Best Healthy Cookbooks and Fitness Reads in February 2018

I read, drooled and became inspired with some of the Best Healthy Cookbooks and Fitness Reads in February 2018.

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Along the way, I picked up so much great advice to keep me motivated with my running and exercise routines along with healthy, fit recipe ideas to fit my busy, active lifestyle. Read on to find out more! Continue reading

Nutrition Timeline for Marathon Recovery + Pizza

There’s plenty of nutrition advice out there on what to eat and drink BEFORE and DURING a marathon to optimize performance. However, what you consume immediately AFTER a marathon, and over the next 24 to 48 hours, is equally as important — it plays a significant role in the recovery process. Your taxed body demands fluids and nutrients to bring hydration back into balance, kick start muscle repair, and restore mental focus and mood. Bounce back from your 26.2 (or other endurance event such as Ironman, Spartan, century rides or even just intense pre-race training) quicker and more completely by following my suggested post marathon nutrition recovery timeline. Nutrition Timeline for Marathon Recovery - what to eat immediately and up to 48 hours after an endurance event like marathon, Ironman, Spartan, century ride, and more.

Read on to get the details on my Nutrition Timeline for Marathon Recovery, see what foods I pack in my drop bag, get questions answered (like should I take supplements), and get a speedy, satisfying, celebration-worthy post-marathon pizza recipe.

Also, ANNOUNCEMENT – I will be taking over the Whole Foods Market 365 Instagram story starting Saturday evening through Sunday (Feb 17th to Feb 18th) to share with you my experience prepping, running and recovering from the Austin Marathon. So, FIND ME! Continue reading

Everything You Wanted to Know About Collagen Hydrolysate & More

This post is sponsored by Great Lakes Gelatin, however all opinions,comments and enthusiasm are my own.

Collagen, it’s really become the supplement darling of the health & fitness crowd lately (me included), and for good reason!

Everything You Wanted to Know About Collagen Hydrolysate and more

Read on to find out what collagen actually is, the benefits of using it (especially for a master athlete), my favorite was to incorporate it into my daily routine, and more about the brand I’ve been using (Great Lakes Gelatin).     Continue reading

Sugar Free Beet Kettle Corn

 

Pardon the pun, but this recipe for Sugar Free Beet Kettle Corn just “popped” into my mind and I knew immediately the idea needed to come into fruition! Sugar Free Beet Kettle Corn

I really love me some salty-sweet popcorn, it reminds me of good times had at the state fair, football games, rodeos and kiddy carnivals! What I don’t love so much is the sugar overload, and that’s why I’ve made this “skinnier” version and added beet juice powder to boot! Read on to get all the details and full recipe — package some up as a Valentine’s Day snack for your sweetie! Continue reading

Procrastinator’s Guide to OCR & Spartan Training

Soooo, you signed up for a Spartan race — or other obstacle event like Warrior Dash or Tough Mudder — and now race day is looming near. Your date with destiny is coming up as quick as those breakfast tacos scarfed down before running to the gym in a last-minute panic.  Whether you’ve put off training as a passive-aggressive act, life just got in the way, or you’re a newbie who’s now just been “filled in” by so-called friends, the down and dirty news about your procrastination isn’t so discouraging. While you might not win the race, there is still time to lock in some mental and physical training that will get you to the finish strong and having fun! The Procrastinator's Guide to Spartan Training

Check out The Procrastinator’s Guide to OCR & Spartan Training, for all my 11th hour advice!  Continue reading

Jalapeño Cheddar Chicken Tenders are Winning Munchdown

The stomachs of football fans everywhere are getting ready to rumble – it’s almost Super Bowl Sunday. Whether you are rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles or the New England Patriots, or just tuned in for the commercials, GOOD FINGER FOOD is one thing we can all agree on. My recipe for Jalapeno Cheddar Chicken Tenders with Ranch Dip is a favorite at all gridiron gatherings – and is likely to be gone sometime between kick off and half time.  Good reason to make a double batch!

Jalapeno Cheddar Chicken Tenders

Read on to get the yummy details and full recipe (that I originally created for Litehouse Foods): Continue reading

Best Healthy Beef Recipes for Game Day

The main dishes and snacks served at your big football party are equally as (if not more) important than the action served up on the gridiron. Beef up any game day grub plan with my highlight reel of hearty yet healthy recipes that are so meaty and so marvelous, I just had to share them again! Better make a double-batch of all these Best Healthy Beef Recipes for Game Day, they are a sure bet to be gone by half-time.

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Hot Spiced Watermelon Lemonade for Running & Workout Recovery

This post is sponsored by The National Watermelon Board. All opinions, editorial comments, recipes and enthusiasm are my own.

I can’t say I HATE running in cold weather because even when the temperature drops, I’m still out there moving and grooving my body in the sport I love. But, I get chilled to the bone, my feet freeze, my fingers go numb . . . it doesn’t matter how warmly I’m dressed. Coming home to my Hot Spiced Watermelon Lemonade with collagen is not only a tasty treat, but thaws me out and fills me up with nutrients I need to expedite my workout recovery and bolster my immunity. Hot Spiced Watermelon Lemonade for Workout Recovery

Read on to learn more about my Hot Spiced Watermelon Lemonade for workout and running recovery, check out my how-to video and get the easy recipe. Continue reading