Ok, so I have been meaning to make these for AGES and have just now finally gotten around to it. I felt it fit into the Superbowl snack theme that I was going with yesterday. (Bonus snack idea: I mixed 1/8 cup [20g] of raisins into 2 tbsp [32g] of natural honey roasted peanut butter and it was a phenomenal decision; 250 calories of very filling yumminess.)
But back to the pretzels. These pretzel bites are whole wheat, delicious, easy to make, and most importantly, stuffed with cheese. I made them in a very small batch – only six of them – but it’d be easy to multiply the recipe and make more. For all six, it was 275 calories. That may seem like a lot of calories for a snack, but nearly all of them come from the flour and, like the peanut butter/raisin combo, these babies will keep you satisfied.
I stumbled upon a salad recipe the other day that called for blue cheese dressing, but when I went to my Food Lion I couldn’t find any light options and all of the available choices were over 100 calories for two tablespoons, which is ridiculous and way more than I’m willing to use on a salad dressing. So I decided to take matters into my own hands and made this super easy and super yummy dressing myself! Did you know that you can make your own salad dressing? Because I definitely did not. But you can, and I did!
I’m going home for five days over Thanksgiving, and that means the last few days I’ve been trying to eat as much produce as possible so that it doesn’t all go bad while I’m gone. It also means I’ve had to go with some unconventional combinations as I’ve been trying to use up some ingredients while running out of others.
Today’s lunch was a great example of that, where I decided that I needed to make a salad to use up my kale, and then saw my hard boiled eggs and bacon and settled on a cobb salad. Except that I was missing a whole bunch of the things that cobb salads generally have, including dressing. So I got a little creative, pulled together a bunch of random things I had in my fridge that seemed appropriate, and then Googled cobb salad dressings and combined a few recipes to make my own. The good news is it was yummy, and only 343 calories! So now I share my unconventional cobb salad with you:
I had another busy weekend full of cooking! This time, though, the results were substantially healthier. Which is good. Cause now that my week of exercise and nutrition break is over (I kicked off the beginning of my return to healthiness with a 6.3 mile run Saturday morning), it’s time to get serious again.
So speaking of getting serious, omelets are a really great healthy breakfast because they’re filling, adjustable in size, easily modified for lots of variations, relatively easy to make, and (depending on what you put in them) very nutritious! I actually almost feel silly giving a recipe because omelets are so easy that really all I probably need to do is say “hey, make an omelette and put this stuff on it.” But alas, I will provide the entire recipe anyway. Here’s mine:
Actually, I kicked ass at a half marathon on Saturday. The MapMyRun screenshot below shows my splits, but I forgot to stop the timer at the end so my actual clock time was 2:05:55, which meant an average pace of 9:36 min/mile – a full 24 seconds faster than my goal pace, which was awesome.
It’s a bit of a long story, but I’m going to tell the short version: I’m running a half marathon on Saturday and in preparation am nearly finished with a five day fat-loading period, during which 65% of my calories must come from fats. And I’m not talking just any random fats – it’s specifically healthy fats, which for me primarily means nuts, dairy, and avocados. Just as an FYI it also includes olives and olive oil, but I haven’t used them at all.
Getting 65% of your caloric intake from fat is somewhat challenging, and has required me to get a bit creative. Lunch and snacks have been easy because I just eat a bunch of cheese and nuts, but for dinner I look to add a bit more variety, and I do that with avocados and hummus (both high in healthy fats).
I feel like this is very quickly turning more into a cooking blog than anything else, but alas, I keep making yummy things and I want to share them with the world.
I used to work right across from a CVS, and although it doesn’t sound like CVS would be a good place to grab lunch, they had a pesto caprese sandwich that was delicious and I would run across the street to grab one at least once every two weeks or so. Sadly, since CVS changed their food options and I no longer work near one, it’s been a while since I’ve been able to enjoy that lunch. So, when I found a recipe for homemade pesto, I knew exactly what I was going to use it for (with several modifications to make it healthier). And I’m glad I did!