Saturday, January 24, 2015

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Chia Seeds are Nutritious

Eating chia seeds is a healthy way to add protein, fiber, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and calcium to your diet. Plus, they're fun to experiment with because they change the texture of food and thicken it. Here's a chia seed recipe that you could use for breakfast or even for dessert like I did this week.

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Mix together:
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • mashed banana
Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until it becomes like pudding, but stir it a few times so that the seeds get mixed in well.

Ideas for more add-ins:
  • nut butter
  • granola
  • mini chocolate chips
Or add them all like I did!

What if you don't like the chia seed texture? To change the texture, blend it all together.

More Chia Seed Pudding Recipes

To make fruity chia pudding, just substitute fruit for the cocoa powder. This week, I tried prunes for the first time. I was happily surprised to discover that I liked them so I made prune chia seed pudding with them. For two more chia seed recipes, like chia seed muesli, see the chia seed post that I wrote last January.

Have you tried chia seeds? What healthy new food or drink have you tried lately? 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Highlights: Brain Training, Races & More

Favorite Links of the Week

Train Your Brain for Your Best Running - Tips on building race confidence like thinking about your form when the race becomes tough.

How Mental Toughness Gives Athletes the Edge - Learn the five-step process to becoming tougher.

How I Train (Kim Conley, Winner of 2015 Houston Half Marathon) - A recent change she made - only strength trains two times a week. I've decided to go back to doing only 2-3 sessions a week, too.

Comparison of Garmin Vivofit and FitBit Force - This week I also compared two activity trackers. One day, I ran 5 miles according to my Garmin Forerunner 220 and 5.4 miles according to my Fitbit Flex.

8 Things You Should Never Say to Yourself About Food - Relax about food. Eat for nourishment and enjoyment.

5 Inspiring Race Reports 

Husband and Wife Repeat as Marathon Bahamas Winners - Winning marathons is nothing new for this couple. In fact, Justin has won 75 marathons so far!

Ms. Adventures of an Ultrarunner blogger, Traci, completed the Bandera 100K (62 miles in TX) in 12:30 and came in 1st Masters USATF female winner! She shares the lessons learned after running the race with dead legs like taking one day off for every 10 miles raced.

Running Around My Kitchen blogger, Beth, completed the New Year's Day 5K (AR) hoping to PR. Not only did she PR, she was 1st in her age group with a time of 24:12!

Ultra Runner Mama blogger, Caroline, ran through thick mud and cold weather to finish 3rd female at the Bandera 100K (TX) in 10:39!

Unsporty Women Can Run blogger, Annie, completed the Cadbury Marathon (Australia) in 5:12. It was her first marathon!

I narrowed this week's list down to 10 even though I found many more great links and race reports. I hope that you enjoy them!

Monday, January 19, 2015

My 5 Running Motivators

1. I watched the race coverage of the Houston Marathon. I ran 5 miles at 6 am so that I could watch the race on TV. I've run it 8 times! Watching the race made me wish that I was racing, but I'll be racing the Woodlands Marathon on February 28. The Woodlands race is closer to where I live now.

2. We've had shorts weather here in Texas and I looked forward to running in the warm sunshine. 

3. I won a Brooks Pure Project Beanie from RunLikeAGrl so I was glad that it was cold enough to wear it for my run yesterday. I like the slouchy design, the fact that it stayed where I put it and that it covers my ears without hugging them so tightly that my earbud feels too tight in my ear.

4. I won a running book, too! Reading running books makes me want get outside and run. I already finished reading the book - Running for Mortals by John Bingham and Jenny Hadfield (giveaway by Skirt Sports). It's really for beginning runners, but it lists strength-training exercises that I'll use. Today I did 30 minutes of exercises from it like one-legged planks and one legged wall-sits.

5. My next race is in less than 4 weeks! It's the Love. Run. Half Marathon held on February 14. All race funds help Colombian orphans and adoptive families. What a great way to spend Valentine's Day!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Bacon For My Run & Later

Bacon During a Run & Bacon Gel 

After my 5 mile run on Monday, I realized that I wasn't fully recovered from my cough and sore throat so I've been taking it easy. Because I wasn't sure how far I'd run on yesterday's 8 mile come-back run, I brought along a snack - bacon! Sometimes they have bacon at ultra aid stations and I like to test food out on my training runs. I didn't have any problems eating it and, of course, it tasted good!

Did you know that there is a bacon-flavored energy gel? VFuel Maple Bacon is on my wish list!

Bacon Soup

Even though I was able to wear shorts yesterday on my run (try not to be too jealous!), there were some chilly nights so I made Bean and Bacon Soup (Taste and Tell). It tastes like Campbell's bean and bacon soup and since I used canned beans (Navy), it was quick to put together.

Bacon Salad

To go on the side of my bacon soup, I made a BLT Salad (Skinny Taste). It's made up of BLT ingredients, minus the bread, and topped with avocado. Visit the Skinny Taste blog until Monday for her Skinny Taste cookbook and kitchen scale giveaway!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Highlights: The Endurance 15, Races & More

Favorite Running Links 

Weight Gain During High Volume Training - Fuel correctly to avoid unavoidable food cravings and avoid the "endurance 15".

Women Running (Fast) Through Menopause - Keep your body moving!

Bragi Dash - Fitness tracking wireless smart earbuds for $300. Kind of pricey.

$10 Broke Man's Half Marathon (October 4) - Attn: Columbus, Ohio runners! I hope this idea catches on!

Top Running Stories of 2014 - Just to catch you up on anything you might have missed!

Race Reports to Inspire You

Robin ran the Run4RKids race (Canada) nearly 44 miles in 7:58 and was the 2nd place female! Amazingly, the race was held on an indoor track!

The Little GSP blogger, Annie, finished the Athlete's Closet New Year's 5K (PA) in 23:47. Starting this race conservatively and training on hills resulted in a PR!

2 Generations Running blogger, Nora, writes about how she and her mom completed the Run to Kick Cancer 5K (MA) in 29:50 with negative splits!

Have a great week of running!