Hi. Hope you had a fabulous Fitness Friday :)
10 days ago I posted a tweet out of frustration from trying to make sundried tomato pesto in my blender. I don’t recommended it.
I grew up with a full-equip kitchen, including a food processor and a KitchenAid stand mixer. I thought this was normal – how could you not have these in your kitchen!? Well, went I went off to college, those two things didn’t join in my dorm room, nor have I acquired them in my nomadic college student years. So… I quickly learned how to survive without the former. You can make cookies by hand and sometimes you may have to do without fresh, homemade pesto.
Fortunately, I don’t have to “suffer” any longer. Last Sunday, on my 22nd birthday, I opened a big box from my mama.
What recipe was up for pulsing first?
Chocolate Espresso Energy Bites
1 c. chopped pitted dates
1/2 c. raw almonds
1/2 c. raw cashews
1 T chia seeds
1/2 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 T instant espresso powder
Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until the mixture begins to stick together. Roll into balls. Store in the refrigerator.
Makes approx. 16 balls.
When I told my mom about the new flavor I planned to make, she seemed wary. I thought the unsweetened cocoa could perhaps give them a bitter taste, but the super sweet dates took care of that issue. Chocolate + coffee is one of my favorite flavor combos – ever – and these nutritious bites did not disappoint. YUM!
See Recipe Page for additional chewy, vegan & GF energy bites.
After whipping a batch of bites, I wasn’t quite done playing with my new toy, so I swirled together my Green Goddess Summer Pesto (I added 2 garlic cloves to the recipe).
It was immediately incorporated into tonight’s dinner.
Pizza: Rudi’s GF crust topped with homemade pesto, steamed zucchini & yukon gold potato, crimini mushrooms, red onion, chevre, parm & fresh black pepper
Salad: Homegrown greens, avocado, tomato, onion, olive oil + rice vinegar
There’s something about pizza on Friday nights. They just go together… like chocolate and coffee ;)
Keeping myself accountable, I did the speed workout yesterday that I was suppose to complete Wednesday. I was still feeling pretty icky yesterday, but I gave it and go and definitely surprised myself: I ran both 1600 repeats @ 6:45 pace. I can’t remember the last time I ran on an outdoor 400m track, so I wasn’t sure how my body would handle. I believe I’m getting faster as I get
older stronger. I guess aging isn’t all bad ;)
Today, I ran the 2 easy miles scheduled for yesterday via the treadmill (8:20 pace), in addition to some BodyRock and free weights. I miss strength conditioning at the WREC.
Long run #2 + GF pancakes in the morning…