so remember that bowl of ice cream from Thursday night? there was a repeat of it on Friday night! you remember what it looks like 🙂 so we’re moving on to today…
this morning, I woke up a bit later than normal, so I needed to combine my breakfast with my workout fuel:
The banana oatmeal contained:
- 1/2 cup of oats
- 1/4 cup of granola
- one banana
- one packet of splenda
Off to Bally: today’s workout was the usual Saturday routine:
- 7.5 minutes of the elliptical to get my legs warmed up
- 70 minutes of kickboxing
- 5 minutes on the elliptical to cool down
- stretching to finish
I was once again STARVING after my workout, so I hurried home to make lunch:
The measuring cup is filled with Trader Joe’s Black Bean Low-Sodium soup sprinkled with a tiny bit of feta. The rest of the meal consisted of a turkey burger with feta on a whole wheat english muffin with a thin layer of red pepper hummus, topped with spinach and bean sprouts. I’m trying to enjoy my grill while the weather is still cooperating in Cleveland!
While I was planning on cleaning my house today, my husband talked me into shopping on the East side – we’re not so secretly East siders! Around 4PM, we hit up Starbucks for something to hold us over. I ordered my usual: a grande Pike Place with a shot of sugar free Hazelnut and a splash of half & half. I split this Clif bar with Hans for a snack:
I did find some great sales at Dick’s Sporting Goods on workout pants and a Nike dri-fit top. Hans found a bunch of sweaters at TJMaxx and I’m now a proud owner of a new purse – I haven’t bought a new one in over a year! All of sudden, we were both ready to eat but not ready to go home and cook, so we decided to hit up somewhere on that side of town for dinner.
After some driving around (there was a 90 minute wait for a table of two at several places), we finally found a place to have dinner: Tree Country Bistro on Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights. I know what you are thinking: “great – yet ANOTHER asian place at Coventry”, but this one offers a huge variety of Japanese, Thai and Korean dishes. We had been there once before for my birthday dinner and were in the mood for a “healthier” asian food option. We definitely made the right choice.
Very shortly after we placed our order, I received my surprise starter: a small bowl of Miso Soup (tofu, seaweed & scallion in a soy bean broth):
I was slowly enjoying my soup when all of a sudden, our entrees arrived: mine was Okdol Bi Bim Bab, a popular Korean dish which had assorted vegetables and chicken over rice topped with a sunny side-up egg served in a sizzling hot stone pot:
This was such a cool dining experience! The stone bowl is so hot that it continues to cook the rice, making it great and crispy. When the egg yolk hits the bottom of the bowl, it cooked the egg yolk too. It came with a spicy-sweet chili-bean paste – I love my spicy hot food served super hot, so this was the meal of my dreams! I ate all the chicken pieces, and about half of the rest of the contents. So looking forward to trying to recreate this at home with the leftovers tomorrow!
After dinner and all our running around, we decided to head home. Tonight: hanging out with Hans, my brother and my Grady dog!