Is anyone else out there “nuts” over berry season? I’m absolutely loving getting so many fresh berries for so cheap! I’ve gone a little overboard this week! Our fridge currently holds blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, dates, and we’ve got bananas on the counter. Yikes – I better eat up before these things go bad!
So this morning for breakfast I had a “berry” big bowl.
In the mix: peach flavored Chobani greek yogurt, heaping handfull of chia seeds, raw oats, and a berry medley with strawberries and giant blueberries (in fact, I paid extra for the “giant” blueberries…there were smaller ones for cheaper but – hey – Go Big or Go Home!)
I’ve also recently determined that I am an addict…..a COFFEE addict!
Like my “vintage” Hot Cocoa mug?
Really, though, I never used to be a big coffee drinker. It was always a “special” occasion thing….saved for those “special” occasions typically at the end of every semester where I am severely sleep deprived and working from the wee hours of the morning well into the darkness of night.
Somehow though, over summer time I’ve managed to get hooked! My occasional cup transformed into once a week, then up to every-other day, and now I’m a full on coffee-every-morning addict! I definitely need to do something about this to wean myself off before I’m in over my head!! A few times a week is okay, but I don’t want to be addicted to caffeine just in order to function throughout the day!
Lunch was leftovers from last nights’ dinner. I had made a stuffed pepper (only 1 because Chris hates them…he had leftovers!)
I stuffed this pepper with a mix of (pre-cooked) spicy rice and Spicy Italian chicken-sausage. On the bottom of the pan I poured some basil marinara sauce and I filled up the pepper until it was overflowing, allowing it to spill-over into the pan. Topped it all with a little bit of cheese and baked up until heated through. It ended up being way too much last night, so I saved half for today. Both last night & for lunch today, I paired it with a simple green salad (unpictured).
And for dinner I forced Chris to man the BBQ grill. I prepared baked potatoes (I cooked them in the microwave first for a little bit since they take so long on the grill), corn on the cob, and Swordfish steaks.
My corn is smothered with diced jalapeno pepper & onion. As is the potato. The potato also features crumbled bacon, some sour cream and cheese, and a heaping tablespoon of salsa. Ever tried salsa on a baked potato? It’s delicious!!
I also made a cilantro sour cream sauce that I used for the swordfish. The fish was good, but lacking a little flavor.
And I actually went for a run today, but I may still sneak in another Shred Session this afternoon.
Considering that I never really set out to do the whole 30 Day Shred program, I sure have been doing it a lot! I haven’t been following the ordering at all though. The first 3 days I did levels 1, 2, and then 3, respectively. I think my favorite is level 2…that must be where I’m “at” right now. It’s just so nice to be able to crank out a good, sweat-inducing workout in 20 minutes from the comfort of home…especially since its 112 degrees outside today!!! Yikes! My run was killer! You really have to go before 7am in order to not struggle with heat exhaustion!!!
And although I think I’m liking the “Shred” program more than I did when I first tried it (my first time I was really not impressed), I still think that it can’t be relied upon as someone’s sole workout system. It’s just too short! When I do it in the morning I feel like I need more cardio by the afternoon! Plus, it tends to repeat the same weight-movements, so I question whether its really an all-body toning workout. Plus…isn’t it bad to work the same muscle group every day? Aren’t you supposed to have a rest day between strength sessions?
Just throwing it out there…
Now I’m back to work! I’ve been on a productive writing-streak and I need to keep it up! I’m behind on a couple deadlines and really need to get my rear in gear!!!
What’s the weather like where you live? Is it as brutal there as it is here?
Would you pay more for larger berries, or do you just get whatever is cheapest?