If you are not familiar with Maca it is a root that is an adaptogen and is getting a lot of buzz lately. I learned about it from my naturopathic doctor and started incorporating it into my diet. Maca has a lot of benefits. I am not a nutritionist, but here are a few things that I have noticed while incorporating it into my diet.
Benefits of Maca
Can help with PMS symptoms
Hormones and Sexual Health
Energy, Mood and Memory
Now you are probably curious about how to incorporate it into your diet. There are many ways to use it. You can even make a drink out of it (I have not tried that). My favorite ways to use it are in smoothies, stirred into oatmeal, topped on yogurt or smoothie bowls with a bit of granola, and I also mix some into my energy balls recipe I make (recipe link below).
Happy Friday ! Yesterday’s workout was a killer one! My legs are still feeling it today especially when walking up stairs. I thought I would share with you this killer workout. I hope you all give this workout a try. You can do it at home or at the gym. Have a great weekend! Things you will need for the workout:
Towel (you will be sweating)
Lower Body and Ab Interval Workout
Jump Rope Series (we did not have ropes, so we faked them)
Regular Jump Rope 15 Seconds
Single Leg Jump Rope Right 15 Seconds
Single Leg Jump Rope Left 15 Seconds
Gate Swing or Air Squats 30 Seconds
Single Leg Swings 30 Seconds Each Leg
Alternating Side Lunges 30 Seconds
Complete exercises in each circuit for 30 seconds each. Repeat 3 times or more if you would like.
Squat with Alternating Side Kicks
Single Leg Back Lunges Right 30 Seconds with weights
Single Leg Back Lunges Left 30 Seconds with weights
Plank Pull Across (in plank pull weight across the body)
Burpee with 8 Punches (come up from burpee stay low and jab right and left)
Weighted Goblet Squat
Push Up to a Side Plank add in a Knee Crunch or Just Regular Push Ups
Sumo Squat with Alternating Leg Lifts (hold weights in front of chest or on shoulders)
A few weeks ago I started a new meal plan with Gauge Girl Training. I have been in a slump and I wanted to change things up a bit with my eating. I was always feeling hungry and my body fat was creeping up. It may have had something to do with the fact that I LOVE LOVE LOVE peanut butter. So I heard about the custom meal plans with Gauge Girl Training, so I thought I would give it a try. I got my meal plan and I noticed there were a lot of protein shakes on it. I do get a bit tired of the plain old protein shake, so I tried a new twist on my protein shakes. I made it into a protein chia pudding and now I am addicted. So I wanted to share my recipe with you. I eat it as post workout breakfast or in the evening for a little dessert treat. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Chia Pudding (serves 1)
1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (you can use any milk here)
2 Tablespoons PB2 or other powdered peanut butter
1 scoop or 1 serving of chocolate protein powder (I use the chocolate flavored Orgain)
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl or jar and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. I like to leave mine in longer. Enjoy!
Here is the nutrition breakdown based on my recipe:
Calories 270, Fat 9.2 grams, Carbs 24.5
*Note: I have tried this with a whey isolate protein powder as well and it was a bit runny, so you may need to adjust your milk ratio a bit and use less if you have a different type of protein powder. It still tasted great!
Happy Monday. I have not been posting as much last week because I have had some major sleep trouble. I don’t know what is going on but I am so tired. I can fall asleep fine, but wake up in the middle of the night and cannot go back to sleep. I have tried all types of remedies meditation, calms forte, essential oils….you name it I have tried it. So I am hoping to start this week off better. If anyone has any ideas that are natural and help with sleep I would love to hear from you. Tomorrow morning is going to come very early. This time change throws me off. So my 5:o0 AM boot
camp class has to be ready to go and get the blood flowing. We are going to do a weights and cardio workout. The workout will start off with a 2-3 minute dynamic warm up and then we will complete cardio and weights for 30 seconds no breaks unless they are needed. We will repeat it 3 times or more if we have enough time. Here is what I am planning for Thursday. I hope you guys have a great week!
I hope you all are having an amazing Sunday. It’s a bit rainy and gloomy here. Last week was pretty nice. I have major spring fever. Since I am constantly trying to work on my spiritual strength along with my physical and mental strength I thought I would share a bit from our message today at church. I am constantly planning out my workouts, my meals, and my lesson plans for school, but sometimes planning to work on my spiritual strength gets pushed to the back burner. So my goal for March as we head into Easter is to plan out time to spend reading the Bible and writing in my journal. In my church service today our pastor Keith said a few things that really stuck with me. Here they are:
Even when you don’t understand. God can be trusted.
Even when all hope is gone. God can work miracles.
It takes a mess to make a miracle
God is always on time.
God still brings life.
These are some things I pan to think about as we start a new week. If you would like to watch the message here is a link to the the service:
Last week’s message is also on the site and it is very powerful. I encourage all of you to watch it too. Have a great week!
I have a major sweet tooth! I love baked goodies, but I don’t make them or I would eat them all. So my mom always comes up with healthy alternatives for me. I think these are super tasty and would make a great treat or snack for your kids lunch box. You could even eat them before your long run or a workout. The recipe is below. Have a great weekend!
3 Ripe Bananas Mashed
1 cup chopped dates
3/4 cup chopped almonds
2 cups oats
2 TBS vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
2/3 cup dried cranberries
2 TBS hemp seeds
14 chopped prunes (you could sub another dried fruit)
10 chopped dried apricots
2 TBS melted coconut oil
Mix all ingredients together and bake at 375 degrees for 18 min. The recipe makes 30 cookies about 2 tbs per cookie. Approximately 98 calories per cookie (I entered the recipe in my fitness pal).
Today I started my new training plan for the Sawtooth Relay, Idaho’s most famous race which is in the beginning of June. I have a love-hate relationship with hills. I love them when I am done and hate them while I am running. Hill repeats are good to incorporate into your training schedule for a variety of different reasons. It can improve your endurance, power, speed, and helps with your overall strength. Since my upcoming relay is a hilly run I want to make sure I am ready for it. Today a group of friends and I got together to run some hill repeats. We killed it! Running with friends makes even hills fun!
Here is what we did today:
Warm Up: 1 mile easy Hill Repeats: 5 x (run up the hill pushing yourself and jog down or walk down). We had a long hill. 1 Mile Run at a comfortable pace Cool Down (walk) and Stretching
Here is a link to race information. The scenery is beautiful. http://sawtoothrelay.com/
Good morning! Today I have been thinking a lot about spiritual strength and patience. If you know me, I am not a patient person at all. This drives my husband crazy. The past few months my oldest daughter has been playing basketball. She loves basketball and wants to play in high school and maybe even in college. This year has been a rough season for her and her team. The past few years her team has always been on the top even winning championship games. As a mom you want your kids to be the winners. This has not been the case this season. It has been a rough season. The team has only won 2 games and our team has mostly new members playing on it. My daughter is just like me and doesn’t have any patience and can let things get in her head at times.
We talked to her at the beginning of the season and told her that it is not always about winning but getting better by working hard everyday. I have seen her grow stronger this season not only as a player but as a leader. Although they are going to end their season next week only winning two games I can see she has grown through this experience. Last week our Pastor Doug (http://www.rockharbor.tv/sermons) gave a message that really stuck with me. He said this “God’s delays are not necessarily God’s denials.” I think this is so true especially if you are impatient like me. Just because something has not happened yet does not mean that it will not happen but we need to continue to work as we wait patiently for God’s plan to develop. I need to remember each day and try to become more patient. This is my prayer for my daughters today and for all of you.
Do you remember those yummy rice crispy treats you ate growing up or maybe you still do? I loved those when I was pregnant with my 2nd daughter and one time I ate an entire pan. OOPS! Leave it to my mom to find a healthy alternative to those yummy treats. She is a baker by profession and has been adapting recipes for me to fit into my healthy eating plan. So I thought I would share this recipe. It’s super easy and it has only 4 ingredients. You could have it as a pre-workout snack or even dessert. And my kids LOVED them too. These would make a perfect lunch box snack.
Peanut Butter Protein Rice Cereal Treats
5 Cups Crisp Rice Cereal (can use brown rice cereal)
1/2 Cup Honey (adjust to your taste)
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter or other Nut Butter
4 Scoops Vanilla Protein Powder (I use Orgain) (approx. 1/2 cup)
Melt the honey and peanut butter and stir together until creamy. Add the cereal and protein powder and mix well. Scoop into a pan. I used coconut oil spray to make sure they didn’t stick. Press down into the pan (9×9) and let sit. Cut into squares. I cut mine into about 19 small squares. You could also use chocolate protein powder as well.
Here is the nutritional breakdown. I entered it all in My Fitness Pal. Your numbers may vary depending on the size of your squares and type of protein and nut butter used.
114 Calories Per Square 4 Grams Fat 17 Grams Carbs 4 Grams Protein