Goodies for the upcoming Oilman!

Packet pick up of goodies and all related info for the upcoming race on Sunday. Some fabulous goodies in the form of a long sleeved shirt and a beanie!

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My closest friends (my family in Houston) who are also my team mates for the race on Sunday snapped a picture of themselves in their stash!

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I’ve still got a stinking cold and the race is 4 days away, well technically 3, so I’m crossing my fingers and dosing up on Nyquil to get ready for Sunday. My wetsuit is ready to go and I’m hoping the cold water isn’t going to finish me off as I have to canoe 45 miles next week as well!

I’ll post a pic on Saturday when I get my stash on Saturday! πŸ™‚

Healthy eats whilst camping!

Since Houston is so hot I like to camp in Fall (which let’s face it – is the most beautiful time of year anyway) which brings up the question of meal times whilst away from home comforts.

I adore camping and everything involved MINUS the packing up at the end of a trip and then unpacking at home! Last weekend I was supposed to be doing a half ironman distance practice race swim Saturday morning and then heading over to camp. (For my athlete followers who are wondering where all the fitness posting has gone, it’ll be back soon, I’ve just been cleared to start running again with my Achilles injury provided pain doesn’t go over a 5/10). The weekend didn’t quite go to plan as I ended up being quite ill Friday, all through the weekend and still recovering somewhat now. Probably burnt myself out a little bit!

Back to the camping and the food: Like anything in life, preparation and readiness is the key! If you don’t think ahead of mealtime and wait until you get hungry then yes, you are going to scoff those chips in the cupboard; or grab a fast food meal on the way home just because. The same adage that applies to your weekly food plan/intake; applies to your camping trip or time away from home: forethought.

It can be difficult if you live in a climate like we have to keep things stored safely and not have them perish; we actually managed really well and enjoyed some delicious food whilst away!

My top 3 choices for the weekend:

Mexican Corn: Whole ears of corn, mayo (or a substitute), tajin and fresh lime juice.
This is not only super easy to make but also very cheap! It’s possibly my favourite thing to eat when camping! Up to you whether you want to cook the corn in the greenery (I love this personally) or you can peel it and wrap it in foil. Once cooked put some of the mayo/substitute on it and then sprinkle tajin in your preferred amount over it and lastly squeeze the lime over it! DELICIOUS!!!!

Roasted vegatable kebobs: Select some peppers, onions, mushrooms etc and chop them into large chunks and pop them on skewers and grill them until ready! You can season as you wish or even marinate them a little before!

Baked sweet potatoes: Wrap them in foil and put them carefully in the bottom of your fire (or on top of your barbecue if you’re grilling) – these need plenty of time to cook! Be careful when fetching them back out. Up to you which topping you prefer for your baked sweet potato to make it sweet or savoury!

I’ll find some pics for you guys later! πŸ˜€

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

So I stumbled upon this awesome blog this afternoon when searching for more Vegan inspiration and I wanted to share it with you guys. Some amazing recipes – I’ve started following because I want to keep track of the yummy things I want to try out and also because I’m excited about what might appear next!

Enjoy!

PoshPGHgirl Cooks

I’ve been wanting to try Spaghetti Squash for the longest time and I love it! I was a little apprehensive about using it for Pad Thai but it all came together deliciously! I made this to accompany some pot stickers I had in the fridge. It ended up being about 4 cups of Pad Thai or so.

– 1 Large Spaghetti Squash

– 3 Green Onions

– 4 Garlic Cloves

– 1 Medium sized Carrot (shredded)

Sauce:

– 3 Tbsp Chili Sauce (mine was more of the hot and less of the sweet kind!)

– 3 Tbsp Soy Sauce

– 2 Tbsp Sriracha

– 1 Tbsp Hosin Sauce

– 2 Tbsp Peanut Butter/Almond Butter

-1 Tbsp Sesame Oil

– 1/4 cup chopped Peanuts (for topping)

To get started preheat oven to 400*, cut the spaghetti squash, take out the guts and seeds (SAVE THE SEEDS you can roast them for…

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Juice recipes for the week!

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Green Machine:

Inspired to juice by Joe Cross (Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead) I tried his Mean Green Juice and then adapted my own version.

(this makes nearly 20-24 fluid oz)

6 large celery stalks
6 red delicious apples
1 lemon
1 whole bunch of kale
1 whole bunch of spinach

If you want a kick you can add a small piece of ginger and if it’s not sweet enough for you (I taste it and add as I feel fit) then you can add more apples (one at a time).

My all time favourite bright juice: (this makes about 16 fl oz)

Sunshine juice:

1 sweet potato
1 peach
6 carrots

This already has kick so I wouldn’t bother adding any ginger.

Mojito fruit juice: (makes around 16oz)

1 punnet of blueberries
1 punnet of raspberries
1 lb of strawberries
3 apples
1 or 2 sprigs of mints – personal preference
1 orange (optional – I don’t usually bother with it)

You can add more or less fruit and mint as you wish. Have a play around with ingredients. I don’t drink pure fruit juices very often as they’re quite high in sugars and I’d much rather eat the fruit but it’s refreshing and if you want to increase the volume you could add a juice or to make a Friday evening relaxing drink a drop of Fresca (fizzy pop).
Created by AWJ, AD and SC πŸ™‚

Favourite juice recipe you’d like to share (and leave credit for if it’s not your own)… mention it below!

Going green in H-town.

Sat in Barnes and Noble with my partner in crime (well eating crimes, not sports endeavors) while he works and I read my shiny new Vegan cookbook from the wonderful Oh She Glows blog makes me excited to try out some of the recipes. I lack the creativity to come up with ideas on my own when it comes to anything cooking related these days. Thinking about the excitement of baking and spending time in the kitchen makes me wish is was a crisp Autumn/Fall day outside but alas, it’s sweltering here in the city and the guy behind me has been reading out loud for the last 1.5 hours (yes, don’t we all love it when that happens!). What I’m really craving is one of those New England fall days where you can hunker down in boots and a thick sweater (maybe even a log fire) and then bake and cook to your heart’s content in some giant fully stocked kitchen. HA, and then I wake up!
For those of you who have been reading at all over the last few weeks know about my energy crisis and my investigation into a more green lifestyle/diet in the hopes of improving my overall health and energy levels. I’ve been checking out local spots to help support these ideas.

Here in the Houston area we have some great resources that I’m tapping into:

Georgia’s Farm to Market on i-10
Sprouts Market on Westheimer (by Half Price books after BW8)
Sweet Tomatoes (Campbell Rd on i-10)
Ruffles Green
Most Indian restaurants
Vegan buffet on Richmon and Weslayan
Zoe’s Kitchen – various locations
Rawfully Organic – order boxes as part of a co-op online and pick them up at locations around the city
Ziggy’s (Montrose near La Boheme)
Joe V’s at 43rd and 290
Trader Joe’s
Whole Foods
Half Price books – for those recipe books and helpful hints! – Various locations.

You don’t have to go to ‘specialist locations’ to get the things you need, there is also HEB, Kroger, Walmart, Randall’s etc and I also shop online a lot if I can wait for things – Amazon are helping a lot and then just generally googling things and doing some price comparisons!

A HUGE thanks to my wonderful coworker and co-motivator for all things Half Ironman and Vegan related, HW! – She helped me with this list by sharing some of her key locations in the city.

A key piece of information that I’ve picked up in my reading and speaking to people is that your changes in lifestyle don’t have to be one giant overnight overhaul, you could designate a day a week to go meat free or try out a new recipe. You could switch a new lunch recipe in a few times a week or try making a juice a couple of evenings (warning, the juicing is super addictive and SO easy to get into! It takes less than 5 minutes to make up a juice AND wash up!)

So my challenge for this week is to drink at least 3 juices over the course of the week! What will yours be?

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Photo courtesy or realfoodforlife.com

Healthy alternatives to French fries.

I go through phases with foods and at the moment generic salads are on my ‘meh’ list. Don’t get me wrong I’m not a French fry fiend but nor am I a salad enthusiast. Where I fall down is general meal content and snacks. Ahhhh snacks, how I love thee, let me count the ways!
Anyway, where was I? Snacks and general eating.. I drank a lot of juices (fresh and home made) over the summer and it made me so much more aware of what else I was putting into my body calorie and health wise. It also made me take more notice if flavours and the foods I was consuming. So rather than shoveling empty calories and unhealthy foods I got on Pinterest and looked for some healthier (and by healthier I mean not fries), quick (because really who has the time to make a 3 hour meal that will be scoffed in 15 minutes) recipes and alternatives to some of our everyday go to’s, snacks and sides.

Top ideas:

Asparagus fries
Sweet potato fries
Sweet potato fritters
Tomatoes with mozzarella cheese (Italian style)
Quinoa salad
Veggie sticks and hummus
Roasted vegetables
Honey glazed veggies
Pumpkin protein oat bars
A fruit or veggies juice
A smoothie
Baked cinnamon apple chips
Black bean tacos
Home made granola
Apple slices with peanut butter
Portion of cottage cheese
Kale side salad
Gluten free grain cookies courtesy of Oh She Glows vegan blog (and so many other awesome ideas on here!!

If you have any suggestions get in touch or leave a comment!

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Photo courtesy of paleoaholic.com

Alternate training when injured.

I ran 2.5 miles last night, starting off in moderate discomfort so a slow but steady pace. Well, this discomfort increased into mild pain and then into horrible agony.. yes I’m a fool! So don’t make the same mistake as me! If you feel pain, stop!
My doctor hadn’t told me not to run so I thought I’d be ok.. I have to go back for my next treatment on Monday and have a running assessment there to look at my gait etc. and see what impact this is possibly having on my achilles. If I haven’t improved by Monday there is some suspicion of a partial tear. I’m really hoping it’s just me being silly and running like a muppet!

So in the mean time I have to keep training in the hopes of maintaining some level of fitness so I think Insanity will be out the window. I’m going to try some gentle cycling and see how I go with a session on the elliptical at some point. My main aim for the next couple of weeks will mainly be swimming as I’ve got a few long distance swims coming up.

So ideas for alternate training if you need to take it a bit easy on yourself (read less impact).

Elliptical
Bike (indoor or outdoor)
Weights (avoiding injured area)
Swimming
Aqua aerobics
Yoga
Pilates
Stretching

And take plenty of hot baths with epsom salts, soak your muscles, get massages and drink plenty of water!