Pesto Delight on a Dreary Day

Pesto is one of those things I discovered as an adult, and now, just can’t get enough of! It is soooo delicious. I made my first batch of it last month, and it’s so darn easy that I made it a few more times! Sorry Trader Joe’s, but I won’t be needing your jarred pesto services any longer. On Sunday I whipped up a batch of the following:

1 cup fresh, torn basil leaves
1/2 cup grated parmesan-reggiano cheese
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 T chopped walnuts
2 whole, peeled garlic cloves
pinch of sea salt

Toss it all into the food processor and botta-bing, botta-boom, pesto!! This was my own conconction, and since I’m the one eating eat, I decided to use walnuts instead of the traditional pine nuts. Did you know that walnuts have the highest protein content of all nuts? AND that they’re a great source of Omega-3′s? Stop everything right now, and go get yourself a bag of walnuts!! And then enjoy them in moderation :) because healthy fat or not you still only need about 44-78grams a day (that’s based on a 2,000 calorie diet). 

If you haven’t a clue about nutrition facts on labels, just know that a well balanced diet includes 20-35% fat, 45-65% carbohydrate, and 10-35% protein. Still not sure how to adapt that in your diet? Visit the USDA’s mypyramid.gov, and personalize your calorie intake based on your individual needs.

So, back to pesto, I lathered up a couple chicken breasts on the Foreman. (because simplicity is key on a weekday). Let them cook for about 7-8 minutes while I assembled a wrap: spinach, onion, cherry tomatoes and red bell pepper.. and a couple turns of grated pepper. Now I’m good to go for lunch wraps!

In running news, I totally got soaked today. That whole saying “April showers brings May flowers”.. obviously didn’t come from a Seattleite. There were April showers, and now there are more May showers. I seem to time my runs just perfectly too. The sky will be beautiful with fluffy white clouds, and then when I get about 3 or 4 miles away from home the sky just opens up and pooooours. Today I seriously would have been better off in flippers. So while other runners were ducking for cover I took a photo on my Blackberry. You. Are. Welcome. ;) Don’t those clouds look angry?


And my quote of the day from Runner’s World just chimmed in on my phone. It seems a little bizzare, maybe it’s a sign that I’m supposed to share it with you:

″I run because it is so symbolic of life. You have to drive yourself to overcome the obstacles. You might feel that you can’t. But then you find your inner strength, and realize you’re capable of so much more than you thought.″ –Arthur Blank

That quote was just what I needed this week. I’ve definitely had a few obstacles lately, and if it weren’t for running I’d be home blowing bubbles right now in a state of delirium. Well.. maybe not the bubbles part. :) On that note, happy hump day to you all!!

Questions:
Do you find that running helps you overcome life’s challenges?
And what food did you discover as an adult that you just can’t get enough of?

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18 responses to “Pesto Delight on a Dreary Day

  1. yes, i feel that running helps me to overcome life’s challenges. for Christmas, I received a sticker AND a magnet that says, “running is cheaper than therapy”. true dat. fer realz. my kids even notice when it has been ‘too long’ in between runs.

    • Haha! I love the magnet. I definitely get crabby if its been too long. Mostly because I don’t feel like I can enjoy good eats if I’m not breaking a sweat.

  2. I love making my own pesto! It so easy too!

  3. Running definitely helps me overcome lifes challenges. I think there is nothing better than a great run to clear my mind so I can think clearly and make the best decisions possible.

  4. whydeprive

    Pesto is my favorite sauce. Its just SO good!!

    Running definitely helps me clear my mind. Its my “me time” and after a long day a nice run makes everything else go away.

  5. Running definitely helps me to de-stress and it makes me an overall happier person. And speaking of happy: that pesto!

  6. i love the runner’s world quotes and this one run especially true with me. running always clears my mind, makes me feel better about myself and my life, and just makes me happier! how can you not be happy after a great run, in perfect weather, a little bit of sunshine, and good tunes??

  7. that pesto looks PERFECT! I love pesto and hate pinenuts, so I loved that you used walnuts instead!

  8. yumm! loove the combo of chicken and pesto together. this recipe is officially bookmarked :) and what an inspiring quote…so true! hope your week got a little bit brighter !

  9. I love that running quote, it’s so true! I don’t always want to run, but I feel so good during and after. It’s like work, the mornings are tough, but once I’m there it’s a joy. Basically, I’m lazy at heart…LOL! :) The pesto looks wonderful! The whole wrap looks wonderful! I think asparagus is the one thing I’ve discovered as an adult that I really enjoy!

    • Asparagus. That’s a good one. I think veggies were a bit boring growing up. I’m always open to spicing things up for a fresh taste.. And I know what you mean about the lazy days. Sometimes I just walk, its still nice to get out and have ‘me time’.

  10. I love running as a way to clear my mind – I couldn’t do without it! And yes, those clouds look angry!!

    I love pesto, too! It’s so cheap and easy to make that I never buy pesto anymore. Your version looks delicious, especially with the walnuts! Yay, omega 3′s!!

  11. Running totally helps me to zone out and really think about something that might be weighing on my mind~
    Your pesto looks yummy! I love that stuff:)

  12. sincerelynutrition

    Running definitely helps me clear my mind. And fave adult food has to go to…drum roll please…KALE CHIPS!

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