HALF MARATHON UPDATE
Scheduled to do 5 miles today. Tired. Ate a handful of peanuts before workout, and drank plenty of water.
Here's what I did:
~ 5.15 miles
~ 50 minutes
~ 600 calories burned
10 minutes of strength training.
Thank goodness tomorrow is a rest day. I'm suddenly having my "knee problem" from many years ago again. I had kind of forgotten about it. My left knee used to ache when I ran a lot back then. I can see this is going to be an issue again. I'm going to have to ice it tonight.
Carl and I were starving for dinner. I whipped up something quick: grilled teriyaki chicken breasts, couscous, and some steamed veggies.
I usually use either whole wheat couscous or this parmesan flavored couscous. Near east 100% natural couscous.
This unfortunately has a lot of sodium in it. I only use it occasionally. It's a good source of protein though. The whole wheat couscous has NO sodium. I should really just stick with that.
Here's dinner. We inhaled it. We were so hungry!!!
Mmmmm, look at those green beans! I LOVE green beans. I put a little bit of onion and garlic powder on them for seasoning.
PLUMPING MY WHEAT BERRIES
Not too long ago, I bought some wheat berries at the Downtown Grocery in Wausau. Wheat berries are a great source of protein, omega - 3's, and fiber. You can put them in pretty much anything (baked goods, oatmeal, homemade granola bars, etc.), but they come as a hard, dry little kernel. You have to plump them to eat them. When plump, they are kind of chewy, and they have a mild nutty flavor.
To plump wheat berries, I pour about a cup of wheat berries in a sauce pan, cover with water, bring the water and berries to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer. I just let the berries simmer until they reach the texture and chewiness I desire. Usually about 15 minutes. Then, I drain the berries, put them in a container and put them in the fridge. You want to use your plump wheatberries within 7-10 days. YUM!
SPECIAL BAR TREAT
I was just on a roll tonight in the kitchen. I decided to try out a granola bar recipe I found on another blog Kath Eats Real Food. Her Baked Oatmeal Snack Bars looked delicious!
Here's the recipe:
~ 1 1/2 cups oats
~ 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
~ 3/4 cup dried fruit (whatever you want, I used dried cranberries)
~ 1 tsp cinnamon
~ 1 tsp kosher salt
~ 1 1/4 cups skim milk
~ 1 egg
~ 1 tsp vanilla
~ Preheat oven to 350 degrees
~ Mix all dry ingredients
~ Mix wet ingredients
~ Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Stir to combine.
~ Pour into a 9x9 baking dish coated with cooking spray or parchment paper
~ Bake for 40 minutes
~ Cut into 9 squares
Each bar is approx 165 calories, 3 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein.
** Kath says that your fruit brings sweetness to the bars. If you want more sweetness or don't want to use dried fruit, you can add 1/4 - 1/2 cup brown sugar.
Here's my concoction:
Well, Carl and I tried it out and it was okay. Nothing spectacular. I think that if I would have put some brown sugar in it, that would have improved it for us. The cranberries didn't provide enough sweetness for our taste. Good try though!