Happy Friday! The midterm didn’t go as well as I had hoped, but not bad either. It was one of those tests where the questions and answers are infuriatingly ambiguous. Nina is cute as ever, but Im still having problems with her. She doesn’t like me! It makes me so sad! Im hoping that over time and with a few new tactics she will come around.
I haven’t talked about working out on the blog in ages but as an update, I have been typically lifting weights 2-3 times a week and running on other days. I have forgone long cardio sessions in favor of higher intensity intervals. Since it is cold outside, its all been on the treadmill. Which stinks. It would be better if I had some new music – so your suggestions are welcome! I am pretty happy that I have finally overcome my fear of the squat rack. It has taken my workouts to a new level! Before, I had to use the barbells that had set amounts of weight on them, so my upper body strength limited how heavy I could squat (because you have to swing it up onto your shoulders yourself). I avoided the rack because thats where all the dudes in the gym tend to congregate.. I have found that it is helpful to have good form to decrease self consciousness!
Anywho, Â I have been meaning to recreate a sandwich from this tea place in Austin and I finally did it yesterday. The edamame spread is the point of the recipe – it can be used as a dip or spread on just about anything! It’s tasty and high protein ð my fave.
Traditional tea sandwich with a lemon-garlic edamame spread
Recipe: Makes 4 servings of spread and 1 sandwich
2 cups edamame, cooked
1/4 cup cottage cheese (you can leave it out, or sub in cream cheese or maybe greek yogurt!)
6 garlic cloves, roasted (roasting is optional if you are time crunched)
juice of 2 small lemons
fresh ground pepper
2 slices whole grain bread
Directions – Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth! Take two pieces of bread, untoasted, and trim away the crusts (if you want it to be a traditional tea sandwich). Spread on a thick layer of edamame spread. Top with scallions and sliced cucumbers and enjoy!
Edamame * an awesome vegetarian source of protein with 10 grams per half cup! Also a good source of calcium, vitamin K, folate, and fiber, which can aid in lowering cholesterol levels and keep you full for longer. Â However, soy should be eaten in moderation due to its phyotoestrogen content.
Garlic *Â packed with antioxidants that fight aging, cancer, and heart disease! Garlic can lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels and eliminate free radicals (which cause cellular damage). It is also used to treat asthma and yeast infections.
Lemon *Â a great source of vitamin C. Lemons are also said to help balance the bodies PH and put it into a more alkaline state.