Walk. Eat. Sleep.

My fur nephew and I happen to have the same favorite activities: eating, walking and sleeping!

I’m watching Tyler – the part-terrier, part-chihuahua bolt of energy – for the next week while my sister and her family are at the beach.

So far we’ve had a pretty good time.

On Sunday we woke up early and walked a mile before breakfast.

Oatmeal for me…

Oatmeal with pumpkin, chia seeds, egg whites and honey

Puppy chow for him.

Then it was back to sleep for both of us! I’m usually a great sleeper, but the past few nights I’ve been tossing and turning so I definitely needed the extra time to snooze.

We stayed snuggled until my stomach started growling for lunch. I made baked eggs for the first time which involved microwaving some chopped veggies for 2 minutes before cracking two eggs into a baking dish. The whole thing went into a preheated 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes and then was topped with shredded cheddar cheese. It was a great one-dish meal for a quick lunch.

Zucchini, asparagus, tomato and two eggs

The rest of the day was spent shopping with my friend Tracey who is only home for three weeks before heading back to New Orleans for grad school. We went up to the outlets at Woodbury Commons in New York and spent about four hours in retail heaven.

After dropping her back off at home I went to Whole Foods. I was starving and there was an empty fridge at home so I filled a bowl – and my stomach – with my favorite salad bar items before filling up my cart with groceries.

Kale & avocado salad, sesame tofu, carrot salad, fake “beef” and beet salad

Tyler and I went on a two-mile walk as the sun set and now he’s curled up at my feet while I blog. It was a great weekend full of long walks, good friends and delicious food.

Happy Monday everyone and be sure to stop by the blog tomorrow for the reveal of Foodie Penpals!!

 

Walk this way

Despite the heat here in New Jersey, my weekend included lots of walking!

On Saturday I decided to break up exercising into short trips around my ‘hood. I’m lucky to live right off a main street and so was able to get my errands done while working up a sweat. Walking to Dunkin’ Donuts for iced coffee, the post office to mail my rent check, and the library to get some new chick-lit added up to about an hour of walking, but were all done in 10-minute increments – Success!

I ended up not not really liking the books I checked out though. Maybe I’m over chick-lit? I’m a quarter of the way into both and neither has really grabbed me.

On Sunday I was really craving a trip to the park, so I put on my headphones and listened to the NPR: TED Radio Hour podcast on “Food Matters” while getting in a 3-mile walk on the mostly shaded path of the Wild Duck Pond. Even though it was relatively early in the day, I still ended up getting pretty sweaty.

Speaking of podcasts – they are a totally new discovery for me! I guess I always knew they existed, but didn’t realize how easily I could get them on my iPhone. I’m obsessed! I’ve been listening to NPR: TED Radio Hour casts, Freakonomics Radio and Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin – Loving them all!

What are your favorites?? I need recommendations!

I also got busy in the kitchen this weekend. My creations began with making coffee ice cubes –  so simple yet so effective. I’m not sure that my upstairs neighbor appreciated the goodness of a homemade frappuccino (coffee ice cubes + chocolate protein powder + almond milk) at 7:30 a.m. on a Sunday, but I was very grateful that my Magic Bullet could grind up those suckers, albeit loudly.

The cooking continued with Zucchini Quinoa Lasagna from Peas and Thank You. I used real cheese and beef broth, so it’s not vegan – but it’s really tasty! I’ll have pictures of my version on Wednesday, but for now feast your eyes on a much prettier lasagna courtesy of Mama Pea, and definitely not taken with an iPhone camera.

Source: peasandthankyou.com via Jodi on Pinterest

I’ve been dying to break into the jar of coconut oil I bought last week and Chocolate-Covered Katie’s three-ingredient chocolate was just the recipe to try for dessert.

To make the chocolate bar, you just mix together coconut oil, agave and unsweetened cocoa powder and then stick it in the freezer. I still can’t believe it worked. I guess it’s similar to a magic shell? I can’t wait to try different flavor combinations and mix-ins. This is some seriously fun chocolate.

 

I capped off my Sunday night with another walk. The temperature outside finally dropped below 90 degrees as the sun was setting…and it was actually cooler outside than in my apartment, so I laced up my sneakers for a 2-mile loop around my complex.

At the end of my street there is a giant Nabisco factory that always looks so epic as the sun is setting behind it. Not to mention that it coats all of Fair Lawn with the smell of fresh-baked cookies on the regular.

The town I grew up in was so hilly and there were no sidewalks, so I feel like I really appreciate the great location of my apartment now.

It may sound cheesy, but walking is a great way to interact with a new place on a really intimate level. You get to see a lot of things you might miss if you were driving.

There are so many areas of my life that getting healthy has affected in a really positive way – and the desire to simply take walks, instead of just sitting around in front of the TV on a hot day, is definitely up high on the list.

Just wanted to share 🙂

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

 

Sea of tissues

Remember that sore throat I told you about?

It turned into a cough. And then turned into a cold. And four days later, I’m still sick.

I happen to have what I think is a pretty good immune system. The last time I remember being sick was actually this time last year, but even so, I’m a huge baby when it comes to getting colds. I whine a lot and am over dramatic. Just a general bundle of joy to be around haha.

So instead of complain any further about how it’s finally sunny after weeks and weeks of rain and I’m laying in bed surrounded by a sea of tissues, I’m going to give you a few really awesome things other people have said about walking. For the full list, click here.

A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world. -Paul Dudley White

The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk. -Jacqueline Schiff

There is nothing like walking to get the feel of a country. A fine landscape is likea piece of music; it must be taken at the right tempo. Even a bicycle goes too fast. -Paul Scott Mowrer

All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking. -Friedrich Nietzsche

Walking: the most ancient exercise and still the best modern exercise. -Carrie Latet

and my favorite:

Meandering leads to perfection. -Lao Tzu