The Secrets of Weekly Food Prep

Before I started eating clean, I didn’t really spend too much time in the kitchen.

Now that I’ve learned a few of the basics of cooking, I realized that there is no reason to be intimidated by preparing food! Much of the preparation of healthy food doesn’t even involve any scary kitchen items [except a knife] since it’s all about fruits and veggies.

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When it comes to sticking to your eating plan, I think that the most important thing by far is to be prepared.

Be prepared, like a boy scout.

All hail my beloved personal sized cooler, originally purchased as storage for champagne at the annual field party in college.

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If I’m outside of my apartment, you can probably find me with my black cooler at my side. I bring it to work, to Tuna’s, when I’m out doing errands – you name it.

If I’m hungry, I need to get food fast. And I’d prefer not to make an emergency fast food drive-thru run.

With healthy snacks or meals already in my cooler (and a Clif bar always in my purse), I never have to worry about finding myself stranded without food.

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Unfortunately, it takes time to be prepared. Lots of time.

You have to plan, grocery shop, and prep your food.

Originally, I used to make my breakfast, lunch, and snacks to bring to work every night before bed. I spent each evening dreading the annoying chore.

One day, I had the brilliant idea – why not prep two days worth of meals?! It took pretty much the same amount of time, but I had one less night of prep work.

Finally, I realized I could prep all of my food for the week on Sundays. Duh. Genius, huh?

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I have so many Tupperware containers now. It is absurd.

Thanks to Jenn @ Peas and Crayons for hosting What I Ate Wednesday!

Do you have any food prep tips?

How do you get your meals ready for the week?

That Run Was Ugly

The title says is all – that run was ‘effin ugly.

I might have been experiencing the last of my cold…

Or maybe it was because on Friday night I thought I was 21 again, and drank just a fewwww (think exponentially) too many [beers].

Perhaps it could have been the bar food I fueled with on Saturday night.

appetizers16 people, 9 appetizers. We did some damage.

americantapas1Needless to say, on Sunday morning – I was hurting.

Thank goodness the weather could not have been more perfect.

weather1Mistake number one: I wore running tights instead of shorts.

Mistake number two: I headed out with some margarita shot bloks in my sports bra.

twittershotbloksWhen I told Tuna this after the run, he was very confused. He thought I spilled my fuel down my sports bra.

No. I intentionally put them in there, Tuna.

Note to self: never do this again. I won’t go in to detail (you’re welcome) but shot bloks melt. And it’s not pretty.

Neither were my miles.

longrun12miThey were rough and thirsty.

But it finally gave me the confidence I need for Sunday.

13.1, here I come!

Friday’s Five

1. The exciting arrival of my very own business cards from zazzle.com.

businesscards32. Discovering the most amazing flavor of Yogi Tea ever.

This basically got me through the terrible cold I had for the majority of the week. So about all that running that was supposed to happen…

yogitea33. Snow day food.

Tomato soup with grilled cheese. Cozy and delicious.

2013-03-06 14.56.164. This week’s Biggest Loser was the makeover edition.

If you haven’t watched it already, you should! Also – love this quote from Jillian. I need to remember this during my long runs.

5. A minty green home manicure to start the weekend out right.

mintmanicureDoes anyone else think the length of the “week” and the “weekend” should swap permanently?

Sweet n’ Spicy Snack Mix

Let’s be honest, the reason I made this recipe is because I had all of the ingredients (except the Rice Chex) in the pantry. So you might, too!

This sweet n’ spicy snack mix is a perf semi-healthy snack to munch on. And since it’s homemade, it could pass as a fancy nut mix to set out before a dinner party, but is also chill enough to eat with the bf while watching a hockey game.

I’m lovin’ the the flavorful crunch and  the fact that it’s a little healthier than store-bought chex mix.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light.

sweetnspicy5Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 3 cups tiny unsalted pretzels
  • 1 cup Rice Chex
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Combine pecans and cashews on a jelly-roll pan. Bake for 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and stir in baked nuts with the butter in a medium bowl. Add syrup, pretzels, and cereal and stir.

In a separate bowl, combine brown sugar, 1 teaspoon thyme, cinnamon, red pepper, and salt.

Sprinkle the sugar mixture evenly over nuts/pretzels. Toss gently to coat well.

Spread in a single layer on jelly-roll pan.

Bake at 350° for 10 minutes.

Sprinkle with the remaining 1 teaspoon thyme. Cool completely before serving.

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sweetnspicy2Thanks as always to Jenn @ Peas and Crayons for hosting What I ate Wednesday!

Slow and Steady

My back is officially 100% better! I took an extra day of rest last week, and even though I felt guilty then, I’m glad I did. I don’t even want to have to think about an injury for the next two weeks leading up to the half.

However, my whole fam seems to have given each other the same set of sniffles, so I have been kind of under the weather all weekend.

I decided to give my long run a go anyway, which turned out well!

longrun11mi2I didn’t even think about feeling sickly during the run because I was a little focused on the entirety of my body being quite confused at running a new distance.

Thanks for putting up with my strange desires to run longer distances, body.

I tried GU Chomps for the first time and loved them! They taste a heck of a whole lot better than GU gel and seemed to give me a bit more energy than the sports jelly beans.

guchompsI’m pretty sure I’ve found my race fuel! However, before the race I must figure out how to successfully breathe through my nose while I literally chomp on each of these like a freakin’ cow. They’re a little chewy.

longrun11miSlow and steady wins finishes the race! (That’s what I keep telling myself….)

Before I knew it, I entered new trail territory and stumbled on a pleasant surprise.

2013-03-02 18.37.08Just another day of runnin’ in the nation’s capital.

P.S. It’s Tuna’s birthday today! If you wish him a happy birthday, I’ll make sure to let him know. 😉

happybirthdaytunaHow was your long run this weekend?

 

 

Friday’s Five

One of my favorite blogs, Carrie Bradshaw Lied, does a Friday feature called “Friday’s Five,” that shows pretty/funny/inspiring things from the past week or the week ahead.

I look forward to her hip Friday posts so much that I’m going to start doing my own Friday’s Five! #copycat

1.  Inspiration for Saturday’s long run.

2. Finding the “lost” BIC Bands in the pocket of your workout jacket.

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3.  This hilarious gif of Jack Nicholson being just as creepy as usual.

4. Bubble baths and starting a new book club read.

The bubble bath did help my back a little bit! I took an extra rest day yesterday in hopes it would magically heal my teensy muscle strain.

5. It is finally March…

Which means 17 days until the Shamrock Half. The countdown has officially begun.

What are your Friday’s Five?