Yum

For lunch today, I wanted to try a new-to-me vegetable that I brought home from the grocery store Monday.

Purple cauliflower!!  I read an article that says that the colored cauliflower (they come in green and orange too!) is not colored because of being genetically modified, but because of many years of selective breeding.  The article also said that the purple comes from extra anthocyanin, which may prevent heart disease!

I made myself a tasting plate with all sorts of veggies, homemade roasted red pepper hummus, and a spoonful (or 2) of honey crunch peanut butter.

I made the homemade roasted red pepper hummus by using the recipe for my regular hummus and simply adding two roasted red peppers and some of the oil they came in instead of extra virgin olive oil.  It was a total kitchen experiment, but the results were delicious!

Polly Want a Cracker?

This afternoon, I took care of Sarah and Jeremy.  Jeremy had been talking about going to The Reef, which is an aquarium supply shop, since before they went on vacation last week so today we finally went to get some supplies for him.  While he was working with a staff member Sarah and I were intrigued by a giant parrot that we saw sitting in the corner.

We were admiring his beautiful feathers and wondering if he could talk when all of a sudden he uttered “Hello”…I couldn’t believe it!!! I had never heard an actual parrot talk before.  I thought that I could maybe get him to say something else when he uttered “Hello” again.  Then he screamed very loudly.  It really startled Sarah and I…and we were done with the parrot.  What a strange but pretty bird.  I wonder if they actual comprehend what they are saying when they say it?

Workout

I then went to teach Cycle 45 with this routine:

Warm Up 5 Minutes Easy

Sprints 7 min:

  • 4×15 moderate
  • 4×15 sprint
  • 2×30 sprint
  • 45 sec sprint
  • 15 sec recovery

Hills and Jumps 10:

  • 2 min at race pace
  • Hills (30 sec each 5, 6, 7, 8 stand at the top)
  • Hill down (30 sec 8, 7, 6, 5)
  • 1 min Stay at moderate race pace
  • 2 min Jumps 8 up 8 down
  • 1 min Jumps 4 up 4 down

Combination 10.5:

  • 1 min standing run
  • 30 sec sprint
  • 1 min Jumps 4 up 4 down
  • 1 min moderate pace
  • Repeat 2x

Standing:

  • 45 seconds standing
  • 30 seconds seated race pace
  • 15 seconds sprint
  • 60 seconds standing
  • 30 seconds seated
  • 15 seconds sprint
  • Repeat 1x

Cool Down

I then stayed at the gym and competed a total body weights routine that looked like this:

  • Leg Extensions 15 reps 2 sets
  • Leg Press 15 reps 2 sets
  • Bicep Curls 15 reps 2 sets
  • Deadlifts 15 reps 2 sets
  • Tricep Dips 15 reps 2 sets
  • Push Ups 15 reps 2 sets
  • Hamstring Ball Curls 15 reps 2 sets
  • Abs 35 center 15 right side 15 left side
Because my hamstrings were soooo tight I used the stretching machine and felt like a million bucks afterward!source
Dinner
For dinner I was really craving a cool, crisp, and yummy salad so I threw some ingredients together and came up with a delicious Greek salad!
The salad included a mixture of spinach and romaine topped with carrots, cucumber, red onion, Atheno’s reduced fat feta, tofu, artichokes, and pepperoncini.  For the dressing I used white wine vinegar, oregano, garlic salt, pepper, basil, and Italian seasoning.  It really hit the spot!
Yoga
I have some study materials to look over so that I can feel proficient in yoga before I head to London!  I can’t wait to start studying 🙂
Granola Question
Ok, I have been searching for the perfect granola recipe with no success.  A while back my mom bought me a GIANT container of granola that was absolutely delicious.  I had never had a granola like it before.  It was crunchy, crisp, sweet, and slightly tangy because of a hint of orange flavoring, cinnamony, had cranberries, and was clustery.  When I make granola it is usually slightly chewy or really chunky…there is no happy medium.  Does anyone have a granola recipe for me to try!?
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