Saying it’s been an eventful week is an understatement

It has been a full week since I’ve last posted and a lot has happened. Well, in reality there was just one major event. I was lucky/blessed/fortunate enough to be able to attend the Partnership for a Healthier America’s annual Building a Healthier Future Summit this past Thursday and Friday. The biggest takeaway for me was that I desperately want to incorporate the Farm to Preschool program into the Head Start where I work.  Currently the classrooms plant a garden every year but I think a lot more could be done if we part with Farm to Preschool. The other big takeaway from the Summit was that I got to see the First Lady Michelle Obama! She was the keynote speaker for the closing plenary and the entire room was just buzzing. My coworker and I were able to get seats at the third table from the front which I didn’t think was too bad. At the end we were able to walk up and while we didn’t get close enough to shake hands, we were probably about 8 feet away or so. My pictures came out terribly though because yet again, I only brought my cell phone with me to snap pictures.

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Yeah. That was definitely the highlight event of my week. The food was decent considering the chefs were cooking for 1000+ people. On Thursday, lunch was tofu over quinoa with white beans and kale. There was a side of mixed fruit as well. It didn’t look all that appealing but it wasn’t so bad.

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On Friday, we ate lunch family style. There were sandwiches of all kinds; I had a portabella mushroom sandwich. Sides included a quinoa pilaf, fruit salad, and roasted veggies. I would have preferred if the pilaf and veggies were warm but other than that, once again not a terrible meal.

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I also took advantage of being in the city for once and made reservations at Founding Farmers on Thursday night. That place is always packed but I have heard only good things about it so I really wanted to go. I chose the Many Veg Meatloaf (it was vegan I promise!) which was so delicious. It came with mashed potatoes and broccolini and I ate almost all of it. What can I say? I was a hungry girl Open-mouthed smile

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As for the rest of the week, the food I made myself was pretty darn good as well. I made a lot of different open face sandwiches on my Ezekiel bread. All delicious.

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One with avocado and tomato. Another with hummus and cucumber.

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My dessert for the week! I had this several times hehe. I just mixed a teaspoon of cocoa powder into a scoop of peanut butter then drizzled honey on top. Nom nom nom!

I also tried to incorporate other fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans into my daily meals.

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Curry roasted chickpeas, roasted asparagus and red onion, and a handful of blackberries

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Kale chips. These never made it to a plate Embarrassed smile

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Brown rice and black beans with tomato, sautéed spinach, onion, and yellow bell pepper

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Whole grain pasta with butternut squash sauce and kale

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Tofu with a lemon dill sauce

For those who follow Angela at Oh She Glows, some of these things might sound familiar. I tried a few recipes off her blog and also purchased her cookbook that came out last week. I have had a hit or miss time with kale chips and her recipe is just PERFECT. They came out exactly right – even my husband ate a couple!

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Isn’t the cover just gorgeous?!

The last announcement of the week is that my husband bought me a bike! I signed up for the Tour de Cure in September and plan on riding 50 miles so I’m going to start training as soon as I’m done with the half-marathon in May. It’s an ambitious year for me but I thought having events like these would keep me more on track with my workouts.

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She’s a beauty! Smile We took our new bikes (yes he got one too!) out for a spin yesterday as soon as we got them home. We had to go on the main road to get to the Mt Vernon trail head and it was my first time riding in a city. So scary! Definitely not something I want to do if I don’t have to. I’ll stick to trails if I can.

Those are pretty much the highlights I think. Conference, Cookbook, Bike. Yup, it was a good week. Except for the fact that I didn’t train, do my yoga challenge, or my wall sit challenge for like 4 days. I just needed a little break from all that I guess…. But today I’m back on track. I ran 6 miles (on the treadmill. brr its cold and snowing again….) and caught up on my yoga backbends. I still haven’t jumped back on to the wall sits though. Once I got to 2 minutes I just wimped out! Maybe tomorrow…..

G’night!

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