Loading Up on Vitamin D

My day started off pretty well. I woke up around 9am and made a bee-line for Dunkin’ Donuts. Mmm, coffee. After my daily dose of crack caffeine I made breakfast. I mixed 2 Tbs of PB2 with a container of plain Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup of berries, and 1 cup + of Heritage O’s. The combo of protein, fiber, and carbohydrates held me over for hours. Plus it tasted delicious! I love adding PB2 to yogurt – it makes the yogurt taste very decadent and the addition of berries reminded me of a PB & J.

a.m. beverages

Oikos breakfast bowl

After breakfast, I headed downtown to Central Park. I found a sunny spot and read my new library book while catching some sun rays. I started The Queen of Bable by Meg Cabot last night and finished it this afternoon. It was the perfect light reading for a summer day. Every girl needs a little chick lit in her life 🙂

Reading in the park

After my reading break, I met up with Alma. We chatted while walking down Central Park West. After our stroll I headed to my gym for 30 minutes on the elliptical followed by LOTS of stretching and strengthening exercises for my IT band/knee. I also used the foam roller until I couldn’t take it anymore. Dear lord, that thing makes mince-meat out of my leg muscles. I’m really hoping it helps my angry (and very tight!) IT band. One of these days I will take photos of the strengthening and stretching exercises that I do. ITBS (Iliotibial Band Syndrome) is such a common problem among runners – I’d be happy to share any tips that can make it better.

After my gym visit, I reemerged into the bright sunshine. Time for some Tasti D-Lite! I was very excited to see that the Flavor-Of-The-Day was Oreo-Peanut Butter. So good! Apparently this stuff only contains 85 calories per 4 oz serving, but it tastes a little too good to be true!

Oreo Peanut Butter Tasti D-Lite

After a bit more walking and window shopping on the West Side, I decided to head home. After all day in the sun I was looking for something to cool me off. A smoothie seemed to be just the thing I was craving.

smoothie

In the mix:

  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup 1% milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup frozen berries
  • 2 big handfuls of spinach
  • tsp honey

I originally used 1/2 cup of frozen berries, but after sampling the mixture I realized I could taste the spinach! I added more frozen berries and another squirt of honey and this solved the problem. Sweet, frozen, and delicious.

I finally finished up the other half of my grilled chicken wrap – it held up surprisingly well in the fridge and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Leftovers

After dinner I spent a few hours writing. Around 9pm I tried a new variety of Honest Tea – Citrus Spice Decaf. I also had 1/2 bag some of the very addictive Trader Joe’s Righteous Rounds. At least they contain broccoli!

Decaf spice tea

Righteous Rounds

Now I’m off to bake another chocolate-chip banana bread. Last weekend’s loaf disappeared in record time!