Lunchtime yoga today was especially hot. There is a small room and a large room at the studio I go to, and the lunch hour session is in the large room since it is one of the most crowded classes of the day. Well, not today. The humidifier was out in the large room, so we moved the already over-crowded class to the small room. I don’t know if it actually was hotter due to all the bodies and the close proximity, but it FELT much hotter. At one point I thought, “Is there actually enough air in here for all of us?” No, it was not easy, but I have felt fabulous all afternoon and know it was a good thing I stuck around.
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I had a thought after yoga. though it was not the most comfortable class, I felt fabulous all afternoon after. I hear people say all the time they don’t exercise because they don’t like to. I admit I do like to, but we all have times that are less enjoyable than others. the major motivator at that point is the way you feel after. I think you just have to push through. You may not love that 30min or hour, but the you feel healthier the other 23 – 23 1/2 hours that day. That’s a pretty good pain to profit ratio, I think.
Do you work out because you like to or you like the way you feel after?/Both?
I was famished when I got home after I showered and cooled off a bit. I got inspiration for lunch from one of my favorite restaurants here in Austin, Chez Zee. They have a salad where with goat cheese rolled in nuts. Cooking Light also had a similar salad in one of its recent issues. I rolled my goat cheese into four balls and rolled them in crushed pistachios. I threw them on some mixed greens with dried cranberries and some fig balsamic vinegar. Yum balls!
I was going to title the whole post Goat Balls, but decided to take it down a notch and be a little less overtly crude 🙂
There are dried cranberries in there, too, but they kinda sank to the bottom and got lost in the sea of green. This may be my new lunchtime salad for a while. Once I find something I really like, I tend to stick with it for a while. i also had the rest of my rotisserie chicken dipped in spinach artichoke hummus.
Salad with Goat Cheese Balls
Mixed Salad green – a couple of handfuls
1 ounce soft goat cheese
1T crushed pistachios or other favorite nut
1T dried cranberries or other dried fruit (or fresh)
1T fig vinegar (raspberry or other fruit infused would be good too)
Roll the goat cheese into four balls. Roll the balls in the pistachio and then re roll the balls so the pistachios are kinda inside and the re-roll in the pistachios. Place the mixed greens on a plate and top with the goat balls, dried cranberries, and vinegar
Snack this afternoon was Fage with cinnamon and blueberries. The other little ingredient…Agave. Now this is not novel to most of you, but I am going to admit that I have never tried it before. I was reading another blog the other day (I’m sorry I can’t remember which one) and they were saying they just tried agave for the first time. I was glad to know I was not the only one who had not joined the masses, but then I actually was now that she had tried it. It went on my shopping list immediately and was purchased on this weeks grocery run.
What can I say? I get the hype and am hooked. I love honey, but this has a very distinct flavor that is really good, too. I can see a place for both in my food repertoire. Don’t worry, honey, I won’t leave you for good. I’ve got enough sweet tooth for you both. Maple syrup and stevia have their place too 🙂
I also had half a German Chocolate Larabar. This flavor is new and I hadn’t tried it yet, but thought how can german chocolate anything be bad. It wasn’t! I loved it. I like most Larabars, but the Jocolat ones really satisfy my chocolate craving. Score!
The chocolate hazelnut and the chocolate coffee are my other Jocolat faves and the lemonbar and banana bread are at the top of my list for Larabars. I haven’t tried them all, but have the new PB and Jelly in the pantry waiting to be tasted, so stay tuned for that review.