Happy Friday, guys! And a happy Friday it is…I found my camera! Phew. I honestly don’t think I could have survived without it. How’s your week of eating been? Mine’s been pretty good. I haven’t given into any sweet cravings, although I DID treat myself to a tall hot chocolate (no whip) at Starbucks yesterday. But do you know those suckers have 31g of sugar in them?! Yikes. And 230 calories. Yes, it was good…but not that good. If I’m going to consume over 200 calories, it’s going to be in the form of a cookie or frozen yogurt. I don’t like drinking my calories! Learning lesson: Check nutrition stats ahead of time. I usually do, but honestly I never would have imagined that so much stuff could be packed into such a little cup. If I ever get it again, perhaps I’ll ask for skim milk and less chocolate.
Anyyyway…I want to tell you about the dinner I had last night. As you know from this post, I’m obsessed with what Tara Stiles eats. Everything she makes looks yummy, fresh and easy. That is pretty much the perfect combination for me. Cooking does not have to be labor-intensive and this little meal is proof of that. I simply put arugula in a bowl and added chopped red pepper, red onion, two smallish spoonfuls of hummus (a little goes a long way—I used Sabra’s jalapeno flavor), a big squeeze of lemon and salt and pepper to taste. It can be eaten as just a salad, but I would probably need to pump it up with chicken, a boiled egg or more veggies; it is a pretty light meal.
I wrapped my salad up in extra-thin corn tortillas. I heated a spoonful of olive oil in a pan on medium-high for less than a minute and put the tortillas on. The heat and oil gave the tortillas a bit of flavor and crunch. (Make sure you don’t leave them on the stove too long. You want them to be soft enough to fold together.) I opted for corn tortillas instead of flour because in comparison, corn has a lot less sodium and calories and a much shorter ingredient list. Flour tends to win in the protein and fiber department, but you can always find other sources of these nutrients to add in, like chicken or legumes.
See how cute they are? I could have easily had a third, but I did dunk quite a few baby carrots into hummus as I was prepping and knew I didn’t need anything more. I know what I’ll be making for lunch this weekend! Next I want to try Tara’s chocolate-blueberry dessert. Yum.
After such a satisfying meal, I felt great waking up this morning to a hot bowl of oatmeal and lots of stretching. I did three of Tara’s short YouTube yoga workouts (targeting abs, glutes and hips), plus a few moves of my own. Exhibit A:
Not too shabby, eh? It took me forever to do tree pose with ease, but I finally got it down! You really do need to push your foot and thigh towards each other at the same time. Once you get the feel for that, you’re golden! I absolutely love balancing poses. So much, in fact, I’ve been known to do this pose on subway platforms, in Starbucks queues and even in my boss’s office! Yep, Wannabe Yogi, that’s me.
Tell me: Have you had any great meals you’d like to share this week? Any yogis (or wannabes) out there?
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