Feel-Good Friday

by Heather on March 26, 2010

Happy Friday everyone!  I know I don’t even need to ask, but are y’all ready for the weekend?!  I know I am!

Last night when I got home I did the FIRM Power Yoga DVD, which was great because it really helped stretch out my legs.  It’s not the most amazing and technical video, but I like that it spends a LOT of time in each pose so that my body can stretch, relax, and really learn how to be in new poses.  I felt completely invigorated afterward!  I was on my own for dinner since Nate was hanging out with our friend Robbie, so I went with another Couscous Veggie Wrap, maple roasted sweet potato, and a knock off of Bethenny Frankel’s Linguine with Spinach, Chives, and Ricotta recipe:

The maple roasted sweet potato was probably the best one I’ve had, and I hardly used any oil this time around!

And the pasta was GREAT!  Like I said, this is Bethenny Frankel‘s recipe, but I adapted it to what I had on hand:

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat penne pasta, cooked to al dente
  • 1 Tbsp dried chives, reconstituted with a little bit of pasta water
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 Tbsp grated parmesan
  • 1 cup baby spinach

While the pasta was cooking I mixed all of the other ingredients together.  I then added the hot pasta to the sauce mixture, which wilted the spinach and combined all of the flavors.  YUM!

And the not-so-colorful but ever tasty Couscous Veggie Wrap:

This was a perfect dinner!  All of the flavors were different, and they all satisfied in some way or another.  I also had a chocolate Oikos later for dessert (because I apparently didn’t get enough chocolate with the brownies earlier in the day!)

Amazing.  Seriously, Oikos has got it going on! The flavor was great and not too sweet.  I would HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend getting these as a great alternative to ice cream or something.  I know I will be!  I know I talked about celebrating, but once I got home all I wanted to do was sit on the couch and watch TV (SHOCKER).  We watched the usual Thursday night shows, and I made sure to show Nate the episodes of Modern Family I recorded.  I think I thought it was a lot funnier than he did!

This morning I just slept in til 7 (I normally get up around 6) because as good as it felt to run and do yoga yesterday, I just wasn’t feeling up to it today.  I kept snoozing the alarm while I laid in bed thinking about how great I would feel if I got up and did something, but I just did NOT feel like moving.  I think it’s probably best to rest a little bit today, although I am still planning on walking for an hour (if it’s not snowing again).  Have you ever had a time where you really listened to your body and found success with that? I made a favorite for breakfast:

Oats with peanut butter (turns out the gross oily peanut butter is MUCH better when it’s refrigerated and then melted into oats!), banana, and Dylan’s Chia Granola!  This was a perfectly filling breakfast and made for a VERY happy tummy :)

In other news, it’s T-minus 9 days til Easter, which means that I can eat meat again!  WOOHOO!  Not sure what I’m going to have as my first meaty meal, but I’d love to hear any ideas you guys might have!  I know I’ll probably need to ease meat back in to my life, and I still plan on going meat-free a couple times a week, but I’m just so stoked about being able to eat like a normal person again.  I don’t do well with restriction… ;)

Hope y’all have an incredible Friday!

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