Friday Four: Feats of Breaking Habit

In this week’s headlines, we have online dating hoaxes, Lance out and honest along with Obamas gearing up for putting another day in the history books. In this little world, we have small feats breaking big habits:

1) Oatmeal, take the bench. We have a new starting bowl in town:

egg & kale breakfast

We experimented with a few new cooking sauces this week (see #3), and while this breakfast bowl would’ve been just fine without the drizzle, that flavor bump made all the difference.

Scrambled Eggs + Kale + Almond-tahini sauce + salt/pepper

Just as easy to put together as my usual bowl o’ oats, and just as filling. Eating kale first thing in the morning seems to provide that defiant “I’m doing something awesome!” feeling. Super green + breakfast = winning. Eggs’ protein has the highest bioavailable value and that almost-tahini sauce added in a dose of healthy fats. Can’t go wrong here!

2) Sunday (Spicy Veggie) Slow-Cooker Stew
Say that five times fast.

It may take a little extra planning, thinking about dinner four hours before you want to eat dinner, but needless to say it’s worth it. This week I just threw in what we had on hand – no plan or recipe in mind – and voila! Dinner + lunch leftovers for two days*:

crockpot veggie stew

In the mix: cubed baby purple, red & gold potatoes, kale, orange pepper, diced fire-roasted tomatoes (with green chiles), diced red onion, vegetable broth & water (enough to cover all veggies), red pepper flakes, garlic powder & cumin.

*Let those red pepper flakes & green chiles sit and your mouth will burn. There’s your warning.

3) Pour on the special sauce

We’re branching far away from the usual balsamic vinaigrette, BBQ sauce & salsa toppings. D blended a few things together this week and officially spoiled our tastebuds. (My understanding is that it was something like: tamari, almond butter, raw almonds, salt/pepper, olive oil & fresh garlic.) I tested out Emily’s Tahini salad and have officially confirmed that it’s all about the special-sauce.

tahini sauce cauliflower salad

4) Be scared. Keep climbing.

To use up our 15 day pass and really get in some good practice, we headed back to Earth Treks last night for a post-work climb session. This time my hands actually reached the 40-ft top on 4-out-of-5 attempts. I could get used to this panicked-but-adrenaline-rushing feeling…

Climb step 1 Climb step 3

Climb step 4
Nope, safety was not compromised in the taking of these photos. I was all of 3-4 ft off the ground.

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what would you do if you weren't afraid

What habit are you ready to break?

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3 Responses to Friday Four: Feats of Breaking Habit

  1. Jody

    I absolutely HATE flying. The fear has come on hardcore since I got out of the military, (ironically in the Army I was not afraid of flying. Go figure?) I ended up doing the Disney Goofy Challenge a few weekends ago, and I’m glad I went. But unfortunately the entire time I kept thinking about the flight back into DCA. The best part? When we approached DCA, the pilot kept saying “we’re going to try and SQUEEZE IN a landing here.. Just bare with us..” How does one SQUEEZE in a landing?!?! After 3 attempts, they landed. I wanted to kiss the ground.

  2. Eggs are like a super power breakfast at our house. And SO proud of you for rock climbing. brilliant workout.

  3. Laur

    Hmmm what would I do if I wasn’t afraid…well, I have some things that are on my bucket list that I know I want to do and they will be scary.
    1. Bungee jump
    2. Deep sea scuba diving
    3. Run a full marathon

    I could go on for awhile. Those are some to start with! Fun question :)

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