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Slow Friday

30 Apr

It’s one of those days… it’s in the mid-60°s, phones are silent, and most of the weekly work is done. There was also very little traffic into the city today. People are definitely already in weekend mode!

On my way home from work, I stopped off at the Marathon Sports near me and picked up a new pair of sneakers… my Sauconys are approaching the 300 mile point, so I’m going to start alternating and hopefully wear my new shoes for Chicago. I’m increasingly curious about lightweight shoes, so I bought some Nike Free 5.0 v4. So far, I am in love. They aren’t bulky at all, and I’m a sucker for their design accents like the off-center laces. Love love love.

Unable to resist the call of new shoes, I set out for another 2×400, which soon became 4×400. I didn’t want to stop, but I knew that I needed to take it easy in shoes with less support. Maybe it was that crazy huge lunch I had, or the thrill of new sneakers, or both… but I ran negative splits!

Splits: 2:14, 2:09, 2:03, 1:55

For reals?! Yeah. And my heart rate only peaked at 194. I just want to run and run and run and have I mentioned that so far I love my Frees?

Last night I also decided to try out a recipe I made up earlier this week: Spinach and Artichoke Pasta Bake. So easy, you don’t even know.

Spinach and Artichoke Pasta Bake

INGREDIENTS:
10oz frozen spinach
14oz canned artichokes in brine
1 1/4c part-skim ricotta
1lb medium pasta (I used Barilla Plus penne)
1/4-1/2c low fat milk (varies based on how thick/thin you want the sauce)
garlic powder, salt, and black pepper
1/2c shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2c parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Get a pot of water on the stove, and defrost the spinach.

While the pasta boils, squeeze water out of the spinach and chop the artichokes into small pieces. Place spinach and artichokes into a bowl along with the ricotta cheese. Stir and add 1/4c milk and seasonings to taste. When the pasta is done, drain and add to the mixture. Toss to coat, adding more milk if needed.

Pour into a 9×13 baking dish and top with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until the cheese on top is bubbly and a bit browned.

Nutritional Info per Serving (serves 8)
Calories: 321
Total Fat: 8g (lots less if you eliminate some of the topping cheeses)
Cholesterol: 26mg
Sodium: 424mg
Total Carbohydrates: 41.2g
Dietary Fiber: 4.83g
Sugars: 4g
Protein: 16.18g

Overall, it has a pretty ideal balance of 55% carbs, 22% protein, and 23% fats. Sure, some of the fats are saturated from the cheese but shhhhh. It tastes very, very much like creamy spinach and artichoke dip, and it’s filling without being heavy. If you try it, let me know what you think!

I’m off to a short trip to NYC tomorrow. Have a fab weekend :)

The Calm Before the Storm

26 Feb

The Northeast is being pummeled by storms again. Sheesh. It rained all day yesterday, and the winds picked up horribly at night. I heard they reached 85mph in some areas! I was woken up around 11pm last night by the wind, and looked outside and right then, the sky flashed bright green. Petrified that an electrical surge would happen (and somehow affect my fish tank and kill my lil betta), I unplugged just about everything in my room.

This morning I discovered that green lightning isn’t lightning at all. Rather, it’s the light from power lines shorting out with the ground as they fell and the flashes were being reflected off the wet ground into the rain of the storm and diffused (from here). Now I’m REALLY glad I unplugged things!

So it was either that, or the dark lord is among us.

This morning was a bit different. Even though today’s forecast calls for more rain/snow/wind, there was a beautiful sunrise, and the sunshine was strong for a long time. Quite a calm before the storm. But they sky is greying once again. Boo. (Holy crap it just started pouring out of nowhere)

We’re in for a whole weekend of rain and snow, so it looks like my last long run will be done indoors. Then again this is New England, so the forecast could do a 180.

Discount Shopping yaaaay

Who doesn’t love a good discount? I’ve recently discovered the wonders of private shopping sites, where you have to be invited in to be able to shop. I was able to get in to a few, and I’d like to share the sites with all of you too :)

Click here to sign up for RueLaLa (mostly women’s and home goods)
Click here to sign up for Gilt (women’s, men’s, travel, and home goods)

Each brand is only available for a limited time, so they’re sort of evil if you’re an impulse buyer. But they’re also great to keep an eye on in case something you’ve been wanting for a while is on sale (i.e. the other day RueLaLa had a bunch of Cuisinart things on sale for a huge discount).

Happy Friday!