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Lasagna + Dalmatians

It's hot outside. Like 90+ degrees. Thankfully, I work indoors, JT however, works in the hot sun all day. I don't know how he does it. Yesterday, I was running downtown by myself and a construction worker, who had obviously just gotten off of work, was carrying a large bucket of supplies and his hard hat. As I jogged passed him, he said in a thick Spanish accent "You're running and I'm barely walking" to which I replied "you worked harder than me today, I'm sure of it!" It really made me think about how hard they all work. Props to JT and all you guys (and girls) working in the summer heat day in and day out! Don't forget to drink water!

Even though I work in the nice air conditioned space of a hospital, I still want cool and refreshing breakfasts and lunches. Yesterday, I started with coffee (of course) and a chocolate, coconut smoothie. I blended one 5.3 ounce of Chobani Greek Coconut (frozen), 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, and 1/4 cup almond milk for a creamy, milkshake-like start to my day.

On to Lunch:

Lunch was quick and easy- fruit, cheese, and an avocado. I always try to make sure I have a carb and a protein, plus some healthy fats when I can. One time I was talking with some friends about how I analyze what I am eating. It's the curse of a dietitian, we can't just eat without thinking about the nutrients (or lack thereof) in the food. Curse and a blessing, I guess. I tried to explain it by saying where someone sees a sandwich for lunch and needs to add chips (because that's a typical side), I see it as my sandwich has carbs, protein, and fat, so no need for additional carbs from chips, I'll add veggies on the side for some vitamins and minerals and fiber. Things I always try to have are protein and fiber at every meal and snack. The two work together to keep us fuller longer. 

I ran by myself after work because Virginia and Kathleen had other plans. It was hot and I really missed having friends to distract me from thinking about how hot it was.

For dinner I made Lasagna. Y'all Lasagna is time consuming! And shouldn't it hold it's structure better than this?

I cooked the whole wheat pasta, made the sauce from tomato paste, tomato sauce, basil, lean ground beef, and onions, made the cheese mixture from freshly grated (in my ninja) Parmesan cheese, 2% Mozzarella cheese, and fat free cottage cheese. Then, layered it into a pan. Seems like I had it all together- right? I was feeling pretty confident until I went to put the lasagna in the oven and found 2 smoking cast iron skillets that had been baking during the preheating sesh. (oops.) So, I grabbed them while absentmindedly turning off the oven at the same time. Only, I didn't know I turned off the oven until 30 minutes later when I checked on the lasagna and noticed it hadn't cooked at all. I told JT I would have dinner ready by the time he got home from playing golf after work. Wife fail. At least it tasted good when we finally got to eat at 8pm!

I am currently trying to refrain from baking. Ever since we got married I have had a blast using all my new kitchen equipment. We have a canister from Pottery Barn that was gifted to us. When I registered for it, I thought it would be a good flour canister. However, the first week I had it, I made cookies and put them in the canister. We now consider that the "cookie jar". I felt like an inadequate home maker for having an empty cookie jar so I'm pretty sure I made chocolate chip cookies (from scratch) every three days the first month of marriage. Needless to say, the baking must come to an end (for now). Dessert was three ingredient banana ice cream. 

2 frozen bananas (peel and freeze), 6 strawberries, and 1/4 cup milk blended until smooth for a delicious treat. JT doesn't like bananas, but he does like this so don't be afraid to try it! It's not as banana-y tasting as you think it would be. We enjoyed our dessert while watching 101 Dalmatians on Netflix and deciding we would like a dalmatian puppy now. 

Would you rather work inside or outside? And how do you stay cool in the summer heat?

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