Good morning and happy Thursday! It is a chilly one here in DC – it was 34º when I left my house this morning! Brrr.
Last night was a busy night for me. It’s funny because in retrospect its not like I had that much to do, it just felt like a lot for a week night. I wanted to work out, and needed to go grocery shopping, pick up a gift for my mom, and also make a batch of those black beans that will change your life. Somehow I ended up getting it all done and not even feeling too stressed.
I started by changing into workout clothes and going immediately to the gym after work. I ran on the treadmill for 45 minutes, starting with a 15 minute warm-up at 6.0 mph, and then I upped the speed by .1 mph every minute, going from 6.0 to 7.0. I stayed at 7.0 for 2 minutes, and then moved it back down .1 mph every minute, so that was a total of 20 minutes. I ended up with 10 minutes at 6.0, so I covered 4.67 mph in 45 minutes. Then I did the 5 minute cooldown to bring my heart rate back down before heading out. At the end of the workout, the treadmill said I had burned 155 more calories than my Polar HRM said. Crazy!
After the workout, I took a quick shower, ate a piece of bread with some melted cheese and a Jumbo SmartDog (tofu hotdogs that are actually awesome). No picture because I was moving so fast.
After that, Best Buy for my mom’s gift, and then the grocery store. I’m trying to stick to a $50 weekly budget, and came very close last night to going over since I was picking up taco supplies for Kids in the Kitchen tonight, but I managed to stay at exactly $50. Check it out.
I only used one coupon – $1 off the sandwich thins, and otherwise shopped the sales and made sure to look at the grocery store’s website before heading over so I could make my list based off that. I ended up leaving the list at home but managed to remember most of what was on it.
- Baby bella mushrooms
- shredded iceberg lettuce
- bell pepper
- 3 bananas
- 4 limes
- a grapefruit
- grape tomatoes
- low fat cottage cheese
- Baked Tostito Scoops
- Arnold Sandwich Thins
- Corn Tortillas
- Fat Free Refried Beans
- Fat Free Refried Black Beans
- Sliced Almonds
- 1 lb 93/7 ground beef (for tacos – not for me)
- Shredded Cheese
- low fat sour cream
- Ortega taco shells – half soft, half crunchy
- organic frozen corn
- organic frozen peas
Not too shabby! I ended up getting back from the errands around 8:45, and got to work on starting the beans. Instead of doing them in a pot since it takes 2 hours and they wouldn’t be done until 11 or so, I ended up making them in my crockpot. I followed the same directions, including soaking the beans all day, heating up the garlic and onion in a a pan beforehand, and then adding the beans and liquid into the crock pot. I waited until going to sleep to add in the cilantro, and then this morning my apartment smelled SO good. I haven’t eaten the beans yet but I’m pretty sure these are just as good as the ones in a pot. I’ll keep you posted on that after lunch. 🙂
I also haven’t mentioned breakfast on here in a while, and that’s because I’ve basically been eating the same thing every day – Heat n Eat Steel Cut oats. These are super simple, and so good. The night before, you add 1 cup water and 1/4 cup of steel cut oats to a pan, bring it to a boil for 1 minute, turn off the heat, cover it, and leave it on the stove overnight. In the morning you just heat them up and you are ready to go. Lately I’ve been adding 2 tbsp peanut flour into the mix the night before, and in the morning they are SUPER creamy.
Look at that! The peanut flour makes the steel cuts even creamier than they are normally, plus adds 8 grams of protein and only 55 calories.
Today I had them with a sliced banana and raisins.
Sometimes I just have them with a banana.
And sometimes I bring them to work with the toppings on the side.
Almonds, raisins, and honey.
Any way you have ‘em, they are amazing.
What have you been having for breakfast lately? Do you tend to eat the same things every day or change it up?
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