Sometimes I love the quiet calm of our morning walk, but other times I could use a little stimulation!
Our morning walk is usually right around a mile – nothing crazy – but I think I would enjoy it a lot more, and perhaps walk Sadie a little farther, if I had something to stimulate my mind a little bit.
I love walks with a friend (I miss my morning walks with you, Merri!) and figured that listening to an audiobook or podcast might pique my interest and make me look forward to my morning walks on days when I am feeling antsy.
This American Life podcasts were recommended by a handful of people and after listening this week’s podcast on a lunchtime walk with Sadie, I can see why!
I planned to take her for a quick 20-minute walk and ended up walking for nearly an hour because I wanted to hear the entire podcast.
Just in case you’re in the market for some podcasts, here a few others that were recommended to me this morning:
- NPR Programs: Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me
- The Moth
- How Stuff Works
- Jillian Michaels
- Freakonomics Radio
- Coffee Break Spanish (Learn Spanish!)
Yesterday I received an email from a blog reader asking me for meal ideas for one person.
Ask and you shall receive!
Today I made myself a butternut squash, cauliflower and spinach wheat berry bowl for lunch.
The recipe itself is pretty similar to my butternut squash and wheat berry mock risotto, but it includes cauliflower and the ingredients were adjusted to serve only me.
Butternut Squash, Cauliflower and Spinach Wheat Berry Bowl For One
- Serves: One
- Cook Time: Approximately 25 minutes
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/4 cup wheat berries (barley will also work)
- 3/4 cup reduced sodium chicken broth (vegetable broth may also be used)
- 1 cup butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into small cubes
- 1 cup chopped cauliflower florets
- 1 large handful fresh spinach
- Heat oil in a medium size pot over medium heat. Add onions and cook until onions are slightly soft, about five minutes. Add wheatberries and allow to cook, stirring constantly, for approximately one minute.
- Turn the heat to medium-high. Add broth, butternut squash and cauliflower. Stir constantly and allow to simmer until broth is nearly completely dissolved and butternut squash breaks down and becomes creamy (somewhat like mashed potatoes), approximately 20 minutes.You may wish to break the butternut squash down with a fork to help it cook faster once the squash is tender. You may also add more chicken broth if needed.
- Add spinach and stir until leaves are somewhat wilted.
Can you tell someone was a little peeved about the inclusion of onions in this recipe since that meant doggie samples were off limits?
Doesn’t it look like her world is over? She’s not dramatic at all.
At least I gave her a small bite of the ricotta cheese from my post-lunch snack.
I really am such a sucker for her puppy eyes.
Questions of the Afternoon
- Do you listen to podcasts?
- What is your favorite podcast?
- Any highly recommended healthy food or fitness podcasts out there?
I’d love to hear your favorite podcast recommendations so I can load up my iPod for my morning walks with Sadie! I’ll be sure to report back on any that I love.