A Love Affair with Carbs

 

Monday, Monday, Monday.

We are back on the Monday grind, but that’s okay, because we’ve got a fresh start to the week!

Fortunately we have clear skies now, so things have been a bit more FRESH on the running front. As in, I’m not stuck inside the shed in the musty air, if you didn’t catch that.

I took a bit of a break from blogging last week, not for any particular reason other than I didn’t want to post something just for the sake of posting. Since wedding week is over (and sadly that means my holidays are too), it’s a good chance to get back into the routine of LIFE and everything that comes along with it. We had such a fantastic time with our family, and I’m happy to have shared the experience with my mom and sister, too. It was their first time ever attending an East Indian wedding, and my sister came along to the reception on Saturday night, too!

The evening was filled with dancing, food, and drinking. Ooh, the drinking. I have to say that Ryan was HURTING on Sunday, and out of the three of us, I felt the most human. And that is saying something because I felt like garbage, if I am being honest! Open bars will do that to a person ; ) That being said, I was back on the hydration train first thing on Sunday, drank a green juice, and had an egg sandwich with turkey bacon from Starbucks en route to the ferry. The ferry was PACKED, as we had anticipated, but we neglected to make a reservation for the way home. Oops. Fortunately we made an afternoon ferry, and we were home sweet home before dinner time.

Speaking of dinner, I have been in a carb coma lately. I don’t know if it was all the naan bread, pakoras (heaven on earth), samosas, or what, but I found myself actually wanting things like PASTA and SANDWICHES, which if you know me at all, you know I really have to be in the mood for that. I find that my eczema flares up when I have too much wheat, which is partially why I avoid it most days, but I thought to myself, “Why the heck not!” So, after my run on Wednesday last week, Ryan whipped up this pasta dish for us to enjoy.

 

He used a simple marina sauce, added tons of fresh garlic, kale, onions, and a spicy sausage meat. It hit the spot after my run, and fueled me for Thursday’s speed workout!

My speed workout didn’t exactly go as planned. The thing is, when you want to do a track workout, you probably should have a watch to track your distance and time and whatnot, right? I mean, I have one, but someone (pointing at myself here) forgot to charge her watch. So, I woke up and immediately thought of a new plan. I took it to the treadmill and completed the speed workout from Hungry Runner Girl, where you warm up for one mile, then go through a series of easy running, marathon pace running, threshold pace (fast), interval pace (faster), and repetition pace (fastest), with recoveries in between. It was a great way to add some SPEED into my Thursday without throwing off the whole track workout altogether. Yes, I thought about switching the track workout to another day, but I knew I could make it work!

 

I printed the workout and it lives in my Believe journal for easy access : ) Gotta make things convenient otherwise they won’t happen! I enjoyed my coffee (and have recently been using hazelnut flavoured almond milk creamer — try it!) and post-run smoothie as usual, then got ready for the day. Places to go, people to see!


I hope you guys have all been doing well! Back to regular programming now : ) Have a great day!

Boating Adventures + Seafood Feast

Hey everyone!

Happy Monday. Boy, am I late on posting this or what?

What can I say? It’s been a fun day. A busy day. A MONDAY! Monday Fun Day, am I right? It has been a mix of fun and relaxing, which I think all good days off are made of. That being said, I want to rewind to yesterday, because THAT was a great day that was equal parts chill and fun.

What did we do? BOATING with my mom and dad! It was actually me & Ryan’s first boat ride of the season. While my parents go out prawning and crabbing pretty much every weekend (or close to that, anyway), for whatever reason it took us most of the summer to get out there. I always forget how much I love boating, and then once I’m out there on the water it feels like I’m home again. For all you other Pisces’ out there, you know what I’m talking about!

My dad and Ryan set the prawn traps out and the crab trap. Then we spent time cruising the open seas, listening to music, chatting, and EATING! We had everything from pepperoni sticks and cheese to chips, crackers & antipasto, fruit, and carrot chips. It was a fun time out on the water with family, and we even scored some dinner for last night! Woohoo. Can’t beat fresh seafood!

 

We were out on the water for almost six hours, and despite it being smoggy and smokey out from all of the wildfires happening on the mainland, I still came back with a bit of a sunburn on my legs. Well, that’s what happens when you don’t wear sunscreen. Story of my life!

When we got home, we cooked up our share of prawns and crabs and got to making dinner. Since we were pretty much snacking all day, I figured a simple salad plus the seafood would be a good dinner. It definitely hit the spot, and we were FULL by the time the meal was over – with leftovers, too!

 

I roughly chopped romaine lettuce, then added cucumber, carrots, yellow pepper, green onions, cherry tomatoes & some cilantro for extra flavour. Then I tossed it all with a honey mustard dressing and voila! Salad is served.

 

 

My personal favourite: prawns! I love prawns, especially dipped in butter with tons of garlic. So healthy, right? The seafood was sooo good, so fresh, and just all around delicious. Below is a shot of our dinner spread:

 

Overall it was a wonderful way to spend my rest day. Tomorrow I’ll recap my long run from today, as I ran 18 miles!!! Holy crapola. Oh, and I’m officially half way through marathon training. How the heck did that happen!?

I hope you guys had a wonderful day & I’ll catch ya tomorrow!

Coconut Yogurt Bowl with Homemade Granola

Who else loves breakfast as much as I do? I am a serious fan, even so to the point where I have a go-to breakfast. As most of you know that is oatmeal, which I eat almost every day. However, I have been branching out – GASP! – and have been eating things like eggs with lots of greens and veggies, and lately I have been throwing together yogurt bowls. These yogurt bowls have lots of texture to them, meaning there’s some crunch from homemade granola, softness from the blueberries and bananas, and a bit of extra crunch from shredded unsweetened coconut flakes.

If you have been reading my blog for a while (or for a hot minute anyway) you may have heard that I am not a big dairy fan. Dairy gives me stomach cramps, makes me bloat, and I generally do not feel good when I have dairy. So, I use coconut milk yogurt. I found mine at my local Thrifty Foods, though I’m sure you can find any yogurt or yogurt alternative wherever you like to shop : ) The brand I gravitate towards is called Yosso. It is unsweetened, no crazy ingredients, and has a nice slightly thick texture – none of that runny BS. Plus, it mixes well in smoothies and you can get a few different flavours if you want to mix things up.

I have been loving coconut yogurt bowls with homemade granola as a snack on the weekends. Actually, I brought my leftover yogurt and a jar of the granola to work last week as a quick lunch, since I had a massage therapy appointment during my actual break. I don’t typically eat lunch in my office (snacks, sure, but not a full blown meal), but this was a nice way to get fuel into my system on the DL without a huge mess to clean up. Additionally, it makes for a good mid-day sweet tooth crusher when I am ravenous after my weekend long runs.

You can use whatever fruit you want, but for the purpose of today’s recipe I used half a ripe banana and frozen blueberries. I also sprinkled on some raisins for extra sweetness. One thing I forgot to add: cinnamon! It is great at helping your body stabilize your blood sugar, plus I just love the taste. Now, I’m not going to be telling you how to “assemble” this bowl because really, it’s pretty straight forward. Yogurt + bowl + toppings = yogurt bowl. Hey, we’re all rocket scientists now.

However, I will get into how you make the granola! I adapted this from the recipe found in the Run Fast Eat Slow cook book, as I was missing some ingredients but had others on hand.

Without further wait, here it is:

3 cups old fashioned rolled oats

1 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup raisins (or other dried fruit)

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/3 cup unrefined coconut oil (melted in saucepan)

1/4 cup honey

The original recipe calls for ginger and blackstrap molasses, both of which I didn’t have. So, I put in some cinnamon instead of ginger and left it at honey for further sweetening.

Put all of your dry ingredients into a bowl and mix until well combined. Once your coconut oil is melted, pour that on top as well as your honey. Mix well until it is all combined, then spread onto a parchment paper lined baking tray. I had my oven at 350F and baked the granola for about 35 minutes, or until it is golden. Once it hit 15 minutes I stirred it around, then stirred again at 25 minutes. It depends how crunch you like your granola, but once you let it cool down the honey & coconut oil will help “set” and make little granola clusters : )

Let me know if you try this recipe out! It is rather addicting, so be warned ; ) Until next time!

EXCITING NEWS! + Pasta Night is Good for the Soul

 

SOOOOO YOU GUYS.

Exciting news.

No, no babies. Not even a new fur baby. No engagement. No wedding.

Nope, nadda.

None of that.

BUT! The exciting news I wanted to share with you today is that you can now find my podcast on iTUNES!!

Okay, I am probably more excited about this than you are, but it had to be shared. I mean, now I can go everywhere with you.

I will always be with you. *Cue creepy music*

Nah, not in a weird way. In a friendly hanging out kinda way. Bonus for you guys: my podcast episodes are short and sweet, which means you can binge-listen to them over, and over, and over… : )

Be sure to download & SUBSCRIBE to the podcast here so you don’t miss out on any future episodes!


Alright, so let’s recap yesterday a bit, shall we?

In true Holly fashion, I snoozed through my alarms several times and my scheduled six mile run did not happen in the morning. Boo. My legs were super sore from my long run on Saturday, and it was quite nice to catch up on sleep. That being said though, this meant running in the blazing heat after work.

6 miles. Slow. Easy, but it felt hard. It took SO long for my legs to finally get into it, and by that time I had twenty minutes left of the run. Meh. Such is life, right?

 

 

When I came inside, Ryan had a big pot of pasta going! He knows that carbs and wine are the way to this girl’s heart. Smart man, he is : ) He used a simple tomato sauce and added a bit of chili flakes for spice, garlic, and pepper for seasoning, then added KALE (I KNOW, that was my reaction too!), red onion, mushrooms, and veggie ground. It was the perfect meal after my run because by that point I was huuuungry. It’s like we have ESPN or something (cue Mean Girls reference).

 

 

Also, ignore the splatters in the bowl. I realized after uploading this picture that I should’ve at least made it look a bit more photogenic and wiped the sauce off the sides. Oh well. You guys know I’m not the Master Chef, right? If you didn’t, surprise. Sorry to disappoint ; )

Quick & easy! Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to the ol’ PODCAST… You know, on iTunes since you can do that now ; )