Ever since I made the rather sad discovery that the cheap, regular grocery store figs paled in comparison to the delicious organic figs from the health store (see comparison here), I’ve had half a package of these ‘regular figs’ that I’ve been struggling to finish.
I hate wasting food, so I thought instead of forcing myself to eat them plainly, I could disguise them in a fancy dessert and my taste buds would be none the wiser. The problem is, I rarely make desserts – usually the only time I do is when a special occasion or gathering calls for it. No, I knew I had to do something else with it. And then, I realized the answer was right in front of me, otherwise known as Overnight Oats. Since branching out from bananas and strawberries and discovering that overnight oats taste just as great, maybe even better if mixed with blueberries and apricots, I decided that figs would probably be another delicious addition to overnight oats, and therefore, Figgy Pudding VOO was born.
Figgy Pudding VOO
- 1/4 c rolled oats
- 1/2 c soy milk
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp flaxseed meal
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of nutmet
- pinch of cloves
- 2 dried figs, chopped into small pieces
- 1/2 mashed banana
- 1/8 c chopped frozen strawberries (I figured they would thaw in the mix overnight).
Mix it all together, add some almond butter, and then greedily shovel everything into your mouth the next morning!
This was a winner! Just a quick fast forward is that I made this again that night, so expect a repeat with a few twists on the original version in today’s update!
When I got to work, I snacked on a puffed spelt thin cake to tide me over until lunch.
Lunch was pretty fantastic if I do say so myself.
Exhibit #1: Spring salad with baby cucumber, tomato, sautéed zucchini, baby bella mushrooms, shredded carrots, creamy honey dijon yogurt dressing, hot sauce.
Exhibit #2: Spinach and mushroom omelet cooked with italian spices, turmeric, and dill with hot sauce over one piece of toasted Ezekiel 4:9 bread.
Exhibit #3 (& #4!): Mmmm dessert – I always seem to gravitate towards having a sweet dessert after lunch. I’m out of green grapes at the moment, so I treated myself to a square of 86% dark chocolate, and a mini peppermint patty that someone donated to the candy bowl that I keep at my desk. 😀
In an attempt to up the protein during the afternoon, I made some of my _FABULOUS_ almond butter and salsa mix (have you tried this yet!? go right now!) on top of four balsamic and basil Triscuits. It was perfect.
After work, I went to see my Physio who thinks I should still be able to race next weekend as long as I continue to take things slow and work on my running form. After watching me jog lightly on the treadmill, she informed me that my running form is pretty horrible. Apparently I run mostly on my toes, and she was horrified to learn that I’ve already run two half-marathons (including all the training…!) this way. It never crossed my mind that my form could be that bad, but I’m going to make a conscious effort to try to make some changes before next Sunday.
In the meantime, here are the next steps:
- Go for a steady 6k run tomorrow to see how my shin feels
- IF the 6k feels okay, join in on t he 10k LSD group run on Sunday
- Take next week easy, treat it like a regular taper week – no tempo/interval run workouts
- Concentrate on consciously trying to land in the middle of my feet, rather than on my toes
- Try to treat the upcoming race as a training race, rather than a goal race – I still have to make it through to Chicago!
I really hope this all works out and that I am able to return to running. My legs have been itching to run, and despite trying to keep my fitness level up with spinning and the elliptical, I still feel as though I have lost a lot of fitness. Maybe it is psychological – but I will be a lot happier when I can regain a sense of normalcy.
After my appointment, I headed to a nearby bar to meet with some old coworkers to catch up. I nibbled on an organic dried fig on my way there, fully intending to order dinner once I got there. None of the food interested me though, so I just ordered a beer and decided to eat when I got home.
Oops – I didn’t get home until 11:15 – apparently we had a lot of catching up to do! I wasn’t really hungry, but I also hadn’t eaten anything substantial since my crackers and almond butter/salsa dip earlier that day, so I felt that I should put some food in my body otherwise I’d probably wake up starving in the middle of the night. Sooooo…. I ate a small helping of peanut butter Puffins cereal with soy milk. Then I snacked on:
- 2 Mary’s Organic crackers
- 2 Mary’s Chipotle Tomato Sticks and Twigs
- The last of my seaweed salad
- 4 Sweet Chili Crispy Mini’s (ps. since decided to cut them out after I finished my bag, I actually didn’t enjoy eating these last night for the first time… ever! I think it’s funny how quickly my perception of them altered my enjoyment of one of my all-time favourite snack foods!). I still have one whole unopened bag of these left – I might even give them away instead of trying to slowly make my way through the bag. You never know, continuing to eat them may bring back my cravings for them!
And with that, I quickly prepared a bowl of VOO for the next day (Figgy Pudding Latte VOO) and packed my lunch for the next day.
What was your worst guilty-pleasure food, and how did you kick the habit?