Quick Tips

Food, Friday Favorites, Product, Quick Tips, Reviews

Friday Favorites: My Favorite Frozen Foods

frozen

When I go grocery shopping I typically try to avoid the frozen section…mostly because I have 0 self control and if ice cream or frozen pizza is on sale there’s a pretty good chance it’s ending up in my cart.

BUT there are some a frozen products that I love and that are actually pretty darn healthy.

So for this edition of “Friday Favorites” I wanted to share some of my favorite freezer finds and would love to know from you all what frozen products you’ve been loving.

Continue Reading

Fitness, Fitness Tips, Running Tips

What’s In My Running Bag

running bag

Balancing working full time and training for a half marathon can be challenging. 

Do you run before work? After work? What if you get stuck on a project and have to skip a run? 

Ughhhhh…

I am not a morning person AT ALL so unfortunately most of my running has to be done after work. With that comes the added morning stress of packing to be sure to have I have clothes, fuel, sunscreen, body glide, a hat…etc. 

Over the past few months I can’t tell you all how many times I forgot my Clif Shot Bloks or Body Glide and debated skipping my run. I never actually skip my runs BUT they’re certainly just a little less enjoyable when I’m missing one of my running essentials.

Continue Reading

Fitness, Fitness Tips, My Weekly Workouts, Running Tips

How Speed Training Has Changed My Running Game

speed training

I’m 3 weeks into Kara Goucher’s Half Marathon training plan and all I keep thinking to myself is why the hell did I not try this plan YEARS ago.

When I started running I had no idea what I was doing and created my own training plans that were centered around a weekly long run and 1-2 recovery runs. I figured the best way to get better at distance running was to run long distances over and over again right? WRONG! I would end up blowing out my legs and being too sore for any other running.

My crazy training plans worked because I’ve now completed 5 half marathons and 1 full marathon BUT I have never felt in any of these races that I could have gone any faster. My body was so use to running the same speed over and over and over pushing the pace wasn’t even an option.

Continue Reading

Desserts, Food, Nutrition Tips, Quick Tips

Strawberry Banana Coconut Ice Cream + My Crazy Sugar Addiction

strawberry banana coconut ice cream

Back in January I completed the 21-Day Sugar Detox program and really cleaned up my diet. My energy levels were high, my stomach wasn’t bloated and I didn’t crave sugar/junk AT ALL.

Well…over the past couple of months I’ve noticed my bad habit of consuming WAY too much sugar sneaking back into my life. We’re talking FLAVORED creamer in my coffee, cookies after lunch, Justin’s peanut butter cups instead of a healthy snack and more peanut butter cups after dinner. 

Uhhh…hello sugar addiction.

I clearly realize that doing something like the 21-Day Sugar Detox again probably isn’t productive because the second its over my bad habits will probably come right back. So what’s a girl to do when they want a freakin’ treat but also want to reel in their crazy sugar addiction.

Continue Reading

Food, Healthy Living, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips

How To Set Yourself Up To Actually Eat Healthy This Week

So, here we are again on Sunday afternoon… you know Summer is fast approaching and you want to make this the week you FINALLY start eating healthy and cooking at home. 

However, we’ve been here before: super motivated and with all the best intentions in the world BUT the healthy eating and cooking part never actually happens.

No worries guys, I’m here to help!

I feel at this point I have the whole meal planning thing down to a science and wanted to share some of my tips and tricks for setting yourself up for success since we all know the saying “if you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail”.

Continue Reading

Dinner, Food, Healthy Living, Lunch, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, Quick Tips

3 Healthy Meals Ready In 10 Minutes OR LESS!

10 minute meals

One of my ultimate pet peeves is when people say “I’m too busy to eat healthy/ cook my own food”.

Uhhhhhh…newsflash everyone is busy! 

There are seriously some days where I wake up at 5:00 am to blog, leave for work at 8:00 am, get off work at 5:30 pm, sit in traffic and drive to yoga at 7:00 pm then get home at around 8:30 pm and STILL cook myself a healthy meal because I value my health.

The goal of this post is not to make you all feel guilty or like you’re lazy because lets be honest… it’s freakin’ hard to think of quick, healthy meals that taste good! My goal is to give you a little inspiration and a few ideas of easy, healthy meals that you can make in 10 minutes or less. Oh and to make your lives even easier all the ingredients for these recipes can be found at Trader Joe’s.

Continue Reading

Healthy Living, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, Quick Tips

What’s The Deal With Bulletproof Coffee?

I’m assuming if you’re reading my blog you’ve heard of Bulletproof Coffee before but just in case you haven’t lets back up for a sec to explain what this drink is all about. 

Creator of the Bulletproof brand, Dave Asprey, says Bulletproof Coffee should be made up of low-mold coffee beans; at least two tablespoons of unsalted butter (grass-fed, which is higher in Omega 3s and vitamins); and one to two tablespoons of medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, a type of easily digestible fat.

Apparently having this high fat, 450+ calorie cup of coffee instead of breakfast can lead to weight loss, suppress hunger, increased energy throughout the day and helps with mental clarity and focus.

Naturally, I was very intrigued.

Continue Reading

Food, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, Quick Tips

What’s In Season: Spring Produce

spring produce

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. 

Continue Reading

Food, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, Quick Tips, Snacks

Healthy Snacks I Always Have In My Bag While Traveling

healthy snacks

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. 

Continue Reading

Fitness, Fitness Tips, Workouts

I Finally Tried Indoor Cycling…

indoor cycling

I’m just going to start out being very honest here…indoor cycling was never at the top of my list of workouts I wanted to try.

I always just associated cycling with those people you see at the gym chilling on the bikes reading a book sipping on a Starbucks frappuccino…you know the people I’m talking about HA!

So when my work scheduled a team building event at Rush Cycle I was very intrigued to find out if cycling would actually be a good workout or not. Plus what better opportunity to try something new than with a bunch of my coworkers who also had never cycled before?

Continue Reading