Friday, May 27, 2011

Just another Friday!

Six shots in the arm calls for a special treat!  Forbes and I were so sore and lethargic after all those immunizations yesterday so we did what any normal person would do...go grocery shopping!  Grocery stores are my haven, and we had a Trader Joe's gift card to use up! 

First we stopped off at Healthy Home Market for some bulk items.  And for this root beer.  I am seriously addicted to Uncle Scott's, although it doesn't exactly fit into The Martha Challenge.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and this was a desperate time.  It was just the pick-me-up we required, and although it didn't fit into the guidelines, it is pretty darn good for a soda.  Ingredients: water, organic sugar, vanilla, cinnamon oil, caramel, wood extract (weird), licorice root, anise oil, and natural gum arabic.  It does not contain milk, egg, fish, shellfish, wheat, soy, gluten or caffeine.  Not so bad, right?

Before we left for our date grocery trip, I threw ingredients for bread in my bread maker.  The timing was perfect.  As we arrived home, a hot and fresh loaf was awaiting us!

Almost Whole Grain Bread

1 cup +1/4 cup bread flour
2 cups spelt flour
2 TBSP vital wheat gluten
2 TSP instant yeast
1 TBSP Sunflower Seeds
1 TSP sugar
1 TSP salt
1 flax egg
1 cup warm water
2 TBSP oil

In bread maker pan, pour warm water and stir in sugar.  Sprinkle yeast on top and let sit 5 minutes to activate.

In small bowl, mix together flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax meal mixed with 3 tbsp water) and let sit about 5 minutes to firm

In medium bowl whisk together flours, wheat gluten, sunflower seeds, sugar and salt.  (You can skip this step since we are using a bread maker here...I'm just weird and like to do it anyway). 

Measure oil into bread pan and pour flour mixture in.  Set your breadmaker to normal setting for 1.5 lb loaf and light crust.

The result is the most amazing sandwich bread I have ever made!  It was light and fluffy but with a wonderful crumb and delicious flavor!  I love this bread so much! 
Forbes and I each ate a slice straight out of the bread maker.  Warm and succulent!  Shmeared with butter Earth Balance and it was just perfect.  Oh I love my bread maker and this loaf!  So much I had to have it for breakfast!
I knew I had a big workout ahead of me this morning, so I went with my old breakfast staple from back when I was running marathons and crazy stuff like that!  Only instead of the peanut butter, I opted for a spread of the Not-tella.  I made a new version last night for Marsha, and this one involves no sugar, only agave and applesauce.  It should still be considered a treat, but a much healthier one!

The New Not-tella

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup Organic Apple Sauce (no sugar added)
1/2 cup Agave
1 heaping TBSP Peanut Butter (all natural, only peanuts)
water, only if needed

In food processor, combine all ingredients and process until smooth.  Add water 1 tbsp at a time until it reaches desired consistency.  Refrigerate.

After my satisfying breakfast, I met up with Marsha for another workout.  This time I revamped Ashley's High Intensity Interval Workout that I did last week to work for Marsha.  While she did this new version, I amped up my workout by increasing my speeds over last week's!

Marsha's High Intensity Interval Workout
beginner/intermediate intervals

10 minute warm-up on the treadmill @ 4.0

2 minutes treadmill (speed):
     1 minute 4.0 (1.0 incline)
     1 minute 5.5-5.9 (1.0 incline)

pushups/plank for 2 minutes

2 minutes treadmill (hills):
     1 minute 3.0 incline, 4.0 pace
     1 minute 6.0 incline, 4.0 pace

tricep dips for 2 minutes

2 minute treadmill speed

alternate lunges with overhead press (10 lbs)

2 minute treadmill hills

plie squat with bicep curls (12 lbs)

2 minute treadmill speed

Dead lift, alternating front and lateral raise (8 lbs)

For further descriptions of this workout please comment or email.  

Disclaimer: I am not a certified personal trainer and do not have a background in physiology.  I created this workout based on past experience.  Please use your own judgment and use at your own risk.

I had meetings all morning in Statesville after my workout with Marsha today, so I showered at the gym and busied with work.  By the time I made it home after 1pm, I was famished.  So I whipped together this ultra-large salad that totally hit the spot.
All of the food in this house has been very Mexican-inspired lately.  I find that when I'm surviving on pantry staples in between grocery store trips, it is usually the Mexican-esque ingredients that are left: frozen corn, black beans, tomatoe sauce, etc. 

Well I am off to make a delicious dessert for a BBQ I am attending stay tuned for another Memorial Day Recipe!  Happy Friday!

1 comment:

  1. I'm totally trying the new not-tella!!!!!!