It can be tough during the holidays with lots of treats around. And it's especially hard if you're gluten-free, dairy-free and/or egg free. I was craving ginger cookies, and felt inspired by my sister, so I adapted a recipe. I'm pleased with how it turned out! They're ginger-y and soft.
With less than two weeks until Christmas, I thought I'd put together a handy list of healthy holiday gift ideas. Why not get your loved ones something thoughtful that they'll love and use?! I've categorized ideas into: Sleep, Environment, Equipment, Stuff, Experiences, and From the Heart.
I prefer to bake fruit in the fall and winter so thought I'd try out baking pears today. Super easy, less than 5 minutes of prep time, and yummy! Plus I've been using 1/2 pear as my pre-workout food! Not too heavy, and it's giving you the carbs you need to train properly.
The holidays wouldn't be the holidays without some delicious desserts to share and savour with friends and family.
Some people prefer the classics, baked with rich premium ingredients. While others prefer alternatives...delicious treats made with whole-food substitutes.
These energy balls are perfect for eating just before or during a workout. All you need is one or two to get that extra energy hit you're looking for! These are energy dense, so "a little goes a long way".
Lately I've been experimenting with adding more variety into my diet. So I thought I would take the opportunity to also add some recipes to my blog. This week...zucchini chips! Yup, they taste amazing, and they're great for a healthy and satisfying snack :)
Grab yourself a zucchini, organic and from a local farmer if possible. Pre-heat the oven to 300 degrees F.
Last year, I took a hard look at my personal core values and being an environmentally friendly person was (is!) one of them. This didn't mean that I had to change everything in my life and completely live like a pioneer, but there are some pretty easy and simple things that I've done that I think do make a difference.
Here are my favourite changes I've made to be more environmentally friendly:
My Grammy lived to be 98 years old and took really good care of herself. Seriously, her skin was awesome. She always told me her secret was staying out of the sun. Now that's not really an option for most of us, but I have always remembered her lesson and have been known to take "sun care" a little bit more seriously than my family and friends.
In 2012, I trained for a late season Ironman, and that meant training all summer long in the sun. After that Ironman, it didn't even look like I had been outside at all that summer!
Here are my top recommendations for limiting sun damage:
2017 has definitely been a year of change and transition. Everything about my life has changed, including my physical location, priorities, schedule and general way of life.
When it comes to training and racing, I normally set out some goals in my mind for that season. But until this year, I hadn’t ever written them down. Or really thought about them. Like really analyze them and determine what it actually takes to achieve them. I more accurately could describe them as wishes that I hoped would come true by the end of the season.
A couple months ago, I started emailing my triathlon coach my goals. He suggested that I break it down into three areas: goals for the month, the year, and beyond this year. So I did just that. Wrote out my goals for the year and coming years. Each month, I write out a few to focus on for that current period.
One of the most enjoyable things about being in Turks and Caicos and in particular, farming, was taking pictures. There are beautiful plants everywhere. I took a ton of pictures of flowers, vegetables, fruits, leaves and other foliage. So in my first edition of "Foto Friday", here are some of my farm foliage favourites: