Hi beloved bloggers!! :P How are you today? But for reals, how are you? I know everyone has been busy, and not only that, there is so much chaos going around. Nonetheless, let's maintain our peace amidst the pandemonium around us because true peace comes from within, not from outside. :)
Before I forget to mention, I started running again!! I once told you that I used to be in Cross Country in high school. It was only for a year and a half.
For some reason, I had stopped running altogether approximately 2 years ago. This week I took the challenge and unknowingly ran 2.5 miles in about 20 minutes. Yesterday, I ran 4 miles in 28:20 minutes! I have no idea why the gap is so big in the time, but I think it MAY have to do with the steep hills on my first run.
My calves feel the burn, and it's good. I really thought I would be MUCH MUCH worse than this, but I think I was somewhat in running shape because of my home workouts. I kid you not, bodyweight workouts (and weights) are the best!
Of course, running uses different muscles that I haven't quite worked out in a while. Now it's definitely an incorporation of holistic fitness and health for me, and I love that I can pray and think throughout my runs as long as I'm not dying for breath. Hah! :D
Do you know who I attribute this inspiration and motivation to?
I give all of you guys credit for inspiring me to run again and soar again! hehehe. So thank you thank you everyone!
Okay now, have a few things I need to say. Or more like, a lot of things to say!
Panera Bread's Honey Walnut Cream Cheese is to die for!!!!
This morning I made myself a bowl of Quinoa Flake porridge. Sound funny? Well think again. ^.~
"How does the cream cheese play a part in this simple breakfast?" Here's the answer my friends.
Creamy Quinoa Porridge
1/4 C Quinoa flakes
1 TBSP wheat bran
Cubed pieces of apple
1 TBSP Honey Walnut cream cheese
1 C almond milk
1/2 C water
pinch of sea salt
1 tsp chia seeds
dash of cinnamon
drizzle of vanilla extract
Simply start with the quinoa flakes+wheat bran in a small pan. Start cooking with the milk+water, and add the cubed apple pieces. After a minute or so, add the rest of the ingredients and at the very end, stir in the cream cheese. Quinoa flakes cook really quickly so about 3 minutes total should be enough time. :) Serves 1.
*toppings: banana, Justin's Maple Almond Butter, Sorrell's Raspberry preserves, and coconut flakes!
This combo is such a great mix of perfectly sweet and creamy!
I've been eating Sorrell's Raspberry preserves and I love the taste of it. It's made from pretty good ingredients and it's definitely one of my new favorite ones. It was the least expensive as well. Teehee, that's always a PLUS.
If you have been wondering about Quinoa [keen-wah], then just know that it's a great source of protein as well as fiber. It's also Gluten-Free, therefore a great substitute for ingredients like flour in baked goods. The flakes are fluffy, as opposed to the grainy and nutty texture of the regular Quinoa grain.
Whoa! The letters and outlinings are kind of crazy and off in this picture! I'm still learning haha.
If I can share with you what I had yesterday....
Tuesdays can be pretty hectic with classes. Come dinner time, I'm racing to get something to eat during class if I didn't pack dinner that day.
So last night I had an awesome sandwich at this place across from school--it's called Which Wich?
When you enter the doors, you basically grab a sharpie and a brown bag where you can check off anything and everything you want in your sandwich. It's such a genius idea don't you think?!
I got the hummus sandwich on toasted bread with feta cheese, olives, sauerkraut, and a whole slew of veggies...plus honey mustard. Oh yeahhh my love for mustard will go on as long as I live.
I've been eating some of the usual stuff, including my Sunshine Bars.
My friend Arthur gave me and Greg this box of pastries plus many more that aren't photographed! Haha I know that's a lot of pastries! He works at Paris Baguette, a bakery in which everything comes out fresh every 3 hours.
Those are filled with raisins, chocolate, sweet potato, apricots, and danish cream.
Random fact: Did you know that I was the first employee at the Paris Baguette in my city? That was my first job ever! And I loved it not only because it was fun (and tiring), but also because I would eat 5 pastries by myself in one sitting. Oy, I can't do that anymore or I'll probably throw up. :P
I also had some store bought waffles for the first time! Nature's Path makes some mean berry waffles let me tell ya.
And...pancakes that have been topped with Mascarpone cheese mmm...
I hope you have a great day and some new recipes are on their way!~A la Italiana.
Sorry for posting so many photos! I just couldn't help myself :P
Please don't forget to keep Japan in your prayers/thoughts, and I know I sound like a broken disc, but here are some donation links to help out.
Have a great day and talk to you soon!
Grace & Peace,