How to Stay Active During COVID-19 Pandemic

Things are a bit crazy right now to say the least – we’re under a ‘Shelter in Place’ order here in the Bay Area for the next three weeks due to the recent outbreak of the coronavirus or COVID-19. This means that we’ll be staying home and trying our best to stay healthy.

Focus on the things we can control and let go of the things we can’t.

I felt mentally and physically drained last week with the stress of ‘what-ifs’ scenarios – what if my marathon gets cancelled, what if we have to cancel our wedding, what if I have the virus, etc., but none of these things are in my control. So, what is in my control? Staying active – to keep myself both mentally and physically healthy. Here are some great ideas on how to stay active without having to buy equipment, while also practicing social distancing.

Local Fitness Studios – Virtual Classes

I list this one first because our local businesses need our help right now. My two favorite studios in San Francisco – Ritual Hot Yoga and MNT Studio (Barre/Pilates) – are offering virtual classes through Zoom. These classes are free for studio members and $10 for non-members – this price is a steal! I highly recommend trying out one of their classes or a studio near you.

Run, Hike and Walk – 6 feet away from others

With the Shelter in Place order, health officials encourage getting outside for regular exercise such as running, hiking or walking. Note that you should do things activities alone or with close family, while keeping 6 feet away from others. Bored of your neighborhood and not sure where to find an isolated trail near you? I highly recommend checking out All Trails.

Free Workouts On Demand

Ever heard the saying, “there’s an app for everything”? There is no shortage when it comes to fitness apps and you can have your favorite workouts at the tips of your fingertips. Self.com published this list of Best New Workout Apps this year, but my two favorites are Nike Training Club and Down Dog. You can find anything on the Nike Training Club app and it’s free with an account. I recently discovered Down Dog as they are offering yoga, HIIT and barre workouts free until April 1st. In response to school closures, they are also offering free access until July 1st for all students and teachers – how cool is that?!

There are a lot of businesses doing awesome things right now despite this very difficult and unprecedented time. Let’s continue to share, inspire and support one another!

Superhero Muffins – Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow.

Just when I thought Shalane Flanagan’s Superhero Muffins couldn’t get any better, they just did. I loved the original Superhero Muffin recipe from Run Fast. Eat Slow. by Elyse Kopecky & Shalane Flanagan and I didn’t think it could get any better. BOY, WAS I WRONG! I am even more obsessed with the new variations of the recipe in their newest book, Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow..

The new variations include the most vibrant flavor combinations that you can imagine. There is Apple Carrot, Pumpkin Spice and Beet Blueberry Molasses. And similar to the original recipe, they are also gluten-free! They also offer vegan and nut allergy alternatives.

I tried Apple Carrot first because it was the easiest in terms of ingredients that I had on hand. There are real Granny Smith apples and carrots in these muffins! And you can’t even tell! To be honest, I even felt guilty when I ate my first one because it tasted way to good to be considered healthy for you. I should also add that Cade loves these and he usually hates my healthier recipes!

As I mentioned in my previous post on their Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, I will not be reposting the recipes in an effort to support the authors for their work in creating this amazing cookbook. That being said, this is a MUST try and just another reason to buy the book – it is really worth it!

Review: Siren Snacks

Looking for the perfect post-run snack? This could be it.

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I had never heard of Siren Snacks until last month when they introduced themselves as a sponsor for The San Francisco Marathon’s Finish Line Festival. And of course I was up to try something new. Siren Snacks sent me these samples and I opened them immediately, here are my thoughts!

Flavors

  1. Dark Chocolate Brownie
  2. Lemon Poppyseed
  3. Cookie Dough
  4. Snickerdoodle

*In order of my favorite to least favorite flavors.

Ingredients/Nutrition

Here’s what you really need to know: vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and plant-based protein. They are also free from most common allergens such as milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, peanuts, wheat, nuts and soybeans. So much goodness packed into these little treats!!

Overall, I’m a huge fan of the ingredients in these snacks (refer to pictures for listed ingredients for each flavor).

Packaging

Yes, we all love pretty packaging but the most noteworthy part about this packaging is that you can reseal it! The one thing I hate about most protein bars and snacks is that they pack a lot of calories and they assume you eat the whole thing at once. Siren Snacks come in a resealable package so you have the option of finishing it all at once or practicing self control by saving some for later. According to the website, the bites will stay fresh for up to 3 weeks (but you will definitely finish them before that!).

Takeaway

Buy the Lemon Poppyseed and Dark Chocolate Brownie flavors – those are the best by far. I love the Lemon Poppyseed for a morning snack and the Dark Chocolate Brownie for when I’m craving something sweeter.

Visit sirensnacks.com to learn more or find out where you can find these bites near you!

Runner’s World: Southern Unfried Chicken

I haven’t talked about food in awhile so why not start with fried (or “unfried”) chicken! 

Borrowed this recipe from the Runner’s World Cookbook so definitely check it out for more great recipes for runners. Disclaimer: we didn’t have all of the ingredients so we improvised a little.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 teaspoons hot sauce (we used Texas Pete)
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast; cut in half
  • 1.5 cups whole wheat panko bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1.5 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons garlic powder (we used garlic salt)
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (we used a little bit of chili powder)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Combine buttermilk and hot sauce in a bowl – use to marinade chicken for at least one hour.
  2. Combine everything else (all the dry ingredients) in a large resealable bag. Shake to blend.
  3. Use the mixture in the bag to coat each piece of chicken.
  4. Place chicken on a baking sheet (coat with cooking spray). Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  6. Done!

I was pretty hangry making this recipe but it was pretty easy overall. We ate it with brown rice and asparagus, yum!

Acai Bowl

With my boyfriend being from Hawaii, I am obsessed with acai bowls! It was also the perfect meal after my 10 mile run this morning. 🙂 

Here’s what you need:

What You’ll Need

  • 1 Sambazon Pure Unsweetened Superfruit Pack – I get mine from Whole Foods
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk – you can use any
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
  • Top with honey, granola (Mamma Chia granola clusters) and fruit

Enjoy!
More information on Mamma Chia can be found here:

Workout Recovery Shake

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What’s for breakfast today?

Amazing Grass Protein Superfood – Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake

Last week I tried the protein mixed with unsweetened almond milk so I decided to get creative and make a shake after my gym sesh.

  • Amazing Grass Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 tbsp Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • Ice cubes

It was DELICIOUS – I want to drink this every day. Amazing Grass is the first plant-based protein that I’ve tried (I usually opt for Whey). It still amazes me that you can get 20 grams of protein from pea, quinoa, chia and  hemp.

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Mamma Chia – Chia Squeeze

  
Ok… I’m a huge fan!!! 

These little packs are really convenient and squeeze more nutrients into your day. My favorite thing is that they’re only 70 calories so they are a perfect snack to carry around throughout the day.

There are 6 available flavors:

  • Blackberry Bliss
  • Wild Raspberry
  • Green Magic
  • Mango Coconut
  • Strawberry Banana
  • Cherry Beet

Don’t forget to check out other Mamma Chia products!

Brooks Glycerin 13


Yay! Breaking into my second pair of my Brooks Glycerin 13.

To be honest, it wasn’t love at first run.. I went through three pairs of the Glycerin 12 and LOVED that model. I wasn’t thrilled when I slipped my foot into my first pair of the 13’s and realized that the entire feel was different. It was heavier and cushier (which was apparently exactly what I needed). Regardless I trained and ran my first marathon with the Glycerin 13 and I love it! I’m now onto my second pair along with a new pair of the Glycerin 14.

Thank You Mamma Chia!!!

I am so excited to be trying all of these Mamma Chia products!!!! I love Mamma Chia because of their dedication to be a true conscious and sustainable company. They donate one percent of sales to support farmers, community groups and organizations that build healthy, local food systems.

Why choose chia? Chia seeds are the richest plant-based source of Omega-3s on the planet. An excellent source of dietary fiber, complete protein and antioxidants, both the Maya and Aztecs held this ancient seed in high esteem for increasing vitality, strength, and overall good health.

Keep an eye out my reviews to come on these products!

  •  Organic Chia Granola Clusters
  • Organic Chia Squeeze
  • Organic Chia Vitality Bars
  • Organic Chia & Greens beverages
  • Organic Chia Seed

Check them out:

 https://www.mammachia.com/

https://www.facebook.com/MammaChia1/

http://instagram.com/mammachia

Sunday Meal Prep

  
This week’s meal prep: shrimp, broccoli, sweet potato and onions.

I was feeling pretty lazy so this was pretty quick and easy. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions!!

  1. Shrimp – sautéed with olive oil, garlic and pepper.
  2. Broccoli – steamed with a pinch of Parmesan cheese.
  3. Sweet potato – cubed and baked in the oven with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  4. Onions – sautéed with olive oil.