NROLW and POM iced coffee!

Thank you all so much for the nice comments on my running story.   I didn’t think it would be so much of an inspiration.  Now – go get those sneaks on!  😀 Woke up to maybe a little less humid today?  Hope the humidity breaks soon.

Preworkout snack of Ezekiel bread with apricot jam and PB.

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1 piece of Ezekiel left.  Doubt I will buy it again.  It rained last night, but the morning was clear so I biked to my gym (love being able to bike there!).  I am getting more used to the gym, although still disliking the music.  Guess there are more people that want it than don’t 🙁

Anyhoo, did Stage 4a of NROLW today.

  • Barbell squat/push press:  3 x 8 45#  (can’t seem to progress more than this)
  • Step ups:  3 x 8  30# dumbbells.
  • Dumbbell 1-point row:  3 x 8  25# dumbbells
  • Push ups:  3 x 8
  • Stationary lunge:  3 x 8  35# plate
  • Planks – 3 x 2 minute holds
  • Horizontal wood chop:  3 x 8  40#

I was able to hold the plank all 3 times for 2 minutes without having to touch my knees down!  First plank easy.  2nd plank a bit harder. I thought I was going to die on the 3rd one. Serious breath hissing going on.  I probably got some looks, but I don’t care LOL!  Let them try it!  I am not sure why I can’t increase the weight on the push press – I have been at the empty bar for 2 stages now.  That one is very difficult for me, and I think it is the transition in grip between the squat and the press that is the problem. It’s just awkward.

Got on the treadmill for 20 minutes before biking home, and all I could think of was pancakes while I was walking!  So that is what I had for breakfast:

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When we went shopping the other day, it was at a different store so I was able to get my Cedars Lemon Hummus!  Yum!  It was part of lunch today mixed with tuna and FSTG sweet potato chips.

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A package from POM Wonderful came for me today to sample.  POM iced coffee! This has my name written all over it!  Yay!  There were 2 flavors in the box, Cafe au Lait and Chocolate.  Thank you POM Wonderful!

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I had the Cafe au lait for my afternoon snack.  It was very good and tasted a lot like one of those Starbucks frappucinos you can buy in the grocery store, only better.  Nutritionally a little shaky with a lot of sugar, but the Cafe au lait has 7 grams of protein, plus some pomegranate antixodant extract (patent pending 😀  ). I like that they use Rainforest Alliance certified coffee.  Nice touch.  This was a fun treat, but I don’t like to drink my calories, and don’t drink my coffee sweetened hardly ever.    It is nice to know that if I am out and that is in the cooler at a convenience store, I can get a bit of energy with protein without resorting to soda.  Hmmmmm….. I bet this would be good running fuel.  John said the chocolate one was really chocolately, so he was quite happy.

You know how I love those quick dinners!  We like to keep jars of different sauces in the house for things like this.  Kitchens of India has some nice jar sauces.  I have a mild curry one (for John…. wimp), which I used tonight.  This dinner took about 15 minutes to whip up.

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And yes – strawberries are back!  How I missed them during my blueberry (purple?) haze.

John bought a plantain the other day, and he decided to cook it with dinner.

It smelled very much like a banana here:

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He sliced it up and pan fried it in coconut oil:

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I snagged one to try.

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mmmm….. GBD.  The verdict?  Interesting.  It did not taste like banana at all.  It was very starchy tasting and similar to a sweet potato in consistency.  It almost had a tiny hint of sweetness.  Not at all what I was expecting.  I don’t know if this is considered a fruit or veggie.

Question:  Have you ever tried plantain?  If so, how do you eat it?

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11 thoughts on “NROLW and POM iced coffee!

  1. Diane, Fit to the Finish

    My husband’s spanish grandmother made plantains all the time. In order to pan fry them, most people like them to be completely black instead of yellow. The darker they get, the sweeter they become. You had one at the height of starchiness. I think you may like them even more if you let them go dark! Then, they are like dessert!

  2. Shelley B

    Never tried a plantain – if they have them in Hawaii, I may try one then!

    Yum, Pom iced coffee – sounds like a treat!

    When you talk about the push press, are you holding the bar above your chest, squat and then as you stand back up lift the bar over your head? If that is what you’re doing, it is darn hard! We do them – I’ll have to ask Brad what the weight is…I know I’m very wobbly.

    1. Lori Post author

      Shelley – yes, that is exactly what I do. It took me a while before I wasn’t wobbly – and I actually hit myself in the chin the first time I tried it (smaller bar, thank goodness).

  3. Barb

    I’ve never bought or cooked a plantain. We adopted both our boys from Guatemala and had plenty on our travels there. I just ate them however they served them to me…usually fried or with beans.

    Ok…have to ask about this pancake topping as well. You know I’m addicted to these things now….clearly that’s blueberry..did you make a syrup? 🙂

    1. Lori Post author

      Super easy – I take 1 cup (approx 140 grams) of frozen blueberries. Put in a pan over medium heat until they simmer and release the juice. Mix 1 tablespoon of cold water with 1 tsp of cornstarch in a bowl and add to the berries. Cook for a couple minutes until thick. Super, super easy. You can sweeten if you like depending on the berries.

  4. Kristin

    Yum, plantains! I’ve had them fried, similar to yours, but we fry them twice. Once, then smash them, then fry them again. There’s also sweet plantains, but you have to get the ripe ones, and they’re much sweeter, also delicious!

  5. Jinx!

    My spanish teacher in high school cooked them for us in class one day. If i remember right they tasted kind of blah……..

  6. Susan

    I tried a deep-fried plaintain dessert in Cuba. It was good, but nothing to go crazy over.

    That’s an interesting product for Pom to do! My mind doesn’t really go to coffee when I think of pomegranate 😛 Guess I just don’t like my fruit in coffee either!

  7. Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)

    So funny that you made plantains, because I just bought some this past week and plan on trying them for my first time too. 😀 I’m making them with a recipe I have for black beans and rice, and plan on eating them on the side once they ripen enough to be used.

    Oh and I love those FSTG sweet potato chips. They’re my favorite flavor, by far. Mmm…

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