Fort Worth Half Marathon 2014

Jul 31, 2014
After some contemplation, I registered for the Fort Worth Half Marathon 2014 on November 9th. I have done 2 half marathons in the past with unstructured training and I definitely could have paid more attention to my nutrition. So for this half, I want to follow a routine in order to do better with my timing, focus on nourishing my body better, and strictly stick to the training program for the next 14 weeks! I will be using my blog as a platform to keep me accountable and share my journey every week. Moving forward, there will still be Monday/Wednesday posts with recipes but Friday, expect race talks, pre/post workout snacks, and everything in between that relates to the race. 

Mango Cardamom Kefir Lassi

Jul 30, 2014
I wasn't kidding when I said I am not turning on the oven earlier this week...which is why I have been gravitating more towards popsicles and salads from Julia's cookbook - Let Them Eat Kale (PS. don't forget to enter the giveaway). I recently picked up a bottle of kefir (fermented milk) out of curiosity. By itself, it is slightly tangy/sour somewhat similar to buttermilk and is 99% lactose free. I made kefir lassi (traditional yogurt based drink from Southeast Asia) with mangoes and jazzed it up with cardamom which in my opinion should be the official Summer drink. 

Let Them Eat Kale Cookbook! + Giveaway

Jul 28, 2014
My friend Julia Mueller from The Roasted Root sent me a copy of her new cook book Let Them Eat Kale! featuring 75 delicious recipes with kale - one of the world's most powerful superfood. Over the past couple of years, kale has received a lot of attention and now it's considered a trendy green. Julia has taken a very creative and realistic approach in her recipes with kale because honestly speaking, for most of us (including me) it is hard to instantly fall in love with kale. As I flipped the pages of her beautifully photographed cook book, I was impressed with the way she incorporated kale (rather than sneaking it in) in ways I would have never imagined otherwise. 

Omega -3 Fatty Acids & Exercise #fitnessfriday

Jul 25, 2014
Omega -3 polyunsaturated fatty acids have been extensively researched for it's anti-inflammatory properties and protective effects on many diseases including heart disease, stroke, arthritis, dementia, asthma just to name a few. It is an essential fatty acid meaning our body cannot make them and have to be taken via food or supplements. There is an increasing trend of omega-3 fatty acid use among exercise enthusiast particularly to counteract exercise-induced inflammation and for the overall muscle health which got me curious to find out more on this topic and share with you guys. 
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Vietnamese Coffee Popsicles (Vegan)

Jul 23, 2014
So two weeks ago, I got a notice from my leasing office that I was scheduled to move out a few days ago. There was some major miscommunication between me and the management which kind of forced me to vacate my old place and quickly find a new one. Just thinking about the whole process makes me a bit nauseous. But now that I have a living space (thankfully), I want to put everything behind me, slowly unpack and organize things and enjoy the beautiful light that comes through my small patio.