by Nicole on July 8, 2010

I woke up at 5:30 am to run before the heat hit (so I didn’t have to get picked up and driven home like in Costa Rica…see below).

I walked more, ran slower and it felt good.

I took a nap on my couch, which I haven’t done in forever.

I woke up cranky, got out of the house, and visited friends so I wouldn’t be a beast all day. (aka so my husband could come home to a not bwitchy wife)

I spent $130 on a new food processor (thanks to 20% off with Bed, Bath and Beyond coupon). It hurt, but had to be done.

I walked out of JCREW without buying anything…which almost never happens.

I realized the suit I bought my husband (without him to save time) makes him look like he’s in the early 90′s.

I figured out I am drinking too much coffee and not enough water.

I made pesto that became a dip and sauce.

(What doesn’t taste good with Mary’s Gone Crackers??)

(Not Your Typical) Pesto

  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 C Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1/4 C Olive Oil
  • 1 t Lemon Juice
  • Pinch Salt (optional)
  • 1/2 C Fresh Basil
  • 1 large handful fresh spinach
Throw all ingredients in food processor and pulse until combined. Serve over pasta, fish, chicken, with crackers, pizza, anything!
*The pumpkin seeds add protein and provide you with magnesium and B vitamins. You CANNOT taste the spinach in here, it’s a great way to “sneak” in greens to someone who won’t eat them willingly when it is visibly there.

Now that I’ve posted waaayyy too many pictures of myself in one post, I’m going to start my day with an iced coffee with 2 glasses of water!

I’m SO looking forward to going to The Bar Method with Fit Chick in the City and other girls and then going to a Thrive seminar with Brendan Brazier, professional triathlete, plant based nutrition expert and best selling author at Lululemon Soho.

See you tomorrow!

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly July 8, 2010 at 9:14 am

You are adorable!


Kat July 8, 2010 at 9:19 am

Omg your pesto looks fantastic! And your living room is super cute :)


Christine July 8, 2010 at 9:34 am

Best. Couch. Ever.

PS there is a clause that whenever you are with your sister you need an ice coffee…but we'll make a deal to finish our camelbaks as well!


Kristin July 8, 2010 at 9:40 am

Nicole! Where did you find a Marylou's?!?!?!


Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen July 8, 2010 at 9:44 am

The dip looks tasty! You are too funny. I was a cranky pants yesterday. I hope to keep from getting to that point today. I blame the heat…that is my story and I am sticking to it. Have a great day Nicole!


Katie @ Health for the Whole Self July 8, 2010 at 9:58 am

Cute post! Although I gotta say, I think those Mary's crackers taste like cardboard. I WANT to like them, but I just don't! But I've only tried the Original flavor, so maybe I just need to branch out?


Katie @ Healthy Heddleston July 8, 2010 at 10:32 am

That pesto looks awesome! Also, I have a friend who is obsessed with J. Crew. too and actually started to work there so she could afford her shopping habit and get the store discount too!


Christine@Grub, Sweat and Cheers July 8, 2010 at 11:41 am

Lovely looking pesto!

I'm really interested in what the Thrive talk will be like. I've read BB's books and would love to hear him speak!


Erica Sara July 8, 2010 at 11:49 am

Adorable post! So excited for tonight. See you then!


Jessica (Healthy Exposures) July 8, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Your living room and couch look so cozy…I just want to crash there!
I drink a ton of coffee, too…but plenty of water, luckily! I know when I'm not because I get light headed and dehydrated SO easily.
The pesto looks awesome! I bet you were proud of the $130 well spent ;) It'll last you forever, so it's justified, right?
Have fun out tonight!


Estela @ Weekly Bite July 8, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Love the pesto! And love this post! So fun!


pegasuslegend July 8, 2010 at 1:52 pm

love that pesto dip yum!!! and your picts are adorable!


Fit Chick in the City July 8, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Looks like such a great day!

Reply July 8, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Love the addition of pumpkin seeds! I'll have to try that!


Laury @The FitnessDish July 8, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Your living room is SO cute..I LOVE your sofa..I'm SO into the browns, mine is very similar, a deeper brown (not a sectional though)

You are so pretty…even after a long run…seriously!!??

Getting up at 5:30am is admirable! I am SO not a morning person…but theirs no other choice for runners in this nasty heat!


Melissa @ For the Love of Health July 8, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Hi Nicole! Nice of you to perk your mood before the hubby came home :-)
It can be soooooo hard to get up even earlier to beat the heat. I for one have not been able to do that so I've kept up the fitness routine with trips to the gym only.
Gorgeous food processor. It is so hard to part with that much money for a necessity so I feel your pain but it is still totally worth it!


Scott July 8, 2010 at 5:21 pm

It has been brutal running NYC, good for you for getting up early. Hope it is not as hot this weekend for the Dash & Splash 10k.


Simply Life July 8, 2010 at 6:55 pm

oh that pesto looks great!


Kris | July 8, 2010 at 7:18 pm

You are too funny!

Your pesto looks fab! I will totally rock that!

You must tell me where you got the rug in the living room from? It is so "gucci" links looking! I love it



the actor's diet July 8, 2010 at 10:10 pm

i haven't been in a jcrew forever – which is so funny b/c they basically dressed me all throughout high school and college…


Christie {Honoring Health} July 9, 2010 at 7:02 am

Yum, that pesto looks delish. I have a crap ton of basil coming so I have been looking for a dairy free pesto recipe. Thanks!


Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 9, 2010 at 8:56 am

Excellent! I'm looking for a way to use all that fresh basil I have in my herb garden. Seriously, I have like 4 different types of basil growing because when I bought the plants I didn't know which was the "right one"… it ended up being the kind that my mother-in-law bought for me!


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