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5K Day

16 Jun

Yesterday, Mama Roy and I ran our first 5K together!  It was so much fun and I can’t wait to participate in more races… I’d like to find a 10K to compete in this summer – now THAT would be awesome.

When I run in the morning, I keep myself at around a 10-minute mile.  It’s a comfortable pace for me.  Could I go slower?  Of course.  Could I go faster?  Yeah, I definitely could – but it would give me that gasping-for-air type feeling and I personally like to keep at a more comfortable pace for the duration of 5 miles.

Race day, though, is a little different as far as my pace goes.  Between nerves and excitement, I ended up really pushing harder than I had anticipated.  I finished my 5K in 27 minutes and 14 seconds, making my pace 8:46/mile.  I was really proud of myself and more importantly I loved the feeling of running a race and crossing the finish line.

Fueling your body properly before a race (or any kind of workout) is pretty important.  The food you eat prior to your workout could contribute to how hard you’re really “sticking it out”.  Running, in particular, requires good carb intake.  I don’t eat at all in the mornings before my runs because I go so early that I just can’t stomach anything.  But in the case of yesterday’s race that took place at 6:30 in the evening, I knew that what I ate during the day beforehand would ultimately effect my performance.

I researched here and there a little bit to figure out what to eat before a race and more importantly when to eat.  I already knew that carbs and proteins are essential before a race but what I didn’t realize is that fats can give you a feeling of fullness that lasts hours without weighing your stomach down.  I’m not talking about greasy crap-food from 5 Guys.  I’m talking about healthy unsaturated fats that is in…. peanut butter, for example.  This is the article I read that makes me feel less guilty about my(often large) spoonful of peanut butter daily ritual.

And so, I decided that three hours prior to racing I would eat a bowl of overnight oats… a meal inspired by my good friend at Chocolate and Chaturangas.  It wasn’t made exactly how Evan’s incredible recipes state (she’s got LOTS and I’ve tried almost every single one) because  a meal too high in density would linger in my stomach during the race which is something I wanted to avoid.  I simply soaked 1/2 cup old fashioned oats in 1 1/2 cups of water and zapped it in the microwave for about 4 minutes.  I let them cool to room temp for a while and then stuck them in the fridge for about 8 hours.  I added a spoonful of Greek nonfat vanilla yogurt (to give it body and creaminess), a touch of vanilla extract, a pinch of salt and then stirred it around til it was nice and creamy.  I swirled a tbsp. of peanut butter throughout and sliced up 1/2 a banana in there.  Hello, running fuel.  And thank you, Evan!

Looks good, right?  But please, do yourselves a favor and get the real deal right here.

– Alex

Perfect Parfait

9 Jun

I popped my parfait cherry today.  Never before today had I ever made a parfait before but for some reason I had been thinking of the idea all day and decided to give it a shot.  It was absolutely scrumptious and really hit that snack spot.  I thought I’d share because it’s a decently healthy snack in the middle of the day when you just need a pick-me-up to get you through until dinner.

Eek you can kinda see my face... creepy.

And here’s how I layered it:

A generous spoonful of Stonyfield Greek nonfat vanilla yogurt

1 tbsp. Bear Naked Fit vanilla almond crunch granola

A couple banana cubes (I used 1/4 medium sized banana altogether)

1 tbsp. White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter


Then I added just a few cashew halves on top for an extra salty crunch

Tip:   Be careful with your portions here.  It can easily turn into a diet-buster if you’re not mindful of the amount of ingredients you use.  I used just one 5.3 oz. package of yogurt and I measured out the granola and peanut butter so that I didn’t go overboard – which I very well would have since these are some of the most delicious foods I have in my house at the moment!!

Happy snacking and enjoy!

– Alex

Sweet & Salty Mini Rice Cakes with Peanut Butter

2 Jun

It’s snack time.  That awkward time of day between lunch and dinner where you want to wait until dinner to indulge in a nice hearty meal but just can’t get the thought of food out of your head.  You need something to hold you over so you don’t binge eat at dinner time.  That something for me today was sweet & salty mini rice cakes with peanut butter.  Now sometimes I’m craving something sweet – actually, a lot of times I’m craving something sweet.  Sometimes salty.  Today – it was both.

What to do?  I looked around the cabinets and pantry and fridge… half hoping the hunger would subside because it’s 5:30; surely I could make it til dinner!  WRONG!  The more I rummaged, the hungrier I became.

Here’s what I came up with:

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How good do those look?  Just a small 170-calorie snack to keep the ol’ tum from growling away until dinner.  6 rice cakes with a dollop of peanut butter on top.  Yes, a perfect combination of flavors to feed my sweet & salty fix!

Happy snacking, everyone!

– Alex