During our early-morning run through the tree-laden, shady paths of Prospect Park last week, Ashley and I happened upon the topic of smoothies.
As you can probably gather on your own, this is not a preposterous or surprising occurrence. Think about it: two healthy living bloggers and runners who schedule workouts together on an almost weekly basis. The topic of smoothies is almost inevitable. In fact, I'd say there's about a 75% chance it will come up. But I digress.
One of my favorite things about summer is all of the in-season, fresh fruit you can find at the grocery store.
And sure, it's great for eating all on its own — few things are greater than sinking your teeth right into a juicy, bright red slice of watermelon or popping a sweet, succulent strawberry right into your mouth — but personally, my favorite thing about fresh summer fruit is turning it into smoothies.
When I decided to quit Whole30 on day 12, it wasn't an easy decision to make. OK, let's be real, in the grand scheme of things this is not even that serious of a matter at all, but since I know people will be researching Whole30 deciding whether or not to do it or whether or not they should stick with it until the end, I'll share my experience in the hopes that it can be of help.
I'm going on a journey this month and this is an official invite asking you to come along with me.
Actually I'm not asking you, but rather challenging you, because it won't necessarily be an easy journey, but I can assure you it will be a worthwhile one.
Perhaps you've gauged what this journey will entail from the title of this post? If you guessed it had something to do with eating more veggies, you guessed absolutely right. You clever fox, you.
It took me a pretty long time to truly understand just how important nutrition is when it comes to maintaining a balanced, healthy and strong running routine, and especially when you're intensely training for a long-distance race like a half marathon.
Recently I shared my 2016 half marathon training plan (and my NYC Half Marathon Race Recap — the race that I was using the plan to prepare for) which I was extremely pleased with, given it did end up helping me reach my goal!
In sharing my training plan, I mentioned that I was also taking my nutrition/eating habits pretty seriously and promised to share my half marathon training nutrition strategy, which I feel had a very positive impact on my training and overall running performance.
Snack Time is one of the most important times of the day.
If you disagree with the above statement, then we can't be friends.
OK, I'm just kidding... A little.
But seriously, for me, eating healthy snacks in between meals is important because if I get too hungry come mealtime, I will get hangry (that's angry as a result of being too hungry, for those unfamiliar with the term) and there's also a good chance that I will overeat by the time I do finally get to lunch or dinner.
How much protein should you eat? As you probably already know, protein and how much of it you should be eating is hot topic in health and fitness world right now. (I mean it always has been and always will be, but right now, it really seems to be a very buzzworthy point of interest.)
Everyone loves to tout the weight loss benefits of protein and everyone loves to tell us that we need to be eating more of it—to stay full and satiated so that we won't overeat and to build muscle so that our metabolism will stay boosted!