let’s talk grits

Spending so much time in Virginia over the weekend has brought me back to my Southern roots!

P1010323I was in charge of dinner while Anthony was in charge of painting yesterday. While the walls went from white to red, our plates went from white to red, yellow, and green!P1010324

I followed this recipe for the shrimp and grits, and roasted some okra and green beans in olive oil, lemon, and s&p on the side. After a weekend of on-the-go meals, we were pretty happy to sit down and eat some real food.

According to a study featured in this Livestrong article, grits’ low glycemic response could make them a good choice for diabetics; and grits are also very high in iron. The article deems them a “healthy carbohydrate.” Of course, they don’t fall under Web MD‘s “great grains” list, nor are they on Competitor’s Best Carb Sources for Runners list… but I still think they are delicious and nutritious, especially when prepared with 1.5 cups of cheddar cheese.

The amount of sweaty Mary pictures on the internet is increasing at an alarming rate.

IMG_0526I don’t know what got into me but I felt like running on a treadmill today. The fitness center in Anthony’s (soon to be “our”!) apartment is pretty swanky! About one mile into my run I regretted choosing to stay indoors. But the good news about running on a treadmill is that there is a fan blowing cool breeze into your face, there are no hills, and you can push a button to make yourself go faster. Sometimes you just gotta do it.

Back to work today! Hope you had a good holiday!

  • Do you eat grits/polenta? If so, what term do you use?
  • Do you hate the treadmill? Do you watch TV while you run on it?
  • What was the highlight of your holiday weekend?

Of interest:



  1. Alanna

    That looks so good! I didn’t know that grits and polenta are the same thing! You’re always teaching me new things. Is your new home on a cul-de-sac in a subdivion by any chance?

  2. Chelsea

    mmm…grits…that picture reminded me of eating at my grandma’s house, and she’s an Arkansas girl. Thanks for bringing up that nice little memory! 🙂 And I’m with you on the treadmill – outside is better, but treadmills really do have their benefits. I’m Team Run, regardless of where you do it!

  3. I’ve had polenta. Only once at Home Kitchen Cafe. It was good. Maybe becuase I live in Maine we call it polenta….? I don’t know. I don’t mind the treadmill, especially because it is convenient at times when I have no one to watch my boys so I can run outside. I prefer outdoors though. The highlight of my weekend would be yesterday when the sun came out and temps reached 68. Finally! We had been in the 40s and 50s with rain forever!

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