8:00am: Coffee with creamer
10:0am: Breakfast- Triple Chocolate Chunk Vitatop
My VERY FAVORITE 'top!
12:00pm: Lunch- Celery with 2 tbs. peanut butter
2:30pm: Snack - 1/2 bowl of Brown sugar oatmeal squares
40 Minutes Elliptical
So we recently got an elliptical 'lent' to us and I figured I'd go and try it out. And while I was at it, I thought I'd make a new 'workout playlist' with some old favs & some new favs from Body Jam & boxing classJ Thought I'd share if you needed some new upbeat tunes:
- I Miss the Misery - Halestrom
- I'm Shipping up to Boston - The Departed soundtrack (LOOOVVVEEE that movie!)
- My Songs know What You Did in the Dark - Fall Out Boy
- Numb - Usher
- On Top of the World - Imagine Dragons
- Radioactive - Imagine Dragons
- S&M (Remix) - Rihanna & Britney Spears
- Serenity - Godsmack (old schoo favlJ)
- Sex on Fire - Kings of Leon
- She Doesn't Mind - Sean Paul
- Tightrope - Janelle Monae
- Till the World Ends - Britney Spears
- Sparks (Turn off your Mind) - Fedde le Grand & Nicky Romero
6:00pm: Zucchini "pasta" with pesto
If you have a mandolin, this dish comes together in absolutely no time! I cranked out these 2 zucchinis into strands in under 3 minutes...
But if you don't, you can always just chop up the zucchini into the thinnest strands possible. I had some great looking scallions in the fridge & decided I wanted shred those into spaghetti strands & had to slice em by hand. (was toooo leery to slice the thin scallions with on the mandoline!)
It's a little more tedious, but it still gets the job done! Once they were chopped, I tossed em into a pot with some garlic & olive oil and let them soften up for about 10 minutes or so.
Meanwhile, I got to working on the pesto. Just look how purty my basil was...
Into a food processor went:
- 2 cups (or more) of basil
- 4 garlic (or less) cloves
- 1/4 cup grated cheese
- small handful of walnuts
- Drizzle of olive oil
I only used a drizzle of olive oil here & it gave it a pretty good consistency. If you want it a little more 'saucy' without all the extra oil, you can always add in some chicken or vegetable broth to thin it out.
Finally, I added the pesto to the 'noodles' and let it all warm up together for a few minutes. I'm sure there are plenty of you out there who are braver than me and could eat this ENTIRE dish raw & cold...which is totally fine, but I like my meals more on the warmer side of thingsJ
I think you will seriously LOVE this 'pasta swap!' Low cal & delicious and zucchini noodles are a GREAT place to use a heavy-on-the-flavor sauce like pesto. You really just taste the pesto & can kinda ignore the fact that you're actually scarfing down a boatload of zucchini! (and scallionsJ)
And spreading the wealth of our MAMMOTH lettuce from the market, we had some side salads...that I also topped with a little leftover pesto. Yum..that was a good call, I must say!
And despite it being CLOSE & HUMID inside, the back porch was jusssssssssttttt right to sit outside last night. It was enjoyed all around, me thinksJ
Alright, I better get this post up since I'm running behind today! Have a great rest of your day!