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Snow + Yoga + Food

What a weird weekend. On Friday I was running in a tank top and crops and less than 24 hours later…

It was 30 degrees and unexpectedly snowing hard along with thunder…which has been coined “thundersnow.” I think we got like 2 inches in a matter of hours. It was so bizarre…snow is such a huge deal here and all of the reports weren’t really even calling for anything other than some flurries. We get all worked up when there is a chance of snow and it never ends up happening but then when we’re not expecting it we get our version of “dumped on.” (Go ahead and laugh all of your from snow country!)

I loved the snow! The roads stayed really manageable and it looked so pretty. So while the snow was a fun twist on the weekend, everything else was pretty much business as usual.

Breakfast on Saturday morning before taking and teaching yoga was toast with peanut butter, honey and banana along with citrus and espresso.

Lunch after yoga was a really awesome salad with mixed greens, chicken, strawberries, goat cheese, dried cranberries, candied pecans and honey dijon balsamic. Yuuuummm. Pretty much the salad of my dreams.

I hunkered down after the snow started. (Well, after I finished my errands to Total Wine and Nordstrom Rack, priorities clearly. Bonus, I had Nordstrom Rack all to myself!) I roasted acorn squash and brussels sprouts and made a turkey meatloaf.

Snow + healthy comfort food + Homeland made for a fabulous Saturday night.

My Sunday was spent teaching yoga, taking yoga (see a cycle that repeats frequently?) along with training a client and kind of catching up on life in general.

Lunch was a turkey sandwich with feta yogurt dressing, avocado, spinach and colby jack with apple slices and lentil soup. I got turkey from the deli counter at the grocery today and was really disappointed in it. I tried the Boar’s Head Natural turkey for the first time and it was really dry and overcooked. It’s probably the worst deli turkey I’ve ever had and I think I’ll return it tomorrow. I don’t want to eat the remaining half pound that I have in the fridge. I typically like the Boar’s Head brand so I guess I’ll go back to their normal products.

My favorite thing about yoga is that I get to spend 60 or 90 glorious minutes on my mat forgetting about whatever is going on in my life. I leave my cell phone turned off in my purse and it’s like nothing else matters while I am practicing. That said, my practice is not always easy, effortless or pretty but I have learned to appreciate whatever my body is giving me on that day. I truly think it’s a gift that yoga has allowed me to become so in tune to how I am feeling physically and emotionally on such a regular basis. Today was a tough practice. My back was bothering me and I was feeling generally unsettled and anxious but I was still incredibly grateful to be practicing. My teacher even picked up on me not being myself and stopped me in class to ask if I was okay. Instead of letting those “bad” practices get me down, I’ve learned that any time spent on my mat is a positive and not to judge myself too harshly for having an off day.

Dinner after yoga was salmon broiled in a cast iron skillet with Dizzy Pig’s Tsunami Spin with baby bok choy cooked with Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki sauce and brown rice.

And that’s the weekend for ya. Gearing up for a busy week ahead that will end with VACATION! Only 5 days away and I am so ready!

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  • Paige @ The Balancing Act February 17, 2013, 10:22 pm

    I love your perspective on yoga! I’ve always gone into it feeling like I need to “get a great workout,” i.e., sweat dripping, muscles burning, etc., but that completely goes against the point, which is listening to how your mind and body are feeling on that particular day. Thanks for the reminder!

    On an unrelated note, is the feta yogurt dressing something you make or buy already prepared? It sounds delicious!

  • Laura@ Fit Running Mama February 17, 2013, 10:25 pm

    Your acorn squash looks just like kabcha squash!! I made squash tots tonight with that. It’s a favorite in our house. I live in Chicago and our winter has kind of been blah! BUT i’d kill to get outside for a nice long run!! Your eats look amazing!

    • Jen February 19, 2013, 12:06 pm

      mmm, squash tots sound yummy! i am so grateful to be able to run outside in the south in the winter. we always get random 60 or 70 degree days and it’s glorious.

  • hillary | nutrition nut on the run February 17, 2013, 10:30 pm

    Brussels are the best!!

  • elizabeth February 17, 2013, 10:57 pm

    Nice meals! I love Homeland, watched season one through Netflix, can’t wait until they have season 2!

    • Jen February 19, 2013, 12:07 pm

      i’m watching season two right now and it’s gooooddd!

  • Dayna February 17, 2013, 11:01 pm

    We got a spontaneous thundersnow, too! I wonder if it was the same storm, making it’s way across the country…

    All of your meals look so scrumptious!

  • Tara | Treble in the Kitchen February 18, 2013, 5:16 am

    That is crazy how much snow you got so quickly!!! It looks like you were able to make the best of it though :) I absolutely love yoga and the fact that I am able to just tune into myself, but I have not been able to practice nearly as often as i would like. Last night, I made it a priority to practice for just 10 minutes before bed and it felt so amazing!! I need to make that a habit :)

  • Amelia February 18, 2013, 7:16 am

    Wow, check out that snowfall Charlotte! There were rumore that charleston was going to get a sprinkling but nothing happened. It’s just 30 degrees and freeeeeeeeezzzzzzing!!!!! I am still going to make a big batch of vegetable soup today.

    If you have a sec to swing by Whole Foods, their Plainville No Salt Added Turkey Breast is amazing! Seriously better than any variety I have had ( well except maybe the apple gate maple roasted). It is very similar to juicy leftover Thanksgiving turkey breast. Have a fabulous week!

    • Jen February 19, 2013, 12:07 pm

      amelia – thanks for the turkey recommendation! i’ll definitely try it out.

  • Megan February 18, 2013, 7:44 am

    Your brussel sprouts look amazing. How did you prepare them?

    • Jen February 19, 2013, 12:08 pm

      i cut off stems, cut them in half, removed outer leaves and then seasoned with sea salt, trader joe’s lemon pepper grinder and olive oil. roasted on 400 for about 20 minutes and sprinkled with parm when they came out.

  • Katherine February 18, 2013, 7:52 am

    You’re making me want some toast/PB/banana!

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  • Kerry @ Totes My Oats February 18, 2013, 11:27 am

    I seriously love what you wrote about appreciating the good and not so good practices, as well. I think that is so important to keep in mind! Why get frustrated with ourselves? Just be thankful for what our body is allowing us to do at that moment. Love it. Boars Head is my favorite deli meat brand – that stinks that the natural turkey wasn’t good!

  • She Rocks Fitness February 18, 2013, 4:11 pm

    I did a double yesterday with a friend, who I’m helping get back on track nutritionally and physically and it was so much fun. It’s amazing how yoga can take you through so many mental and physical phases. We both had a blast, felt awesome, and there was no better way to start our Sunday morning. SO jealous you are heading to the beach soon. Good for YOU!

    • Jen February 19, 2013, 12:10 pm

      doubling is also a totally different experience because you have to pace yourself and then give yourself a little breathing room/a break in the second class. i think it’s when you really drop it and surrender. ahhh yoga!

  • Alicia at Poise in Parma February 18, 2013, 4:49 pm

    I’m with ya on appreciating yoga for having some “quiet” time – I love putting my phone on airplane mode! I once had a student tell me her favorite part about practicing yoga is that it was 60 minutes where she didn’t have to talk – in fact, it was encouraged that she didn’t!

    • Jen February 19, 2013, 12:11 pm

      i know, my studio is pretty community oriented and everyone loves to chat. sometimes i stick myself in the corner and only look at my mat for the entire class just so i can have some quite time and not have to think.

  • Mindy February 18, 2013, 6:33 pm

    I want to eat at your house everyday!!

  • meredith February 19, 2013, 6:46 am

    Don’t you just love Island Soyaki? I swear I use it to marinate everything!

    • Jen February 19, 2013, 12:12 pm

      yes! it’s so fabulous and versatile!

  • Caroline February 19, 2013, 12:29 pm

    Awww Jen I’m glad to see your poor forehead has recovered from last week! You would never know

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