Just like riding a bike…

I took a step class yesterday for the first time in over 3 years, all in the name of trying “new” workouts. Step was actually my very first form of exercise ever. I discovered it when I was 12 and fell in love. This was in Israel. For several years after we moved to the States, every time I went back to Israel, I’d buy a monthly pass to that same gym and take the same classes. I just loved it! Yesterday was no different. I was a tiny bit nervous right before class, afraid that I wouldn’t remember any of the step names and make a fool of myself but it all clicked instantly. I guess I could say it was like riding a bike… except that I don’t know how to ride one! 😉 In any case, I ran for 10 minutes before the class, then 60 minutes of step made for one great (and super fun!!) workout. I burnt a ton of calories too. You know I’ll be back. :)

BREAKFAST

Banana “hot dog” ala Kath. She made this breakfast a few years back (I can’t find it now on her blog but I figured I should still give her credit).

The hot dog consisted of 1/2 banana, almond butter “gravy” (1T almond butter + a splash of skim milk, microwaved) and cherry ketchup preserves on a ww bun

Speaking of almond butter sauce – have you tried it before? I’ve seen it on a few blogs and thought it was a great idea but mine just pretty much burnt. I still ate it of course but something tells me it wasn’t right. Any tips?

SNACKS

LUNCH

I met Shannon for lunch at the Copley farmers market. She just got back from a trip to Italy and I couldn’t wait to hear all about it. What better way to spend time than by browsing through gorgeous local produce and enjoying some of those goodies?

I couldn’t get over how gorgeous these tomatoes from Atlas Farm were….

I ended up purchasing everything from Sofra.

Chicken & rice with feta, chickpeas, raisins and herbs

This was so incredibly fresh and flavorful. I really want to go to the actual bakery. Their menu is so inspired and everything is local (most things are grown on their farm!). Yum!

I also ended up getting a strawberry tart, which Shannon hand modeled for me. 😉

Hi, Shannon! :)

… and a little over 1/2 lb of snow peas which I nearly polished off at work later in the afternoon when I “discovered” the bag in my purse. This is what’s left of it.

And yes, I ate one more of these babies (since I opened it for you to see). So addictive!

DINNER

Keeping it simple (Adam was out playing poker).

Mixed greens, shredded carrots, grape tomatoes, grilled zucchini, pine nuts (<– this mix was leftover from Sunday’s dinner) + chickpeas, strawberries, fresh mozzarella, and feta

Fruit in savory salads is heaven. I give credit to all the blogs out there for finally convincing me to give it a try. Now I can’t get enough of it. Definitely a fantastic combo!! Have you had fruit in salads?

While planning our trip to Montreal this weekend, I also snacked on some pecans, froyo and a few cheese slices… just to keep myself accountable here.

Two more days until our mini-vacation! Do you have any restaurant or activity recommendations in Montreal? I was going for a sustainable angle but I’m having difficulty finding the perfect dinner spot.

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