I woke up bright and early today excited to run at the park. The mornings have cooled down a little so it is actually nice to run outside without the scorching heat that I had to battle during the summer months.
4 Mile run = 3 mile jog and 1 mile alternating (1 min walk/1 min jog).
I thought my legs would feel really heavy since I haven’t ran outside consistently the last few months, but it felt fine. My HIIT sessions at the gym probably helped maintained my running legs. I made sure I had a long warm-up, cool down and stretching today.
I want to run a 10K race (Turkey Trot or an earlier race) before the year is over so I’m slowly getting back to running outside again.
Breakfast was served in a jar. I go thru phases where I can eat the same kind of nut butter every day and I went thru this jar in less than a month. I really love it but I should try to make my own at home.
I added protein powder + cottage cheese in the oats today. Topped with trail mix after I took the picture.
Pantry Staples – Trader Joe’s Loot
I think that one of ways to make eating healthy easier is to stock-up on healthy food. After my trip to Trader Joe’s this week, I photographed my loot to show you the items that I buy for groceries and are staples in our kitchen.
I have been trying to stray way from impulse buy at the store so I have been making a list of items that we used often and sticking to that list.
- unsweetened applesauce: I used this mostly for baking. I bake almost every week.
- Sprouted multi-grain bread
- egg whites: add protein to breakfast, also used for baking
- almond butter: I like crunchy and unsalted kind
- decaf green tea: I enjoy sipping on a cup of tea after dinner with dessert. I normally mix herbal tea with decaf green tea.
- green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, sugar peas and zucchini: I love to steam vegetables or roast them in olive oil. Eaten as a side dish or assemble to make salad
- frozen edamame and peas: freezer staple for recipes or easy side dishes
- tofu and meatless meatballs: quick and easy dinner options. Toppings for pasta or tofu stir-fry.
Below are the items we buy in bulk (Costco). We bought the containers from IKEA and keep them out on the kitchen counter instead of inside the pantry since we use them a few times every week.
- old fashion oats
- quick cooking oats
- brown rice
These are the items we always have in our pantry and items that we buy from Trader Joe’s. We also buy groceries from Costco and the farmers market. Other items that I buy for specific recipes, I just buy as needed.