I am SO ready for spring

Eh, it’s so gross out… again! After a longish day at work, I decided to walk home only to stumble upon a rain storm. What?! I didn’t know it was going to rain! Thankfully there was a cab nearby so I didn’t get too wet. :) Still it was gross and freezing cold and I am really ready for spring… it couldn’t come any sooner!

Today was interesting. I discovered this morning that our blender wasn’t working. Dead. It was on its last legs this weekend when I whipped up the peach pie smoothie (took a while but I made it happen) but this morning it wanted to do nothing with my blended spinach oats alla Heather.  Yeah, kitchen gadget malfunctioning is just what I need at 6:30 in the morning! Good thing I chose to go straight to breakfast instead of working out this morning… which gave me plenty of time to prepare my breakfast.  I scraped everything out of the blender and plopped it in the food processor.  Wasn’t as creamy as I would have liked but it got the job done :D

So yeah, today’s interesting food was spinach oats! I used 1/2 c dry oats again (made with 1/2 c skim milk, 1/2 c water + 1/2 banana on stove top), then added a bunch of raw spinach to the oats and blended them in the food processor. Toppings included some choc chips, dried bing cherries (so plump + no sugar added!) and 1T TJ’s almond butter. I’m out of Barney Butter which makes me sad, but I think I’m back to liking raw TJ’s AB. It’s kind of grainy so I understand why many people don’t love it and it’s no BB but still pretty delicious in its own way :)

So did the spinach oats taste like spinach? Yeah, they kinda did. I prefer avocado oats :D The color was gorgeous though!

spinach oats + coffee

I love all the geometric shapes in this pic :)

closeup of spinach oats

[479 calories]

This bowl held me over for 4.5 hours. I think having more oats is the key to preventing mid-morning hunger pains. I need to go easier on the toppings, though. This was a bit too much calorie wise for this girl :) Oops, I went a little crazy adding stuff in :lol:

Lunch was 2oz of whole what pasta with creamy paprika mushrooms. It was delicious but even with the pear I was hungry 1.5 hours later!

pasta + pear

ww pasta with creamy mushrooms

[441 calories]

So I had lots of snacks. I was a bottomless pit today!!

orange

[86 calories]

strawberry chobs

[140 calories]

1/2 odwalla banana nut bar

I ate 1/2 of the bar above. After reading Ashley’s post on the Odwalla banana nut bar, I went to the grocery store the same day and bought it… how could I not after such a review?! Today was the day to finally give it a go.  What did I think? Not bad… I liked the strong banana aroma the moment I opened it, but the crunchy bits (oats?) distracted me. I prefer banana bread Larabar :D

[120 calories]

Then I wanted chocolate, so I had this…

TJ's 100 calorie dark chocolate bar

[100 calories]

But what I really wanted was this…

Paradise bakery chocolate chip cookie

And no, this is not a stand-in photo. I actually went out and bought this these cookies. There are actually TWO of them (1 still in the bag). I didn’t plan on eating both (they are BOGO free) but I did. These are wonderful. I love them and I felt good enough about myself and knew I wouldn’t feel guilty or be mad at myself for indulging. And I’m not… BUT I discovered something interesting after eating them. I finally found out the nutritional info on these. You see, these are full of fat and butter and delicious chocolate and I never ever pretended like they were health food, but because I didn’t know exactly how many calories they are, I either didn’t input them at all into Sparkpeople or just estimated (and the estimate really depended on the day). Well, FINALLY, somebody discovered that they are 300 calories a pop. That makes the 2 cookies I consumed (on top of all the other food I already did right before that) 600 calories!! Let me repeat – I do not feel guilty for eating them, BUT knowing their exact calorie count will surely prevent me from eating 2 at a time the next time around. I’m sure I could be happy with just one :)

Total calories consumed up until this point: 1967 … I haven’t had dinner yet, but of course I’m not hungry after all of this. I still have to do my run + Shred and I’m usually not hungry after working out. We’ll see what happens :) There was fish on the menu for tonight and I bet my husband didn’t eat 2 ginormous cookies for a snack earlier ;)

Lastly, I should mention that I went to a sports yoga class today and it was intense but amazing. This is my favorite yoga class ever! I wish it wasn’t smack in the middle of the day (at 3:15pm) when I am rarely able to sneak out of the office.  I definitely toned my leg muscles with crazy poses that we did but I also stretched many muscles that definitely needed some love.  I’ll edit this post with my workout stats from my run. I don’t want to do it, but I am not deviating from my training schedule unless there is a really good reason (which there isn’t tonight) so you’ll definitely hear back from me. All right, I’m off… :D

*Edited to add* I just finished my 9×200 interval run + level 2 of Shred and feel fantastic!! I LOVE exercise! So for the run, I started with 0.15 mile walk at 4.3mph to warm up, then did another 0.15 mile run at 6.3mph and got started on my 9 intervals of 0.13 miles at 8.0 mph. I rested between each interval at 6.3mph for about 0.13-0.20 miles.  Nine intervals is a lot mentally but because they were so short, I knew I could do it. At the end I actually had a bunch of energy, but I just did another 0.15 mile run at 6.3 mph and 0.15 mile walk at 4.3 mph and got off the treadmill to stretch. So total running amounted to exactly 3.o miles + 0.3 miles of walking, for a total 30 minutes on the treadmill. I think next time I can even slightly increase the pace on the fast intervals (maybe 8.2 mph?) and see how that goes.

I was super pumped after finishing this run and my Shredding was extra energetic :) Total workout stats (for both):

  • Duration: 0:55 (+stretching)
  • Calories burnt: 496 (30% fat)
  • Ave HR: 151 (78%); Max HR: 169 (87%)
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11 comments to I am SO ready for spring

  • You are a workout MACHINE. Way to go!
    I definitely know what you mean about deciding to eat something and NOT feeling guilty about it- that’s a great feeling I think. Key in the sane department. It’s usually when I have the unplanned treats (and lots of them) that I start getting down on myself- aka stupid pizza tonight.

  • Oh my gosh, those avocado oats are amazing!! I totally love the bright green!

  • I love the IDEA of spinach oats but I’m not sure I could actually eat ‘em. Avocado oats…definitely! beautiful color though.
    I know how easy it is to get down on yourself after snacking, but yours doesn’t seem mindless and your kick-ass workouts merit some snack days every once in a while :)

  • OH NO!!!!!! I’m sorry the Odwlla bar wasn’t as amazing for you as it was for me! Seriosuly, I thought that bar was one of the best things I’ve ever had! Maybe they’re just better here in Florida :)

    Spinach oats? Crazy girl! At least it makes for a great photo!

    The cookie looks wonderful! (I would’ve eaten both too!)

    Happy THURSDAY! (Almost the weekend!)

  • OOH I want to try your oat combo. I think I am ready for the spinach.

    Good for you not feeling guilty about the cookies. That’s easier said that done, I know, but if you really wanted them, it was worth it, and it all balances out in the end. They certainly LOOK worth it!

  • Elina

    Ashley, no worries – the bar was still good just not mind blowing… maybe they do make them better in Florida ;) Have you tried the banana bread Larabar yet? It’s awesome!!

    Diana, if you’ve never tried green oats, I’d recommend avocado. Not sure if you like avocado… I don’t remember seeing it on your blog recently, but if you do, avocado oats are the sh**t :lol:

  • what green oats you have elina! hahaha…

    and i’m sad to hear you didn’t like that odwalla bar more…it’s def my fav! so banana-y and not fake tasting!

  • Elina

    Hmm, Melissa… I still have the other half of it – maybe I’ll change my mind :)

  • Wow – those oats were green! Beautiful…but sorry they tasted a little spinachy. I guess I’m just used to the greeny flavor? I don’t know, but I never seem to taste it. Adding a naner will definitely mask the taste if you ever try it again, or maybe just stick to your creamy dreamy avocado oats. :)

    I noticed your lunch didn’t have much protein – maybe that would help satiate you more. I know I need both protein and fat at every meal or I turn into a total snack-o-holic.

    Way to eat your cookies AND enjoy them!

    One question – why is it so freaking difficult to find dried cherries without added sugar. Dried fruit DOES NOT need sugar (except cranberries). Don’t you agree?

  • sue

    so many delicious eats in this post, but all i can see are the paradise bakery cookies. those have to be the best chocolate chip cookies i’ve ever tasted…i go crazy when they have samples! glad you got to enjoy them guilt free!

  • Elina

    Heather, I totally agree with you – I think it’s the lack of protein that did me in :) And yes, for some crazy reason they keep adding sugar to dried fruit. Completely unnecessary! Fruit is already sweet!! :D

    Sue, these are totally the best choc chip cookies ever. Their samples don’t even do justice to the real thing – something about the size of these that makes them extra special… mmm gooey middle. Yum!

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