You can enjoy these cookies for breakfast or anytime. ..if they last that long! 🙂 Recipe : approximately equal parts cooked red lentils and baked sweet potato, add one large egg, cinnamon to your liking (I always go by how it smells then I know I’ve added enough ) then 8 oz pecans ground in food processor. And a bit of pure maple syrup. Drop balls on ungreased nonstick pan. Bake 350 for approximately 25 minutes or until light golden brown on bottom then carefully turn then bake additional approximately 8 minutes making sure not to burn but to bake through. Enjoy and #feelfitforever
One of my favorite things about my fitness and health journey is the learning part. I have learned so much and seek to learn lots more! One of the most important things you can do for yourself, is to know exactly what a food is doing for you or doing to you. Meaning, is it helping you or hurting you. You need to know in great detail what each food is actually providing to you or what havoc it is causing in vast detail. I have always loved bananas. Bananas are a favorite food of many people. They are easy to eat, convenient, portable, tasty and affordable. Most of us know that bananas are a great source of potassium and that potassium is great for lowering blood pressure and is a vital nutrient that needs to be replaced after a workout. Many people turn to bananas for all these great reasons, but did you know that there are many other great ways to get this great nutrient and more of it? For example, a medium sized banana has 422 mg of potassium and 3.1 grams of fiber. A medium sized baked potato has 926 mg of potassium and 4.7 grams of fiber. I enjoy baking an entire tray of baked potatoes ahead of time and keep them in my fridge, so I can eat them many different ways at any time of the day, breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack. To me, the potato is such a great platform because you really can do anything you want with it and enjoy great versatility along with more than double the potassium, almost 2 grams more fiber, and at only slightly more calories. The potato is a champion in the whole food world in my opinion. The potato is portable, can be eaten cold or hot, can be made savory, sweet or spicy. Some of the ways I enjoy them are cold with avocado and nuts or warmed with beans and cheese. But I have enjoyed them so many different ways, it would likely fill an entire book! You will not get bored with potatoes, either sweet or white. I still love and eat bananas but now that I know so much more about what my food is doing for me exactly, I can now choose more wisely. I believe that variety is the spice of life in what you do and what you eat. I encourage all of you to try new things, try new foods, and learn as much as you can about your food. Knowledge is very powerful and who doesn’t want to be feeling fit and powerful. #feelfitforever
My miles for the year are not where I thought they may be, but I am very pleased with them. Please read on to find out why I changed my thinking and how I believe I became a better, more fit athlete. I want to thank each and everyone of you for being you. I learn, I laugh, I live better because of all of you. Many of you inspire me to be more and do more. I try to be that for others as well, those who may look to me for that same type of “if she can do it, than I can do it” or “oh, is that what you have to do to get those kind of results”. Today I read a post about mileage. It was a great post! Made me realize what it takes to get 1st overall. I knew what others do, but it was a good reminder for me. Miles are the caliber of fitness many times. The all powerful and mighty mileage. Many live by it, to some its a mystery. For myself, I try not to compare myself to others, which I am usually pretty good at, but being human, I cannot help but want more and sometimes wish for more. But I remind myself of how very far I have come already in my fitness journey and how my dream is still very much alive and growing. My mileage for the year so far is nowhere near where some people’s mileage is and yet still greater than others. I am happily enjoying my personal journey and very thankful to each and every one of you. Many inspire me to do more and be more and others remind me where I came from and I LOVE that! You are all so very important to me. Thank you thank you thank you! And now without further ado, my mileage for the year as of yesterday 4-13-15, is: Running 73.58 miles, Swimming 28.05 miles, Hiking 10.81 miles, Snowshoeing 4.81 miles. I did suffer a variety of injuries I am not fully recovered from. I run on the road no problem, trails I need more time to strength train to put me at less risk of further injury. I have learned patience in my health journey. I have learned that I need to keep learning about everything and never forget where I came from or where I am going. I am very happy with my miles and encourage all of you to do your best and never feel bad about not having the miles you wish you had. I really thought at the start of this year, that this would be my year in miles and I would have done many more miles by now. But now, I know that you can never know in advance what the future will be, esp. if you are listening to your body and trying to heal and not get re-injured. Let it go. Just let everything go, all those thoughts in your mind, that say you MUST do something. The only thing you must do is honor your body and listen to it. Love your body. Every day. It is such a huge honor, for me, to be a sponsored athlete for Pearl Izumi and I know it has made a huge difference in how I go about my training and my motivation and my health. I am very thankful for this huge blessing in my life. Thank you so very much Pearl Izumi.
My 1st Race of the year was a trail race over the weekend. My physical therapist advised I wear my hiking boots since there would be mud, snow, ice and streams of water on the trail, so that I would not risk further injury while I heal completely. It was a great call because I could feel how easily my ankle would have rolled if it had not been for the rigid ankle high boots. I did not like how heavy they were, but very thankful I was able to run the race because it felt great and I cannot wait to run there again in my Pearl Izumi trail shoe instead. #feelfitforever #PearlIzumiRun #RunSmooth