Thursday, March 5, 2015

Sweet Potato Hemp Bars & Giveaway

I first discovered hemp hearts a few months, I know late to the party! My extent of use has been throwing on salads or in my coconut yogurt for a little extra protein. I decided to get adventurous when I was given a bag to try from Manitoba Harvest and bake with them.

Benefits of Hemp HeartsPlant Based Protein - 10g per tablespoonHigh Fiber - 1g per tablespoonOmega 3 Fatty AcidsLots of Vitamins - Magnesium, Iron, Vitamin B, Manganese, Zinc and Calcium 
They sound perfect for a vegetarian runner! I'm always looking for ways to increase protein, iron and calcium. Plus Omega 3s are great for recovery,

Sweet Potato Bars
1 cup mashed sweet potato (could do pumpkin)
1 banana mashed
1 cup dates soaked
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup almond flour
1/4 cup hemp hearts
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Put first four ingredients in food processor and puree until smooth. Add remaining ingredients until mixed. Pour into prepared greased baking dish and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes. 

Bars will be soft and chewy. Store in fridge to make last longer.

Guess what?! One of my readers will win their own bag of Hemp Hearts from Manitoba Harvest!

I was given the product to review but all opinions are my own.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Fitness Friday! Accepting the changes

My race calendar is finally expanding! After forgetting to register for the lottery for Grandma's Half, oops I am on the search for a few other halfs to run this summer. I also registered for my 4th Ragnar! This will be my 3rd year as an ambassador for the race and after taking last year off due to injury I'm excited to be back! Now to figure out a fun team name, I am so uncreative! Have you run a relay?

Maybe I'll make this the summer of not racing every week! Can I do it? A year ago I would have said no but now I say yes! I used to race very frequently and for awhile this was okay, I knocked out PRs near;y every time I hit the finish line but that quickly changed. As anyone who's followed me knows I've spent the majority of the past 3 years injured and have been forced to take two 6 week periods off this past year.

Since my last injury, I slowly got back to running in December and built my mileage at a rate that frustrated me but I knew I needed. I have yet to even hit 40 miles per week this training session (maybe this week) when my usual was 60-65! This is a huge change and I was skeptical but with all the cross training I get how it can work. The true answer will come once I start racing again. Right now I love it. It took me awhile to adapt physically to the speedwork again and mentally to the lack of running but I'm getting there. 

Have you changed up your training plan in a big way and gotten great results? 

The winner of Nicole's Naturals Prize Pack was Rachel S. (I have emailed you) 

Linking up with Jill for Fitness Friday

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pinterest Finds for Healthy Eating! WIAW

I have to ask, how the heck do you food bloggers remember to take pictures of your food?! I swear I always have good intentions but then eat before I remember that little detail! I have slightly derailed from the Whole30 plan but after a weekend of overdoing it have been better at sticking with unprocessed junk (minus the Girl Scout cookies I had to try. Dang Girl Scouts for making gluten free!). Do weekends tend to be your bad eating times? After a weekend of wine, coconut ice cream and cookies I am back on track with great workouts and healthy eating!

Here have been some of my recent meals...

Banana Protein Oats
Scrambled Egg with Sweet Potato Veggie Hash

Salads with Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Leftovers of Course

Tempeh Stir Fry
Coconut Lentil Lettuce Wraps
Cauliflower "Alfredo"
Broccoli "Cheese Soup with Sweet Potato Biscuits - I omitted sugar and used a mix of brown rice and flour blend (super yummy with Almond Butter)

Apples with Almonds
Homemade Nutty Granola
Chia Pudding with Berries
Cara Cara Oranges

What have you been eating lately? Any new Pinterest finds? 

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Marathon Monday- The woes of a morning runner

Week 6 Done and winter is brutal! Highs below 0, snow and nasty roads. Still dealing with some nasty sinus junk this week and needing sleep making me realize how tough it is to run after a long day at work! Heck I could barely keep my long run pace on my tempo run and flew on my long run! I just need sun and warmth again.

Monday: AM kickboxing Didn’t happen! and PM P90X Shoulders/Chest/Triceps/Abs
Tuesday: Intervals: 1 mile w/u 5x1200 at 6:35 6:45-7 pace 1 mile c/d 8 miles done
Wednesday: P90X Legs/Back/Abs and kickboxing
Thursday: Tempo Run: 1 mile easy 5 miles 7:30 pace 1 mile easy
Friday: P90X Biceps/Back/Abs and Kickboxing
Saturday: Long Run: 16.3 miles 2:13:55 8:13 pace
Sunday: 4.25 mile easy run and yoga

My workout buddy!
Week 7 of marathon training and week 8 P90X, loving it. I can honestly say that this less running is great. Never thought I’d say that but the variations in workouts is great!

Monday: AM kickboxing and PM P90X Shoulders/Chest/Triceps/Abs
Tuesday: Intervals: 1 mile w/u 7x800 at 6:30 pace 1 mile c/d 8 miles done
Wednesday: P90X Legs/Back/Abs and kickboxing
Thursday: Tempo Run: 1 mile easy 8 miles 7:45 pace 1 mile easy
Friday: P90X Biceps/Back/Abs and Kickboxing
Saturday: Yoga
Sunday: 18 mile run

What are your goals for the week? Accomplishments last week?

Remember to enter the giveaway from Nicole's Naturals

Friday, February 20, 2015

Breakfast for dinner- Giveaway! Nicole's Naturals

Did you know there is a National Pancake Day? Since I have a little girl who loves pancakes we decided to celebrate with this great product I was given to try. I'm not a big pancake fan as I like my protein and honestly the chore of making pancakes in the morning makes me want to scream! But breakfast for dinner is the best idea.

Nicole's Naturals offers gluten free, soy free, dairy free mixes. Only 150 calories per serving and only 1 gram of sugar. Plus it is independently tested to meet FDA standards for gluten free!

O wanted pumpkin pancakes so we opted to sub pumpkin in for the eggs and add some pumpkin pie spice, yum! Due to this the texture was a little chewy but with eggs this wouldn't happen.

O opted for her pancakes topped with blueberries while I tried a small one plain (eggs and sweet potatoes were my meal!). I liked it, a little chunky with whole grains of oats which made it seem even healthier. This will definitely be a healthy option in the future for us. It can also be used to make waffles.

The package costs about $8 for this one batch mix, maybe a little more than most would want to spend on a mix. Worth the splurge at times. The second downside of this package is it is meant to be made all at once, I tried to half it but ended up ripping the bag and decided to go for it all! Meaning we have lots of leftovers in the freezer! Easy breakfast, right
Only some of our leftovers!
Do you eat breakfast for dinner? What are your favorite pancakes?

Guess what?! Nicole's Naturals is giving away a gift pack to one of my readers!

  • 1 can of Nicole’s Naturals GF Mix
  • 1 small container of syrup
  • 4 small breakfast plates
  • Nicole’s Naturals apron

I was given the product for review but all opinions are my own.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thinking Thursday Working v SAHM mom life

Maybe it is that we are planning the biggest transition in O’s life so far, maybe it is because I’ve been working long days, maybe it is the winter temps and lack of sun getting to me. Who knows! I’m missing my days at home with O and thinking about being home when I’m not. This is not to start the SAHM versus working mom debate but to give me a way to say my thoughts and I welcome you to share your’s. I mean I have done it all working part time, working full time and SAHM. I wasn’t cut out for the last job and only last months!

Don’t get me wrong I enjoy going to work (most days) but as I see my baby grow up I’m realizing that she needs me even less. I want her to grow to be a strong girl and know her mom is here for her but I am torn. Being a full time working mom I get home tired and needing to get things done at home. Our weekends have been filled with plans: birthday parties, family get togethers and sometimes work. In the midst of this all I fit in my workouts and marathon training. O loves to spend time while I run and then gets her turn on the treadmill.

Having a little girl who is having issues with doing things on her own makes it even tougher. The book I’ve been reading Active Alert Child  describes her perfectly: active, alert, having personal space issues, needing to be with others but control the situation, aware of everything and wanting to take it all in. These are the kids who have endless energy and don’t let themselves relax or sleep from day 1! This makes life interesting but tough at times.

I want my time alone but I want my time with her making memories and doing the things she loves. I realized the other day that her and I have not yet played a game she got for Christmas, why I don’t know. I’ve been busy at work, maybe. SHe gets to spend lots of time with grandma thanks to me working which is great but there are plenty of things I miss.

Next year will be even more interesting with full day school and fitting in activities afterwards. I know I can’t be a SAHM but I can imagine a life with flexibility to be home all day, sleep in, work out when I want, cook meals with my girl and just relax not having to run off to important work. The problem is I want to share experiences like traveling that would be limited if I didn’t work plus I will soon hold a doctorate degree. Is there a perfect situation? Has anyone found it? 

Sorry for my rambling! Back to breakfast and off to work!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Marathon Weekly & Winter is Back

Finally back up and able to post after a week of computer issues! I need this to keep track of my training! This also means week 5 has come and gone and despite my best plans the late day runs and winter weather are not working in my favor. The return of winter has meant all indoor running again, yuck!

Monday: P90X Shoulders/Chest/Triceps/Abs
Tuesday: No energy to run so P90X Back/Biceps/Abs instead
Wednesday: Intervals: 9.5 miles with ½ mile repeats
Thursday: Tempo Run: 1 mile easy 5 miles 7:20 pace 1 mile easy
Friday: P90X Legs/Back/Abs and Kickboxing
Saturday: Long Run: 14.5 miles 2:03:00
Sunday: 5 mile easy run and yoga

Week 6 means only 10 weeks to go and I’m still hoping this will be my race, my comeback and time to PR! My main goal for this week is to get back to morning workouts (which already didn’t happen this morning) and keep my weekend eating in check. What are your goals this week?

Monday: AM kickboxing Didn’t happen! and PM P90X Shoulders/Chest/Triceps/Abs
Tuesday: Intervals: 1 mile w/u 5x1200 at 6:635 pace 1 mile c/d
Wednesday: P90X Legs/Back/Abs before a long workday
Thursday: Tempo Run: 1 mile easy 7 miles 7:30 pace 1 mile easy
Friday: P90X Biceps/Back/Abs and Kickboxing
Saturday: Long Run: 16 miles
Sunday: Yoga

What was your best workout last week? Have a great week!