Overcast mornings are my favorite. I woke up to grey clouds and a sleeping dog by my side. Perfect setting to log into my long-ignored Hulu account and catch up on the last couple month’s worth of Revenge! (Anyone else hooked on the show? Seriously, how are there new twists every single episode!?)
Since it’s summer and the afternoons are too warm for a steaming latte, a frozen coffee drink sounds like the next best thing. I love experiments in the blender! I’ve had many failed attempts at a homemade healthified frappuccino, but this one turned out amazing: light, frothy, with a hint of mint and under 100 calories.
You know a carton of ice cream is too good to be true with the label boasts “150 calories per pint.” The Arctic Zero “ice cream replacement” is not exactly delicious by itself…it tastes like chocolate water. Then again, what do you expect from a fat-free, dairy-free, water-based frozen dessert? But I was sure in a blender with a few other ingredients it could be useful!
- 1/2 cup Mint Chocolate Cookie Arctic Zero (37 calories)
- Handful of ice
- Splash of non-fat milk
- 1 cup coffee, chilled
- Optional: additional cocoa powder/mint extract
Caffeine jolt and afternoon refresher without the fat, calories and sugar. This and a magazine were the perfect pair for an afternoon outside! And it made a perfectly acceptable treat during my “detox week” of healthy eating.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have two more episodes of Revenge. My mind is already blown, I cannot even imagine what the cliff hanger could be.
A few years ago, my mom followed the “From Couch to 5k” program for running. Well I am currently on the “From 10k to Couch” program for the next two weeks. Because running is a year-round sport, it’s important to take a couple weeks of a break between track and cross country. It keeps us from getting burned out later in the season, and is also important to prevent overuse injuries. So I’ve been in bed all morning…I’m taking this rest thing seriously!
After my conference 10k, I went into rest mode. That meant cutting 50-70 miles a week to ZERO. So an important part of the transition from track season to summer is nutrition. In season we burn hundreds of calories with daily and twice-daily workouts. Cutting workouts = cutting calories.
I don’t like the work “diet” so I’m currently on a DETOX. School, traveling and competing was stressful. Our meals were full of bread, pasta, dessert, and snacks. It’s time to undo all the damage with extra fruits and vegetables, tons of water and minimal processed food/desserts.
I cannot get enough fruit, veggies and vitamins in my body this week! This isn’t some kind of extreme diet plan and I’m not cutting out any food groups completely, just making sure meals are full of nutrients and snacks are in moderation. Here is my meal plan for today:
This menu is so colorful, especially when you mix up the different bell peppers and fruits. Another big component of the detox is WATER. I’ve got a giant tumbler filled next to me at all times, and as soon as it runs out I fill it right back up. Water, fresh produce and less stress from school & sports makes me feel so much better/more energized. The problem is, I have all this energy and no exercise!
Back to job hunting for me!