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Race Recap – Fit Foodie Run San Diego

Hello, hello!

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Guyssssssssss. I had a blast at the Fit Foodie Run on Saturday! I hope a lot of you attended, because I definitely had a great time and feel so lucky to have been a part of the fun.

As you know, I was lucky enough to be named an ambassador for the race this year, and so as a result, I knew a lot about the amazing events the weekend held and the sponsors that would be there in the finishers village.

…..But I was still blown away.

A couple of my good girlfriends/favorite SD runners joined me for the 5K this year, and we had so much fun soaking up the sights and sampling the goodies at the finish line (obviously the best part). I’ve mentioned it before, but the area the race was held (the Embarcadero along the San Diego Harbor) is one of my very favorite places to run in the universe, and definitely in San Diego, so that made being there extra special. thumb_IMG_0774_1024

(This ^^ shot was re-shared on Instagram by Health Magazine’s official account, which made me feel like a superstar for the rest of the weekend. 😉 )

For the race itself, it was a bit congested at the start because of the narrow path in the embarcadero (it opened up about half a mile in as we got to the main strand of the harbor), and I made the rookie mistake of setting off after my friend Jen, who’s a speed demon (no joke – she’s amazing and came in third in her age group at this 5K). I’m like a 8:45/9 minute/mile, so that wasn’t the smartest because I couldn’t sustain it despite best efforts. I have a goal of working on my speed, but it’s one I haven’t voiced too often because it sorta scares me…. but more on that another time.

I’ve never been to a race – 5K, 10K, half marathon, whatever – with such a robust and lively finishers’ area. Oh my goodness – the place was jam-packed! All the brands there were friendly and excited to be a part of the event, and had healthy treats and other goodies on hand to share with everyone. It was incredible. We almost couldn’t believe our eyes and didn’t even go for breakfast after the 5K – we just ate all the samples in the finishers’ village!

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*Start line! I was live tweeting til we got going, which sounds way cooler than the reality. 😉thumb_IMG_0753_1024 thumb_IMG_0754_1024 thumb_IMG_0758_1024 thumb_IMG_0760_1024 thumb_IMG_0761_1024 thumb_IMG_0762_1024 thumb_IMG_0764_1024 thumb_IMG_0765_1024
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*Quest Bars! I’m still on the hunt for the seasonal pumpkin pie flavor, but I hear it’s at a local 7-11 near me….thumb_IMG_0770_1024 thumb_IMG_0771_1024 thumb_IMG_0772_1024 thumb_IMG_0775_1024

*This cold brew dirty chai from Califia Farms was delish — I’d never had it before.

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San Diego, I love you to pieces.

I finished with an official time of 25 minutes and something seconds, although the course was actually about .05 miles short…. so I ran past the finish line to make up for it. Type A for the win.  😉

I spent the rest of the weekend hanging out with friends and exploring Normal Heights/Kensington areas, which I didn’t spend too much time in when i was living there unfortunately. It’s adorable!

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A tremendous thank you to the Fit Foodie Run, as well as Cooking Light and Health magazines for letting me participate in this great race! It was such a fun experience and a wonderful weekend overall.

Happy Thursday! xo

Being a Fit Foodie 5K Ambassador

Hellllllllllo!

Happy Thursday from wannabe Florida. 😉 Jokes.The never-ending swampy summer struggle is real here in southern California. It’s almost impossible to get your basic white girl on when the weather makes scarves and boots and pumpkin lattes miserable.

Anyways, I have some fun news to share! fit foodie2(via)

You may have already noticed the notes on my Instagram profile, but I’m now an ambassador for the Fit Foodie 5K Race Weekend in San Diego! I’m beyond excited, can I just tell you that? The race series is hosted by Cooking Light and Health, aka two of my very favorite magazines. It may sound silly to some, but I’m honored to have my name anywhere close to those publications. And as we all know, I will most definitely run for food.

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(…that was my pre-run dinner before my first half…. I was proving the pancake was as big as my face. Success.)

The San Diego race is on Saturday, November 7. That’s 3.1 miles through my very favorite city to run in, and in my favorite spot in said city to run (the Embarcadero, on the water). I haven’t run in SD since my glorious half marathon in March – aka my favorite half marathon thus far, besides the first one – and I’m stoked to get back down there.

It’s no secret that I love SD, so any excuse to go down and visit my favorite people in town is one I’ll take. But an excuse that comes filled with delicious snacks and wine and tied with a big running bow? Um, yes. Yes, please.

This year, the race’s theme is “Calories Burned. Calories Earned,” and a percent of funds from the race are going toward the American Diabetes Association. I actually have a personal rule where I’ll only run a 5K race (and pay a registration fee) if the race either somehow benefits my community in some way (like is connected to a nonprofit I believe is) or looks like it’ll be super amazing incredible sauce. How lucky that this is both!Fit Foodie1

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To be clear, as an ambassador, my race fee has graciously been comped, for which I’m grateful. BUT, I also have a discount code for YOU!

For 50% off registration for the 5K in San Diego, use this promo code: PINKTYPEWRITER

Sooooo, who’s going to join me?! The weekend is also filled with a cocktail party on Friday night and a sweat session on Sunday…. and of course, all the amazing sponsors and brands that will be out during the the actual 5K (um, Quest Nutrition bars?! Kashi?! Cupcake Vineyards?! …and the list goes on).

I seriously can.not.wait.

For more info, check out their website! Or leave me a comment/email/whatever. 🙂

Have a good one, loveys! xo

Italian-Style Sausage and Peppers

Hello, hello!

I have a recipe to share with you guys today! I know, I can’t even remember the last time I posted a recipe here, so this is time for celebration I’d say. IMG_6082

I recently started collaborating with Hillshire Farms, and they asked me to whip up a new recipe with their smoked sausage. Now, since I was raised in a pretty traditional Italian household, when I heard sausage, I immediately thought of the old school Italian meal of sausage and peppers. SO, this is  a little twist on that, only I used Hillshire Farms smoked turkey sausage instead of the more authentic Italian spicy pork sausage.

I don’t know about you guys, but I tend to gravitate toward dinner meals that can be made in a snap during the week, because really, recipes that includes a million ingredients and even more steps, on a MONDAY?

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This has basically four ingredients: smoked sausage, peppers, onions, and olive oil. The end.

I usually rely on eggs during the work week because they’re quicker than chicken, but seriously, this sausage cooked up just as fast, if not faster than eggs. This was a particularly welcome discovery last night because I’d had a busy day and barely eaten lunch,  and didn’t start cooking dinner til I was already starving (bad idea). Hallelujah!

I based this recipe off my mom’s sausage and peppers go-to, since she’s the Italian cooking guru. Truth be told, I don’t really like regular pork sausage, but in this meal my favorite part has always been the peppers and onions. They get gloriously soft and really soak up the rich taste of the olive oil in just the most perfect way.

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Mmmmm… seriously, those peppers and onions are my favorite.

This meal is usually served sandwiched in between a lovely, crusty slice of Italian bread. I wanted to make this a teensy bit lighter, though, so I served it alongside some green veggies instead. Delicious (and healthy!) dinner in minutes, that leaves leftovers….. well, if you’re serving one person. My vegetarian boyfriend was not interested in sharing this meal with me. 😉

Let me know if you give it a try!

xo

Italian-Style {Smoked Turkey} Sausage and Peppers

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 tsps extra virgin olive oil (can use more or less depending on preference, and can also use olive oil cooking spray)
  • 2 large red peppers
  • 1/2 one medium-sized yellow onion
  • ~1tbsp dried basil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 package link smoked turkey sausage {I used Hillshire Farms brand}

Directions:

1. Slice peppers and onion into long strips. Add olive oil to pan over low-medium heat, along with the peppers. Add salt and basil and saute until soft, turning every so often with a wooden spoon.

2. When peppers are looking softer, add onions. Saute until they are almost translucent. In the meantime, slice sausage into thin slices (they’ll look like quarters).

3. Add sausage to the softened peppers and onions as well as black pepper (and more salt, if desired), and cook until heated thoroughly (about 8 minutes).

Serve hot, either in a sandwich using Italian bread, or alongside green vegetables.

Serves 3 (approximate)

**Full disclosure: the sausage used in this recipe was provided complimentary to me by Hillshire Farms in return for this blog post/recipe; all opinions are 100% my own. // #spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between my site and Hillshire. This could include Hillshire providing me w/content, product, access or other forms of payment.

Healthy Snacking and #HarvestSnapsFan

I’m SO snacky lately. OMG.

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This week I’ve just wanted to eat all the things. Which isn’t actually that different than most days of my life, except I’ve wanted to snack in between meals, which is pretty unusual for me. I’m usually a pretty set three main meals/two snacks a day type of gal. I’ll go ahead and blame it on all the traveling/lack of sleep/wedding-polooza of late.

But the snacks! I have been trying to keep my eye on the prize, aka the half marathon I have coming up in one stinkin’ month, and focusing on healthier snacks instead of, say, the tiramisu my coworker offered to share with me yesterday when my tummy is rumbling.

Say hello to Harvest Snaps.

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Um, delicious. And also sort of dangerous because I can’t keep my hand out of the bag.

Since I’m now a part of the Harvest Snaps blogger program, Harvest Snaps sent me a box of their crisps snacks to enjoy – both the Snapea and Lentil Crisps in various flavors – and maaaan. I honestly like them a lot, although I usually steer clear of packaged snacks in general (like chips or pretzels or even popcorn, my fav), because it’s so easy to just keep reaching for one more handful. You know what I mean.

I’m a big fan of the black pepper snapea crisps especially. I could easily devour one bag all by myself, which, considering all of the Harvest Snaps products are literally 60-70 percent real vegetables with only about three servings per bag (120 calories per serving), is not too crazy. I mentally compared that to my beloved Buried Treasure (the Trader Joe version of Pirate’s Booty), with its seven servings of cheesy, nutrition-defunct air.

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I’m a fan, and I could see these being a big hit with the kiddos I know! Healthy eating (and healthy snacking) for children is so important to me, and these crisps could be a great addition to a little one’s lunchbox (including mine…). Talk about lunchspiration.

Some other healthy snacking ideas include:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Raw veggies with hummus 
  • Whole grain toast with avocado + salt/pepper
  • Whole grain or gluten free frozen waffles with nut butter, sliced banana, and chia (my fav are the Trader Joe’s brand)
  • Greek yogurt (nonfat or 2% fat) with berries and nut butter 
  • One serving of plain oatmeal, mixed with fresh fruit
  • Fruit and nut bars that are low in sugar/high in protein, like Kind Bars in the Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate flavor 

Keep in mind, dehydration and a lack of sleep can also cause you to be more hungry or snacky than usual, so be mindful of your sleeping and drinking habits if you notice an uptick in your snacking. Sometimes drinking a big glass of water does the trick for me, although other times I really just need an extra snack. Listen to your body, yo.

On that note, have a happy hump day friends! Hump daaaaaaaaay.

Tell me- what are your go-to healthy snacks? Have you tried these Harvest Snaps crisps, too? If so, what’d you think?

This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Turkey, Carrot, & Zucchini September Soup

Hello!

I’m back from a week in upstate New York! I have a million photos to share with you guys, but first, a recipe! Because since I was gone two things happened: it became September, and a heaping box of organic produce found its way onto my doorstep.

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I was literally about to leave my house for the grocery store since I had nothing in the fridge from being out of town when an amazing box from Melissa’s Produce arrived! And booooy do I need some vegetables in my life after traveling. The sweet folks at Melissa’s offered to send me a box of their organic goods for free so that I could give it a try and share my findings with you guys.

Melissa’s Produce has a variety of boxes of fresh, organic produce that you can choose from, all of which can be delivered to your door, either once in a while or on a regularly scheduled basis. They even have larger “family” boxes to feed households of more than just one or two.

Now, I should start by admitting I am a grocery shopping FANATIC, so I have never been interested in the home delivery grocery services before. This is really more of a CSA sorta thang, though, so I figured I’d give it a shot. Melissa’s Produce definitely did not disappoint. I had requested the organic 50/50 fruit and veggie box, which is specially for delivery in southern California (free shipping throughout all of SoCal between Santa Barbara and San Diego!). The box I received was brimming with fresh goodies.

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These guys are packing pros. Everything was nestled in there and nothing really looked smushed or wilted! That’s not what happens when I mail things far less fragile.

Here’s what was in the box:

  • 2 pears
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 apples (one was eaten immediately upon opening the box)
  • 2 kiwis
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 ginger stalk
  • 1 avocado (I think I squealed seeing this)
  • 1 head of broccoli (looooove)
  • 1 head of kale
  • a bunch of medium-sized carrots
  • 2 medium-sized zucchini
  • 1 head of lettuce

Holy produce batman. That’s definitely enough green for  little ol’ me for a week!

This box is supposed to come with two cucumbers instead of zucchini, but since I’m allergic to cukes, they made a swap for me. Also,  I should point out that the label on the box said a lemon was supposed to be included as well, but I didn’t have one. No biggie.

I like that the produce sent was seasonally and locally minded, and forced me to enjoy ingredients I don’t usually gravitate toward, like kale (sorry, kale lovers) and citrus. The price is probably a little too steep for me to be a regular customer ($25 for this particular box), especially since I would still be buying more produce during the week as I eat a lot of fruit throughout the day, but I think it IS a good deal if you’re shooting for eating mostly organic. It’s super accessible and convenient.

Anyways, the first thing that shot to mind after unpacking this box was SOUP. I mean, hi, it’s practically fall, and so many of those ingredients are just perfect for a September-y soup.

And voila! A soup of ground turkey, carrots, and zucchini was born…..with some kale thrown in for good measure.

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Major yum. You can serve it with a yummy salad of lettuce and avocado (and not included tomato), plus some crusty bread.

The other items will all be packed into my lunch this week, as I’m ALL about fruit and sliced veggies (like carrots and zukes) as side dishes to my sandwich/salads in the office. And let’s be honest – I brought leftover soup for lunch today.  I also REALLY want to try making my own ginger tea with some hot water and fresh ginger. It’s supposed to be great for your immune system, and whenever I feel like I’m getting sick, I’ll throw some in my soup; I bet that would help with serious jet lag too, don’t you think? 😉

Turkey, Carrot, and Zucchini Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and diced
  • 5-6 medium carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 16oz ground turkey breast
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (I used fire roasted)
  • 5 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 small bunch of kale, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper each, plus more to taste
  • ~1tsp Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning, to taste (optional – it’s my fav!)
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice, for serving (optional)

Directions

1. Heat olive oil in a large heavy bottom pot on medium-high heat, and start to sauté garlic. (Beware not to burn the garlic!) Add carrots and zucchini and cook until they begin to soften and brown.

2. Add turkey and cook until it is no longer pink and starting to brown. Add salt and pepper and optional 21 Seasoning.

3. Add diced tomatoes and broth, turning up the heat to bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the kale and continue to cook on medium-low with covered lid for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Feel free to add more salt or pepper if you desire.

4. Serve hot, alongside salad and/or a big chunk of crusty bread. OPTIONAL: add cooked rice straight into bowl of soup when serving.

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Serves 4-6

 

*Although I received this box for free in return for sharing a recipe on my blog, all opinions, as always, are 100% my own; I only review products I actually am interested in.

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