Recovery Meals

July 3, 2012/ Breakfast, Dinner, Holiday, Lifestyle/ 0 comments

This post almost didn’t happen. It’s amazing what a few mid-day beers can do to ruin your motivation for absolutely everything that follows. We went out to lunch today at work and lunch turned into a “fun lunch” that would not have been a problem for me except I came back to the office and chased it with half a cliff bar, a handful of hot tamales and a scoop of ice cream. Ouch – sugar and beer do not mix well and I’ve been trying to recover ever since.

But let’s back up.

This morning started with a really good four mile run. I’ve upped my mid-week run days to three and tomorrow I hope to tackle closer to 6 miles but four was my goal for today and four was completed as intended!

Breakfast was also a victory.


That’s right, friends. Steel cut oats made on a weekday. My mom recommended that I bring the water up to a boil right when I get back from my run and then let them simmer while I shower and dress. Since it takes less than a minute for the water to boil (we seriously have the best stove), I don’t waste time waiting for that process and my total shower/prep time is probably about 30 minutes, which is enough to make the oats edible. Steel cut oats can be very chewy or very soft, depending on how long you cook them. Lucky for me, I like them chewy. I also knock the water down a 1/4 cup to speed up the cooking. Haven’t missed it yet.

I also added a little of the leftover pre-cooked oat bran I had from last week. It’s been sitting in my fridge and since I don’t have a microwave, I’m never going to eat it. There’s no reason to bring a pot out just to make a half serving. So I mixed it into this at the last minute and it was a great way to add volume.

Washed it all down with some agua as I sprinted out the door.


Work was long but lunch was fun. Lunch recovery has not been. But let’s not focus on that.

I wasn’t particularly hungry when I got home (surprise, surprise) but I knew I needed to eat something.

I had some leftovers from last night and decided just to make do with those.


A frozen veggie stir fry with pintos and brown rice. This was actually really good and I’m still kinda bummed that I wasn’t hungry enough to eat the whole thing. From my leftovers, I just picked at the veggies, since they were all that sounded good. A tupperware full of rice and beans is still lurking in the fridge for later.

And since I was on the veggie train, I decided a salad was in order.

Last night I did a really simple salad out of cucs and tomato but spruced it up with a special ingredient.



Peach salsa! I could eat this stuff straight with a spoon (and have…) and it makes the best salad dressing. Sometimes I mix it with hummus but in the name of keeping it light, I just went with straight salsa. Picture the above salad doubled and that was tonight’s dinner. Not surprisingly, I’m still hungry.

Cereal and dessert foods do not sound appetizing in my post-day drinking state but I know just a few more veggies won’t make me any less hungry. Officially stumped about what to eat. This is not a common issue for me.

Tomorrow feels weird since I have the day off but it’s mid-week. I’m not going to complain about time off but it just seems random and I’m not sure what to do. From what others have said, it sounds like I’m not the only one. Oh well. I think we’ll just enjoy a relaxing day. Happy Fourth!

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