Happy What I Ate Wednesday! Thank you to Jenn for hosting!Image

After my half marathon on Sunday, I’ve been trying to refuel well for as fast as possible of a recovery. This means lots of carbs and lots of protein. The good news? I’m no longer hobbling around like an old lady! Score! Here are some of my eats from this past week.Β 

ImageTaco salad from the Abs Diet cookbook. Plus some fresh guac-it’s been too long!

What I love about this salad is the dressing-it’s simply salt, pepper, olive oil, and lime juice with chopped tomatoes. This salad recipe has inspired my family to make our own dressings for salads-even a simple dressing like this makes the salad taste so much fresher! Most dressings can be whipped up in just a few minutes. If you haven’t made your own dressing before, I highly recommend trying it.Β 

This morning, I awoke with a stiff/sore calf. At this point, it seems that the best remedy is Spin class-how convenient. I left Spin feeling much better. Once again, I am so grateful my calf held up for my race. The race igniting a running fire under me, but I’m forcing myself to take AT LEAST a week, probably two, off of running before I start training for the Nike Women’s half. My calf needs to be 100% better before I start again!

After spin, I had been planning on trying a new protein smoothie recipe. Instead, I decided to put my pineapple Chobani to work.

ImageInstant pineapple frozen yogurt! I didn’t actually need to coconut water-I only added a splash and I had no trouble blending. I simply blended a pineapple CHO with frozen pineapple chunks!

ImageThis probably could have used a bit more time in the blender-it was super chunky and not as thick as a result.Β 

Cinnamon raisin toast has been happening a lot lately. I blame the race πŸ™‚

ImageCinnamon raisin toast topped with a little butter and cinnamon sugar is a great treat that’s on the lighter side. It’s healthier than a cinnamon roll while still hitting all those key flavor notes, but it won’t leave you in a sugar coma!

Midmorning, I was craving banana bread. I made a microwave version!

ImageI mixed up a banana, egg beaters, coconut flour, a pinch of baking soda, and a splash of almond milk. Plus bittersweet chocolate chips, which obviously MADE the dish!

ImageIn the future, I think I would omit the coconut flour. It masks the banana flavor a little too much!

More carbs were the name of the game later in the afternoon. I made a spin-off of PB&J. Did you know that in middle school/beginning of high school I ate a PB&J sandwich every day at lunch? I was quite the connoisseur. I had the brand of PB all figured out. I also used to put two different types of jam on the sandwich.Β 

My aunt makes the best jam in the world and sends us tons of it. My favorite is the raspberry-she grows her own raspberries for the jam! I’ve always loved PB&J, but somehow my face seems to object to peanut butter now. Sunflower seed butter and jam isn’t quite the same, but it’s a close second!

ImageI also had some leftover turkey taco mix from the previous night’s dinner.Β 

I made the mistake of eating a fairly large snack, and then another granola bar, right before Crossfit. Ugh, not the best idea!Β 

At Crossfit, we worked on snatches. I kept being too far out in front on mine, probably because my hips are so tight from my race!

The WOD was harder than I was expected. The Rx for the deadlifts was 155, but I stuck to 135 since there were so many reps. Here’s the workout:

25 deadlifts

25 toes to bar

25 box jumps

25 toes to bar

25 deadlifts

I really liked this workout! I really need to strengthen my abs though-my core was really quaking on the deadlifts! Also-I start cleaning my box tomorrow! I mean, a membership in exchange for cleaning is awesome, but to be honest, I just want to spend more time around the box. And hey, if I’m in there anyway, it’s an excuse to work on my pull-ups!

I was not hungry AT ALL after Crossfit, but I decided I needed to refuel. I made a chocolate coconut protein smoothie.

ImageThe coconut flavor came from shredded coconut and coconut extract. I’ll post the recipe once I perfect it-it could have used more coconut extract! This time I think I added a little much xantham gum and not enough ice. I’m kind of at a loss with the amount of xantham gum to use-I either add to much or too little! Help?

Today while pumping gas, I thought about two things. 1. This freaking car is such a gas guzzler-I just got gas last week! 2. My irrational fear related to pumping gas. I’m scared that somehow I’ll manage to blow up the gas station by spilling gas. It kind of freaks me out when the nozzle drips because I’m imagining that scenario.Β 

Aaaand once last thought for the day. I FINALLY got my first post up for my town’s fitness blog! It’s just an introductory post, but here it is! Don’t worry-this new blog won’t change anything about Fitness is Sweet. I’ll link to the other blog from here, but I’ll mostly discuss different things. I’ll definitely discuss anything relevant (such as workouts, interesting studies) on here as well!

Have a great week!

Do you have any irrational fears? Do your cats like to “help” you blog? Mine does…He’s here right now!

How do you recovery from a race or competition?

14 comments on “WIAW-Post Race Recovery

  1. Christine@ Apple of My Eye

    That taco salad looks amazing! And congrats again on the fitness blogging position! I guess we can both call ourselves freelance writers now! I have this really weird irrational fear of swimming in water alone. It would make sense if it was just deep water in the ocean, but even when I’m in a swimming pool by myself I feel like something is gonna attack me from below the depths. You never know when a shark could be lurking in someone’s backyard pool πŸ˜‰

    1. Aurora

      Haha you never know! It’s not actually a paid position, but I’ll still take the title πŸ™‚

  2. jessielovestorun

    Heading to check out your blog post now! I’m really excited to read all about it. When I add xanthan gum to smoothes, I use about 1/2 tsp. Hope that helps πŸ™‚

    1. Aurora

      I’ll try that! Thank you!

  3. coffeencollege

    All your eats look amazing. Do you possibly have any measurements for your banana mugcake? I’ve never made a mugcake myself and want to try one πŸ™‚

    1. Aurora

      I didn’t measure, but I can give you a rough estimate-1 ripe banana (mashed), 1 T bittersweet chocolate chips (maybe more-add to your preference!), a splash of almond milk, a pinch of xantham gum, 2 T egg whites, and about 1T of coconut flour? Just look for a batter-like consistency. I microwaved it for 45 seconds, so you can start with that and then cook for more if it’s not finished. You also might try adding vanilla-I meant to but forgot!

  4. Racing Bananas

    Yum! I’m dying to make that pineapple froyo! And try that taco salad!

    1. Aurora

      I’m obsessed with anything and everything avocado, so I’ll take any excuse to eat it!

  5. Samantha Marie

    Taco salad looks delicious! I’ll have to make one myself now. πŸ™‚

    1. Aurora

      Do it!

  6. emilysmilesformiles27

    I want that taco salad!! (: I’m heading over to read your post right now.

    1. Aurora

      For sure!

  7. Kaitlin

    Mmmm frocho is divine. I have used that combo for a spinach green smoothie but never frozen yogurt. Good idea!

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