Try Something New

Even when you wake up feeling less than stellar on what should be a lovely Sunday, fight the urge to pull the covers over your head and give in. Even when you joked with your friends last night about your angry song being “It’s just one of those days where you don’t wanna wake up, cause everything is f@#$%d up and everybody sucks,” and you actually do wake up wanting to yell that song at the top of your lungs, don’t.

Instead, breathe deeply as you re-clean an apartment that was clean not twenty four hours before. Take out your rainy day aggression in a workout video like Killer Buns and Thighs by speeding through mountain climbers, racing through high knees and butt kicks, and adding all advanced modifiers until beads of sweat drip down your face.

Instead of making yourself a bowl of steel cut oats, a Sunday morning favorite, make yourself an egg sandwich instead.

Fry an egg overeasy, top it with feta cheese and red pepper flakes and sandwich it in between pumpernickel toast lined with spinach. Have a sliced apple sprinkled with cinnamon on the side and dip it in crunchy peanut butter. Put it on a new flowery plate from Goodwill. Then eat the last Banana Coconut cookie in the bag without taking a photo of it.

Register for your first race ever, the Warrior Dash. Described on the website as a “mud-crawling, fire-leaping, extreme 5k run from hell,” it’s something you never even would have considered doing a few years ago.

Do it anyway. Why? So you can prove to yourself the strength and beauty of which your body is capable. So you can push limits you were always too afraid to push before. So you can celebrate your ultimate victory with live music, beer, and one of these:

You wear so many hats already, you might as well add a fuzzy warrior helmet to the mix.

Make something new. Even though you’re not vegan, make Vegan Banana Bread. Instead of following the recipe exactly, add your own flair.

In a large bowl, mix:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup white flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp milled flax seed

Blend 3/4 cup of tofu in a blender.

In a mixing bowl, add the blended tofu with:

  • 1/2 cup stevia
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup bananas, mashed

Blend the wet mixture with the dry mixture.

Then stir in 1/2 cup chopped walnuts. Add 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, even though the recipe didn’t call for it. Because coconut is delicious.

Instead of using a regular baking pan, use a silicone one. It’s pretty and blue and will leave you with less of a mess to deal with.

Bake at 350 degrees for one hour, until your Vegan Banana Coconut Bread looks like this:

Let it cool for a few minutes before cutting off a taster piece and spreading a bit of butter over the top, essentially de-veganizing your creation.

Eat and enjoy this curiously delicious, (almost) dairy-free banana bread. Then sing a song, and enjoy the rest of your day.

P.S. Today is the last day you have to enter my One Month Blogiversary Giveaway! Hopefully, there will be many more to come, but it would be a shame to miss the first one, don’t you think?

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