Thank you, Mr. MLK Jr.
When I got home from work last night, I made myself a quick snack for workout fuel. I won Yum Yucky’s Brown Minute Rice giveaway and just received my prize in the mail two days ago! It was pretty exciting. Anyway, I heated up the rice in the microwave, removing the plastic covering, and then sprinkled a packet of splenda into it with a little bit of cinnamon. It made for an awesome treat! It reminded me of rice pudding, actually.
Then I got to work on the exercise bike. I breaked after I had burned about 300 calories and snacked on a Jonagold Apple that I bought at the Broad Street Market yesterday on my lunch break. I love the Farmer’s Market. You can support local farms and get great produce for so much cheaper than in the grocery store! I bought this apple, 3 kiwi, a box of baby bella mushrooms, a cucumber, a yellow pepper, and some brussel sprouts for about $5!
These apples are simply to die for. My friend, Jan, brought them to our family’s New Year’s Eve party this year with caramel apple dip, but these apples were SO yummy on their own that I couldn’t imagine ruining them with some sugar laden artificial caramel dipping sauce. Ever since she introduced me to them, I’ve had an eye out for this type of apple. They never sell them in the grocery store, but I had a feeling if I looked they would have them at market! I think I literally shrieked a little bit out loud when I spotted them!
Anyway, after refueling, I got back on the bike, facebooked for a little while, and watched the One Tree Hill episode that I missed since The Bachelor is on at the same time, Monday nights. Now I’m all caught up!
When I reached about 90 minutes on the bike, I jumped off in excitement, knowing that I wanted to try a recipe I saw at Beek Eats as a side dish for my dinner!
Behold, brussel chips:
Yes, that’s right. They are as tasty as they look! And SO easy to make. All you do is de-leaf the brussel sprouts (I only used about 6 sprouts).
I tossed these little guys in a large ziplock baggie, drizzled a little bit of Log Cabin SF pancake syrup in the bag along with a splash of balsamic vinegar to coat. Then, I spread them on a non-stick baking sheet and baked them in the oven until browned. The oven was at about 350° for about 20 minutes. You can experiment with oven times based on your particular appliance.
I showered while they were cooking and then threw together this bowl of raw veggies to accompany the brussel chips, swimming in some strawberry balsamic dressing. I also added 1/2 C. butter beans to the dish for protein!
For dessert, I ate these AWESOME sugar free black cherry jello bites from Sheetz. I ate the entire bag for just 45 calories!
We enjoyed watching the little sister’s basketball game and they really kicked butt last night. My friend, Rachael came with us to the game and it was a good time. When we got home, I packed my lunch & prepped my breakfast for today.
Lunch: Same as yesterday. Sorry I’m a boring lunch blogger. I’ll make up for it at dinner, promise!
There are some great giveaways going on today, two at Krittie’s site! This one for Vitatops really has my hopes up! And you’ve gotta check out the one she’s doing for Barney Butter! There’s also a Chobani giveaway going on at Crunches for Cupcakes by Melissa, so be sure to enter!
Have a fantastic day!