Lunch Block

Happy Friday!

It was one of those weeks. The one where my workouts were solid proof that I need a rest day… but I was so busy running around, that just wasn’t going to happen. So I just dragged through my days and relied on coffee.

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It was also one of those weeks where I got home super late and was making lunches at 10 PM so I wouldn’t starve the next day.

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One of these meals actually turned out really well. If you’re experiencing lunch-block (the lunch equivalent of writers block) then this might be the thing for you.

I just cooked up a 1/2 cup of quinoa (1.5 cups cooked), seasoned with with olive oil, herbs, salt, and pepper, and then mixed it up with some veggies that I sautéed in balsamic vinegar.

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To make a real meal out of it, I just stuck it with whatever meat I had available. That was mostly turkey burgers, but also a few leftover meatballs.

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Please do me the courtesy of pretending that the picture quality above is 10938498x better.

That’s 10PM lighting for ya.

Well thats all I’ve got for now, folks. I’m having bad pains in my left foot when I run, so I’m off to figure it out.

P.S. Looking for something to do? Here’s a link to my Pinterest. I went nuts and made a few boards of workouts organized by muscle groups! Have fun 🙂

Questions of the day:

Have you ever had any foot problems when running? 

Are you addicted to Pinterest? Don’t bother answering. I already know.

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Autumn Energy Bites – Pumpkin Pie

I’m going to cut straight to the point: These are the best energy bites I’ve ever made. Ever. Ever. Ever. They taste like Thanksgiving in a small adorable package — but with none of the Thanksgiving-insulin-spike side effects.

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

I’m sure I’m right about their deliciousness because I have a mummy in my picture. Thus, I’m clearly firing on all cylinders today. His name is Scooby. Because I just thought of that. And I like it.

I debated last night on whether or not I was going to make something pumpkin flavored, since that’s kind of conforming to the blogger norm right now, but I went with it anyway since I had that 1/2 can of pumpkin waiting in the fridge (I know all of you know what I’m talking about. Why can’t we bloggers just create recipes that use the whole can???)

Anyway, my taste buds are thanking my decision making abilities right now.

On a random side note, does anyone else have a food processor toddler? I don’t mean a hungry toddler, I mean a food processor that you can’t leave alone for 5 minutes. I was running mine this morning while I made almond butter, and every time I turned around it had moved about 5 inches closer to the edge of the counter. I tried blocking it with a spatula but it just took the spatula with it. Crazy thing.

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Raw, Paleo, Vegan, Soy Free, Refined Sugar Free

Makes about 12-13 Tablespoon Sized Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup of almonds
  • 1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Puree (the plain canned kind, not pie filling – I feel pressure to clarify cuz that’s what everyone does in their fall recipes….)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

  • Pulse all of the ingredients in the food processor until well combined – About 30 seconds.
  • Scoop out using a Tablespoon (or teaspoon if you’re a dainty individual. I am not)
  • Refrigerate for about 10 minutes to firm.
  • Enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie Bites

Coconut Macaroons

My third day straight of posting bright and early in the morning. I am on a roll, baby.

Truth is, I have to take a rest day today in preparation for my race… and I hate it. I hate it with everything inside of me. Today is always bike day and I don’t know what to do with myself now thats it’s sit-on-your-butt day. I’m trying to distract myself by telling you about my woes. It’s not working. I’m sitting across from grapefruit and I just did a double take because at first I thought they were bike wheels. Ok well maybe not but almost. Life is rough, man.

I wonder if I can steal away for a few hours on my bike and my body somehow not notice…. Can you keep this a secret for me? Thanks.

In exchange for you covering for me, I made some Macaroons for you. Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Sugar Free, Paleo, Vegan, and delicious Coconut Macaroons to be exact.

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That’s a pretty sweet deal on your end, if I do say so myself. I’d take it if I were you.

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Coconut Macaroon Energy Bites

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Sugar Free, Paleo, Vegan, Raw

makes about 14 energy bites

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup dates, pitted and soaked for 15-20 minutes so they’re soft
  • 3 Tablespoons almond meal
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

  • Put dates and almond meal in the food processor and pulse a few times to break the dates down.
  • Add in the rest of the ingredients and pulse until everything is well combined.
  • Scoop out by the tablespoon and put them in the fridge for 15 minutes, or eat them right then and there. It’s worth it to wait for the fridge, though.

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Have fun with these!

Less than 24 hours until race time….