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Life Lately: Workouts, Meals and More

Some photos from the week to share with you.

I started the week on my mat with a 6:30 a.m. yoga practice. It ended up being the best practice I’ve had in a really long time. I felt so good in my body for the first time in weeks.

Pumpkin overnight oats in April. I seem to get random spring/summer pumpkin cravings every now and then. I’m usually really weird about eating seasonally (like I don’t want to make chili in June…ever) but this hit the spot.

Mexican themed lunch bowl with lime jasmine rice, black beans, sliced grape tomatoes, avocado, goat gouda, plain greek yogurt and salsa. Trader Joe’s Quinoa and Black Bean Tortilla Chips for dipping.

Tried my first Chobani Flip. The Key Lime Crumble flavor tasted like dessert.

I made a seriously good dinner on Monday night. Fresh local chicken breasts caprese style with sauteed baby portobello mushrooms, grape tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil. I roasted eggplant and broccoli on the side. Protein packed and veg-heavy. Perfect.

Breakfast part one today was a slice of Paleo banana bread with peanut butter. Many of you have requested the recipe but it’s not share-worthy yet. It’s too gooey. I want to try the recipe again with a few modification. I promise as soon as I get a good version down that I will share. This tastes amazing, the texture just isn’t quite there.

Breakfast part two was a green smoothie with banana, spinach, strawberries, mango and almond milk.

I put together this quick workout this morning focusing on lower body and core. It was hard but I made myself deadlift today instead of squat. It’s important to be a well-rounded athlete. I can’t squat all the time. 😉 On another note, hollow rocks are my new favorite. Head’s up…if you take my yoga class, you will be doing these soon!

Post-workout lunch was a salad with local greens, arugula, beets, pecans, dried cranberries, oranges, artichokes and salmon. Great recovery meal that left me satisfied.

How’s this week going for you guys on the workout and nutrition front?

{ 28 comments… add one }
  • 1
    Mindy April 17, 2013, 7:45 pm

    Your meals always look amazing! I’ve been eating fairly healthy (lots of protein + healthy fats) this week but I need to incorporate more greens!

    • 2
      Jen April 19, 2013, 11:43 am

      i just try to add spinach to as many meals as i can! 😉

  • 3
    Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin April 17, 2013, 8:02 pm

    I’ve been eating pumpkin stuff so much recently. I got sick of it after fall but now my cravings are in full force again. You look amazing doing yoga and it’s very inspiring!

    • 4
      Jen April 19, 2013, 11:43 am

      thank you so much!

  • 5
    Brooke @ sweats & sweets April 17, 2013, 9:17 pm

    Love the key lime flip! Also love the pineapple caramel bites from Chobani. Also, you are glowing in your yoga pic, can tell it was a good practice.

    • 6
      Jen April 19, 2013, 11:44 am

      oh, i haven’t tried the pineapple caramel. sounds good. i love their 2% pineapple flavor.

  • 7
    She Rocks Fitness April 17, 2013, 9:35 pm

    LOVE that pose and haven’t done it in a while…I was supposed to do a 6 mile run this morning, but was weirdly craving some circuit training, so I did 10 x 400 m on the treadmill with body weight exercises in between. Then completed the workout with some dumbbell exercises. I’m trying to taper before my half marathon next weekend and it feels good to add some lifting in.

    • 8
      Jen April 19, 2013, 11:46 am

      that sounds like such a good workout! i love doing treadmill sprints, great way to break up the monotony of tm running. i always love to lift!

  • 9
    Brittany April 17, 2013, 9:39 pm

    I love banana bread and have been looking for a paleo recipe! I also read the blog Oh She Glows and she actually posted a vegan banana bread protein bar recipe today I was going to try. Looks like a banana bread kind of a day. 🙂

    • 10
      Jen April 19, 2013, 11:47 am

      how did it turn out? sounds interesting!

  • 11
    Paige @ The Balancing Act April 17, 2013, 10:40 pm

    Is the lime jasmine rice from a mix or do you make it yourself?

    It’s funny how the more I read your blog, the more my meals start to resemble yours…;)

    • 12
      Jen April 19, 2013, 11:49 am

      i made it myself. i sauteed some diced onion with olive oil then added in lime zest, rice, chicken broth and a squeeze of lime juice. yummy!

  • 13
    Melissa April 18, 2013, 12:54 am

    I can’t find Chobani flips anywhere near me yet! I scout out every grocery store. After taking the day off Monday, I’ve been doing pretty well with workouts. I got inspired and made a healthy dinner tonight too. I also get spring pumpkin cravings – I think it’s me wishing it was holiday season!

    • 14
      Jen April 19, 2013, 11:50 am

      oh no, that’s so weird that they haven’t made it to your stores yet. do try them when they come!

  • 15
    Erica Ro April 18, 2013, 8:46 am

    Beautiful dancer! My balance is just not quite there for that yet!

    • 16
      Jen April 19, 2013, 11:50 am

      thank you! 🙂

      backbends are my favorite.

  • 17
    Tiff @ Love, Sweat, & Beers April 18, 2013, 9:24 am

    Mmmm, great eats girl! That Mexican lunch bowl looks fantastic.

  • 18
    Liz Simpson April 18, 2013, 11:39 am

    I had that key lime chobani flip and need to get more! It was SO good.

  • 19
    Caroline April 18, 2013, 11:47 am

    I would love to hear your opinion on this article circulating through the web. I don’t think it needs any explanation:
    http://www.dangerouslyhardcore.com/5343/why-women-should-not-run/

    • 20
      Jen April 19, 2013, 1:21 pm

      i read that a couple of days ago. i love to run and i’m not going to stop but i do agree that excessive steady state cardio is pointless and even counter productive to getting/maintaining the body you want. quality over quantity always. one analogy we use a lot is to compare the body of a marathon runner to sprinter. totally different, right? and always remember, what works for one does not work for all.

      • 21
        Ruby April 20, 2013, 3:30 pm

        Oh, I saw that too and was wondering what you’d think of it! Thanks for sharing.

  • 22
    molly April 18, 2013, 1:02 pm

    Hi! I was wondering if you could post the recipe you used for the strawberry cake you make for your grandmothers birthday. It looked great and I would love to make it this weekend! Thanks!

  • 24
    Erica April 18, 2013, 1:53 pm

    That salad looks amazing! I woke up @ 5am for a 5-mile run this morning before heading to work. As much as I HATE getting up – I def feel much better throughout the day knowing I already put in 5 miles. I desperately need to make time after work for some yoga – I think it’ll improve my running – thoughts? Do you think your running has improved with the more you practice yoga?

    • 25
      Jen April 19, 2013, 2:14 pm

      yes, yoga helps so much with running. i just talked about that topic in my video blog last friday. my legs feel a million times better when i run when i’m actively practicing yoga. if you think about it when you run you are shortening and contracting everything. yoga helps stretch that all back out.

  • 26
    Ja @Ja on the RUN April 18, 2013, 4:49 pm

    awesome yoga pose. 🙂

  • 28
    Erin @ The Grass Skirt April 19, 2013, 12:42 am

    Everything looks so good! Like you, I also get random pumpkin cravings in the off season and just decide to roll with them.

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