Sunday, September 9, 2012

Alyssa's Wedding, Basil Spinach & 30km This Week

Good evening Beautiful,
What a weekend. Seriously, I need an extra day. I’m not going to lie, the idea of using a sick day tomorrow has crossed my mind more than 1 time this weekend, BUT I’m a good employee and I’m going to go to bed early and hopefully feel rested tomorrow. I haven’t felt rested all weekend, what a CRAZY weekend!!
On Friday night C took his employees and me out for dinner and out to a club afterwards for some drinks and some dancing. It was reeeeeally fun. I had the salmon for dinner (which was delicious by the way) and the dancing and drinks was extremely fun. The club we were at had a lot of strobe lighting and to be honest, it was driving me nuts. I had to leave the dance floor a couple of times because it was messing with my eyes or something, such a strange feeling. Unfortunately, when we left Cube it was down pouring outside, and because of the rain there were no cabs. I walked BLOCKS in no shoes with C’s blazer over my head (such a nice guy for letting me do that!) just reeeeeally wanting to eat some food and go to bed. C eventually found us a cab and we made it home in one piece, but VERY wet. Here are some photos from Friday…

On Saturday we woke up and were on the road to Wingham by 11 a.m. One of my oldest and best friends got married yesterday so we drove our way there! We stopped in Wingham to get ready for the wedding and to see my family for a little while, and then got to Kincardine (where the wedding was) RIGHT on time. Literally, we walked to the ceremony with Alyssa and the bridal party (they stopped before the ceremony so we went and sat down). She was such a beautiful bride and the ceremony was so beautiful (and quick – BONUS!) but it was really windy and on grass, so I was holding my dress down while trying to stand on my toes the whole time so my heels didn’t sink into the grass. I did not think that through beforehand.
After the ceremony C and I and my friend Ellen and her friend she brought as her date went to our hotel room and chilled out for a while before we headed back to the venue for dinner and the party! Dinner was amazing and EASILY paleo. I had a baked potato, a salad, some vegetable medley and a HUGE AND VERY DELICIOUS steak. J.  I’m really glad because I didn’t want to feel crappy all night, I even bowed out of the cupcakes they had – that took some serious self-control because the cupcakes had peanut butter in the middle. YUM. The speeches didn’t take too long, and then the party started! I was so unbelievably shocked at how cheap drinks are back home. I was afraid of running out of money but I had enough! We met some really fun people, and saw some amazing friends I don’t get to see very often.. here are some photos!



Unfortunately I didn’t manage to squeeze in much working out this weekend because I was running from one event to another, but I will confess that Friday was my last day of TRX and I’m STILL sore. I need to foam roll my IT band badly because it’s been really tight this weekend which is fairly annoying, I hate that feeling. On the way to Wingham yesterday morning I brought some good snacks, a Tupperware container full of baked kale, an apple and mixed nuts so that was a good way of not needing to stop anywhere for some snacks, and I got my dad to try the kale and he LOVED it!! I hope they sell kale somewhere in Wingham because he ate basically half of my container full lol. Speaking of kale, I’ve been huge on kale lately, and it got me thinking…. What is it in kale that makes it so great? Well, luckily for you, I did the research so you don’t have to…
According to www.whfoods.com Kale can provide special cholesterol-lowering benefits if you cook it by steaming. The fiber-related components in kale do a better job of binding together with bile acids in your digestive tract when they’ve been steamed. Kale’s risk-lowering benefits for cancer have recently been extended to at least five different types of cancer which includes, bladder, breast, colon, ovary and prostate. Kale is also now recognized as providing comprehensive support for the body’s detoxification system. Kale has a ton of anti-inflammatory health benefits, and we know inflammation is the main reason why humans develop a bunch if different diseases, so the less inflammation we have the better (I’ll break all of this down for you in three words, EAT YOUR KALE!) J.
Because I have no more TRX this week, I’m back in the gym doing my own thing, which I haven’t done in a long time. I’m nervous because I’m not used to training how I used to, and I know I’m going to be really sore. I also have my two races coming up really soon so I have to get hitting the pavement more this week. I’m hoping to run about 4 times including a longer run tomorrow either at lunch or after work. Michelle has been kicking my butt in terms of getting in the km’s for our 10km training, so this week – I’m so kicking her butt. J I hope she reads this!
Tonight for dinner I’m tackling a new recipe. Basil Spinach. I found this on an app that I have for paleo recipes, and it calls for it to be cooked as a side to a salmon fillet, but Loblaw’s didn’t have any tonight, so we’re having turkey breast with it! Give me some time – I’m going to go whip it up right now (whip it up – HA).
Ok – so it turned out WONDERFULLY! Even C liked it, and I didn’t think he was going to! This is what I did:
Ingredients
- 1 whole sweet onion
- 2 tomatoes
- 1 small container of baby spinach (preferably organic)
- 1 package of fresh basil
- garlic powder to taste
- sea salt to taste
Directions
  1. 1. Melted some coconut oil in a pan, and cut up 1 whole onion in large chunks and fry them in the pan until they look glazy and are soft (about 10 minutes).
  2. Cut up two whole tomatoes into bite size chunks and put them into the pan and fry until they go soft, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the spinach and then quickly add the basil. I used a whole bunch of basil (the container that fresh basil comes in) and ripped it up and put it in with the spinach. The spinach looks like a lot (I used a whole small container of the PC Organic Baby Spinach). Place the lid on the pan and let the spinach and basil shrink down.
  4. I drained it slightly because I found there was a lot of juice from the tomatoes, so I poured that down the drain.
  5. It is delicious overtop of the turkey breast that I made, or on its own as well!
I also ate kale and turkey breast with it! Told you… eat your kale!

While I was cooking I made up my mind that this week I’d like to run a total of 30kms. I’ll be counting down every time I blog! Stay tuned!
How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?
Stay sweet,
xoxo
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2 comments:

  1. ohh i bet the coconut oil gives that a really good flavor!! i need to try that! i had a bonfire this weekend with a bunch of friends that was really fun! spa love!!

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  2. That looks delicious!!!! I love cooking with coconut oil - it's so amazing! We always pan sear our salmon with coconut oil - it really brings out the flavor! And I love the tips on kale - I always put it in my smoothies because I wasn't quite sure how to cook it yet without ridding it of it's many nutrients! I will definitely try steaming! YUM! Thanks for everything!

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