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Happy Saturday afternoon to everyone!! Who else has bright sunny weather outside!!?? I sure do :D Very good riding weather actually…
So ride is what I did! Chika’s had the week off, so I felt she needed to repent her sins (remember her little escape act on Wednesday? Yes. She had sinned in a BIG WAY!) and give me a really good schooling session. Does she look repentful to you?
I’m hoping you thought ‘no’, cos she sure wasn’t! She was feeling quite opinionated today – she did NOT want to be round and soft, she did NOT want to give me a perfect canter transition and she did NOT want to ignore the scary bucket that her moved from one part of the field to the next. Wow, typing out that latter part, I don’t know how she coped! It sounds utterly terrifying. :-/
In the end though, she came good, so I was pleased. Afterall, as someone mildly famous once said, amateurs focus on what went wrong, professionals focus on what went right. And she did go soft, she only spooked at the bucket a few times and then managed to control herself and she did finish on some wonderful canter work. And she worked hard and got a bit sweaty!
She got lots of bread and broccoli stalks for being good in the end :) And I got snap happy and took a cute pic of her eye:
I have a thing about taking photos of horse eyes, I think they’re so beautiful!! Talking of eyes, look who was *trying* to wink at me this morning:
His lil kitten winking muscles aren’t strong enough yet obviously!! Oh and a quick kitten-Obama update while I’m on the topic – she encountered Kovac again today (he has quite a crush on her I think), but she just hissed, got worried and ran away :( Does anyone have any experience on making cats become friends!? How long does it take?
Food News now! The morning started with my usual pre-workout snack – a tbsp wheatgerm, a square of chocolate and this wonderful Empire apple:
Before I did a bit of a boxing DVD and some aerobics sections. I even dragged my sister out of bed to do the last bit with me :P Then for breakfast, I got to break into my new cereal!!
1/2 cup oats, 1 cup++ milk, 1 banana, cinnamon, extra nutmeg today (I could actually taste it this time – a good edition!), vanilla. Topped with peanut butter, 2tbsp Grape Nuts, and 1/3 cup QUINOA O’S!! (Interestingly, for number crunchers out there, 1/3cup is only about 10g!)
I really like them (thank goodness, seeing as I accidently ordered 2 boxes :s)! At first I thought they were a bit bland, and just…’blah’…but then they really grew on me, especially the texture. Loves it! Out of curiosity, I often wonder this – what makes you like a food? Is it the taste, texture, smell, nutritional benefits..? Or a combo of all three? I LOVE broccoli for example, but a lot of that is due to the health benefits, so I like what it does for me. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE kabocha squash – and that’s all down to taste and texture, I have no idea on any health benefits!! What does it for you?
The rest of the morning – work and riding, and thinking about LUNCH! I’ve been eyeing up one of my Trek bars for ages, but they have 11g of protein and so are verrry filling. But today I decided I would find a way to incorporate one! So I had a non-protein packed lunch, in the hope I’ll be hungry for a Trek bar later on…
Soup of choice today: Carrot and Kale Basil Cumin Soup!
It’s what I had to hand, so it’s what I made :) I started by softening garlic, onion and kale in a pan, before adding a load of chopped carrot:
I let it cook for a while, then added fresh basil, about 1/2tsp cumin powder and 1 and a bit cups of stock, and let it simmer til the carrots were soft. I also added in 1.5tbsp soya mince:
I then used my trusty hand held blender to give it a good whiz up, then poured it into a nice big soup mug, and sprinkled on a tbsp of NUTRITIONAL YEAST!!
That’s 1/2cup of Quinoa O’s on the side, for some carby goodness :) My soup was soo good! Really thick which is how I like them :) and the N.Y. was amazing! Very salty and cheesy – such a good flavour. I’ll definetly be using more or that (I want to try and incorporate it into my dinner somehow…).
To make for a prettier picture, I added a touch of fresh basil:
I also had a little side salad, with leaves, fresh basil, cherry tomatoes, pepper and balsamic vinegar:
Hopefully that was a suitably unfulfilling lunch, so I’ll look forward to my protein packed bar later :D
First – I need to go help my sister jump Tig! Have a good Saturday :)