Blueberries and Ginger

blueberriesGingerMy doctor recently told me blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant levels and to try to eat a handful a day!  I’ve also been hearing ginger is really good for you!  I’ve been incorporating both in my daily spinach/kale, pineapple, and mint smoothies– and it is delicious!  Have also been trying to put in flax seeds, but I’m not as big of a fan of it.

Lip Balm

lip balmI’m on a constant hunt to find all natural and really moisturizing lip balm.  I was a big fan of “Say Yes to Carrots” lip balm, but unfortunately, they stopped selling them in my local stores.  Happily, I purchased a lip balm by “Wine Country Organics” at the Curtis winery in Santa Barbara wine country (and where our hostess implied I was a cat lady and I accidentally retaliated by spilling all over her wine menus!).  The lip balm is 100% natural and is very moisturizing and shiny– perfect!  I stalked up from this website: http://www.winecountryorganics.com

 

Post-run awkardness

So the first few runs after the BIG half-marathon, I was back on the treadmill and weirdly, I felt really awkward running. Like I didn’t really know what to do with my arms and the rest of my body. Think maybe it’s a weird transition to go from running outside to being back on a machine. But every attempt, it cracked me up, because I feel like Jack on 30 Rock when he’s trying to tape this ad scene and he forgets how to walk. I get it!

Carrot Juicing Help

So ladies, have you tried and had any luck with making carrot juice??  Every time I’ve gotten it at a juice bar, I think it’s so delicious.  But it hasn’t been the same when I’ve made it myself.  I use whole carrots and tried adding lemon, ginger, and ice this last time.  Maybe I need to try carrot and apple.  If you have any delicious ideas, please share!

Juicing Recipes Part 2

Recently we’ve been very actively juicing and have tried a couple really great recipes which I’ve included below (all recipes courtesy of “Clean Green Drinks” by Candace Kuman).  I’ve ranked in order of my favorites:

1. The Juicy Watermelon – Watermelon (4 cups), baby spinach (1 cup), kale (1 cup), large cucumber.  This is an extremely refreshing drink and we enjoyed after a muckfest training this past weekend and it really hit the spot.  Perfect for summer!

2. The Cucumber Cleanser – 1 Fuji Apple, 2 cups kale, 1 large cucumber.  This is again a very refreshing drink and the apple gives it a nice sweetness

3.  The Cucumber Honeydew Melon – 1 medium cucumber, 2 cups kale, 1.5 cups honeydew.  I double the amount of honeydew in the recipe to give it more sweetness and tonight added some lemon which was a nice twist

4. The super beet and kale cleanser – we deviated from the original recipe of beets, kale, and cucumber and added some grapes to this one but I thought the cucumber adds a different taste with beets.

5. The Beetroot Blend – 1 large beet, 4 cups spinach, 1/2 fuji apple.  I am slowly but surely warming up to beet juices and think the apple helps give this one a little sweetness.  Not my favorite but would definitely make it again

6.  The sour apple – 1/2-3/4 head romaine, 3 cups spinach, 1/2 apple, 1 tsp ginger, 1 tbs lemon juice.  This has been my least favorite but believe we added way too much ginger so I would try again with about half the ginger we originally added (was definitely more than the 1tsp the recipe called for)

We have only explored one chapter of her book so much more to come on juicing!

Wine Country Half Marathon

After 12 long weeks of training, we finally ran our half marathon on May 10th, in Santa Barbara wine region.  The course was a little hillier than any of us were expecting (particularly the last mile or two), but we all finished and lived to tell!!  I am so proud of all of us for this accomplishment and thankful that my friends convinced me to take on this challenge late last year.  We raised close to $2,000 for the American Parkinsons Disease Association and thank all our sponsors for their support.  I’ve included a couple pics from the race and am still laughing at all the great times we had on the journey!!

 

Scenary Shot

Right after the race, I'm not feeling great

Right after the race, I’m not feeling great

Enjoying some Santa Barbara Wines

Enjoying some Santa Barbara Wines

Shot of our awesome shirts and butts!

Shot of our awesome shirts and butts!