Fall for Holiday Smoothies at Red Mango

This post is sponsored by Red Mango, however the opinions about my experience are totally my own.

When I searched directions to Red Mango, a yogurt and smoothie franchise I’d been hearing great things about, the “popular times” chart next to the Google map indicated that a surprising amount of people are there around 6pm. Yay, I knew smoothies and/or frozen yogurt before (or in lieu of) dinner was a legit thing!  Red Mango austin

Hey, I’m always starving post workout, so I don’t care who knows I’m that girl who likes to be first in line to get her food. The way I see it is that I earned my smoothie with sweat equity and, in fact, if I don’t refuel with some healthy carbs and protein pronto, I’m going to lose my hard-earned investment. Finding out Red Mango was offering fall-flavored smoothies for the holiday season was the pumpkin-spiced cherry on top of the day – read on to find out: Continue reading

15 Minute Full Body Blaster Workout with Surge® Storm

If you’re like me, it’s the middle of the week and your attitude or schedule (or both) is getting in the way of a full gym workout. When my to-do list gets out of control and my stress starts to spike, a quickie workout always helps me kick my cranky mood in the butt. 15 Minute Full Body Workout with Hedstrom Fitness Surge Storm

I’ve put together a 15 Minute Full Body Blaster Workout using the Surge®  Storm from Hedstrom Fitness. Using just three movements that capitalize on the dynamic motion of the water inside the apparatus, you will kick up your heart rate and burn calories while working nearly every muscle known to man — or woman, as the case may be. Read on to get the workout and all the details. Continue reading

101 Ways to Use Hatch Green Chile + Central Market Festival

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August is one of the most awesome months of the year! Never mind the sizzle of 100 degrees outside or the bittersweet emotions of back-to-school . . . .  it’s freakin’ Hatch green chile season, baby! Hatch Chile Festival at Central Market

Central Market invited me to celebrate at their Hatch Chile Festival  (running until August 22, 2017) and share my love for this famed pepper hailing from New Mexico.  Oh, you KNOW I was into this invitation like a salty tortilla chip in hot salsa! I tasted, I learned tips & techniques, I took home fresh Hatch and packaged products, and today I’m sharing all that and 101 Ways to Enjoy Hatch Green Chile Now & All Year!

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How to Pick the Best Healthy Snack Bar + Energy Bar Giveaway

This post and giveaway are sponsored by Nature’s Path; however, the nutritional tips, editorial comments and enthusiasm are all my own.

Not all snack bars are created equal. And, with an entire grocery store aisle devoted to these popular between-meal munchies, it can be a confusing, tongue-clucking task deciding which bars to buy and which to avoid – some can contain more fat, sugar and calories than a candy bar! Not to mention concerning chemicals, additives and fillers.

How to Pick a Healthy Snack Bar

So, whether for a gym bag, lunch box or office drawer, read on to find out how to make healthier choices when it comes to snack or nutritional bars.  Also, don’t miss my giveaway at the end of this post for a 2-month supply of Superfood Bars from Nature’s Path. Continue reading

Supplement Strategy of Middle Age Female Endurance Athlete – Peek Inside my Medicine Cabinet

Friends and acquaintances on social media frequently ask me what supplements I use to support my active lifestyle. Partly, I’ve never really answered the question because it feels like opening up my medicine cabinet and inviting strangers rifle through at their leisure. And, also partly because I don’t want anyone to use MY cocktail of supplements as a cookie cutter solution for their needs. That just won’t work, we are all unique people with different needs. Peek Inside My Medicine Cabinet

However, that being said, I think that many of my supplements, considered individually, could help another female athlete (and in some cases, men) optimize wellness and performance . . . and so, I share! But please consult a medical professional if you thing you want to try one or more of these. Read on to learn about my major challenges as an elite master’s athlete (running, obstacle course racing, and CrossFit) and the supplement solutions I use on both a daily and as-needed basis. Continue reading

12 Ways Get Your Running Groove Back During a Marathon

Running a race is just as much mental as it is physical. You can be in the best shape of your life, but show up on the start line with a fatalistic, “I can’t do this” attitude, it’s my experienced guess that you won’t. On the flip side, while you can’t give up solid training for attitude alone, developing mental toughness and maintaining a positive outlook can help you get through some bad patches in a marathon, triathlon, obstacle course, or any other type of race.  12 Ways to Get your Running Groove Back in a Marathon

Read on to find out a dozen ways you can get your groove back and focus on the light at the end of the tunnel once you’ve flirted with the dark side.  Continue reading

May Food and Fitness Finds + Spartan Emoji Recap

I have lots of great food & fitness to share, so Iet me just jump right into it!  First up, I ran Spartan Race Austin last Saturday and earned a spot on the Master’s Podium!

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I made a zillion mistakes in the race, but hung in there despite wanting to fuss at myself, give up and bail!  But, since at this more mature age, my strongest athletic asset has dwindled down to just good old-fashioned grit, I didn’t quit. Plus, I had the satisfaction of coming home and reminding a son (for the 1000th time) that “quitters never win, winners never quit.”

Keep reading on to get the remainder of the recap in a single series of emojis — yes EMOJIS. No need to take this too seriously. Also, I have some other great finds to tell you about. Continue reading

Coffee & Athletes – Performance Perks + Consumption Timing

Coffee is a social unifier, people are constantly meeting up for a cup, professing their addiction love on everything from t-shirts to internet memes, and it’s a go-to gift for the person who has everything (because you can never have enough coffee, am I right?). While coffee brings us together, it can also set you apart in your athletic endeavors if optimized properly within a training diet. Coffee and Athletes - Performance Perks and Consumption Tips

Today, I’m spilling the beans on how coffee can improve performance and endurance, increase focus, and provide that extra edge your looking for on race day.   Continue reading