100K Bike Ride: Hotter ‘n Hell

On Saturday I completed my 3 Hotter ‘n Hell Hundred (HHH) bike ride! For those of you who don’t know, the HHH is an annual bike rally that happens in Wichita Falls, Texas. If you want more details, check it out

Check out the video of my ride here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/692414796/embed/4dec11747df93ae90005ae772d944e8fd2da8350

 

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?!

 

AdvoCare 10 Day Cleanse Review

For those of you who have never heard of AdvoCare (like me a few months ago), AdvoCare is a health and wellness company. The big thing it’s known for is it’s 24 Day Challenge where the user follows a supplement plan for 24 days while eating healthy and increasing water intake. I learned about this company through my apartment complex when they hosted a multi-vendor trunk show. Honestly, I was skeptical about it as I am with any company that pushes any sort of weight loss program, but the girls were nice and gave me some free samples of their natural energy drink mix, which actually tasted pretty good. After going back to my apartment and reading further into it, I still wasn’t sold, though it sounded “interesting”.
The full 24 days are broken into two sections: the cleanse phase and the max phase for a total price of just under $200. Yea, pretty steep. So, after reading a whole bunch of reviews, I took the plunge and found the full set online for about $50 cheaper. It’s still expensive, but I didn’t buy through a distributor (which I’ll talk about later), so no one to hound me during the process. As I mentioned before, the first 10 days is the Cleanse Phase. It uses the Spark, OmegaPlex, and Herbal Cleanse products. The cleanse regimen is very strict in comparison to max phase. Basically, no processed food or drinks plus a few other things. That cuts out: white flower (rice, bread, pasta), cheese/dairy (also “in moderation” and recommended low fat), pork/beef, etc. Also, no alcohol. (That was fun being the weirdo sitting with a water eating cherries and strawberries while we’re out at Happy Hour.)

Out of all the food that I couldn’t eat, I only found that I really missed cheese, especially for breakfast. But for the first weak, I cooked up my lunch and dinner for the whole week. My lunch consisted of a turkey wrap/taco, while my dinner was this wild rice mixture (quinoa, black rice, and other random things) and chicken breast. They were good and I had no problem following the mental meal plan that I had created for myself. The first three days, my stomach was a little bubbly (if you know what I mean). The herbal cleanse fiber drink mix (which I got in peaches and cream) might have been the cause, but I can’t be too sure. Also, I started the week off really low in energy thanks to my bike ride on Saturday and Sunday morning, followed by a double header softball game Sunday night, so I wasn’t putting my best food forward.
But, as I prepared my meal, I quickly learned that there is no food guidance in terms of calorie recommendations. I could figure that out on my own (and have done so in the past), but this challenge didn’t even touch on the topic, other than referencing serving sizes of protein and vegetables. Some of the reviews I read complained about the fiber drink. As I said, I got the Peaches and Cream flavored, and I honestly don’t mind it. It has a slight chalky flavor, but texture wise, it’s a little thick, but nothing horrible. Some people claim to not be able to get it down without gagging because of how thick it is. I can only say that I might not have a problem with it because I am used to drinking extremely thick, textured smoothies and this fiber mix is nothing in comparison. (Note, do NOT let it sit though. Mix it and drink it immediately, or else it’ll definitely not be drinkable.) Also in the Herbal Cleanse package are multivitamin and pro biotic tablets. Nothing special that you can’t get at any health aisle. The same goes for the OmegaPlex. It’s a basic omega-3 fatty acid. *shrug*

By far, the best thing in the cleanse phase is the Spark. It’s a great tasting energy drink that you can take up to two times a day. I have to admit that I’ll probably continue buying the spark after I’m done with the cleanse. One spark packet has replaced my two-three cups of coffee (plus creamer and sugar) a day habit. Even on the first day of my cleanse (after going to bed at 11:300pm and waking up at 5am) I felt better than I could have hoped from coffee.
And of course, the weight portion. I ended up only losing like 2-3lbs, which is something, but nothing close to the 10lbs people were claiming in the reviews I was reading. The only logical way I can see that amount of weight loss to happen is if a severely overweight, poor eating person started this program. Then, yea, it’s possible. I’ve lost no inches in my waist (which let’s be honest, is all any girl cares about). So, what are is my final review of the cleanse phase? For the money, it’s not really worth it. Get a good multi-vitamin, omega-3, and pro biotic and start portioning meals better. It’s really the same thing! If you have a strong dependency on coffee and would like to ween yourself off, I definitely to recommend the spark. It’s really good and gives a great amount of energy without the crash that (I) experience with coffee. It is “expensive” but I’m sure no more expensive than getting Starbucks everyday. Keep an eye out for my review of the Max Phase after 14 days!