I've been hooked on a new breakfast for the past few days, and it's kind of unusual. I've been eating cheese grits for a few months now, and the other day, I bought some Brussels sprouts. So I sauteed the Brussels sprouts and put them on top of my cheese grits for a really good (savory) breakfast!
I use the 5-minute grits, and just cook 1/4 cup of them in 1 cup of chicken broth (in the microwave). Then I add 1 oz. of queso quesadilla cheese and stir it in. For the Brussels sprouts, I just quarter them and saute them in 1 tsp. of coconut oil. The whole thing is only 6 PointsPlus, and it's very filling.
I've also been waiting until a little later to run in the mornings. Yesterday, when I did my 5K time trial, I ran at 1:00 pm! Today, I only planned to run three miles at an easy pace, so I just headed out in the late morning after breakfast.
Three "easy" miles felt SO hard today! I'm starting to get discouraged by how hard running has felt ever since the Chicago Marathon. I don't think my body is still feeling the effects of the race--it's been over three weeks!--but I am not sure what else could be the cause. I'm sure the fact that my weight is up has a lot to do with it, which is even more discouraging.
Anyway, I ran three miles, and was huffing and puffing the whole way.
I haven't had a single run since the marathon that made me feel a big runner's high, and I miss that feeling. Even yesterday, when I ran a hard 5K, I felt like it was way harder than it should have been. I hope that I get my running groove back soon!
I've been forgetting to do Taste Test Tuesday, so I have a few things to write about today. First, there is this impulse buy from TJ Maxx:
I normally don't drink coffee, and if I do, it's always decaf; but when Jerry spotted this at TJ Maxx, I decided I was going to try a cup, because it looked so good! Well, save your money. It tastes NOTHING like PB Cups. Honestly, I couldn't even taste anything other than coffee, and it wasn't even good coffee. Jerry agreed. It got a thumbs down from both of us.
After I finished the Chicago Marathon we were given a bunch of snacks in a box, and one of them was belVita breakfast biscuits. I'd never tried them before, and honestly, they didn't look or sound very appealing. But I took a bite, and I was wowed. They are SO good!
They remind me of those Nature Valley crunchy granola bars (you know the ones that make a huge mess when you eat them?), but they don't fall apart and they aren't AS hard. They have the texture of a graham cracker, and the flavor of the Nature Valley bars. There are a bunch of different flavors, but the Golden Oat is what they passed out at the race, and that's what I ended up buying. (They're 6 PointsPlus per package, which contains 4 biscuits)
Clif Bar recently sent me a sample of each of their seasonal flavors. I love Clif Bars, so I was excited to try these! I really liked the Pecan Pie flavor; the Iced Gingerbread was pretty good; and I didn't care for the Spiced Pumpkin Pie one at all (the spice was VERY strong). None of them really wowed me like their Trail Mix flavor, though!
I just got these teas in the mail today, so I haven't tried them yet. David's Tea just released their Winter Collection, so even though I wasn't in need of any tea at the moment, I was dying to try these ones! I'll give them a try tomorrow and write my thoughts. The Coffee Cake one smells really good, kind of like the Red Velvet Cake flavor. The Choconut Oolong smells pretty good, too, like chocolate/hazelnut.
Tomorrow is a rest day, so I think I'll take some time in the morning to plan out my meals for a week or so. I always do better with a plan!