Miso Healthy!

Happy Friday everyone!

This post was inspired by my girl’s night last night.  We got the BEST sushi! It was so nice to spend time and catch up with my girls while enjoying delicious food.  I ordered a roll filled with tuna, salmon, crab, avocado, and asparagus and wrapped in cucumber instead of rice. 20140523-084301-31381058.jpg

So on the topic of sushi, I thought I would provide a couple of tips for those of you who thought you couldn’t enjoy enjoy sushi while

1) Bring on the fire!: Consider using the wasabi.  Wasabi is packed with antioxidants, and just a little goes a long way.

2) Say no to the crunch!: “crunch” is clue that your roll has been deep fried.

3) Say yes to “steamed”, “grilled”, or “raw”

4) Eat your veggies!: Many rolls incorporate veggies like asparagus, cucumber, avocado, etc.  These are always great choices.

5) Brown over white: choose brown rice if available.  It’s packed with more vitamins and fiber.

6) Used reduced sodium soy sauce

7) The ginger is not a garnish: Eat it! Ginger is a good source of vitamins and boosts your immune system.

8) Watch your serving size: One sushi roll contains about a cup of white rice, which adds 200 calories.  So if you are concerned about calories, opt for sashimi or even a cucumber wrapped roll.

9) Simple is better: The fancier rolls loaded with sauces usually add the unnecessary calories and take away from the nutritional benefits… so skip the fancy stuff and keep it simple!

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PRs and Bikinis!

Hey everyone!

What better combination could there be than the title of this post??  Well I guess there are many other good combos, but this one was a great one- and describes my last weekend!

Saturday I was given the opportunity to model at my favorite bikini store Sundance Beach in Santa Barbara, for a newer swimwear brand called Greenlee Swim.  They are a swim brand focused on creating comfortable, cute, and eco-friendly styles- and they have definitely succeeded at that!  The materials are extremely comfortable, and they fit amazing!  So definitely check out their website and Sundance Beach’s website when you start shopping for bikini season because it’s right around the corner!20140509-121358.jpg20140509-121239.jpg

Sunday I ran a the Motion by the Ocean 5k with my step dad.  He is turning 65 this year and he kicked butt with an average time of 9:30 min/mile.  I couldn’t have been more proud of him, and it was an honor to be able to run a race with him.  I finished off with a PR of 20:40, which put me at 2nd place in my division, 3rd place out of women, and 5th place overall.  Running the 5k reminded me of how different it feels to race short distances than the long distances that I’ve been running while training for my half on May 25th.  It was definitely a wake-up call, and I definitely want to improve myself as a sprinter after my half.20140509-121305.jpg

Are you more of a distance runner or a sprinter?

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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When you get THE pasta craving…

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I know many of you have probably heard about spaghetti squash pasta, and zucchini noodle pasta already… and those options are great, and can be much more healthful than an entire plate of pasta.  But let’s face it, some of us don’t have the time to make these healthy, delicious alternatives.  So what I did tonight when I got THAT craving was something way easier.  All I did was steam one whole zucchini cut up into thick slices and then topped this with some marinara and parmesan cheese…BAM!  Craving satisfied, just like that!  I then paired this with a side salad with some tomato, cucumber, shredded carrots, and avocado topped with chunky blue cheese dressing.

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21st Birthday Weekend

Hey Everyone!

So this weekend was a very special one because…. I FINALLY AM LEGAL! Woooo!

I didn’t get too wild this weekend because, unfortunately I have midterms next week.  And with easter and birthday plans, I had to utilize the down time I had by being in the right state of mind- and not hungover.

Sooo the festivities began when the birthday fairy arrived at my door the night before my birthday…20140418-074720.jpg

With white roses, balloons, and alcoholic dark chocolates!

On my birthday I went to a sushi dinner with Trev and my family.  I was super excited about this because I have been craving sushi for seriously, the longest time!  So now I got my sushi fix (even though I don’t think that’s possible), and ordered my first drink: a mango juice-infused sake, it was DE-lish!20140418-074702.jpg

On Saturday, Trevor planned a surprise birthday date for me!  He ended up taking me wine tasting in beautiful Malibu! He packed a picnic with gluten free chips and crackers, cheese, salami, grapes, and hummus- how cute is he?? Afterwards his family took us out to dinner in Malibu for my birthday.20140421-053313.jpg20140421-053327.jpg20140421-053343.jpg

Even though I still haven’t gone out with my friends and celebrated my birthday, I still had an amazing birthday weekend spent with my family and the people I love most.

And on Easter sunday I finished off my workout week with a 13 mile run on the beach!

Hope you all had a great weekend and a Happy Easter too!

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“WOW” is Right!

“WOW”! Is all I could say after tasting one of these delicious morsels.  I have definitely avoided gluten free cookies after trying countless crunchy, crumbly, gluten free cookies that are on the market, only to end up disappointed.  I don’t know about you, but I am definitely a soft and chewy cookie kind of girl!

So when my friend gave me one of WOW (without wheat) Baking Company’s chocolate chip flavored cookies to try, I was amazed at how chewy and delicious they were while still being gluten free.  They literally taste like eating cookie dough!  And they are the perfect sized treat to satisfy your sweet tooth while still being good.

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Along with their bagged cookies, WOW Baking Company also makes larger pre-made individually wrapped cookies, brownies, cookie dough, and cake mixes. So if you are a cookie-monster like me and are tired of those crumbly, crunchy gluten free cookies these are something to definitely check out.

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Weekly Workout Wrap-Up (Week #1 of M2B training)

Hey everyone!

Hope you all had a great week last week, and a great weekend.  It was my first week back to training for my second half marathon: the Mountains 2 Beach Half.   It’s only 7 1/2 weeks away so I had to start off in the middle of my training schedule.  I was a little worried about this, and was hoping that my maintenance work was sufficient.  And to my surprise, I did pretty well with the higher mileage this week.  My race pace isn’t what I want it to be in order to PR (better than 1:38:24, a 7:30 pace), but it was pretty good considering that most of my runs included hills.

Monday 7 miles- threshold intervals

Tuesday spin class + planks

Wednesday 5 miles

Thursday rest day

Friday 9 miles (8:10 min/mi)

Saturday spin fusion class (which is a spin class with intervals strength exercises on a mat)

Sunday: 10 miles easy (8:21 min/mi)

Total Mileage: 31 (+2 spin classes)

 

I’d like to leave you all with this quote that my spin instructor shared with us this week.  It really inspired me and gave me that extra push to have a great workout week!  Hope it does the same for all of you, and you have a great rest of your week.



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Fueling Up for the Long Run

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Today was my first long run coming back to training, and boy was it a toughy!  It was a 10 mile run with lots of hills- which are my weak point.  So I picked this run in order to build some strength.  My schedule said “10 mile easy run” so I didn’t worry too much about my time, but rather just maintaining a steady pace while tackling the hills throughout the entire 10 miles.

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One of the most important parts about having a successful run is having the proper fuel.  If you’re a morning runner like myself, you want to eat a breakfast full of complex carbs for lasting energy, a little bit of healthy sugar for quick energy, and of course a little bit of healthy fats and protein.  If your running for about an hour or longer it should contain around 300-500 calories.  It’s recommended that you eat this AT LEAST an hour before your run for ideal performance.  I usually wait about two hours because I have a sensitive stomach.

Some of my favorite options that always sit well in my stomach are:

Oatmeal- My favorite lately has been my Trail Mix Oatmeal

It’s gluten free oatmeal topped with agave, cinnamon, crushed up trail mix (raw almonds, cashews, walnuts, and dried berries) flaxseed, and banana.

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Toast- This is what I had this morning and it worked great and it’s always one of my favorites: almond butter, honey, bananas, and cinnamon on top of gluten free toast.  Another one of my favorites is avocado toast.

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These two are my go to breakfasts before my long runs and they always seems to work best for me.  I don’t really stray from these options just because I know they work, and I don’t want to risk the stomach ache.  But everyone is different, and finding what fuel works for you is all about experimentation.

What are your favorite pre-run breakfasts?? 

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

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