Mother Nature Was Showing Off and Ultrarunner Staples.

Hey there! My morning started out a bit rainy and stormy but it quickly cleared and gave way to absolutely beautiful sunshine. Mother nature was just showing off today! 10.02 miles done.

So here are a few foods I absolutely love and think are great ultrarunner staples! When I was training for my 100 miler I made sure to include many of these in my diet! So if you are contemplating running an ultra (and staying healthy while doing it), take notes.

Avocados/nuts/etc. Healthy fats are the way to go. I love almonds (and almond milk!!), pistachios and generally could just eat avocados straight. Sprinkle a little sea salt/lime on there and boy you are good to go.

Lean protein. Grilled chicken, turkey, tuna, salmon etc are generally my go tos. They just keep me satisfied and full. Generally dinner will be chicken with a veggie and a complex carb.

Leafy greens- Spinach and kale are my two faves. Typically I’ll throw ‘em in a smoothie or will have a huge salad for lunch with cherry tomatoes and raw broccoli thrown in.

Greek yogurt. Typically I go for the nonfat kind and will throw on a bunch of fruit/maybe a few nuts or some granola. I love having this especially after a run. For some reason I crave things like yogurt/acai bowls and cold things post workout.

Sweet potatoes and butternut squash. I love everything spiralized and having these handy really helped me to not go crazy on the pasta and white refined carbs. I will throw on on some ground turkey and avocado, maybe some goat cheese and go to town.

Kombucha- I think it’s something about the probiotics I’m really digging with kombucha. As you know probiotics are fantastic for your digestive system. Plus it just gives me a ton of energy and makes me feel good. I drink kombucha probably twice a week…it can be pricey!

What are some of your go to runner superfoods?

TGIFriday Faves.

Oh heck yes! It’s Friday and that deserves some sort of celebration. I am in need of my chill weekend time for sure. Running, maxin’ and relaxin’ and good times with friends! Can’t wait.

Let’s get to the faves from this week!

-Scoping out summertime party recipes on Pinterest. I’m pretty sure I need to be making this pineapple salsa immediately.

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-Tina’s post on HRG about something every runner needs to do. Preach, girl!

-A fun happy hour jaunt with my run club. I never thought running in 98 degree heat could be so enjoyable. First running, then wine.

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-Pretty maxi dresses like this one…I kind of get never tired of maxis. Even though they are basically just crotchless yoga pants. Gotta love it.

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That’s all for this week! Have a great weekend!

What are you up to this weekend? Anyone going on summer vacation/weekend getaway soon?
I’m thinking a visit to down to the TX hill country for some wine tasting would be nice. Hmm…

10k Thursday and Post Run Breakfast Ideas.

10k Thursday today with my running crew. I probably see these people every day now! We are all gearing up for marathons at the same time so I have a feeling we will all be the best of friends by the time the summer is over. Fun fun. We had to take a shoe pic as usual.

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Um yeah, and 79 degrees this morning? That almost never happens around this time in Texas. So you know I had to take full advantage of it.

So today I thought we’d quickly talk about some quick post run meals you can put together after an invigorating workout! I know sometimes it’s hard to come up with things to make but these for me have saved me from going to the fast food joint and/or RUNger. As most of you know, that post run hunger is very real.

Smoothies. I have a personal travel sized blender that really comes in handy. I usually love to include protein, fruits and almond or cashew milk in my concoctions. Here are a few smoothie ideas to try. My favorite is the runner’s pina colada (rum not included).

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Egg muffins. I hear these are absolutely awesome and quick especially if you can get a bunch of ‘em ready. And honestly my personal go to after a run is always eggs because it packs a serious amount of protein. Perfection.

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Avocado toast. Yet another nutritional favorite for me would have to be avocado. It’s so awesome on toast too with a little lemon or lime juice and sea salt.

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Acai bowls. I am simply obsessed with these especially in the summer time. Again it’s basically a smoothie in a bowl but I love to top it with shredded coconut, different types of fruits, and maybe some chia seeds. They are just kind of pretty too, you know? Kind of like artwork.

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What’s your favorite breakfast to eat after a run?

Heat Wave and 4th of July Recipes.

7.07 miles this morning before the big heat wave hits today! Temps are looking to be quite spicy in the next few days. We should be hitting some triple digits for the 4th weekend!! So happy to get this run done and out of the way.

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Check out this forecast. I plan on finding a patio with some misting fans, STAT.

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I’m looking forward to a fun weekend though…watching the fireworks with friends, long running it, and hopefully enjoying some festive sangria! Because that’s just what you do when it’s super duper hot out.

Speaking of treats and eats, I’ve found some yummies on the web I thought I’d share with you…I plan on making some of these for sure in the near future. Enjoy!

Red, white and blue sangria. Um, how perfect are those star pineapples? Love love.

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Blueberry caprese salad. Nice creative spin on one of my favorite dishes.

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Roasted corn and summer tomato salad. Especially with that avocado…sounds yummy.

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4th of July fruit kabobs. Anything with watermelon in it, honestly…sign me up.

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Skinny 7 layer fiesta dip. Because obviously it’s not a party unless there’s dip involved.

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What’s on your 4th of July menu this year? Are you going to watch the fireworks?

Friday Eve Miles and Tomato Basil Cauliflower Pizza.

8 miles before 8 AM today with my early bird running crew. Check out those temps! Highs in the 80s. Thankfully there has been plenty of cloud cover lately. I love my early runs because they usually end in a gorgeous sunrise and also some freaking delicious iced coffee. Oh happy day.

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So I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen a lot lately and one thing I’ve always wanted to play around with is pizza with a cauliflower crust. The last time I made this dish it was somewhat of a FAIL but I think I’ve finally got it down now! So I figured I would share with you. I love it because it’s a nice low carb option, it’s filling and tastes tremendous! No it’s not EXACTLY like the bread kind but I tell ya, I did not miss the bread much at all.

Here’s what you will need:

-Chopped cauliflower (you can use a food processor or purchase it already pre chopped and fresh in a bag) saves a ton of prep time! I found this kind from the jolly Green Giant

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-2 egg whites
-1 handful of fresh basil
-1 medium tomato, sliced
-1 cup of part skim shredded mozzarella cheese
-Tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
-Parmesan/garlic/salt/pepper, to taste
-Other pizza toppings (load it up, however you like!)

-Preheat your oven to 425. Steam your cauliflower until cooked through. THIS PART IS IMPORTANT—Take a cloth or towel and squeeze out as much water/moisture from the cauliflower as possible. This will give you a crispier, more bread like crust. Once the cauliflower is dried, cool in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.

-Take the egg whites, cheese, garlic/salt/pepper and mix with the cauliflower. At this point if you have gotten out all of the moisture it will form a ball, sort of like a dough. Place the ‘dough’ on a pizza pan or sheet that is lined with parchment paper. Shape & flatten the dough into a pizza pie circle.

-Cook the crust in the oven for 20 minutes until browned.

-Take out the crust, remove the parchment paper and carefully put it back on your pizza sheet. Top the pizza with tomato sauce, cheese and desired toppings. Continue to cook in the oven for 10 more minutes until the toppings are all melted.

Enjoy! I can’t wait to make this one again.

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What’s for dinner tonight?

TGIFriday Faves.

Well hello there Friday! You sure are looking good today. Who is ready for the weekend? *raises both hands*

Yet another busy week…I have a feeling the month of April is going to be a crazy one. It’s my BIRTHDAY MONTH (Happy birthday to me, April 26th so mark your calendars!) I will be pacing the Irving Marathon NEXT weekend, and will be moving in May. I will be hiring some movers though so it’s all good in the hood. Just gotta get some boxes and get things organized.

Sounds like I may need to squeeze in a yoga session this weekend! Woo-sah, inhale exhale and all that good stuff.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

-Some acai bowl love this week. I discovered this new place around the corner and they have some tasty looking fresh pressed juices too. I am a fan.

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Why the bond between running buddies so special. Love, love, love. I have made such incredible friendships through this awesome sport so I can relate. There’s nothing quite like it.

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-The Indian paintbrush…loving me some Texas wildflowers.

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-Getting my sushi roll on earlier this week…and some edamame. It’s been a while since I’ve had that stuff. So good.

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How was your week? What are you looking forward to this weekend?
Long running it, housewarming party, brunch fun.

Back in the Game and Soul Food for Runners.

I’m back on my morning run game this week! I met up with the early bird running club crew for a quick loop around the park. It felt good to get some miles in with the group. Time goes faster with awesome friends catching up on life and such.

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Looks like some spring flowers are coming! Best time of year hands down.

So I’ve been thinking about all of the different SUPER foods that I love for running performance. When it comes to nutrition…I feel that the more I run, the more I tend to pay attention to the stuff I put in my body. What you eat can really make or break a run! Lately I’ve been all about fresh fruit, veggies, complex carbs and lean protein. Carbs are definitely not the enemy. Runners and folks that do high intensity workouts need them…it’s just all about the ones that you choose. So here are my favorite runner SOUL FOODS…grub that is good for the mind, body and spirit! And yes…I do like my southern style food from time to time. Haha and my wine…but it’s all about balance, right?

Butternut squash
I am still holding onto my squash for as long as I can and it’s still in stores everywhere so I try to stock up on it. My favorite way to eat it is roasted in the oven and drizzle a little honey on top. Boom…you’re done. Filling and it has a nice sweetness to it too, like dessert.

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Bananas
This is pretty much a staple fruit that I have in the house at all times. It’s just so quick and easy to grab a banana and go…anytime, anywhere.

Eggs
I basically eat these everyday and my favorite way to eat them is boiled. I usually grab 2 as I’m running out the door to work…love egg whites too. Excellent source of protein.

Tilapia and salmon
Fish is a great way to get your heart healthy nutrients and omega 3s and all that jazz. So good for your joints and overall health. My favorite thing to make is lime cilantro salmon. So freaking delicious.

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Zucchini
ZOODLES…I am simply obsessed. If you do not yet have a spiralizer…do yourself a favor and get one. Great investment. There’s so many things you can do with this veggie…stir fries, spaghetti…the list is endless.

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Sweet potatoes
Lately my favorite way to make these is with Caribbean jerk seasoning, a drizzle of honey, slice ‘em up and roast them in the oven. Also if it’s still cold where you are…try my sweet potato turkey chili. So good, filling and you’ll have leftovers for days.

Here are some other good foods specifically for running performance. Stock up that fridge and enjoy some soul food goodness.

What’s in your fridge this week?

8 Miles and Trader Joe’s Tuesday.

8 miles this morning enjoying a lovely view. Temps were in the 40s but the sun was shining so it felt warmer…gotta love Texas in the late fall! It’s definitely my favorite time of year to run.

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So…it’s Trader Joe’s Tuesday around here! I think it should be an observed holiday. Anyway….here are a few things I’m loving from TJ’s this week.

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Shaved brussels sprouts. I am obsessed with this veggie lately…I could actually just eat these raw. I love them all cut up like that…they are perfect in salads or roasted in the oven. Last night I made a brussels sprouts salad and put some avocado in there…whoa. Game changer.

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Cilantro and chive yogurt dip. This stuff is heaven on just about everything. Great in salads and even a healthier dip with tortilla chips.

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Cage free organic eggs. I try to buy the cage free ones as much as I can just because to me they taste better. Especially with TJ’s seasoning salute sprinkled on top. Yum.

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Chicken sausage. I love throwing these in pasta dishes or spaghetti squash dishes. It gives everything great flavor and is a nice protein punch.

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Chopped up sweet potatoes. Those of you that are peeling sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving…it may be too late to tell you this but save yourself some prep time! I can’t wait to mix these with eggs and make a little scramble.

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Have you discovered any new foods from Trader Joe’s lately?

Do you have a special dish you like to make for Thanksgiving?

20 Miles, Halloween Bash and Wknd Recap.

Well hello there! It’s nice and chilly here…temps are in the 50s this morning. Thank you, mother nature for bringing in the rain! Hope you all stayed safe if you live down here in Texas. Very thankful the hurricane down in Mexico wasn’t as serious as expected.

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My weekend was equal parts eventful and relaxing! Here are some snapshots from the last few days…

20 miles in the straight up rain. Ahh yes…I was so glad I made the decision to knock this one out. It was mostly easy miles but a fast finish helped to keep things spunky. 3 weeks til Rock n Roll Las Vegas! 26.2 number 16 baby…I am so ready for this RACE-cation.

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I followed that up with some stretching & recovery time on the couch…hello compression socks and protein smoothie. After close to 3 hours of running I think it was well deserved.

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Annual halloween bash…with a rockin’ DJ, killer food and yes maybe a sip of wine or two. I put my pirate girl costume on for good measure. I had to represent for the Yelp Elite crew.

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Sunday funday…church, retail therapy and a bit of grocery shopping. I have to figure out what to do with my acorn squash.

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Orange tomatoes…perfect snack.

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And cashew milk for my smoothies. I am an almond milk girl but I thought I’d switch it up this week.

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Oh and I bought some new spin shoes for class! I am teaching a handful of classes this week so looking forward to breaking these shiny black babies in.

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How was your weekend? Did anyone throw or go to a Halloweenie party?

10k and Trader Joe’s Tuesday.

6 miles this morning after getting an amazing amount of sleep. I think I nodded off around 8:30 pm last night! Felt so good to catch some more zzz’s.

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Post run yoga session and legs up on the wall. Much needed. I definitely need to do the legs up the wall thing a lot more. This is a great restorative pose to keep help with recovery and circulation.

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From doyouyoga.com:

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So today I thought I’d share a few items I purchased on my grocery haul this week. This Trader Joe’s is a bit closer to my job so I love stopping by there on the way home sometimes. It always feels like a fun field trip of sorts. Yes I have an exciting life.

Spaghetti squash. Not sure what my fascination is with squash lately but it’s just an easy staple to have around the house. Plus it’s filling and so darn good for you. Nice alternative to pasta too. I made it with jalapeño chicken sausage last night. Perfection.

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Dark sweet cherries. These babies are fantastic in smoothies and actually just as a snack. They remind me of frozen grapes a little bit…nature’s candy.

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Chile lime chicken burgers. I have not tried these just yet but am planning on whipping ‘em up this week. Nice little protein boost. I will report back.

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Wild arugula…good alternative to spinach…definitely planning on whipping up some lunches with this stuff.

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Cut up butternut squash. As I mentioned in this post I love that this takes a lot of the prep work out. Plus hello, butternut squash mac n cheese is the best comfort food out there. Need I say more?

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Chipotle salsa. This has such a good kick of zesty spice and a smokey flavor at the end. Great with tortilla chips too. I may have to make some crockpot salsa chicken with this one.

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TJ’s wine. Charles Shaw, I love you. The merlot is great but this week I’ll be trying some shriaz on Wine Wednesday after I teach my spin class. We’ll see how it goes.

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Do you have a Trader Joe’s where you live? Have you discovered any fun finds?