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Beet Still My Heart

I am speechless. Today has been a beyond beautiful day (hit 90 degrees! finally, it feels like summer again), with beyond beautiful things – I woke up before the sun (ahhh, thank you alarm clocks!) to get up and run before work, and I logged the farthest I’ve ran since I started running again – 3.85 miles! (you can see my workoutsย here)

I’ve been using the Jeff Galloway method of run-walking, and it’s been a success so far! I feel better and can run longer, plus, it’s great for training for my 5K ๐Ÿ™‚ (a week from today…ahh! so nervous) Which, by the way, my daddy has decided to run with me! Awe, I love CK Dad. Such a great father, and has also run numerous marathons, including the Boston Marathon (twice!). Am I a lucky daughter or what?

Question: Ever since I started running again, I’ve noticed my legs looking normal when I wake up, but then swelling throughout the day – is this normal for when I’m building endurance/training? It’s so strange! Maybe I’m bulking up ๐Ÿ™‚

Please let me know if you have any experience with that or know what’s going on, because the rest of me would like to know! Oh, the joys of race training.

BREAKFAST:

After my morning butt-whooping of a workout, I needed some serious fuel. I whipped up a variation of my favorite brekkie, complete with half a grapefruit, bluebs, blackberries, with the main event, a chopped up Apple Pie Katebar (as usual, mixed in just as the buckwheat is finishing cooking). Oh, gooey goodness, you should be illegal.

You can see the Katebar peeking out! All warm and mixed ๐Ÿ™‚

LUNCH:

Lunch was the Happiest, Healthiest Vegan Mac and Cheese from last night (midnight snack? I think yes) along with a kale salad mixed with sliced heirloom tomaters and someย sautรฉedย broccoli from last night, topped with a generous helping of Bragg’s. It is very rare you will ever see one of my salads sans some of that dressing – it’s just too good.

The day at work was so fun (as usual) – I am such a dork for loving work, but I don’t mind ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll be working maximum hours from now on, thank goodness! I’ll be super busy, but it means some money in my pocket, some happy customers, and me, a happy camper ๐Ÿ™‚

DINNER:

Dinner tonight was to die for. I think my stomach applauded me after each bite, saying “Thank you! You’re the best eater ever!” – well, if stomachs could talk, that’s what mine would have said.

On the menu tonight was a Spinach and Chickpea Delight inspired by OhSheGlows, a Beet Still My Heart Farmer’s Market Salad, Amy’s California Burgers (oh. my. god. if you have not had these, you must run to your grocery store and get some! my lifelong favorite), andย sautรฉedย daikon and carrots from a night or so ago.

Since today was a scorcher, I didn’t want to have too much of a hot dinner, so everything was nice and cool for din din except for the burgers. My tummy was very happy ๐Ÿ™‚

Spinach and Chickpea Delight

Ingredients:

  • 2 (15.5-oz) cans, or 3 cups cooked, chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • EVOO (about 2 tbsp.)
  • 4 large handfuls fresh, baby spinach (about 4 to 5 cups)
  • 1/2 cup marinara or tomato sauce (I used Amy’s Low Sodium Marinara – it’s my favorite!)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 red onion, diced (only if there isn’t some in your sauce)
  • sea salt and pepper to taste (I didn’t need any because of the marinara)

Directions:

  1. In a large, heavy-bottomed skillet, combine EVOO, marinara sauce, minced garlic, red wine vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Turn on the burner to medium heat and then add chickpeas and spinach. Stir continuously until coated, and then let cook until spinach is wilted, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes.
  3. Serve and enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

This dish was just absolutely divine. There is no two ways around it – I tasted it and I’m pretty sure my mind exploded (not to toot my own horn, but…toot toot! ๐Ÿ™‚ ). I will be making this again. (and again, and again..)

It was super simple and beyond delicious, a killer combo. It would also be good with some diced heirloom tomatoes or some crusty bread – mmm ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, be still my heart – this recipe is too simple to be true! But, oh, it is so much more than that.

Chock-full of beta-carotene among other health benefits, beets are sweet, delicious, and awfully refreshing. Even better when paired with some farmer’s market heirloom tomatoes!

Beet Still My Heart Farmer’s Market Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 lbs. beets, with stems removed and scrubbed
  • 1 lb. heirloom tomatoes, chopped (or if smaller, quartered)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Wrap each beet individually with aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet and roast for 1 hour.
  3. Allow to cool and then peel each beet using a paper towel – the skins should come off easily.
  4. Chop beets into 1/2-inch chunks and toss in a large bowl with tomatoes.
  5. Serve and enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

My plate:

Of course, my California burger was sans a bun. I love these things plain (with some marinara or OrganicVille Agave-Sweetened ketchup) – no other way to enjoy something so delicious!

And for dessert, I had to try out the Tempt Hempmilk ice cream I picked up earlier today – I’ve been itching to buy it for awhile, but for some reason never did.

I think I can describe this ice cream by this statement: I am never going back to soy ice cream! (gasp!) Seriously. This stuff is so creamy, and healthy to boot – hempmilk is loaded with healthy fats, and this baby isn’t filled with refined sugars, saturated fats, and a giant list of ingredients. It was amazing paired with some fresh bluebs and strawberries (none of which made it into a picture – I couldn’t help myself).

Not too shabby!

Alongside my giant stock of fruit: pomegranates, papaya, organic pink lady apples, peaches and plums ๐Ÿ™‚

I don’t mess around with my fruit.

In other news, I’ve been getting excited/nervous/starting to dread the first day of fall semester. Excited because of all of the great classes I’ll be taking (with the best teachers! I am too lucky), nervous because I’ll have such a crazy schedule, and starting to dread it because I know what my workload/lack of sleep will look like – I’m thinkin’ lots of Kombucha to keep me energized!

I’ve been brewing my own, and have been drinking some every couple of days – it is so perfect and fizzy, sweet and sour at the same time. I’ll be posting pictures and my method of brewing soon ๐Ÿ™‚

What are your thoughts on the start of school? Are you in college or high school, and how has it been, or do you think it will be, different to start college after high school?

That’s all for tonight lovlies! All around, today was wonderful – I hope your day was too! Enjoy the rest of your evening ๐Ÿ™‚ Aka, the Emmys!

xoxox,

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On Facing Judgement

Good afternoon lovlies!

Today has been a very relaxing day. I slept in again (oopsie!), missing my morning run and waking up plenty hungry! So, I whipped up a variation of my favorite brekkie: an organic farmer’s market champagne strawberry apple (I’m not joking, that’s the name!) and my known favorite, Bob’s Red Mill Creamy Buckwheat cereal with half a chopped up Cinnamon Bun Katebar mixed in while it was still cooking ๐Ÿ™‚ Mmm, gooey cinnamon goodness! Of course, topped with some fresh bluebs:

Before becoming melty goodness ๐Ÿ™‚

Since I missed my morning run and immediately got a call to pick up my Driver’s Ed forms, I decided to have an active rest day and walk to the school and back. I ended up walking it about 4 times over! I chatted with some neighbors for a bit (love my neighbors. such sweet people! ๐Ÿ™‚ ), caught up with my school counselor (here’s a shout out to you Mrs. Bourne! love you!), and stopped at the library for a bit to pick up some mags since my VegNews has yet to arrive! I can’t wait for it to come ๐Ÿ™‚

On my walking journey today, I also ran into a couple girls from school that I haven’t seen all summer and one of them promptly exclaimed, “Wow, you’re looking skinny!”

Now, I get this comment all the time when I see people that I haven’t seen in awhile – aka, since before I went vegan. Usually they’re enthusiastic and supportive and want to know more, but instead I got a “Really, vegan? And you’re still a vegan…?” I responded with, “Yeah! It’s so great and not hard at all, all of the food is so good!” …no response.

Well! Now I have had my first encounter with an awfully judgy omnivore.

Mind you, this girl is super nice and we’ve always gotten along really well, so this is in no way attempting to make her look like a bad person.

The only part about these kinds of responses to veganism is that I always end up thinking to myself, “How can this person be so unaware?” And by unaware, I mean not only of the health benefits, but also the kindness it shows to animals and the Earth. I try to never judge anyone else’s choices in food, and I suppose I just expect the same in return.

Have you ever had an experience with having your eating habits being judged?

Also on my journey, I saw something that made me smile: a Smartcar with the license plate “ITSMYSUV“.

Haha ๐Ÿ™‚

You like the irony? Me too.

Time to go catch up on my summer reading and get ready for dinner-making! See you after dinner ๐Ÿ™‚

xoxox,

p.s. You may have noticed that I didn’t document any lunch today – never fear, lovlies! I don’t skip meals. Since I didn’t work out and had my breakfast around 11:30 (aka, Breakfast for Brunch), I am just getting hunger pangs now. Time for a snackypoo!

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