After a slow start this morning, I decided to head out for a mid-day run. Bad idea. At around 11am, I didn’t realize the temperature outside had climbed to almost 90 degrees, and I headed out to the Lake Shore Trail for a four mile run. It was hot hot hot, especially next to the beach. I had a little bit of reprieve when the sun ducked behind the clouds, but nonetheless I went slow and steady with frequent water and walk breaks. I’m glad I finished, but we’re still a few weeks away from being able to run at that time of day here in Chicago.
I was excited to get home and start making lunch since on Friday I received a surprise in the mail from my parents…
A box full of grains! I’ve cooked a few of these before, like couscous and quinoa, but the rest (bulgar!,) I am excited to experiment with. Since we don’t have a car, getting to the grocery store here in the city can sometimes be tricky. I don’t always feel like walking the 1.5 mile round trip just to pick something up, and the small convenience stores right down the street don’t have the largest selection for healthy foods. My big box of assorted grains should definitely be able to help out when I’ve let the pantry get a little too low!
On the menu for today’s lunch:
I cut up some fresh zucchini and sautéed it with extra virgin olive oil and season salt. While that was cooking away, I tossed a quick salad together consisting of fresh spring mix salad, red peppers, diced olives with feta (also included in my surprise gift box), black beans, and topped with balsamic vinaigrette. When the zucchini was done, I poured some chunky tomato sauce on top and lunch was served!
This meal hit the spot! Light, refreshing, and full of antioxidants.
Now I’m off to figure out the plan for the rest of this weeks workouts and relax before going back to work tomorrow.