I can Barley Contain Myself. Sorry, sometimes wordplay makes me think I’m clever. Well anyway I made a great batch of Barley as a side dish for our dinner and I have to say it really has a unique flavor. I have had barley in soup and mixed in with other grains, but I have never had it alone, so I was excited to try it out.
1 cup of barley to 3 cups of water with a vegetable broth packet for a little added flavor. Bring to a boil and simmer for 50 minutes.
This little grains packs 6 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein in each serving which is 1 cup.
Barley really plumps up, so 1 cup of raw barley is more than enough to make 2 large servings.
They come out chewy and nutty. I love the texture of this grain, so hearty and filling.
we also had Sweet Potato Discs drizzled with olive oil and seasoned with salt. Baked at 400 degrees for 40 minutes or until crispy on the edges.
Made a basic baked pork chop, breaded in Panko bread crumbs and seasoned with garlic salt’s, I used liquid egg whites for the egg wash. Just a nice and light breading.
Pan fried for 5 minutes to brown the meat, then baked in the oven on 400 degrees for 40 minutes, I baked the Sweet Potato Discs and Pork Chops together.
This meal made my husband very happy, he loves a good chop. I am not vegetarian, but I do prefer a plant-based diet. It seems like I eat meat less and less and when I do I am always wishing I had a second vegetable on my plate instead of the meat.
For dessert I thawed a few Protein Pumpkin Cookies. I love these little babies, they really satisfy a sweet tooth.
Just after eating the cookies I noticed this lone pear that needed to be eaten tonight or I’d be feeding it to the Lovely Ladies on the Farm. So I sliced it up and Jeff and I ate that also.
This pear was super ripe and was super juicy. I loved every single bite.
When I took my first bite, I told my husband it was Peeaarrfect! He responded, “Your such a dork.” He could Barley stand my comedic genius.
Boot Camp is rolling on, even on vacation I made Boot Camp work for me, I was only gone 4 days and my friend’s apartment had a very nice gym. So before the day got started I would dash to the gym and complete a workout. I put the workouts on large index cards and laminated them so I would have them handy on my trip. Plus Tina has the program set up to be flexible.
On top of the workout’s I also got lots of extra cardio, we walked a few miles on the Allure Cruise Ship Tour, and we swan and went fishing. The fishing was a really big core and arm workout, the waves were rolling so anytime you stood up to reel in your catch you really engaged your core. Well I count it as extra!
Plank Club is going strong, I even got my friends and husband to do them with me, it was really fun. I managed to hold my Plank for 55 seconds each day, so I am happy to be holding steady, but I hope to make a break through any day now. I love how my husband can take months off from working out and just jump in and kill it. If I take anytime off from working out I lose strength.
Question of the Day: Do you count any housework/yard work as a workout?
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