Carrot Cake Cookies [Gluten Free]

I routinely miss the mark on seasonal recipes, don’t I? Everyone is posting #pumpkineverydamnday (let’s get that trending) and I’m over here like, “let me post these cookies I baked for a hike like a month and a half ago”. I am nothing if not consistently un-seasonal and late. It makes sense that I live in a city that decides it’s going to be summer in September and October and winter in June and July.

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Speaking of where I live, I was home in Pittsburgh the past five days. Is it weird that I feel like I have two homes – an East Coast Office and a West Coast Office for AGIT, if you will. It is so hard to pack everything into five days. Once again, I just want to pack up every one I love and move them to California.

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Because they are made with bananas, they are more soft than crunchy. I liked crumbling a couple up and eating them with yogurt and peanut butter. I also had a couple as lunch with a Vega Protein and Greens shake when I was on that whole shake-for-lunch kick… which I think I’m about to get back on again. So basically, breakfast, lunch, snack, dessert – these guys are perfect any time of the day.

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Carrot Cake Cookies [Gluten Free]
 
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Serves: 24 cookies
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2½ cup chopped rainbow carrots
  • 1 cup Purely Elizabeth Apple Cinnamon Ancient Grain Oatmeal (or sub for rolled oats)
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup pecan butter (or any other type of nut or seed butter)
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ⅛ tsp pink himalayan sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with a Slipat or parchment paper.
  3. In a food processor, mix bananas, carrots, oats, egg, pecan butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and sea salt until well combined.
  4. Fold in raisins and shredded coconut.
  5. With a cookie scooper or tablespoon, create 1" balls of dough and place on lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until tops begin to brown.
  7. Store in an airtight container for up to one week in the refrigerator or longer in the freezer.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cookie Calories: 104 Fat: 5 g Saturated fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 14 g Sugar: 5 g Fiber: 2 g Protein: 3 g

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Are you all about the pumpkin? What is the craziest pumpkin-spiced thing you’ve seen so far this year?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 8.31

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I’m writing this from my house in Pittsburgh (!!!). I started getting pretty homesick (aka missed my dad, grandparents and friends) a couple weeks ago and booked a flight home. Let’s talk about how nice it is to have air conditioning, an actual bedroom and your dad to take you grocery shopping and to cook your meals for you. But don’t get me wrong – I miss SF. My steps are so down right now (#fitbitanxiety is real), avocados are sub-par and I’ve done a great job running into people I’d rather not run into.

Also, this is totally late. Started this last night then didn’t finish it. I had a busy week (obvi) so not much time for reading, but here are the best links I found.

Travel
Last night I had drinks with a friend from college and spoke about my love of traveling to Mexico and Central America… I would love to go to Mexico City, especially because their food is more than just tacos.

I’m sure you caught this essay of a couple who quit their fancy advertising jobs to travel the world. Part of the plan as to make money with odd jobs as they went – and they are quick to remind everyone that their life isn’t as glamorous as Instagram makes it out to look.

I’m going to be spending some time in Los Angeles soon and I will have to hit up Sqirl during one of my trips there! I’ve actually been dying to go since I listened to a Podcast with the chef, Jessica Koslow, and she discussed why you need to use almond milk in lattes if you’re not going to use whole milk.

Twenty foods from around the world you need to eat before you die. This list is clearly totally subjective but it’s a good one.

Lifestyle
I often joke that I can’t wait to be 30 because I’ll have my life all figured out. At this rate, it isn’t looking like it, but these women speak about being 30 in Los Angeles. The thing that got me is that so many are East Coast transplants and love the West Coast lifestyle so much more.

Here’s what SF rent can get you in different cities. Not leaving anytime soon, but also depressing to know I could have a multi-bedroom home for the rent of my 600 square foot studio (albeit beautiful) apartment.

Do you have guests this holiday weekend? Some tips for feeding visitors.

Running and Fitness
Not to get a little dark on you, but this professional runner talks about how anorexia almost ruined her entire career.

Hungry Runner Girl has some great tips on how to rock your long run.

When you don’t necessarily want to do something, maybe think about how you “get” to do it rather than “have” to do it. I thought that pre-SoulCycle, post only four hours of sleep Wednesday and it made it so much more enjoyable.

Food
This article is a few weeks old, but it discusses why millennials are so obsessed with food. I actually may have to read this entire book. But yeah, I think my friends and I sometimes eat at places just to brag about it.

Back to food… it’s everywhere. And how do you say no to everything all the time? Sometimes you gotta give in – then keep on going.

Food scientists have invented an ice cream that doesn’t melt and is even more high protein – sign me up to be a taste tester, please.

I want to start cooking through crazy different ethnic recipes – maybe starting with these Azerbaijani Savory Pancakes.

I’m making these vegetable buns ASAP.

Upgrade your childhood favorite snacks with these homemade versions.

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Why do you think millennials are obsessed with food? How are you spending your Labor Day Weekend? What things do you miss when you aren’t home?

French Salad with Parchment Baked Chicken and Mustard Vinaigrette

Let’s talk about something that is a total time suck for me: BACK STALKING MYSELF. WHY?! I spend at least an hour a week looking at my old Instagram photos, tweets and blog posts. I’m secretly the most narcissistic person. I’m just always real concerned someone new is going to pop into my life and I’m worried of what they will think when they back stalk me, because they will  – am I cool enough? Should I have deleted all the photos of ex-boyfriends?

Fun story, re: social stalking. My friend Jordan from college texted me Sunday night to say “I also love how you seem to eat all the time and you are so fit”. I Snapchatted (follow me at @cpisone, BTW) a photo of two burritos and Bloody Mary. This was after probably Snapchatting four pieces of toast at The Mill, all the food at Comal and ice cream at Bi-Rite the day before. He then learned exactly 0 burritos belonged to me (but the bloody was mine – there was a guy at Treasure Island Flea with a mimosa + Bloody Mary cart so how could I say no?) and retracted his statement. If only my metabolism was that great.

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I have to eat salads like this all week because I feel the need to eat Bi-Rite ice cream every weekend.

On to this salad, which is why we are all here. Unless you’re here to read my train-of-thought rambles, then even better. Lentils make me think of France, even though I’m 99% positive I never ate a lentil in any of my three trips to France. So that’s why this is a French salad. Also, brie cheese. I remember my mother explaining brie cheese to me as a little girl as “like butter, but better” and I’ve basically been obsessed ever since. Brie in any dish on a menu? Ordering it. I wish this were a salad with escargot and foie gras. That’s my kind of French salad.

Also, parchment baked chicken is the best. It’s stupid easy to make and delicious. I’m honestly not too into meat but I eat it to stay full so this is an easy way for me to not screw it up.

I need to go eat like a thousand salads to counteract my weekend. And because I need fresh produce before I go to Pittsburgh this weekend where I don’t think vegetables are a thing yet. They’re just now getting into over-charging for toast.

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French Salad with Parchment Baked Chicken and Mustard Vinaigrette

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French Salad with Parchment Baked Chicken and Mustard Vinaigrette
 
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Recipe type: Lunch, Dinner, Entree
Cuisine: Gluten Free
Serves: 2 salads
Ingredients
Salad
  • 6 cups arugula
  • 1 cup sweet potato, cubed
  • 1 cup cooked lentils
  • ½ cup grapes, sliced in half
  • 2 oz brie cheese, chopped
Chicken
  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sumac
  • 1 tsp turmeric
Dressing
  • ¼ cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • ½ tbsp chopped shallots
Instructions
  1. Place chicken, olive oil and seasonings in a glass container or ziplock bag and combine until chicken is well coated. Season with salt and pepper. Let sit on counter for 20 minutes or in fridge up to overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F.
  3. Place a large sheet of parchment paper on a baking tray, place chicken on and fold edges to create an "envelope" for chicken. Bake for 30 minutes or until an internal thermometer reads 180 degrees.
  4. On another tray, place sweet potatoes and roast for 30 minutes, flipping once halfway through.
  5. Mix all the dressing ingredients in a small jar or container and shake well to combine.
  6. Once chicken is done cooking, remove from oven and chop.
  7. Place arugula in a large bowl, season with salt, pepper and salad dressing and toss.
  8. Split arugula into two large bowls or plates and put half the salad toppings and half the baked chicken on each salad to serve.

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Now Trending – Best Links Week of 8.24

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Let’s talk about something I’m really tickled with myself about – the fact I “run commuted” to work this week. Chrissy and I took everything we needed to get ready for the day on Thursday to our office on Wednesday, ran home from the office Wednesday night and then ran back to the office on Thursday morning. Despite there being way too many tourists/pedestrians on the way home Wednesday night and my frustration getting a little vocal, it was awesome. The worst part of my day was completely non-existant. I think the run commute is going to have to happen at least once a week.

Since I was sick last week this post didn’t happen (I know, you’re all really torn up about it) so I have like, a bazillion best links to share with you. Okay, maybe just twelve because I wanted to save you from having 15+ browser tabs open. You’re welcome.

Travel
I think taking a solo trip is something everyone should do at least once. Here are 15 Destinations for Women Traveling Alone (I can vouch for Hong Kong since I used to spend time alone in the city when I was living there!).

Skip the basic bitch London, Paris and Rome when you go to Europe and check out these other cities in Europe (disclaimer: I have been to London, Paris and Rome and they really aren’t basic but I have a sense of humor to keep up here).

Holding onto this list of places to elope. JK I already know where I’m eloping – The Seychelles, providing they are not underwater by that point.

Blogging
I’m honestly kind of bad at e-mails. I always read them right away then don’t respond because I typically want to give a thoughtful response… which means I don’t stay on top of them. I need these tips to keep my inbox from stressing me out.

I’ve started going to a lot more PR and press events since moving to SF. My first one was admittedly scary… but these tips for events are sure to help.

Running, working all day then coming home to “work” more on freelance articles, this blog and more makes me really not want to get shit done sometimes. Loving these tips for staying motivated even when you don’t want to do anything.

Running and Fitness
I admittedly do not get to yoga as much as I did when I lived in Pittsburgh and as often as I need to… here’s a good reminder of why to get your butt to yoga.

I want to visit the invite-only Nike Training Studio in NYC. Can someone make this happen?

Here’s what your workout looks like with emojis.

Food
I really need to get out of my salad rut for lunch and these 10 Sandwich-Free Lunch Ideas might do the trick.

Someone please make me these divine looking Blueberry Pancakes from Clinton St. Baking Co.

Incase you didn’t know, it was my girl Davida’s birthday yesterday so I’m making her Healthy Cookie Cake to celebrate until I can drink champagne with her in SF next month.

Chat with me:
Have you ever done a run commute? Have you ever traveled alone? Would you ever travel alone? What does your normal lunch look like?

How to Recover From a Half or Full Marathon

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I’ve finally done it. Five plus years of racing half-marathons (okay, two and a half years racing half marathons and the previous three were spent intermittently running halves and more than halfway hating them) and I ran a race, PR-ed, and was basically not sore (just a little stiff) the next day.

SeaWheeze recovery may have been a fluke but nevertheless, after a lot of experimenting, research and practice, I think I have how to recover from a half or full marathon down to a science. Remember though, I’m not a fitness professional so these are the tips that work for me but everybody (and every body!) is different so you may have a couple of trial-and-error periods before you find what works best for you.

How to Recover From a Half or Full Marathon

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This is what great post race recovery looks like.

  • Foam Roll and Stretch Immediately After
    I know, you just finished a race (yay!) and want to celebrate/shower/eat everything but please trust me – just spend ten minutes foam rolling and stretching. You’ll thank me the next morning when you can get out of bed. It really helps while your muscles are still warm.
  • Get Protein As Soon As Possible After Finishing
    I carry a Vega blender bottle and Vega Recovery Performance Protein with me in my checked gear bag. If I can get my hands on coconut water or unsweetened almond milk, or think to stick a mini bottle in my bag, I use that – if not, water works, it just isn’t quite as tasty. You make lots of little tears in your muscles running hard and this helps repair them.If you don’t want to drink protein, eat something really protein heavy like eggs on avocado toast, chicken, or just really anything with a lot of protein but the protein shake is just the easiest and best solution I’ve personally found.

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    My favorite protein shake ingredients.

  • Hydrate
    Just drink water and when you think you’ve drank enough, drink more. This goes without saying.
  • Eat Wholesome, Real Foods
    Okay, you ran 13.1 miles or 26.2 miles and you feel like you want and deserve to eat anything you want – but please don’t. Eat lots of veggies, lean proteins and whole grains. Maybe have dessert, a beer or an extra glass of wine that day. Definitely eat a little extra – but don’t eat processed foods, burgers, pizza, ice cream and everything ever terrible because you burned 1000-2700 calories, not 7000, and your body wants wholesome things to recover – Doritos don’t help rebuild muscle and replenish carb stores.
  • Schedule a Massage
    After my first ever half-marathon, I could barely walk the next day. Then I got a massage and somehow, I could walk a little better once I left. Now, after most races I get a massage. Some races have complimentary massages afterwards (SeaWheeze, Nike Women’s) but do yourself a favor and just schedule a real 60 minute massage.I’ve gotten Swedish, hot stone, deep tissue and sports after races and I’m pretty sure deep tissue does the best for me. If you’re in a major metro area, there are now even apps where a massage therapist will come to your house or apartment with a massage table so you don’t even have to hobble down stairs to get worked out. I’ve used both Zeel (you can save $25 on your massage with code AGIT) and Soothe and both were awesome. You can pick your therapist gender if that matters to you, the type of massage you want and then they come over, have a speaker with spa music, set up the table and work out all the lactic acid.
  • Wear Compression Socks
    It might be the placebo effect, but every time I remember to wear my compression socks after I get out of the shower, I’m less sore the next day. They are really worth the $40 or whatever investment.
  • Go to Yoga
    Yes, in addition to the massage, go to yoga. The massage works all the junk out of your muscles and yoga stretches you back out. There is nothing like half-pigeon the day of or day after a race.
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Race day yoga at SeaWheeze.

  • Have an Easy Active Recovery Day
    This is my new thing – I don’t take a full recovery day the day after a race. I’ll go to SoulCycle, go on a hike or go on a short, easy run (leave that watch at home!). Every second typically hurts but it gets your muscles loose and moving and really helps with recovery.
  • Get Some Sleep
    Go to bed early the night of your race. If you’re anything like me, you’re typically falling asleep on the couch at 8:30 p.m. Alternatively, I’ve also drank an entire bottle of wine and been up until 1 a.m. and really felt like shit the next day because race hangover + improper recovery + real hangover = the worst.

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What are your half or full marathon recovery tips? What do you do in the hours and days after a race? What are you training for right now?

Lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon 2015 Recap

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A little under a year ago, I hovered my mouse over the “Buy Now” (or whatever) button on the SeaWheeze sign-up page. At the time, I was living in Pittsburgh, no clue where my life was going to be in a year. I had been interviewing up and down the West Coast and it’s no secret I was absolutely frustrated with my life at that point. Committing to a race across the continent a year out seemed like a stretch because I didn’t know where my life would be in one month. Would any friends go with me? It didn’t seem like a trip that would be quite as much fun alone.

I closed out of the browser and went back to doing whatever it was I should have been doing at work, reaching out to bloggers or answering e-mails or paying attention in a meeting. Then in October I moved to San Francisco, met Kay and she invited me to come run SeaWheeze with her in June.

Thursday night I flew in to Vancouver, got in decently late (because I was too impatient to wait for a taxi so I decided to take the train and then service was stopped for a medical emergency and a nice Vancouver resident helped me get on a bus) and pretty much went straight to bed. Since I couldn’t technically go to the SeaWheeze Showcase store when it opened at 8 a.m. since it was runners only and you had to show your ticket with your ID, I slept in (for me, meaning 7 a.m.), went for a little shakeout run and then headed to the race expo to meet Kay and her mom to get the wristband for the race.

In case you aren’t clued in, part of the reason SeaWheeze is so special is the exclusive gear at the Showcase Store. Each year the race has a theme (this year’s was science) and you can buy your favorite Lululemon silhouettes from Pace Shorts to Speed Tights to Scuba Hoodies in exclusive prints that match back to the theme. This is Black Friday for the yuppie crowd. People begin queuing up at 8 p.m. the night before.

By the time I finally made it to the showcase store at 4:30 p.m. or so, most things were sold out. A few good pieces remained in a 2 or 4 (luckily for me) and I scored a new workout bag (instead of using an old Longchamp like a real jerk), a singlet and some socks because I go through them quicker than I do laundry. Uh, also the US Dollar is really strong right now so, okay 30% off Lululemon.

Back to the race expo – it wasn’t crazy when I got over there around 10 a.m. so we walked around, sampled really good kombucha (Rise), 49th Parallel Iced Coffee and goodies from Vega then I waited in a line to get my hair braided because the line didn’t seem too awful to wait in at the time.

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SeaWheeze Race Expo

By the time I had finished all that, it was nearly noon and I was due to a lunch with the Vega team and a few other influencers at 12:30. I quickly showered and walked to Forage, a Vancouver restaurant that focuses on food sourced locally. I was excited to meet Trevor from the Vega team whom I’ve worked with and is absolutely wonderful to me. The rest of the Vega team was amazing and I also got to meet a few other bloggers, including Angela from Cowgirl Runs! I’ve been reading her blog for years so it was great to meet her in person.

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Angela from Cowgirl Runs and me at the Vega lunch!

Friday evening Lululemon throws a free yoga class for all participants – and the community – at Jack Poole Plaza. It was really restorative and it felt great to stretch after not doing enough yoga lately/traveling/walking like 13 miles on Friday.

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Kay and me at the Friday night yoga session.

Saturday morning I woke up at 5:45 a.m., did my pre-race ritual of making peanut butter and banana toast while getting dressed, eating and reading some running blogs and walking to the start. I had a feeling I should over-estimate my pace since I had heard this was a race a lot of beginners run so people often don’t place themselves in the right corral. I found the 1:45-1:55 corral, tried to get close to the front and after the Canadian anthem, we were off pounding the streets.

The first part of the race was so congested but I was actually surprised at how people were actually respectful enough to self-seed correctly in this race. I’ve seen people walking within the first two miles of a sub-2 hour corral group. I’m going to chalk this up to this race being mainly Canadians and them being so polite and respectful.

I had decided I wanted to run for fun and try not to look at my watch too much. The 1:50 pace group was in front of me and I just didn’t want to be around a ton of people and I was feeling good and before I knew it, I hit the first mile at 7:40 (aka not looking at my watch obviously did not work out). Typically in the past this is where I tell myself I have no business running that pace and to slow down but I decided to just see how long I could keep it up.

Since SeaWheeze is in Canada, obviously, the race is marked in kilometers. It’s funny to go from 13.1 to 21.1 (or something along those lines) when thinking about how much of a race is left. I had expected this and also thought not memorizing the distances would force me to not look at my watch (fail).

For the most part, and this is coming from someone who lives in San Francisco, the SeaWheeze course is relatively flat. You run from the Vancouver Civic Centre to Kitsilano, the home of Lululemon, back across the bridge and into Stanley Park where you run along the Seawall and the Pacific Ocean. It was absolutely gorgeous. Lululemon did a great job at having entertainment along points you really needed a booster on the Seawall, including a unicorn on a paddleboard. I really wish I cared less about running good [for me] times and stopped to take a photo.

Another really cool moment of entertainment was riders from Method Cycle (what I guess I would say is Vancouver’s answer to Flywheel), riding on the bridge to Kitsilano.

So, since this is already at like 1000 words – about mile 11 I started hitting the wall, feeling awful, forced through and ran a 1:50:37 – a 5-second PR. Which, you know, I wasn’t unhappy with for not really trying too hard and every little PR is a step closer to 1:45, right?

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I really need to work on my form when I’m fatigued.

Kay and her mom were cheering me on at the finish line and after I grabbed the Runners’ Brunch (a really tasty liege waffle, grapes, cherries, a strawberry yogurt and an unremarkable quiche), they waited in the massage line with me for about 30 minutes. Saje, a natural wellness brand of essential oils in Canada, was sponsoring the massages. It was fine for a free massage after waiting for 30 minutes – basically she stretched me out – and I really was not sore the next day, so I’m going to say it helped.

The SeaWheeze events culminated in the Sunset Festival where there was a yoga practice led by Alex Mazerolle, a local instructor and studio founder. She was awesome. Really funny and a solid vinyasa practice that was really restorative after running 13 miles that morning. Next time I’m in Vancouver I’m going to have to take one of her classes. There was also food, beer and wine at the festival, a local maker’s market and St. Lucia and Yeasayer preformed. Basically a baby Wanderlust from what I understand.

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This is me looking snarky in tree pose.

If you want to really get a good feel for the SeaWheeze experience, I suggest watching their video recap. I’ll tell you that I have a reminder set on my phone for September 16th when registration opens for 2016 if you need any more convincing to register.

Stay tuned for a post on what to eat/drink/do in Vancouver once I get around to writing it… I still have a trip to Mexico that I haven’t written about. Eek.

Chat with me:
Have you ever ran SeaWheeze? What race is on your bucket list? What makes or breaks a race for you?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 8.9

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I’m currently writing this en route to Vancouver to run SeaWheeze this weekend! I’m so excited and also feeling like I completely forgot something. I think writing this post on things to pack for a destination race helped remind me of a few things (i.e. hat). Plus, if you haven’t entered yet, I’m doing an awesome giveaway with Vega on said destination race post so check that out!

Even though my week was a little busy, luckily for you I had a solid plane ride to find the best links of the week.

Travel
Where you should travel based on your horoscope sign. I know, I’m too California-astrology-weirdo for my own good, but the Pisces one is spot on for me (beach with activities for days because I’m restless + love water).

Traveling together can really make or break a friendship. Here’s what you should look for in a travel buddy.

Lifestyle
So… you want to write a food blog. This satirical post is SPOT ON. If I ever start asking dumb questions at the start of my posts, someone punch me.

I feel like I’m really good at being super positive and upbeat at work for the most part, even though most days it’s kind of stressful. Here’s how you can be happier at work.

Looking for a cool gift sometime soon? Buy something made in your state! I’m 100% surprised WV’s “gift” wasn’t Fiesta Wear.

Uh, I want to throw a pop-up dinner party. I seriously need to plan something for my one year SF-versary/SF Nike Women’s Half.

I really don’t wear my jumpsuit enough… but here are some tips on how to pick the best jumpsuit for you!

Running and Fitness
Want to run your first half marathon? I rounded up a bunch of great half marathons for first timers for Brit + Co. Also if you want to run a Rock n’ Roll race use promo code RUNTOGETHER15 for $15 off!

In honor of Seawheeze this weekend, the Vega team pulled together tips for race day from some of their bloggers (including myself).

Kind of obsessed with this article on what professional athletes eat to perform their best. In another life, I would have been a sports nutritionist.

Susie basically summed up everything I’ve wanted to write lately about when you’re a pacer/coach/whatever, your workout isn’t about you anymore, it’s about them. 

Food
I’m pretty sure I could give up any meal except breakfast. “Not having enough time in the morning” is no excuse to skip the most important – and best – meal. Make one of these 55 (!) Make Ahead Breakfasts from The Athletic Avocado.

I kind of wish I were basic and didn’t care about being a size 0 so I could drink all of these Frappuccinos. I used to kill those in middle school/high school.

Can someone come make these Gluten Free Cinnamon Blueberry Bagels for me? K thanks.

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Deconstructed Sushi Bowl with Cauliflower Rice [Paleo, Gluten Free]

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I’ve probably sat here for a combined hour staring at this blank screen. I’ve written a first sentence and deleted it over and over. I just can’t think of anything really life changing to say about sushi. It’s not new to anyone. It borders on being basic if you’re not careful (RIP Pink Zebra pop-up). But truly great sushi is really, really amazing. Actually, in SF I’ve seen uni (sea urchin) avocado toast on two different menus now – and I’m really regretting not getting it at Gather in Berkeley. (It was bomb.com at Huxley if you’re wondering – also I had just ran 13 miles, so there’s that.)

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Note: This photo is sans nori because I forgot and ate all the ingredients by the time I was going to reshoot.

So what did I do? Totally bastardized sushi by taking out the key component (after the fish, of course), rice, and making it out of cauliflower. Did you know a lot of really great sushi is because of the sushi rice? I think in sushi chef school they spend like a year learning how to make rice.

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Still learning to plate food attractively.

Clearly I’m at a loss for words for what to say so I give up… just make this deconstructed sushi bowl with cauliflower rice. I promise it’s delicious beyond words.

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Deconstructed Sushi Bowl with Cauliflower Rice

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Deconstructed Sushi Bowl with Cauliflower Rice [Paleo, Gluten Free]
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Japanese, Paleo, Gluten Free
Serves: 4 bowls
Ingredients
Deconstructed Sushi Bowls
  • 2 heads cauliflower, riced (about 8 cups)
  • 2 cups shelled edamame
  • 2 cups roasted sweet potato
  • 2 large cucumbers, spiralized with blade B
  • 8 oz smoked salmon
  • 1 avocado
  • 8 sheets nori
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp rice wine
Sauce
  • ½ cup tamari
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp crushed ginger
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp Sriarcha
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Clean and slice sweet potatoes into rounds.
  3. Place rounds on a Slipat or lined baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes or until they begin to brown, flipping once half way through.
  4. Mix all sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set to the side.
  5. Spiralize cucumbers (or chop into thin shreds) with blade B, then cut to make into smaller noodles.
  6. Place cucumber strands in a strainer lined with paper towels and sprinkle salt over them. Let sit for around 30 minutes to lose some of their water.
  7. Chop cauliflower into florets and place in batches in food processor. Run until cauliflower is rice-sized. Repeat until all cauliflower has been riced.
  8. Heat a wok on high heat. Spray with coconut oil and add rice, stirring until it begins to brown and soften, about 7-8 minutes.
  9. Add rice wine to cauliflower rice and let cool.
  10. Once cucumbers have drained, place in a medium sized bowl and pour half the sauce over the cucumbers. Stir well.
  11. Construct your sushi bowls. Place two cups of cooled cauliflower rice, ½ cup edamame, ½ cup sweet potato, ¼ of the cucumbers, 2 oz smoked salmon, ¼ avocado, 2 sheets nori (cut or torn apart) and 1 tsp sesame seeds. Drizzle over sauce and serve.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bowl Calories: 374 Fat: 14 g Carbohydrates: 37 g Protein: 35 g

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What is your favorite type of sushi? Have you ever had a sushi bowl? Do you hate places that try so hard to be cool?

What to Pack for a Destination Race [+ a Vega Giveaway!]

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Races are a great excuse to visit a place (Tokyo Marathon is on my running bucket list, personally).  When my good friend Kay offered me the chance to travel to Vancouver to run Seawheeze obviously the only answer was yes, right? I have wanted to visit Vancouver for a while now, I wanted to run Seawheeze but couldn’t pull the trigger on signing up without knowing I would have a friend going with me (says the girl who loves traveling alone) and Kay is one of my favorite people so I couldn’t say no to a weekend of running, yoga and Lululemon.

Besides races in Pittsburgh and San Francisco, I’ve run a few races in other places – DC, Ragnar, and a few in Georgia/Florida/Virginia before I started blogging. I usually write out a list of everything I need for race day since I’m such a basket case about my pre- and post-race routines.

This list is meant for race-essential things. Obviously I hope you know to pack street clothes and other things like that. Also, pack all these things in your carry-on bag. If you put your running essentials in your checked bag when flying to a destination race, you’re asking for trouble.

What to Pack for a Destination Race

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My Race Day Destination Race Essentials

Race Day:

  • Top: I usually always wear a Nike Dry Fit Tank.
  • Bottoms: Lululemon Speed Shorts, always.
  • Shoes: I race in Mizuno Wave Riders 18. I might wear my Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 this weekend though.
  • Socks: I totally forgot my favorite socks when I ran the Pittsburgh Marathon. Make sure you pack the ones you want.
  • Sports Bra: Typically Lululemon Free to Be or Free to Be Wild (pictured). They leave funny tan lines (warning) and are made for yoga but I’m basically flat chested so… I don’t need much support.
  • Hat/Sunglasses: Self explanatory. I don’t run in sunglasses but I also forgot my hat during Pittsburgh and immediately regretted it. It keeps the sweat out of your eyes.
  • Arm Band
  • Garmin (and charger!): I use a Garmin 10 and it’s the most basic model. It’s perfect for what I need day-to-day – milage, pace, time of day and time running.
  • Hydration Belt/Race Belt (if you wear one): I don’t (anymore)
  • Throwaway Clothes (if the race is going to be cold)
  • Sunscreen: UV protection is no joke.
  • Gels: I’ve used the Vega Endurance Gel (pictured) because it’s all natural… it’s date based, not sucralose or whatever based. I use Gu as well – honestly, whatever sounds good that morning.
  • Pre-Race Food: Lately I’ve been eating gluten-free toast with a banana and peanut butter before a race. I used to eat oatmeal – it’s really whatever I’m feeling that morning, but both work for me. Oatmeal is great because you can pack it and make it in a hotel room with the coffee machine. Justin’s makes individual nut butter packets you can take and uh, if you have to have me tell you where to buy/how to pack a banana there’s bigger issues at hand.
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Race day essential foods!

Post-Race:
Pack these things in your checked bag

  • Post-Race Recovery Food/Hydration: I always have a shake of coconut water/almond milk/some mixture of the two and Vega Sport Performance Protein after a race/long run. I’m rarely as sore the next day and it helps curb the runger/gives me a ton of protein. I’ll also drink Vega Post-Work Out Recovery Accelerator or Nuun.
  • Compression Socks: Might be the placebo effect but wearing them makes me less sore the next day typically. Especially when flying – my toes turn into Vienna Sausages (ew).
  • Change of clothes (including under things!) and deodorant: Duh.
  • ShowerPillThese basically make you feel like you took a shower. Obsessed.
  • Flip-flops or comfy, open-toed shoes: Forgot these during the San Francisco Half-Marathon and regretted it from the time I realized it at mile 11.

My friends at Vega are helping me celebrate Seawheeze this weekend by giving away a Marathon Training Kit that is worth over $300! It includes two Performance Proteins, Pre-Workout Energizer, Post-Work Out Recovery Accelerator and Hydrator (think calorie free Gatorade or Nuun that you put into your water).

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If you’re looking to win other things this week, head over to Running with SD Mom and Erica Finds for even more giveaways.

This post has affiliate links – thanks for supporting the brands that I love! Vega provided the giveaway but I love the brand and mission so all opinions are my own!

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Have you ever ran a destination race? What are things you must pack? Do you have any race-day rituals?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 8.3

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Remember last week when I said nothing interesting happened to me that week? I forgot that I SAW A COYOTE. In the city! Chrissy and I were hiking (loose term) after work in Mt. Sutro Nature Reserve and a coyote crossed the path in front of us. He was kind of cute but I was mostly terrified. Like… what do I do if I see a coyote? According to my immediate Google search, he was more scared of me than I was scared of him.

This weekend is another jam-packed one. Long run Saturday, stand-up paddle boarding and East Bay adventures planned, brunch on Sunday, hopefully getting my brows/nails done before heading to Vancouver for Seawheeze (!!!) next weekend, maybe another hike… and it’s Outside Lands! I’m tempted to go on Sunday with a friend who asked but… festivals. I might have out-aged that situation.

I was too busy double-working out all week (NTC workouts on the Marina Green while tourists comment “I just love San Francisco, everyone is working out all the time” and SoulCycle) in the evenings to do much blog writing/reading, but here are the best links I found this week!

Travel
Looking for a small town US vacation this year? Maybe try one of the 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2015.

I want to visit Boon Hotel + Spa, and Guerneville in general, soon. Stop being so perfect, Northern California.

15 Good Travel Habits – I think I follow most of these. Still working on getting everywhere early… and carrying extra copies of my passport and ID because I got lazy and cocky and stopped doing that.

Lifestyle
I get the Sunday Blues pretty hard sometimes but these Tips to Make Monday Suck Less are definitely helpful.

Google is going to start telling you how long wait lines at restaurants are… which in SF is at least two hours, unless it’s 11 PM and then it’s one.

I meant to bring this up weeks ago, but did you know there’s about to be a musical version of The OC? That show totally influenced my high school style and lifelong musical taste. Anything Marisa Cooper wore I had to buy.

Health and Fitness
Too busy to stretch? Now you can go to a class for that. There’s a Stretch Lab in LA now… but I would totally go if there was one in SF.

Pumps & Iron’s workouts always kill me so I’m excited to try her Kettlebell Superset Pyramid Workout.

Food
I knew I liked Kylie from Immeatthat but I’m basic-ally (pun intended) obsessed after she made this Basic Bitch Salad with Rose Dressing.

Don’t throw away those corn husks! You can do things like bake fish or make tamales or cook sticky rice in them.

Watch 13 Sandwiches From Around the World be assembled. Some look amazing (choripan) and most others look awful with the exception of Croque Monsieur, bahn mi and PB&J.

Your favorite food combination might tell what kind of friend you are. Once again, how am I supposed to choose? I guess I’m avocado toast?

Chat with me:
What does your favorite food combo tell about what kind of friend you are? What’s the most basic thing you love? What TV show influenced your life?