Fake Fires and Superfoods

by Jen on December 1, 2010

I am happy to hear that others are on board with holiday healthy living choices. Just remember that I totally advocate splurges during the holidays but make sure it’s not a free for all and balance it out. ;)

I want to catch you guys up on Tuesday and Wednesday’s food and fitness. I started Tuesday off with an early ahstanga practice at Y2. I tweeted about this but every time I practice ashtanga I fall more in love with it. Tuesday’s practice was incredible. Now that I have the series committed to memory, I love that I can go into auto-pilot mode and get lost in my practice. I used to fear the self-guided practice but now my favorite thing about ashtanga is going at my own pace.

Breakfast on Tuesday was overnight oats at my desk. I picked up lunch at Earth Fare after an appointment at Varji & Varji for a brow wax with Ariana. My favorite thing about lunch appointments at Varji is hitting up Earth Fare after.

Heaven on a plate. All of my favorites- spinach, brussels sprouts, butternut squash, beets, wheatberries, walnuts and much more. I washed it all down with kombucha. Superfoods galore.

Brandon and I went to get our Christmas tree Tuesday after work. Tip for those of you who are in the market for a tree – go to Home Depot or Lowe’s. We got a 7-foot local tree for $29.99. The price at the local tree lot is $50+. I warmed my hands by the “fire” while we put up the tree.

It was a little too warm out to make a fire in our fireplace so we turned on the “Cracking Fire Christmas Tunes” station and got in the holiday spirit. Yes, we are nerds. ;) We didn’t get the tree up until after 10 p.m. so we decided to wait to decorate it when we have more time. Hopefully tomorrow!

Pre-Christmas tree dinner…

I made chicken for Brandon and tofu for me. I seasoned it with the Dizzy Pig’s Shakin’ the Tree and baked it at 400 degrees for about 20-25 minutes. Garlic herb rice pilaf and green beans on the side. And do you notice an interested party in the background?

Wednesdays are the only day of the work week that I can sleep in so I took full advantage this morning and stayed in bed until 7:45. Oops! :oops: I made a quick pot of banana oats as I got ready for work. I have to share that I added a little bit of Silk Nog to the mix and it added so much flavor. Perfect for the holiday season.

Lunch today was a tofu sandwich with leftovers from last night.

I love tofu sandwiches. The consistency of the tofu is perfect for a sandwich. Mine included hummus, spinach, sharp cheddar and sprouts on whole wheat. I had half of an organic apple and cranberry sauce on the side.

It has been so windy here the past couple of days and the temperature dropped drastically today. I was really feeling a hot yoga class tonight instead of running but with a half-marathon coming up in 10 days that was not an option. It was 40 degrees and windy when I took off for my run so I bundled up.

And I looked ridiculous…tights, half zip, fleece vest, reflective vest, hat and gloves (um, I went out in public like this to restock on coffee at the grocery – embarrassing!). My hands were cold for the first mile or so but I warmed up and felt great for the duration of my 3.5 mile run with Sullie. We maintained an easy 9:00 pace.

Dinner tonight was leftovers.

Pasta with vodka sauce topped with parmesan and basil over a bed of spinach.

Are you guys surviving the drop in temperatures? How are your cold weather workouts going?

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1 S @ extremebalance.net/blog December 1, 2010 at 11:23 pm

I think “ridiculous” comes when you have to hit the full balaclava. :) Loved your fake fire, too! Aside from wearing spikes for my Sunday group run and *still* managing to fall hard once, I really like cold weather exercising—it’s easier to layer and stay warm than it is to manage too much heat, after all.

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2 Doug Seifert December 2, 2010 at 5:59 am

Thank you, very useful. I wasnt really a big fan of Spinach for many years (ok, that’s a total understatement, I hated the stuff), but after shacking up with a vegetarian I kind of had to get used to it, and have slowly come to totally love the stuff. Spinach curry is undoubtedly my absolute favouritest! I even found an entire spinach recipes website which is my new favourite site now, you should take a look!

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3 Lindsay December 2, 2010 at 6:28 am

Aww you look so cute in your winter running gear!

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4 lindsay cotter December 2, 2010 at 7:58 am

ugh, yes its getting cold here too. I don’t like it. I need a wind prood jacket like that. You look so cute, like a little ninja. hehe!
LC
http://www.cottercrunch.blogspot.com

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5 Claire December 2, 2010 at 9:37 am

My cold work-outs are going horrible :) It hurts my lungs when I am running due to the harsh air. I’m so nervous about Thunder Road it is almost debilatating :)

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6 skinnyrunner December 2, 2010 at 10:42 am

haha love your “fireplace”! thats too funny.

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7 ashley December 2, 2010 at 11:49 am

We’re dorks, too! B loves to put the fireplace channel on this time of year. Love your cold-weather-running look! You still manage to look cute!

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8 Brittney December 2, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Haha, I love your TV with the fireplace on. Nice :)

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9 jen December 2, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Love the fake fire!
I just love all of your eats!!! You have given me some great ideas :)

Jen

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10 Jen December 2, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Thanks Jen – I hope that WW goes well for you. I’m rooting for you big time!!!

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11 Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) December 2, 2010 at 5:52 pm

You have inspired me now…I must try a tofu sandwich! :)
Sadly I haven’t been able to run outside at all this week, with the amount of snow we have, but thankfully the gym isn’t too far away!

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12 branny December 2, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Ive just caught up with all your posts that I missed while living without the internet for over a month. Whew! Never thought of tofu on a sandwich; thanks for the idea!

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13 Detroit Runner December 3, 2010 at 9:10 pm

LOL – this is how I look when running in cold weather – dorky, huh? But it beats freezing!

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