Recipes

MIDWEEK THOUGHTS

Why is it that I conjure up some of my most creative ideas and observances during a run and yet I can’t remember any of them afterwards? I say this, a bit out of frustration because I’ve had a bit of a writer’s block lately. Nothing I thought of seemed interesting enough to write about.

I gave the blog a little rest for a while, and I’ve determined that I do indeed need to be more active and maybe broaden up what I include on it.

So, I’m going to start writing more, start including more in my little site. I’ll add more recipes, more exercises, links to great websites I find and maybe in the not too distant future some videos.

I don’t know exactly what I will have, all I know is it will be MORE.

My running is steady these days and they have been good runs. I’m not putting in the massive mileage I was at one point, but I am striving to run faster. I’ve increased my running speed by about 30 seconds per mile on average, which is not bad.

And I have been losing weight slowly but surely. I’ll lose around three pounds, then stay at that weight for a few days, then lose more. I guess it’s working.

Look for more in the very near future!!

Cheers!

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HOMEMADE ENERGY BALLS

In an effort to not only save some money, but also eat healthier, I started experimenting with making my own pre and post workout foods. I make my own ELECTROLYTE MIX (recipe posted below) but I also make my own ENERGY BALLS. These are MUCH tastier than protein bars and I dare say, healthier.

There are no exact measurements and no set ingredients; it’s up to you and whatever you want to put into them. That’s the pure beauty of these….what they do have are protein, carbohydrates and fat, all of the healthy varieties. You can make it gluten free, vegan…it’s entirely up to your personal preference.

Use any of the following:

Nut Butter – I like peanut or almond butter, but choose whatever type you like. I DO like using the salted kind as it’s good to get salts back into one’s body after working out.

Rolled Oats – Can use 100% oats or a mix of different grains

Honey or other sweetener since as Malted Barley Syrup or Maple Syrup. It is good to use something thicker. Molasses could work as well, although the taste would be much stronger.

The above three are all you need. You can add in any of the below additions if you like. Go wild and add in a lot or just one.

Semi-sweet chocolate chips, dried cranberries, raisins, chopped nuts, unsweetened coconut flakes, protein powder

The amounts of each ingredients will determine the consistency of the mixture. Start out with 1/2 cup of each peanut butter and oats and 1/4th cup sweetener. If it’s too dry, add more nut butter. If too moist, add more oats. When it seems right, roll into small balls. Store in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator. I usually only make a small amount as they are very tasty and easy to eat too many. But, if you have more self control than myself, make a lot and keep for many days, use as needed.

Remember, you only need one or two per serving; there’s a wallop of energy in each one! Enjoy!

Cheers!

Energy Balls

Energy Balls

ELECTROLYTE MIX

Here’s my homemade Electrolyte Mix, which is cheaper, healthier and tastier than Gatorade, promise!

For every 10-ounce water:

1/2 cup fruit juice – your choice: something that won’t upset your stomach on a run. I like apple or cherry juice, but it’s your choice

1 tablespoon sweetener of your choice

1/8th teaspoon salt

10 oz Water

Mix everything together. Chill overnight.

* This also works well when replacing part of the water with coconut water.

Back to the Grind….And a Recipe

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I have really enjoyed this all too brief mini-vacation. My race completed, I used the last two days off as rest days, but also as days to re-charge and to help think how to get myself going to lose the remaining weight i need to and to boost myself into the next step in my training process.

My next long distance race, the Giant Step half Marathon, isn’t until early September, so I have a couple months to focus on low mileage speed work in my running, as well as focus on swimming, stationary cycling, until I can purchase my bike, core work and weight training.

The other part of my training is my weight loss and toning. I have about 25 to 30 pounds to lose. These will not come off easily. I’m not as young as I once was and I have lost them before, but I have determination and the will to accomplish it. And I am stubborn. Yeah, I’m stubborn, ask anyone who knows me. 🙂

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Today, I took full advantage of having a day off work and the beautiful weather and went for a lovely hike just north of The City. I took Golden Gate Transit to Sausalito and hiked to Fort Baker and back to San Francisco over the Golden Gate Bridge. It was a lovely hike and I was back home in time to watch my Giants win Opening Day at AT&T Park.

During my race Sunday, there were many water stations that gave out Gatorade. I can’t stand the stuff and refuse to drink it, if at all possible. I make my own electrolyte mix and you can too if you so desire. It’s very easy, and can be completely organic too.

 

HOMEMADE ELECTROLYTE MIX

(for 8 oz)

1/2 cup fruit juice of your choice (I’ve tried apple juice and cranberry, but try what you like, adjust honey, sweetener as needed)

1-2 tablespoons honey, barley syrup, or whatever sweetener you like (this is all up to you and your taste)

1/8th teaspoon salt

juice of 1 lemon

Mix everything together and refrigerate until needed. I like to keep mine very cold until I go for my run. You can always adjust the taste if it’s too salty or sweet or not enough, but it should be a bit salty and slightly sweet.

This recipe can be doubled and made into a pitcher to last a few days if you’re doing some heavy workouts over some time. It will last a little while, but if it’s made from all organic ingredients, it won’t last forever.

I’m also working on switching over my solid food from Clif Shot Blocks to dates and orange segments and I have halfway but i still like the Shot Bloks so I haven’t converted totally yet.