I’m currently eating around seven times a day. My afternoon snack (one of them, at least) is a funky mixture where I take about 2 tablespoons of chunky peanut butter, drop in a sliced up banana and then mash it all together with a spoon. It’s delicious. I look forward to it every day.
Before digging into it today, however, I overheard coworkers talking about their toilet paper usage, baby wipes, “adult” baby wipes and baby butts. Suddenly my peanut butter-banana mixture wasn’t as appetizing as it once was.
Headphones: On. Y’all aren’t going to ruin this shit for me.
Pardon the pun.
And pardon this list of weekly finds that’s mostly food. Give me a break — I already told you I eat seven times a day.
- Follow Your Own Rules to Crush Life by Craig Ballantyne via Roman Fitness Systems
The internet is a big place and if you use it to find fitness or nutrition information, the number of results is overwhelming. To complicate matters worse, each of those results is a study or theory or opinion that is different from the next one. How are you supposed to determine what you’re supposed to do and what you should avoid? Here, Craig uses the late great Jack LaLanne to illustrate the importance of coming up with your own set of rules and living by them. Are you a certified personal trainer, life coach or nutritionist? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean you can’t improve your life with a short list of rules to abide by. I hope to make a full post on this in the near future.
- 11 Frozen Healthy Smoothie Recipes to Prep on Sundays for the Best Week Ever by Audrey Bruno via Self
I haven’t started doing this yet but for the last few weeks I have seriously been considering starting a few of these blender-ready smoothie mixes to store in the freezer. From fruity to green to both fruity AND green, this list has some pretty delicious sounding recipes that could easily fill the gaps while you’re roasting veggies on meal prep day.
- How to Start Losing Weight by Fitness Coach Lunden via Runtastic
This information is pretty basic and most everyone knows it whether they actually follow it or not. But a lot of people know the basics (eat better, move more, sleep well) but somehow can’t seem to make it happen. These are core concepts that will benefit you in the long run, however, so if you’re new to fitness, start here. Also, get a membership at TITLE Boxing Club and hire me as your personal trainer…Just saying.
- 10 Meal Prep Recipes via Damn Delicious
These may not all be “clean eating” recipes but they sure do look good. And if you’re wanting to get started meal prepping, this is an awesome list to work through. 10 recipes = 10 weeks of lunches, 10 weeks of dinners or 5 weeks of both. What a rad way to learn! I’ve got my eyes on the Korean Beef Bowls, Zucchini Noodles with Turkey Meatballs, Breakfast and Turkey Taco Salads.
- Cheater’s Power Salad by Pinch of Yum
You’re never going to hear me say “that salad looks good as hell!” but I’ve made my first exception. This “power” salad combines kale, cilantro, green onions, cabbage, chicken, black beans, avocado, tortilla strips and a BBQ ranch dressing into a single bowl of super food amazingness. The greatest thing about this cheater version is that most of the ingredients come from a single salad mix! It’s cheap, it’s easy and is thrown together in no time.
- Curried Chickpeas Meal Prep by Budget Bytes
Man, meal prepping has gotten super hip as of late. Nearly all of my favorite food blogs are catering to the idea and that’s way rad. Not only are they great recipes but they’re creating an endless supply of great-tasting ideas for the meal prep novice. Most everyone knows I’ve been a fan of Beth and Budget Bytes for years now and I definitely trust her taste in Indian flavors. This meal prep includes three of her tasty recipes and encourages you to make your own naan because you should really learn how, right?
Music to Lift Heavy/Run Fast-ish/Punch Hard To
This hasn’t exactly been a super hype week when it comes to music. I’ve been in a weird mood where all I want to listen to is the Velvet Underground, Lou Reed, Amy Winehouse and Thelonious Monk. I switched it up one day this week when I decided after 32 years I was finally going to give the Grateful Dead a shot but the amount of hype I got from that was enough to make you give a person a hug, not punch them in the face or run faster than them.
New releases sucked this week, too, so I’m going to leave this section with an old favorite that came up on shuffle earlier in the week. Anyone that knows me knows how much I love the Dead Kennedys and that Jello Biafra made the band. Anything DK has done post-Jello was merely a coverband made up of old shits that are going to ride out a bad decision until their dying day. Anything Jello has done post-DK, however, is golden. It’s science. It’s biblical, even.
With that said, here’s a ripper by the Jello-fronted band Lard from their 1990 release The Last Temptation of Reid. It’s called Forkboy and if your head doesn’t bang to this, your head simply does not bang.
The weekend is upon us, y’all. Let’s go for a long run, pick up something heavy and get our meal prep on.
And maybe invest in noise-cancelling headphones for the office. It’ll save your sanity and your stomach. Swear to gods.