Summer…what summer??

Woohoo we’re mid-week already. Not that I’m living for the weekends or anything…And predictably it is cold and miserable once again. No surprises there then.

First off, here’s my What I Ate Wednesday (thanks again to Jenn for hosting as always!).

 

Breakfast, I had almond milk porridge but with my added twist of a teaspoon of wheatgrass to turn it a lovely appetising colour of green:

1.08 breakfast

I heard that one of the benefits of wheatgrass was that it helped prevent premature greying of your hair. Now I don’t know how true this benefit is but after my friend (same age as me, 24) told me she’s been finding some grey hairs in her hair I’ve had a mini-panic and been throwing wheatgrass into everything. Silly, I know, but it doesn’t hurt to add it to things (like smoothies and porridge) as you can barely taste anything.

At work I usually eat a tuna salad or I make chilli and take that with me. I won’t post a pic as they’re fairly standard and I’ve posted photos of them before, but I will mention that recently I’ve been adding nutritional yeast as a topping to the chilli and, honestly, it’s divine! I’ve only just come across nutritional yeast so forgive me if I sound like a bit of a newbie when I say, Where have you been all my life?? Yummy.

But anyway, here’s lunch that I had at the weekend:

28.07 lunch

Chicken, onion, yellow bell peppers, courgette, mushrooms and full-fat Philadelphia Cream Cheese with a some Cajun spices to add a kick with steamed broccoli and soya beans. I love this meal soo much. So easy to throw together and just delicious. Really creamy and very filling.

And because it’s Summer Staples WIAW, [though it doesn’t feel like summer] dinner yesterday evening was a lovely colourful salad – at least something looks summery!

30.07 dinner

Feta cheese, haricot beans, cucumber, beetroot, tomatoes, lettuce and a drizzle of balsamic dressing. So fresh and yummy. I’m so into my cheese right now. I’m not a big fan of cheddar at all, but feta, goat’s cheese, edam, mozzarella (not melted) and things like that I adore. You can’t really beat a salad with how easy it is to prepare. Snacks have been a lot of honeydew melon…mmm.

Currently courgettes [zucchinis] are in season in the UK and I can’t get enough of them. I have them in my chilli, stir-fries, random ad hoc meals… and I really want to try that delicious Zucchini-ziki Sauce recipe from Jenn. Definitely a winning summer recipe! And beetroot. I really fancy making a beetroot smoothie – any ideas welcome! Smile

Onto the fitness side of things. Not so good. I woke up Monday morning for my run really not feeling like it. When I stepped outside it was like winter. I wanted to put gloves on it was that nippy. Fairly depressing. Then as soon as I started running I knew the run would be bad. You know when you can just tell? I wanted to give up straight away. My only motivation for continuing was that it would be a waste of the effort of getting up early. I was already up, dressed in my gear and outside, I might as well just get on with it, you know? But I started slowly and didn’t pick up my speed until towards the end.

30.07

I wish I knew what makes me have a good run. Is it what I ate the night before? The amount of sleep I got? I just don’t know. But I was tired and felt my legs were heavy as I was running and I was in a bad mood.

Well, you can’t win them all can you? You’ve got to have a bad run to appreciate the good runs after all!

Here’s my outfit of the day:

1.08 outfit

The top is from Oasis, jeans Top Shop and the necklace is from Accessorize. You can’t quite see in the photo but the top is a lovely colour of greeny-blue. And it’s lovely a silky.

Oooh and I attempted yoga for the first time. I was supposed to do it at the weekend, but after getting myself all stressed out I just didn’t feel the urge. So I got up earlier on Tuesday and attempted some of the beginner’s poses I’d found on the Internet: Downward Facing Dog (to begin with I struggled a little bit to understand how I was actually supposed to be positioned), Warrior (love this one), Plank, Fierce pose, Tree pose (another good ‘un), Garland pose (not the most attractive of positions I must admit), and the Boat pose. I hope to get better at doing them, then hold them for longer and then move on to more tricky ones. Baby steps. But not bad for my first crack at it!

Happy WIAW, hope you all had lovely meals Smile

12 thoughts on “Summer…what summer??

  1. I love goats cheese and balsamic in a salad- yum 🙂
    Have you looked at yoga download.com? They have free yoga podcasts and also pose guides that you can print out- might be worth a look. They do a yoga for runners which, when I was doing it, was really good! Must get back into it!

    • Oooh thanks for the tip. I will definitely have a look. I like the sound of yoga for runners! It’s very difficult to do this stuff when it’s just you in a room on your own I’ve found. So any guidance like a podcast I think would be ideal.

  2. Nutritional Yeast on chili! What an awesome idea, I must try it. Your outfit looks totally cute too. YouTube has some awesome workouts too. I do bloglaties with pop pilates. Their beginner workout is KILLER.

    • Thanks 🙂 Yeh the nutritional yeats just really adds another layer of flavour and nutrients. I’m addicted! Wow bloglaties sounds amazing, I’m very intrigued! I will definitely check that out, thanks for the tip 🙂

    • Ahh yeh it’s a bit different isn’t it? See I thought it smelt amazing and was convinced Ben would like it too but he jumped a mile and made me promise not to touch his food with it lol.

  3. I’m like that with nutritional yeast; only discovered it a year ago and now can’t do without! I love it on steamed green veg and you can make a blinding “cheese” sauce with it.
    I like the colour of that porridge, it looks pistachio but I’d never heard that about wheatgrass, might have to try it 🙂
    This weather sucks doesn’t it?!

    • I like the sound of the sauce! Yeah I’ve only really touched the surface of nutritional yeast’s capabilities hehe so I will definitely do some research and see what else I can use it with.
      I’m so fed up with the weather. It’s just so depressing. The nights are drawing in as well and I feel like shouting “Nooo, we haven’t had summer yet though!”

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