She wore an itsy bitsy, teenie weenie, yellow polka-dot bikini that she wore for the first time today.
Okay, so I didn’t wear a yellow polka-dot bikini today, but I did go swimming! Madison has been struck with thunderstorm after thunderstorm recently, and the weather cycles between beautiful 85 degree days and cold, rainy days. I had to take advantage of this glorious, sunny day today!
Back in April, I moved into a new apartment complex with a swimming pool. Three months later, and I’m finally going for my first swim. The pool water was surprisingly warm, so I didn’t have to gingerly tiptoe in the way I was expecting. I didn’t really lay out a plan for myself in the water. There are really only three strokes I know – freestyle, backstroke, and breast stroke. I’m really happy my mom made me take a lot of swimming lessons when I was very young and in high school summer gym class. I think swimming is one of the few sports where even though I don’t do it frequently, I still can return to form after a few laps (albeit very, very slow form.) I never did master butterfly. I’m pretty sure I do the accurate motions when I attempt it, but I really just look like a seal flopping about. I can’t lie. There’s something a little bit satisfying that while everyone was cooped up in offices today, I enjoyed the sun. I definitely did the right thing in taking time off during the summer. I don’t think I would be nearly as productive had I taken a winter break!
Without purposely setting out to do so, majority of these new activities I’m trying or re-trying have a fitness focus. I think that’s great because it’s helping me get back in shape in fun ways. I also have a few non-fitness goals such as doing more cooking and the punning. (The dreaded, punishing puns).
After working out yesterday morning, I excitedly skimmed Whole30-approved recipes before I went grocery shopping. I can practice cooking by trying out new recipes! I sat in my car outside the grocery store searching different articles for tasty-looking meals and decided to try Chicken Bites and Chia Pudding. The pictures looked healthy and delicious. Plus, they included ingredients that I don’t use that often, which gives me an opportunity to expand my cooking repertoire.
As I compared my grocery list to ingredients throughout the store, I had difficulty finding chia seeds and almond meal, the two ingredients with which I never cooked before. When I finally did find both, they were more than double the price of the recipe-suggested alternatives flax seed and flax meal. I’ve never tried flax before either, so I figured it would be okay to use the substitute.
I was wrong. I do not like flax as it turns out! Does anyone actually like flax? I was pretty disappointed because my chicken bites looked pretty tasty, but they just didn’t live up to my expectations. I am going to retry the chicken bites recipe using almond meal, though. I like almonds, so I think that could be a tasty rendition of chicken fingers. In order to eat the flax meal chicken bites, I essentially had to douse them with a spoonful of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. Thank goodness that meets Whole30 criteria because I love that sauce, and it significantly increased my satisfaction with the chicken bites! 🙂
As for the
chia flax seed pudding, I’m honestly not sure it’s worth even retrying this recipe. I didn’t use coconut because I personally don’t like coconut, and I think I may have used a little too much almond milk. The pudding never solidified, even though it’s been in the refrigerator since yesterday. I’m a little scared to try it, to tell you the truth! I’ll have to find another healthy dessert alternative.
I wish I could have reported better news regarding my cooking attempts. Next time, I’ll try to remember to take photos, too. I will not get discouraged, though! I’m going to find yummy, healthy recipes that expand my cooking horizons!
Do you have any favorite healthy recipes? Please comment below! I’d love to give them a try.