July 7, 2011

Chocolate, Please

Thursday was chocolate for breakfast.

kale, spinach, frozen banana and strawberries, vanilla, wheat germ, cooked steel cut oats, rice water, spoon. then decorate that sucker!

Chocolate for a mid-day snack. Chocolate after work during the drive home. It was perfect and delicious, as exciting as an ooey-gooey chocolate chips melting in your mouth kind of experience.

Thursday morning also included a hard-to-believe-I-survived workout in the gym (before the chocolate took place), where I promise you I felt a bit like a contestant on the Biggest Loser - pushed to the limit, giving it my all, feeling strong and good inside, sweating enough to fill a bathtub, you know.

A very lovely morning, indeed.

Can I just say that bringing a prayer list with oneself to ye ol' gym, and chatting with God while tackling a lengthy (or shorty) cardio session is a very, very ideal way to start the day? Because it so is! It actually beats singing while sweating - which is also very enjoyable - because once you hear a song 16 times and have memorized it word for word, it's easy to find yourself singing the lyrics without paying attention - even if it's a worship song and you were once singing to God Himself! In other words: you're hardly singing at all, clueless to the fact that you're mouthing the words to your once was favorite praise song of all time but thinking about your grocery list for the week.

So my vote goes for prayer in the gym. Just sayin!

PS: rainbow rice n' beans, from Angela @ Oh She Glows, incredible. Simple ingredients, bold flavors, amazing stick-to-your-ribs-leaving-you-fully-satisfied-sans-cravings-afterwards type of powers, and wonderful out of the microwave a day after it was made. What more could you ask for in a meal?

• 2 green onion, diced
• 4 tomatoes, diced
• 1.5 cups cooked beans (pinto, black, your choice)
• 1 cup cooked brown rice
• 1-2 tbsp salsa (used my hubby's homemade)
• 1/2 cup corn, frozen or fresh
• 3/4 cup peas, frozen or fresh
• 1/2 bell pepper, diced (use a whole if you have it! I only had half of one in the fridge)
• chili powder, cumin, coriander to taste
• salt n' pepper to taste

Simply heat a pan, drizzle some oil inside (I used avocado oil), add the onion n' let it become fragrant. Then toss in your frozen veggies, bell pepper, tomato, beans and seasonings. Mix it all up, cover the bad boy and watch it simmer to perfection.

Told ya it was easy :)

dinnah? oh, dinner. this is what happens when I'm in a hurry, 'cause I'm starved, but I also want something incredible, not just some almonds (which seems so much more simple some days) aaaand I just so happen to have some cooked quinoa in the fridge, waiting to be consumed:

I threw some sesame oil in a pan and cooked some broccoli and red cabbage, drizzled them with Bragg's Liquid Aminos and toasted sesame seeds, then removed the broccoli. Quinoa was tossed with the cooked cabbage, red pepper flakes were added 'cause I need me a spicy sushi roll, and bell pepper was cut into strips. A bag of frozen edamame found itself in the microwave, and I rolled some sushi. Incredible. Just add avocado and fancy chop sticks. :)

here's to a late Thursday post! g'night.

"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill that cannot be hidden.... In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven." Matthew 5:14+16

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