Fake Meats? [WIAW]

Starting back running this week has been fun. I’ve ran with friends for all of my runs, all are at an easy pace and I am truly enjoying this weather. I haven’t really noticed a change in the quantity of food I usually eat, even though last week I didn’t train at all. I have definitely relaxed my standards for meals because I’m not training. Whole foods are important, but the fake stuff just tastes good sometimes you know?

My thoughts on vegan substitutes for meat products vary considerably. I cannot form a consensus mostly because they are delicious sometimes, and other times they freak me out. I love seitan even though it is supposed to be a deli meat substitute because it tastes nothing like meat and hits my sweet yet savory craving. I’m not a huge fan or fake chicken because it looks like chicken, which is still a dead animal. Meatless crumbles or TVP is hit or miss. Sometimes it’s great, other times I pass.

Veggie burgers that don’t resemble meat burgers are a favorite, though I will be trying Beyond Meat’s Beast Burger soon and have been told it tastes like the real deal. I don’t miss meat, so I’m trying it purely for the wow factor.

In my experience, the flavors that I enjoyed on meat products (buffalo wings, BBQ, smoke taste) are really good in vegan products and I don’t want the meat. For example, in Buffalo I had buffaloed tofu which was SO GOOD and gave me the flavor I wanted, but did not resemble a dead animal. It was perfect. I enjoy the way I can add liquid smoke to mushrooms or coconut and get a crispy product similar to bacon, without feeling like I’m eating bacon. I like the shape of a veggie burger, but appreciate that is does not remind me of a beef burger.

I guess it’s a texture/dead flesh thing.

Today I am linking up with ArmanLaura, and Jen for What I ate Wednesday so showcase a day of eats from last week, when I was not actively running or working out.

Breakfast: oatmeal mixed with banana, Philosophie Superfoods Green Dream powder, pecans, dried blueberries and Philosophie coconut butter. Apple on the side.


Lunch: seitan, avocado, hummus, spinach, tomato and Dijon on sourdough bread. Fruit soup on the side.


Dinner: Rocky road banana ice cream with aquafaba whipped cream, banana chips and a bowl of greens


I’ve been trying to drink more water throughout the day, which is a challenge for me because I always go for juice or coffee. Water makes me feel the best, but I forget about it. This weeks goal is more water, all the time.

What is your stance on vegan meats?

How do you get in more water?

Strawberry-Banana Vegan Protein Cookie Dough

Do you ever have one of those moments in a grocery store where ingredients blow you away? I’m not much of an ingredient label checker (one of my vegan faults), but when I do randomly check ingredients, I am often surprised at the variety of things that are already vegan.

Bacon bits? Vegan.

Cream cheese frosting? Vegan

My latest recipe in the Plant Fusion protein cookie dough series would not have been possible without another of these gems. Ok, it would have been possible, but it takes an extra step…and this way is kind of fun.

Ok guys, strawberry pudding mix, yep it’s vegan! I checked the ingredients. Twice.

That is some dedication right there.

Why, you might ask, was I even in the pudding isle? Well, back in my yogurt days in college, I realized that pudding mix was a great flavor addition to plain or vanilla yogurt. I could buy the cheapest, plain yogurt and then make it fancy while saving money at the same time.

This same concept came to me in the store when I was buying some spices for other recipes. Surely pudding wasn’t vegan right? Well, to my surprise and utter glee, it was! It only turns non-vegan with the addition of milk.

Oh, the possibilities! Beginning with this one.

Nope, it’s not organic or non-processed, but it’s tasty and a good “once in a while” breakfast. If you do want a bit healthier, instead of pudding mix, blend up 3-4 strawberries and mix that in instead. Or strawberry jam. Whatever strikes your fancy. I’ll just stick to my lazy bones approach, and take the vegan gift that is pudding mix.

Strawberry-Banana Vegan Protein Cookie Dough

1 ripe banana mashed

1 scoop Plant Fusion vanilla protein powder

1 T strawberry pudding mix (or 2 T strawberry jam)

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

Pumpkin seeds for garnish

Mash the banana in a bowl until fully macerated. Stir in protein powder and pudding mix until incorporated. Mix in sunflower seeds. Top with strawberries or pumpkin seeds if you feel fancy.


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What is one food item that has blown you away with its ingredients?

Have you ever used pudding to flavor something other than milk?

Training [05/29-06/05]

Training this past week has been relatively nonexistent which is in line with my plan to take it easy after the marathon. Total mileage for the week was 26.2, which I did all on one day.

I’m linking up with Meg this morning for Week In Review this morning. Head over to her blog to check out this link-up!

What have I been doing in this past week? A lot of scenic walks with my trail running backpack, some yoga and mostly nothing. I did get on the bike Friday for a really easy spin, but it was cut short when I got called into work.

I have not been too sore this week other than my calves. Most days when I wake up my calves feel as if I had done a hardcore plyometrics or strength session the day before. I’m not hurting anywhere but there is this general sense of fatigue in my body. That makes sense because it was 26.2 freaking miles…and 6 months of training!

Instead of doing nothing, I have decided to do some yoga which honestly helps me from getting too tight and getting leg cramps. In the last mile of the marathon I actually felt a cramp coming on, but luckily it subsided before I had to worry about it. Since then I have felt a few of those cramps in my quads and calves, but the yoga and mobility stuff helps out tremendously.

What kind of yoga am I doing? YouTube beginner videos. Easy, breathable stuff that I can manage. If I cannot get into a deep stretch, I simply don’t and wait for the next one I can do. The first day I did yoga, I could feel the inside of my thigh being pulled to much, so I stopped. I’m babying myself and it’s working. 

What is next? To be honest, I’m looking forward to just easy running and no planned workouts for now. I want to explore the trails in my area a bit and bring my pack with me so I get used to running with it. Taking it on my walks has been good for that and also to teach me to drink while I’m going.

My future plans for racing are up in the air. XC looks really alluring from my stand point and there are a lot of fast women in my area so we would have a great team. I also want to do more trails like I said, so a fall marathon followed by the Watergap 50k looks good too. Right now I am still enjoying the time of easy breathing and relaxing.

I do have a couple strength goals for this season. Listening to a recent Runner’s Connect podcast with Tina’s strength coach Drew made me see the benefits of learning good form and lifting heavy weights instead of circuit style training. I actually might contact him for some help. My goal right now is to be able to do a pull-up. I can do about 2/3 of my bodyweight right now, so I’ve got a long way to go.

That’s what’s been up this past week. A lot of fun things, just getting outside and moving my body.

What is your favorite way to spend an off-season?

Any good strength YouTube channels to watch?

Any good 50ks or marathons I should check out?

Running Links [06/05/2016]

Good morning everyone!

I’ve had a lot of time to think this week about what’s next. What shape do I want my running journey to take next? How should I structure this summer? I’ll go into further detail tomorrow, but with my first run this morning, I am looking forward to the journey ahead. A lot of easy running, a lot of sun and a lot of sweat. Just the kind of thing I like.

I listened to a podcast this morning with Lauran Fleshman. She spoke about the Magic the lies in being new at something. When you are a beginner, there is so much room to grow in a shorter period of time. For me, knocking seconds off a mile repeat is huge, whereas beginners, they can knock minutes off a mile time in just a few months.

I think that regardless of what I decide to do with my running journey, I want to pick something else that I will be a beginner at. I think I know just the thing…

Running Links

This weeks links are fun, interesting and informative. Enjoy reading and have a wonderful Sunday.
The Simplest Ever Guide to Running Your First 50k or Ultramarathon Via No Meat Athlete

Why You Still Probably Need More Rest via Mark’s Daily Apple

Why A Running Break Is Necessary via Fueled By LOLZ

What To Do With Nearly Bad Bananas: A Runner’s Dilemma via Run To The Finish

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Friday Favorites and Top 3 [06/04/2016]

I think it’s about time for a [mostly] non-running related post wouldn’t you say? Although I do want my blog to be primarily running and nutrition focused, since I’m not doing too much of that this week, I’m remembering that there are other parts of my life that aren’t running. This morning I’ll be linking up with Kate, Heather, and Mar for some Friday Fun.

Top 3 Highs:

1.) This baby

Post Race Full Body Picture

2.) Taking home a bag of single serve Once Again almond butter packets from the race expo. This makes me smile so much because it was almost too perfect for me. Right place, right time, my favorite food.


3.) Enjoying easy walks, listening to podcasts and enjoying nature. Not breathing hard is kind of nice 🙂

SHR trail 2

Top 3 Foods:

1.) I am working with another company: Philosophie Superfoods and so I’ve been incorporating the powder and coconut butter into meals this week. This breakfast included oats, Green superfood protein powder, banana, dried blueberries, pecans and superfood coconut butter on top. Click their icon at the bottom of my page to use my affiliate link!


2.) That Ben and Jerrys though…

Post-Race Ice cream

3.) My first sandwich in 3 MONTHS!


Top 3 Instagrams:

1.) This dog is me


2.) I love this quote


3.) Seriously…seriously.


Top 3 Links

When The Customer Doesn’t Understand The Meaning Of Closed vi College Humor

What Mornings Are Really Like via Women’s Running

Sixth Sense Protects Drivers, Except While Texting via Science Daily

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Have a great weekend!

What is your favorite podcast?