Stop Stressing and Have a Walnut

Yesterday was a great day. I just felt inspired, encouraged, and in a good mood all around. (By the way, I think I took my longest shower ever yesterday after getting back hot waterWinking smile)

However, after my strength training workout yesterday afternoon, I felt a bit off. I only did about 30 minutes, but it included lots of cardio bursts like plank jumps and mountain climbers. I cut it off early because I could tell my body was letting me know it needed some rest. I’m guessing I over did it with my interval run after a day of hauling buckets of water up the stairs.

An easy dinner certainly helped! Open-mouthed smile

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Protein pancakes + scrambled eggs! I used 3 eggs + 3 egg whites for both Shane and my portions. And I added cheese at the end to mix in the eggs.

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And you can see Shane also had a cinnamon roll Winking smile 

Where’s the pancake syrup?

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Here it is!

I don’t like having syrup with pancakes, usually, but I know Shane does, and we were all out! So I made a simple Blueberry syrup by blending 2 cups of fresh blueberries in the Vitamix, and bringing it to a boil with the juice of half a lemon in a sauce pan. Then I added about 3 tbsp of sugar and let it simmer for about 5 minutes before cooling. It made the best sauce ever!

It was a yummy dinner, but my tummy was ready for more a couple hours later, so I decided to have a healthy cookie bowl I had saved in the fridge.

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Tonight’s flavor? Honey walnut!

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Now this hit the spot Winking smile

Where are my veggies? Sadly, I was too much in a rush to have them yesterday, so this morning I’m starting my day with them!

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Green smoothie in the morning makes for a healthy way to start out the day! After training a client this morning, I blended up this beauty of the basics – spinach, almond milk, 1 frozen, chopped banana, a bit of protein powder, and ice.

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All right, friends, I’m off to go work in the office!

Walnut Wonders

The next time you feel overwhelmed after looking at a schedule that requires to be in two places at the same time, close your lap top, take a deep breath, and have a nutty snack. A Penn State research study recently showed people who eat a diet rich in walnuts or walnut oil may be able to handle the physical effects of stress on the body better than those without.

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They also found that eating walnuts or walnut oil can lower both resting blood pressure and blood pressure responses to stress conducted in a laboratory study. But remember, a diet rich in walnuts doesn’t mean you should eat walnuts at every meal! The nutritious power houses are still high in calories and fat, so a diet rich in walnuts is still conducive to eating them in moderation.

Source: Tasty Tidbits, IDEA Fitness Journal, January 2011. Sandy Todd Webster, pg 69.

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Comments

  1. My green smoothies never look that vibrant..same ingredients, don’t know what the deal is!

  2. I’m quite glad you provided this information on walnuts! Although I have come a long way, I am still somewhat uncomfortable eating fats even though I know how necessary and healthy they are for you, and here’s even more evidence! Thank you for this reminder :)

  3. I love walnuts! Thanks for the info!
    I had a green smoothie this morning too. First one in months and it was DELISH!

  4. Great that your water heater is fixed. I am still planning on making that bowl…

  5. With the warm weather rolling in, I think all of us are craving smoothies. I made some green smoothie last night for dinner and today for breakfast :)

  6. Homemade fruit syrup is my fav!! It’s so much tastier than maple!

  7. Thanks for the walnut tip! I will definitely invest in some, the next time they’re on sale. :)

  8. I just might start eating walnuts by the bagful. Or perhaps I need to make some healthy cookie bowls! I could use the stress-fighting effects. Thanks for the tip!

  9. How do you make your protein pancakes? Will you share that recipe?

    • I meant to say please :)

      • Oh, sure! I’ve been meaning to post it, but in the meantime, here it is (serves one):

        1/4 c. whole wheat flour
        1 scoop protein powder
        1/4 tsp baking soda
        1/4 tsp salt
        1 tsp cinnamon
        stevia to taste (just a wee bit)

        1 egg white + half a yolk (I actually split the yolk, lol, but I’m sure you could either do the whole egg or just the white)
        1/4 c. almond milk or skim milk
        1 tbsp canola oil
        1 tsp vanilla extract

        Mix the dry ingredients in a medium bowl and the wet in a small bowl. Add the wet to the dry and mix until just combined. Let sit for a couple minutes, and then cook on a hot griddle!

  10. That cookie bowl looks fantastic! I’m a fan of anything called a cookie that doubles as an acceptable breakfast. :)

  11. Love the idea of making your own blueberry syrup! I will have to try that.

    My green monsters never look so green. I always see them on other blogs and they are so green like yours! Did you put a ton of spinach into it?

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