Day in the Sun: Skin & Food Routine

Saturday, I attended the Peach Pedal, which is a hilly, hot ride out in Weatherford, TX (about 20 minutes west of Fort Worth). I did the 39 mile route and needless to say, spending 3 (or more) hours out in the Texas sun in the middle of July can be hard on the body and skin. It takes a lot of preparation, which I won’t go into much in this post, but I started my day off with a light breakfast.


Two hard boiled eggs and a Lara Bar might not seem like much to sustain 40 miles, but bike rallies are fully supported which means that there are rest stops every 8-10 miles with fruit, sandwiches, cookies, water, Gatorade, and more. So, I only need enough to “get me going”.


On top of a light breakfast, I prepare a recovery drink: Hammer Nutrition Recoverite. I swear by Hammer products and have always noticed good results. I have their protein powder, electrolyte tablets, supplements, and gels! But the Recoverite is probably the best part of my routine. I use this for not only my bike rides, but also as a recovery drink after my normal workouts. It’s helped keep soreness down, prevent charlie horses, and forces me to drink water and rehydrate after a long time in the sun.


Finally, I spoil my face when I’m done. I never use exfoliators after being in the sun for hours, so instead, I swear by Lush’s Coalfact Charcoal Bar. I’m not going to sugar coat it. It’s an expensive bar of soal (at $14 for 3.5oz), and I even baulked a little when I bought it. But, it’s done wonders for my face by removing all of that salt, sunblock, and grime without making my face feel stripped. Even though it’s not really an exfoliant, it does have “granules” that are almost massaging. I follow that up with a face mask. Lately, I have been enjoying my Leaders Coconut Gel Mask with Broccoli. They are expensive masks (at $6 a piece), but they feel really great and it’s so, so soothing to have that cool gel on your face after facing a 100 degree morning.

Finally, I have been using up my samples of Merlot Collection Moisture Day Cream. If you click that link, you’ll see why I only have samples! Haha! I don’t know if it’s worth the price, but it’s definitely one of the better moisturizers that I have ever used.


Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast Casserole

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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breakfast casseroleIngredients:

  • 1/2 (large) carton of egg whites
  • 1/2 medium/large onion
  • 1 1/2 peppers
  • 1/2 roll of sausage
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut sausage roll in half and put into a skillet (lightly sprayed optional) on low heat.IMAG3028
  3. Spray a casserole dish generously and cut up all onions, peppers and potatoes and place into it.
  4. Ass sausage browns, break up into small pieces. When mostly cooked toss in with the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste and toss.
  6. Pour egg whites over the mixture until the mixture is mostly covered.
  7. Place dish (uncovered) into the oven for 1 hour.


The edges of the egg should be brown but not burnt and the top of the casserole should be firm. The thing about eggs is it cooks much faster than you think. I’ll get 6 days (aka servings out of this) which is perfect for the work week. Topped with some sharp cheddar, and I’m ready to go!


What are your go to breakfast recipes?