Monday, June 22, 2009
2/3 c rolled oats (dry)
1/3 c steel cut oats (dry)
1 tbspn raw wheat germ
1 tbspn flaxseed meal
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbspn raw unsalted sunflower seeds
2 tbspn crushed walnuts or almonds
2 tbspn raisins or chocolate chips (optional)
1 tsp molasses
1 tsp canola oil
1/4 c unsweetened applesauce
2 tbspn raw agave nectar
1 tsp almond butter
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients seperately. Then mix together. Place mixture in a (no-stick sprayed) 8 x 8 glass baking dish. Bake for 7 minutes, then stir, bake 7 more, stir again, bake 5 additional minutes or until oats are golden. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
Serving suggestion: 1/4 cup granola, 1/4 cup almond milk, 1 tbsp blueberries.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I took a little too much time getting ready and ended up being a bit late picking up a few friends I offered to drive up, so in place of a full meal I just grabbed a SuperFood Odwalla Bar to eat on the way. Check out the gorgeous views on the drive:
I did, however, enjoy an amazing piece of lemon wedding cake and a big portion of the chocolate raspberry too. I am a cake fan. What else can I say?
After the wedding we headed to the local watering hole and I enjoyed a couple late night beers to finish off a pretty awesome night.
I'm finally starting to feel more like myself today, now that I've had a full two days to recover. But wow! I don't think I'll be doing anything like that again anytime soon. This weekend was definitely a learning experience for me. It sure has made me appreciate my body and realize what a difference good wholesome foods can make.
Friday, June 12, 2009
3 cups spinach
1 cup strawberries
1/4 cup blueberries
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup organic fat-free greek yogurt
3-4 ice cubes
A little blender action, a couple additional blueberries as a topper and there you have it. Grumbly tummy no more!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
For the past week I've spent what feels like every free moment I've had researching marathons. I never imagined I'd have so much trouble choosing my first. I thought running the race was supposed to be the hard part!
There are so many factors to consider.
- Course (flat, flat, flat!)
- Date (ideally Late Sept - Early Nov)
- Number of other racers (not too big, but not too small)
- Location (i live in colorado so will be training at elevation...bonus points for sea level races and locales where ill have a nice big cheering section)
- Running buddies (Depending on which race I choose, my older sister is considering running with me. HUGE PLUS to have her struggling through it with me!)
- Reviews from past runners re: weather, volunteers, organization (marathonguide has been a HUGE help)
All of that said, I've narrowed my list to a few east coast races I'm really looking into.
Toronto Waterfront Marathon - Sept 27
Toronto Marathon - Oct 18
Niagara Falls Marathon - Oct 25
OBX Outerbanks Marathon - Nov 8
Stay tuned to see which race I choose. And of course, if you have any thoughts or suggestions, do share!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Hearty hummus in 5 minutes or less:
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
But just like anyone else I get bored pretty easy, so mixing up my routine from day to day is very important. I hate doing the same type of cardio two days in a row, so I don't. I'm really enjoying the routine I've been doing for the past few weeks. It gives me a little something different each day.
Of course, as I begin my marathon training this schedule will evolve to include a great deal more running. But for the time being it is working out pretty well.
Monday:45 minutes of Core Central (all over body lifting/cardio class); 15 minute Abs class
Tuesday: 12-20 minutes Stairmaster; 30-40 minutes Interval Elliptical Training; Abs
Wednesday: 4.5-5.5 miles Interval Running; 60 minute Yoga Class
Thursday: 60 minutes of Cardio Kickboxing
Friday: Free day!
Saturday: 60 minutes of Cardio Kickboxing
Sunday: 6-7 mile easy run outside
And there you have it.
In closing this evening I'd like to leave you with this - Today at the gym I overheard a girl bragging about how she'd been there since 4 p.m. It was 8:45 p.m. Now I'm all about getting in a good workout everyday, but 5 hours at the gym seems a bit extreme to me. What do you think? Is 5 hours too much time to spend at the gym?