Happy rainy beach day!

Man, this post took forever! My internet connection down here is so slow.
Here at the Jersey Shore until Monday afternoon! I absolutely love it here, even though it wasn’t the best weather today.  It’ll be better tomorrow, I hope!

This morning I arose at 6:30 and made a game effort of going on the elliptical for 40 minutes.  It probably wasn’t the best move, as my legs are totally dead now, but a good night’s rest will get them back into fighting gear.

After a quick shower, I prepared a quicker breakfast to eat on the way out the door.

Fuji apple, Thomas Light Multi-grain English Muffin smeared with Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese and Stonewall Kitchen Apple Strawberry Rhubarb Jam, and a bowl of Honey Chobani with raspberries and blueberries.

This kept me full for a good four hours, thank goodness because my Mom is a snacker and was diving into our stash of food to bring down to the beach:

That’s a lot of swag! I can’t wait to dig into those pretzels tomorrow for part of an epic lunch plate I’m planning.

The ride down was uneventful for the most part, aside from the sudden downpour halfway through the drive.  We managed to duck into a Starbucks for much-needed drinks, and I got to have my favorite Iced Venti Decaf Cafe Americano, black, 1 pump Sugar-Free Vanilla

Absolutely delicious and so refreshing.

Around noon I broke into my pre-lunch snack, a ton of carrots and a tbsp Woodstock Farms Almond butter

I never even dreamed of dipping vegetables in almond butter, but it’s something I picked up from a few bloggers and I’m so glad I did, because holy delicious!

About an hour later, I dug into my pre-packed lunch, a turkey sandwich with spinach and mustard on two slices of French Meadow Bakery Hemp Bread.

Now, this bread may not look like anything special on first glimpse; also, when you toast it, the hemp seeds give off a smell that is a little off-putting.  But upon further inspection…

Holy seeds, Batman! This bread is crunchy and packed full of every seed you could possibly dream of.  If you get past the smell as it toasts, this bread is a winner in every way.  It definitely works more as a savory bread rather than a breakfast toast, but it’s still delicious.

Topped it off with some cherries for dessert; I’m sorry I couldn’t get a better picture, we were already driving again and I had to photograph the bag!

Once we got down to the shore, I was already hungry.  It’s funny…after a run or a morning workout of any kind, I’m really not very hungry at all even when I sit down to eat something, but around 4 or 5 in the afternoon I could eat everything in sight!  So I knew I needed a snack, and a pack of Reduced Fat Wheat Thins caught my eye.

Another meal that brings me back to childhood.  Is there anything better than Wheat Thins and peanut butter (in this case Smart Balance Creamy PB)? Salty, and creamy, and filling.

After my snack I went grocery shopping with Mom.  I wish I could’ve taken a picture of all the crap we got, because it’s really quite an amazing amount of food for four to six people over the next weekend! We’re Italian, we gotta eat! And we’re all runners so the appetite doubles! But I managed to sneak in some broccoli which I used in my dinner, along with some Oikos and Kashi which I plan to mix into my breakfast tomorrow.  One of these mornings, however, I know I’m going to want a big old egg brunch.  Perhaps Saturday?

After grocery shopping, we all went for a 2 mile bike ride along the shoreline, with a stop in a bookstore so Mom could get some summertime reading materials.  I’ve already brought down a ton of books so I didn’t need any more, but Mom and Mike both got some stuff to tide them over.

When we got back I started prepping my dinner.  Mom had brought the grilled chicken from the other night down to the shore with us, so I used the cold chicken as the starting point for my meal.  She had also bought salsa and guacamole, so the wheels began to turn…

Choppin’ broccoli…

boilin’ water..

As Emeril would say, BAM!

I cut a pretty decent-sized chicken cutlet and cut it in half, then served it cold with a dollop of guacamole and salsa, alongside the steamed broccoli with ketchup to dip, and about a 1/4 yellow pepper.

On the side: two Pepperidge Farm Light 7-grain toasts with a smear of Land O Lakes Whipped Butter Spread.  Because I needed something to catch the rest of the guac and salsa, of course.

After dinner, I may have snuck a spoon into the sauce pot my mom was using to prepare my brother’s meatball grinders…the pasta sauce is that good.

For dessert, I had some chocolates!

1 Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Square and 1 Lindt Dark Chocolate Orange Square.  When you pit these two against each other, flavor-wise, it’s easy to see which one is more gourmet.  Nothing beats Hershey for convenience and taste, though.

Off to bed now.  I can always tell when I need more sleep, as halfway through the afternoon my legs begin to feel like lead.  Running first thing in the morning gives you a jolt of energy, but then come evening you want to drop!

I also hope I can drag my butt out of bed for my planned four mile run tomorrow.  It will happen at some point, I just need to figure out when! We shall see! 

Published by The Curious Ally Cat

I'm a 34 year old adjunct professor and writer in Connecticut. People seem to like me because I am polite and I am rarely late.

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