Black bean salad recipe

My favorite black bean salad recipe--great for summer BBQs!

I had my brother, his family, and my parents all out to visit over the July 4th weekend, which I loved. I always say I like when family comes to visit rather than the other way around, because we can get more quality time out of the trip. When we go to Ohio to see family, it's two families an hour apart, plus occasionally extended family … [Read more...]

Pin it party

Linking up with The Lean Green Bean for a Pin it Party!

You all know I'm a Pinterest newbie, right? I'm enjoying it more than I expected, and while I could/should spend HOURS more working on my boards, I seem to have been able to carve out enough time to keep afloat without going under¬†as I feared. Lindsay over at the Lean Green Bean is hosting a Pin It Party today, where you share five … [Read more...]

Multi-grain hot cereal recipe

Try this yummy, nutritious hot cereal recipe.

Don't ask me why, but I was thinking about goals and resolutions the other day. Maybe because the blogosphere is big on this? The thing I've come to realize is that these days, I'm not much of a resolution or even goal setter. It's not that there isn't plenty of room for improvement around these parts--there is. It's that when it comes to … [Read more...]

Relearning fueling for the long run

Have oats, will travel

When I attended the Healthy Running Seminar last August, Dr. Mark Cucuzzella discussed glycogen depletion training and race-day fueling. It actually led me to an "aha" moment: he mentioned that you could do months of GD training to teach your body to reach for fat for fuel, and then blow it all on race day by returning to a traditional … [Read more...]

How to go plain Greek yogurt

Greek yogurt

I have a bit of a beef with the yogurt industry. Maybe you know what I'm talking about: beyond plain yogurt, flavored yogurts are loaded with sugar. Loaded. Look around at the labels and there's tons of focus on low fat varieties, but zero focus on low sugar. They've got it all wrong. It's a shame, too, because Greek yogurt provides so … [Read more...]

Be a butter burner

Gels have their place, but they should also be limited

When I went to the Healthy Running seminar a couple of weeks ago, Dr. Mark Cucuzzella talked to us about the difference in being a "butter burner" or a "bagel burner." His point being that many¬†runners don't train their aerobic system to the extent that they should and thus can't effectively "burn the butter" for fuel. In other words, for … [Read more...]

The (health) mysteries of Europe

Beautiful markets like this one are everywhere

Any time you travel to a different country/experience a different culture, you can't help but make comparisons. As someone who writes a fitness blog and leads a fitness-related lifestyle, my comparisons inevitably fell into that category for the most part. That said, here are some of my observations from the old country, some of which … [Read more...]

Summertime favorite dish (ratatouille)


I don't know about you, but I generally save warm, stew-like dishes for the fall and winter. I make an exception, however, with ratatouille, which has become my favorite summertime dish. I make it in summer because that's when all the ingredients I use are fresh and local, rather than winter when that couldn't be further than the case. … [Read more...]

The great grain debate (guest post)

Whole foods rule

One of my friends/running partners is also a registered dietician. I love Becky for so many reasons, and her smarts and sensible approach about what/how we eat is definitely among them. Whenever someone in our group pipes up with a question or theory on how to eat, Becky is there with educated answers and a reminder that moderation is … [Read more...]

What I’m loving right now (Polar Vortex edition)


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 … [Read more...]

Three trends I’d like to see end in 2014

I'll have my gluten and eat it, too

I'm all about healthy living and anything that encourages people to get up off the couch. But I am not a fan of trends that go to an extreme--extreme eating restrictions, extreme running, extreme lifting, etc. And I kind of feel that 2013 perhaps saw more of this than was healthy, or it least it seemed that way to me. With that in mind, … [Read more...]