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Italian Sausage Wrap

I talk a lot about “fit” and “healthy,” but I noticed I haven’t really touched too much on the “happy.” The funny thing is, “happy” is highest on my priority list. For instance, if I’m feeling crappy, and I know exercising isn’t going to help, but a trip to get frozen yogurt with a friend will… the gym takes a back burner. If I’m feeling under the weather, and the only feel-better food I feel like eating is a big bowl of mashed potatoes, I’m not going to be eating a salad.

I started reading this magazine called Whole Living (used to be called Body + Soul), and I really enjoy it. There’s a list in this month’s issue, entitled “10 Thoughts on Whole Living,” that stuck out to me, so I thought I’d share. My favorites are in bold.

  • If you can successfully change one bad habit, you’re likely to change another.
  • Don’t assume you know what someone needs you to do. Ask.
  • Sometimes all it takes to get through a tough time is a single, powerful word.
  • Be courageous enough to listen for the truth.
  • When you shine a light on a negative thought, it loses its power.
  • While you can’t shut out illness entirely, you can make your body a place where health thrives.
  • Do something that makes you sweat.
  • Embrace frayed edges, worn pages, and laugh lines. True beauty lies in imperfection.
  • Remind a loved one that she’s not alone.
  • Learning to love requires as much openness as it does strength.

Great, right?

This month’s issue also had a nice article on the practice of wabi sabi, or appreciating the imperfection that comes with life and with age. If you’ve never read this magazine before, I highly recommend picking up a copy.
The Workout

Per usual with Sundays (though I always go to bed with a packed AM workout bag), I couldn’t get to sleep, so the AM workout was non-existent. Instead, I repacked a smaller bag with a change of gym clothes, and I’m heading there after work! I’ll be on a treadmill, glued to the TV screen as I watch the Yankees play the Rangers.

I can’t really say much now, because I don’t want to jinx it, but there’s a whole other reason why I need them to pull 3 more wins to take the series. Here’s hoping I get to tell you!
The Eats

Last night, I went to s before I headed to a comedy show. I’d never been there before, even though it’s walking distance from my apartment. Well, I’m pretty sure I found my new favorite neighborhood food stop.

I had some salt-and-pepper chicken that came with Yukon mashed potatoes and a sherry vinaigrette green salad. I managed to eat most of the salad and half the chicken and mashed potatoes, so I have a delicious dinner of leftovers for tonight.

My dining companion had a chipotle BBQ chicken sandwich with an arugula + tomato salad. I think the sandwich had a bit of ranch in it, too. I got to take a bite… and I was briefly in heaven. :D

Ever the optimist, I made and packed my breakfast last night, so I could head to the gym in the morning. Since that ended up not happening, I ate it at home.

Kamut + pumpkin + no-sugar-added applesauce + pumpkin pie spice + vanilla ext. +maple ext + cottage cheese = perfection.

I’ve been trying to up my water intake, so instead of drinking coffee with breakfast, I’ve been drinking a glass of water and toting my coffee to work.

And the coffee today was Starbucks Via Vanilla. For instant coffee, or for any coffee really, it’s pretty tasty.

It’s a little sweeter than I usually drink my coffee (I drink it almost bitter), but it’s also just mild enough that I don’t need any milk. But caffeine-wise, those little packets pack a hell of a punch.

Hi ho, hi ho… it’s off to work I go!

And now on to the main event… ITALIAN SAUSAGE WRAP!

I was so into the Italian sausage + peppers sliders we had at the food truck festival, that I decided to get some stuff to make a healthier version for today’s lunch. Well, mission accomplished.

Trader Joe’s makes an Italian Chicken Sausage (half the calories and a fraction of the fat of the pork version!), and I used whole wheat lavash as a wrap instead of using a roll.

I sliced the chicken sausage in half lengthwise and browned it in a skillet with a teaspoon of Garlic Gold. It was my first time cooking raw sausage, so I didn’t know how much oil was in it naturally. The Garlic Gold (olive oil infused with garlic) wasn’t really needed.

The finished product, topped with tomato sauce:
Italian Sausage Wrap
makes one serving

  • 1 chicken sausage link (preferably Italian chicken sausage– it’s seasoned better)
  • handful of spinach
  • 2 small sweet peppers (or 1/4 each of regular sized peppers), seeds removed
  • 1/2 shallot, chopped
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 slice of whole wheat lavash (whole wheat tortilla or wrap also works, but keep the calorie count under 150)
  • 1/4 c low-fat tomato sauce of your choice

Slice the chicken sausage length wise, so that the sausage is able to be split open but isn’t completely separated. Brown the sausage in a skillet over medium heat. Once cooked, remove the sausage and place on a paper towel to soak up excess oil.

Sautee the peppers, shallot, and spinach in the skillet with the oil left over from the sausage. Serve in the lavash/wrap and top with the tomato sauce.

That’s it for today! Here’s hoping the Yankees pull another W!!!