All it took was a new pair of ToeSox, a barre 3 class, and a little time in the kitchen to refocus my attitude. Seriously people, how can one NOT smile after donning a pair of lilac toe socks?! (I did a happy dance shortly after this pic was taken.)
Here’s the studio where I practiced tonight. Again, how could I NOT snap out of my funk practicing in an open space with wood beams, exposed brick, and a view of the beautiful Georgetown waterfront?
After class, I felt reenergized and fresh! As mentioned earlier today, I had plans to try two new recipes tonight. Here’s how they turned out.
For dinner, I whipped up a pasta recipe I found on Foodie Crush. It was very simple, but I made some alterations. I used less olive oil, salt, and pasta, and more spinach and basil. I was happy with the ratio of veggies to pasta, but may add some red pepper flakes next time. I like a little heat! If you try this recipe out, do not skip the ricotta. It’s essential! Oh the creaminess! I used whole milk ricotta, but I bet part-skim would work just fine too.
I’ve been trying new protein ball/bar recipes lately, and still can’t find one that I’m loving. The ones I made tonight could be fantastic, but I’d need to double the recipe and add a touch more sweetness. I based these protein balls off a recipe from Vegan Family Recipes, a food blog. I made quite a few changes.
Instead of using regular dates, I used 6 Medjool dates. I also used raw cacao powder instead of cocoa powder. I don’t like protein powders (they all taste artificial to me…even the plant-based ones) so I used Green Superfood powder instead. I subbed amber agave nectar for the maple syrup too.
In the end, these were tasty, but definitely needed a bit more sweetness. Also, the recipe claims 10 servings. My recipe didn’t yield nearly that much, maybe 5 servings max (and they’re tiny). I’ll try these again over the long weekend. I may add some unsweetened coconut flakes.
Thanks for hanging in there with me today!