Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Recipe Redux: Mason Jar Salad Dressing

Mason jars are so hot right now. They rock for basically everything. Vases, smoothies, salads, you name it. I love that Recipe Redux is jumping on this trend. Below you'll see everything from desserts to full meals--all in a jar. One of my goals for this fall is to start fermenting in mason jars. Watch out sauerkraut and kimchi--i'm coming for you

So why make your own salad dressing? And why shake it up old school in a jar? Well jar=glass=reusable=lasts forever, without leaching any nasty chemicals. Plus the wide mouth means you can put any ingredients in there without having to find a funnel (who even owns a funnel?? Not I). When you make your own salad dressing you know exactly what goes in it, and since your kitchen probably doesn't contain any soy emulsifiers or weird artificial flavors, and colors, it will be healthier for you. Plus it gives you an opportunity to get a little creative. As long as you're balancing flavors it's sure to be delicious.  The basic recipe for a salad dressing goes like this:
  • Acid (lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar)
  • Fat (olive oil. Vega Antioxidant Omega Oil, walnut oil etc)
  • Emulsifier (because oil and acid are not best friends, and they need someone to help them bind together) (mustard, tahnini, avocado)
  • Sweet (honey, maple syrup)
  • Salt
  • Herbs

Here's my favorite combination
 Rosemary Salad Dressing (in a jar)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh rosemary

1. pour all ingredients into a pint size mason jar
2. shake shake shake!! (that lid better be screwed on tightly)
3. Pour over salad (massage that kale)
4. Store in fridge for up to 2 weeks (if it lasts that long)
image source cuppow

Even better--put this salad dressing in the BNTO container by cuppow so that your greens don't get all soggy after you pack your lunch.

What do you put in a mason jar??

Monday, August 12, 2013

Lululemon Seawheeze 2013 Race Recap

A half-marathon run by Lululemon? Fueled by Vega? Running alongside best friends and amazing coworkers? How could I not want to sign up ASAP?! So since January, I've been waiting for this time in August, to come back to Vancouver and run Seawheeze.
every race should have it's own app. Just sayin.
Many sweaty long runs later, it was go time. So on Friday,  I crammed clothes for 11 days (1 race, workouts, work clothes, wedding clothes) into 1 carry-on suitcase and flew to Vancouver. Ahem, i mean VanSweaty
Flights went smoothly, hotel was a little rough, but I was happy to have a place to crash on. I grabbed my race packet, met up with Vega peeps for a delicious dish of noodles at noodlebox, popped a few more chlorella (10g a day) and crawled into bed by 9pm. (Cut me some slack--I was still on East Coast time!)
In case you didn't see what I pack for races, let me show you step by step what the morning before looks like:
1. Hotel oatmeal. Classy lady that I am, I pack old-fashioned oats, nut butter and stevia. Then i use the coffee maker to make water and voila! The problem is I always forget to pack a spoon. I have eaten far too much oatmeal with a stirring stick. I'm quite good at it. This needs to happen ~ 2 hours before I start, so hello 5am alarm clock.
2. Fuel Ready Even though this race had Vega gel and hydrator stations, I like to run with Endurance Gel diluted in water. So that has to be prepared.
3.Energize I've ditched the coffee, but I swear by Pre-Workout Energizer. Since I drink this 20 minutes before I start, it has to come in a bottle i can recycle/toss near the start.
6:15am headed down to the convention center to find the 25 people amoungts 10,014 I knew. I'll call myself moderately successful. Since this was the most colorful/neon run I've ever run, It was hard to spot the Vega green amoungst everyone. Crowd those 10,014 people onto a street and let's get this party started. Didn't cross the starting line until 7:30 (not 7) but it's all good.
This race was flat. This race was stunning. This race had the best cheer stations. There were even urban raccoons (as the person running next to me said "Do you think they have rabies???" I sure hope not). Through the city, around the seawall. Did I mention Vancouver is beautiful? Sea + Mountains what more could you want? 

Photo Credit: Lululemon
Thanks mostly to the flat party, the race felt so manageable. I didn't run with a timer, I just ran. I felt like I was going at a good pace, but definitely didn't feel like I was dying. Not feeling like you're dying during a race is a pretty amazing thing. Didn't have to stop to walk, just had to try to figure out what mile we were at (everything was in kilometers. too much for my American brain). I didn't have a goal time, but would have loved to get in under 2 hours. (i'm not as fast as I used to be, so i'll take what I can get). 1:57 I'll take it
At the end they had cool towels, a picture frame medal, coconut water, skullcandy earphones, and aromatherapy for everyone. yessssss. Vega had tons of samples + a stretching station that you had to take advantage of. 
Photo Credit: Chris Andrews
Let me take a moment to say I have the most inspirational, positive and attractive bunch of coworkers. It's unreal.
2 of my best friends from Wyoming came up from LA to run with us. And they both crushed it--it was even Max's first half marathon. Instead of waiting in the tremendously long breakfast line for a piece of fruit, we decided to prioritize showering, stretching, and getting brunch (that included bloody marys)
After a day of catching up, it was time for some yoga. Seawheeze takes the yoga, run, party thing very seriously. Didn't pack a mat but it's totally fine to practice on the grass. 

Yoga followed by listening to live music, in the outdoor beer garden. On a gorgeous night. With the best people.  Amazing.

I can not wait for the next Seawheeze. You have to come too!
What's your favorite race to run?




Sunday, August 11, 2013

5 Minute Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free)

Full Disclosure: I received free samples of California Avocado mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am  entering a recipe contest sponsored by California Avocado and am eligible to win prizes associated  with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

I love avocados. Seriously-so creamy, so smooth, so satisfying. so good. When I found out that Recipe Redux was partnering with California Avocados to do a recipe contest I was like heck yes! So drop your fat fear and reach for the goodness of an avocado! A plant-based superfood, avocados are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. Make a quick guac, add it to your hummus, spread it on toast or in your sandwhich, or toss a slice on your stir-fry or salad.

or even better... make your own ice cream with it.

Raw Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 1 Tbsp cacao nibs (or semisweet chocolate chips)
  • Mint extract or mint tea or fresh mint leaves 
In a food processor or blender, pulse all ingredients together. You may need to add a splash of water.
Stop every 30 seconds to scrape the sides. Continue until the soft-serve is a smooth consistency.
This makes 1 serving, but of course, sharing is better so double, triple and quadruple it for your friends

Friday, August 2, 2013

Healthy Summer TIme Grilling

Yes I do indeed have a winner for the Tiesta Tea giveaway, but you'll have to scroll to the bottom for that!

Summer=grilling. WAYYYYY to hot to light the stove, so every chance I get to pounce on someone's grill I do. (next apartment has to have a porch/space for a gril. new requirement).

Required Reading: Healthy Plant-based BBQ tips by yours truely.

Here are some of the recipes I drool over:

DIY Burgers
Option 1
Option 2
Option 3

Put a Kebab In It
Mushroom Kebabs

Sides FTW
Slaw it up
Chickpea love
Potato Salad
Grilled Greens
Kale and Pink Grapefruit Salad

Don't Forget Dessert
Grilled watermelon OR mango OR peaches is the way to go.
Grill a fresh fig and drizzle it with honey. seriously
or you may decide you want to make this blueberry pie

Join me and @SarahStanley for next Thursday's #WellnessChat (8pm EST on twitter) all about healthy summer grilling!

And if you can't get enough social media/nutrition action, hop onto this Google+ Hangout with me next Thursday (August 8th) at 2pm EST

Now... For who won the giveaway.... Bryanna! DM me your info please so we can get you some rooibos and green tea. Thanks to all that entered

What is your favorite grilling recipe? Please do share