Yesterday was a day of highs and lows.
I woke up still plagued with a headache that was going on day 2.5 and I was just…over it. I peeked outside (into the pitch black – ugh) and gasped over the reality of 6+ inches of snow falling overnight. I hate when the weather reports don’t lie. Or exaggerate. Even a little. It was the kind of snow that weighs approximately 43 pounds per cubic inch, too.
Needless to say, I opted out of snow blowing and gunned the gas pedal to not only get over the mound at the end of my driveway, compliments of the plow, but also to get off of my street and onto the main road. I nearly didn’t make it. I committed the cardinal sin of snow by putting the car in reverse and retracing my tracks with more force…but it worked.
I sat at my desk most of the morning with a cold rag on my left temple, my eye watering under the pain of the headache. Is there anything worse than a headache at work? There is, actually. A headache when you have to teach a cooking class. You know, throw on that smile and talk about diabetes and cooking like it’s what you bounded out of bed (in pain) to do that day.
It must have been the powers of RD’s from around the world (yesterday *was* National RD Day, after all) who allowed for my headache (with the help of a Tylenol) to fade for the first time in days. Not gone, but diminished to a point to which I could function. And teach. And smile. Because wouldn’t you know, snow and all, that all RSVP’ed attendees showed…plus another good handful. It has taken me 18 months to grow a class that is poorly-ish attended until a terrible snow storm in March. People have got to be thinking, hell or high water, they’re getting OUT of the house…it’s time, 2014. I’m not complaining, the class was wonderful. As was the food.
When I got back to the hospital from teaching, the RD powers wore off and returned again did my headache. But at least I got over the hump for the day. I even managed to peel out early-ish, pop another Tylenol, pound the treadmill some, and throw together dinner. No cooking, just throwing together.
I had leftover dressing from when I made this salad a week ago and I’ve managed to keep from drinking the delicious concoction for the very purpose of having a quick, easy, delicious, and HEALTHY meal. The fact that it was RD day was just the icing on my non-existent (and super healthy, of course) cake.
- 3 Tbsp almond butter
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
- 3 Tbsp water
- 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
- ½ Tbsp raw honey
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- 1 large head Romaine, chopped
- 2 cups grapes, halved
- 1 cup blueberries
- 2 oz (1/2 cup) crumbled feta
- ⅓ cup almonds
- In a mini food prep, food processor, or blender, combine all dressing ingredients and process to combine until smooth. Add water to adjust consistency, if needed.
- Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl; toss well. Serve dressing with salad.
Mr. Prevention gets home from Italy today…excited to see him