Had an interval run to do this morning, so I had a light pre-workout snack: a handful of medjool dates, 1/2 a cup of yogurt, and then a 100 calorie pack of Craisins because I was still hungry. My workout was tough, but I got it done and on pace. I was really happy with it. I’m not so sure about my pre-run snack, though. I think it was a little too much solid food, so next time, I’ll try Gatorade beforehand, along with the handful of dried fruit and 1/2 c yogurt. I think the Craisins were just too much for my stomach to handle.
Afterwards, I decided to try making banana oatmeal. I had seen a recipe for it somewhere, but couldn’t remember where, so I winged it.
- 1/3 c large flake oats
- 1 banana, mashed
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 water
I microwaved it until it was nice and thick, and then added 1/2 tsp vanilla and a touch of kosher salt. Here’s what it looked like:
Yeah, so I may have to work on my presentation a little, but it was pretty good. Sort of like eating warm banana bread, but not quite as sweet. I’m sure if you added nuts (which I don’t have in the house) and brown sugar (which I just don’t like to add from a calories and glycemic index perspective) it would be divine!
Lunch was leftover chicken cacciatore and spaghetti from last night. Click here for the recipe I tried. It was good and had lots of veggies in it, but I thought there was a little too much liquid once it baked. It could also have used a touch more oregano, but I do like my oregano. Sorry, no pic! I also had half an orange, because my daughter didn’t think it was juicy enough – haha!
My snack this afternoon was yogurt and 1 tbsp of chocolate chips. I was making trail mix for the kids and couldn’t resist.
For supper, I tried BBQ Chicken Quesadillas using this recipe from How Sweet It Is. They were perfect: simple to prepare with simple ingredients, and absolutely great flavour. Thanks, Jessica, for the recipe!
Alongside the quesadillas I had a salad with spinach, cucumbers, and tomatoes, and a little raspberry vinaigrette.
After supper, I treated my sweet tooth to another tablespoon of chocolate chips and some milk. That’s a far cry from the half bag I used to eat in one sitting! I really AM trying to practice moderation, so I make an effort to not feel guilty after a small indulgence.
How was your eating today? Did you try any new recipes, or maybe you made an old favourite? What’s your pre-workout snack like first thing in the morning?