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Figgy Smoothie.

Good evening love doves!! How are ya?

Please say sunny and dandy because surprisingly that is how it’s going in Upstate New York! I know, shocker.

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Oh, and I basically drooled over all of your favorite pancake recipes. I think my spring break is going to include my fair share of pancakes, don’t you? ❤

In other news, because of the sunny deliciousness weather we have been experiencing, I had to hit the pavement. It was calling my name. It was just me, the music, and Darren. So in love.

My getup was ORANGE style:

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Holy cheekbones!

Darren on my left, as uge.

I pounded out a six-mile fun run, give or take 59 minutes (stoplight every two minutes, awesome). My Garmin pace was 9:54, but lord knows that the stoplights ruined my awesomesauce pace that I was ripping. Yup just used that as a verb.

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Immediately after every workout, I down a recovery smoothie. Usually the recipe includes dates, banana, protein powder, dulse, xanthan gum, and EFA oil, but we were all out of dates. I KNOW I didn’t know what to do with myself…

SO I used my girl scout superpowers and got thrifty. (side note: I was never a girl scout I just like to pretend I was)

What does a girl do when she’s all out of delicious dates? She finds the next best dried fruit in her house. In my case, it was dried figs.

Say whaaaaa?!

Yup, Figgy Smoothie to the rescue!

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Figgy Recovery Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup dried figs
  • 1 tsp. dulse flakes
  • 1 tsp. xanthan gum (optional)
  • 1 tsp. EFA oil (or other oil of choice)
  • 1 (heaping) tbsp. protein powder (I roll with Vega Vanilla Sport)
  • 2 cups water

Directions:

  1. Bend, baby, blend! Enjoy in a bowl, with a spoon. Only way to go.

I went with my favorite Pooh mug. It is giant, adorable, and makes me feel like a child again:)

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This recovery smoothie recipe is based on Brendan Brazier’s recovery smoothie from his book, The Thrive Diet. I’ve found that this smoothie gives my muscles the refuel they need immediately after working out (no matter how hard or easy!), and reduces soreness and cravings by a million.

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So even if you didn’t just work out, you should make it anyway. Because it’s really, really good. This was one of those times when you get to the bottom of the mug and think to yourself, Wait, wasn’t there more than this before? I swear I didn’t eat all of that already..

Well guess what self, you just did.

Time for me to go make some din! Should I roll with some socca, or pizza?! Help a sista out:)

See you tomorrow boos!!

What should I roll with for dinner?

I’m really indecisive when it comes to food. I just want everything!

Favorite post-workout smoothie or snack?

This son of a gun.

What was your Thursday workout?

Six mile fun run in the sun:)

xoxox,

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New Baby #2

Good morning bloggy boos! How are you?

Thank you for all of your favorite juicing combinations!! And for the congratulations on my first new baby of the week🙂 She has become a he, and been affectionally named Darren. Lisa, you know me too well:)

Also, I am so glad you guys are gaga for Bressert Kale Chips! There will be more variations this weekend, just you wait:)

Sorry about the absence over the last couple of days:( Being a senior can do that to ya. It’s a bit of senioritis (which the Padre understands, and responded to with, “It’s like running a marathon, sometimes you gotta take a break for a week” <—Love him) and a bit of the fact that I am hearing from a couple of my schools this weekend and the rest by April 1st.

Holy man.

I should be more nervous than I am, most likely, but I think it is good that I’m relaxed about this. What’s the point in worrying when it’s out of my hands, you know?

But anyways.

Yesterday I got a little present from the UPS guy.

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Well, more like a present from myself, to myself. Awe, Katelyn, you shouldn’t have;)

We should all feel loved (especially by ourselves!) sometimes. Okay all the time, cause honeybunches you are a pile of lovebunch. To get serious for a moment, just remember that your family, friends, and bloggy boos love you times a million. If you are struggling with loving yourself, don’t hesitate to shoot me an e-mail🙂 That is all for the seriousness. Back to business.

I bought myself a Garmin.

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Why? a. I cannot run outside without knowing how fast/far I am going, or I just get disoriented and feel super slow (way diff than a treadmill) and b. This will make my half marathon training (and future marathon training) a lot more effective. The best part is you can plan your workouts on the computer, and upload them to your watch. It beeps at every interval/pace/etc., which rocks my socks. Love you new workout buddy:)

I purchased this on Amazon last week for $127. Not a joke. So if you bought one for full price, you might as well be kicking yourself in the pants right now.

I am in love. This watch will be my fifth appendage for the rest of my life.

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Any name suggestions? I am thinking this one should be Brendan after Brendan Brazier, so I can channel his inner beast.

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^^Just TRY and tell me that picture doesn’ t make your brain hurt a little.

Obviously as soon as my new toy came, I had to hit the pavement. The Padre asked if I wanted to go running with him, so obvs I jumped right on that. What’s a better way to try out my new toy than to get my butt kicked by my marathoner Dad? That’s right, nothing.

So, I got my game face on..

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And kicked some asphalt.

p.s. Doesn’t it look like I photoshopped myself into that picture? I’m floating basically.

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Roughly five and a half miles, including approx two miles of walking because my knee began to hurt. No injuries around here people, we are all about prevention! I am not going to get an ouchy knee right when I get my brand new toy, oh no I am running in the ice and snow no matter what (by the way Mother Nature I am not happy with you, why did you take away our sunshine?!).

When I got home, I had a quick smoothie and then went to my doctor’s checkup, running clothes, Garmin, and all. I’m pretty sure they appreciated it:)

Then I came home and had some goodies. I am pretty sure my stomach is bottomless. So, I had breakfast for dinner (aka Brinner). You crave what you crave, people!

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A Cookie Dough Bowl con bananas, carrots on the side. Addiction.

And some Kelp Noodles! I recently found these at Weggies, and basically peed my pants. Even our health food superstore in town doesn’t have these. I am impressed once again:) (bee tee dubs we could still use a Whole Foods or TJ’s around here!)

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These are so. good. Crunchy, mild flavor (takes on the flavor of whatever you put them in), and so refreshing. A+!

I enjoyed them with some marinara and nooch, as well as on my salads. I am not going to show you pictures because it looks fugly, but isn’t fugly food the most delicious?:)

That is all for today chickadees! See you tomorrow:)

Do you have a Garmin? Any tips/name suggestions?

We should make a Garmin club and all go running togeths. Running party at my place, mmk?!

Seasoned runners: any tips for running in general and training?

Fill me in, love doves!

Favorite new food finds?

Kelp noodles:) I am always up for a new product! (as long as I can pronounce the ingredients, and there are as few as poss. No HFCS for this girl.)

xoxox,

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why not thrive? + socca to me!

Good morning rays of sunshine:) How are you?

Okay so this morning I have a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT. The Padre is going on the Brendan Brazier Thrive Diet for 30 days!!

GUYS I AM SO EXCITED this means the Padre will be eating just. like. me. I have never been so excited in my entire life.

Aren’t you proud of him?!

This is going to SKYROCKET his running performance and recovery, plus it will help him when he goes back to work (April 1st!). Padre will soon be eating a Cookie Dough Bowl and a Quinoa-Hummus-Raisin-Balsamic Bowl. Oh yes. Just you wait.

Here is a rough meal plan I made for him:

Thrive Meal Plan

Breakfast:

In a bowl:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 tbsp. almond butter
  • 1 tbsp. chia or ground flax seeds
  • Fruit
  • Almond/hemp/coconut milk, etc.

Or

In a bowl:

  • 1 scoop Vega protein powder (black canister in snack cabinet)
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. flax seeds
  • ½ cup – 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 tbsp. carob powder (optional)
  • Non-dairy milk

Or

In a bowl:

  • 2 tbsp. almonds
  • 1 tbsp. chia or ground flax seeds
  • 1 tbsp. hemp protein
  • Fruit
  • Non-dairy milk
  • Carob powder (optional)

Or

Smoothie (blender)

  • Recipes in Thrive Diet Recipe section
    • Generally, include lots of fruit, a few tablespoons of seeds and nut butter, and some hemp protein powder.

Lunch/Dinner:

  • Big salad (romaine/spinach/mixed greens) or veggies
  • 1 cup cooked pseudograins (quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth)
  • 1 cup lentils/beans/hummus
  • Handful of seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, chia, flax, sesame, hemp) or almonds
  • Top all with balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or lemon juice, and hempseed oil or EFA oil blend
  • For other ideas, there are fantastic recipes in the Thrive Diet book.

Snacks:

  • Energy Bars
  • Vegetables with hummus
  • Fruit with a handful of almonds
  • Smoothie (see Thrive Diet recipes)
  • ½ cup quinoa mixed with ½ cup lentils and your choice of dressing (marinara tastes great!), with veggies
  • Banana with almond butter or handful of almonds

Pre-Workout Nutrition:

  • About an hour before working out, Energy Pudding is best. In mini-chop, combine:
    • 1 banana
    • ¼ cup dates (about 6-8)
    • 2 tbsp. ground flaxseed
    • ½ tbsp. coconut oil (cereal cabinet)
    • 1 tbsp. carob (optional)
    • Splash of water
  • Immediately before working out, if necessary, eat carbohydrates. This includes all fruits, mainly bananas, dates, and other dried fruits.

Post-Workout Nutrition:

  • After a workout, a smoothie is best. Within 45 minutes, ingest a high-carbohydrate drink with small amounts of protein and fat. The general smoothie recipe is:
    • 1 banana
    • ¼ cup dates
    • 1 tbsp. hemp protein
    • 1 tsp. EFA oil blend
    • 1 tsp. dulse flakes
    • Water
    • Grated ginger (optional)
  • One to two hours after your smoothie, eat a high-protein meal, such as the lunch and dinner suggestions above.

SO this means he will also be eating some of the food I cook. Sharing is caring🙂

Last week during a day when I got to come home for lunch, I (successfully) made socca! My first attempt was rather um burnt, but it’s fine this one turned out amaze and tasted even better.

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And since I can’t eat things just plain (um hello, Quinoa-Hummus-Raisin-Balsamic Bowl), I had to make it socca pizza. And let me tell you, it was so good I ate it for lunch AND dinner.

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So make this tonight, or you will be kicking yourself in the pants when you actually do try it and realize you should have made it sooner.

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You have been warned.

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Socca Pizza

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup garbanzo bean flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • Pinch of stevia
  • Marinara sauce
  • Nooch (nutritional yeast)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and grease a round 9-inch cake pan with EVOO.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine garbanzo bean flour, salt, stevia, and some hefty shakes of Italian seasoning.
  3. Add water and oil, and mix thoroughly until all clumps are gone.
  4. Pour into your cake pan and sprinkle with more Italian Seasoning.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes, or until top is firm.
  6. Let cool in the pan for a few minutes, and then invert and let it cool on a cooling rack, or upside down on a plate.
  7. Cut and top with marinara, nooch, and spinach lettuce or other veggies if desired.
  8. Enjoy!

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This was absolutely perfect.

I was expecting a funny flavor (pre-baking, the batter tastes horrendous), but it was so. good. Subtly sweet, yet savory at the same time.

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I topped mine with Amy’s Low Sodium Marinara and nooch.

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On my Pooh plate, obvs.

Can I just eat this every day for the rest of my life?

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Sooo dense. My fave. Don’t give me fluff, give me substance.

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Devoured.

So as I said, make this tonight. Don’t be kicking yourself in the pants later on;)

See you tomorrow loves!

Have you ever tried socca?

YESSS thank goodness I finally made it!

Have you ever helped a parent or family member to eat differently?

My sister went vegan thanks to my influence, and now I’m helping the Padre maximize his marathon training!

What are your favorite pre- and post-exercise snacks?

See above:)

xoxox,

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I love British accents.

Whaddup gangstas! How’s your Indulgence Friday been?

Mine has been AWESOME, it is sunny beautiful here in my neck of the woods again and I am in lurve with the smell of spring. It makes me think of flip flops, skirts, puddles, and drawing with chalk on the sidewalk (yes I know am I way too old to still be doing that:)).

But because it was so sunshiney beautiful, I could not resist going on a run outside with the Padre. It was sunshiney but incredibly windy, aka we went super slow but it is totally fine it rocked and my calves are screaming. my Dad whooped my butt, did I mention he is a marathoner? If you would like to hear about my idol, aka the best Dad in the world, check out this post. But grab the kleenex first.

Running Outfit #1:

Then Padre told me how ch-ch-ch-chilly it was, so I put on my Under Armour and the Padre’s Spibelt. This thing rocks, I put my Droid in it so we could use the My Tracks app (which is SO cool by the way, it is like a free Garmin:)), but I forgot to hit “record” so we had no idea how long we ran!

Groooarrr all I know is that is was a killer 67 minutes and it was awesome:) Enjoy these pictures, feel free to giggle and point at me showing off my Spibelt but just know that you are jealous you do not have a professional runner’s fanny pack too:)

Whaddup fanny pack!

Oh and a MySpace-y picture, as per usual.

Haaaaaay Under Armour:)

Oh and then I chugged a hugh jass Brendan Brazier Thrive diet smoothie. I love him, he is a god.

Slash since you are all dying for the chocolate cake recipe, I thought I should tell you…

The Indulgence Friday recipe will be up tomorrow, I was recruited for an emergency babysitting job (I am a saint I know), so unforch I cannot eat/finish the chocolatey deliciousness that is currently chilling in my fridge, but you will have a delicious fudgy chocolate recipe tomorrow just you wait:)

So I am currently sitting on the giant gorgeous white couch con a million afghan blankets, the lappytop, and a remote that gives me access to any and every channel that exists. And watching Two and a Half Men. Anyone know a good show on Friday nights? I have every channel in the world and I do not know what to do with myself!

Wait that is a lie, now I am watching Wizards of Waverly Place, I am a sucker for all things Disney, it’s fine I’m a child inside. Maybe that’s why I am such a good babysitter?

I love babysitting:)

Did I mention the people I am babysitting for are British? Listening to them speak is like liquid gold flowing through your ears, it lulls my pretty little self to sleep like a lullaby (in a good way). I could literally listen to them talk all day, if ears could eat, British accents would be chocolate🙂

And they are my next door neighbors, which means that our houses are almost identically laid out. it is freaky deaky, it is like walking into my own house. The entire upstairs is the exact same format as mine, so it is tempting to walk into my “room” on the way to the bathroom but I resist:)

Don’t forget to send in your Mission: I Feel Pretty pictures! And if you missed my last post, I am going to be in the D.C. area Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday and I would love to have a bloggy meetup with anyone in the area!:)

Have a good evening bloggy boos! See you tomorrow:)

Is it sunny where you are? How have you been enjoying the sunshine?

YES, and running and skipping in puddles:)

What is your favorite show to watch?

Lie to Me, Glee, anything on Disney, Grey’s, Desperate Housewives, Greek, Jersey Shore duh.

How are you celebrating Indulgence Friday?

CHOCOLATE FUDGE CAKE:)

xoxox,

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Tangent Tuesday

Good morning lovies, and Happy Bunny Bunny Day! I hope everyone had an awesome Monday:)

Thank you all so much for your thoughtful comments on my last post! I loved hearing your stories and opinions about “supporting the troops”, whether it be through supporting someone you love, being a soldier yourself, or simply supporting the humanity of our men and women in uniform.

Additionally, I cannot be more thankful for all of you who are praying for my family. The last few months have been a trying time, which I will talk about on CK eventually, but for now needs to remain a family matter.

It warms my heart that we are in your thoughts and prayers! Please also keep Allie’s grandmother and family in your thoughts and prayers. Together, we can all get through the best of times and the worst of times! That is one of the reasons I love blogging so much, all of YOU:)

You really are the sweetest readers in the world, and I cannot even tell you how much it means to me to read your sweet comments and e-mails every day. Sorry to get all sappy on yous, but I just love you guys so much!! Let’s all have a bloggy meetup and talk about our deepest darkest secrets and eat lots of cookies and pizza and chocolate, mmmk?:)

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I really wanted to blog yesterday, but I was just too busy! The start of being a second semester senior is both stressful and exciting. Preparations for and decisions about the end of the year (and next year!) are being made, and I cannot wait to get a head start on my life:)

So, now for Tangent Tuesday! My girl Janae started Three Tangent Tuesday a week or two back, and I caught on with the tradition, but today I am just going to go on a tangent instead of telling you three random things because I like to talk too much🙂

Firstly, I got this son-of-a-gunster in the mail yesterday, and I cannot put it down. Can I just say that Brendan Brazier is a genius, aka my idol, aka reading this book is going to make me super speedy:)

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If you have not tried Vega products or heard about Brendan, you clearly live under a rock (just kidding…kind of) and need to go check it out now (the funk soul brotha…name that song!). He will make you an athletic MONSTA:)

Also, I started two new classes! Psychology and Law & Government.

Psych I just love, and Mr. Hiller is bomb. He has incredible dry humor that makes me want to be his best friend. Because it’s TOTALLY not weird to want to be friends with your psych teacher.

Law & Government is a riot because it is taught by my main man, DWilson. And yes, I call him DWilson. Last year, I had a serious boyfriend (a story for another day), and he would bring me to his Law & Government class on occasion to show me off and just basically be a riot (he was the “funny guy”). So, DWilson and I are tight. We chat about wisdom teeth and all things hilarious like Jersey Shore and whoopie cushions.

You know, normal stuff.

In P.E. we started our square dancing unit, which is like a BIG DEAL at our school. First of all, everyone loves it because we don’t have to change, and everyone gets super into it and wears cowboy hats and boots. At the end, there’s a square-dance-off that is televised throughout our district and people actually care about winning this thing. And no, there is no prize like a giant jar of pickles or anything.

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HALT, QUICK NOTE!!

This is really really important. So listen up.

I discovered that Cookie Dough Bowls are even better with a tablespoon of chia seeds and a tablespoon of ground flax mixed in pre-soaking (ew, soak is such an icky word!), if it is even possible to make these any better.

Well technically, you could add a bucketful of Swedish Fish and Twizzlers and chocolate chips and marshmallows and chocolate sauce, but that is only allowed on Sundays.

So, if you haven’t had one yet, I am here to inform you that you have not lived and must go mix one up right now. Yeah, right now as in get off your tooshie, missy!

 

That is a recycled picture because I blog too early in the morning and there is no such thing as natural light in Upstate New York.

Sorry, kiddos, you would NOT want to see one of these bowls in fluorescent lighting and all mixed up, it is not a pretty sight. But then again, fugly food always tastes the best, right?;)

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Tell me three random things about you!

Feel free to rant, your comments make me smile:)

What books are you loving lately?

I need suggestions, one of my New Year’s rezzies is to read more but that is currently a fail, give me something highly entertaining and delicious:)

Tell me your stories about your senior year! Or, if you’re not out of high school, tell me about what you’re looking forward to in your senior year!

I just love being a senior, end of story. I will have to elaborate more in another post;)

Talk to you later lovlies! It’s time for me to put some real clothes on and go to psych. Have a rockin Tuesday!

xoxox,

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