Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Pomegranate- It's What's Good for You

Who else loves pomegranate seeds like me? They are in season now in North America and you can get them very reasonably priced. Do you know you can easily seed them too?
Here's a link that will show you how HERE. I don't put my hand under it though.

If you want to know the health benefits the POMEGRANATE COUNCIL will give you the details. It is a true powerhouse!!

If you haven't tried it, or not for awhile, I suggest you do.

Have a wonderful day.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Food! Food! Food!

How is even possible to lose 4 pounds when it seems like we ate so much food!?!
Here was our schedule in Bolivia:

6-8AM- breakfast buffet

What I normally ate for breakfast:
some sort of bread/pastry
lots of fruit
awesome coffee- at least 3 cups

8:30AM- leave hotel for serve opportunities
water, water, water....only bottled
never ate outside of our hotel

Noon-1:30: Lunch buffet
My normal lunch:

creations/salads similar to mousse
green salad
bean salad
cooked plantains
fried yucca (similar to potatoes)
rolls (about 1/2 the size of an American roll)

2:00- leave for serve opportunities
water, water, water

5:00-7:00PM  Dinner

mixed vegetables
green salad
Choice of beef, chicken or fish - I usually had 2 of some protein
dessert- mousse/fruit - I usually had 2 of these too, because it was hard to choose.

Some days  our schedule would change a little and we'd eat lunch when it seems like we just had breakfast. But I seriously felt like I was eating an enormous amount of food. Oh yeah, and I drank some type of fruit juice almost at every meal. Some was too sweet, but I wanted to try it all.
When I actually look at it this way, I was eating pretty healthy and not snacking between meals.

Now, if I could just figure out how to do that at home!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Made With Chobani

I don't know about you, but I always have Greek yogurt in my fridge. I heard that Chobani was looking for creative ways to use yogurt in a fall dish so I thought I'd share this post.  I could have easily used it to bake some delicious pumpkin treat, but then I would have eaten it all and  it would have defeated the purpose of making it healthy!
I admit it, all of these came out of my refrigerator. I have not been able to find a good clean substitute for this processed salad dressing. Have you looked at the ingredient list of these? I try hard to ignore them!! 
 So, this is where I thought I'd start. I brought home some lovely Dijon mustard from France, mixed in a bit of honey and Chobani Greek yogurt. I kept adding one or the other until it tasted good.

 Does this salad look fantastic?! Clean, unprocessed and delicious! And can it get any easier? Try it, you may like it!

 Smoothies are all the rage these days, some are more healthy than others. I'm surprised that more recipes don't utilize Greek yogurt to increase the protein in the smoothies. I cup has 22grams of protein. So just adding 1/2 cup makes your smoothie smooth and gives you 11g of added protein to keep hunger at bay.
And what's not to love about spinach and blueberries!?

How do you like to use Greek yogurt? 

Check out THIS SITE  for many, many wonderful recipes using Chobani yogurt. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Portland Half Marathon

So, the race I've been training for is here and gone. 

 I finished in 2 hours 29 minutes and am happy with that. Anything under 2.5 is good for me
 Saturday was packet pick up and Sports Expo. I met up with Michele and we had a really fun afternoon together.
 The race starts very early since it is also a full marathon. The first wave leaves the start line at 7AM.
 The line slowly moves up as each wave starts. 
 Not a flattering photo. The headband is perfect for keeping stray hairs in check and keeping the sweat out of my eyes. It just is not flattering at all. (egg head, anyone?)
 There's the start line......finally made it!
Portland is known for their great medals and swag. Along with all of this ,we got a rose (Portland is the rose city) and a cedar tree seedling.

I'm looking forward to focusing on healthy clean eating and giving my legs a rest.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Autumn Hiking

 We couldn't pass up a beautifyl day in autumn to go hiking!
It was so pretty and the weather warmed up quite nicely!

I hope you are enjoying nice fall days.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Running in Europe

On the right side of the map I've added two more dots for running! One in France and one in Iceland.

Here's a few photos that I snapped while out in Thannenkirch, France. (I'd go back here in a heartbeat)

 Stacking wood is an art form!

 I heard pounding and tapping and when I arrived up the hill, there was a sign (with an arrow) and an open door- I went in. He spoke enough English to tell me his dad taught him woodcarving. It was so awesome!!
 Amazing, intricate and detailed.

 I used air bnb to find this place. This was the view out our kitchen window.

And the church bells rang beautifully through the countryside.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Still Moving

I haven't been posting here much but I'm still moving and still eating healthy with occasional splurges. 24 days to the Portland Half Marathon and my training is going well, despite my longer work days.

Today I had to get up before sunrise to get in 8 miles. It was a pretty morning.

Tuesdays are generally my interval runs at the gym on the treadmill. 

Saturdays are my long run. Tomorrow I'm out for 13 miles. 
We plan on running while on vacation, but not lots of miles.

Take care!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

It's Zucchini Season

Anybody else eating and enjoying lots of zucchini? At our Saturday market  one woman has been packaging mixed zucchini with garlic and an onion and vacuum sealing it.
We have been loving it! I saute them for dinner then add any leftovers to my morning scrambled eggs.
Do you have any wonderful summertime recipes you'd like to share?

Make it a healthy week!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

C'mon With Me on a Scenic Run

 While out camping this past weekend I thought I'd go ahead and stick with my running schedule which called for a 10 mile run!

 The first mile was on dirt/ dust road. I was up and going pretty early so I wasn't too concerned with traffic blowing dust. I love seeing my surroundings up close and personal!
 You may be able to see how white the brush is next to the road. It is so dry and dusty and it coats everything close to the road. Love these big trees in the forest! I live in the desert and do not have tall trees like this.
 The north fork of the Clackamas River. 
 This doesn't look steep but it was a steady climb to the 5 mile point.

 I climbed about 1000 feet in elevation . It was so nice to know that what goes up must come down!
This was the best 10 miles I've done in a long time.  Thanks for coming along with me on my run!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Exercise this Week

 I haven't posted much here but have been staying on track of my half marathon training goals.

A Sunday long run instead of Saturday.
1200x4 intervals at the gym
Mid week, mid length run.

I've been trying to eat healthy and will be sad when all the wonderful summer fruit and veggies will be no more. I'm especially enjoying watermelon!

Have a great weekend.