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 water)
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!
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.
And you can see Shane also had a cinnamon roll
Where’s the pancake syrup?
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.
Tonight’s flavor? Honey walnut!
Now this hit the spot
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!
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.
All right, friends, I’m off to go work in the office!
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.
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.