Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Wednesday. N'uf Said

Kick(boxing) Start to the Day
This morning I set my alarm for 5:21 am. When it went off, however, I rolled over to reset it. of course, I was awake already; I very rarely am able to go back to sleep after the alarm wakes me up. I went ahead and got out of bed and did part of Cathe's Kick, Punch and Crunch (warm up, drills, and 3 combos) and the stability ball abs on the same DVD. Once I got moving, I was really happy that I decided to get up and get the workout done for the day.

I will say that I wish I had remembered that it was National Running Day though and run this morning instead. Did you run today?

Pre-Vacation Stress?
Jason and I ran a few errands at lunch, which meant I had the afternoon free. Well, not really free of course. I have a ton on my pre-vacation to-do list. I often feel like I need a few vacation days before the vacation just to get ready. Anyone else feel this way? I've become a very proficient packer when it comes to heading out for a beach vacation. I know exactly what to take. It's the cleaning of the house, errands for last-minute items to take, writing out instructions for dog care, getting the oil changed in the car, hitting up the library for audio books...those are the sorts of things that start to weigh me down and overwhelm me.

I'm trying not to stress out too much, which goes completely against my nature mind you. Do you stress out trying to get ready for a vacation?

Fast Dinner
As is typical before a trip, we have to use up all the fresh produce and anything that might spoil. Sometimes this means getting a big creative of course or having combination you might not normally have. For example, tonight we had baked (nuked really) sweet potatoes. I normally would top with broccoli. However, we're out of both fresh and frozen. It makes no sense at all to buy some right now either. I do have a bunch of kale to use up though. So we had Sweet Potatoes topped with Cheddar Daiya Vegan Cheese, Sauteed Kale and Red Bell Peppers, and Morning Star Farms BBQ Riblets. I try not to rely on lots of meat substitute products, but sometimes convenience takes over when in need of a fast meal.

Sauteed Kale & Red Bell Peppers
1 bunch kale, cleaned, de-stemmed, rough chop
1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 white onion, thinly sliced
1 tbsp minced garlic
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
To taste: salt, black pepper

In large skillet, saute onion, bell pepper, and garlic until just soft. Add in the kale, OJ, and seasonings. Continue to saute until kale is soft. You may need to add more OJ. For a sweeter flavor, add drizzle of agave nectar.
 What are your favorite potato toppings?