Seems that I skipped my fall version of “what I’m loving,” so let’s just move right on into winter (polar vortex winter at that), shall we? I definitely have a few new favorites to share, none of which I need to FTC disclaim on–they were all purchases. So here we go:
The Athleta relay capri–I am not a fan of full-length tights and every year will do my best to put off wearing them for as long as possible. For the last couple of years, however, the trend has been for companies to make knickers that end at the knee. While I love these and wear them a ton, I was in search of something in between that length and full-length this year, and Athleta delivered with the relay capri. It’s a three quarter length tight and comes in a variety of colors/patterns. I had wanted sandstone–really wanted them–but by the time I discovered them they were all out in my size for what seems like the rest of the season. I settled on heather black and I still love them. The fit is perfect, the material is soft, and the wide waistband is super comfortable and doesn’t slide down. It also has a nice zipper pocket in back. Maybe next winter I’ll be able to go all the way through without full-length tights? A girl can dream.
Balega merino wool socks–I tend to over heat and rarely get too cold, so I haven’t tried wool socks in some time. My daughter picked out two pairs of Balega merino wool socks for my birthday, however, so I decided to give them a go again. Not your father’s wool, I’ll say that. These are thin, which is important to me because I get blisters whenever I wear socks with any oomph to them. They also keep my feet warm without overheating me. And a bonus to wool if you’re a trail runner–wet feet don’t stay wet for too long, or at least they feel drier faster. I’m a convert now, at least for fall and winter.
IllumiNITE beanie–I picked this up at the Richmond Marathon expo in November. Going with my theme of not wanting to overheat, I never wear a heavy hat in winter, even in the coldest of temperatures. This beanie is super lightweight so I don’t get too hot, plus the gray band becomes reflective in the dark, adding a little safety element to those dark early morning runs. And I like the orange sherbet pop of color–so cheerful in the gray winter months!
Soup–I’ve been on a serious soup kick this fall and winter, making at least one pot per week, and sometimes more. I love that you can fit a ton of nutrition into one pot and there is nothing better than a steaming bowl on these cold days. One favorite has been the quinoa minestrone that Laura of Mommy Run Fast created. Another is the crockpot white bean/spinach soup from Fitness magazine that I discovered a couple of years ago. Recipe below:
Bean and Spinach Crockpot Soup
3 14-ounce cans of vegetable broth
1 15-ounce can tomato puree
1 15-ounce can small white or Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
½ cup uncooked brown rice
½ cup finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon dried basil
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
2 garlic cloves, chopped
8 cups coarsely chopped spinach or kale leaves
Shredded parmesan cheese
In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients except spinach and parmesan. Cook on low for five to seven hours. Just before serving, stir in spinach or kale, and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Enjoy!
What have you been loving lately?