Food & Fitness Relationship + Rosemary Thyme Crackers

Posted on Dec 7, 2011 | 10 comments

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Hope everyone is having an awesome week and a beautiful Wednesday! I am loving the gorgeous blue sky and the bright sunshine, but I must say it is frigid in Northern Colorado!

Considering it is Wednesday, how about a little inspirational Awaken Wednesday chat! Since writing the initial post on letting go of the expectation to achieve a certain workout, be it distance on the treadmill or intensity, I posted a new fitness routine that I have really been enjoying…overall. Yep, did you noticed that little plug “overall” at the very end? I had to qualify that last statement because yesterday, I was not feeling the best in body which affected my workout. How I was feeling got me to thinking a bit deeper and I reflected.

As I reviewed my recent workouts, I reflected on how I felt in my body and attempted to assess my eating habits. I came with something that we are all mostly likely aware of, however, it served as a good reminder & allowed me to make a game plan. I noticed that when I wasn’t feeling good in my body, I lacked the enthusiasm for fitness, which was related to my eating habits.

Although my food regimen consists of a variety of healthy fruits & veggies, whole grains & healthy protein sources, I noticed that recently I have gotten into a habit of  snacking too much while I am preparing meals & snacks and that I tend to eat more in the evenings, after dinner! These two habits add up quickly in terms of extra calories and lackluster feelings towards my fitness routine.

Another thing I noticed is that there is a correlation between my eating habits and placing an expectation on myself to achieve a challenging workout! It is as if my mind is pushing me to compensate for my eating habits to balance out the ‘blah’ feelings! At the end of this reflection all I have to say is nope, this ain’t gonna work! My motto is “living life to the fullest” and I mean this in every aspect, relationships, food, fitness, career, etc., in every way! With that being said, there is no way I can settle for the above, thus I have a game plan that I would like to share.

Awhile back, Leanne at Healthful Pursuit posted a Food Journaling pdf that can be downloaded. As of yesterday, I am keeping track of my eats, my sleep & energy level, and my physical activity in attempt to determine if the above pattern is indeed true when tracked on paper. In addition, journaling will allow me to be more mindful of what I am putting in my mouth. I am also going to be mindful of my feelings towards movement & workout with a healthy intention, rather than forcing a workout to compensate for my eating habits.

With all that talk of being mindful of food & fitness, how about a healthy, tasty snack!

Rosemary Thyme Crackers (inspired by Oh She Glows)

1/2 c. whole almonds
1/2 c. brown rice flour
2 T. flax seeds
2 T. sesame seeds
1 garlic clove (minced)
1 t. rosemary
1/2 t. thyme
1/2 t. Spike (optional)
1/4 t. sea salt
2 1/2 T filtered water
2 T. pasta sauce
*1 handful spinach (optional-see below)

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Process almonds in food processor until finely ground
  • Add all dry ingredients to a mixing bowl
  • Add wet ingredients and spinach & mix until combined
  • Place onto lined baking sheet and roll into thin layer, cut into squares
  • Bake for approx. 20-25 mins.

*I used 1 handful of spinach for 1/2 the dough as my SO (significant other) is slightly scared of the color green…hehe :)

I don’t make crackers too often, but they are super simple and can be paired with a soup for a very simple dinner! If you are looking for a great broccoli cheddar soup, check out this recipe and check out those green crackers!

Wishing you a warm Wednesday!!

Do you place expectations to achieve a intense workout? How is your food & fitness relationship? 

10 Comments

  1. Those crackers look so good. I haven’t made my own in a long time.

    I have been snacking a lot lately and it’s because I’ve been so busy with work that I don’t have time to eat.I end up snacking while I’m preparing my actual food for lunch or dinner. I need to be more mindful of eating when I’m hungry instead of when I’m starving!

    • I totally agree…sometimes I wonder if I need to eat a little more during the actual meal so I am not so hungry in between…being mindful helps so much! Have a beautiful day!

  2. I’ve never tried making my own crackers – but I LOVE rosemary these days so I might have to give your recipe a try! ;)

    • I hope you enjoy the crackers…I think they are quite tasty, but I might be a bit bias too! :)

  3. These crackers look great! I love a good hearty crisp cracker but haven’t made my own in a while. And I love that you’re using journaling. I’ve been doing it as well on a similar sheet that I designed and am finding that it does help me to understand what works best for my body and what doesn’t sit so well, or doesn’t make me feel so great during workouts. I don’t really eat a lot after dinner any more (this is something I used to do a LOT of about 6 months back) and it definitely makes a difference to how I feel in the morning. I also recently noticed what a strong effect sugar has on me. I ate ice cream (as in the real kind, not banana soft serve or anything) the other night – it was just a small serving, but about 30 minutes later, I had a bit of a headache and was totally nodding off. I was so surprised, but I guess it’s because I’m just not used to sugar – even in a 1/2 cup serving of ice cream. Live and learn! :)

    • I am glad to hear journaling has worked so well for you and now you have your after dinner snacks under control…that’s awesome!! I feel so much better when I eat less at night…it’s amazing! Have a wonderful day!:)

  4. I completely agree and have been feeling the same way lately! snacks are killer for me and i always have a case of the munchies! I totally just printed out the pdf too! I’m excited to give it a try!

    • You’ll have to let us know how the journaling works for you…case of the munchies…well said:) Have a great day!

  5. Oh wow! I’m making these crackers!! Seriously, pasta sauce is a such an easy additive that would give these cracks a nice punch, i love it!!! YUM!!!!

    I sooo love savory snacks ;)

    xxoo

    • Oooh, I will have to keep that in mind and make more savory snacks! I agree past sauce works wonders! Have a great Thursday!

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