Rock Climbing

I realized I haven’t been writing much, or at all for that matter. I promise I haven’t forgotten. I was trying to soak up as much of my time in Seattle as I could. And, to be honest, it’s exhilarating not being tied to a computer all the time.

I did want to share my rock climbing trip at Exit 38 though.

 

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 Hiking to our climbing location

My experience with rock climbing up to this point in my 22 years of existence has been all indoors. Rock walls and I are pretty tight you could say.

I found a Groupon for a beginner’s rock climbing class with Treks and Tracks. It was an opportunity I couldn’t afford to miss.

Now I’m hooked. The fact that rock climbing is great for cardiovascular health makes me love it all the more.

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Hardest climb we did that day

What’s most addicting though is the feeling you get when you make it to the top. It’s a feeling of accomplishment and encouragement.

“I did this, I can do anything.”

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Made it to the top, twice 🙂

If you haven’t gone rock climbing before, GO. I promise you won’t regret giving it a chance. Plus, the views from the top are spectacular.

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View from the top!

Let’s get energized!

 

Ch Ch Chia!

Ch Ch Chia…Pets?

Remember Chia Pets? What if I told you that the very seeds used to grow your pet are the very seeds that everyone loves? This isn’t a trick question, promise.

Yes, chia seeds- the ones raved about everywhere– are used in Chia Pets. Hence the name Chia Pets…I told you it wasn’t a trick question.

Nutrition Punch

Despite being used in the hilariously cute plant pet, chia seeds pack a punch in nutrition:

 

It’s the fiber that creates the gel consistency when combined with liquid! This fiber also makes you feel full, which could help in weight loss. Scientific tests have not shown results in weight loss, however.

They have more than flax seeds!

I want to note that carbs are not bad. Our body needs carbs. This is helpful for those who are on low sugar diets.

Two doctors note in You Staying Young that antioxidant activity in chia seeds is greater than blueberries!

A study found that chia seed loading (think carb loading) for enhances endurance performance lasting greater than 90 minutes.

 

My vegan friends

For those who are vegan, replace eggs with chia seeds in baked goods. According to Bob’s Red Mill:

  • Substitute approximately 1 tbsp. chia seeds for one large egg

 

Let’s get energized! 🙂

Banana Almond Butter Blueberry Bites

Stroke of Genius I did a late workout the other night. I had already ate dinner, did some homework, then went to the gym. It was a good workout, and I needed some fuel after to help build my muscles. It was late, I had already ate dinner, what was I going to eat? I had no idea, so I looked to see what I had. It’s amazing how the best inventions come from the spur of the moment. That’s exactly what this recipe is. A spur of the moment, fantastic, healthy recipe. Without further ado, I bring to you Banana Almond Butter Blueberry Bites:

Ingredients

Directions

  1. cut banana in half length wise

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2. spread almond butter on banana and cut into bite size pieces

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3. place blueberries on each piece; the bigger pieces get two!

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4. sprinkle granola over bites

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5. Enjoy!

Great to refuel

This is a great refuel snack. It’s got carbs from the banana, protein and fat from the almond butter, and the blueberries are just an added bonus, but who’s complaining? My mouth is full of banana almond butter blueberry goodness. Mhmm 🙂

Now let’s get energized!

Overnight Oatmeal

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Breakfast on the go
Last time I discussed the different types of oats, so I thought it’d be fun to put those oats to use.

Have you ever had overnight oatmeal? If not, I’m about to share with you something you’ll wonder how you lived this long without it. Seriously.

Oatmeal is a great power breakfast that will get your day going and keep you full longer. Overnight oatmeal has the same benefits, PLUS you can grab it and go. How awesome is that!?

Here’s a recipe that I adapted from MyHealthyDish

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats (or rolled oats)
  • 1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 tbsp of hemp seeds (chia seeds is better, but that’s what I had)
  • 1/2 tsp of honey
  • cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp of PB2 (optional)
  • fruit for topping (optional)

Directions:

  1. mix oats, almond milk, seeds, honey, PB2 and cinnamon in a bowl (I don’t have mason jars)

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2. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator overnight

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3. Take out in the morning, top with fruit and enjoy 🙂

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You can warm it up if you’d like, but it’s absolutely tasty cold!

 

If you like your oatmeal thicker, use less almond milk. You’ll have to experiment with measures until you’re satisfied with its thickness.

 

Get cookin’ and get energized!