Monthly Archives: June 2010


I wasn’t originally going to post tonight because I’m feeling super lazy but I decided to go ahead because I do have some interesting things to say.

This morning I made another smoothie attempt with my new rice protein, and I went the green monster route. I threw in:

  • 1/2 cup of almond breeze
  • 1 banana
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1/2  scoop of rice protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp of maca powder
  • 1 tsp of chia seeds

It tasted like…medicine! But I drank it anyway. What am I doing wrong? Any suggestions for those who have tried rice protein before? I know it has great benefits but I’m just having trouble making it taste good. Whey tasted way better, but my stomach couldn’t handle it. Damn you rice protein! Stop tasting like mud!

Anyway, my morning snack was way better.

from googe image search

from googe image search

Fage yogurt from HWFC! Bonus: It’s made locally, in Johnstown!! It is rich and creamy…dare I say…thicker than Chobani? I enjoyed it.

After work I headed to the gym for some speedwork on the treadmill.  I contemplated running outside for about five seconds, and decided treadmill would be way easier for me. I’m so glad I decided that because I felt incredible during my run! (The gross smoothies must be working?) I ran seven miles total in 1:09:25. Here’s the breakdown of the speedwork, which I followed directly from my training schedule.

1 mile warm up, 3×1600 @ 8:57 with 800 jog, 1.5 mile cool down

And I was sore today from my Level 2 workout of Yoga Meltdown, so I was extremely sore when I got off that treadmill. I could hardly stretch on the mat my legs were hurting so bad! I was committed to this workout though. And I was surprised how great I felt throughout the whole thing, especially running the faster pace. Sometimes the treadmill works wonders! 😀

Then I came home, ate some zucchini, squash and broccoli for dinner and devoured about two servings of Friendly’s light moose tracks ice cream. YUM.



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Killer Crane

I swear, I could eat the whole batch of superfood cookies that I made yesterday, they are so chewy and delicious! Ahem…anyway. I hope everyone is doing well on this Tuesday evening.

Last night after participating in a tweet up for foodbuzz, I was motivated to make a breakfast cookie to have for breakfast this morning. I also wanted to try my new protein powder. Here’s the cookie!

I threw in…

  • 3/4 cup of oats
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 2 tbsp of unsweetened almond breeze
  • 1 tbsp of  almond butter
  • 1 tsp of chocolate rice protein powder
  • 1 sprinkle of dark  chocolate chips

It was bit too wet, probably because I usually use 1/2 cup of oats instead of 3/4 cup.

Along with my cookie, I had a chocolate protein smoothie!

It looks a bit like mud, huh? I put about a cup of almond milk into the blender, along with a handful of frozen mangoes and pineapples, 1/2 tsp of maca powder and 1 scoop of the protein powder. Apparently, 1 scoop is WAY too much, because it tasted SO gritty! I couldn’t even taste the fruit!!! It didn’t taste horrible, but I guess I just have to get used to the texture. I’m going to experiment with this powder to get it to taste just right. At least it was FILLING!

My morning snack today wasn’t too interesting…some strawberry Chobani with some chia seeds sprinkled on top. They had no flavor, but tasted like I put some poppy seeds into my yogurt.

Before I actually ate lunch I went for an easy four mile run on my lunch break. I did four miles in about 38 minutes. It was hot and I was pretty tired by the end.


  • Total distance: 4.0
  • Total time: 38:03
  • Mile 1: 9:53
  • Mile 2: 9:08
  • Mile 3: 9:18
  • Mile 4: 9:42
  • Average Pace: 9:35/mi
  • Calories Burned: 482

After my run I came back to a HUGE salad with lots of veggies!! It was quite refreshing.

I also had two of my superfood cookies!

These are not going to last very long…

So after work my friend Lyndsay and I headed to the Honest Weight Food Co-Op for some shopping!

I picked up a couple of random things…

  • Coconut water
  • Fage 2% Greek Yogurt with Cherry
  • Amy’s organic tomato bisque
  • Honest Tea “Just Green Tea”
  • So Delicious Chocolate Non Dairy Ice Cream
  • Boca Vegan Burgers
  • Organic Frozen Sweet Cherries
  • Avocado

I got the avocado because I had tons of left over cilantro and wanted to make some more guiltless guac..however..I didn’t have the white beans, so I substituted red beans and it came out looking like a mixture of green and red guacamole. Ha!

I also made a quick refried bean, mushroom and cheese quesadilla for dinner. Along with the mutlicolored guac and some peach mango salsa!

It tastes so unhealthy, but it really isn’t! The tortilla is high in fiber and low in calories (only 80 in that huge thing), the refried beans are a great source of fiber and are fat free, the cheese I used is made with 2% milk. It was a very satisfying and healthy dinner. For dessert I had some more cookies, and limited myself to only two. 🙂

I was also in the mood for more exercise tonight, so I popped in Jillian’s Yoga Meltdown, but this time I did Level 2. It was WAY much harder than Level 1! I hope I can walk tomorrow! It incorporated much more ab work! AND the dreaded CRANE POSE!!! I tried this pose last night doing some Namaste Yoga, and let me tell you…it was impossible!! I could NOT hold myself up. I think I have zero upper body strength. It looks like I have a new summer goal: complete the killer crane pose and be able to hold it for five seconds. Think I can do it?

from google image search


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Superfood Cookies

I got a package in the mail today!  My order from iherb finally arrived! Last week I ordered Maca Powder, Chia Seeds, and Chocolate Rice Protein from iherb. I’ve been seeing the chia seeds and maca powder all over the blogosphere so I decided to jump on the bandwagon and try them myself.


Maca Powder
According to iherb, “Studies have identified four alkaloids present in maca known to nourish the endocrine system. Maca root has been used as a stress-fighting adaptogen to increase stamina, boost libido and combat fatigue. Maca is a nutrient-dense whole food packed with vitamins, plant sterols as well as many essential minerals, fatty and amino acids.”

Suggested Uses: Benefits
Smoothies, Shakes and Tea Adaptogen
Granola, Cereal and Yogurt Amino Acids
Energy Bars Essential Minerals

Chia Seeds
“Chia is an excellent vegetarian sources of omega fatty acids, an easily digestible form of protein and full of minerals, vitamins and soluble fiber. It contains more natural antioxidants than flaxseed, making it more stable.”

Suggested Uses: Benefits
Smoothies Dietary Fiber
Salad and Stir Fry Protein
Cereals Omega Fatty Acids

I wanted rice protein since the whey protein I used to drink was bothering my stomach after runs. 😦 I can’t wait to try this one out! I put the maca powder to use already by making a batch of Superfood Cookies! I found the recipe on Runner’s Kitchen and I had almost everything it called for, but I had to make a few substitutions. I also made a big mistake when mixing up the ingredients…

Here’s what I put in:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup teff flour whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbs ground flax
  • 2 Tbs maca powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbs white sugar
  • 1/4 cup smart balance (or butter)
  • 1 egg (or to make vegan – whisk 1 Tbs flax with 3 Tbs water)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts (I added these in)

Instead of mixing the wet and dry ingredients separately and then stirring them together, I mixed everything at once! Oops! It was WAY too dry and I thought the batter was ruined! But then I found a cup of unsweetened apple sauce and added it to the dry mixture and it saved the day!!! Woohoo! 😀

The cookies came out really moist and yummy. The bonus is that they are healthy and taste great too. I would definitely make them again!

Okay, I’m off to do some Yoga Meltdown. Have a good night!

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Bash Bish Falls

Yesterday after my 8 mile run, I came home and my sister told me she wanted to go hiking. I was totally up for it, since I love the outdoors and I need more hiking trips in my life. She did some research and wanted to check out Bash Bish Falls in Mount Washington, Massachusetts. The hike to the falls is only a half mile out and back, so a one mile easy hike seemed totally doable, even after using up most of my energy during my earlier run.

It only took about an hour to get there. It is interesting because the hike starts out in Copake Falls in Taconic State Park (which is in New York State) and on the trail you cross into Mass! It’s pretty awesome.

My sister and I also discovered that this park has cabins for camping right across the creek! It was so cool, I would love to camp there sometime! Seeing the cabins made me miss camping.

Eventually we ended up at the falls! It was gorgeous!

There were actually people swimming in the water under the falls, even though there were signs posted all over the place that said swimming was prohibited. A couple of young guys even  JUMPED from the top into the water. They were CRAZY!

It was such a lovely day. It was pretty hot and humid though, so a swim would have been really nice. Too bad we didn’t bring our bathing suits!

The trail was an easy hike. There were people walking it in flip flops! I felt over-prepared with my hiking boots and camelback. 🙂 I did enjoy wearing my new boots though! They were comfy for the short hike.

We spent about an hour total walking to and from the falls. It was nice to spend some time with my sister!

As soon as we got into the car and drove out of the parking lot, it started sprinkling. We timed that hike perfect. It then started to lightning and thunder and we were driving through a downpour! We could hardly see out the window to drive down the narrow dirt roads. Thank God for GPS! We ended up pulling over near a General Store to wait out the downpour.

Imaging if were still on the trail during that? Eeek.

Eventually it cleared out and we headed home. It sure was an adventure!

I came home, exhausted, sweaty, and starving. I wanted to keep dinner simple and healthy. I toasted a sandwich thin and threw some roasted veggie bruschetta and shredded cheese on it. It was sooo delicious and satisfying. For dessert I had some of my mom’s five cup salad and some Edy’s light ice cream. Yum!


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One Busy Weekend

Hola everyone! Phew. Finally some time to blog! I’ve been neglecting the blog world this weekend, sorry about that! Time to get down to business. Let’s start with Saturday morning.

I had two barbecues to go to on Saturday, so for breakfast I had a simple yogurt bowl! I threw in some honey vanilla Chobani, a 1/2 cup of oats, 1/2 of banana, and some fresh strawberries into the mix. It looked like this.

All mixed together. The oats tasted a bit bland. But the fruit helped!

After breakfast I went for an early bike ride. I wanted to get some exercise in because I knew I’d be eating a lot at the parties I had to go to. The ride was a nice workout. I rode 8 miles in 54:14.

After my ride, I made some special guacamole for my sister’s party. This is by far, my favorite guac recipe. It’s so healthy! I love that it calls for a can of white beans. You can’t even tell the beans are in there!

pureed beans! they look lovely.


jalapeño, cilantro, onion, and salt mixture

the finished product!!

This guac is SO good! I make it all the time.

Anyway, after making the guac, I had to head to my friend/coworker’s wedding celebration/bbq! It was such a good time! Unfortuatnely, I was a bad blogger and didn’t get my camera out once!! I can just tell you what I ate.  I munched on some grapes, strawberries and watermelon along with a few cheese and crackers before dinner was served. For dinner I had veggie lasagna with side salad and a hardroll! It was so good and I was so happy there was a veggie option there! Chris came with me to the bbq and he got a pulled pork sandwich and said it was delicious. I believe him!

After dinner it was time to watch the World Cup!!! Katie let us and a few other people watch it in her husband’s man cave. It was a really cool room with a big screen TV and nice sofas! Unfortunately, the game didn’t end well for the US team. 😦 Sad faces all around. But it was still a fun party! At one point it was time for the new bride and groom to cut the cake! I didn’t have the wedding cake, but I did have a small slice of cheesecake, which was delicious!

After that party, Chris and I headed to my sister’s bbq. I also did not take any pictures of this one…sorry. I just wasn’t thinking about blogging for some reason! I wasn’t too hungry for the food here but I did have some of my guac! Along with some of the five cup salad my mom made.

In case you don’t know, a five cup salad is:

  • 1 cup sour cream (my mom used light sour cream)
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 cup mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows

It was SO good and so perfect for a summer bbq, since it tastes really tropical! It was definitely my favorite food of the evening! (I might have even polished off the leftovers today…) Yum.

I also ate part of a salmon burger (no bun), and a couple of cookies. I wasn’t to0 hungry.

On to today…

This morning I got up and knew I had to run eight miles. Let’s just say I was not looking forward to this last night. But, when I woke up I felt really great. I had a piece of toast with peanut butter and honey, and a cup of green tea and I felt more than ready to run. To made my long run more manageable I headed to the gym.

I ran the first three miles on the treadmill to warm up at about an 11:30 pace. I finished the three in 33:40. Not too bad. I felt excellent. I then hopped off the treadmill and got my gear together (spibelt with phone, Garmin, ipod, sunglasses), downed some water and a Clif Shot Blok, waited for my Garmin to load (it took way too long by the way) and was on my way to run the remaining five miles outside.

I actually ended up running 4.77. But let’s say that’s five.

Miles 1 – 3: 33:40
Mile 4: 10:37
Mile 5: 10:26
Mile 6: 10:22
Mile 7: 10:28
Mile 8: 10:06
Total Time: About 1 hour and 22 minutes. Jeeze.

I was getting pretty tired by the end, so I cut off the last quarter of a mile. My feet were hurting, but other than that, I felt great! 🙂

I made a pit stop on the way home to Hannaford for a cold drink. A low calorie Gatoraid G2 grape drink. I wasn’t impressed. It tasted like fake grape flavor. I had a picture of it, but for some reason it won’t rotate from horizontal to vertical. Oh well. I will spare you.

After I got home from running, my sister wanted to go hiking. I was kind of tired, but I thought why not? I already ran 8 miles, why not do a short hike? I will continue with a post about the hike later on. Right now I have to relax and watch some TV…my bed is calling me!

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Froyo Solves Everything

Ah, finally Friday. Lets rewind.

Last night I went to Alive @ Five in downtown Albany to see a free Boyz II Men concert!

It was pretty fun, but sooo crowded! It definitely brought back some memories from the 90s! My friend Ken was SO excited to see Boyz II Men! We had fun singing along with “Water Runs Dry”, my favorite!

My sister also came too!

I had packed a dinner yesterday morning specifically for Alive @ Five, since I knew they would have zero healthy food choices there! I made a simple PBJ…perfect for on the go and I munched on that before Boyz II Men came on! I didn’t take any pictures of it though…since I’m pretty sure you all know what a PBJ looks like. 😉 I also brought a plum and a luna bar!

But anyway, my favorite part of the concert were the ROSES!

It was fun. Courtney also had a nice re-cap of the concert!

I didn’t get home last night until about 8:30. I relaxed for a bit and then decided to do some more Yoga Meltdown. I felt really great after that!

Now, back to today.

This morning for breakfast I had some Kashi H2H with some Almond Breeze and a sliced banana.

It was pretty filling, since I started to drink a few glasses of water in the morning when I get up. It helps!

Morning snack was peach Chobani! How I’ve missed it!

On my lunch break today I had planned on doing a 4 mile run. That didn’t happen! 😦 I went to get changed and I realized I forgot my sportsbra. The most important thing!! I was so angry at myself!!! I decided to go for a walk up to the Empire State Plaza Farmer’s Market instead! I got myself a pint of strawberries! I’ve been dying to buy local strawberries this season and I finally got my hands on some!

So juicy and delicious! I love strawberries. They are my favorite fruit.

I also got a bunch of arugula for $1.50!

Since I was still mad at myself about the run, and I was hungry, I got a vanilla bean frozen yogurt at the FroYo stand! 🙂 It was delicious! But I totally forgot to take a picture of it until after I devoured it.  Let’s pretend it looked like this, but topped with crushed Reeses Pieces. After eating this I felt better. Froyo solves everything.

I suppose I can just run later tonight.

I came back from the Farmer’s Market and made my real lunch, a Morning Star Farms chick’n patty with reduced fat American cheese on a sandwich thin. I also threw on some fresh arugula.

A pretty decent lunch if I do say so myself. Okay, I’m off! Happy Friday!


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The Six Mile Run That Wasn’t

Morning everyone. It’s finally Thursday! Hurray! I was not in the mood to blog last night so I will update you all this morning on what has been going on!

Yesterday I had oats for breakfast, but I was too lazy to take a picture of them. I think I mixed in a mashed banana and some oat bran with some dark chocolate dreams peanut butter. It is such a tasty combo! Yum

Anyway, at work for snack I tried yet another kind of greek yogurt. Stonyfield Organic Oikos 0% fat! Opinion: not better than Chobani. Pros: only 90 calories a cup; cons: smaller serving size. It was okay, since there was no Chobani to be found in the store.

Lunch was a standard PBJ. Or should I say ABJ…I used almond butter instead of peanut butter! So yummy. The jam I used was my Aunt’s strawberry rhubarb jam.  😀

Pretty boring, but tasty. I also had some fruit to go alone with it, as well as a Nature Valley granola bar.

So after work I had a six mile tempo run planned, according to my training schedule. I was planning on going to Chris’ to run the first three miles and then meet up with him for the last three. I ended up running 3.65 in about 35? minutes (I forgot to upload my Garmin info) and I felt really good! Instead of running two laps around the park, I ran down past my old college and around the Pine Hills neighborhood where I used to live. It was kind of an eerie feeling to be running around that neighborhood, where I lived for so long. I think of that time as my past life…where I made so many unhealthy choices about food and not exercising at all. I can’t believe I used to live like that! Needless to say it was bit weird to run by my old apartment. I actually felt really good about myself and how much I’ve changed for the better.

So I met up with Chris to run the last three miles..and about a half mile into that, I started to feel goosebumpy. It was so weird because it was SO hot and humid out, probably about 85 degrees or more. I couldn’t explain why and neither could we kept running and I took a couple of walking breaks. After a mile, I started feeling like it was hard to breathe, like I couldn’t get enough air in…and I started freaking out! This has never happened to me on a run before! I can’t really explain what happened! It was so weird. So we ended up cutting our run short and went for a walk around the park so I could cool down.  So I counted five miles in 53 minutes on my Garmin, which isn’t too bad considering I walked the last quarter mile. But I can’t help but feeling like I’ve let myself down, especially if I don’t complete the miles I want to that day. I have to keep telling myself that no matter what I do, it is good enough! I know that in reality it is. It’s just hard sometimes to keep telling myself that.

Anyway, I searched Runner’s World for some information on getting goosebumps while running, and I found this article, that almost explains it. I know for a fact I didn’t drink enough water yesterday, so that might have been a contributing factor. So Chris also gave me some advice and said I should drink more water as soon as I get up in the morning, because your body needs hydration ASAP after sleeping.

So after all of that, I went home and made a quesadilla for dinner. I got some vegetarian refried beans at the store other day so I could make some! I used a high fiber tortilla, filled it with refried beans, corn and cheese and grilled it on the stove. It came out really good, but a little bit messy! I also topped it with some of my favorite peach mango salsa. It was so satisfying!

So I followed Chris’ advice about the water I drank a couple of glasses this morning before eating breakfast. It not only helps keep me hydrated, but I actually feel more full after eating my breakfast! It was great. I suppose it helps to drink before I eat, rather than after.

Breakfast was another scrambled egg wrap with peach mango salsa. Here’s the photo from last time since it looked pretty much the same. Except I used goat cheese instead of shredded.

Sooo good. I love these. I will be making more of them on the mornings when I have enough time like I did this morning. 🙂

So now I’m actually still full from breakfast! Can you believe it? I think it was the water I drank. Awesome!

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