Good morning!! The birds are chirping and the sun is shining as I’m writing this post while enjoying a gigantic bowl of greek yogurt, granola, and berries.
Now that Kyle and I are back from the honeymoon, we are spending this week packing up our things, hanging out with family, and running lots of errands. Today I’m off to the BMV to officially become Dr. Andrea Tooley 🙂
I love staying with my mom and step-dad Joe because there is always good food! My mom never lets the refrigerator run out of blueberries, there’s a never-ending supply of good coffee, and Kyle and I cook family dinners which are always fun and usually tasty! A few nights ago was my grandma’s 98th birthday so Kyle and I cooked dinner. Kyle’s parents came over and we had a little party! I was busy in the kitchen and completely forgot to take any pictures 🙁 We made braised beef short ribs and parmesan polenta with roasted carrots. I’ve never made beef short ribs before, but I thought they turned out pretty darn good! Here is the recipe I used:
Kyle’s mom made a strawberry roll that was so light and fresh but still creamy… mmmm… I could have eaten the whole thing! I had a huge piece topped with mulberries after lunch yesterday, and may have had another piece for dessert last night…
Kiss Me Organics sent me their matcha powder to review a few weeks ago and I was so pumped about it! I’ve always wanted to try matcha, but was hesitant because it’s kind of expensive. Matcha is a green-tea powder that you can use to flavor smoothies, baked goods, and hot drinks as well. What makes matcha different from regular green tea is the fact that whole tea leaves are ground into the powder, therefore you are ingesting the entire leaf, not just the liquid made from steeping the leaves. Many studies have shown that different compounds found in green tea (in higher concentrations in matcha) like EGCG and EGC help regulate insulin levels and glucose tolerance as well as decrease fat storage. Other studies have shown that compounds in green tea have mental benefits as well including stress/anxiety reduction. ***Disclaimer: I am certainly no expert and have only done very light reading on this topic 🙂
There are tons and tons of recipes using matcha, but I thought I should just start out with a simple smoothie.
I added 1 tsp matcha to some almond milk, a frozen banana, and a scoop of protein powder. I was nervous about the green tea flavor so I added in a packet of stevia as well.
It was delicious! Just a subtle taste of green tea, but I really liked it! I love that I will now have the option to mix this into different things and add some more nutrients to my food!
Since we’ve been back from the honeymoon I’ve only had 2 workouts- one good and one bad. On Monday I had a good treadmill workout- I was sweaty and it felt great.
Yesterday, I just did not feel like working out at all. I still got on my treadmill, but after running for 5 minutes I was not having it. So, I tried walking on an incline. But after 20 minutes of that I was still hating every minute of it. It just didn’t feel good. So, I stopped! I guess some days are better than others, and there was no point forcing myself to do a workout I wasn’t enjoying.
Man I miss yoga! Since we sold our house and moved at the end of April I only made it to day 23 of my 30 day challenge and I was so bummed! I am looking forward to moving to Minnesota and having access to the Mayo gym (which I hear is unbelievable).
Normally if I separate my posts into “Food” and “Fitness”, the last category is “Science”, but having just graduated from medical school, I am taking a science break for a month and just having fun. Hope that’s okay 🙂
Last night, my mom and her band Harmony Road played a show at a bar in Evansville, Indiana. They were trying out a new song and needed a third harmony part but only had 2 of them to sing… so my mom somehow convinced me to get up and sing the third harmony part with them! I used to sing when I was younger and my mom was a full-time musician, but I haven’t sung in years other than the times I’m jamming out to the radio in my car! Kyle and I went early to get seats and to meet some friends.
I never get a chance to see my girlfriends when I’m home because we’re always only here for a few days and we usually have family stuff going on, so I really wanted to see some of my friends this week. Casey, Anne, and Becca decided to come to the bar to watch the band!
Becca has her eyes closed in one picture, and Anne’s eyes are closed in the other- so I’m posting both!
We all split a bunch of appetizers- Kyle got skewered pork belly and he was the only one who liked it, I got tater tots that were actually pretty addicting, Casey got a quesadilla, and Becca got fried green tomatoes! We all split our plates and enjoyed every bite!
Halfway through the show I had to get up on stage and sing. Boy was I nervous! I had so much fun, but I don’t know if I will do it again!
Kyle’s parents came to watch too and Kyle’s mom said something that really resonated with me. She said, “You really will try anything won’t you?” I don’t think of myself as an adventurous type. I’ve always liked to play it safe. But when it comes to trying new things, I’m all in! I will get up on stage and sing a song, I’ll make my own wedding cake, I’ll learn to scuba dive- you name it! I’ll try pretty much any food (in Vietnam I drank snake blood!) and I will definitely try any type of fitness class (even though I might be terrible at it- like I am at Zumba!!)
I think trying new things is awesome and we should all push ourselves to do things that scare us. It’s what makes life fun and exciting! It brings us joy! I hope I always try out new things and even if I fail miserably (I’ve made some pretty awful dinners and I’ve tried to play sports but can’t catch a ball) my life will be enriched because of it.
So there is my thought of the day: We should all try new things!
What crazy or scary things have you tried?