Posted by Nicole
Last summer, Lauren and I biked to the farmer’s market. I remember that day because it was pretty much perfect. We biked, snacked on samples, bought some delicious fruit and veggies, went to an Indian restaurant, ate froyo, and then biked back home. It was one of my favorite days.
On Sunday, I did a little something similar with my mom.
We decided to bike to that same farmer’s market and check out the local harvest. Little did we know, we would come back with a big haul of fresh food!
We picked up lots of veggies…
[An onion, tomato, five baby bok choy, a huge head of purple cauliflower, a bunch of kale, an eggplant, two zucchini, and some brussels sprouts]
And for our daily dose of fructose, some fresh fruit…
[A few cases of strawberries, a bunch of cherries, some apricots, a few yellow and white nectarines, and a big white peach (Lauren’s fave)]
We also got some wildflower honey and bee pollen!
[Apparently bee pollen is quite good for your immune system? I figured I would give it a try, especially because I was sneezing all weekend and wanted to avoid getting a cold!]
We all munched on fruit while I whipped together a huge pan of roasted vegetables.
Into the pan went some cauliflower, carrots, zucchini, brussels sprouts, and eggplant– all coated in olive oil, seasoning mix, and red pepper flakes.
The other half of the veggies were thrown into a stir fry.
The stir fry included eggplant, carrots, onion, bok choy, kale, and zucchini. The veggies cooked in some balsamic vinegar and olive oil. To add a punch of flavor, I heated up two Japanese curry blocks (a gift from our step-bro Steve!) and coated the veggies.
And then, it was time to eat.
Veggies with a side of veggies. And some fruit ;)
The veggies filled us right up, and Lauren and I left to run some errands. By run errands, I mean go to the grocery store that is conveniently located next to delicious froyo ;)
Would you expect anything less? We started the weekend with a froyo bang, and we ended it all the same.
Afterwards, I watched Lauren sort through papers and clean her room… way too much fun.
The veggie action didn’t stop at lunch. For dinner, my mom made a vegetable soup with coconut milk and this delicious Indian Korma Curry sauce. Also on the table was some grilled chicken, corn tortillas, and brown rice. We had quite the mix of cultures goin’ on.
[They drank beer, and I drank Pepper Plant sauce…….]
Dessert was totally healthy, too ;)
So basically – a bowl of berries ;)
I love home-cooked meals and I’m happy that we got to celebrate Sunday with a family lunch and family dinner. And to balance out all the fruits and veggies…. I had a big ol’ bowl of sugary cereal to kick-off Monday morning! After work, I walked over to Lauren’s work (3 miles away) so my mom had one less carpool pick-up destination.
Little did I know, it was going to RAIN… luckily it let off after about 10 minutes. Back at home, I made some oat bran with a banana, lots of cinnamon, some stevia, and some greek yogurt on top. It’s my favorite breakfast and when I can’t have it in the morning, I make it for dinner! Also on top, some TJ’s sugar coffee grinder and bee pollen. I’m becoming a hippie….
Post-oatmeal came a bowl of cereal… and the carby fuel came in handy for a busy night at the gym. Lauren and I drove together, then split for our respective workouts.
I ran 6.5 glorious miles on the treadmill, 0.5 incline, starting at 6.3 mph and working my way up to 7.7 mph. I realized today that I have no excuse to not run at 7+ mph speeds… I’ve gotten too comfortable and need to kick it up a notch.
Lauren’s workout- “2 mile run 6.6 – 7.7; LiveFit Day 29 (back and cardio) first day of phase 2; and 2 miles on elliptical (aka 21 mins); abs n stretching”
Yup, I told her that we HAD to dedicate 5 minutes to abs and 10 minutes to deep stretching. I’m trying to be responsible. Hopefully neither of us will be as sore tomorrow!
Here’s to a good week!
Q4U: Are you a hippie also? Have you eaten bee pollen and, if so, how?
Enlighten me… so far I have only tried it by handful and as an oatmeal topping.
Q4U: Choose- peach, nectarine, apricot, or plum?
I love apricots, but never buy them because they are a bit too pricey (considering I could probably eat 10 in a day). I also love plums, especially the ones from our tree :)