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Magnificent Monday

Lunchtime Run
Today Jason got up to go swim at 5 am. While I was awake, I opted not to do my workout. I've got some serious DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) going on from my workouts this weekend. My legs just felt too have and too stiff to attempt a step workout. I'm glad I didn't try to push through because we ended up going for a 30-minute run at lunch. We had perfect weather again today. It was sunny and 70 degrees. The lunchtime run was great for loosening up my legs and giving me an energy boost.

We did, however, do a trial run run with the dogs. Jason has been talking about wanting to take them running with us for ages. They can be a bit spastic though, and I am sooo afraid of getting tripped up and falling when one of them makes an emergency potty stop or stop and smell session. I am plenty klutzy on my own thank you very much. We have a route mapped out that is 1.5 miles from the start of our house back around. So we took them for a jog the first lap. They really did pretty well considering this was their first true run and not a leisurely stroll. I'm hoping they'll still be worn out tonight...who am I kidding. I know them all too well! 

I also did abs from Ab Circuits after work plus a good stretch.
First Grilled Dinner and Sweet Treats
Since the weather was still nice (thought rain is in the forecast over night) I decided to get out and fire up the grill for the first grilled meal of the year. I decided to do a Grilled Veggie and Tofu Salad.

Grilled Veggie and Tofu Salad
1 package extra-firm tofu* (squeezed and patted dry)
2 tbsp no-sugar strawberry preserves
Extra-virgin olive oil (enough to loosen marinade, approximately 1 tbsp)
Balsamic vinegar (to taste)
Port-wine vinegar (to taste and to loosen marinade)
Fresh veggies of your choice:
1 zucchini, cut into strips
1 yellow squash, cut into strips
3 baby portobellos
1/2 green bell pepper
1 small sweet potato, cubed

* Freeze tofu for minimum three days, then thaw in refrigerator for a spongier texture that absorbs marinades more readily.

Make marinade by mixing preserves, oil, and vinegars. Layer on tofu and let sit 4 hours or longer.

Grill all veggies to your liking. I use a small baking sheet to cook the potatoes on. Grill tofu approximately 20 minutes on each side on lower heat. I usually grill everything large and cut it down into smaller chunks for serving. I serve on a bed of red leaf lettuce and spinach with drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette and side of toasted whole-wheat bread or pita. 
In the mail today, these fabulous treats were waiting for me. Amie from The Healthy Apple sent them to me as a special treat. I've never tired Larabars so I am sooooo excited (and thankful) for this awesome package. Thank you so much Amie!!! Now, everyone needs to go visit her blog for some awesome, healthy recipes and tips and tricks. Go Now!
I haven't opened them yet, but I'll be sure to post my thoughts as soon as I do. I have a few other product reviews too.


  1. I got a little giggle out of trying to wear out the dogs. Let us know tomorrow if it works. If it does I may have to starting running with cats since they never sleep through the night. Won't that be a sight? LOL!

    Wonderful looking salad as always,

  2. Alicia @ Vegan Epicurean Funny you should mention the dogs being tired. One is and one isn't. The "crazy" on is still wired for sound. I'd LOVE to see a picture of you running the cats!! Our "crazy" girl never sleeps through the night either. She apparently takes after me ;-)

  3. I really want to try to run with our dogs, but yeah, I really worry about tripping too :-(

  4. I just read your biceps story.. so cute!! LOL. That stir-fry looks delicious! I never have any clue what to do with tofu. haha!

  5. Yay for an outside run today!!! I bet it was AWESOME! I'm so ready for spring!! That's great you are trying to run with your dogs. Whenever I ran really long distances, I yearned for a dog to be there with me. haha Although, you did mention the tripping... And when I was little, my dog took off and I tried to hold on and he just drug me along the sidewalk. Ouch. :(

    What kind of dogs do you have??

    Grilled dinner looks so very yummy! Portobello mushrooms are the best!

  6. I really pray that one day I can get myself out of bed early to work out! I admire your diligence!

  7. great job on the tofu, it looks perfect!

  8. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg they do make these shorter hip leashes that I think we'll look into if we keep up the running with them. It was funny, when one looked pooped, if I ran ahead, they suddenly needed to sprint again to catch me. Jason called it his interval training.

    Thanks so much for stopping by April @ Foods of April ! I'm finally figuring out how to cook tofu in a way that I like. I used to pretty much avoid it like the plague - odd for a vegetarian! LOL

    Carrie Ouch on being dragged, that's what I'm afraid of. We have 2 Cocker Spaniels so they're just big enough to really trip you up!!! I love portobellos yum! One of the best parts of spring/summer, grilling out.

    Tess the getting up early to exercise is an ongoing battle I have with myself. I love it after I'm done b/c I'm done for the day. However, I am NOT a morning person so it pretty much sucks at first. Cardio is easier. Weights...ehhh

    Averie @ Love Veggies And Yoga thanks for the compliment. I'm getting better at preparing it and finding marinades that I like. I was almost afraid this was going to be too sweet, but it turned out great actually.

  9. Ohh the larabars! Now that I've finally tried one and found them to be DELISH, its your turn. Lemon is divine :)

  10. Jessica @ EatDrinkBreatheSweat Lemon was probably going to be my first one actually. Then the PB&J. It really took a lot not to open them all up and sample each one - like a box of chocolates!

  11. i love cathe! she is awesome! (I cant remember if I commented about her on your blog before!) but she does rock...she is intense and I love that!!

    taht tofu looks SO good! nicely done :)

  12. Oh larabars are great (and gluten-free!!) so I can't wait to hear your thoughts!

  13. That salad looks amazing! I really want to make that. I really liked tofu the first time I made it. I will definitely be giving this a whirl.
    Hope you enjoy the larabars..they are very yummy!

  14. Naomi I can't remember if you mentioned Cathe on my blog or in a response to a post on yours. It's so nice to find others who even know who she is!

    Kelly @ Healthy Living with Kelly I'll be sure to post my thoughts when I dig in. Kind of afraid I won't be able to stop with one!

    Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian Can't wait to see your tofu recipe!

  15. I just found you and am enjoying all the recipes. I run with my dog all the time and thought I'd share a few trip free tips: teach "leave it!" So important to know squirrels are off limits. Keep a short leash. I wrap a thin 6 ft lead around my waist and tuck it into my waistline, or hold a 4 ft slip lead in my hand. They'll get it with practice! Looking forward to reading more!

  16. Hi Lindsay @ Lindsay Runs ! So glad you found me. They do know leave it and that really does help. It'll just be getting them used to it I believe. Thanks for the tip on how you use your leash. Looking through your blog right now!!


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