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CK Runs Her First 5K!

GOOD MORNING! ๐Ÿ™‚

Woah, CK, you’re a little happy this morning…but you know, that’s just me, spreadin’ the sunshine!

Why am I so happy, you’re wondering?

I FINISHED MY FIRST 5K TODAY! In exactly 30:15. I’m still in shock.

Have you ever been surprised by how strong your body truly is?

I definitely feel that I could’ve run much harder and faster, but my goal for today was just toย run the whole thing. And I did! It feels so good to reach your goals ๐Ÿ™‚

By the way, it was cold! 60 degrees F..and to most of you runnahs, that probably seems absolutely lovely (which it ended up being). But for my little lungs that were mostly unexposed to the elements, it was cuhhrazay. I had to run the first mile with a jacket on!

Most importantly though, I ran this raceย with my papa by my side ๐Ÿ™‚ He was such a great motivator and really helped me to keep with my form (major love and thanks toย Chi Running! absolute geniuses).

Oh dang, picture FAIL! At least you can see the family love ๐Ÿ™‚

CK Dad is a seasoned runner – he’s completed our local marathon more times than I can count, the Boston Marathon twice, and will be running the New York City Marathon come November. He’s such an incredible inspiration to me, and I don’t know if I would’ve done as well today if he wasn’t there to truly justย be there. I love my papa with all my heart, he is such an incredible father ๐Ÿ™‚

After today’s race, I decided it was time to start runningย outside. I thought that going from treadmill running to an outdoor race would absolutelykill me, but instead it wasย easy, peaceful, andย nicer. I was in my own happy running place, oblivious to other runners – I used to be so conscious of the people around me and never be able to keep my own pace, but today that was completely different. My pace was mine, I was listening to my body, and most importantly I was conscious of everything within myself. The only problem was that my lungs really were not used to the coolness of the outdoors, so when it was time to bring out the big guns, my lungs started to feel the brunt of the cold and it made meย nauseus.

Question: Do you have any solutions for this? Tricks that help your breathing? Ways to avoid feeling nauseus?

Please let me know! I would love any of your tips and advice ๐Ÿ™‚

As for you lovely people, here’s a list of Things I would recommend before your first 5K or race:

  • Sleep in your running clothes the night before. Seriously! I do this on nights when I’m feeling unmotivated or tired, but it makes waking up (and getting out to run!) much quicker, simpler, and easier. Plus, it’s motivation since you’re already wearing your gear!
  • Wake up within the hour of your race. If I wait more than an hour to run after I wake up, I get hungry – andย any food in my belly before I run gives me major crampage. Plus, it gives you ample time to….
  • Hydrate! I cannot stress this enough. Beforeย any race, workout, or run, hydration isย key. It wakes you up, gets your gears running, and keeps your muscles and cells happy while you work out. Water is the theย fuel of life, my friends ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Warm up. Take 5 to 10 minutes to jog around, stretch, and get your muscles warm. You’ll be glad you did when your muscles carry you effortlessly (and cramp-lessly!) through your race/workout. Jogging gets your muscles loose, and stretching releases lactic acid and other soreness-inducing chemicals from your muscles, allowing you to run your hardest with as little muscle strain as possible. This is also important before any workout – train well and race well ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Cool down. After your race (or workout) take time to let your muscles cool down by jogging or walking, andย hydrate! Hydrating post-workout is just as important as hydratingย before you workout. Remember the water your drank before your run? Your body used it during your workout, sweated it out, and needs to be replenished. So for the sake of your muscles, your body, and your training, take time to treat your muscles and your body well – water and a gradual cool-down.
  • Eat well. I think this speaks for itself! Eat nutritious, good-for-you foods – especially, within 20 minutes or so after your race/workout (your muscles need replenished glucose, protein, and fuel in general!). For more on this, you can readย my philosophy.

Last night, about to go to bed in my race clothes ๐Ÿ™‚

First 5K shirt! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post-race brunch pictures and recipe will be up later, as well as yesterday’s yums! (and recipes, ahhhbviously ๐Ÿ™‚ )

See you later lovlies, hope everyone’s enjoying their Sunday! Time to go work on my summer reading :] Fall semester starts Tuesday.. (ahh!). Looks like I’ve got some work to do. Here I come, Beowulf! You ain’t got nothin’ on me ๐Ÿ˜‰

xoxox,

p.s. I’m planning on signing up for another 5K race! (oh, man, crazy CK…) It’s September 25th, and proceeds benefit a children’s charity – this time, I’ll be ready for anythang ๐Ÿ™‚

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Happy Bunny Bunny Day!

You’re probably thinking, what the heck is Bunny Bunny Day? Well, I’ll tell you!

The first day of every month, as soon as you wake up, jump out of bed and hop three times and spin around three times, saying “Happy Bunny Bunny Day!” for good luck in the coming month.

It’s so goofy and you look ridiculous, but it’s a cute tradition.

In my high school, on the first day of every month, the morning show puts up decorations, the hosts eat bunny-shaped chocolates, and remind you to hop out of bed next month and get some good luck!

Awe, how cute!

As far as my life goes, I’ve been working my tail off these past few weeks at my new job (which I love by the way ๐Ÿ™‚ ), and spending more hours running, standing, and walking around to do so.

I mean, I’m not complaining – I am getting paid after all! But it would be nice to have a foot massage at the end of the day…or a swiss massage

What are your solutions for the end-of-the-workday slump?

I have to apologize for not blogging as often as usual – getting used to this new schedule is so draining! I’ve had plenty of time to cook and photograph, though, so don’t fret – we’ve got yummy deliciousness coming up.

We’ll start with brekkie for the last two days – since it’s my favorite meal of the day =)

BREAKFAST:

As usual, my butt-whoopin’ workout left me wanting something loaded – with almond buttah. Ain’t nothing betta than my almond buttah.

Oh, and lots of blackberries, bluebs, cherries, and strawberries – can you say cherry-stained fingers?

This was actually my Brunch for Lunch on Tuesday – so no lunch. That’s why it’s so loaded!

Finished devoured. Clean bowl =)

Today’s was similar, but I took an even larger portion (hungry hungry!) – the giant dollop of almond butter is not pictured, mainly because it immediately went in my mouth.

I also added in a chopped up Apple Pie Katebar just at the end of cooking the buckwheat – ooey gooey goodness =)

p.s. I was eating at 6 am – I woke up at 3:45 am to wake up, run (4.25 miles! yayay), shower, and eat brekkie…I had to make it to lunch! I did enjoy a mid-morning snack of an organic pink lady apple, though!

Oh, almond buttah, how you make me swooooon.

LUNCH:

Lunch the past couple of days has been equally delicious. I had Brunch for Lunch Tuesday as you saw before, but today I had lunch at work for the first time!

So, I packed up my big-girl lunchbox with Kabocha Squash and Azuki Beans, roasted cauliflower (350 degrees, drizzled with EVOO, sea salt, and your favorite seasonings for 20-25 minutes), fresh veggies (carrots, green peppa, cukes, and baby tomatoes), and Italian Mushroom Savory Buckwheat.

I used to despise leftovers because then I would have to have the same thing two nights in a row, but now I enjoy them at lunch and switch it up at din din!

Isn’t my wittle lunchbox adorable? I absolutely love it.

DINNER:

Last night I made Kabocha Squash with Azuki Beans, one of my all-time favorites. It got a little messy though, so I had to whip out the apron for the first time!

Who woulda thunk this little girl would be a messy cook?

Of course, it yielded a generous (to say the least) amount! This is something that I always look forward to eating as leftovers!

CK Dad modeling the food:

Oh yes, a generous amount.

Definitely not the prettiest dish, but one of the absolute tastiest – I guess this kind of goes along with the theme that sometimes the best things come in the ugliest packages =)

We also had some Italian Mushroom Savory Buckwheat which was just as delicious as the night before. I love my buckwheat at every meal, but it still wins my heart at breakfast โค

I also whipped up some roasted cauliflower as mentioned in lunch, which was so perfectly seasoned – I use Simply Organic All-Purpose Seasoning for quick and delicious seasoning.

Oh, and of course leftover Beet Still My Heart Farmer’s Market Salad!


Tonight for dinner I whipped up some Carrot Cake Quinoa – and it went perfectly with the Kabocha Squash with Azuki Beans, salads, and roasted cauliflower. Mmmm.


Carrot Cake Quinoa

If I didn’t have this at dinner, I might actually have thought it was carrot cake! Well, not really – but it’s about as close as you can get without a ton of added suga =)

Ingredients:

  • EVOO
  • lemon juice
  • 1.5 cups freshly grated carrot – fresh! About 2 large carrots worth
  • 1/2-3/4 cup raisins
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • cinnamon

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, heat about 1-2 tbsp. EVOO with a tablespoon or so of lemon juice. Add grated carrot and raisins and saute for a few minutes, or until heated and juicy.
  2. Add water and quinoa and bring to a boil. Add lots of cinnamon (more the merrier!) and reduce to a simmer and cover, stirring every few minutes for about 15 minutes, or until all water is absorbed.
  3. Serve warm or cool, and enjoy! =)

This dish is always a hit with the fam, and has me going back for seconds thirds. Its natural sweetness and nuttiness is a perfect combo – it’s also a super healthy way to satisfy your cravings for something a bitย sweet!

Plus, it makes for great leftovers! Can you say Chef Katelyn’s lunch tomorrow, anyone?

After dinner I made some Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Katebars! They smell amazing and I am beyond dying to try these all melted in my buckwheat tomorrow =)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Katebars

Makes 5 Katebars

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pitted, packed medjool dates
  • 2 tbsp. raisins
  • 2/3 cup almonds
  • pure vanilla extract (alcohol-free) – about 1 tsp.
  • 2 tbsp. mini vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, pulse almonds into small pieces, or until no whole almonds are left.
  2. Add dates, raisins, and vanilla extract and pulse until combined and it starts to roll around in a ball.
  3. Add chocolate chips and pulse a few times, then place in a bowl and mush-mash with your hands (the fun part!). Your hands will get all sticky but it is so worth it.
  4. Break up into 5 equal sections and form into bars. Wrap with wax paper, plastic wrap, or plastic baggies – whateva you got!
  5. Store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat them. Enjoy! =)

Ideas for optimum Katebar enjoyment!:

  • Chopped up and combined with your morning hot (or cold!) cereal. It’s a mind explosion/dream/the most delicious thing in the world chopped up and added just as your hot cereal is just about to finish cooking – then remove from heat and keep covered for a few minutes. The result? Ooey gooey goodness!
  • A pre- or post-workout snack
  • Dessert!
  • Chopped up and mixed or blended/processed with Banana Soft Serve!
  • Chopped up and in your cookie/brownie/pancake/waffle/bread/muffin dough! Bake according to recipe directions and enjoy melty in-your-mouth goodness =)
  • The possibilities are endless.

Let me know if you think of any other fun ways to enjoy a Katebar! =)

That’s all for tonight, lovlies! I’ve got the 7 am shift again tomorrow – I have the joy of waking up at 3:45 am again to get in my 5K training!

The race is currently 4 days away! Holy moly.

Hope everyone has a relaxing evening! I know I will =) I’ll be in bed within 10 minutes of this post going up…I’m an early birdy.

Nighty night!

xoxox,

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Beet Still My Heart

I am speechless. Today has been a beyond beautiful day (hit 90 degrees! finally, it feels like summer again), with beyond beautiful things – I woke up before the sun (ahhh, thank you alarm clocks!) to get up and run before work, and I logged the farthest I’ve ran since I started running again – 3.85 miles! (you can see my workoutsย here)

I’ve been using the Jeff Galloway method of run-walking, and it’s been a success so far! I feel better and can run longer, plus, it’s great for training for my 5K ๐Ÿ™‚ (a week from today…ahh! so nervous) Which, by the way, my daddy has decided to run with me! Awe, I love CK Dad. Such a great father, and has also run numerous marathons, including the Boston Marathon (twice!). Am I a lucky daughter or what?

Question: Ever since I started running again, I’ve noticed my legs looking normal when I wake up, but then swelling throughout the day – is this normal for when I’m building endurance/training? It’s so strange! Maybe I’m bulking up ๐Ÿ™‚

Please let me know if you have any experience with that or know what’s going on, because the rest of me would like to know! Oh, the joys of race training.

BREAKFAST:

After my morning butt-whooping of a workout, I needed some serious fuel. I whipped up a variation of my favorite brekkie, complete with half a grapefruit, bluebs, blackberries, with the main event, a chopped up Apple Pie Katebar (as usual, mixed in just as the buckwheat is finishing cooking). Oh, gooey goodness, you should be illegal.

You can see the Katebar peeking out! All warm and mixed ๐Ÿ™‚

LUNCH:

Lunch was the Happiest, Healthiest Vegan Mac and Cheese from last night (midnight snack? I think yes) along with a kale salad mixed with sliced heirloom tomaters and someย sautรฉedย broccoli from last night, topped with a generous helping of Bragg’s. It is very rare you will ever see one of my salads sans some of that dressing – it’s just too good.

The day at work was so fun (as usual) – I am such a dork for loving work, but I don’t mind ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll be working maximum hours from now on, thank goodness! I’ll be super busy, but it means some money in my pocket, some happy customers, and me, a happy camper ๐Ÿ™‚

DINNER:

Dinner tonight was to die for. I think my stomach applauded me after each bite, saying “Thank you! You’re the best eater ever!” – well, if stomachs could talk, that’s what mine would have said.

On the menu tonight was a Spinach and Chickpea Delight inspired by OhSheGlows, a Beet Still My Heart Farmer’s Market Salad, Amy’s California Burgers (oh. my. god. if you have not had these, you must run to your grocery store and get some! my lifelong favorite), andย sautรฉedย daikon and carrots from a night or so ago.

Since today was a scorcher, I didn’t want to have too much of a hot dinner, so everything was nice and cool for din din except for the burgers. My tummy was very happy ๐Ÿ™‚

Spinach and Chickpea Delight

Ingredients:

  • 2 (15.5-oz) cans, or 3 cups cooked, chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • EVOO (about 2 tbsp.)
  • 4 large handfuls fresh, baby spinach (about 4 to 5 cups)
  • 1/2 cup marinara or tomato sauce (I used Amy’s Low Sodium Marinara – it’s my favorite!)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 red onion, diced (only if there isn’t some in your sauce)
  • sea salt and pepper to taste (I didn’t need any because of the marinara)

Directions:

  1. In a large, heavy-bottomed skillet, combine EVOO, marinara sauce, minced garlic, red wine vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Turn on the burner to medium heat and then add chickpeas and spinach. Stir continuously until coated, and then let cook until spinach is wilted, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes.
  3. Serve and enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

This dish was just absolutely divine. There is no two ways around it – I tasted it and I’m pretty sure my mind exploded (not to toot my own horn, but…toot toot! ๐Ÿ™‚ ). I will be making this again. (and again, and again..)

It was super simple and beyond delicious, a killer combo. It would also be good with some diced heirloom tomatoes or some crusty bread – mmm ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, be still my heart – this recipe is too simple to be true! But, oh, it is so much more than that.

Chock-full of beta-carotene among other health benefits, beets are sweet, delicious, and awfully refreshing. Even better when paired with some farmer’s market heirloom tomatoes!

Beet Still My Heart Farmer’s Market Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 lbs. beets, with stems removed and scrubbed
  • 1 lb. heirloom tomatoes, chopped (or if smaller, quartered)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Wrap each beet individually with aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet and roast for 1 hour.
  3. Allow to cool and then peel each beet using a paper towel – the skins should come off easily.
  4. Chop beets into 1/2-inch chunks and toss in a large bowl with tomatoes.
  5. Serve and enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

My plate:

Of course, my California burger was sans a bun. I love these things plain (with some marinara or OrganicVille Agave-Sweetened ketchup) – no other way to enjoy something so delicious!

And for dessert, I had to try out the Tempt Hempmilk ice cream I picked up earlier today – I’ve been itching to buy it for awhile, but for some reason never did.

I think I can describe this ice cream by this statement: I am never going back to soy ice cream! (gasp!) Seriously. This stuff is so creamy, and healthy to boot – hempmilk is loaded with healthy fats, and this baby isn’t filled with refined sugars, saturated fats, and a giant list of ingredients. It was amazing paired with some fresh bluebs and strawberries (none of which made it into a picture – I couldn’t help myself).

Not too shabby!

Alongside my giant stock of fruit: pomegranates, papaya, organic pink lady apples, peaches and plums ๐Ÿ™‚

I don’t mess around with my fruit.

In other news, I’ve been getting excited/nervous/starting to dread the first day of fall semester. Excited because of all of the great classes I’ll be taking (with the best teachers! I am too lucky), nervous because I’ll have such a crazy schedule, and starting to dread it because I know what my workload/lack of sleep will look like – I’m thinkin’ lots of Kombucha to keep me energized!

I’ve been brewing my own, and have been drinking some every couple of days – it is so perfect and fizzy, sweet and sour at the same time. I’ll be posting pictures and my method of brewing soon ๐Ÿ™‚

What are your thoughts on the start of school? Are you in college or high school, and how has it been, or do you think it will be, different to start college after high school?

That’s all for tonight lovlies! All around, today was wonderful – I hope your day was too! Enjoy the rest of your evening ๐Ÿ™‚ Aka, the Emmys!

xoxox,

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Busy Bee

Good morning lovlies! Hope everyone had a nice evening ๐Ÿ™‚

I had a pretty relaxed one filled with leftover kabocha squash with azuki beans, savory quinoa, and roasted brussels sprouts, my favorite! (halve brussels, preheat to 350F, place cut-side down on EVOO’d baking sheet, drizzle with EVOO and sea salt, roast for 15 minutes) Mmm ๐Ÿ™‚

This morning I woke up bright and early – at 6:15 am! – to check email, hydrate, and go for my run. At first I was kind of sluggy and not motivated, but then I turned on the Today show and started my workout. Since I’m training for a 5K (hopefully I’ll be able to do 5K by the race!), I did an endurance workout I saw online last night, but tailored it to make it a bit harder.

I did a 5 minute jogging warmup, stretching before and after, then repeats of 5 minutes running and 1 minute powerwalking, then a 5-minute walking cooldown. Total, I logged 30 minutes and 2.25 miles. Not bad! I felt good, so I’m going to keep up with the running/walking workouts and build up my endurance. Of course I stretched forever and then did my abs!

By the way, I do not have any fancy workout gear. I don’t like spending money on much other than a good pair of sneakers and running shorts, so this is my daily attire ๐Ÿ™‚

Watch I got at Target in the 3rd grade. No joke

With a "new" band ๐Ÿ™‚ 2 dolla velcro!

My sneaks ๐Ÿ™‚ Asics alll the way, baby!

The usual

On the Today show this morning, I was shocked by one of the stories – a girl named Phoebe Prince who had recently moved to a new town was being harassed by a group of kids in her high school, and couldn’t take it anymore, so she committed suicide. Sad, right? I felt awful for this girl, and couldn’t believe that kids could be so cruel. Normal emotions, right?

Well, a reporter came onto the show and talked about how a giant story had emerged that Phoebe had been a giant bully/harasser at her previous private school in Ireland, and had been on antidepressants for a long time, somehow making the harassment not as bad since she “already had problems”.

Now, where do people get off talking about a poor girl who just killed herself like that? Phoebe’s friends and family are probably completely distraught, and in all this madness, the people harassing her are looking for a way out with use of this story. It’s terrible.

What do you think of the way they’re handling this story?

I’m honestly pretty disgusted that people would try to compensate what they did by “victimizing the victim”. Read more about Phoebe’s story here.

Okay, enough with the sad. Onto happier things! ๐Ÿ™‚ My brekkie this morning was so yummy, filled with 1/2 a grapefruit, oatmeal, and tons of berries since I love them so much ๐Ÿ™‚

Of course, no morning is complete without some Yogi tea.

Time for me to go get ready for the day! I have a long list of things to do (yes, I make a list for myself every night before bed ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Have a good day everyone!! Try not to be too busy ๐Ÿ™‚

Question of the Day: What’s your morning routine like? How do you make it more efficient?

I look forward to hearing your tips ๐Ÿ™‚

xoxox,

Katelyn

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Simplicity at its Finest

I love the farmer’s market. We picked up enough produce to sink a ship (aka, the usual ๐Ÿ™‚ ), and got some beautiful heirloom tomatoes! I’ll put up a picture tomorrow, they are so photogenic. They sold them in a variety pint, so we have lots of fun shapes and patterns to choose from. I can hardly bring myself to eat them! I wonder if I could do that thing where they freeze people and keep them forever, but with heirlooms…? Wait, stop, that’s totally weird and creepy. Rewind!

After the farmer’s market, I went to the gym and logged in 2 miles on the tread, 30 minutes on the elliptical, then stretching, abs, and arm weights. I love running ๐Ÿ™‚ Training for the 5K is going a bit slowly BUT I WILL NOT GIVE UP! That race ain’t got nothing on this girl.

And, of course, my after-workout snack was a yummy-ummy PB & J Larabar. I honestly think Larabars came from the work of a genius, or someone who was awfully hungry and messed up on a recipe, ending up with a sticky, delicious mess. Oh, how I love my Larabars. I always keep Apple Pie, Pecan Pie, and Peanut Butter and Jelly in my house. Don’t waste your money on Clif bars; always go for the raw energy bars! They almost always have 3-5 ingredients that are totally organic and unrefined. Nothing better than that.

Once I got home, I whipped up a ton of hummus. Probably enough to last a week or more. Did I mention I love hummus?

My quick recipe:

Hummus

(Adapted from 1000 Vegan Recipes by Robin Robertson)

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cooked chickpeas, or 2 (15.5-oz.) cans
  • 6-8 garlic cloves, minced (I roll with eight)
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/3 cup water (may or may not be necessary)
  • 4 tbsp. lemon juice (I like more)
  • 4 tbsp. EVOO

Directions:

  1. Put everything in a food processor and puree until smooth. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

So, why did I need to make so much hummus? I’ll tell you. Tonight we had 2 giant eggplants sitting, beckoning for me to cook them, so we made an almost-raw, super simple lasagna. But be warned, this is totally untraditional and can barely be called lasagna, but it was SO good!

My dinner:

Kale salad with avocado, leftover millet salad with cooked mushrooms, leftover roasted green beans, and the eggplant lasagna ๐Ÿ™‚

For dessert, we had the Ooey Gooey Brownie Muffies from last night, nuked in the microwave for about 1 minute for ultimate gooeyness. They were so perfect and melty, and of course we had to have some vanilla nice cream with them. Mmm ๐Ÿ™‚

But first, dinner!

Eggplant Hummus Lasagna

(Adapted from Opera Singer in the Kitchen’s Vegetable Lasagna)

Makes a casserole-dish sized lasagna

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggplants
  • 1 cup hummus

Directions:

  1. Slice each eggplant lengthwise into about 1/2-inch thick slices. Rub both sides of each with sea salt and let sit in a colander for about 30 minutes.
  2. Rinse slices and pat dry, then rub both sides of each with some olive oil.
  3. Grill slices until softened (grill pans and indoor grills work just as well), flipping after checking the underside and seeing grill marks.
  4. Arrange one layer of grilled eggplant on the bottom of the pan, then coat with the cup of hummus, spreading evenly. Lay the rest of the slices in another layer on top, then serve warm or cold.
  5. So simple but so yummy! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Did I mention that we don’t have a grill? Well, not a real one anyways. The only one we have is an electric indoor one that’s completely old school, but I love it!

Kickin' it old school

Assembly: not so pretty, but so yummy ๐Ÿ™‚

Question of the Day: What’s your favorite simple recipe?

I’m excited to hear your responses ๐Ÿ™‚ One of mine definitely has to be almond butter and apple spread on Ezekiel bread. So quick, easy, yummy, and healthy! Whole grains, nuts, and fruit with no added sugar. Holla at that!

Time for me to go to sleep! I am so tired from my busy busy day today, and tomorrow I get to go to church and really unwind. It’s like yoga without a mat! Stretching out my spiritual muscles.

I’ve been working on a post about disordered eating, guilt, and other weight- and health-related matters, so keep an eye out for that ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, one of my favorite bloggers, Chocolate Covered Katie, is having a recipe book giveaway, so this is me linking back to her blog and telling you to go check it out! Her posts are always so fun and always make my day a little more spectacular. Check her out!

Goodnight lovlies ๐Ÿ™‚

xoxox,

Katelyn

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Raw, raw, ah ah ahhh

Last night, I felt like going raw. So, I made a raw tomato soup and tabbouleh (bulgur isn’t exactly raw, but it was the only part that was cooked! ๐Ÿ™‚ ). The soup has a little bit of a kick to it (from the garlic) which I really liked, and it was super refreshing. The tabbouleh was so good, and we kept going back for more! I made a giaaaaaant bowl that was totally full and we ate most of it. Go us!

Raw Tomato Soup

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 6 tomatoes
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • a large handful of basil

Directions:

  1. Blend and serve immediately. Yum ๐Ÿ™‚

Tabbouleh

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup dry bulgur
  • 1-2 cups halved grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 (15.5-oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice (this would also probably be good with a tablespoon or two of EVOO)

Directions:

  1. Boil 2 cups of water in a medium saucepan with a pinch of sea salt. Once boiled, stir in the bulgur, then remove from heat and cover for 30 minutes (or until all the water is absorbed).
  2. Fluff bulgur with a fork and combine with chopped vegetables and chickpeas. Pour in lemon juice and thoroughly combine.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste (I prefer this dish naked) and serve!

We also had a few bananas lying around that were just a tad too ripe to eat, so I decided to whip up some banana bread for dessert! However, it’s the healthiest banana bread on earth since it contains no added sugar, artificial sweeteners, or refined carbohydrates so it’s perfect as a breakfast or pre-workout snack! You can find my recipe here. This time, I added a cup of raisins (a heaping cup I should say) and another heaping cup of walnuts. You can make it more dessert-y by adding in some vegan chocolate chips, cacao nibs, or even some unsweetened cacao powder! Yum ๐Ÿ™‚

You can still see little chunks of bananers :)yum yum

We also happened to have a pineapple lying around. And two mangoes. And a watermelon….

Let’s just say I have a lot of fruit in my fridge.

In other news, I’m training for a 5K! It’s on September 5th, so I still have time to train. I have to get used to running outside, it’s always so humid! I got in two miles outside today, and tomorrow I’ll try to build my endurance. After that, I had to go inside for the rest of my workout…much too humid for my little lungs.

Do youย haveย any advice for race training? Personal stories in running? Let me know! ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s all for now! I observed a dietitian for 5 hours today, so I’ll recap on that later ๐Ÿ™‚

xoxox,

Katelyn

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