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introducing a salad game-changer

Hi there! I actually don’t have any photos of trails, sunrises, street furniture, etc. today. Yesterday was a no run, cross train day — so I spent it trying out a Bosu ball class at our temporary gym!IMG_3133It was pretty good class. Hardest part for me was the hip-crushing reverse plank with leg raise (like this, but with our arms balancing on the Bosu. Ouch!).

And the easiest part was showing up. Unlike in DC, where I usually had to make a reservation for a fitness class and show up early to claim a spot, the Nashville fitness classes I’ve tried have been been the definition of “drop-in.” People stroll in and out of class at any time, and nobody seems to be bothered. Most of the classes I’ve been to here have started a good five minutes late and are full of regulars just looking to hang out. It’s pretty laid-back. I think I like it!

Of course there’s a lot more to say about our move to Nashville, but I’m waiting a couple months to really collect my thoughts, move in to an actual home, and then write about it. Speaking of our home, I swung by yesterday — and it’s almost finished! Woohoo.IMG_3128One thing I know I’ll love about our house is its big kitchen!

Until then, I’m trying my hardest to cook up what I can in our hotel — like this salad! We scored some fresh lettuce at the farmers’ market over the weekend and it’s been a game-changer on the lunch front.healthy_salad_DSC0012The “recipe” (aka take everything out of my fridge and pile it on top of each other) is pretty similar to this salad, with a few changes.healthy_salad_DSC0002The lineup:

  • Roasted vegetables (pepper, carrots, corn, and baby tomatoes)
  • Cucumber
  • Olives
  • Avocado
  • Feta
  • Roasted chicken (I just wrap a chicken breast in aluminum foil and throw it in the oven next to the veggies)

Dressed with a mix of white wine vinegar, lemon, olive oil, mustard, garlic, and s+p. Ta-da!healthy_salad_DSC0005Off to start my day. Have a great one!

  • Do you buy your lunch or pack it?
  • Recommendations for a simple homemade dressing?
  • Group workouts: love them or hate them?

7 thoughts on “introducing a salad game-changer

  1. Love this Mary! Cannot wait to see what you do with your new home! You are a rockstar that you are finding ways to get your workouts in while all this madness is going on! I love when people are able to do that, especially when I know how hard that can be!

    I can do without one of your beautiful running photos making me jealous today :p Have a wonderful day! I am heading out on my run…thankfully I am not very sore after the race!

  2. I made a a strawberry balsamic dressing recently. Just blended strawberries, dijon mustard, agave nectar, a splash of water, salt, vinegar together, then drizzled in the olive oil.

    • brilliant idea! never thought to literally blend in flavors to a dressing. must try soon!!

  3. I’m seriously impressed with your cooking efforts in a hotel. I would be living on different variations on pb sandwiches and cereal. (I’ve even tried a pb and cereal sandwich to change it up).

    I’ve only tried a few group classes, but I haven’t found one that I’ve liked yet

  4. I always pack my lunch! I tend to get a bit bored with my salads, so I am drooling over the thought of all those roasted veggies! Yum!!

    I can’t believe the fitness classes are so relaxed down there. That must be a nice change of pace! Can’t wait to hear more about how you’re liking it!