3.5 km run home
- 11:00 – shower, eat, head out the door for a 12 o’clock meeting!
I was surprised by a couple of events this morning:
- I woke up feeling exhausted when my alarm went off at 7:35 am, and if I hadn’t already signed up for the class, I would have definitely slept in. The first weird part, is that I ended up feeling pretty energized once I finished the spin class. I can’t lie, Juliet worked us really hard today and my quads were feeling it, but a few minutes after we finished our final sprint, I felt like I was ready to go!
- The strength workout at Unite was also killer, focusing on lower body (thank goodness, because my shoulders are sore from yesterday’s bench presses!). However, I still felt pretty good during the strength portion, and never got that “I want to quit, this isn’t fun” feeling, which sometimes happens. I skipped the stretching at the end because I had to get home in time to shower and eat before my meeting. I ended up running home, and my legs felt better than they did on my 2 km run down to Body Cycle first thing! What?! I was shocked, but went with it. Maybe my body thought I was back in triathlon training again?
- When I arrived home after all of my workouts at 11 am, I wasn’t hungry yet, despite the fact that all I had eaten that morning was a banana and almond butter. Still, I knew that I would get hungry during my meeting if I didn’t eat something, so I had some leftover chicken and broccoli/quinoa, and some carrots and hummus. My hunger finally kicked in a couple hours ago, so I finally feel like myself again, but for Nicole-the-bottomless-pit, it was weird!
Part of me is wondering if my lack of hunger this morning was due to yesterday’s late night snack of GoLean Crunch and cashew butter.
This combo is absolutely deadly, and I’m really going to have to make sure I monitor myself with this one. I can already foresee this snack becoming a midmorning snack/afternoon snack/ lunch/ dinner/ post dinner snack, aka all day event, which I really should try to avoid, now that I actually have vegetables and real food in my fridge again.
But honestly, how could I resist buying this jar for only 6.99 (that’s an unreal price for cashew butter, people!) at Trader Joe’s yesterday? I mean, it’s not like I didn’t have enough nut butter in my cupboard…
And I’m all good with it 😀