I’m proud of myself this week – I’m well on track for my New Year’s resolutions! I swam 12,650 yards and still found the time to try a handful of new recipes. Because I was on the Cabbage Soup detox last week, this week was a celebration of getting to eat good food again – and oh man, did it taste good! And the cleanse worked because I didn’t crave any chocolate, cookies or even touch my leftover stocking candy.
On that note, this week’s Friday Five/Faves is dedicated to all of the delicious and (mostly) healthy things I ate this week to fuel my progress in the pool.
- Skillet Whole Wheat Gnocchi with Spinach, Heirloom Tomatoes and White Beans for dinner, with my girl Jessica. It was an easy one-skillet supper, with all super healthy ingredients except for maybe the delicious gooey mozzarella. We both loved it AND it comes in at about 400 calories per serving! Get the recipe here. (I used fresh heirloom tomatoes instead of canned, spinach instead of chard, and added lemon juice and chili peppers for an extra kick).
- Baked Apples with Peanut Butter Crumble for dessert with Jessica. Apple + raw oats + brown sugar + peanut butter = pure deliciousness. And really not that bad for you if you compare it to most other desserts. I forgot to take my own picture, but I topped mine with just a little bit of greek yogurt and it was perfect. Get the recipe here.
- Greek Yogurt with Blueberries for breakfast after my swims. A deliciously powerful duo packed with protein, fiber and antioxidants.
- Fish Burrito with Strawberry Salsa for dinner. I baked Alaskan cod seasoned with cumin, salt and pepper, then threw it in a tortilla on top of a bed of cabbage (left-over from the diet) and topped it with an amazing salsa of fresh strawberries, jalapenos, lemon juice and salt. Sooo delicious. WHO KNEW strawberries and jalapenos would be so good together? Next time, I’ll make this dish as tacos with smaller whole wheat tortillas (I just didn’t have them on me).
- Wine. Sweet, sweet wine. Oh how I missed you! Up until Thursday night, I had not had any wine for 12 days. That is a VERY long time for someone who (a) lives in San Francisco (we drink wine like the Spanish, like it’s water), and (b) works in my profession (PR – its consistently rated one of the top 3 most stressful jobs in the world, so wine is how we deal.) I went to happy hour at The Press Club with a long-lost friend from Sacramento and had the Frank Family Zinfandel. I HIGHLY recommend it – so, so good.