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Post-Holiday Happenings + “No Gym Required” Workout

8 Jul

I hope you all enjoyed a long holiday weekend! Ours was great- family time, friend time, pool time, patio time (and a million bug bites to show for it!). I always feel a little foggy coming off of an extended vacation/holiday and look forward to getting back to my routine 🙂

To lift myself out of my fog on Sunday, I did this cardio workout. You guys have requested more “no gym required” workouts, so here you go! This is a great workout to do at a track/bleachers or anywhere with a flight of stairs.

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After getting hot and sweaty I showered and headed straight to the kitchen- my favorite place to be on a Sunday afternoon. We got an amazing farmer’s market haul on Saturday, so I was extra excited to do some cooking. I made a green juice with grapefruit that totally hit the spot. Then I got to work on Kath’s baked oatmeal for the week, and white bean veggie burgers, kale chips, and sweet corn for dinner.

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After dinner activities included some work (yuck!), couch time, and popcorn (yum!).

I kicked off the post-holiday Monday with a baked oatmeal square topped with peanut butter and headed to the gym for work. After work I made a spontaneous grocery trip primarily to get anti-itch cream for my bug bites. They kept me awake last night!

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The rest of the day…

Lunch

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Veggie burger crumbled over greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, and topped with balsamic dressing and goat cheese. A mix of Popchips and rice crackers with hummus on the side.

Pre-yoga snack

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Greek yogurt, almond butter, the juiciest peach ever (SO happy peaches are in season!!!), and apple slices. Not very pretty, but yummy!

Yoga was really hard tonight. At one point I even considered leaving, but I toughed it out and my stress levels (and my hips) are happy I did.

Dinner roasted in the oven while I showered.

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Tofu with a sriracha/cayenne/chili powder/paprika rub, beets, and beet greens sautéed with olive oil/garlic/apple cider vinegar all topped with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast.

Now it’s time for reading and sleeping! Thanks for reading 🙂

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Healthy Snack: Crispy Roasted Edamame

3 Dec

Monday is certainly NOT my favorite day of the week. When my alarm goes off and I realize that the weekend is over and a full week stands in front of me, the sadness/grumpiness sets in. This is an ongoing goal of mine- to start the week on a positive note and schedule my weeks so they are a little more bearable. I have a bad habit of cramming as much as I possibly can into 5 days and then completely crashing on the weekends. This way of life does not serve me well! Recently, someone gave me the analogy of the safety instructions that are given on an airplane. They tell you to put your mask on first before helping the person next to you. Why do they tell you to do this? Because you are are much more capable of taking care of others when you take care of yourself first. This really resonated with me and is something I need to work on! Anyone else suffer from “caretaker syndrome”?

Lately my Sundays have focused on pressing the reset button, self-care, and getting myself in the zone for the week ahead. I started yesterday with a very challenging hot yoga practice. We spent the first 10 minutes of the practice doing back-to-back core exercises. My abs were screaming in pain for the remaining hour of the practice! Savasana with wide open windows completely made up for the torture. Still can’t believe the windows were open on Dec. 2nd!

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I followed up yoga with oatmeal chocolate chip pancakes. I was ravenous so pictures did not happen 🙂

The rest of the day was spent situating our Christmas tree,

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Veggies for our tree!

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getting work done, and spending some time in the kitchen concocting snackage for the week!

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Roasted Edamame

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag frozen shelled edamame
  • olive oil
  • salt + pepper to taste

How-To:

  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Thaw shelled edamame and spread on towel to dry.
  • Toss shelled edamame with olive oil and seasonings and spread on a baking sheet, lightly greased or covered with parchment paper.
  • Roast for about 40 minutes, tossing halfway through.
  • I like mine extra crispy, so I turned off the oven at 40 minutes, but left the edamame in the warm oven for an additional 20 minutes to continue to dry out.

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The perfect high-protein snack to keep you on track and energized this week.

Take care of yourself this week! Thanks for reading 🙂

Holiday Gift Guide 2012

26 Nov

Happy Monday! Hopefully your food hangovers have subsided by now 🙂 We got back to STL Saturday night after our Thanksgiving travels and I promptly hit the gym to squeeze in a workout and a glorious steamy shower just before they closed (I was literally the last person to leave). Yesterday’s workout was a hot yoga practice where I was able to shake the last bit of that groggy, sluggish feeling from too much celebrating 🙂

Did anyone shop on Friday? As much as I love shopping, “Black Friday” is a day I choose not to leave the house. I think it may be my many years of working retail in the past. Observing the crazed shoppers from the other side and occasionally being the target of their manic gives you a new perspective on the day 🙂 I’m much more of a Cyber Monday kind of girl!

In light of the recent kick-off of the holiday shopping season, I put together the 2012 Running on Sunshine Holiday Gift Guide. Things I already own and love and things that made my wish list this year. For more ideas, check out the 2010 Gift Guide here.

2012 Running on Sunshine Holiday Gift Guide

1. Yogitoes Mat Towel

A must for any hot and sweaty yoga practice. They are super absorbant and keep you from slipping and sliding on your mat.

2. The Gift of Yoga (Giftcard)

Both newbie and seasoned yogis alike would love a giftcard to their favorite studio to support their rather expensive habit 🙂

I love these Lululemon long-sleeved tees for running, to-and-from gym, and errands. The thumb holes are awesome 🙂 Not sure what size? You can’t go wrong with a Lululemon Athletica giftcard!

4. Garmin Watch

This is by far my favorite running gadget. Keep track of time, pace, and distance. Also, I love that you can use it with a heart rate monitor.

5. Foot Massager

A perfect stocking stuffer! This little foot massager looks heavenly. Good gift for runners, people who are on their feet all day, or your friends who wear sky-high heels.

6. DIY Painted Wooden Spoons

How cute is this fun DIY Pinterest find?!

7. New Forks Over Knives Cookbook

I don’t own this vegan cookbook yet, but I’ve borrowed it and every recipe I’ve made has been delicious!

8. & 9. Tiffins and To-Go Ware

My nerdy lunch gear gets a lot of attention 🙂 So much more fun (and environmentally friendly) than a throwaway bag!

10. CSA Membership

A Community Supported Agriculture share is a local foodie’s dream! Buy a “share” directly from a farmer and receive a box of local, seasonal produce each week during the growing season. Check out localharvest.org and type in your zipcode to find CSA offerings near you.

11. Up

This fun little gadget is new to me. The wristband tracks your activity, sleep, and food. You access all the information from an app on your phone. The wristband comes in a bunch of fun colors including my favorite- mint!

12. TRX

TRX is an awesome new suspension training tool. Many gyms have it, but the great thing about TRX is that it can be used in your own home. Because you are using your own bodyweight, it can be adjusted to be as easy or as hard as you want it to be. I take TRX classes at my gym as a great alternative to traditional weigh training!

13. Anthropologie Multitude Hair Ties

Another perfect stocking stuffer! Because my hair is so thick, I constantly break regular hair ties. I’ve heard great things about this style of hair tie- seems like a good option for keeping your hair up during sweaty workouts. Bonus: they are cute too! 

14. Magazine Subscription

A great gift for any health-minded person. I used to be a magazine queen, but cancelled most of my subscriptions when I went to college. Now I’m ready to get back on the magazine train. You can also buy electronic subscriptions for iPad and Kindle. Some of my favorites:

15. Exercise Bands

I’ve always been a fan of bands for do-anywhere workouts. Simple and effective! Great for a traveller or at-home exercisers. 

16. Bicycle Tumblers

We bought one of these in Denver this summer and LOVE it! You can buy a whole set on this site. Such a fun gift for any cycle enthusiast!

17. Tea

I think tea is a fun gift. Many brands have holiday flavors to make it extra special. Some favorites:

Teavana

Harney & Sons

Republic of Tea

18. Larabars

I’ve tried a lot of bars and these are my favorite, hands-down. I trust the ingredients and love the simplicity. Larabar has tons of awesome flavors to choose from and make a great stocking stuffer.

19. Immersion Blender

Easily blend soups and sauces right in the pot with this hand-held blender. This is a great tool to add thickness to soups without adding extra fat. The best part: it comes in different colors including my favorite turquoise blue! 

20. Meal Planner

JWD and I swear by this little book. We use it to plan meals and keep track of grocery lists. Planning meals for the week will help you stay on track and prevent those spontaneous and soon-regretted runs through the drive-thru. This website allows you to customize and monogram the books however you want. So fun!!

Bonus: the planners are great too! I have several.

Happy shopping! Thanks for reading 🙂

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

21 Nov

Hello, friends! Can you believe Thanksgiving is TOMORROW?!

I had a jam-packed Monday and Tuesday. After all meetings were attended and all presentations were given, I ventured to Whole Foods last night in preparation for tomorrow. The place was hoppin’! Personally, I prefer mid-day grocery trips when I can linger over the 10 varieties of pears and easily access the free samples without being rammed by an unsupervised small child recklessly driving a very full cart or scolded by an old woman for “taking too long” (seriously, these things happened to me). Hey lady, can’t you see I’m trying to choose the perfect pear here??

Anyway, I came home with a random assortment of seasonal fruits and veggies, spices, and baking odds and ends. So if you are like me and still trying decide on the perfect (healthy) side dish to share tomorrow, here is some inspiration from the recipes that made my list.

Simple festive veggie tray

Cranberry Kale Salad

Butternut Squash and Bartlett Pear Soup

Quinoa with Dried Cherries and Pistachios

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Tempeh

Holiday Salad with Cranberry Apple Orange Vinaigrette

Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish

Garlicky Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Lentil and Pomegranate Salad

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Keep your eyes out for the Running on Sunshine 2012 Holiday Gift Guide, healthy holiday tips, and a VIDEO POST comin’ at ya soon!

Thanks for reading 🙂

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