Sunday, April 27, 2014

Weekly Recap: Pack in the Protein

Last week, I wrote about trying to find balance between heavy workouts and a light diet.  I am happy to report that I tried a new strategy, and it seems to be working.  I stopped the weight gain trajectory and was down 2 pounds this week.  To combat the crazy food cravings from morning workouts, I added a quinoa and chickpea salad to my lunch, as well as a mid-morning almond snack.

Simple Chickpea Quinoa Salad

1 cup quinoa (half white, half red)
2 cups vegetable stock
1 15 oz can organic chickpeas
1 jalapeno, de-seeded and diced small
1/2 cup broccoli straw
1/2 cup shredded carrot
2 tbs vegan mayo
juice from 1 lemon
2 tbs olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

  • Cook 1 cup dry quinoa with vegetable stock in rice cooker or on stove top per these directions.
  • Let quinoa cook and cool while you prep your veggies.
  • Drain chickpeas and rinse them.  Add to large bowl.
  • Add in veggies and cooled quinoa.
  • In a small bowl, mix vegan mayo and lemon juice.  Quickly add to veg/quinoa mix.
  • Toss everything together.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Let cool in fridge.
  • To serve, add a base of salad greens to your Tupperware or bowl.  Top with salad.

Monday, I got in a morning Body Revolution workout AND Zumba in the afternoon.  The food above kept me fueled through both workouts and happy after dinner.  I made spaghetti with Victoria Vegan sauce and a side of baked eggplant in panko.  The eggplant was a little old, though, so this dinner wasn't all that great.  It was food, at least.

Tuesday was a hot yoga day, so I kept myself fueled but ate light enough that I felt strong in my yoga practice.  When I got home that night, we rinsed some jackfruit, covered it in BBQ sauce and called it dinner.  Yum!  Josh made a huge sandwich, and I put mine all over my salad.

Wednesday, I took a break from workouts because it was so beautiful after work.  Instead of going for a run, Josh and I went out to downtown Little Rock for a date night.  I'll have more on that this week.

Thursday was another double workout day.  I got up for Body Revolution, then hit up advanced yoga that night.  I didn't feel crazy hungry, because I was packing my body with protein.  When I got home, I dumped the rest of the quinoa salad over some spinach and paired it with baked tofu.  That sauce on top is vegan mayo and sriracha.  Yum!

Friday, I woke up before my alarm and decided to enjoy the beautiful morning with a run.  Now, it's been weeks and weeks since my sneakers hit the pavement, and I was a little worried that I wouldn't enjoy my 2 miles.  I was so wrong.  I laced up and hit the street, and I felt great.  I kept an eye on my Garmin watch, and noticed that I was easily running a 13 min/mile pace.  I know that's not fast for most people, but that's fast for me.  So, I pushed it.  By the end of my first mile, I was pushing my legs, and for a good 15 seconds, my watch was reading 9:30 min/mile.  I spent the first half of the 2nd mile recovering, but finished the entire run at a 13 min/mile average.  That felt amazing, and it makes me happy to be back to running.

Josh took me to lunch at our favorite restaurant, Laylas.  I had a Syrian salad with falafel and some hummus.  Yum and yum!  I spent the rest of the day running errands.  We finished up the snobby joes for dinner, and they were still yummy. 

I got some happiness in the mail!  Can't wait to start cooking from them!

Saturday, I got to meet Bianca from Vegan Crunk!  Her amazing best friend, Sheridan, lives in Little Rock, so we all met up in Hillcrest.  It was fantastic, and I'll tell you all about it tomorrow!

Sunday, you guessed it, pancakes.  Stay tuned for that, too.

All in all, it was a great week!  I'm feeling happy, healthy and strong.  I am incredibly excited, because I just finalized travel plans to hit up New York in June, as a little present to myself for finally becoming an architect.  I plan on eating all the vegan food I can find, so I better start running regularly now!

Have a killer week!!


  1. Yayayayay! I am just so glad that we got to hang out with you!! Such a kindred spirit! We must (no, we WILL) hang out again. :-) Also, next time I'm in town, I must get to Layla's. Love some good falafel. On another note, I ate soooo much food in Little Rock!!! I'm kind of excited about getting back into a healthy, eat-at-home routine this week. Haha.

    1. total kindred spirits!! can't wait to hang out again. i LURVE laylas, so we'll have to check it out next time.

      there's definitely a lot to eat in little rock! glad you had a good weekend. i'm definitely ready for some light, healthy meals myself.

  2. Look me up when you get to NYC! I think Vegan Korean on 32nd Street might be in order!

  3. Yayyyy!!! It was so great to finally meet you! And I love this pic of you and Bianca - super cute! Can you believe Drew and I have never been to Layla's?? I don't even know why. Obviously, we need to fix this and fast! That salad with falafel looks awesome!

    1. Oh man, laylas is a MUST! They have so many tasty eats, and it's so inexpensive. It's definitely one of our favorite restaurants. they have many vegan items, but i always get the syrian salad. i love it so much.

      it was so fun to hang out saturday! we should get together again soon :)

    2. Definitely! We'll make some plans. You're going to love Isa Does It. I've made a few things from it so far and, of course, everything is awesome. The Oh She Glows cookbook is on my wish list as well!

    3. i got the enchilada casserole pulled out of the oven just as the sirens were going off last night. eeep! we didn't eat it, as i was just prepping it for dinners this week, but it looked really tasty. i also made up a lentil salad from oh she glows that was awesome! i think both of these will be in heavy rotation in my house!


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