Monthly Archives: February 2011

Not Too Shabby

This evening was not too shabby if you ask me!

Tonight, I used the treadmill for perhaps the fourth time in my entire life. I’m not sure why I’ve never been a fan of it, but it really isn’t that terrible if you find a comfortable pace and have a TV in front of you to distract you!

Tonight’s treadmill activity consisted of:

  • .25 miles at a 15:00 pace
  • .10 mi @ 12:00
  • 3 mi at @ 10:00
  • .15 mi @ 13:30

All for the grand total of 3.5 miles in 37 minutes.

So let’s talk numbers for a minute because this stuff really confused me when I first started reading about it. As a society, we’re kind of used to talking about speed in terms of miles per hour. This speed is what is usually reflected on the treadmill. However, runners tend to talk about their speed in terms of pace, or minutes per mile. So I could say that I ran three miles today at a speed of 6 mph. Or I could say that I ran three miles at a 10:00 minute pace. Either way you break it down, I ran three miles in 30 minutes. I hope that wasn’t too confusing!

Unless you’re Michael Scott and can run really fast, you most likely want to stick to measuring your pace in minutes per mile.

After my stint on the treadmill, I came home and snacked on a handful of Wheat Thins and hummus while preparing this beauty.

That would be a slice of turkey meatloaf slathered in a little BBQ sauce and topped with cheddar cheese and some leafy greens. You may turn your nose up at a meatloaf sandwich, but this was gooood!

Question:

I’m curious to hear your opinions of running on the treadmill. Do you love it or hate it? How do you think it compares to running outdoors?

I don’t want to say that running outdoors is harder than the treadmill, because, believe me, my face was turning red and my heart was pounding when I finally stepped off. However, I feel pretty confident that I wouldn’t be able to run the distance or pace that I ran tonight if I were outdoors.

Pear Muffins

You can never count on creativity to come when you need it. Take last week for example. I had beautiful, sweet, juicy pears that I wanted to turn into muffins. But for the life of me, I couldn’t come up with any ideas on how to go about it. So, I cheated. I basically used my carrot muffin recipe and just played around with the proportions a bit. A little bit more of this, a little less bit of that, and voila! Pear muffins.

Tasty, but not unique.

Pear and Walnut Muffins

  • 1 and 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 and 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 and 1/2 cups chopped walnuts, divided
  • 2 pears
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup 0% Greek yogurt

Directions: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine both flours, baking powder, baking soda, and spices and set it aside. In another bowl, whisk together both sugars, honey, vanilla extract, eggs, applesauce, and yogurt. Peel your pears. If you desire muffins with pear chunks, dice the pears. If you want a smoother texture, grate the pears. Stir pears into your wet ingredients. Pour pear mixture into the flour mixture and mix until well combined. Stir in a cup of the chopped walnuts. Pour batter into a greased muffin pan. Top each muffin off with a few of the remaining chopped walnuts. Bake for approximately 25 minutes.

Now, almost a week after making these, creativity finally struck. I wish I had forgone the spices and turned these into cranberry pear muffins. That sounds way better.

Oh well. I’ll just have to wait for the next time I have two wonderful pears sitting in my fruit basket. For some reason, I think that I’ll be just fine with what I have for now!

Snack Time

Let me introduce you to my favorite snack.

Readers, meet the pistachio nut.

Pistachio nut, meet my readers.

My grocery store has had pistachio nuts on sale, buy-one-get-one free, the past few weeks. I finally couldn’t resist any longer and bought them. I know I’ve had pistachio nuts before in nut blends, but truthfully, I don’t know if I’ve ever eaten straight up pistachio nuts (still in their shells, nonetheless!).

Let me just say that they’re incredibly tasty, especially when mixed in with chocolate chips and blueberry craisins. And if you haven’t tasted a blueberry craisin yet, get on it because you don’t know what you’re missing! They’re better than gummy bears, which probably doesn’t say much for their nutritional value, but they have at least got to be better than actual gummy bears, right? But I digress. Back to the pistachios.

Perhaps my favorite feature of the pistachio nut is its shell. If I were to have a bowl of any other kind of nuts sitting in front of me, it would be gone within two handfuls. The pistachio nut shell actually makes me work for my food! Taking the time to shell the nuts helps me slow down so I don’t over eat. Plus, I reason that I must be burning calories while opening the shells, therefore allowing me to eat more craisins and chocolate. Never a bad thing.

What’s your favorite nut to snack on?

In the Dark

Why do you guys like to keep me in the dark about all the good things in life? I always feel as if I’m late to the game in discovering things.

Sweet potato in chili.

Om nom nom.

This was hands down, the easiest thing I’ve made in the past week and was so incredibly satisfying. All I did was take half of a sweet potato (that was already peeled and hanging out in my fridge) and microwaved it for couple minutes. I then heated up a serving of chili and topped it with my sweet potato, fat-free Greek yogurt, and shredded cheese.

Easy dinners like this one are the best!