On Wednesday I thought it was Friday.
That makes for a looooong week. It’s not even a holiday weekend.
We only get 1 day off for the 4th. Grrrrr… Let’s focus on the good.
It is indeed finally FRIDAY!!! And I have a cheat day! After 1 week on the nutrition plan, I’m more than ready. I’m sure most people look forward to these days so they can have pizza or cookies. I’m just looking forward to a day where I don’t have to eat 7 protein-packed meals.
Vegetables are what I crave. Raw, leafy delicious vegetables. In fact I’m going to a vegetarian underground dinner tonight. I love veggies. *blissful sigh*
Here are 5 other things I’m feeling love for today:
1. Sunshine and Sunroofs
It may be 100 degrees, but I still love the sunshine. Also, I love my car. I couldn’t own one that lacks a sunroof!
Smog be damned.
2. Olympus Greek Yogurt
One of the packages I returned home to post-Chile was from Olympus. They sent me a TON of yogurt to sample, and I am so grateful. This is one of the best I’ve had in a long time. Theirs is directly from its namesake – one of the only Greek yogurts in the US to be imported from Greece. It’s SUPER thick and creamy, and it only has 88 calories (as opposed to the typical ~130). This leaves plenty of room for me to add my own mix-ins.
In my bowl:
- 1 6oz container non-fat Olympus Greek Yogurt
- 2 T peanut butter flour
- 2 T unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 C blackberries (cut in half and roughly mashed)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp cardamom
- 4-5 drops vanilla liquid stevia
I swear I’m not a product whore. This stuff has legit been a lifesaver in this first week of heavy weights with my competition training.
The Fitmixer Amino powder has made a big difference in my recovery time and energy level (note: I like the fruit punch much better than the grape flavor), and their chocolate protein powder is actually tasty.
4. Nutty Butter
Ok, I do admit to being Sarah’s pimp. I order my first batch of her Nutty Butter and I am in nut heaven. Whatever you do, get the Cookie Dough. The Oatmeal Cookie is a close second. You really can’t go wrong with any of them.
5. Zucchini Bread Smoothie
I came up with this little oddity when trying to find a snack that had 20-25g of protein and a vegetable (Meal 4 of the nutrition plan). When I threw everything in the blender I was nervous. This was a weird one even for me.
Miraculously, the combo worked! Despite the arctic temperature of my office, I slurped down this creamy glass of goodness faster than you can say “protein.”
Zucchini Bread Smoothie
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 medium zucchini
- 1 C spinach
- 1/4 C 1% cottage cheese
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 in piece fresh ginger
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
- 7-8 drops vanilla liquid stevia
- 1/4 tsp guar gum
- 1/4 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- Ice, to taste
I might even have a salad for breakfast.
What would/do you crave on a “cheat” day?
What are you loving right now?