WIAW: The Best Tabbouleh of My Life

Quite possibly the favorite combo of foods yet!

Of course I had to start the month off with some Campbell’s Tomato soup. I tossed some chia seeds in for good measure and let the heartburn ensue. Below that, I had sauteed spinach with some corn, an apple and rosemary roasted potatoes with rosemary from my “garden”. I’m a proud gardener! To the right, you’ll see my wonderful hummus and tabbouleh combo from Mediterranean Market in Morgantown, which I devoured in two days. Finally, I enjoyed my delicious homemade Curried Chickpea Dip.

All in all, a pretty good assortment of foods. Next week, I’m hoping to make some “healthified” pumpkin bread based on my mom’s recipe. We’ll see how it goes!

My Healthy Tip of the Day: Eating well is contagious. Today I was feeling hungry and overheard my coworker crunches on carrots. My decision to hit the vending machine quickly turned to a full-on carrot craving. Luckily I had some in my lunchbag to snack on. Navigate towards healthy eaters or try looking at some “food porn” on the internet featuring healthy items. I swear it works!

I Just Want My New Shoes

A few days ago, I decided it was time for new running shoes. I’ve been experiencing major shin splints, which is usually a sign that it’s time to purchase a new pair. I cracked open my wallet, dusted away the cobwebs, and prepared to spend around $120 big ones for a pair of Ravenna 2 Brooks. Little did I know that their website has an AWESOME sales selection! I found these for $65, which is a steal for this brand, and walked away from my computer having only spent $70 total. Not too shabby.

Victory is sweet! In Runner’s World magazine’s Summer 2011 Running Shoe Guide, the Ravenna 2 was named Editor’s Choice. In the June 2011 issue, Runner’s World states, “Credit the shoe’s winning combination of a nimble, low-to-the-ground profile and ample cushioning for heel- and midfoot-strikers. Even more impressive is how Brooks now scales the flexibility of this shoe according to gender and size — making the smaller sizes less rigid in the forefoot than larger ones,” adding that the fast feel belies the amount of corrective support it provides. “If you’re looking for a single shoe for both marathon training and racing, this is it.”

The Ravenna 2 is perfectly tuned to the needs of mild overpronators, with just enough support and the addition of Brooks DNA to adapt to each step you take, for customized cushioning and energy return. The 3D adjustable arch saddle conforms to your foot for an ideal instep wrap and a caterpillar crash pad smoothes out the landing zone, moving your foot efficiently through the heel strike. Lace up and optimize your every stride.

A faithful Adrenaline GTS wearer in the office confessed that she has “been cheating with the Ravenna 2″… and she likes it.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m incredibly careful with my money. I went through a period after college where I was devastatingly broke and have been very mindful ever since. Usually every 6 months, I’ll spend money on myself (clothes, shoes, etc.), but I normally keep the expenses strictly to bills and food. I’m also being super tight for a while so I can manage the mounds of payments I’ll have rolling in when I move. I always forget how expensive it between the deposits, moving expenses, and cable hook ups!

Despite being a semi-cheap wad, I am glad that I broke down and got myself a new pair of running shoes. It’s something I do 3-4 times per week and need to treat it like an investment.

What brand of shoes do you find yourself navigating towards?

My Healthy Tip of the Day brought to you by AARP ‘Miracle Diet’: Traditional Mediterranean herbs such as sage and oregano help battle insulin resistance, a blunting of the bodys ability to balance blood sugar that can raise risks of heart disease and stroke by 28 and 64 percent, respectively.

So Much Food

Yesterday, I stuffed myself silly. I started off the day at the wonderful Terra Café, located right across from the playground at the Star City playground. Our Girls on the Run 5K meeting was held there and I was anxious to try out their food, since I never seen to catch the place when they are open. I ordered their Mediterranean wrap with a side of hummus and a cup of coffee.  It was absolutely delicious. I’m hoping to sneak back some time to try their chocolate covered bananas. Mmmm! Food aside, this place had a wonderful atmosphere and seemed perfect for a study group or any kind of meeting. I highly recommend a visit.

After that I ran out to Christmas shop and wound up getting myself a pair of shoes instead. Very productive. After that, I rushed home to get ready to meet Brianna for dinner and frozen yogurt. We decided to go to the wonderful Kenyan Café again and got their delicious ugali with kale and cabbage. After devouring our food and dishing on our latest happenings, it was time to go to the last stop on my Sunday culinary tour of Morgantown: Naticakes! We popped over around 8 p.m., so we didn’t get to chat with the owner Nicole, but we did manage to stuff our bellies full. She went with the peach mango tart, while I slammed my cup full of peanut butter and dulce de leche. Of course I topped it off with my usual combination of Butterfinger bits, Heath Bar chunks, and granola. Oh and a Reese Cup chunk. I’m not a fatty or anything.

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After all of that eating out my wallet and my belly could use a break. That being said, I highly recommend all of the places I visited today. You can’t go wrong with a hummus, kale and frozen yogurt!

My Healthy Tip of the Day: Mental health is just as important, so turn off the television and pick up that book you’ve been putting off reading. You’ll not only help maintain your mental health, but studies have found a correlation between those who read more and those who make more of an effort to stay in shape.