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Smoky Mountain Half Marathon Training!

Good morning, and happy Friday! I have a bunch of fun things to share today, so let’s get started!


Yum! The nearby Whole Foods has the most delicious figs in their produce section! I’ve been throwing them in to a bunch of my meals and snacks throughout the week.

The other day, I had sliced figs, Greek yogurt, and this new NoGrainOla snack I found.  NoGrainOla is made from almonds, carrots, dates, and coconut. It’s a perfect snack and is low in sugar :)

figs and nograinola

Then, this morning I had the brilliant idea to make a sweet frittata with figs, gouda, and cinnamon.

Here’s the quick recipe:


  • 2 eggs, scrambled
  • 2 figs, sliced
  • 1 gouda babybel (or a higher quality gouda…I’m sure that’s better!), sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil

Mix cinnamon in with scrambled eggs. Heat coconut oil in an omelet pan over medium heat. Pour in scrambled eggs and allow to cook for about one minute. Lay slices of figs and cheese into the eggs. Cover with a lid and cook for 5-7 more minutes, or until egg is cooked through.

fig and gouda frittata

Now that delicious food has been covered, let’s talk half marathon training!


smoky mountain half website

Those who know me well know I LOVE the Smoky Mountains. They’re like a fairytale land, and I’m always in awe of the park’s beauty. So when Ryan sent me this race day video (which I included below!), we decided that night we should do the race. Here’s the catch…it’s in less than two months.

The Appalachians are so beautiful that I don’t even care that this won’t be my best race time. I’ll run slow and steady while enjoying the scenery. I am SO EXCITED.

Last week, I made a training plan that gives me eight weeks to train, not including a final easy week before the race. Take a look:

half marathon training plan

Those of you who are more seasoned half marathon runners might point out some mistakes or some abnormal training choices, but that’s okay. I’ll be running near the SMOKY MOUNTAINS. My plan is to run at least three times a week. I included two cross training days, one of which is an optional run day. So, sometimes I’ll run four times a week. I generally run more than that when training for a half-marathon, but because I’m not really in distance-running shape I want to be careful and not injure myself. (Last time, I ran on a stress fracture…not something I recommend.)

September is going to be packed! We have the race, then my brother-in-law and future sister-in-law’s engagement party in New Orleans the following weekend, and my parents come to visit us in Georgia the weekend after that! It’s a busy month, but we’re excited :)

What fun things are you looking forward to this Fall?

Berry Spinach Post Workout Smoothie

This morning’s boot camp class might have been one of the sweatiest on record! Yesterday, Houston flooded. I mean REALLY flooded. Schools and businesses were closed. Drivers abandoned their cars after attempting to drive down the highway. It was a rough day for Houstonians. All of that rain and stagnant water resulted in a heavy humidity this morning that made you just want to give up on the day before it even started! If you haven’t experienced humidity like this, just imagine going for a run…in the summer…wrapped in a queen sized comforter. That’s it.

After convincing myself to workout in the early morning humidity, cooking eggs over the stove was the last thing I wanted to do. Breakfast would have to come in a more pleasant form–a smoothie!


My smoothies are usually made with whatever goodies I have in the refrigerator. Over the past few days, I’ve been perfecting a margarita recipe (that will be shared sometime in the near future) and had leftover watermelon.  After a hot and sweaty workout, the watermelon is just what I was hoping to find :)

I dumped in a few more goodies…

post workout smoothie prep

…and blended everything together with an immersion blender.

post workout smoothie 4

Here’s the post workout smoothie recipe!


  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup watermelon chunks
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/4 cup full fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 cups frozen spinach
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

INSTRUCTIONS: Use a food processor or blender to combine all ingredients until smooth.

For more recipes perfect for those hot summer days, check out my Paleo Summer Recipe Roundup. It has salads, chicken, and more fabulous smoothie recipes!

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QUESTION: What ingredients should I add into my summer smoothies?

Paleo Food Friday #20

I’m SUPER excited to write today’s Paleo Food Friday! I feel like I’m back in the swing of meal planning and cooking, and the three meals we cooked this week were quite tasty! Today is also a great day because I know we’re heading into a three day weekend! A teacher’s three favorite words :) But let’s get back to food talks…


paleo food friday


Breakfast bowls are super yummy. I gabbed about them in yesterday’s post :) I had a few ripening avocados and bananas waiting to be used up on Saturday, so this recipe for Avocado Pumpkin Banana Pudding was perfect.

avocado pumpkin banana pudding


When Sunday afternoon rolled around, I needed to use up some chicken and meatball leftovers I made last week. I threw them on top of a large, delicious dinner salad.

leftover dinner salad


More Paleo breakfast bowls? Yes, please. This one is supposed to mimic porridge, but honestly it doesn’t have to be a replacement for anything. It’s delicious on its own! Paleo Pumpkin breakfast bowl:

paleo breakfast bowls: coconut pumpkin poridge


A few months ago, I ordered the Homegrown Paleo Cookbook.  It’s a how-to and a recipe book; it talks about farming and using in-season produce in your cooking. The first recipe I tried is called Curry Hash (click for recipe!), and it was very flavorful! I added a lot more seasonings than than what was called for in the original recipe. Kroger has this delicious coconut curry spice that went very well with the dish!

curry hash


I opened up another Paleo cookbook, Make it Paleo, and tried a new salmon recipe! This recipe had a delicious jerk seasoning that I can’t wait to try in other dishes, as well! We served the salmon with half of a baked sweet potato and a salad.

jerk salmon


Last night we had an old favorite: Paleo Chicken Alfredo! This low carb meal won’t disappoint :) It includes coconut milk, bacon, broccoli, chicken, and many different seasonings. You can find the recipe here!

paleo chicken alfredo


My love of Paleonola will never quit! This morning’s breakfast was plain Greek yogurt, paleonola, sliced strawberries, and some avocado on the side. Perfect Friday morning breakfast :)

paleonola breakfast

So why am I showing you pictures of my food? I began the weekly (hah! if only I could actually get this post out every week…) Paleo Food Friday posts to demonstrate how delicious the Paleo diet can be :) There’s a lot of misinformation about paleo/primal lifestyles, and there are also many people out there wanting to discredit this way of eating because some Paleolithic person ate something that might have been a grain. I’m pretty sure this diet is not about reenacting history…I’ll leave that to the experts. It’s about eating the nutrient dense foods that make you happy :)

Check out previous weeks’ Paleo Food Friday if you’re interested!

Question: Eat anything delicious this week? Have any recipe links you’d like to share?

Paleo Breakfast Bowls!

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. It has the most delicious foods, and I get to enjoy the meal with my first cup of coffee. What’s not to love?

Before I began eating Paleo, I ate a giant bowl of cheerios or oatmeal every morning. I’ve since learned that those seemingly healthy choices did a number on my blood sugar levels throughout the day. I wanted to replace them with something similar, but filling. Enter Paleo breakfast bowls!

Paleo Breakfast Bowl #1: Avocado Pumpkin Banana Pudding 

This bowl is better than you would think it would be…it combines several delicious ingredients:

  • 1/2 avocado
  • ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons plain greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter

Mix everything well in a food processor (or with a fork or potato masher) and top with sliced fruit or granola. (I like Paleonola!)

paleo breakfast bowls: avocado pumpkin banana pudding

I definitely overloaded the bowl with Paleonola! I can’t help it…it’s so good, and it goes really well with the breakfast bowl :)

Paleo Breakfast Bowl #2: Pumpkin Porridge

I found this recipe on Preppy Paleo, and it’s quite yummy! Altough it’s not as “oatmeal-like” as my Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal recipe, it still hits the spot! Here’s the recipe:

1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup coconut milk
3/4 cup water
1/2 thinly sliced banana
1 egg
1/3 cup canned organic pumpkin
1/3 cup coconut chips
salt, vanilla & pumpkin pie spice, to taste
Enjoy Life dairy-free chocolate chips, optional

“Combine coconut flour through banana in a small pot and heat over medium until combined, stirring to help break up banana.

“Crack in the egg and continue to cook and stir until it’s thoroughly incorporated. Turn heat to low and stir in pumpkin, coconut and flavoring. Remove from heat and sprinkle with dairy-free chocolate chip, if using.”

paleo breakfast bowls: coconut pumpkin poridge

Since I began eating these kinds of breakfasts, I’m fuller longer (which is super helpful during those classes I teach right before lunch) and I’m getting more nutrients. Coconut, nuts, pumpkin, eggs, and avocado are fabulous whole foods, and we should all make an effort to eat them more often!


  • What would you love to eat in paleo breakfast bowls?
  • What’s your favorite meal of the day?

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