Filling Those Stores

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 17, 2009

fitnessMy workout today was intense!!! I think my glycogen stores were full to the brim from all the nuts yesterday because I had oodles of energy. Nine point five hours of sleep will do it too! :)

The workout:

  • Duration: 52 mins (this time always includes resistance moves I do)
  • Treadmill hill walking (4.0 mph, incline 15% with 4-5 five minute intervals at 4.4 mph)
  • Treadmill duration: 45 mins
  • Distance: 3.26 miles
  • Max heart rate: 173 (4.4 mph @ 15%!!!)
  • Avg heart rate: 151 bpm (includes when HR was low while doing resistance)
  • Feel the burn: 441 kcals

For the BBBC, I did 15 lunges on each leg with my weight bar. I also did 1 set of 15 pushups.

food Lunch was another chickpea spinach salad (minus the walnuts!). I wasn’t in the mood for any nuts after yesterday…


  • 4 cups baby organic spinach (volume food)
  • 2 cups chickpeas (protein + fibre)
  • 1/2 English Cuke (volume food)
  • 3 T Sesame seeds (healthy fats)
  • Kraft light balsamic dressing (flavour)

Along with a cooked granola bar:


I did a rough calculation for these bars and they are about 290 calories per bar (as shown above). They are VERY dense, so I might be incline to split the batch into 24 smaller sized bars for better portion control. These would be a great bar for post exercise recovery- especially with a little almond butter slathered on or sprinkled over yogurt.

The stats for one bar:


Please note that the saturated fat comes from the coconut oil. However coconut oil is not supposed to be harmful for your health- when the coconut oil is NOT hydrogenated! Studies that have shown that coconut oil is bad for you are dated studies that used hydrogenated coconut oil. Make sure you use non-hydrogenated and you are fine. :)

Benefits of Coconut Oil


  • Nearly 50% of the fatty acid in natural coconut oil is lauric acid, which converts to the fatty acid monolaurin in the body. Lauric acid has adverse effects on a variety of microorganisms including bacteria, yeast, fungi, and enveloped viruses. It destroys the lipid membrane of such enveloped viruses as HIV, measles, Herpes simplex virus (HSV-1), influenza and cytomegalovirus (CMV).
  • In other words: not only does coconut oil not cause heart problems, it is good for you. To quote Dr. Mary Enig: "The research over four decades concerning coconut oil in the diet and heart disease is quite clear: coconut oil has been shown to be beneficial."
  • Coconut oil is a "functional food," defined as a food that "provides a health benefit over and beyond the basic nutrients."
  • It is an immune-system enhancer.
  • Source
  • The whole [foods] lunch:


    Umm is anyone else seeing that ‘you might like these stories’ thing above??? What the heck is that doing there??? Please ignore it. I hope it fixes itself…


    Well, we are off to run some errands, including my 1st visit to Whole Foods!!! I asked Eric if I get to do Supermarket Sweep again. LOL!!! I didn’t get a reply…is that a bad sign??? :D

    See you tonight for the recap!!


    And the Yogi tea quote of the day:


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    Jen May 17, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Wow, I had no idea about the hydrogenated/non-hydrogenated coconut oil thing. Very interesting, who knew!

    Have fun at WF! Try your best not to clean out the shelves. :)


    Jocelyn May 17, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    beautiful roses ;)

    and whole foods..NICE..
    The closest one to me I think is Missisauga..I really really want to go ..buuut..i dunno..
    might have to wait till the bf is with me to make the 45 min trip :P :)


    Shelby May 17, 2009 at 3:12 pm



    Jenny May 17, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    those bars look amazing, girl.. and thanks for the coconut oil info! i’ve always been scared by the saturated fat content but its comforting to know it has health benefits.

    enjoy whole foods!


    Mara @ What's For Dinner? May 17, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    OOOH have fun at WF!!


    Jo @ SeekingHealthyBalance May 17, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Thanks for the info on coconut oil, it was really interesting to read!

    Enjoy your trip to Whole Foods, I can’t wait to see what you find :)


    Heather May 17, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    I actually never realize how healthy coconut oil is. Thanks for the information on it! What about conconut itself? I know coconut is filled with saturated fats, but is that actually healthy as well?

    Have fun at Whole Foods! :)


    Leah @ Simply Fabulous Now May 17, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Are you going to the Oakville one??
    I’ve driven past that one (when going to pick up my dress for your wedding!) but I was out of time and couldn’t stop. So sad!

    Have fun! Ps- your lunch looks so good.. i’m so doing the chickpea thing.


    Christina May 17, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    I’m still looking for coconut oil – thanks for the info on it!

    and have fun at Whole Foods :)


    brandi May 17, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    have fun at Whole Foods!

    in re: the stomach pains, do you think you might just be allergic to nuts a tiny bit? just an idea.


    Natalie M. May 17, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    I love that Yogi tea quote.. I loved it so much that I made it my signature on gmail!

    btw.. if you haven’t tried it already.. I highly recommend the Green Tea Goji Berry flavor with a half teaspoon of agave nectar… mmmmmmm delish!


    Katrina (gluten free gidget) May 17, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    YAYA!!! Have fun at Whole Foods!


    Amy May 17, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    It’s funny that you mentioned coconut oil. I was reading “The Face on your plate” and he talks a lot about coconut oil in the last section of the book. I guess it’s really good to cook with as well because it doesn’t become hydrogenated at such low temps as some other oils. I’ve been wanting to try it but haven’t yet. The only kind I’ve seen is in a pb type jar that is all white. Is that the kind you use?


    Melinda Pollard May 17, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    I Know EXACTLY how you feel! Anytime I go to WF I seriously go crazy buying and trying to choose! It’s better than shoe shopping for me and that’s saying alot! :D


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