One of the most basic rules of racing is not eating anything new or out of the norm the day before your run.
Well…rules are meant to be broken and over the past 3 years the day before the Hot Chocolate Run has transformed from a healthy day, laying low and walking around the expo to a full blown foodie fest!
Last year my mom, sister and I spent the day before the race sipping craft beer, eating a delicious lunch and obviously devouring all the chocolate at the expo. In the spirit of “running for chocolate” we decided to keep this tradition alive this past weekend and our food did not disappoint.
Spring has sprung!!
Yep, March 20th was officially the first day of Spring which means we have a whole new crop of produce coming into season.
When I think of Spring produce I immediately think of asparagus and strawberries. Every year for Easter I swear the highlight of the meal for me is that perfect, skinny, flavorful asparagus that you just don’t see any other time of year. Oh and strawberries…mmmmm. There really is nothing better than a fresh juicy strawberry on a cheesecake or with some whip cream.
I never leave my house without snacks and water.
You just never know what is going to happen and if I don’t have food with me well…let’s just say I turn into a monster.
So as I gear up for my trip for San Francisco this weekend I wanted to share with you all the snacks I always have with me and DEFINITELY have with me when I travel since I really can’t think of anything worse than getting hungry on a flight and being forced to eat that tiny, nasty, salty pack of nuts or if your flight gets delayed and there are no healthy food options.
Is there anything better than a big bowl of hot pasta smothered in sauce and topped with cheese?
Pasta is one of my favorite things to eat and use to be something I’d limit myself to enjoying only once or twice per week since well…traditional pasta is basically just empty calories.
For the past few years I attempted to get my “pasta” fix by spiralizing zucchini into ‘zoodles’ or from spaghetti squash but let’s be really honest here…YES those are delicious pasta alternatives that are packed with nutrients but they simply don’t replace eating pasta. Secretly with every bite of ‘squash pasta’ I desperately was hoping someone out there would create a healthy pasta.
Well my dreams have officially become a reality.
Food was a common theme on my blog last week. Specifically why I’m being extra cautious to not deprive my body of proper nutrients during this half marathon training cycle, why healthy fats are so important (especially for athletes) and then shared some of my favorite food items.
As I reflected on this past week I thought it would be informative to share what I eat on a typical day that I’m doing a long training run. On these days I definitely make an extra effort to eat clean, hydrate and really just properly prepare my body for a long ass run!
So here’s a breakdown of every single thing I ate last Friday before my 9 mile run.
A few months ago I shared my thoughts about some of the most popular nutrition bars on the market and it quickly became one of my most popular blog posts to date.
The bars I included in that post were all healthy options and I never even thought to talk about the bad options until my friend Ashley suggested it.
Ashley confessed she was confused by all the protein/nutrition bars found at conventional grocery stores, drug stores, airports, gas stations, Target…etc and wanted to know which were good options and which to stay away from.
A few weeks ago my friend Kelsey texted me and told me that she was about to start a 2 week boot-camp at Corepower Yoga and desperately needed some healthy food ideas since participants were highly encouraged to keep a food journal and follow a healthy meal plan to maximize their results.
One of the first things I ask people when they ask for healthy food ideas is what they’re eating for breakfast. I’ve said it 4857948 times on this blog but I truly believe breakfast is the most important meal and sets the tone for your entire day of eating. So when Kelsey (calling you out sorry) told me she’d been eating a frozen Special K Breakfast Sandwich for breakfast for the past like 6 months I almost died.
I immediately went online to check out the ingredients (because I’m psycho) in these breakfast sandwiches and please just listen to the ingredients in the “egg” portion of the sandwich: Scrambled egg patty (whole eggs, whey, egg whites, nonfat milk, soybean oil, modified food starch, dicalcium phosphate, salt, sodium bicarbonate, xanthan gum, guar gum, citric acid [to promote color retention], pepper, soy lecithin). SAY WHAT?!?!?!?!?
An egg patty should have 1 ingredient: egg!
It’s been a few weeks since I completed the 21-Day Sugar Detox.
In those few weeks I celebrated a friends birthday, went skiing up in Mammoth and had Superbowl Sunday. There was a lot of drinking, a lot of snacking and a lot of sugar…oops! BUT I still feel great and don’t feel like I’ve lost any progress since I’ve been modifying the 21-Day Sugar Detox during the week. Gotta love that 80/20 lifestyle.
Normally by February all good intentions I had going into the new year would be starting to fade away but I just can’t stress enough how much this short 21-Day plan changed my entire outlook on eating. Even with a few weekends going completely off the rails with eating/drinking I feel confident going back to what I learned on the program to reset my body. If you are struggling seeing progress at the gym or with dieting I highly recommend checking out the 21-Day Sugar Detox!
And if you don’t want to spend money on another book just start trying to eat more real food instead of processed junk. It really is that easy!
We’ve discussed the benefits of eating seasonally but just to highlight a couple KEY reasons why it’s the best way to eat:
- Fresh seasonal produce is CHEAPER…so don’t give me that B.S. excuse that “eating healthy is too expensive”
- Food that is in season is actually more nutritious and simply tastes better
So with that being said I decided to do another “What’s In Season” post but this time for Winter Produce!
Winter is a very underrated season for fresh produce but did you know oranges, pears, grapefruit, brussel sprouts, kale, sweet potatoes, winter squash, broccoli, pomegranates, avocado…etc are all in season for Winter?
Ummm heck yes some of my all time favorite fruits and veggies!
I look forward to the Superbowl almost as much as Christmas.
Every year I know my
San Diego Los Angeles Chargers (RIP) won’t be in the Superbowl but I still just love the whole idea of getting together with friends/ family to eat, drink and watch an epic game. This year should not disappoint with Tom Brady (love me some Brady) and the Patriots playing the Falcons…GO PATS!
Last year I did a post on Super Easy Superbowl Snacks and it got such good feedback I knew I had to do something similar for 2017. Well you guys I decided to really go big this year. Not only am I sharing a recipe for Wasabi Deviled Eggs but I’m also including 20 other healthy snackr ideas AND a giveaway for one of my favorite cookbooks the I Love Trader Joe’s Party Cookbook.