Vitally Important

Hello Again!

I was MIA last week. I have a good reason though! I was vacationing down in Hilton Head Island. Every two years my family takes a road trip to that place we call paradise. I enjoyed myself to fullest and wish I could go back. Nothing is more calming then the sound of the ocean waves, delicious seafood & German chocolate cake ice cream with the family. I traded my running shoes for slippers & sandals but now it is back to reality for this caffeinated runner.

Did you know breakfast is the most important meal of the day but often the most skipped meal, especially for college students?

I’m guessing you did since this idea has been making headlines news for a few years now. But honestly, it is one of my favorite meals. I’m sure I have mentioned that I could eat breakfast foods all day long. However, there is one “go to” breakfast that never fails to make me smile. It’s not a staple per say, because VitaTops cost an arm and leg, but rather a nice treat. Plus, who doesn’t like cake/muffins for breakfast!?

  • 2 Corn Muffin VitaTops
  • Cinnamon Yogurt [plain greek yogurt + 1/2 tsp. Truvia + Cinnamon]
  • Almond Cashew KIND Bar

Or, are you more of a chocolate peanut butter person?

  • 2 Deep Chocolate VitaTops
  • Peanut Butter Yogurt [Plain Greek Yogurt + 1 TBSP PB2]
  • Green’s+ Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Bar

Moral of the story: Make breakfast fun!

To Run Like A Runner

You need to eat like one.

Simple as that.

It kills me to see some people busting their butts by putting in the time to run crazy distances and train hardcore not to see the results they deserve. Or worse – an injury.

I am currently reading Running For Women by Kara Goucher. I must admit, I have a major girl crush. She is so candid in the fact that she struggled with emotional eating when she suffered two injuries. Yet, she came back strong and faster than ever. She is going to London for crying out loud! Her chapter on nutrition really spoke to me. Coming from an athelete, I could relate to her advice/tips more so than a fashion magazine that puts women on a low calorie diet. Running 65-75 miles a week requires lots of fuel, so eating is essential to reduce the risk of stress fractures, injuries and burnout. I don’t have any eating “rules” per say – except two.

  1. 1500 mg of Calcium every day. No ifs ands or buts about it.
  2. Carbs at every meal. Usually 2-4 servings.

When I post reviews/a reciepe – it is usually only one part of my meal. I normally have a couple extra sides to make sure I am getting enough. Thus, I’d thought I would show you a typical lunch for me. Increasing my carbohydrates during lunch has really improved my performance. Enter a little Italian love <3

I think you all can tell I love me some Trader Joe’s & I have loved eggplant ever since I tried it about a year ago. Top the purple vegetable with some tomato sauce, seasonings and cheese and the meal sounds promising. Plus, how can you go wrong with ingredients like this:
Although, the last Italian meal I had from Trader Joe’s was less than stellar so I really had no expectations for this. However, my tastebuds were blown away. Not only was the sauce flavored perfectly with basil & oregano the tomatoes used for the sauce tasted surprisingly fresh. No “tomato sauce from a jar” taste at all. The cheesy had a rich mozzarella flavor that was abundant throughout the eggplant. Oh and the eggplant – well lets just say it was hearty and savory. Not soggy at all. If you have a local Trader Joe’s – this should be added to your list asap. Crazy good. I mean just look at the cheese!

Rating –> 5 Coffee Beans

Alas, no meal Italian meal is complete without some veggies and pasta. My veggie of choice is two sauteed zucchini seasoned with garlic powder, basil & Italian seasoning. The pasta is spinach pappardelle, which taste oh so good. Not to mention I love how wide the noodles are!

And that lady & gents is one of the many ways I like to fuel up.