Lazy Sunday

I did 2 things today: swim and tried new recipes.

I woke up fully expecting to be in pain from yesterday’s run. With the exception of feeling rundown and having tired legs, I otherwise felt pretty good. I had a swim workout scheduled but really wasn’t feeling up to it. So I made a deal with myself – go to the pool and if all the lanes were taken, I’d only sit in the whirlpool and steam room. I wasn’t in the mood to share lanes, and let’s be honest, the only reason I was going was for the whirlpool and steam room.

Lucky me, when I got to the pool there was only 1 person swimming. Staying true to my word, I got in the pool to swim laps. I warmed up with 100 meters of freestyle laps. My legs were so tired so when I was done with my warm-up, I used the pull buoy.

I always lose count when I swim laps so I’ve been using a great suggestion by Hellasound to count the alphabet as I swim. Today’s theme was “band names.” As in:

A = Aerosmith
B = Bee Gees
C = Coldplay
D = Depeche Mode
E = Expose

You get the idea. I swam all the way to “Z” for a total of 750 meters.

Using the pull buoy really helped me to focus on my upper body work. I tend to drag my arms so today I was able to focus on keeping them moving steadily like a cycle and making sure they did not meet. It was one of the more enjoyable swim workouts that I’ve had; i.e., didn’t inhale a lot of water.

I also tried 3 new recipes today!

Gluten-Free Pancakes
After I got done swimming, I was starving so I made some gluten-free pancakes. Last week I got this gluten-free pancake mix.

I’ve never tried anything gluten-free so I wanted to see how things tasted. I followed the recipe that’s on the bag:

1 c gluten-free pancake mix
1 egg, beaten
1 tbsp canola oil
1 tbsp honey
1/4 c milk (I used soy)

Mix all the ingredients and cook on the griddle.

It was grainy, like cornbread, but not heavy. I drizzled a tablespoon on agave nectar syrup on it which made it taste so good! I only made 2 pancakes and saved the rest of the batter for breakfast tomorrow! I’ll definitely be making it again and hopefully I’ll be able to ween myself off of the sugar-loaded dark chocolate granola I’m addicted to.

I mentioned in a post last week that I recently started reading Carrots n Cakes. Its such a great blog because she posts so many great recipes and ideas. Today she wrote about a quinoa dish that she made. I had most of the ingredients so I decided to try it. She didn’t list any measurements so there wasn’t an exact recipe to follow so like her, I just threw everything together.

2 Sweet Potatoes (cubed and baked at 350 degrees for 30 min)
1 c quinoa (followed cooking directions on bag but also threw in mushrooms)
Sliced almonds
Balsamic vinegar
Agave nectar syrup

I would never put these flavors together so I was a bit apprehensive about how it would taste…but it turned out to be pretty tasty! I was quite pleased.

Shrimp with Artichokes
One of the recipes that Carrots n Cakes made last week was from It was so quick and easy that I went back to scour the web site for more good stuff. I found this Shrimp with Artichokes recipe that I made for dinner tonight. I cannot begin to tell you how simple it was to make!

* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
* 1 1/2 tablespoons dried red pepper flakes
* 2 garlic cloves, minced
* 2 cups diced tomatoes
* 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
* 1 teaspoon paprika
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1 (14-ounce) can quartered artichoke hearts, drained

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp, pepper flakes, and garlic; sauté 3 minutes. Add remaining ingredients; cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently, or until shrimp are done and mixture is thoroughly heated. I didn’t have parsley but added mushrooms since I had some and didn’t want them to go to waste.

Nutritional Info
* Calories 233 (24% from fat)
* Fat 6.1g (sat 1g, mono 2.9g, poly 1.4g)
* Protein 27.8g
* Carbs 17.9g
* Fiber 5.3g
* Cholesterol 172mg
* Iron 3.6mg
* Sodium 926mg
* Calcium 73mg

The quinoa and shrimp made for a filling dinner!

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