Thursday, May 13, 2010

Berry Great Thursday

More Running and Kicking 
Since we're on tap for bad weather starting tomorrow through Sunday, I really wanted to get a run in today if at all possible. Jason was on board with that, so we took advantage of the storm-free day for a lunchtime run. We did a fairly easy 3+ miles, though we did speed up on the 2nd half of the run. It was soooo humid I must say. It would have been the perfect time to jump in the pool to cool down.

After work I did a short kickboxing workout from 4 Day Split. This isn't one of my favorite Cathe compilations, but it's still a good one. Well worth the money. It's 4 DVDs giving you a 4-day split of weights and cardio. Cardio includes step, kickboxing, and boot camp. What's even better is that there are a seemingly endless number of premixes on this one - 23 to be exact. I also stretched for a bit after the workout.

Since I didn't take it today, tomorrow will likely be my much-needed rest day. Actually, this is one of those weeks when I could easily skip my rest day because I'm feeling really good in terms of not being terribly fatigued from workouts (maybe I wasn't working hard enough LOL).

Strawberries for Dinner
Dinner tonight was almost a grilled salad. However, we had a bunch of strawberries that needed to be used or frozen. I have been wanting to make a strawberry salsa, so....Quorn Patty with Strawberry Salsa, Green Bean Bell Pepper Salad, and Roasted Sweet and Baking Potatoes seasoned with rosemary, thyme, and sea salt.

Strawberry Salsa
Ingredients:
Fresh strawberries, small dice
Roma tomatoes, cored, seeded, small dice
1/2 green bell pepper, small dice
1-2 jalapenos, minced
1/4-1/2 red onion, minced
splash of fresh orange juice
Agave nectar (to taste)
Salt, to taste

Directions:
Combine all ingredients and allow to set for at least 30 minutes, preferably longer.

Green Bean Bell Pepper Salad
Ingredients:
Fresh green beans, cleaned and trimmed
1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 yellow bell pepper thinly sliced
Balsamic vinaigrette of your choice

Directions:
Steam green beans for no more than 2 minutes then shock in ice bath. In large bowl, combine green beans, bell peppers, and vinaigrette.

As for the salsa, I didn't have as many tomatoes as I would have liked, but I think it still turned out fantastic - slightly more of a pico de gallo style salsa. If you added cinnamon and extra agave nectar, it would be great with cinnamon tortillas as well as a dessert. The Green Bean Bell Pepper Salad was a nice, fresh change from sauteing them.