I had to travel to Whole Foods to find this guy. After unsuccessful searches at three other grocery stores, I finally struck gold. He was very pricey, so I just bought two: one for making my mom’s pumpkin cake (stay tuned later this week for the recipe!) and one for me 🙂 I’m conserving it until I think of some killer recipes in which I plan to use it.
I had every intention of going to the gym after school today. It was a rough day at school, but I knew that going to the gym would be a good pick-me-up. When I drove by my exit to go home, I stayed on the highway. As soon as I was pulling up to the gym, though, I just knew I didn’t have the energy in me today. Instead, I decided to just call it a rest day and use my fresh legs tomorrow for a 9 mile run.
I headed to Whole Foods where I found the aforementioned cans of pumpkin. I also decided to indulge in one of my favorite sweets: chocolate and yogurt covered pretzels and raisins.
I really wanted to prove to myself that a) I could choose to take an off day because I’m tired/stressed and not eat into oblivion and b) eat a pretty small serving of a special treat and not let it become a gateway for a bigger binge. I am proud to say that I succeeded in accomplishing both goals!
When I got home, I did snack on a few nibbles of chocolate chips and a few carrots dipped in hummus. Little did I know, that would leave me very satisfied until several hours later! In fact, come dinner time at 7, I wasn’t too hungry. Even still, I managed to eat a delicious dinner of fresh whole wheat fettuccine with homemade pesto and sauteed veggies.
First, I boiled fresh pasta for about 7 minutes (fresh whole wheat takes longer than white pasta to cook!) Meanwhile, Dave sauteed chopped zucchini, bell pepper, onion and tomatoes.
I was in charge of the pesto. I picked about 2 cups of fresh basil from our garden (I am such a devoted chef that I did it while it was raining outside!). Next, I put it in my mini foodprocessor with about 1/4 cup olive oil, ~2-3 tbsp. parmesan cheese and 4 cloves fresh basil and pulsed it until it formed a nice paste. I meant to add walnuts and/or pine nuts, but I plumb forgot 😦 (While at Whole Foods, I contemplated buying fresh parmesan reggiano for our pesto, but at $18/lb., I decided that it wasn’t worth the cost.)
This was so yummy!
A small bowl of pineapple and grapes for dessert.
I definitely ate more food at dinner than I needed to in order to feel satisfied. I really need to work on slowing down my eating so that I can pay better attention to my satiety cues. It’s a work in progress!
We had to make a trip out to CVS to buy Dave some 12 hour Sudafed. My poor hubby does not feel well. That medicine works wonders!
P.S. I had typed up my breakfast post but forgot to post it this morning in my caffeine-less daze. Check it out here.