Nutrition Wednesday: Fiber

Fiber is advertised on so many whole grain food boxes it’s not even funny. Here some fiber, there some fiber, everywhere there seems to be fiber. It’s even found in veggies and fruits. So, what’s so special about fiber, beyond the fact that they always seem to be targeting older people to consume it? Continue reading

Fitness Friday 9/12

So this post is a day late again, I know, but here it is! My Achilles still hurts when I walk sometimes but I’ve been surviving my runs now! Running has literally been saving me from all of the stress I feel from work. I was super stressed out Wednesday and halfway through my run I already felt 100 times better. Exercise is seriously your best friend when you are stressed out. Well here was my week:

Sunday the 7th in suburbia (mainly grass), I ran 40 minutes with the bestie Aiko. It was nice to have a running buddy again.

Half marathon training on September 7th
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Nutrition Wednesday: Choosing Fats

What constitutes healthy fats?I love butter. Most bakers do. I mean, look at Paula Deen, she is like the QUEEN of butter. Unfortunately, I don’t like how butter makes me feel. Fats can be unfair like that. For that reason, I thought I’d make a list of tips for cutting out unnecessary saturated fats and substituting them for good fats. Remember, good fats are necessary for a balanced diet. Continue reading

Poms on a Stick

Place pomegranate seeds and hummus on celery
I have a hummus fetish. I want to put it on sandwiches, veggies, chips, naan, you name it! I got the three different flavored tubs of hummus from Costco a few weeks ago and am on the regular flavored one. I wanted to get creative with it so I thought I’d make a different version of ants on a log I saws on another blog (I’m sorry I can’t find the link to the blog right now). In my version I wanted sweet and salty so I combined hummus with pomegranate seeds. it sounds weird, but it allows you to get in your fruit, veggie, and protein in one quick snack!
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Ice Cream Lately

I apologize for the lack of recipes lately. It’s really hard keeping up the blog and working full time. Props to all who do, by the way! Anyway, it has also been ridiculously hot (well just really hot because we SoCal people aren’t used to temperatures above or below 70) so I’ve been avoiding the oven. Instead, I’ve been eating ice cream!! My friends Maggie and Mary invited me to go to Afters Ice Cream Saturday night. They’re famous for their milky buns.
Donuts filled with ice cream
They put ice cream in between donut halves and then warm it up so you get the beautiful hot cold dessert combo! It is so so so good! We got ours with mint monster and cookie monster ice cream in between glazed donuts.
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Fitness Friday 9/4

Sorry for the day late fitness friday post! I had a crazy day/night yesterday. I went to a bonfire and ended up locking my keys in the car (I’ve done this so many times in my younger years). Anyway, I waited for my boyfriend to get off of work and rescue me and it was a chance coincidence we ran into each other around 8 when I went to look for him since I locked my phone in the car too. He tried to get my door open (cuz he’s handy like that), but to no avail. I eventually called my insurance for assistance and the guy was supposed to be there within 35 minutes. Needless to say, it took him an hour to find us and then he got pulled over by the police 100 feet down the street from us. Yeah, it was not the best situation. Well, moving on, here’s the post that should’ve went up yesterday!

Annnd I’m back at it again. I am starting back at running slowly, but it will be worth it if I can finish the race that’s like, 6 weeks away, yikes! I’ve been mixing in some Tabata workouts and I’ve got to admit that they make me feel better than running does (in terms of work effort). I think if I was doing actual running workouts (sprints, intervals, etc.) I wouldn’t be saying that, but all I can do is really slow running right now so yeah… Anywho, I’m going to increase my running by 10 minutes every week until I reach 60 minutes for Monday, Wednesday, Friday runs so that I can hopefully be in shape by October 18th! Here’s my work this week:

Sunday, 8/30, I ran in suburbia (mainly grass) for 20 minutes and my Achilles didn’t hurt at all woohooo!!!!!! I didn’t use my GPS because I wasn’t sure I’d actually make it. Sorry! Continue reading

[Healthier] Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookies made with Greek yogurt and wheat flour

It’s almost fall! Well… it’s getting close anyway. My favorite thing about fall is pumpkin! Pumpkin everything! I will buy almost anything if it is pumpkin flavored. It’s a terrible obsession, but someone’s gotta have it! I’ve been pinning pumpkin recipes like crazy for the past few days and finally couldn’t resist to try one out. I know it’s Labor day and pumpkin isn’t really a Labor day food per say, but I decided to go against the grain! Since I like to make my recipes healthier to make me feel better about the copious amounts of desserts I eat, I decided to make some modifications to this one. I subbed out some of the flour for whole wheat flour, and I subbed half of the butter for greek yogurt. Here goes… Continue reading

Fitness Friday 8/28

The shoes I wear for fitness during the week
My Achilles is clearly not getting any better, so instead of continuously running in pain or feeling pain every other run, I decided to take the week off. Time off now is better than later when it’s too late to get back into shape for the half marathon. I’m not going to lie, I’ve been pretty lazy this week. I did a few Tabata workouts and a really long walk, and that’s pretty much it! I’ve been really stressed out about starting up the school year again so I’ve been preoccupied with that. Continue reading