Cleaning out my pantry

I wasn’t really planning on going for a five mile run after breakfast…it just kind of happened.

I’m really glad I did it though! It felt great once I got rid of those troubling mental blocks.  Whenever I go on a long run in the middle of the day, I feel physically great but mentally I have to push myself through it, to convince myself I can do it.  When I get up very early and do my runs before breakfast, it’s before my mind has time to tell me I can’t do it, so I blaze through them.  Today, I managed to get through all five miles without stopping!  Indeed, I torched it! 
Unseen post-workout scarfage was one juicy apricot.  I love them so much.

Since we’re leaving for almost a week tomorrow, I’m trying to get rid of the fruit in my pantry and fridge that will surely go south while we’re gone (except for the plantains I bought, I think those will be just perfect for when I get back!).

I decided, since I had a blackened banana on my countertop, I should revert to my childhood-or pay tribute to Elvis?-and make a sandwich that hearkened back to the beautiful summers of my youth.  I sliced and stuffed the large banana inside 1/2 a Joseph’s Stoneground Wheat Pita, along with tbsp Justin’s Maple Almond Butter and a drizzle of honey.  I paired it with the last of a pint of canteloupe mixed with a pomegranate Chobani.

This was exactly what I needed after a hot run.  That fruit was so refreshing, and the yogurt helped replenish my muscles.  And the banana was sweet but not too mushy.  Oh, and did I mention the almond butter? I want to put my hands in the jar and scoop out handful after handful.

Some people might want to know why I measure out my nut butters. One, because nut butters are still a ‘trigger food’ for me (meaning, if i don’t measure and scoop it out with a spoon, I will not stop until the tub is gone), so it helps me to get one tablespoon out and be done.  Secondly, I actually can’t have more than two tablespoons a day before I have a slight peanut allergy, which causes me to break out in a slight rash on my arms.  It doesn’t stop me from eating nuts or nut butters because since I can’t have cheese or dairy it’s a vital source of fat and protein for me.  I just need to limit it.

Off to prep my dinner, and get ready for work at the yoga studio! Hopefully my instructor can help with my hip abductors!

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