Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Peanut Butter Flax Cereal

Let's face it, breakfast gets boring. Especially healthy breakfasts. This cereal will change your breakfast routine. And there are a ton of different things you can add so it's always different. Aside from it tasting yummy, it's extremely good for you. The "cereal" is actually ground flax. Flax meal is a great source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and more. Depending on what you add to the base flax meal, this breakfast will be your powerhouse meal of the day. The fiber and protein will keep you fuller, longer and the omega-3s, as well as another component of the flax called lignans, act as natural anti-inflammatories. Between the flax, peanut butter and fruit, you're getting every micro and macro nutrient you need to feel good all morning. I add pumpkin seeds for even more of a nutritional boost. Pumpkin seeds are a great source of fiber, magnesium, potassium, zinc and iron. And the cinnamon also boosts the healthy-ness of this meal. Cinnamon has been shown to help reduce blood sugar, cholesterol and blood triglycerides. Not bad for a little spice. This meal is completely grain-free, gluten-free and vegan. Here is the basic recipe of the meal, but experiment with different additions. The possibilities are endless.

Peanut Butter Flax Cereal

4 tbs ground flax meal
1/2 cup boiling water
2 tbs natural peanut butter
1 medium banana, sliced
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds

Place the flax meal into your bowl. Add the boiling water and stir until all the flax is moistened by the water. Let the mixture sit for a minute or two to thicken. Add your peanut butter and mix thoroughly. Add your bananas and pumpkin seeds and sprinkle the cinnamon on top. Yum!

Notes: I use regular, natural peanut butter (ingredients: peanuts and possibly sea salt...nothing else!) but I've also enjoyed this with almond butter (again, made with just almonds and possibly sea salt) and Nuttzo's creamy dark chocolate nut and seed butter for just a hint of super yummy sweetness. Remember though, only use a serving size of whatever butter you use, which is typically 2 tbs. With regard to the fruit, really any fruit is great to add. I have bananas on hand most of the time so that's usually what I use. But berries of any kind are also a good choice. And other seeds you can add are hemp seeds or chia seeds. Only add a serving size of the seeds you add as they will increase the calorie/fat content (though healthy fat) of the dish. But the seeds will help increase the nutritional value of the meal and the added fiber and omega 3s will help keep you fuller. For those of you that are athletes running/biking/working out for longer than 90 minutes at a time, this is a great recovery meal.

Happy eating!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Spring 10K and Half Marathon Program set to begin 2/23!

It's all about making a fresh start, right? I'm not talking about the New Year, which doesn't really feel all that new anymore. I'm talking about your routine. Being successful is hard, especially when you're in a rut. Well, we're giving you a chance to make a fresh start. Whether you're a beginning runner and you're looking for some guidance or you're no longer a newbie but ready to take on a new challenge: we can all use a kick in the butt to help us move in the right direction. Politely put, we can all use a fresh start. Here's yours:

What:  12 Week 10K and Half Marathon Running Program 
When: February 23rd through May 10th, 2014 
Where: Moonlight Beach - Encinitas, CA 
Time:   Every Sunday at 8:00AM (some runs will meet on Saturdays instead, dates TBD)
Price:   $100 (race registration is not included) 

Program Logistics: We will meet Sundays starting 2/23 at 8:00am. The group will be training for the Girls on the Go 10K and Half Marathon on May 10, 2014. This race is open to both men and women. Guys, you better join us! For more info, check out our new, sparkly website.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Mother Runners can party...

This week I had the pleasure of seeing my friends Dimity and Sarah at the Another Mother Runner event at the Road Runner Sports, Carlsbad. 

Me (left) with Dimity and my friend Mary 
If you haven't been to am AMR event, you're surely missing out. Sarah and Dimity wrote Run Like A Mother, the hilarious, real-life how-to book on how to get in shape without sacrificing all your obligations. In their follow-up, Train Like A Mother, they help readers find and train for a race, ranging from the 5K to the marathon. The popularity of the books have helped the duo's website, podcast and Facebook page become the go-to places for women runners to get advice, share experiences and build relationships.
Dimity (left) and Sarah talking about their latest,
"Train Like a Mother"

Honestly, it was a great night with some great people. Dimity and Sarah read a few passages from their books, told some pretty hilarious stories and gave away a butt-load of awesome prizes. Yes, butt-load is a real term. In fact, I won a prize. I actually never win anything. No, I'm not one of those people that win lots of things but exclaims, "Oh my, I NEVER win anything!" as I'm running up to claim one of my many prizes. I really never win anything. I am a loser. Though now I can't say that as I won a gift certificate that I can use towards something from 110% compression/recovery gear. This looks super sweet and I can't wait to use it. I haven't decided what I want, but I'll let you know! 

My super-awesome friend Joanna with Dimity.
Joanna won a watch from Soleus! 
Speaking of winning prizes, my friend Joanna won a watch from Soleus. Super lucky girl!!

I've been to a lot of these book-signing/running-celebrity events and I have to say, hanging with Dimity and Sarah and all the mother runners was one of my favorite events. Meeting other mother runners, who have to juggle kids/work/husband/life just like I do is quite empowering. You know, I love guys and guys have their stuff to deal with. But we women have a harder road to run. We do. There are far more bumps in the road (guys, you really can't say you have it worse than we do. Let's just leave it at menstruation, pregnancy and lactation, shall we?) and Dimity and Sarah have created a forum for us to talk about these things without embarrassment. In fact, we're all just a little more empowered and MUCH better runners because of it. 

And I'm so happy I finally got them to sign my book after all these years. Whenever I saw them, I didn't have it with me. And I feel really honored that Dimity said I was a BAMR. For those of you not in the know, BAMR means Bad Ass Mother Runner! 

Carry on, girls!