I am so proud of myself for eating an entire pound of the Costco-sized spinach container in a week!
Okay, so there’s only a tiny bit left.
How I “tricked” myself into eating this much spinach:
- I made a Green Monster Smoothie.
It takes copious amounts of spinach to make a green monster, so not only are they good for you, they taste great, and the taste of the banana covers up any spinach taste. Promise!
In this Green Monster, I actually added fresh ginger, which made the smoothie even more amazing!!
- I wilted the spinach.
It is crazy how “small” the spinach becomes when it is wilted. I literally took 4 handfuls of spinach that wilted into what appeared to be quite a small amount for three servings of my “Cheesy” Chickpea Quinoa and Spinach dish.
Some days this salad wasn’t even that large, but just adding it as a side to my meal only added in the amount of veggies I was eating every day!
I’ve really been trying to up my intake of vegetables this week. In the past, I’ve always eaten vegetables, but probably only about 2 servings a day. Now I’m working on getting a good 3, if not 4 servings each day.
I haven’t always been a huge vegetable fan–give me fruit over vegetables any day–however, I’m finding new ways to prepare them and learning to love them even more!
Usually I only run 5 miles on Thursdays, but today I decided to do 6. I managed 6 miles this morning in 3 degree weather! Oh how I miss the warmer days of summer!! That’s pretty much all I thought about the entire 50 minutes I was running.
I incorporated some fartleks (translation: “play on speed”) into my workout when the roads weren’t too slippery.
Overall, I felt pretty decent.
Tonight was a “fend for yourself” night.
One word: AMAZING!
I also had some parsnip fries on the side.
If you have never tried parsnip fries, you must now! I was literally stuffing these bad boys into my mouth like they were French fries.
I’m relaxing for the rest of the evening to gear up for an intense day of teaching tomorrow. It is one of my busiest days of the week, and it’s Friday–when I’m already drained from the week.
What is your favorite vegetable?