Favorite Foods This Week!

Hello! I hope you’re all having a great weekend! Today I wanted to share somethings with you that I have been really enjoying!

The first thing I have been really enjoying lately is Matcha Green Tea! This tea is unsweetened and delicious! Matcha is a great way to hydrate and it has so many great benefits! Matcha is high in antioxidants, increases energy, boosts immune system, stimulates metabolism, and detoxifies among other things!

Beet juice is another drink that I have been loving! I have been making a beet lemonade everyday. It’s so delicious! The color of the beet juice is so intense! It only takes a little bit of the beet juice and lemon juice mixed with a lot of water to make the lemonade. This mixture has been helping me hydrate a lot more than usual. I try to drink a lot of water throughout the day, but I quickly become uninterested in the water and ignore it. When I can, I try to find other low calorie options to help with hydration so that I am not drinking all of my calories- which is easy to do! Beets are anti-inflammatory, detoxifies, and boosts endurance, stamina and muscle recovery. Which is all helpful to support me through my training!

Trail mix has been my favorite snack this week. We recently went in on a group share with some people in the community to buy local organic items so that we could get the items at a bulk price. From the buy in, we got oats and banana chips. Adam has loved banana chips as a snack for as long as I’ve known him! So, we bought 11 lbs of banana chips to be exact! 🙂 Last weekend while grocery shopping I bought a bunch of things to mix in with the banana chips to make a snack. Things I added in are: yogurt covered craisins, yogurt covered pretzels,  low salt peanuts, low salt pistachio nutmeats, craisins, peanut butter M&Ms, dark chocolate chunks, coconut chips, and dried mandarins. It’s a great salty-sweet snack. I know it’s not the most healthy or low calorie, but it’s filling and delicious!

Ginger Turmeric Herbal Tea is another delicious drink I have been enjoying! It tastes a lot sweeter than I would have imagined. I drank it a couple times after dinner rather than going for dessert. Last year when we began marathon training for our first marathon, I began taking a turmeric supplement to reduce swelling after a long or tough run. I have ulcerative colitis and have found that it helps my stomach issues quite a bit when I am having a flare up. I have found turmeric to be helpful to my body in different ways. When I came across this tea at the store, I thought it was worth a try! Turns out, it’s helpful and delicious! I’m hooked. Among other things, turmeric aids in metabolism and weight management, is anti-inflammatory, is an immune booster, helps digestion, lowers cholesterol and is an anti-oxidant.

This morning I’m gearing up for a 20 mile training run with Adam. Luckily, the weather is suppose to be beautiful! I’m really looking forward to the run!

Weather in upstate NY has slowly been getting better and better. I was able to run outside 4 days this week so far! We have been getting a ton of rain! A lot of places around the area are flooding. However, the timing has been just right for my runs that I’ve been able to escape it!

Last night Adam and I had lasagna for dinner to carb load for today. It is just as important how you fuel your body leading up to the run as it is on the day of your run! Adam made the lasagna on Friday night and it was SO delicious I was excited to have leftovers! We used up the last of the sauce I made last summer in this lasagna.

This week, due to the nice weather I have upped my mileage quite a bit!

Week 13 Training

Monday- 6.5 Miles
Tuesday-6.2 Miles
Wednesday- 8.3 Miles
Thursday-3.5 Miles
Friday- Rest Day
Saturday- 6.1 Miles
Sunday- (Getting ready now for a 20 miler!)

It’s suppose to be in the upper 60’s today, so after our run we’re planning on spending the day outside! What are your plans for this nice weather?

 

 

Fueling for Exercise

Hello! I hope you all are having a good week! Happy spring! What have you done this week to welcome spring? On Sunday I planted some seeds. Hopefully they come up and once the weather gets warmer, they can be replanted in my garden beds in the back yard! Of course, this morning it was 10 degrees! So the replanting wont happen for quite some time!

On Saturday I ran 4.5 miles and then Adam and I went to Empire Farm Brewery for a Beginner Vinyasa Flow Yoga Class. It was a great class! I got warmed up and was very relaxed throughout the class. The teacher was really awesome. She is from O Yoga in downtown Syracuse. Afterwards we had lunch at the brewery. Their food is always good! I had a turkey club sandwich which filled me up for a while!

I love that these types of classes at breweries, art museums, healthy eating establishments, etc. They are becoming popular. It’s a lot of fun and makes going to one of the classes a little less intimidating than going to the studio. For people who aren’t as serious or knowledgeable of the type of exercise, it gives them a sample of what the classes are like at a place where they may have been before.

On Sunday Adam and I went to Onondaga Lake Park for our long run. We knew the main trail of the park would be plowed and snow free and from there we could take the road for the rest of our miles. The road leaving the park has a good size shoulder that we didn’t feel worried about the on coming traffic. I love the views of Onondaga Lake Park and running on the road leaving the park gave us a lot to look at. We ran off the main road a few times into some really nice communities. I love looking at houses, so this run made the time go very quickly. Luckily at the park, even though the bathrooms were closed due to the winter weather, they had plenty of porta-potties available along the trail. I drank coffee just before our run and had to make more stops than usual to pee!

After 16.1 miles, we took some time to walk a little bit and get a good stretch in! It’s so important to make sure you’re stretching after workouts! It helps your muscles and saves you from being tight later on. The next day, I felt really good. My body wasn’t sore or tight. After long runs, I have been taking a Turmeric supplement. Sometimes after a long run, my legs swell up and the Turmeric stops that from happening. As you can see, it also has a lot of other great health benefits!

While we were walking and stretching we made sure to drink a lot of water! Throughout the day we also drank more than usual to help our bodies recover. For lunch, we stopped at Core Life Eatery. It felt good to eat such a healthy meal afterwards. I had the Southwest Grilled Chicken and Wild Rice Blend. It had wild rice, chicken, spinach, avocado, jalapenos, tortilla strips, tomatoes, black beans, scallions, corn, shredded white cheddar and a lime cilantro jalapeno vinaigrette. It was delicious and very healthy! Of course, I LOVE their juices! I had the beet lemonade.

It’s so important to properly fuel your body when you are exercising! This morning I ran 6.5 miles and I made oatmeal for afterwards. They say you should have something to eat within 30 minutes of a workout. My oatmeal this morning had oatmeal, chia seeds, chocolate P2B, cinnamon, almond milk, and sliced banana. It was delicious and so filling! This is one of my go-to breakfasts when I am working out.

Last summer when Adam and I were training for our marathon, we would make this same recipe (we would usually add vanilla or chocolate protein powder) the night before our run. In the morning when we were getting ready, we would put it in the freezer to make sure it would stay cold during our run. We put it in a cooler in the car so we would have after our stretching. Cold oatmeal in the summer time is the best! It would fill us up and give our bodies the nutrients we needed so that our bodies did not go into starvation mode. The first time we did a long run and did not have food readily available after our run, I felt like I had the worst hang over of my life because my body needed food and water.

In addition to having food available for immediately after a long run, I also carry with me energy chews and start eating them after about mile 10 or so. I eat them slowly while I am running so that I’m slowly getting the benefits from them and I don’t get sick from eating too much during a run. I have also heard of people taking protein bars on their runs.

These are my favorite energy chews, but there are a TON of different kinds!

It’s important to try out different ways of fueling your body to see what works best for you!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Marathon Training Week 11

Monday- 3.2 Miles
Tuesday- 6.3 Miles
Wednesday- 6.4 Miles
Thursday- Rest (much needed after a lot of shoveling!)
Friday- 4.4 Miles
Saturday- 4.5 Miles
Sunday- 16.1 Miles
All of the miles were on the treadmill except Sunday. Our weather has been crazy and we got a ton of snow last week!

 

Yoga for Runners

Saturday morning Adam and I went to a local restaurant, Core Life Eatery for a free Yoga for Runners class. The class was led by Sophia Tashkovski, a local yoga instructor. We started with a small group run with some other participants taking the class. This was my first time running in a group that was not a race. I really enjoyed chatting with other runners and hearing about their experiences in races they have participated in during the run. I enjoy running, but have only done a small handful of races so far. While I enjoy participating in races, they can be packed with people which doesn’t always allow you to run your best. They can also be expensive to do. I know they are expensive to participate in because they are expensive to put on, and often they are supporting a charity of some type. However, running for me is often just a free way to get exercise, spend time with Adam and Porter, and done on my own time. Since I have started running I have done 1-3 races each year.

The yoga class was amazing! It was an hour and fifteen minutes of great stretching and learning new yoga positions and techniques, while working on form and practicing some positions I have become familiar with. The teacher, Sophia, was very knowledgeable about the muscles runners should pay close attention to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The restaurant that put on the class, is a newer restaurant in the area that serves delicious, healthy food. Probably my favorite part of what they offer is their juice selection! My two favorite juices they offer are the Cranberry Cayenne Lemonade and their Beet Lemonade! I’m not going to lie, sometimes I go there just for the juice. We were getting hungry, so we stayed for lunch! I had the steak, bacon and bleu cheese salad and Adam had the Tuna Poke bowl. Both were very tasty! It felt great to have such a healthy meal after our workout.

You can check out a short video of the class here.

It was a beautiful day on Saturday, so after we got back home from Core, we grabbed Porter and headed to Onondaga Lake Park to run a little bit more and have a relaxing walk! We ran 2.5 more miles and then walked about 5 miles. There were tons of people at the park enjoying the beautiful day!

I wrapped up my week 6 marathon training on Sunday morning with a 12 mile run. This was the longest run I have done in quite some time! It felt great! The sun with bright and beautiful and the weather was perfect! Looking forward to more long runs in the near future!


Week 6 Marathon Training

Monday- 3.1 Miles Treadmill
Tuesday- 10 Miles Treadmill
Wednesday- 6.3 Miles Outside
Thursday- 6 Miles Treadmill
Friday- 4.1 Miles-Treadmill
Saturday- 5.9 Miles Outside
Sunday- 12 Miles Outside

Birthday Weekend

Last weekend was my birthday weekend and the weather was beautiful! Saturday I saw it get up as high as 58 degrees and Sunday I saw it get to 55 degrees! I was loving the weather and wanted to be outside as much as possible!

Friday was my birthday and that night Adam and I went to see the Syracuse Crunch play the Binghamton Senators. My work gave away over 200 tickets for the game to local fire fighters and we were lucky enough to get tickets as well! It was a lot of fun!

After the game, we went to a local bar called Wolff’s Biergarten to hang out. It is a German style pub. They offer a free boot of beer on your birthday. The boot holds 2 liters of beer! They fill it with Hofbrau Munchen Original which is a pale lager. You do not have to finish the boot in order to get it for free, you do have to give them your license and a $40 deposit incase you break the glass or try to steal the boot. Adam and I shared the boot while we watched some basketball and played a couple games of darts. I managed to win both games of darts we played! It took about 3 hours to finish the beer. The male record time for finishing the boot is 17 seconds! The female record is about 2 minutes and 41 seconds. I cannot imagine drinking it that quickly!! The bartender showed us the video of the guy who drank it in 17 seconds and he didn’t even have any beer dripping down his chin!

    

     

    

I must say, that was the latest I had been up in a very long time!! We got home about 1:30 AM and attempted to watch Top Chef, but mostly fell asleep on the couch. 🙂

Saturday morning Adam made crepes! They were delicious! They were filled with whipped cream, strawberries, kiwi, blueberries and raspberries.

    

 

We went for a 7 mile run at the canal with Porter. It was a beautiful day for a run and it felt so great to get out and get some fresh air! It was nice to see quite a few people out enjoying the nice weather.

We went to Clark Reservation State Park and did some hiking. Clark Reservation is a glacial lake with lots of amazing rocks you walk across, rugged cliffs and a 175 ft overlook. This was our first time at the reservation and I look forward to going again soon! There are lots of trails to choose from. Most of the trails are pretty short, but you can link them together and make longer hiking trails. We hiked about 2 miles altogether.

    

After hiking, we went to 1911 Distillery in Lafayette, NY to have a drink, listen to some live music and enjoy the view! It was very relaxing listening to the music. I had a Moscow Mule made with their house made vodka. They use their locally grown apples to ferment and make into vodka. Adam had one of their hard ciders. Both were delicious! The view was amazing! In the fall, we usually pick apples at their orchard.

    

We had dinner at Notch 8 Cafe & Bar. I loved the atmosphere there! The décor was really neat. I had the Roasted Beet Salad with mixed baby greens, feta, grilled apple/cranberry compote, roasted thin beet slices with an IPA vinaigrette. Adam had the Big Caboose Burger which had black angus ground beef, pulled pork, fried egg, crispy onion, smoked bacon jam, cheddar and lettuce with sweet potato fries. Both were delicious! Adam’s burger was very big and juicy! I won’t lie, I ended up liking his meal a little better. 🙂

    

After dinner we went over to our friend’s house and played Cards Against Humanity. There were about 10 of us playing! By the time the winner got 10 black cards, I had only gotten 1!

We went home and had some of the Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake Adam made for my birthday. It was amazing!

Sunday we ran 4.2 miles outside. Then we showered up and went to Ithaca to hike one of the waterfalls. It was another gorgeous day! A couple years ago Adam and I discovered that Ithaca has many waterfalls in the area with great hiking trails around them to explore. We are trying to get to them all. Sunday we brought Porter along and hiked Potter’s Fall on Six Mile Creek. Most of the hike was easy going walking trails. There were a few parts that were challenging and muddy. There were so many amazing views along the trail!

    

    

    

    

Afterwards, we met my mom and aunt at Viva Taqueria for an early dinner. The food was fantastic! I had the Chicken Mole Burrito. It was very filling and delicious! I would definitely go there again.

We had a busy weekend! We stayed up much later than usual for us each night and was able to get a lot of great exercise in due to the amazing weather. So we went home to relax for the night!

 

 

 

Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

If you know me, you know I have a true love for food! Some days I get my motivation to workout from thinking about what I want to eat that day. The more I exercise, the less guilty I feel when I treat myself. Life is all about balance.

Last night I made a fall/winter favorite in our house enchilada stuffed spaghetti squash. Here is the recipe I use, of course you can change any ingredients you may like.

Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients:
-2 Chicken Breasts           -1 Spaghetti Squash
-Olive Oil                           -Cayenne Pepper
-Hot Chili Powder            -Garlic Powder
-Black Pepper                   -1 Can Black Beans
-1 Cup Cooked Quinoa    -1 Cup Frozen Corn
-1 Can Red Enchilada Sauce   -1/2 of a Diced Onion
-1 Cup Salsa                      – Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese

  • Cut a spaghetti squash and cut it in half. Scrape out the seeds and rub a little olive oil on the inside. I put a little cayenne on the inside of mine because I like spicy food, but it’s optional. Put the squash in the oven at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes. When it’s done it should be soft on the inside.
  • Season two chicken breasts. I used a cayenne olive oil, cayenne pepper, hot chili powder, garlic powder, black pepper. Cook at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes.
  • To make the filing mix the 1 can of black beans, 1 cup of cooked quinoa, 1 cup frozen corn, 1 can enchilada sauce, 1/2 of a diced onion, 1 cup salsa.
  • When the chicken breasts are cooked, chop them up and add the chicken to the filling mixture.
  • Put the filling inside of the spaghetti squash.
  • Top with Monterey Jack shredded cheese.
  • Bake for about 10 minutes. Turn on the broiler and leave in for about 1-2 more minutes.
  • Serve!

 

This meal usually lasts us for 2 nights. The leftovers are just as good! We have done this recipe with chicken, ground turkey and ground beef before. You can use different cheese or beans if you like, add cilantro or peppers, skies the limit! This makes for a delicious, filling and healthy meal!

Sorry, I was so excited to eat it I forgot to take a picture of the final product. 🙂 It was yummy though!

Hope your having a great weekend!