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Up until recently, Larabars were a staple in this house! Recent information regarding Prop 37 (GMO labeling of foods) came to my attention and made me change my mind. Do you know Larabar is owned by General Mills and they have contributed $520,000 to defeat proposition 37? Yowzas! Sounds guilty of using GMO foods to me!

Well, it’s time to make my own Larabars then! These are pretty easy and you can make a variety of flavors. Both our kids LOVE them! Everyone at my Crossfit gym loved them too ;-) The Key Lime Pie was the favorite flavor!

Homemade Larabars

I made Key Lime Pie and Almond Cookie flavors but plan on making more. More recipes posted below photos. Enjoy!

Key Lime Pie

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup Seedless/Pitted whole Dates
  • dash of sea salt (optional)
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/3 cup shredded…

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I’ve been searching for easy’ish, healthy, plant-based, whole foods breakfast and lunch ideas to pack for our daughter to bring to preschool. It’s not easy, that’s for sure! I came across these donuts and had to try them! The school provides meals but I wasn’t too happy with the menu so I opted to send food with her. Donuts and chocolate milk were one of the breakfast options… yeah, um no thank you. THESE donuts she can eat!

These donuts are awesome! You can also make this batter into muffins if you don’t own a donut pan. I bought one from Amazon just to make these, I was so excited about the idea!

Carrot Cake Donuts

I found this recipe on Straight Up Food whole foods, plant-based food blog. She has a bunch of really great recipes, take some time to check out her site!!

Carrot Cake Donuts

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Veggie meals

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I have a collection of pictures of vegetarian/vegan meals that I have made in the past week. Ideally I was hoping to post them day by day but that didn’t go as plan. O well here they are now…….

Pasta salad. Noodles, tomatoes, broccoli, Italian dressing, and black olives. Delicious.

Scrambled Tofu. Tofu, olive oil, nutritional yeast, tomatoes, black olives, onions, soy sauce. It taste just like eggs

 

Some awesome meat less chicken strips with teriyaki sauce. A must have

Homemade hummus. chick peas, salt, pepper, tahani, garlic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green smoothie. Spinach, banana, soy/almond milk, ice

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running injury

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It appears that my  injury with my knee has put me into rest time with my training for the half marathon. Big bummer! I went all week with no form of exercise and tried Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred today. No such luck there. The knee still was hurting. So my next plan of action is walking short distances and getting back into yoga for the time being. I have to do something and sitting on my butt is not a option. The half isn’t until April so I have plenty of time to recover and train. I found a nice article at Shape.com about yoga which is getting me excited about trying the poses again.

By nature, I am not a comparer. Everything has its plusses and minuses in my book (except, of course, yoga which is all plusses!). So, while I am not anti-gym, I do think that yoga kicks the gym’s derrière on every level, and you can kick your own (butt, that is) in yoga, literally, if you feel like it!

People are always curious as to “what else I do” to “work out” other than yoga. The answer? Nothing! Yoga is everything my body needs to function at it’s absolute best. Here’s why:

It’s efficient! Why would I waste so much time at the gym working each part of my body separately when I can connect all of the dots and do it all at once with yoga? No amount of lifting weights is going to make my arms as strong as holding up my own body weight in yoga. Also, practically everything you do in yoga is engaging your core, from core-centric poses to moving from pose to pose, using your core to stabilize your body. And in different inversions and arm balances, yoga allows you to raise your heartbeat, strengthen your muscles, and lengthen them out all at once. How’s that for efficiency?

It can count as cardio. All you have to do is try a few sun salutations or any flow at a good, steady pace, matching your breath to your movement. Or, if you are a bit more adventurous, try some Kundalini kriyas (like the Kundalini frogs in the step-by-step breakdown of shoulder press pose.)

Yoga is not a competitive sport! I prefer yoga to the gym as I steer clear of anything that involves pitting myself against others. Isn’t there enough competition in work and in life in general? While some people thrive on trying to be the fastest in spin class or trying to run longer than the woman on the treadmill next to them, in yoga it doesn’t matter what any one else is doing. There is no comparing or competing because there is only you.

It saves money. In fact, yoga doesn’t have to cost a penny. All you need to practice is you. You can wear any clothes that allow you to move, and you don’t even need a yoga mat: grass and carpet work just fine. If you want some inspiration, there are plenty of great, inexpensive yoga DVDs or free online videos.

You can do it anywhere. With no equipment necessary, it doesn’t matter if you are at home, at your office, on the road—or even in the streets of NYC, as in the SHAPE Yoga Anywhere videos. So long as you have the desire, you can strike a few poses.

Yoga will help you lose weight. Practicing yoga changes your mind: It changes the way you approach life, your body, and eating. Yoga shows you how to appreciate your body for all of the amazing things that it can do for you and points you in the direction of wanting to fill your body with the best possible fuel rather than processed junk food. And changing your mind about your body and the foods you feed it will be a much more effective weight-loss tool than burning a bunch of calories in an aggressive kick-boxing class and then mindlessly plowing through equal or more calories later that day.

Hello, variety. Yoga can be different every single day, if you want it to be. Want a challenge? Throw some arm balances and inversions into your practice. Need to focus? Try a few balance poses sequentially on the same foot. Or if you’re seeking relaxation, hang out in pigeon, a few seated forward folds, and a restorative backbend.

No injuries. In yoga, you learn to unite your body and mind. This allows you to move with ease and pay attention to how your body is feeling at all times, so you move in a way that feels good for you and not one that puts you in places your body doesn’t want to be. The result? An injury-free, strong, healthy, whole you.

In all fairness, I realize that this is a pretty one-sided argument (okay, a totally one-sided argument). But, for those who ask, “What else you need other than yoga?” I say: If you are going to chose one over the other, chose the one that saves you time, saves you money, makes you feel great, and helps you lose weight.

Tips for scary dogs when running

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If you are like me you have a lot of dogs in your neighborhood. Luckily most of their owners keep them on leeches or in fences but just in case you come across a scary one here are some tips brought to you by runners world magazine.

VOICE

DON’T: A high-pitched, shrieking voice broadcasts fear and may activate the dog’s fight instinct.
DO: Use a deep, firm voice to convey a sense of calm.

POSITION

DON’T: Turn your back and run—that’ll make you look like prey, which may encourage a chase.
DO: Stand tall, facing the dog and slowly, calmly back away.

EYES

DON’T: Direct eye contact can seem aggressive to a dog, further encouraging a physical encounter.
DO: Watch the dog out of the corner of your eye without making direct eye contact.

BODY LANGUAGE

DON’T: Cowering may activate a prey response, while a combative position may instigate a fight.
DO: Stay relaxed, and use an upright posture to give a sense of authority.

TIP: LAST SHOT
If a scary dog really comes at you, spray it with water if you have a bottle. Clough suggests carrying mace, just in case. “It sounds terrible, but it doesn’t hurt the dog, and you’re teaching it not to be so aggressive.”

Alfredo no cheese

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Tonight I experimented with a recipe I found on Food.com. It is Alfredo sauce that in dairy free. Instead of Parmesan it uses nutritional yeast. The hubby said it was good but he still prefers the usual Alfredo with Parmesan but the kids loved it.

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

1 -2 garlic clove minced

3/4 cup plain soymilk

2 teaspoons all-purpose flour

3 -4 tablespoons nutritional yeast

oregano

salt

black pepper

1 pinch nutmeg

Directions: 1 Heat oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add minced garlic and lightly saute just until fragrant. 2 Stir in the flour and stir for about one minute. This will be thick. 3 Slowly pour in the milk. 4 Add salt, pepper, oregano and nutmeg.Stir until creamy and thick. 5 Turn off the heat and stir in nutritional yeast. 6 Serve over your choice of pasta.

Read more at: http://dairy-free.food.com/recipe/dairy-free-alfredo-sauce-143759?oc=linkback

 

Giving up Dairy

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After watching this video and a multiple of other things I have decided to give up dairy. Of course it seems hard I know because my family does a lot of cheese, cheese, and oh yeah more cheese. Today work was paying for our lunch since we were in a training. All of the options contained meat on them. I was  the “picky one” and suggesting I just get a salad instead since I don’t eat meat. When I received my salad it was covered in cheese. So i’m doing a do over. Tonight I made dairy free pesto with the help of my kiddos. I figured if the kids can eat it than I did something right.

 

 

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Rest days

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So i’m taking the next few days off from exercise. I plan on starting my half marathon training after the rest days are through. This will also be good for me since I have been really tired from working over. The life of a doula is unpredictable. I will post when I start my training. Here is my half training plan:

 

Half Marathon Training Schedule: Novice 2
WEEK MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
1 Rest 3 m run 3 m run 3 m run Rest 4 m run cross
2 Rest 3 m run 3 m pace 3 m run Rest 5 m run cross
3 Rest 3 m run 4 m run 3 m run Rest 6 m run cross
4 Rest 3 m run 4 m pace 3 m run Rest 7 m run cross
5 Rest 3 m run 4 m run 3 m run Rest 8 m run cross
6 Rest 3 m run 4 m pace 3 m run Rest 5-K Race cross
7 Rest 3 m run 5 m run 3 m run Rest 9 m run cross
8 Rest 3 m run 5 m pace 3 m run Rest 10 m run cross
9 Rest 3 m run 5 m run 3 m run Rest 10-K Race cross
10 Rest 3 m run 5 m pace 3 m run Rest 11 m run cross
11 Rest 3 m run 5 m run 3 m run Rest 12 m run cross
12 Rest 3 m run 2 m pace 2 m run Rest Rest Half Marathon