March 29, 2009

POM and Circumstance

Saturday morning, I woke up wanting to move, but couldn't stand the thought of putting in yet another exercise DVD. I needed to be outside and HOW. Nevermind the overcast sky, it was nice and mild, and maybe I needed to return a few library books anyway.

So I fired up the iPod and set out for some fresh air. After dropping the books off, I alternated walking and running for one song each, which is what I like to think of as intervals, though I know better. I don't really care anyway - I don't have a heart rate monitor or a race to run or anything; in fact, running is one of my least favorite things to do, exercise-wise. But whatever it was that got into me yesterday, I was flying, and it was awesome. I even sprinted, at which point I felt like a total rebel, because when you grow up with a ballet teacher in your ear lecturing you on how you should never run because you'll ruin your knees and never dance again, you tend to listen. Even now, years distant from any serious dance classes, I feel a little guilty on the rare occasions that I run.

Don't expect this to become a habit - I had a steady stream of upbeat songs coming through my earphones, and the whole time I was imagining myself dancing. I could never have a prayer of running for more than a minute without good tunes, and even then I'm pining for my dancing days. Nonetheless, it was awesome to finally be outside after months of the cold putting it out of the question, and I do love running around my Brooklyn neighborhood because it's gorgeous. I highly recommend Brooklyn if you find yourself in New York.

Are you still awake? If so, look - I have juice.

The POM Blogger, Diana (nice name!) sent me a box full of POM Wonderful juice. How exciting! I can't wait to mix up some POM-tinis and invite the boyf over for an antioxi-date. ;)

I had big plans to make a fancy diner-style breakfast for myself, but after a run in the cool, damp weather, all I wanted was oats. Can you blame me? So I fed the crave and decided to go hog-wild with some tricks I've picked up from the blogosphere.

The bottom layer is nonfat plain yogurt (thank you, Sarah) and the oats got blended with the immersion blender before being topped (thank you, Katie). This bowl rocked my face off, so I'm glad I went with what I wanted. In the oatmeal mixture:

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup kamut puffs
  • 1/4 cup grated carrots
  • 1/4 cup liquid egg whites
  • cinnamon and cardamom

On top:

  • blackberries
  • carob chips
  • Cinnamon Vanilla Awesome Almonds
  • TJ's crunchy unsalted PB

I also had a green smoothie on the side, but it was extremely mediocre on account of me messing up the proportions. I used a ton of salad greens, a teaspoon of flaxseed and half of my Blended Bliss YouShake mix, but because I put in too much water, it turned out more like really cold juice than a smoothie, despite me adding more ice, and I couldn't really taste the shake mix at all. I have plans for the other half, so I'll keep you updated as to what I think of it. No picture because it was so fug.

I had plans with the boyf for later in the day, so the time between breakfast and lunch was spent on chores and to-do's and the like, but no one cares about that, so here's my salad.

My Thai:

  • organic salad greens
  • broccoli slaw
  • half of a mango
  • unsweetened coconut shreds
  • wasabi peas
  • peanuts
  • red pepper flakes
  • best dressing ever

I decided to experiment a little with the dressing, and it was tongue-in-bowl-licking-the-remnants good. I reconstituted 1 tbsp PB2 with 1 tbsp water so it was a little runny, and then stirred in a tablespoon of Sabra Classic Hummus. SO GOOD! Not exactly rocket science, but it totally made my salad, especially paired with the mango and the spicy wasabi peas. I told the boyf about my concoction later and he said, "That sounds gross, yo." YOU sound gross, boyf!

Those of you out there who know better: try this for a dressing or a stir-fry sauce or whathaveyou. It's a match made in legume heaven.

I hope you had as good a weekend as I did. I saw I Love You, Man today, and I haven't laughed that hard at a movie in a long time. Totes McGoats.


Anonymous said...

amazing how you can just get the running urge out of nowhere, isn't it??

yay for plain yogurt on the bottom of oats! i can't even eat oats without it anymore.

pb2 + hummus sounds brilliant!

Anonymous said...

Ohh, that is very tasty looking rendition of thai salad! Have you ever tried the thai salad at California Pizza Kitchen?

Dori said...

Good for you for running outside! I have never done it before and am anxiously awaiting warm weather (I wasn't home on Saturday) so I can finally try it! I want to love it... I would like to come to Brooklyn and run with you one day.

Diana is sending me some POM as well! In fact, it might be waiting for me at my boyfriend's but he is away so I won't know until Tuesday night!

Missy said...

I can't wait to try running outside! I don't think I can breathe when I try but I will attempt if it ever gets warm out! Love that salad! Hummus on salad makes everything better!

domifc said...

That salad looks delish! And are those bean sprouts that I see? Funny story: when my bro was a youngun' he one time called them "buffalo horns" and it stuck. I grew up calling them buffalo horns and have found myself uttering those words in public too!

Also, running and I don't mix but I blame that on the asthma. I still haven't found a way to start running without a major asthma attack.

Now I have to go read all the other posts I've missed out on since the BF had the weekend off.