(Enter yesterday’s protein powder giveaway here!)
I was thiiiiiiis close to sleeping in today. When I finally woke up and saw it was 17 degrees outside, I was thiiiiiiiis close to surrendering to the treadmill. Then I remembered that fresh air, no matter how cold, always boosts my spirits. So out I went!My DC/VA friends might recognize this monster hill.I ran up and down it five times. Each lap was a beast! My fastest finish was 2:23, my slowest 2:27.
Happy to see that some kind soul shoveled part of the Custis trail.Even though I had to tackle deathly inclines in freezing weather, I came back happier and energized. Mother nature FTW!
I usually save my weekly salads for Friday, but this week I couldn’t wait any longer…The lineup: kale/baby greens mix, dried cranberries, parmesan, pine nuts, and chicken. Inspired by this recipe!The key to this salad is to dress it at least 30 minutes before you eat it — giving the kale plenty of time to soak up the dressing and lose some of its powerful herby flavor. A white-balsamic dressing and dried cranberries give it a sweeter edge, too!A bit different than my usual salads, but still pretty good! There isn’t much to this creation, but I’ll make a “recipe” anyways:
Parmesan-Kale-Craisin Salad (serves 1), inspired by epicurious
- Handful baby kale/spring mix
- 1 tablespoon dried cranberries (I’m partial to Ocean Spray Craisins)
- 1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts (toast them! it’s worth it)
- 3 tablespoons grated parmesan (or more if you love cheese)
- 1/4 cup roasted chicken
Dressing: 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar, 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, splash of rice vinegar, splash of honey, salt + pepper.
Directions: Toss kale/spring mix with dressing, and let sit for 30 minutes or longer. Add the remaining ingredients and enjoy!
I’m off to do a million things now — catch you later
- Raw kale: can you handle it?
- Does being outside make you happy? (If your answer is no, I am sad for you)
- How often do you oversleep?