Thursday, August 2, 2012

Facial for Rest Day & Creamy Pesto Pasta

Spaaaaaaa
Today was a rest day for me. I definitely was ready for one too. And how do you top off a rest day? How about with a facial? I'm kind of a cheap girlie girl (cheap as in frugal thankyouverymuch). I love fashion, love having my nails painted, makeup, jewelry, all that jazz. But I won't pay for manicures, pedicures or even massages...let alone a facial.

Jason, however, surprised me for Valentine's Day with a gift certificate for a facial. So today I put it to use. And the timing couldn't have been better. I've not been sleeping well this week and have had a headache for three days. Just not a happy camper basically.

So it was perfect timing for me. It was so indulgent and relaxing. I just wanted to melt into the table. I had a bad crick in my back and she massaged that out as well. So, hopefully tonight I'll sleep more soundly.

Carb Loading
Tomorrow we're planning on another long run if we can handle the heat. Our lows aren't exactly low - 80 degrees. Jason's stomach can be a little sensitive during long runs - I know this is pretty common for runners. So I tried to make something that would sit easier - another pasta dish.

Pasta twice in one week? Who am I??? I'm not really a big pasta fan. I know this is some sort of sin as an Italian. I guess it's the heaviness of it. I prefer the sauce, lots and lots of sauce. I tend to go overboard actually. But that's ok. It's what I like.

I have a ton of basil growing, so I decided to make use of it with a "Creamy" Pesto. It's so simple, you just blend up silken tofu, lots of fresh basil, olive oil, nuts (I only had pecans), salt, pepper, nutritional yeast flakes, garlic powder and a splash of apple cider vinegar. Tada. Easy peasy.

I made whole-wheat rotini, baked up some tofu that I seasoned with some Italian herbs, cut up some cherry tomatoes and tossed it all with the pesto. It's such a simple dish and can be served warm or cold.
 

I served mine over spinach, which is totally optional of course. And it tasted better than it looked. Not photogenic material.

Daily To-Enjoy List:
Facial
Rest day
Easy dinner
Relaxing evening