I cooked, I sweat a ton, I hugged my mom, I started to write a novel, I took bubble baths, I had wonderful dinners out, I churned out my work, I made giant batches of green smoothie for the family, I kissed my husband a lot, and I learned how to sleep again without freaking out.
When we got back to Ithaca, it became clearer than ever that we are almost done this challenging year. Two more months. I'm just going to cook and write and vinyasa my way through it.
First up is this spread, which I don't call hummus because there is no garlic or lemon. It's more of a cheesy spread, a clearing-out-the-cupboard blend, and it's totally addictive. I plan on using it as the filling for collard wraps this week.
Cheesy Miso Sundried Tomato Spread
2 cups cooked chickpeas
1/4 cup sundried tomatoes
3 tbsp nutritional yeast
2 tbsp miso (I used barley but white also works well)
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp tahini
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 date, pitted
sea salt and pepper to taste
1/4-1/2 cup water for blending
I soaked and cooked the chickpeas first, so they were warm for blending. If using canned chickpeas instead of dry, you may want to heat them up first, I swear it makes a difference. Add all ingredients to Vitamix or food processor and blend, drizzling in water as needed.
Makes 6-8 servings.
A few fitness highlights from my trip:
First Time at Flywheel. Flywheel's Philly location recently landed at 15th & Locust, and I headed over for my first ride (the first one is free!). I'm new to spinning and was glad to have extra staff available to help me adjust my bike and clip my shoes in. I wasn't sure at all what to expect as I've never taken a full spin class. The studio itself is really nice, clean, and yes, a bit intimidating at first, but my instructor was full of smiles and energy, and the playlist was upbeat and I ended up loving the intensity. Numbers junkie? You can track your performance data and calorie burn after class in your online account. I also think it's neat that you can choose to have your name on the Torqboard to compete with other riders, to push you even harder. At $25 a class, it's pricey, but with free shoes, free towels, free lockers, and tricked out bikes, I can see why, and will definitely try to fit in an occasional ride. See you on the Leaderboard?
Maha Yoga Studio. One of the things I will miss the most about Ithaca is my yoga studio. There are studios I like in Philly, but I was on the lookout for something close to where we will be living in Philly this summer. I decided to try out Maha after my teacher here recommended it, and 1700 Sansom was only a quick two block walk.
Yogahour is Maha's $7 class that runs twice a day, usually around noon and 5pm. I immediately felt welcome when I walked into the lobby and was introduced to instructor Andrea. The studio was full of natural light and was quite large, and Andrea eased us into an alignment-based practice that wasn't too sweaty (perfect for noon if you want to take a class during your lunch break) and opened me up. The second class is free and as another bonus, Maha also offers massage, so I think I will be spending quite a bit of time there this summer.
And something to look forward to THIS week: Beauty Detox Foods Book
A friend and I are pretty much Kimberly Snyder superfans and are not-so-patiently awaiting the release of her second book, out tomorrow. Her beauty and nutrition tips are the best. You can preview a few of Kim's recipes on her blog and order the book here. Stay tuned for a full review later this week.
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