Christmas Wish List

If you’re like me, your holiday shopping was done a month ago.  If you’re like my husband, you’ve only just begun.  Let me add to the gaggle of Christmas wish lists and give you a few of my wanted items for the season.  (No, this is not a way to sneakily give my family gift hints… or maybe it is.

 

Asics Kayanos-

I’ve run in these shoes since 2008.  The one time I switched, I got a nasty stress fracture.  Lesson learned.  You can find great deals previous seasons’ models right now, too.  If you live close to an Asics Factory Outlet, you can find them as cheap as $60.  Normally they run $150-180.  Worth every penny.  http://www.asics.com/us/en-us/

 

Feetures Socks

You need something to wear with these shoes and I’ve worn Feetures! almost as long as I’ve worn Asics.  With so many styles and options and with their perfect fit, you don’t need to worry about your sock slipping down or causing blisters.  https://feeturesrunning.com

 

Coast LED Headlamp 2-pack

I just bought these at Costco a few weeks ago after an old headlamp burned out.  These are super bright.  But what I love most is that they don’t have a middle strap, so if I don’t want to wear it on my head, I can wear it around my waist.  Still great visibility.  Perfect for your runner during these darker months.

 

Asics Softshell Jacket

I am an admitted jacket hoarder.  I have somewhere around 30, but this one has stolen my heart.  I hate the cold, but with this jacket, I really don’t mind it as much.  Fleece lining.  The sleeves are tight around the wrists to keep out the cold.  Three layers for added warmth.  Thumb holes and a longer sleeve to keep your hands extra toasty.  Tons of pockets, too.  I’m only 5’2″, so this jackets hits me below my hips, but I love that.  Keeps my bum warm!  It’s pricey at $145, but I found it at the outlet store in July and only paid $30!   http://www.asics.com/us/en-us/

 

Sweaty Bands

I love headbands.  Sweaty Bands are among the best.  My head is smaller, so headbands usually slip right off.  Not these.  And bonus for you, you can find a link on this page for a discount code.  http://www.sweatybands.com

 

Run Fast.  Eat Slow- by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky

I don’t have this, but I want it.  Hint, hint.  Written by marathoner and 4-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan and chef Elyse Kopecky, this cookbook is chalk full of delicious recipes designed to help you feel and perform at your best.  Indulgent nourishment is how they describe the recipes.  I’m dying to make the bison meatballs.  The superhero muffins already have a large fan base.  I’m not a cook, but this book makes me want to be one.  Find it at any major book retailer.

 

Audible.com

The only thing I love more than running is reading.  Why not combine these passions with a subscription to Audible.com.  Subscribers can download audiobooks and listen while they run.  It’s great motivation for those days when running becomes a chore.  If I’m in the middle of a juicy novel I only allow myself to listen to while running, I’m more likely to lace up my shoes and go.  You can try Audible.com for free and get one free audiobook.  After that it’s $14.95 a month. http://www.audible.com

 

Trigger Point Foam Roller

Roll your aches and pains away with Trigger Point foam rollers.  It’s pain you enjoy.  Actually, start using these foam rollers and that pain will disappear.  Since I’ve started using mine daily, my hamstring aches have almost disappeared. https://www.tptherapy.com/product/GRID_FoamRoller

 

Epsom Salts

I used to be an ice bath believer.  But I’ve found that Epsom Salt baths feel just as invigorating.  During long, cold runs I find myself fantasizing about sinking into a warm bath with epsom salt and a good book.  The bath is often as long as the run.  Find them at any major retailer.

 

Nutzzo Seven Nut and Seed Butter

This ain’t your mama’s peanut butter.  And it’s not cheap.  It can run upwards of $12, but it’s so, so good!  And it’s the holidays, so splurge a little.  And this is a splurge you can feel good about.  Made with cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, flax seeds, and sunflower seeds it’s delicious and healthy.  There are a number of varieties and versions, but I have yet to find one I don’t like.  Just don’t let the family find yours.  Put it in a safe hiding spot and hoard it for yourself.  https://www.nuttzo.com

 

There you have it.  My 10 Favorite Things to give to the runner/health nut in your life.  Oh, who are we kidding.  Get these for yourself and don’t feel bad about it one bit.  Happy Holidays!

Leftover Burrito Bowl Recipe

Leftover Burrito Bowl Recipe

I am not a chef, nor do I play one on t.v.  But my children insist that I feed them, and I insist that it be somewhat healthy.  I have a rotation of about 8 basic dinners we cycle through and this is our latest addition to that cycle.  It’s born out of a need to use our leftover quinoa from our broccoli quinoa casserole we had the night before (I’ll share that recipe next time).  I literally just started throwing everything I could think of in a pan, and this is the result.  My kids loved it.  Their friends who were at the house stayed for dinner and loved it, too.  So, here it is.

2 cans corn (drained and rinsed)

2 cans black beans (drained and rinsed)

2 cans diced tomatoes

2 cups of cooked quinoa (or however much is leftover in the fridge)

2 cans of Costco chicken (you could use rotisserie chicken or any leftovers you have, too)

1 packet taco seasoning

2 tbsp lime juice

Combine everything in a large skillet.  Cook until it’s hot (very technical, I know)

Leftover Burrito Bowl Recipe

Spoon into a bowl lined with a tortilla shell (or not).  Add guacamole and/or sour cream on the side and cheese on top (or not).  Enjoy!

What I Eat for Breakfast

This is by no means going to turn into a nutrition site.  I am not a nutritionist.  I do not subscribe to any particular diet.  While I try to eat healthy, I don’t deny myself anything.  What I do know is that when I eat more healthy foods, I feel better.  But I simply can’t live a life without birthday cake and marathon donuts.

That’s why I laugh when people ask me about my eating habits.  I think they expect me to rattle off a bunch of protein shake recipes and kale salad concoctions.  I can’t tell if they’re disappointed or relieved when I tell them my favorite meal is a cheeseburger and onion rings.

That said, I do try to eat a good breakfast, especially because my workouts are always in the morning.  I have to be “on” in class.  I can’t fake energy.  So, here’s a recipe for a homemade breakfast egg sandwich I eat almost every morning.  Paired with a banana, it’s really all I need.  I find it keeps me fuller longer than a bowl of cereal and is something I can eat in the car.  You can’t eat cereal in the car.  Ask my kids.

Mmmm.  Breakfast sandwiches.
Mmmm. Breakfast sandwiches.

Breakfast Sandwich Recipe

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Coat a muffin tin in cooking spray and fill each tin with egg white or one whole egg (you can scramble the egg if you like).  I like to use egg whites from Costco, but when I need a few extra calories and nutrients, I go for the whole egg.

Cook for 18 minutes or until firm.

Place one slice of cheese (your fav, of course) on a whole grain sandwich thin or english muffin.  Place cooked egg on top.

Grill until cheese is nice and melty.  I love to use my panini press for this.  No flipping required.

That’s it!  Refrigerate or freeze and just pop in the microwave for about 40 seconds.  I make a dozen at a time and keep them in the fridge.  They last about 2 weeks.  If you plan make them farther in advance, definitely freeze them.