WIAW: Feeling a Bit Green
Hello and happy What I Ate Wednesday! I’ve sat out of the WIAW party for a few weeks now for one reason or another. Quite honestly, I was a bit fed up of taking photos and posting about my food and I was more interested in writing about other things. However, I feel more sociable today and seeing as the theme is green, I thought that I would make a special effort.
Thank you to Jenn @ Peas and Crayons who hosts the weekly party.
Look, I even made my porridge green!
I made this porridge with a chopped braeburn apple, flame raisins, Kara coconut milk, agave and a shot of matcha tea. I topped it with cracked linseeds.
I love the combination of apple and raisin porridge. It’s probably because I’m obsessed by raisins in general. I know that a lot of people don’t like them, but I really don’t understand why, they are perfect to me.
There is definitely some green hidden under this lot, you can just see it poking out. Yesterday’s salad consisted of mixed salad leaves, chopped cucumber, red pepper, sweetcorn, mixed olives, brown rice, and piri-piri hummus (shop bought).
I absolutely adore green vegetables and eat them for dinner most days. I have a tough time deciding which are my favourites, but I would say that broccoli and courgette are in with a shout.
This is wholewheat pasta, carrots, broccoli, courgette, leeks, mushrooms, sweetcorn, and Cauldron veggie sausages, with some tinned tomatoes and chilli flakes.
I want to make clear that although I’ve shared all of my meals, I also ate plenty of snacks as well. My excuse for not taking photos is that they weren’t green!
Thank you for all your reassurances about my training plan for this week in advance of Liverpool Half Marathon on Sunday. I think it’s a bit of a mental shock to cut down on training, but I think that my body really needs the rest before I put it through a 13.1 mile ordeal.
I ended up running 3 miles yesterday instead of my planned 4, mainly because it was rush hour and I was having problems crossing the road (Leeds is not built with pedestrians in mind!). I didn’t feel like going for a run, but I knew that I needed to more than ever. I was having one of those days when my mind was whirring away at 100 miles an hour and I just couldn’t get any mental peace. I set off at a very sedate pace with my headphones in (I usually run without music) and the first half was a bit of a struggle. When I turned around, suddenly my mind stilled and I was able to just enjoy moving and listening to music. It’s times like that when I realise how the benefits of exercise stretch beyond improving fitness – it also helps me to clear my head of all those little anxieties that cling on and aren’t helpful in the least.
This morning I did a short yoga session to stretch out, and boy, am I stiff! My hips and hamstrings seem to be the main culprits, so I did plenty of downward dogs and hip opening moves. I’m hoping that I loosen off by the end of the week!
What green food have you had this week?
How do you like to de-stress and clear your head?