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!

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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!

2016 Recap // 2017 Goals

2016 was a year of educating myself on nutrition, training and recovery.


Though I struggled with Plantar Fasciitis and Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) throughout the entire year, I was able to get in 4 awesome races and even one big PR!

  • Race 13.1 Wilmington
  • Tarheel 10 Miler/Fleet Feet 4 Miler
  • Across the Bay 12k
  • Bull City Race Fest Half Marathon

While being injured is never fun, it allowed me to focus more on nutrition and recovery.

For those of you who have followed my blog from start, you saw my journey of eating whole foods. For the first half of the year, I challenged myself to give up processed foods and it was surprisingly fun! I was constantly learning new recipes and becoming more familiar with new ingredients. Going into the new year, I want to continue to build on this challenge and incorporate these clean recipes into a balanced lifestyle.


2017 will be a year of challenging myself to reach new heights while also keeping my limits in check.. since I would rather not waste an entire year being injured again.

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:

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.

Shopping Local

  
I love finding local Farmers Markets – partly for the cheaper produce and partly for the samples! Farmers Markets are pretty awesome if you want to get the best produce without breaking the bank. If you need more persuading to visit a Farmers Market, here are a few more. 🙂

  1. The food is as fresh as it gets as it comes straight from the farm.
  2. The food is in-season, which means tastier and more nutritious food for you!
  3. Support and connect with the local community.
  4. Better for the environment since growing and transportation methods minimize impact on the Earth!