Summer Wish List

Thursday morning I set a new record – I didn’t get out of bed until 8:45am. Yikes! Luckily, it only takes me about 15 minutes to get ready for work and I was out the door by 9am. First stop: Starbucks for my free coffee! Next stop: work.

coffee mug

After some of that extra strong java, I needed a stabilizing breakfast. My morning meal was a breakfast cookie made with oats, peanut butter, maca powder, ground flax, raw cacao, and 1/2 smashed banana. I let it sit in the fridge overnight to firm up and then topped with 1/2 sliced banana and greek yogurt.

breakfast cookie

Lunch was a little odd, but I needed to use up some fridge ingredients. I sliced a kiwi and plated that with a bunch of celery sticks and a few Tablespoons of Peter Pan whipped peanut butter.

celery

And a Builder’s Bar for protein (20 grams). Tasted like a candy bar!

builder's bar

A few weeks ago I received 3 bags of Galaxy Granola to sample (Not Sweet Vanilla, Raspberry, and Vanilla Almond). This granola is baked with applesauce instead of oil and it’s very addictive! I keep the bags in my desk drawer for an easy pre-workout snack. Today I tried the vanilla almond and it was delicious. I loved the big pieces of almonds! A 1/4 cup serving contains 120 calories, 2 grams of fat, 4 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, and only 5 grams of sugar. I’m a hungry girl, so I had at least two servings.

Galaxy Granola

Later on in the afternoon I took my reusable mug back to Starbucks for another free coffee – iced this time. Oh man, I was so jacked up on caffeine. Falling asleep last night was a challenge.

Iced Coffee

After work, I met Alma for a 4.5 mile run in the park. The weather was lovely – I hadn’t been outside all day!

Dinner utilized more fridge leftovers in the form of “Healthified Nachos”. I cut a high-fiber tortilla into wedges and toasted it in the oven. Then I topped this with salsa, black beans, reduced-fat cheddar, greek yogurt a.k.a. sour cream, and chopped green onions.

healthy nachos

And greek yogurt with dark chocolate dreams peanut butter swirled in for dessert!

greek yogurt

Anddddd then lots of Easter chocolate before bed. Whoops.

So I know that summer is 2 months away, but it’s never to early to start planning fun things. I’ve compiled a wish list of things I want to do, experience, and make during the warm weather months:

2010 Summer Wish List

  1. On a random workday, eat a large ice cream or froyo for lunch. In the sunshine.
  2. Have after-work or weekend drinks at the Boat Basin, Frying Pan, and Stone Street.
  3. Run an outdoor track race at Icahn Stadium.
  4. FINALLY check out the Brooklyn Flea. Eat something yummy while there. Maybe one of those infamous lobster rolls?
  5. Buy fresh basil from the farmer’s market and make pesto.
  6. Go to the beach (maybe somewhere on Long Island?)
  7. Do many sweaty, summertime runs in only a sports bra and shorts. Woo! Sports bra tan.
  8. Have a pot-luck picnic in Central Park.
  9. Eat pizza and drink beer from Artichoke on 14th Street.
  10. Watch an outdoor movie.

What’s your summer wish list?

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Comment #2:  Kara (@ Kara’s Marathon) says:

Glad you had a good weekend!! Want to try to get together for 40 Carrots sometime this week/weekend?

My fave on-the-go breakfast is a Clif bar and a cup of coffee; I’ve always been amazed at how well it fills me up all day!

Comment #54: legalstyle says:

My favorite on-the-go breakfast is a bagel and cream cheese! Plus coffee!

Comment #77: Megan says:

My “go-to” on-the-go breakfast is usually a Clif bar and an apple. These are extremely portable and easy to dispose of at destination arrival :) But, I have found that I like Panera’s power breakfast sandwich sans ham. It is filling to the max and easy to eat with one hand! Oh yeah, and there is a Panera on the way home from the gym… hehe

  • I am impressed you were out the door in 15 minutes. That is awesome…are you speedy with everything you do?? haha!

  • Those are all amazing wish list items, each of which sounds fabulous. Um…except maybe beaching it on LI. Off the top of my head, I want to take a weekend road trip up to the Adirondacks, go to an outdoor concert and partake in as much (moderate) afternoon outside drinking as my wallet and liver can handle.

  • Oooh, picnics are totally on my list of summertime treats! Even though I live in hot weather year-round, summer is still about going home to see the family, doing hikes, having picnics, and going for nice city walks. Oh,yeah, and the BBQ needs to be lit for at least half my meals, otherwise it’s not really summer 🙂

  • Um, I LOVE my south shore long island beaches. Yes they’re crowded, and yes some of them have become almost non existent due to our constant storms this year, but please…if you want to go to the beach on LI. Let me know. I’ve been going to every summer, almost every other day for 23 years and can totally let you know my likes/dislikes about them. 🙂

    Going to the beach is my favorite bit of summer…well, one of.

    One of my goals this summer? Learn to surf.

  • Huzzah! I never win anything 🙂

    Big #1 on my summer wish list is to make it to Labor Day without a single sunburn! I also want to have a few picnics in Central Park and take advantage of the produce at our local farmer’s market as often as possible.

  • totally down for hitting up the brooklyn flea!

  • I love your wishlist! I definitely want to do number 1, only with a raw brownie sundae at Grezzo’s in Boston. I also want to grill a ton, and taste all kinds of veggie burgers!

  • I love making summer wish lists!! Awesome.
    Mine would include:
    1. Go on many long, sweaty bike rides
    2. Camp. somewhere, I don’t care where!
    3. Attend an outdoor music festival
    4. Buy something I wouldn’t normally from the Farmer’s Market every time I go and make something I wouldn’t normally make with it!

    Yay summer!!

  • ah frying pan! opens for real in May 🙂 I may or may not have gone last weekend to double check with the owner…eek so excited for summer!

  • Ooh, I’m on board with the froyo for lunch on a random day. So cool and yummy when it’s hot out!

    On my list would be grill and a good beer on Sunday evenings, a trip somewhere (anywhere!), and going to Sweet Berry farms to pick fresh strawberries.

  • Annoyed I missed the free Starbuck’s. There needs to be a Joe coffee closer to my office – Grand Central is too far.

    I like Builder’s Bar – chocolate mint is tasty.

    When were you and Alma on the bridle? I spun around the Res at 7:30-8:00.

  • I have to try dark chocolate dreams in greek yogurt. I hadn’t thought of it but sounds delicious!!

    Love your summer list. I haven’t put mine together yet but should soon. I think Kayaking in the Hudson will be on my list this year (I will not fall in!!!).

  • This summer I want to swim at least a couple times a week in an outdoor pool. Keep running until my baby comes, grow my hair long!

  • My one summer wish is to, um, get a tan. Is that weird!? Haha, I’m so fair it’s not even funny. I just burn so easily!
    And those nachos look superb!

  • Great list! I have a pretty similar summer wish list, but I also want to get real Chinese food in Flushing and see a play outside at the theater in Central Park.

  • i LOVE your summer list! i totally need to make one of my own- i think mine would consist of renting a sailboat to go out on lake monona and drink wine at sunset, leave work early for a LONG happy hour, eat lunch at least 1x outside on the grass a week…hmmm…i am going to need to add to this list!

    and i am pissed. i totally forgot about the free bucks coffee. have a great weekend megan dear!

  • ice cream/froyo for lunch is definitely a MUST! I really want to get back to New York this summer, so maybe we can check that one off of our lists together! 🙂

  • I would happily complete one of these per week with you! Bo and I have some similar ones on our list as well!

  • Amy

    ah frying pan! opens for real in May 🙂 I may or may not have gone last weekend to double check with the owner…eek so excited for summer!