Hello everyone! Today, I thought I would write a review about the running book, The New Rules of Marathon and Half-Marathon Nutrition by Matt Fitzgerald, that I mentioned a few posts ago. There seemed to be some interest in it, and I really enjoyed this book so I'm hoping you'll enjoy a little more information about it. Of course, all of these views and opinions are entirely my own, and I was definitely not compensated for this!
What It's All About/Layout
As the title of the book suggests, the book's focus is on the nutritional aspect of running - how to fuel for optimal performance. And this book covers it all: fueling during training, during the taper period (one to two weeks before the race), the night before the race, the morning before the race, the 30 minutes before the race, the race/run itself, and post-running. Fitzgerald focuses mainly on food, supplements, gels, sports drinks, and a few other nutritional "tips" such as how to enhance sleeping the night before a big race. While the main focus is nutrition, there is a small section on pacing, a few section on achieving and maintaining your "ideal racing weight", including what he believes to be a good, balanced diet, and a section on how to best train for "the wall" as well as training plans for the half marathon and full marathon. Included are a total of six plans, three different levels for each type of marathon.
One of the great things about this book, is that most recommendations are based on actual experiments and studies. There is also, of course, stories of personal experience and the experiences of other elite runners, but for the most part, Fitzgerald sticks to the science. When their are controversies on a specific topic, he usually explains both sides before giving his personal recommendation.
What I Like
Being a science major, I greatly appreciated that in many cases, Fitzgerald explains the science (at least to some extent) behind why he recommends a certain technique. For example, he explains that fat loading increases the body's reliance on fat as a fuel thus decreasing its reliance on glycerin as fuel source. This slows the depletion of glycerin stores while running. Specifics like that make me much more inclined to actually take his advice that if he had just said "fat loading will you give you more energy on race day."
Along similar lines of being specific, I like that Fitzgerald gives specific foods that he suggests will enhance running performance, including "top meal ideas and recipes for runners." He also provides a few specific one day meal plan examples for fat loading and carb loading during the taper period. Also, instead of just saying something like "you need lots of carbs," he gives numbers in the form of x grams of carbs/kg of body weight for different periods in the training/racing process.
Fitzgerald also does a good job about giving you options. He understands that different bodies are, well, different and that what works for one person won't necessarily work for everyone. To give an example, he provided five different methods for nutrition during running, each some combination of water, sports drink, and gels (from one extreme - using all three - to the next extreme - using none of the three).
Finally, I think Fitzgerald does a great job explaining the different components of the training plans. He doesn't expect you to just know what a tempo run is for example (which is a good thing because, being new to running, I had no clue what it was!). When I first glanced at the training plans, I was lost, but after reading his explanations, not only did I understand what the different runs were but also why they were beneficial to enhancing running performance.
What I Don't Like
There's really not too much about this book that I didn't like. I mean, not every tip is all-natural or anything, but that's not the focus of the book. The focus is providing ways to boost running performance, and that's exactly what was provided.
Really the only thing about this book that I would have to say I wasn't too fond of was that in the reaching your "ideal running weight" section and when Fitzgerald talks about getting into shape after a race, it seems as if he assumes that you're currently overweight or that you will definitely gain weight in the period following a race (I could be wrong about these two things, but it was my interpretation). Thus he offers a number of weight loss suggestions. I personally have absolutely no need or desire to lose any weight, and I think assuming that the reader does have that need is not at all necessary. I find this type of thing in a lot of fitness and health books actually, which drives me crazy. Some of us want to exercise and eat healthy simply because it makes us feel good, we enjoy it, and we want to treat our bodies well. Health and fitness isn't just about losing weight! Okay, rant over.
Overall, I learned a ton from this book and can't wait to implement a lot of Fitzgerald's suggestions in my own training. I definitely recommend this book if you're looking to boost your running performance, are preparing for a race, or simply want an interesting read about running!
Have a great weekend everyone! I've been trying several new recipes from around the blogworld lately and can't wait to show them to you guys this WIAW!
Hello, friends! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far and is ready to get the WIAW
With my current work schedule, it's been hard to obtain a picture of all my eats in a single day, so I'm changing things up a bit and giving you a recipe instead! But not just any recipe, a recipe for a delicious, decadent, yet still nutritious breakfast. Oh and it involves chocolate. That's where the delicious is. Anyone who thinks chocolate shouldn't be eaten for breakfast doesn't know how to live. Chocolate is appropriate for any time of the day. :P
Combine the dry ingredients.
Stir in the wet ingredients.
Pour into a ramekin and bake!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Baked Oatmeal
Adapted from my Peanut Butter Protein Baked Oatmeal
1/2 cup oats
2 tbsp peanut flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
About 8 pretzels (I used Newman's Own spelt pretzels), broken into pieces
Small handful chocolate chips (plus more for snacking :P)
A couple pinches of sea salt
1 tbsp peanut butter\
2 tbsp chocolate syrup (I used Walden Farms brand)
3 tbsp almond milk
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Stir together the oats, peanut flour, baking powder, pretzels, chocolate chips, and salt.
Stir in the remaining ingredients
Pour into a greased ramekin, and bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes.
NOTE: The pretzels do not keep their crunch which I didn't mind, but if you want them to stay crunchy, consider sprinkling them on top (perhaps also putting the oatmeal in a shallower dish, and possibly reducing baking time, so that there is more surface room for the pretzels). I have not tried this, but it seems like it would work!
Do you eat chocolate for breakfast?
Oh and running update: I did 7.19 miles on Sunday! I love my long runs, though around mile five, my knees started hurting so I purposely slowed down a bit because I definitely want to avoid injury at all costs! I made sure to take ibuprofen and ice them when I was done and that helped, but I did my four mile run on the track yesterday for a bit of a softer surface and less strain. If anyone has any tips for people like me who struggle with their knees, please let me know!
Have a great rest of the week everyone!!
1. I have no idea what I want to post today. I started two other posts before deciding I just wasn't feeling it and saving them to my drafts. Thus, a random post was born.
2. The ahi tuna salad I had at Elway's with my family yesterday was magic in my mouth.
3. What other food is magical? Chocolate, obviously.
Free sample. The day I turn down free chocolate is the day I've given up living.
Paid for chocolate - 85% truffle. Free or not, chocolate is chocolate, so of course, this was awesome.
4. This book is such an interesting read. Fat loading, caffeine fasting, carb loading. Wait, there's more to running than racing down the road like a zombie's chasing you? I have a lot to learn. In all reality, I have always known that nutrition plays a big part in running performance, but I'm still learning a lot and can't wait to try out some of the things I'm reading about in my training.
5. This oat square is pretty marvelous. It tastes like the chewy cousin of those soft, fruity-filled cereal bars that have practically zero nutrition but taste oh-so good. I went through a stage where I ate almost a box of those a day. Now, I have a healthier way to get my fill.
6. I love bareMinerals. Not only are they one of the only makeups that I feel comfortable wearing because they are all-natural and don't hurt (yes, some makeup, especially eye liner, does hurt), but last time I bought an eyeshadow, I was gifted with a free brush and some mineral veil. Is it sad that I had to look up what mineral veil is? Sorry, but I have nearly zero knowledge when it comes to makeup.
7. My mom and I were looking at baby clothes, and we saw the cutest little dress I have ever seen. Before we get any further, no I am not holding anything from you. My cousin just recently gave birth to a gorgeous baby girl so it was the perfect excuse to wander in and gawk at all the adorable little clothes.
8. I have nine days straight of work starting Sunday. No fun. On the bright side, hello paycheck!
9. Ever since my 6.29 miler this past Sunday, I have been counting down the days until this next Sunday for my next long run. Hey, that's tomorrow!
10. And, to end on food, if you happen to see these on the shelves, do not hesitate. Light and airy yet very satisfying and absolutely packed with flavor. These almost taste like a Greek pizza. I have yet to try them dipped in hummus because they have yet to make it beyond going straight into my mouth from the bag. Not they they have to be dipped in hummus, I just feel like hummus crisps with hummus would be double hummus awesomeness.
Do you use bareMinerals?
Have you ever tried the oatmeal square or hummus crisps?
Have you ever read a book on running? Learn anything interesting?
Good morning! First, I just wanted to say that you guys are amazing. All your supportive and encouraging comments on my last were just incredible. I now feel more ready than ever to conquer that half marathon!
Today, I have an open to close, 12 hour shift at work which I must say, I'm not exactly looking forward to... But what I AM looking forward to is sharing all my delicious eats from my trip with my mom. I'll do a separate post recapping our activities, but for now, it's all about the food. Hold on - there's lots of pictures headed your way!
After my 5k, I went home, took a shower, packed a few things, and we were off! We stopped for lunch before arriving at our destination because I was huuuungry! We went with the Rockbottom Brewery, and while it was terribly slow (I think we waited about an hour!), we did enjoy our food. I tried the ahi tuna salad because ever since going to Hawaii for the first time, ahi tuna has had a special plat in my heart.
The disappointing part about this meal was the bread. Cold, white bread with no butter or anything. Usually, I love my bread, but after one bite, I scooted it to the side.
As we drove into the restaurant, I had spotted a Haagen Daaz, so of course, we had to check that out! Oh and look at this adorable litlte train we passed!
For ice cream, my mom and I both went with the Belgian chocolate chocolate. Clearly, neither of us can turn down the promise of double chocolate. And it's a good think, because it may just have been the best chocolate ice cream I've ever had.
By the time we arrived and checked into our hotel, it was time for dinner! We found most restaurants to be closed on Sunday, but we finally decided that pho sounded like the perfect option so we headed to I Love Pho. To start, we shared a mango boba tea (basically a smoothie - yum!).
Unfortunately, it turned out that even their tofu pho was in their beef broth. So instead, I ended up with the spring rolls. Always a tasty back-up!
The only problem was that they failed to fill me up so we stopped at a Panera, and I got the half spinach power salad (minus the bacon) with the whole grain baguette.
And that was day one! Day two started with some simple strength moves (pushups, planks, squats, etc.) and switching to a quieter hotel (neither of us slept well at all!). Then came breakfast, aka the best meal of the trip! We went to a joint called Over Easy. Look at all those pancake options!
But as soon as I saw the breakfast quinoa, I knew what I was getting (with a side of green tea + honey, of course).
I have seen breakfast quinoa popping up here and there around the blog world, but for some reason, I just couldn't quite wrap my head around quinoa for breakfast. But when I saw it on the menu, well I just had to try it. And I am SO glad I did!! We ended up eating at this place twice, and I got the exact same thing again. It was that good. I am already hard at work recreating this at home.
Breakfast was followed by a glorious visit to the zoo (again, more on that in a later post), which was followed by lunch at the Olive Branch where I ordered The Wizard sandwich.
Another amazing meal I absolutely must make at home! And lunch was followed by a Starbucks cool lime refresher. I LOVE their refreshers! This one almost tasted minty which I loved.
We had plans to walk around the Broadmoor after lunch and after we rested up a bit at the hotel since we were quite tired from the terrible night of sleep. But once we lied on our beds and turned on the TV, there was no way we were leaving! So yes, we spent the rest of the day being lazy in our hotel room, and it felt amazing. As the evening crept on, we decided we should probably get some dinner, though neither of us were that hungry. So we headed out to Safeway and pieced together a dinner. Here were my components:
The next morning started with a run on the treadmill (which was actually pretty fun because I've only run on a treadmill for testing new shoes and such). Then we decided to save a bit of money and check out the hotel breakfast. I ended up being very happy with my breakfast - fresh strawberries and grapes, Kashi GoLean crunch+dried blueberries+walnuts+pecans+Oikos vanilla Greek yogurt (sorry, no picture).
Then, we were off to the Olympic Training Center! (Which, I will tell you now, was pretty awesome.) After that, we headed to Manitou Springs for lunch and [window] shopping. On the way, I had another cool lime refresher from Starbucks. Officially obsessed.
Neither of us was super hungry for lunch, so we split the veggie plate at a Meditteranean restaurant.
And I had to take a close-up of the falafels. Yep, they were shaped like hearts!
We also finally made it to the Broadmoor that afternoon!
Dinner was at a restaurant that we found our first night there, but they are only open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday so this was our first chance to eat there. The name of the game was Nosh, a lovely, more modern eatery that had a lot of unique options. I even dressed up a bit for this place!
But to begin, we kept it simple with some salted edamame. SO good!
Here are a few of the delicious sounding meals that they offered:
I really wanted to try the brussels sprouts, but our waitress warned that it was very spicy and while I can handle spicy, I just wasn't in the mood for it. Instead, I went with her suggestion of the roasted cauliflower. It was fantastic! A wonderful, mellow roasted garlic taste, but the basil is what made the dish!
I also had to take a picture of my Mom's dish because it was very nicely presented.
After dinner, dessert was very necessary. There was an ice cream place my mom wanted to try and a froyo place I wanted to try. My bowl included vanilla almond froyo (made with almond milk and oh so good!) and nsa tropical (also SO good!) and of course plenty of toppings including blueberries, raspberries, chocolate chips, carob chips, cookie dough, a mini pb cup, graham cracker crumbs, and sprinkles.
Our final day started with another run on the treadmill (in my new running clothes which you will learn about next time!) and more breakfast quinoa (my mom had just been waiting for my to ask to go back to that place, and at Nosh, it finally came out from me... it's amazing how well my mom knows me haha!). Then we packed our bags and headed home! On the way back, we stopped at Castle Rock for lunch at Panera and more window shopping. Although this time, I did actually buy something - an Under Armour running head band! I've used it several times already and love it!
Pick two with garden vegetable soup, Greek salad, and whole grain baguette.
I definitely enjoyed being able to try out some new foods while on vacation! I especially enjoyed trying them with such a lovely person as my Mom. <3
everyone! I hope you're all having a great week! :)
When someone first mentioned to me about a month ago that I should do a 10k, I thought they were crazy. Then when they mentioned I should do a half marathon, I really thought they had lost it. Sure, I had recently fallen in love with running and could run farther than I ever thought I could have, but in my mind, something like a half marathon was only for especially gifted athletes, myself not included. But then, she mentioned that she had done one because her sister-in-law had done one at seven months pregnant. I guess I have some sort of natural born competition because as soon as she mentioned that, I began to think that if someone could do it at seven months pregnant, I could surely do it at 18. So I began toying with the idea and looking at training programs and up-coming half marathons.
Then I decided to e-mail Brittany
to seek advice when she mentioned that she had done a couple of half marathons. Not only did she recommend a great training program (that others later also recommended and that I am loving so far), but she offered so much encouragement and support and really showed me that this was something I could
do. Before, I thought that perhaps it was just a fantasy, something that I wanted that I could never really accomplish, but she showed me it was real.
So shortly after a few e-mails with her and some research, I signed up for a half marathon. Typing those words still gives me little shutters of joy. I could not be more excited to conquer this. And every time I run, I see more and more that come the end of September, I will be able to do this. I will be able to finish.
Originally, I wasn't sure how I would handle the longer runs, but I'm happy to report that so far, I am loving
them. Today, I was scheduled to do a 5 mile run, but I felt so good that I ended up doing 6.29 miles (the 10k that I originally though I couldn't possibly do!). It truly felt AMAZING!! I even felt like I could have gone miles longer, and had it been the half marathon, I definitely felt like I could have finished. My pace felt really good, and while I figured it must have pretty slow considering how far I felt like I could go, it was faster than I thought, and I was really happy with it!
I no longer have any doubt in my mind that this is something I can do. In just two months, I will be a half marathoner.
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far!
Thank you so much for all your good luck wishes on my 5k. I am happy to report that it was a success! If you have read my running story
, you know that my only goal was to run the whole way. I knew that I was going to be able to do it as I had run almost 5 miles in training, but still, I DID IT!!
But let me back up a bit...
The morning of the 21st, I woke up around 6:30 and started with some breakfast. Usually before I run, I have at least a banana (I find that bananas before running are a must
- otherwise I get terrible side cramps). But since I wasn't running for another two hours, I knew I was going to need something a little more. I went with a classic - toast (nine grain) with flax peanut butter and banana. Perfect balance of fat, protein, and carbs! To drink, I had a glass of coconut water. Like with the food, I didn't want too much, but I knew I needed something. And since coconut water is full of electrolytes, it sounded like the perfect pre-run beverage!
My parents and I arrived at the start about half an hour before the race, and it was a good thing because I was told I had to go to this restaurant to get my number and t-shirt. That's why it's always good to arrive early I guess - you never know what they will throw at you! It was kind of funny because at first I thought they were joking... they said I had to go to Avogadro's Number to get my number, and I was thinking haha that's cute - Avogadro's Number to get my number (I had never heard of the restaurant before). But then I realized he was serious. Awkward...
So anyway, we got my number and returned to the start line with time to spare.
And I'm off!
See those little kids taking off? Aren't they cute?! Not only were they adorable, but some were only nine years old and ran six minute miles. Now how is that for inspiring? Some of course had some trouble, and if I didn't have my goal to run the whole way, I would have stopped and walked with them for a bit and encouraged them to keep running.
A lot of people sprinted out of the start, but I knew that I wouldn't have enough energy to finish strong if I did that, so I started with a good, steady pace that I was hoping to keep up for the whole run. The first mile felt long, but fairly easy, and I enjoyed seeing parts of the college campus that I had never seen before (the whole course was on the campus).
Mile two felt much shorter, but toward the end, I really began to feel it. I knew that I must be pushing myself more than normal, because I had never felt like that before. The third mile was absolutely killer. I felt like I was going to throw up for most of it and wanted more than anything to take a walking break. But I pushed on. I wouldn't even let myself slow down. I was going to finish, and I was going to finish strong.
Despite my pain, I managed to keep a smile on my face...
The last half mile, I couldn't even hear my music. I just kept telling myself run, run, you can do this! I managed to pass some of the people that had raced out of the start, and as I neared the finish line, I picked up the pace a bit. Whenever I run, I always, always finish faster than I was running.
About 20 feet before the finish line, I all of a sudden heard a rush of hard breathing behind me as someone attempted to pass me right at the finish line. All I remember thinking was oh no you don't, and off I sprinted across the finish!
They guy that I wouldn't let pass me at the finish came up to me after and told me good job and that he had tried to pass me at the finish but couldn't. I greatly appreciated the good sportsmanship!
I had crossed the finish with an official time of 25:38 and a pace of 8:15/mile. I was absolutely ecstatic! That was a good minute/mile faster than when I ran a 5k in training the week before. No wonder I felt so awful! I really did push myself. Not only did I run my fastest time, but I got first in my age group!
All my goodies!
The race was definitely a struggle, but I know I'm a much stronger runner (and person) as a result. It showed me what I can do when I push myself, keep my mind strong, and remind myself that I can do it. Our bodies are stronger than our minds. Unless our legs literally collapse beneath us, we can go farther - that is what I learned from this race. It put the following quote into action: "What doesn't kill us makes us stronger." I had always believed that, but up until this point, it had never felt so real. I hope it is something that we can all live by forever!
Next time, another recap! Only it will be of the wonderful time I had with my mom these past few days. :)
Have you felt the power of the above quote?
Have a fantastic rest of the week, lovely people!
Is it really Saturday already?! I must say that I'm quite excited for the next couple of days, so I'm not complaining about the time flying by, but really?? Yesterday, I was absolutely convinced it was Thursday. Seriously, I lose all sense of time over the summer.
So this post is a bit of weekly round-up/kind of random. Just some things about my week that I decided to share...
Pet peeve...of the week:
The trash man leaving the trash can literally in the middle of the driveway so that you either have to drive through YOUR YARD to get out of the driveway or physically get out of your car and move the trash can. They do this every. single. time. Um, would it really be that difficult to put it back on the side of the driveway like it was?! It's just so frustrating when you have someplace to go, and there is a trash can (your own that you did not put there) blocking your path. Okay, rant over.
Social...of the week:
One of my co-workers got a job at a clothes store and invited me and some of my other co-workers to come get fitted so he could practice. So we trotted over there (I guess people really don't trot... I've been around horses too long!) and had quite the time trying on tons of clothes! I ended up finding an outfit with super comfy jeans and an adorable top.
Unfortunately, I didn't buy anything because I'm the typical poor college student, but it was still fun to try it all on, and I had a great time hanging out with everyone!
Food...of the week:
This bread seriously tastes and smell like fresh, homemade bread! Perfect for a bread-lover like me. I've been enjoying this by the slice with coconut butter, peanut butter, Barney butter... so good! Nut butter only makes it better. ;-)
Almonds marry coconut - the BEST almonds I have ever had! Seriously, go out and buy these. Now. NO excuses.
Running...of the week:
Sunday - 3 mile run + strength (I don't remember exactly what I did, but I was so sore the next day!)
Monday - 2.15 mile run
Tuesday - 3.1 mile run
Wednesday - running rest day, aka strength day. For legs, I held jumping position when I rode my horse for ten times around the arena. That may not sound like anything, but anyone who rides knows just what a leg workout that is! Feel. the. burn. For upper body, I did 20 push-ups, 20 tricep-dips, 20 anterior raises, 20 shoulder press, 20 tricep kickbacks, and 20 bicep curls (all with eight pound weights). I finished it off with 50 bicycle crunches, 1 minute plank, and 1 minute side plank on each side > killer hard! I know that isn't an intense upper body workout or anything, but I hate doing upper body because it's my weakest part!
Thursday - 4.8 mile run (my longest run yet! It felt absolutely AMAZING!)
Friday - 6 mile bike ride with my mom
Saturday - rest
Excitement...of the week:
I have my 5k tomorrow! Woo! It won't seem all that far after doing almost five miles haha. But I'm so excited. I just love race atmospheres!
Also tomorrow, my Mom and I are headed out on our annual girls getaway. Every year (excluding last year - it was crazy with my first year of college and all), my mom and I go on a trip with just the two of us, and we always have a blast. I am SO excited to spend some time with such an amazing person (come on, she makes me ice cream! ;-) ). But really, I've been looking forward to this trip ALL year! We will be gone through Wednesday. Expect recaps when I return!
Tell me something exciting about your week!
Hello! I haven't been nearly organized enough this past week to photograph all my meals from a single day. I blame the evening shifts at work, and the resulting fact that most dinners lately have either been eaten at 4pm or 9pm... not my favorite dinner times, but I'd rather eat super early or super late than not at all. Anyway, the point of my rambling is that I'm just going to show a bunch of pictures of recent eats. Get ready. There are a TON of pictures coming your way. Happy WIAW
Panera's whole grain bagel smeared with cream cheese (ended up adding a bit more!). My first bagel with cream cheese, I think. I used to not like cream cheese and bagels, but thankfully, I've grown up a bit. ;)
Dolmathas at a Greek restaurant.
Tabouleh salad to go with the dolmathas.
Frozen Kashi Mediterranean pizza.
Steamed broccoli with honey mustard, sweet potato with barney butter, quinoa with cumin, garlic powder, and a dash of salt.
Butterscotch cheesecake baked oatmeal - very tasty but still needs a bit of work!
"Traditional" Greek salad: cucumber, tomatoes, bell pepper, kalamata olives, onion, plenty of feta (but still not nearly as much as they give you in Greece!), olive oil, lots of Greek herbs.
Greek yogurt waffles (the ones from Fit For Motherhood that I've blogged about before) drizzled with Walden Farms blueberry syrup. I've always wanted to try that syrup and finally found some at Sprouts. I did realize it was sweetened with Sucralose but oh well... everything in moderation. ;)
Leftover salad from work with Bolthouse farms ranch and fresh fruit to accompany pizza polenta bites inspired by this
post of Hannah's. Oh my goodness, soooo good! I kept mine simple with pizza sauce and mozzarella on basil garlic polenta, and I can't WAIT to have these again!
Steel cut oats with butterscotch extract topped with Kind blueberry clusters granola, Fage 2% Greek yogurt, Naturally More flax peanut butter, and walden farms chocolate sauce. Most decadent breakfast ever!
Breakfast burrito for lunch (because I just have to have sweet for breakfast). La torialla factory multi-grain tortilla filled with Amy's refried beans (so good!)), one scrambled egg, and two slices of tempeh bacon. Topped with salsa. Yum! And was accompanied by broccoli + honey mustard, of course.
Kashi seven grain waffles (favorite frozen waffles!) topped with banana chobani and barney butter.
Vietnamese Pho in my favorite bowl.
Lots of extra basil added post-picture!
Homemade mint-chip ice cream! Made by my wonderful mom. :)
What foods have you been enjoying lately?
Hello, everyone! Alert! Alert! News flash! I slept in until 7:22 today! I honestly don't remember the last time I slept past 6:30. This probably had something to do with the fact that I didn't fall asleep until after one.... I'm just glad my body was able to realize that it needed some extra sleep and take the plunge to do something exotic! Haha.
So today, I thought I would share some of my personal favorites when it comes to some basic categories of food. Everyone has their favorites when it comes to bread, Greek yogurt, etc. so here are mine!
Although every once in a while I might drink a glass of regular ole' milk, 99.99999% of the time, this is my jam:
It used to be almond breeze unsweetened vanilla almond, then it was Silk unsweetened almond, and now it is this, and I haven't looked back since. I find it be a bit thicker and creamier than its counterparts, and I can taste the coconut which I love. It also makes outstanding oatmeal! And I use it daily in my green tea. It's something I can never go without.
Plain Greek yogurt
Everyone seems to have a different favorite here. Some love Oikos, some Chobani.... me? This all the way:
I find it a bit thicker than other brands and a little bit tangier - more like traditional Greek yogurt though in reality, even it isn't very close. As far as flavored yogurts go, I don't have one specific brand - there are lots of great ones out there in my opinion!
There's no denying it. I love bread. I always have and always will. Now as far as favorite type of bread goes, I would have to say ciabatta, but I wanted to show you favorite brands. This is my current favorite:
So soft and delicious! Perfect for sandwiches, toast (with peanut butter of course!), and... what else do you use sliced bread for? Not sure, but I have sandwiches and toast all the time so needless to say, you can always find this lurking in the fridge (yes, I keep bread in the fridge; otherwise it molds too quickly, and I prefer to stay away from those furry green friends). FYI, Dave's Killer bread is also pretty fantastic.
Tortialls are great to keep on hand because they're so versatile! Wraps (sweet and savory), quesadillas, bean and cheese burritos, pizza... there's something for everyone!
These truly are soft and packed with fiber and protein!
Now, there are a LOT of awesome peanut butters out there, but lately, I haven't been able to get enough of this one:
My absolute favorite way to eat this is spread on toast (Rudi's double fiber to be exact ;-) ). Nothing better than peanut butter toast. Period.
If I can find natural, whole protein sources, that's what I go for, but let's face it, life is busy and finding the time to cook isn't always easy. I probably rely on these a liiiittle too much, but when something tastes like dessert, it's awfully difficult to resist.
I buy these almost every time I'm at the store... can't let the stash get depleted!
Yes, they deserve their own category. And the winner here? Pink ladies, hands down.
The most perfectly crafted apple - crisp, sweet, and juicy, and just plain awesome. I also enjoy honey crisps when they come in season, and I sometime find fuji apples to be quite tasty, but nothing beats a pink lady.
No, I'm not crazy. Honey mustard IS a food category. Okay, okay, I am crazy, but I just couldn't resist the opportunity to share my favorite honey mustard brand since I literally go through about a bottle of this stuff a week. And when I get near the bottom of a bottle? Major panic attack. Just ask my mom. We may or may not have had to drive 40 minutes to Whole Foods just to restock my honey mustard supply so that I could sleep again at night. I am a difficult child.
Nothing too fancy here. I've tried some other honey mustards, but they don't even begin to compare. I bought Kroger brand once, but it's been sitting in the fridge ever since my first go with it. Sorry I'm not sorry. There is just no replacement for the above honey mustard. Okay, maybe my obsession has gone a bit overboard. Whatever.
What are some of your favorites from the above categories?
First, I just wanted to thank everyone for all the encouraging comments on my last post. It's wonderful to hear that so many others have found their passion for running too!
I know of lot of bloggers lately have been talking about how hot the weather has been lately. Well, I'm going to chime and say... IT IS WAY TOO HOT!! I have to run by 6:30 to avoid getting heat stroke, and even if I ride my horse at nine, we both come back sweating rain buckets. (Okay, I honestly don't really sweat, so there's really only a few drops, but for me, that's really
Now, onto WIAW
Since I ran my 4k
on the Fourth, I started the day with an (un-pictured) banana and, of course, one of Brittany's energy bites
. (I'm way to obsessed. Never mind, there's no such thing.) Then, it was off to the races! Post-running, I had some orange slices that were provided. By the time I got back home, I was starving
and ready for some....Breakfast
I still had my green tea and apple to start. Although my green tea was probably more almond milk than tea... I didn't want anything hot after running! Actually, that's a lie. For some crazy reason, I was craving oatmeal! I wasn't too sure about that seeing as it was probably about 90 degrees outside, but I eventually caved.
Steel-cut oats with Kind blueberry clusters granola, Fage 2% Greek yogurt, and Naturally More flax peanut butter.
This tasted awesome, but about half way through, I thought I was going to melt. Oh the things I'll go through for oatmeal.
Since I ended up having a pretty late breakfast, I decided to go with a snack in the afternoon as I knew we were getting some grilling on that evening. I had heard from my chemistry teacher that peanut butter + celery was a good combo, but I had never tried it myself. I did a bit of experimenting with celery + peanut flour paste. The verdict? Sooo tasty! I also baked up some banana bread that afternoon, so of course, I had to try some. ;-)
I followed it with a recent addiction of mine:
Omg, these things are amazing!
While my mom and I were preparing food for the grill, we snacked on one of our favorite foods: CHEESE!! My mom and I have quite a bit in common with one of our most important commonalities being our love for cheese.
These were both fantastic! If you've never had the naked goat cheese, definitely try it. SO GOOD! Drunken goat cheese is also awesome... my mom and I joke that we love naked, drunken goats. ;-)
Next came the grilled portion of dinner! Here's what my dad grilled for me:
Corn, broccoli, and a homemade Italian "sausage" from the Vegan Brunch cookbook.
He always does an amazing job grilling, and this time was no exception. I had the "hotdog" on Rudi's double fiber bread with honey mustard and dill relish. And of course, there was extra honey mustard on the side for broccoli dippin'.
Of course, we just had to have watermelon because what would a BBQ be without it?!
While it was cold and very juicy, it unfortunately lacked any flavor. Such a disappointment!
My camera decided to focus on my pup instead of the popsicle... I don't blame it. The latter was definitely cuter (though I thought the popsicle was pretty cute too!).
Dessert was a raspberry Greek yogurt popsicle. It was quite good, though also very rich. So rich in fact, that I followed it with some palate cleansing carrots and bell pepper.
I did enjoy the popsicle though. Proof:
I only walked one of my dogs that night... my border collie is scared to death of fireworks, and she put her breaks on big time when I tried to take her! Poor thing, I felt so bad for her. :(
And that concludes this WIAW! To be continued next week... same place, same time. Come on, didn't anyone else watch Lost in Space?
What did you eat on the Fourth?
Any other die-hard cheese lovers out there???