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This. Heat. Is. Killer.

The humidity is seriously equal to that of the Amazon.

I pretty much suffocate reading out on my porch if I’m out there for more than a half an hour. Can this please stop? I’d like to spend my summer outside if I can. Thanks, mother nature!

Thanks to the sweltering heat, I was resigned to another indoor workout on the Octane elliptical. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the machine (I especially like it during the winter), I’d just much rather get my exercise done outside during the months that I can. Hopefully soon this heat and humidity will return to normal and I can run outside without worrying about possible fainting or dying. Wouldn’t that be nice?

I have good news, though!! So far the whole no gluten thing is going wonderfully! I haven’t had any of my digestive issues for the past two days. The only bummer to this situation is the fact that this diet change doesn’t let me have any of the hearty, nutty, whole grain bread that I love so much. Frown. I experimented with Food For Life’s Millet Bread today at lunch and, while it was good, the small, dense slices didn’t quite fill my heart with as much joy as a slice of whole grain does. Oh well, win some lose some I guess.

Mise en Place, starring *drumroll* Millet Bread! The new star.

The sandwich, stacked. Inspired by a French favorite, the Croque Madame, which is basically a grilled cheese with an egg on top

Kind of fell apart the minute I took it off the skillet. The messier the better!

Yay for successful lunch endeavors! I was craving a grilled cheese sandwich with an egg on top, but instead of frying an egg and laying it on the sandwich, I doused the bread in an egg white before placing it on the frying pan. Inside the sandwich I sliced a light Laughing Cow wedge into thin strips, put two slices of tomato, a bit of avocado and some spinach. This turned out really excellent and took care of my gooey-cheese craving like THAT. Pink Lady apple on the side to take care of my sweet tooth 🙂

Smoothie in a Mug! (like my san fran mug? ;))

I whipped up something different in my blender today. Instead of sticking with my normally fruity green monster, I decided to make something chocolatey. I’ve never done this before! I know, right? Who am I? But nevertheless, I decided that today was the day I was finally going to create a healthy chocolate shake.

Ingredients (all measurements are approximate)

  • 1 cup ice
  • handful of spinach
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla Soy protein powder
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 Large Banana
It was freaking good. Making this again, pronto (pups).

I’ve been a little bit freeeakin out about living out my gluten free-ness this year at school, the more I think about it. It’s going to be so hard to go out with friends and stay away from gluten completely. Or even share my kitchen with 5 other girls who are completely fine cooking pasta, eating bread and generic cereals all the time. AH. I’m not prepared for dis. I keep going back to the fact that I know I don’t have a gluten allergy. My body just does not like digesting it. And I was able to cope with it. But I feel SO much better without it. But I love the foods that contain it (pasta, bagels, whole wheat bread…!!) How far can I go with this? How flexible/strict should I be? I’m going to have to think about that one. Try a few days where I include a bit or wheat here and there and see how my body responds. All of these experiments are sure making for an exciting summer (doesn’t it just sound absolutely enthralling?)

Dessert? Yes please!

Purrrfect for a hot hot day, I made myself one of these beauties for a sweet treat after dinner. You can’t see it, but hiding under all those frozen berries is half a banana, sliced lengthwise (like a banana split), holding a bit of Stoneyfield vanilla fro-yo. Coco nibs sprinkled on top = heaven. This is probably my most-made summer dessert. It really hits the spot, and isn’t altogether too unhealthy.

What is your favorite way to beat the heat?

Which one wins for you? Fruity or Chocolatey smoothies?