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:
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?
″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!!
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?