Productivity + Black Bean & Wheat Berry Chili

Let me introduce you to the best omelet I’ve ever made in my life:

Best omelet ever

This omelet was the result of being ravenous after a sweaty, hour-long Shape workout yesterday morning. It was so good that I had to talk about it on my facebook page immediately after eating it:

Best omelet ever: 2 eggs, sliced grape tomatoes, feta, 1/4 an avocado mixed with garlic powder, onion, tomato, and lime juice. Yum! Make it!

And that’s all there really is to say about it. Just make it. I promise you won’t be disappointed. (Unless you hate eggs, avocado, feta, or tomato. In which case, you will be disappointed. So, don’t make it)

Along with my omelet, I tried Kombucha for the first time.

Kombucha

Pretty delicious, if you ask me. I know some people think it tastes disgusting. That’s precisely what inspired me to try one. I’m adventurous. What can I say? 

All together now:

Breakfast Breakfast of champions.

I had a very productive day yesterday. I woke up early, motivated to get things done. I love that feeling. After working out, writing a blog post, and eating breakfast, I spent an hour and a half reading half of one of the resume books I got from the library on Saturday. I’m a pretty slow reader, so that’s quite the accomplishment.

I took a short break at around 1 to make a lunch of champions. I had a theme going on.

Side of Salad

A big ol’ salad was calling my name. It contained:

  • Spring mix
  • 1/2 of an apple, chopped
  • 4 baby carrots, chopped
  • 5 grape tomatoes, sliced
  • Raw shelled sunflower seeds
  • Sliced Almonds
  • Chopped Walnuts
  • Feta
  • Annie’s Raspberry Vinaigrette

It was beautiful.

Salad

After eating lunch, and reading some more, I cleaned up the apartment a bit.

Then, it was time to make this:

Pot of Chili

Black Bean and Wheat Berry Chili

I made this chili once before, and it was a hit. I knew it would be the perfect dinner for a cold night.

Tomato-Bean Line up

Please ignore the drying dishes in the background. 🙂

One thing you need to know about this recipe is that it takes a lot of prep. If I were smart, I would have made the wheat berries yesterday morning. But I wasn’t. Wheat berries take about an hour to cook, so make sure to keep that in mind before making this chili.

Pot of Chili (2)

Another thing I must tell you about this chili is that it makes A LOT. This is a great recipe to make on a weekend, and then eat all week (which is what we plan to do. Jeff took some for lunch today).

I followed the recipe almost exactly, except that I poured in half a bag of frozen corn when I added the wheat berries, and I left out the cilantro (I hate cilantro).

Check out this picture Jeff took of me mixing the chili in my baggy sweats:

Mixing

A few things:

  • There’s absolutely no reason to include this picture in this post. 
  • My hair is crazy.
  • That round, blue glow to the left of my head is definitely an alien. You think I’m kidding.

Anyway:

Bowl of Chili

I garnished our bowls of chili with sliced avocado, like the recipe told me to. It’s that easy. I’d eat avocado on anything.

I used another Eating Well recipe to make cornbread to go with the chili.

Cornbread

Not the best shot. After snapping this photo, I promptly shoved the piece of cornbread into my bowl of chili.

Bowl of Chili 2

Now that’s a better picture. 🙂

I love this chili because it has so much flavor, and the texture is awesome. Wheat berries are nutty and chewy once cooked. It’s a great vegetarian chili because one serving has 14 grams of protein. It’s also very filling, so you don’t need a lot of it to feel satisfied.

Here are the nutrition facts from Eating Well’s Website:

Nutrition

Per serving: 386 calories; 11 g fat (1 g sat, 7 g mono); 61 g carbohydrates; 14 g protein; 15 g fiber; 703 mg sodium; 311 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (130% daily value), Fiber (72% dv), Folate (48% dv), Iron & Vitamin A (25% dv).

Can’t wait to devour some leftovers for lunch today!

What’s your favorite cold-weather recipe?

Have you tried Kombucha?  Thoughts?

Have a great Monday! <3

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Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate, and Jillian Michaels

PB&Banana

Doesn’t this sandwich look like it’s going to fly through the screen and hit you in the face? Kind of?

Maybe it’s just me.

How awesome would it be, though, if anytime you were hungry, all you had to do was open your laptop and food would fly into your mouth?

::crickets::

I love this blog because sometimes the most ridiculous thoughts enter my head, and I can just share them with you. Then, you can leave comments that say things like,“Rebecca, you’re crazy,” and I can laugh, and you can go on with your day.

::more crickets::

Back to the sandwich.

PB & Banana

Grilled peanut butter and banana on wheat could possibly be my favorite sandwich of all time. Sprinkle on some cinnamon and shredded unsweetened coconut, and you’re set.

This has been my breakfast of choice for the past few weeks. I go on breakfast kicks and eat the same thing every day until I’m sick of it. I know I’m not the only one who does this. What breakfast are you obsessed with lately?

Speaking of obsessions:

Lindt Dark Chocolate

That’s all. I have no words for this picture. I just hope you understand.

Last year, around this time, I purchased a Jillian Michael’s DVD called No More Trouble Zones.

Jillian Michaels

I know many of you are probably familiar with it, and love it already, but for some crazy reason, I didn’t get around to opening it until a few days ago.

On Sunday, I asked this question on twitter:

Twitter

I got a variety of answers:

twitter

I don’t know about you, but watching a workout DVD before actually doing gets me excited and prepares me for the workout. By the time I was done watching No More Trouble Zones, I couldn’t wait to try it.

I know some people hate weight training, but I love it. I’ve kind of fallen behind on it, however, between dealing with my ankle injury, and recovering from my surgery. Before I hurt my ankle in July, I used to go to Body Pump three times a week. 

I love feeling strong. It makes me feel more confident in everything I do. So after watching No More Trouble Zones, I knew it would be the perfect workout to help me build my way back up to going to Body Pump. The DVD includes weight training exercises for almost every muscle in your body.

The workout is about 50 minutes long, from warm-up to cool down, and each circuit is about five minutes long. You can play the whole thing through, or pick and choose which circuits you want to do.

I did the first four circuits on Tuesday. They included:

  • Shoulders and Legs
  • Chest and Abs
  • Biceps and Butt
  • Thighs and Triceps

Man, did I feel it yesterday. My hamstrings are so sore!

I thought I was in love with the 30-Day Shred, but No More Trouble Zones totally kicks the Shred’s butt!

Here’s why:

  • It’s more of a total body workout, because it works out more muscle groups than the 30-day shred
  • It’s more about strength training than weight loss (which is what I need right now)
  • There is variety in the exercises. In the Shred, I feel like I’m doing shoulder presses for a million years. No More Trouble Zones incorporates a lot of different exercises for each muscle group.

If you haven’t tried it, I definitely suggest buying it. It’s without a doubt, my new favorite workout DVD.

Speaking out workouts, I’m about to go to the gym with my friend, Jess. Later on tonight, I’m going to a yoga class with Jen. It’s going to be a fun workout day!

How do you feel about strength training? Jillian Michaels? Body Pump?

Have a great Thursday! <3

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