Please tell me you remember and love that my title today is from an old school Taking Back Sunday song? God, I miss being 15 and a punk rock/emo band lover. I will never stop loving them!
But on the real, I am so sick right now. I woke up Saturday morning with a pretty bad sore throat, knowing what was in store. My colds are pretty predictable and since I only get sick about twice a year these days, I’ll accept that they only last about 3 days. I worked all day Saturday and felt pretty crappy, so what better way to feel better than to eat a very large amount of pizza. I’ll go on the defensive and say the slices were about 1/3 the size of a normal piece of pizza and I got it with almost no cheese, just mostly sauce and then dumped lots of crushed red pepper, garlic powder, hot sauce and blue cheese all over it. I ate it in hopes that I would be still healthy enough on Sunday for a long run. My throat was still sore, but I set out for an incredible 10 miles, making it my longest run ever and first double digit run. It was one of the most beautiful days for a run, and I ran right along the West Side Highway running path on the water.
After stretching at the 14th Street subway stop because my train takes forever on the weekends, I made it home to foam roll, stretch, and strap on my compression sleeves for the rest of the day. I refueled with a ridiculously amazing bowl of pumpkin egg white oatmeal, with every topping I had in my kitchen pretty much.
Eventually I forced myself out of bed and went to Central Park with Brenda, Dante and some other friends to relax and eat a whole bunch of junk. Chocolate covered raisins, pumpkin chips (AMAZING), guacamole chips, and all sorts of food that doesn’t create a real meal. It was awesome.
Once we parted ways, I had to get groceries but walked around for a few miles first. I ended up at 16 Handles all alone (it’s usually me and Brenda’s sunday ritual) and had a little date with myself. I busted out this Better’n Peanut Butter that I haven’t bought in forever. I don’t buy it as a sub for peanut butter because healthy fats do NOT scare this girl, but this stuff is amazing in it’s own way. Even more amazing on a cup of salted caramel froyo with crushed butterfinger and cinnamon toast crunch.
I won’t lie that some people in the room were probably judging that I was adding my own topping.
Good thing I don’t care. 🙂
I literally didn’t eat a real meal all day sunday besides that bowl of oatmeal. Sometimes it’s just fun to not care!
My cold was awful by yesterday and I just barely managed to finish the day out at work. Colds make me starrrrrving and coupled with the day after a long run, I knew I needed something large to eat. Enter: pumpkin protein cookie cake with banana “ice cream” for dinner.
Let’s get into the goodness of the pumpkin protein cookie cake first.
- 1/3 cup pumpkin
- 1.5 tablespoons coconut flour
- 1 tablespoon protein powder (i used cookies n cream flavor)
- 1/8 cup oats
- 1 egg white
- 2-3 tablespoons non-dairy milk (i used vanilla soymilk)
- 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
- cinnamon, splenda, pumpkin pie spice
Mix all together and microwave for 4-5 minutes. It will be more like a cake I guess rather than a cookie, but more dense than a cake. For the banana soft serve, I threw the following in my Ninja:
- About 1.5 bananas worth of frozen banana chunks
- 2-3 ice cubes
- Splashes of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 packet Splenda
- Xantham Gum (for added thickness- this is optional)
I didn’t measure the almond milk because this was my first time making this. I probably added about 1/4 cup at first and started to blend, then kept adding a little bit more to get the desired consistency. It will take a few times of blending, lifting the lid and spooning a little around (and tasting 🙂 ) to figure out how you want it to be. But the outcome was amazing. It tasted just like banana ice cream/froyo but knowing that it was literally just made of bananas and a little bit of almond milk made it that much better. In a big bowl with my pumpkin protein cookie cake, topped with some Kashi cereal for crunch and a big scoop of Better’n Peanut Butter. Oh and a little bit of vanilla almond butter. I sneezed my way through eating this, but it was totally worth it.
I cannot stop reading old posts from one of my newest favorite blogs, STUFT Mama! I’ve been Instagram-ing when I make her pumpkin protein cookie dough, and that sparked my desire to turn it into a cookie cake last night. Her recipes and food in general are exactly what I love to eat, so her blog is a must read. She makes me want to have cute little babies just to make them delicious, fun and healthy food and take them running in a stroller! Okay, we won’t get ahead of ourselves here, but her blog is amazing. She is hilarious and real, so go read it 🙂
I will spend the rest of my day off sick and in bed, and bummed that I haven’t been able to work out since Sunday. It’s only Tuesday, I know, and I know I could have pushed it and tried to spin last night, but I think rest is more important while sick. I mean getting sick is a sign that our bodies need rest and to be taken care of better, right? I will keep telling myself that while I cough and sneeze all over my laptop. Beautiful.
Do you workout when you are sick?