Happy Friday all! I hope that as you are reading this I am a) in the midst of a glorious, amazing, fantastical long run; b) finished with (a) and showered and refueling; c) in the car on our way to WISCONSIN; d) shopping at the outlets; e) eating lunch; f) post Milwaukee and on the way to our final destination; g) at our final destination; h) eating at an awesome restaurant overlooking a lake; i) content, happy satiated, and crawling into a suuuuuper comfy bed with Alex. Not that I have high expectations for the day or anything.
This week was a little bit of a roller coaster for me. Some really nice highs, some interesting dips below and then back up. Nothing seriously bad, don’t get me wrong, but it was a week of working towards _____. Perhaps a mixture of anticipation, a little bit of not knowing where I stood, and now we are to our respite. But I love a good Friday Favorite (DUR), so let’s start this day off right.
And by that I mean with food.
5 Best Foodie Bits
1) Food-hack #1 Protein Frappuccino.
Ok, so here is the scoop (loooolz). If you go to Starbucks and get a frappuccino (or honestly, any other drink, but I would limit it to the blended bevs), ask them to put a scoop of protein powder in it. If they make smoothies, which 99.9% of them do, they will have the protein powder (they use it in them). 6g protein/30 cal per scoop. I believe you can also bring your own protein powder in as well, but don’t quote me on that.
2) Two summer food-hack recipes. These will have you ready for dinner in 15 minutes (even with a grain–go for couscous, orzo pasta, quinoa… rice is the only thing that will take longer to cook).
Quick, Easy, Amazing Mustard Salmon
Ingredients: (based on .75 lb fish filet)
- Salmon Filet
- Grainy Mustard (2 Tbsp)
- Rice Vinegar (unseasoned) (1/2-1 Tbsp)
- Worchestershire Sauce (1-2 tsp)
- Lemon Juice (1 tsp)
- Spices: Red Pepper Flake (pinch), Dill (1 tsp), Garlic Powder (1 tsp), Salt, Pepper
- optional: 1 tsp brown sugar, 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
- Preheat oven to 375 F. Mix all ingredients, save salmon, in a bowl with a fork/whisk. Taste and season appropriately.
- Coat salmon filet.
- Cover baking sheet with parchment paper, spray/brush with oil
- When oven is prepped, place salmon skin-side (or flat-side) down.
- Cook in middle of oven for 10-12 minutes for 1 in thick piece. Adjust time depending on the oven and the thickness of the filet. Salmon should flake easily, and still be medium pink (think the color of powder blush), not light pink or dark pink. Also, press gently in the center of the filet–it should be firmer, but not hard or squishy.
Serve with anything you like! Mellow but flavorful, nutritious, good fats, no gluten (check your products, of course), and done in 15 minutes MAX.
I served it with a salad of spinach, capers, tomato, and sauteed onion and zucchini as well as with fresh summer corn on the cob.
Quick, fresh, steamed summer corn on the cob:
- Buy in the husk, leave in the husk–you want the leaves to still be tight to the cob, green, and with a decent skin.
- When you are ready to cook, cut off close to, but not at the cob base, and cut any “hair” from the top. Prune any extra leaves (just peel off).
- Put in microwave 2-3 minutes. If you are eating right away and it is a large piece, 3 minutes. Otherwise, go with 2, and leave in husk (it will continue to steam)
- When ready, carefully (will still be VERY hot) hold corn and cut off base of cob (the fat end) with a big knife. Hold pointy end and push like a tube of toothpaste–cob should slip out! If not, no worries, just cut off the other end, and pull off the leaves.
- Skewer with cob holders and get to gnawing!
3) Rishi Sweet Peach Iced Tea and Irene’s Vanilla Pistachio Biscotti.
The biscotti is an old fave (and long gone. Lasted 4? days?), but I tell you WHAT I am loving the Rishi tea. And yes, I am working on a sangria recipe for it 😀
4) This salad, which was part 1 of my lunch the other day.
This is just the best salad bar ever.
5) The return of French Silk Edy’s
5 Favorite Statement Necklaces
Every girl needs a good necklace. These are my go-tos.
This is my favorite of all 😀
Also, these are my “Statement Necklaces.” They aren’t necessarily the ones that mean the most to me (like the pearls that I wore in the wedding, and a few others). These are ones that I can dress up/down/all around, and wear to work with a t shirt and nice other things or with a fun dress. I’ll do everyday necklaces and my fancy necklaces later!
5 Fitness Moments
1) RnR Chicago Half + 4 mile “warm up” = long run success (and followed by tons of food and a protein frapp)
2) C1 that afternoon with Kayla. Almost didn’t go. Was everything that I didn’t know that I needed.
3) C2 with Tanya Monday night. She has been gone for 3 weeks getting “married” and going on her “honeymoon.” Luckily, she’s back. Wouldn’t have missed it, and it was perfect after a long day of sitting, after a day with 17 miles run.
4) C2 with Elyse on Thursday morning. I usually do my 2nd (of 3) run of the week on Thursday, but because of the long run today (Friday), I was going to take a rest day, and then thought the better of it due to the then sitting for 9 hours. Good gravy. I honestly can’t express how amazing this class was, how perfect it was for what I needed, and how nice it was to be taking a class from her again. 3 of my absolute favorite teachers this week. Very, very happy.
5) (I hope) how my body feels during and after this run. I am ok tired, I’m not ok with pain.
Cheater extra: Wearing compression socks with my new gladiator sandals and maxi skirt to work Tuesday after I ran.
5 Goals I Have for the Next Month
1) Cook more real food, not just food hacks and quick-and-easy’s. This includes taking lunch to work (real lunch, not just a salad, protein, carb, yogurt, and treat). Stop relying on bars so much.
2) Linked to 1–stop eating out so much.
3) Stop spending so much money on things that you know that you don’t need, just because it is fun and you haven’t for a while. Well, that was true 1.5 months ago. It ain’t true now. The only thing I am allow to spend money on is a new pair of running shoes. THAT IS IT (in terms of shopping, obviously life costs money).
4) Get my rear into gear with these fashion posts, and figure out how I really want to do them. I’m thinking that I will close out/open up Fridays with a fashion blurb or something, kind of like what I have going on up yonder.
5) Continue to train smart, train well, and train injury free. I need to get my bootay back to the squat rack (hypothetical) and buck up the strength to help prevent fatigue on my runs, thus protecting me and keeping me less prone to injury. Also, I need to find some new running routes that involve less concrete. The problem is doing that within a certain radius of my apartment for morning runs.
So the typical hodgepodge of thoughts and things to clear out my mind from the week. I am hoping to get myself to unplug and focus on my time away (I’m sure that won’t be too hard), and I’m also hoping to use the time that Alex and I are out and about to work on some photography. I think I honestly just get lucky with the pictures that are good. I would like it to happen more often!
Till next we meet, have a fantastic day, night, and weekend.
Give me a good idea for something new (and easy, for the lazy) to make for dinner and lunch!
Tell me one goal you have for the next month.
Tell me something exciting that you are anticipating this weekend!