Saturday, April 12, 2014

Spring Trifecta

Friday I was lucky enough to get a 5 mile run in after work since I dragged myself in so early that morning.  The bad news is it was POURING and I mean POURING.  But 5 miles is 5 miles in this busy Mom's books. And a good run is still a good way to end the work week - good God how my Friday "Happy Hour" has changed.

Today however was a PERFECT Spring day. 

So I fueled up with breakfast...

And the boys and I packed up their bikes and headed to the busiest park/playground in the Capital District nice and early to avoid the ridiculous crowds.

It was the perfect trifecta.  Boys got some exercise, Mommy got exercise and we were spending time together.  The boys are still working on the proper bike riding etiquette (aka NOT hitting other walkers) but today they did great.  I got a 3 miles run in and no-one got injured :)  A perfect day.  Here's to doing it all over again tomorrow :)

Also made some Coconut Energy Balls to fuel me before my long run tomorrow morning.  Recipe to follow!

Sleep well kids :)

And for all the cool parents up past 9pm like me - a friend shared this movie trailer and I think it looks keep it down.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Evening of Beauty

I recently attended an event called "Eventing of Beauty" at the Willams Center.

It was a giiiiirls only event where all profits were to benefit Saratoga DVRC & Face to Face and raise money for domestic violence. A great event for a great cause.

There were silent auctions, wine tasting, giveaways and delicious refreshments.

Because being HEALTHY is about taking care of your entire body - and a good dose of girl time surely never hurts!

Sadly I didn't win the $1000 Botox raffle but I did get my hair done for free AND have a plate of delicious grub.

A local restaurant demonstrated an awesome spinach spaghetti recipe which was SO good!

So after a night of tasting as much wine as was socially acceptable  and eating as many samples as I could...this morning I was all about the juicing detox for breakfast.

So there it is and now you may proceed with your crazy weekend plans!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Got Milk?

Most mornings a quick smoothie is my go to breakfast.  And the liquid in my drink is usually almond milk but this week I decided to try FlaxMilk.

Flax milk is the most recent non-dairy milk to hit the supermarkets. It's simply cold-pressed flax oil mixed with filtered water. One cup unsweetened has 50 calories and provides heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.  Pretty low in calories so its perfect for smoothies although there is no protein so you'll need to find that elsewhere.

Here are some of the benefits found on

  • unlike cow’s milk, flax milk contains no cholesterol or lactose, making it healthier for your heart
  • flax milk also contains omega-3 fatty acids from the cold-pressed flax oil, that has been shown to help prevent cancer, diabetes, heart disease and strokes
  • it is naturally lactose free, as well as being completely void of cholesterol
  • flax milks are fortified with minerals and vitamins, including vitamins A, B12 and D, as well as calcium, which equals the nutritional value of other milk alternatives
  • all varieties are low in calories, while the original and vanilla varieties contain some sugars (from evaporated cane juice) but considerably less than other non-dairy milk alternatives
  • flax milk contains no saturated or trans fat
  • although it doesn’t offer the same health benefits, flax milk is another excellent alternative for those who are allergic to soy
  • in addition to being soy-free, flax milk is free from the top eight allergens (from ingredients) including gluten
All in all it tastes great!!

So cow milk, soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk, flax milk - so many decisions - obviously I'm not a trained dietitian so I have no clue but I'm all for trying new alternatives.  

Plus there's this...