Some Pretty Awesome Comfy Looking Pants

Some Pretty Awesome Comfy Looking Pants

Arizona Nights Yoga Pants

Found this site through a pin on the wonderful Pinterest 🙂 they have wonderfully comfy looking yoga pants that I’ve decided to gift upon my sisters (hopefully they don’t read this!) because they hold a love of colour and comfy clothing close to their hearts as I do.

While these yoga pants probably won’t make you the most stylish person around they certainly will stand out. And will be super comfy which is always a priority!

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

½ Cup Pumpkin Puree

½ Cup Yogurt (I use Vanilla Greek Yogurt)

¾ Cup Milk (any type of milk the original recipe called for almond or soy milk)

½ – 1 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

Pinch or two extra cinnamon if it suits your tastes

½ a Frozen Banana

Add, Blend and Enjoy! Yummy addition to breakfast or lunch 🙂

Running

I hate running, I make that no secret. I only do it out on necessity but I dread the hours I spend pounding out on pavement, I find it boring. I always feel good afterwards but nothing can change the fact that I do not enjoy the time I have to spend running. I always feel like I have accomplished something after a run and I like the feeling but it doesn’t make up for the monotony I loath during the run. Part of the problem with running is I have a hard time shutting off my brain and just running, I focus on how much my lungs hurt or my knee or worry about the cramp that is starting to form. I hop on my bike and none of that matters but running I can’t help but focus on it.

I don’t understand people, like my sister, that don’t run most of the year and just suddenly go out an breeze through a 10 km run like it’s nothing. If I take 3 weeks off I struggle with 3 km, attempting a 10 km would be insane!

One of the things that I find helps with the endless pavement pounding that I dislike so are sprint sets or intervals. Walk, jog, sprint repeat. repeat. repeat. Not quite as boring as slugging out 5 km in the summer heat.

Here is an example of a good interval work out by Back On Pointe:

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Back on Pointe is one of my favorites to browse for fitness related topics below is a link to her blog – specifically the page the image above is from.

http://backonpointe.tumblr.com/post/34661323876/love-to-run-mix-it-up-to-burn-more-calories

 

Chocolate (Protein) Zucchini Bread

ImageServing Size: 2 loaves

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/4 cup of cocoa powder

3 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

2 cups white sugar

3 teaspoons vanilla or pure maple syrup

2 cups finely grated zucchini

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

1/2 cup chocolate protein powder mixed with small amount of water (optional)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F or 165 C – grease and flour two 8X4 inch loaf pans

2. Sift together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and cocoa powder

3. Beat together the eggs, oil, vanilla/maple syrup and sugar in a large bowl

4. Add the dry sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture and beat well until thoroughly combined

5. Add in protein powered mixed with a small amount of water if choosing to. (This stage is approx. because I usually don’t measure the protein powder – about 2 scoops of powder and just enough water so none of the powder is dry)

6. Mix in zucchini, chocolate chips and (optional) walnuts until well mixed

7. Pour into prepared pans and bake for 40-60 minutes or until tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for approx 20 minutes then remove from pan and cool on rack until cool to the touch.

*I will also use this recipe for muffins, the baking time just has to be adjusted it.

** Zucchini bread and muffins freeze well 🙂