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Avocado Love

I didn’t blog last night. I sat down to start a post and found myself without inspiration. Rather than give you guys a lackluster post, I took the night off. Instead of blogging, I headed to bed to unwind with a book. I am enjoying Prep. What can I say? Sometimes I it’s nice to indulge in a little mindless young adult fiction.

Side note…Brandon is sick. He woke up with a bad cold. There is no sickness welcome in this house. I have a marathon to run in 16 days. Pass the vitamins and hand soap please!

I will quickly share with you eats + workouts from the last two days. They’ve been good!

Lunch yesterday was packed with veggies…and a side of yum.

Spinach, carrots, celery, avocado, dried cranberries, feta, almonds and diced apples with a balsamic vinaigrette. And that would be a slice of carrot cake on the side. Lunch dessert? Yes, please! I also drooled over the Pottery Barn catalog. Unfortunately, the budget does not allow for those kinds of purchases right now. Sigh…

I had a yoga date with Sarah Tuesday night for a hot vinyasa class at Y2 with Blake. Neither Sarah nor I had ever taken Blake’s class – she’s a new instructor and is just finishing up teacher training – but she did a great job and put together a challenging and well-balanced flow.

My class wasn’t over until 8:15 so Brandon offered to take care of dinner. He has these grilling book that he loves to pick things to make from and was so excited to make steak with chimichurri sauce on his Big Green Egg. I came home to this feast.

Flat iron steak with chimichurri sauce, grilled sweet potatoes and black beans. I am so lucky that Brandon enjoys grilling so much and trying new recipes. He did such a great job with this dinner!

This morning I included diced pears in my oatmeal for the first time. I often add diced apples but I love pears and thought they’d be a nice variation. I will definitely be repeating this combination many times while pears are in season. I also want to try them in overnight oats.

Lunch today was an avocado and hummus sandwich, inspired by Emily.

I also added spinach and sundried tomatoes. I had it on flax oat bran from Great Harvest. The rest of this mornings pear leftover from my oatmeal rounded it out.

Lately, I just cannot get enough avocados. I am putting them on everything. Including tonight’s dinner.

Quinoa cooked with onion, garlic, parsley, sundried tomatoes and spinach. Topped with Greek yogurt, avocado, sauteed shrimp and hot sauce. I love random quinoa bowls for dinner. I really need to try breakfast quinoa soon. I’ve heard it’s tasty.

I devoured this bowl of deliciousness after running 5.6 miles in 51 minutest. It was a lovely evening for a run and I needed to move my body after a long, busy day at work.

Let’s give avocados some love here…

  • Avocados are a good source of monosaturated fat – which may help to lower cholesterol.
  • Avocados are high in potassium and folate.
  • Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid.
  • Avocados taste good. Really, really good. Especially in guacamole, on salads and in sandwiches. Yum.

Is there any food that you can’t get enough of right now?

{ 14 comments… add one }
  • 1
    Kira October 13, 2010, 10:13 pm

    I love avocados as well. Right now I’m really into butternut squash, perfect since it’s so seasonal!

    • 2
      Jen October 14, 2010, 10:04 am

      Kira – I am also loving winter squash right now but I am always scared for my life when I am cutting it! Any tips or tricks?

  • 3
    shelby October 13, 2010, 11:25 pm

    I am totally drooling over that steak. It looks perfectly cooked. 🙂

    I can’t seem to get enough cheese lately! Not the healthiest food obsession, but I’m rollin’ with it. 🙂

  • 4
    Emily October 14, 2010, 7:53 am

    Scratch the “lately” I can NEVER get enough avocado in my life. Lately, I am all about goat cheese, mango, dried cranberries (in my salads) and cereal.

    • 5
      Jen October 14, 2010, 10:02 am

      Emily – I’m also guilty of putting dried cranberries in everything – oatmeal, salad, yogurt…yum. And my latest favorite way to enjoy goat cheese is by topping it with pepper jelly and eating on crackers. Yum!

  • 6
    Amanda M. October 14, 2010, 8:19 am

    Haha, you’ll laugh but I am constantly eating peanut butter or some form of nuts (peanuts, walnuts, and almonds especially)!!

    • 7
      Jen October 14, 2010, 9:59 am

      Oh I am always obsessed with nut butter. I wonder if I’ll ever burn out on it but I just don’t. Last night I tried the new TJ’s peanut flour that you mix with water to make “peanut butter” for an ice cream topping. Have you tried it yet? Definitely not a substitute for peanut butter but it’s way lower in calories/fat and good for when you want to do things like top your ice cream with peanut butter! 😉

  • 8
    Stephanie October 14, 2010, 8:57 am

    Your blog makes me hungry…even if I just ate.

    I would quarantine Brandon until he is 100% well again. :0)

    • 9
      Jen October 14, 2010, 9:57 am

      Glad the food looks good! 🙂

      And regarding the sickness, I’ve enacted a no physical contact rule but unfortunately I’m already not feeling 100% this morning. Hoping it’s just mental!

  • 10
    Brittney October 14, 2010, 9:51 am

    Oooooh, I really want to read Prep, since I actually went to Prep school for high school! Let me know how it is!
    I’m addicted to avocado too. I brought the other half of the one I used for guacamole last night for my lunch today to put on it. MMMMMM!

    • 11
      Jen October 14, 2010, 9:53 am

      I will give you Prep when I’m done reading it. Picked it up at a used bookstore and happy to pass it along! 🙂

  • 12
    kat October 14, 2010, 4:57 pm

    i have an avocado addiction. i eat them almost every day. over the summer i finally had to cut back to eating a 1/4 of one at a time b/c it got so expensive (they aren’t cheap!) and b/c i felt like i was starting to see them show up in unwelcome places on my body. ;0) but. YUM.

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