I just looked at the calendar and realized I've completed one week of the NSA Challenge. 3.5 weeks to go. I think about how great I feel after just a week, and I'm really excited to see how I'll feel in another week or at the end of the month!
I BodyRocked first thing this morning and tried out our brand new dip station. Love love LOVE it. Then I prepared my first batch of NSA bread dough. The recipe makes 4 loaves and can be found here:
The ingredient list is super basic, and the video is really helpful. You have to let the dough sit in the fridge overnight. So far, it looks good, and I'll bake in the morning!
I went grocery shopping a-go-go this morning! I drove 40 min. (I know) to hit Super Target, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. The best finds were: NSA pitas (Trader Joe's) and all of the following at Whole Foods: NSA tortillas (Ezekiel brand), tofu noodles, and kelp noodles! I've been so sad without any bread/tortilla product all week, and I've been dying to try the tofu noodles since I found out about them on Hungry Girl (see the link at the end). A guy that worked there saw me with my tofu noodles and suggested the kelp noodles instead, so I bought one of both. They are both suppposed to be good pasta substitutes with very few calories. I think I could spend a whole day in Whole Foods.
When I got home, I made a variation of this black bean dip:
I wanted to make more of a hummus that a dip with whole beans, so I followed her recipe except I used a blender, a can of black beans, and a little less of each spice. The consistency turned out great, but the flavor from the spices is a little too strong for my tastes. I'd probably do just a tbsp. of each spice in the recipe. My husband loves it the way it is.
What he didn't love was what I made for dinner. I made these cabbage rolls:
I thought they were super good! I used my homemade marinara for the sauce, and I LOVED the cinnamon flavor to it. Husband did not like the cinnamon flavor and wished it had a more Mexican cuisine flavor to it. So, I probably won't make it again, but I might mix up some cinnamon and cumin flavored rice with chicken or turkey now and then just for me.
We ran 5 miles today at a 9:00 pace. So, 7 days in, I feel good, I'm proud of myself, and I can't wait to tackle another week.