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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

Buzzfeed Tasty: One Pot Dish A Bust!!

Buzzfeed Tasty is all the rave with their short clips of seemingly delicious recipes! So, I finally decided to try one out for the week, One Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta. Looking at the video, it seem simple enough. But once you start down that rabbit hole disguising itself as a recipe, you might notice some oddities. First of all, the recipe claims to feed 3-5, but calls for three chicken breasts. Mind you, it doesn’t give any idea of size of those three chicken breasts. It also only calls for a tablespoon each of garlic, cumin, and chili powder, and even less salt and pepper!

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I also noticed that if I hadn’t used mini penne, my pasta probably wouldn’t have been fully cooked. They also claim that it only takes 8-10 minutes to cook after adding the pasta and milk. Lies! It took me at least 20-25 minutes with the small penne. So if you are looking for a quick meal, this isn’t going to cut it. Finally, the consistency was a little off for me. It was that weird in between of creamy/cheesy and only half mixed in feeling, though everything technically cooked down completely.

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I did alter the amount of seasonings, and I added twice the amount of cheese that the recipe called for, so the flavor ended up quite good. But, the meal by recipe standards was a bust! Someone new at cooking probably wouldn’t have a very good meal waiting for them if they followed this.

Have you tried other Buzzfeed recipes? Did I just get a lemon or are they all a bust?

Healthy Holiday Spread

It’s been a while since I’ve posted some fun recipes on my blog. Since I find workouts easier to do than cooking, I often neglect making proper meals, and it’s definitely catching up to me. So, I am featuring one recipe from a blog that I found on Instagram and my own recipe I made.

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Crunchy Cucumber Salad

I found this on Nutrition Stripped on Instagram. The actual recipe can be found here. It is indeed a quick 15 minutes to prepare and this lasts for up to a week in the fridge! Out here in Texas, this is a great cool snack to help escape the heat. The recipe called for parsley, and I chose to go with Italian Parsley for a little extra flavor. Also, I completely forgot to put the apples, so the dill was a bit overpowering. So, if you are opting for a less flavorful apple or simply want to forgo the apple, go light on the dill.

The cucumber salad is so versatile and quick to make that you should never truly get bored! Just switch up some of the herbs or ingredients and spice things up!

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Deep Dish Pizza: Italian Edition

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 20mins
  • Difficulty: moderate
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  • Pillsbury Pizza Dough *I would replace this with a better dough next time
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 1/2 red bell peper
  • 6-7 slices of mozzarella
  • handful of spinach
  • pancetta (cubed)
  • shredded fresh parmesan
  • pasta sauce

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to temperature required on dough package. Roll out dough and place in a 10″ cast-iron skillet and trim off corners to fit into pan.
  2. Place skillet into oven for 3-5 minutes until the dough starts to harden.
  3. While dough is in the oven, cut up the pepper and onion.
  4. Pull dough out of the oven, pour in healthy amount of sauce. Top with the sliced onions and pepper, spinach, mozzarella (just enough to cover the top), pancetta (raw), and pamesan. And place the skillet back into the oven.
  5. Cook until toppings are cooked.
  6. Pull skillet out, heat over to 450, and add more mozzarella. Place back into oven for 5 or so minutes.
  7. Pull the pizza out of the oven, and let cool enough until the pizza firms up.

My dough wasn’t the best. What’s your favorite pizza dough for deep dish style pizzas?!

 

Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast Casserole

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 60min
  • 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

Directions:

  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.

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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?