Good evening, bloggies! I hope your week is off to a fantastic start. The days have just been flying by lately, good day or bad… how is it already almost August?! If I was going back to school, I’d probably be starting to panic, but now I’m a little bit sad that I won’t be going shopping for school supplies.
I started the day yesterday with an Ezekiel English muffin with almond butter; half had honey and half had blueberry jam.
As is becoming the tradition for Mondays, I went to my parents’ house to get some work done. When I got there, I found a big box of Daisy Brand cottage cheese waiting for me:
Daisy Brand generously sent me a huge supply of cottage cheese. I’ll give you a full review soon… Thanks, Daisy!
After getting a little reading done, I headed to Starbucks to do the rest. We didn’t have any food in the fridge, so I got Starbucks’ Classic Salad with romaine, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, cheese and hard-boiled eggs with a balsamic dressing. I didn’t eat the yolks… I don’t like the texture when they’re so well done.
With my salad, I got a coupon for a $2 grande iced drink if I ordered it after 2.
Come 2:00, I’d finished my reading and was ready for a little pick-me-up. I got a grande caramel light Frappuccino with sugar-free syrup. I love these! I drink them so quickly, though.
After leaving Starbucks, I got some groceries for dinner and then headed home for a run. I ran about 3 miles in Riverside Park, and the time just flew by thanks to a new Jillian Michaels podcast. It’s official: I’m addicted to these!
When I got back, I started doing a Core Yoga session, but after 10 minutes my arms were giving out and I had to stop. Sometimes it’s just not in the cards. Instead, I had a snack: a Daisy Brand 2% cottage cheese parfait with blueberries and strawberries.
It was missing a little something: cinnamon. It’s hard to find a food that isn’t improved by this spice…
Then I took a long, hot bath, read a magazine, and just relaxed. Perfect.
A soba lesson
I think this was my first time cooking soba noodles.
A Soba Lesson:
Soba is traditionally eaten on New Years Eve in most areas of Japan, a tradition that survives to this day: Toshikoshi soba. In the Tokyo area, there is also a tradition of giving out soba to new neighbours after a house move (Hikkoshi soba), although this practice is now rare.
100 grams of soba yields 344 kcal of energy. In terms of essential amino acids, soba scores higher than pasta or bread. Soba includes a lot of lycine, and therefore a good balance of amino acids.
Soba contains a type of polysaccharide that is easily digested and assimilated. Soba noodles also contain rutin an antioxidation ingredient, one of the flavonoids, and choline. Rutin helps to prevent high blood pressure so it reduces risk of heart disease. Soba has other antioxidation ingredients beside rutin, notably quercitin, proto catechu aldehyde. Choline is needed to make acetylcholine, which is used in the brain and affects memory and intelligence. Soba also contains many water-soluble vitamins like thiamine (about twice that of polished rice) and riboflavin.
Here’s a quirk: whenever I make tofu, I have to eat a piece with salt & pepper. Every time. Isn’t that odd? Do you have any weird habits like this?
Instead of pea shoots, which I couldn’t find, I used broccoli florets.
I snacked on most of this apple (or, what was on the plate before I ate it all 😉 ):
Return of the broccoli water!
I had a few sips of milk, but I filled up before I could finish it.
I had the noodles with cucumber salad (oil, vinegar, salt & pepper), carrots, and radishes.
My only complaint with this recipe was that it required quite a bit of salt for seasoning. Otherwise, though, I really enjoyed it, and I would make it again.
For dessert, we all went to Tasti D The Lite Choice. (The Lite Choice apparently bought Tasti, and now there is a Tasti opening up right across the street from TLC.) I got a small cup with half peanut butter, half banana, and chocolate chips.
I can’t wait to tell you about the dinner I just had… stay tuned!
Bonne nuit 🙂