Friday, July 27, 2012

Clean Eating Brown Rice Pudding & Rest Day Advice

I'm not sure if I've said this before (okay I've said it a hundred million times) but I hate rest days. As we were eating breakfast yesterday morning, B and I were talking about how we feel more tired on rest days than on days that we work out. It didn't make sense to me that we both felt that way, especially because we get to sleep in a bit on days that we don't hit the gym. I figured there was a logical explanation for it, so I asked one of my most trusted fitness resources, James Wilson. Here is what he had to say: 

" I honestly think it is a combo of things. Mentally we know the day will be a rest day, so I think that puts us in a more relaxed state. 
Also, as I am sure you are noticing, when the workouts get more intense, the body burns through nutrients more rapidly and creates a negative balance, this leans you out well, but it also creates a need for energy, so on that rest day, your body will be using more energy to repair and get the balance to normal. Because of the energy being used to repair, it draws from your overall levels and that may be why we feel more sleepy and fatigued.You are welcome to do yoga, go for walks or light jogs and this should help keep your energy higher." 

It all makes sense now, and you can bet your life I will be doing something on my rest days from now on, I hate when I feel tired and lazy!  

I thought I would be super nice and leave you with a recipe that was requested by the fiance. (Yes, it is so weird/cool to say that!) Rice pudding is one of his favorites, so I 
went to the drawing board and this is what I came up with!


1 cup brown rice, cooked
2 cups unsweentened almond milk
6 packets Truvia
3 tsp cinnamon
2 pasturized egg whites
1/4 cup sugar free maple syrup


1. Place cooked rice in saucepan with almond milk and cook on low for about 20 minutes. Make sure to stir consistently to prevent sticking. At the end of the 20 minutes your rice should be thick and creamy, if it's not add a little more almond milk and continue cooking. 
2. Add in remainder of ingredients and stir/cook for another 2-3 minutes. 
3. Turn burner off and place a lid on sauce pan. Allow to steam and then cool. 


  1. I hate rest days too... I am really bad at them!! I am glad I am not the only one. I find I need to figure something out to keep myself busy. Otherwise I will end up working out!

  2. I totally feel your hate for rest days. Yesterday was one for me too and I had the day off from work and I wanted to do nothing but lay around and it was kind of driving me crazy. I feel much better today after 4 hours of sleep and a 5:30am workout than I did yesterday on 8 hours of sleep. Crazy.

    I am totally going to try this recipe. I've been thinking about trying to make brown rice pudding but didn't search hard for a recipe, and once again, you've come through with something that sounds amazing.

    On the subject of food, what is the sugar-free maple syrup you use? I generally try to avoid sugar substitutes (like sucralose, etc). I would rather have the real stuff (especially when it comes to maple syrup, being from maple country), even if it means less or less often.

  3. Oh darling i feel the same way on rest days, holy cow. I almost feel like avoiding rest days because of it (but i dont!). I find after 12pm im usually feeling back to my usual self. At lease now we know theres a logical explaination! Thx for sharing :-)

  4. I love rice pudding, I need to make this. Rest days are tough but essential. Fight that mental fight.

  5. Yum! My grandma used to make rice pudding all the time! Sounds so good!


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