Green Salads – make them fresh!!!

Yesterday I found this bracelet my sister gave me for Christmas four years ago. She made one for each of the five sisters, and I think I’m the only one that hasn’t lost it. Anjali mudra is a gesture of gratitude. It’s simple and beautiful!

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My namaste mat also came! My Instagram got like fifteen likes 🙂

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So yesterday my friend sent me a picture of the nutrition facts of her trader joes salad. They weren’t bad. Dressing definitely added alot of sodium and sugar, but was still only 90 calories (I say only because usually processed dressings are in the upwards of 200).

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The scariest thing was the length of the ingredients list. There were a bunch of things that who knows what they are, yet the salad is still quantitatively “okay”. Whole foods in their most pure form will keep you fuller for so much longer. For many people, the time it takes to prepare your own salad from scratch just isn’t there.
On Mondays I like to prepare for a busy week if I know it’s gonna be hectic by chopping up salad stuff like peppers, onions and tomatoes because I know these can be the most time intensive. Or I just do it the night before. Then in the morning, I massage kale with about a tablespoon of olive oil and throw on the veggies. I bring balsamic vinegar in a little bag and am ready to go.
I eat the same salad almost every weekday:
About two cups of kale
One tablespoon olive oil massaged in
1/4 bell pepper
Onion
Handful of halved cherry tomatoes
Balsamic vinegar
Cracked pepper

Other random additions depending on how I feel:
Sunflower seeds
Craisins
A can of no salt tuna
Arugula
Nutritional yeast
Edamame
Avocado
Kalamata olives!!!

These come in anywhere from 195 calories to 400 and taste so much better than ones you need to buy in plastic.

They are delicious and wholesome. Keep me full for at least 3 or 4 hours!!!

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Running on empty

Last night I got less than 6 hours of sleep which is usually a huge problem for me. After class this morning I was feeling totally off so figured I might as well go to the gym and run it off.
I ran the perimeter which is a 4 mile loop around campus. One direction is notoriously hard with two major uphill efforts (at least 5 minutes each). I decided to just go for it. I was feeling awesome at first but halfway through ran put of steam. Figures for no sleep.
I tried to finish out strong and when I got back to the gym I did an arms circuit with free weights and some assisted pull-ups. Now on the way back home I feel awesome and am so happy I went for it.
Here’s hoping I don’t crash in class. Uhoh

Update: lunch break with my favorite magazine which basically repeats information every month but keeps me motivated 🙂

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