Sometimes I just really don't want to get up and go to the gym... let's be honest, that's most mornings for me. However, if I can visualize all of the good food I plan to stuff my face with after I burn all dem calories, I can usually get a little motivation pumping through the veins. Before I start a long workout though, I def need some fuel. This granola recipe uses a generous scoop of instant espresso powder to shake some sleep from your body and get the legs moving in the direction of the gym.Read More
First and foremost, this recipe is only 3 ingredients, requires no bake time, and is full of antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and healthy fats. It's the perfect motivation to get out of bed in the morning to workout. Now for another motivational story of my extreme competitiveness...Read More
I have always been an oddly competitive person. Any sport, "Yeah I can do that, and you bet your bottom dollar I am going to try to be the best. No middle of the pack for me, Kid." (That's me pep talking myself). Thankfully, or maybe not so thankfully, I am a fairly coordinated person and most athletics come fairly easy to me, so I always did pretty well in competition. The problem goes so far beyond sports though. I am not 100% sure where I got this gene from as it manifests itself in both of my parents at times. We as a family found ourselves being competitive over the strangest things. Often these "challenges" or "games" ended in tears.Read More
If you have been following my journey thus far on Belly Laughs, you know that I ran my first, and only, marathon last year right before I turned 30 (Only 26.2 Miles to Cake). Well, for this year's "big race" I decided I was ready to do a Half Ironman. I don't know why I thought it would be smart to jump from doing short triathlons to a big hunk of a race, but I am signed up and I am well into my training. With only six weeks left to go, April is dedicated to tasty BUT HEALTHY treats you can indulge in [moderation] if you happen to be training for anything major, or if you are just trying to get or stay healthy.
Here are the items I will be stuffing my face with as I crave salt, sugar, carbs, and anything to get my mind off that 4 hour training session I have the next day:
PB Chocolate Chip Protein Balls
Wake Me Up Granola
Three Ingredient Energy Bars
Black Bean BrowniesRead More
Sometimes life just deals you a bad hand. This is one of those instances. I know I promised you fig jam, but suddenly the local grocery stores just don't want to carry fresh figs. Annoying! If I can't find an ingredient in a big metropolitan, I don't expect you to find them either. I would rather give you a recipe you can make... like today. So I am going with the flow and adapting.
Now, going with the flow was not always in my makeup. My sisters are likely laughing as they read this because they know. Boy, do they KNOW!Read More
When I was in college (and my eyebrows were finally normal) I was not rich. Sounds surprising, I know, because college students are known to just be rolling in the dough. I was not. I worked a part time job that paid for mostly party supplies: a new Forever21 top for every weekend, a reasonable supply of Natty Ice, a price-haggled cab ride, and, of course, a late night burrito from Freebirds. It also paid for my weekly groceries and gas money to get to said job.Read More
There are things from my youth I used to love that I now will gladly do without... :::cough::: puka shells :::cough:::... and things from my youth I hated (most food) that I now cannot imagine my world without. If you have been reading Belly Laughs from the get-go then you know that I don't like pickles. That distaste for, and distrust of, anything that pickle juice has touched has deep roots for me. I hated all foods that were green in color anyhow, but the smell of dill pickle juice which spilled in the fridge that "one" time haunts me in my sleep. However, I do love other, non-cucumber pickled veg. Red onions top that list.Read More