Sometimes I just don’t have the motivation I need to get me to exercise, but today, talking at work, I was inspired by another’s enthusiasm! Yes, I’ve said it before – it is much easier to keep exercising if you have a community, friend or another person who gets into it as well.
So, this evening, I came home after work, took Chewie for a walk and went for a run myself. Just a small run, but I didn’t stop the whole 1-1/2 miles, which is fine by me, since I don’t run as much these days (maybe once a week now).
But this post is more about my POST-run. Yes, I did have a pre-run energy supplement, but after getting back I spotted an apple I had in my fruit bowl. Here’s a tip you probably already know, but always helps to be reminded…keep healthy snacks, like fruit and veggies, in plain eyesight. That makes it easier to grab, so you don’t make a poor choice instead.
I saw the red apple and remembered seeing an “apple-sandwich” on some healthy recipe site. The thing I never tried was cutting the apple in perfectly round slices instead of wedging and coring it. I never did that before because I always thought the core was hard and nasty and filled with apple seeds. But strangely enough, when I sliced it in the round, I took the knife, flicked out maybe 4 halves of seeds and it was all apple. Then, I simply layered natural peanut butter (or almond butter if you have it), and to make it look more appealing, placed a cherry on top!
Minus the cherry for show, that’s only 2 ingredients: an apple and about 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, both of which I already had at home.
And I’m telling you… this was not only delish, but fun to eat in this new way. [Again…simple things make me happy.]
My usual go-to after exercise, is a banana or apple. They are so easy to transport and come in their own package, so even if you don’t have time to prep, these are great.
Then, I realized I only used one cherry out of an entire bag and didn’t want them to go bad. So, I pulled out this new gizmo (which I thought was one of those stupid as-seen-on-TV gadgets that would sit in my cabinet, unused for the rest of my life. But I was wrong!).
This thing takes only 6 cherries at a time and pits them for you. (Or would that be de-pits them?). Anyway, it seems like a lot of work for a little bit, but in under 10 minutes I washed the cherries, pulled off the stems, pitted them with this crazy contraption and had that machine washed. And I had 3+ snack bags full of cherries that I don’t have to spit those nasty pits into the garbage can. If you ask me, THAT is the hassle with cherries.
So, it does pay off taking a few minutes to prep healthy food so that you have a few snacks or meals at once, instead of just one.