My good friend Kelli recently launched a new website called Glimpse of Healthy!

“Glimpse of Healthy brings you everything you need to know about the wellness, health and fitness happenings around sunny San Diego. You’ll be the first to know about the locals-only yoga class on the beach next week and the new juice spot that just opened up around the corner.”

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I am honored to be an ongoing contributor and just wrote my first article: 3 New San Diego Juice Companies You Should Be Trying NOW!

Make sure to check out Glimpse of Healthy – your one stop spot for the best of San Diego’s health and wellness scene!

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You ready for another Happy Hour Made Healthy?! We thought so.

This time around, my colleague (lol jk) London and I headed to Hillcrest to scope out the healthy happy hour offerings over at Lotus Thai. The dimly lit but modern dining room set the theme for our entire experience- a fresh take on traditional Thai that kept us there wanting more! With happy hour this good, sometimes you just have to stay for dinner (and dessert) too :-P

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Drinks -

Silk Pearl (Han Soju vodka, peach puree, champagne) and Pink Lady (Han Soju vodka, lychee juice, pomegranate, and champagne). Both of these bubbly drinks feature Soju, an Asian spirit with less alcohol (and calories) than traditional vodkas. Fruity but not overly sweet, these drinks started the night off right.

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Rambutan Mojito - Native to Southeast Asia and most similar to tropical lychee, the rambutan fruit has a hydrating juicy flesh full of Vitamin C and copper, which help your body flush out toxins and free radicals. This subtly tart mojito was super refreshing.

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Appetizers -

Heaven Roll - Cool chilled rice paper rolls of tofu (omitted), shrimp, bean sprout and fresh basil leaves, served with a sweet vinaigrette sauce. These were tightly bundled and full of freshly crisp veggies and shrimp.

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Noodle Shrimp Tempura – Lightly fried shrimp wrapped with bacon and crispy egg noodle served with house plum sauce. This was our favorite! We loved the unique take on traditional tempura. Definitely not a date night dish though- this one got messy! We loved how “nouveau” this dish was.

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Green Papaya Salad – Shredded green papaya, carrots, tomato, and fresh green beans add spice from fresh Thai chili tossed with spicy lime sauce and sprinkled with ground peanuts. Definitely bright and fresh while cleansing on the palate.

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Entrees -

Tiger in Bangkok – Grilled sliced marinated tender sirloin steak, tossed with rice powder, onion, cucumber, cilantro in spicy lime dressing. This beef salad was absolutely delicious, but the coolest part was the rice powder- rice roasted and ground up into tiny, smokey crystals- offering another flavor dimension. It gave the seasoning of salt, without heavily adding sodium.

Shrimp & Clam Pineapple Curry – Sauteed shrimp and clam, fresh pineapple, kaffir lime leaves, bell peppers in red curry sauce. Always a favorite, this creamy tropical curry seems to taste even better in the summer with the freshest of pineapples! Full of flavor and fat, plump shrimp.

Ok, we might have stayed for dessert too…

Sweet Sticky Rice with Mango – This is a favorite for the gluten-free peeps. It was my first time experiencing the “warming effect” of sweet sticky rice (similar to the feeling you get when you eat bread-pudding). This dessert was creatively displayed, with the mango sliced magically thin and then formed into a heart!

Coconut Ice Cream – made in-house with young coconuts and fresh jackfruit. Topped with crushed nuts, mint, and a drizzle of chocolate, I could eat this every day!

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Lotus Thai
3761 6th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
619-299-8272

Happy Hours:
5pm-7pm everyday

Don’t miss the: Noodle tempura shrimp!

Take-away tip: Seek out a modern spin on traditional dishes, they tend to be fresher (and healthier!).

Thank you to Lotus Thai for hosting this week’s Happy Hour Made Healthy!

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So in the past couple of weeks I’ve had my fair share of visits to Balanced Fitness & Health.

I’ve done everything from take a Pilates class, talk to a nutritionist and workout with 2 different personal trainers.  And ironically, one of my friends from High School works there (small world, especially because I grew up in Northern California!).

The gym has been super convenient for me to access from my house, and I’ve ended up running there almost every time. Only a couple blocks over and up, it makes for a nice 1 mile trip to, and a 1 mile trip from.  I’m also appreciative that their trainers were not pushy at all. There was no sit down, how many sessions are you going to buy, etc. They both offered me a great workout, and left it at that.

Some unique features at Balanced Fitness & Health:

  • RMR, or Resting Metabolic Rate (measures the amount of calories your body needs to function at rest)
  • Rock climbing wall
  • Nutritionist on staff
  • Indoor “outdoor” area (faux-grass)
  • Pilates reformer classes
  • TRX
  • New equipment

The only thing I didn’t get a chance to do but would still like to try was the RMR technology.  The only downside to this is that you have to fast 8 hours before, so it makes the most sense to do it first thing in the morning.

While they’re still undergoing some construction and improvements, Balanced Fitness & Health has already made strides towards offering a unique experience.  If you’re in the downtown SD area, check them out!

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Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post, but I received (several) complimentary visits for my review. However, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Hi, and good Monday morning!  This morning I’m up early doing a little bit of blogging, and drinking a whole lot of (cold brew) iced coffee.

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Last Monday it was London’s birthday!  And after a weekend of running 19 followed by 7.5 miles, I decided to take Monday off from working out.  We celebrated her real birthday with lunch at Claire’s on Cedros, followed by some beaching and bubbling after (my) work.

Tuesday I had another ART session (my 4th) before work.  It’s funny to think I never planned on getting ART…originally I just wanted to get a massage.  I’m so glad I did though because my chronic plantar fasciitis/heel pain (9 months) is almost gone.  I forgot how fun running can be when it doesn’t hurt!  After work I did a 2 mile run with Piper before running up to Balanced Fitness & Health for another personal training session.  I haven’t done too much focused training (just yoga sculpt which is all over the place/boot camp) so I found it really fun.  My run to-and-from the gym added another 2 miles for a successful workout for the night.

Wednesday I baby-sat overnight, or “nighttime-nannied” for the family that I worked for before my real job.  It’s crazy to think I started watching the oldest girl when she was 1 1/2 and now she’s almost 5!  And Thursday was uneventful besides another ART appointment where I learned some exercises to help correct my pronation and strengthen areas like my glute med.

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Friday night I had the chance to talk with OH! Juice owner, Hanna Gregor, on the rooftop of their headquarters.  We chatted about the benefits of OH! Juice not only for a regular individuals but also for athletes.  More to come on this!

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Saturday morning I had a shorter run (12 miles…everything is so relative now, haha) followed by breakfast at Naked Cafe, getting my eyebrows threaded for the first time (I’m still mesmerized), and getting my hair styled for an exciting project that I’m working on for Finish Line (big thanks to Jack Millen Photography for helping me shoot!).

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Saturday night, after a rather odd day of eats, I was starving.  Conveniently (or not) located across the street from my house is The Kebab Shop.  And for all the jokes I’ve made about doner kebab and shwarma, I finally caved.  Although the chicken doner wasn’t my favorite (I’d probably go for the falafel next time), the orzo minted zucchini salad was really good–something I might try to recreate soon!

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Sunday morning London came over and we hit the Hillcrest Farmer’s Market, stopping by the OH! Juice booth for a “coffee” almond milk (the secret is, there’s no coffee used! Just a mix of herbs and spices that offer special benefits and makes it taste like coffee).  Afterwards we got pedis, and then went had lunch at Cafe 21 for a brainstorming session of things to come.

Needless to say, it was a busy week, in an unconventional way.  This week I’ll be planning for the Disneyland Half (any costume ideas?) and my birthday!

What are you doing this week?

Weekly Workout Recap:
Sun – 7.5 mi @ AFC Half Marathon
Mon – Rest
Tues – ART appt + 4 mi + Personal Training Session
Wed – 5.5 mi
Thurs – ART appt + Rest
Fri – 5 mi
Sat – 12 mi
Total Weekly Mileage: 34 mi
Total Miles with Piper: 2 mi
Hours cross-training: 1 hour
2014 Miles YTD: 1029.4 mi

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Graced by Grit is a local women’s activewear company based out of Solana Beach.  The idea for Graced by Grit was originally conceived by the two (future) owners one day during a long run.  They noticed a lack of flattering yet functional workout wear for women.  But now, that’s where Graced by Grit comes in.  Everything is cute but fully functional and for multi-purpose use.  For example, a number of their pieces can be worn both on the road or trails, but are also substantial for water sports.

Today I’m reviewing two pieces, the Delicious Tank and the Land & Sea Knicker that I’ve already worn so many times and in so many different ways.

First up, the Delicious Tank.  This tank is ridiculously buttery soft!  I have never felt a softer shirt while still being sweat-wicking.  Seriously, can this just be my second skin?

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Key Attributes:
• Moisture wicking
• UPF 50+
• chlorine resistant
• XTRA LIFE LYCRA®

Next up, the Land & Sea Knicker. Ok, so…no lie, I sweat SO much.  Thankfully, these knickers are made for Land and Sea, aka perfect for when my body decides to produce a whole ocean between salt, sweat and humidity.  These knickers are also made with a compression fabric so they just pull and tighten everything comfortably.  I have worn the Land & Sea Knicker for just about everything – running, cross-training, yoga, SUP and SUP yoga.

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Key Attributes:
• High compression/sculpting performance fabric
• Xtra Life LYCRA® reduces muscle fatigue
• Product tested for intense workouts and lifetime wear
• Water compatible and all-weather durability
• UPF 50+

If you’re looking for a new workout wear line specifically geared towards active women (such as multi-sport athletes) make sure to check out Graced by Grit!

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Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post, but I received a complimentary outfit for my review. However, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

For the past couple weeks I’ve been putting together meal plans for my run group BFF, Gary.  He was looking to shed some lb’s before his first full Ironman in November and so far he’s been really successful in doing so!  This is one of the dishes I had him make for a dinner, and I finally got around to making it myself.  Luckily, it was good :-)

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Soba Noodle Salad with Spinach, Sesame Seeds, Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Shrimp
Serves 2
INGREDIENTS:
1/2 package soba noodles, cooked
4 cups spinach
2 cup shaved Brussels sprouts
2 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil
2 tsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. sesame seeds
24 medium shrimp
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Clean and devein shrimp. Cook over stove-top until cooked through.
  2. In the meantime, follow the instructions for the soba noodles. Drain and rinse with cool water. Refrigerate until chilled.
  3. In a medium bowl, toss the noodles with the spinach, Brussels sprouts, sesame oil, soy sauce and sesame seeds and kale.
  4. Top with shrimp and serve.

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I am pooped!

Between testing out personal training sessions at Balanced Fitness & Health, ART appointments (that have been helping tremendously!) and birthday’s galore!(!) everything has been scheduled out to a T.

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Friday I helped Erin celebrate her birthday first with brunch at Zinc Cafe. Then, after work I met up with her and a couple of her friends at the Del Mar Racetrack. The races were followed by a free concert by MAGIC! I ended up only staying for a couple songs because I knew I and a long run to embark on early Saturday.

Saturday morning I went out for my longest run to-date. I honestly love running long distances by myself. There’s no pressure and it just feels like I’m exploring, on foot, a little more expedited than walking. I ran 19 miles right out my door, circling around Harbor Island, Shelter Island, and halfway back around Harbor Island. It was hot, and I got some lovely tan lines, but at least there was a breeze from the water.

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Directly after I showered and drove up to Cardiff to celebrate London’s birthday with some beach in’ and boozin’. At least I replenished with some popsicles and electrolytes from Bon Affair ;-).

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Sunday morning I woke up and headed out to watch the AFC (America’s Finest City) Half Marathon, since it’s the first year it has been almost too convenient. I wasn’t planning on running although I had on all of my appropriate gear. I had grabbed my coffee and headed down to the route. But as I saw my coach pass by I was like, oh shit, and put down everything, threw up my hair and threw out my coffee. We ended up meeting up with everyone in our club at least some point in time during the race. And we ended up running the dreaded hill at the end of the race at least 2.5 times. Nothing like some hill repeats the day after a long run! I ended up with around 7.5 miles for the day, a nice (and fun) little workout I hadn’t planned. Breakfast was definitely deserved by everyone who raced, and we had a filling breakfast at Queenstown Public House!

Now it’s Monday morning and I’m wishing it was a holiday so I could catch up on some R&R.

Weekly Workout Recap:
Sun – SUP Yoga
Mon – Yoga sculpt + 6 mi
Tues – Personal Training Session evaluation + 3 mi on treadmill + ART appt.
Wed – Core40 full body + 6 mi
Thurs – 3.5 mi + Personal Training Session
Fri – ART appt + Rest
Sat – 19 mi
Total Weekly Mileage: 37.5
Total Miles with Piper: 3.5 mi
Hours cross-training: ~2.5 mi
2014 Miles YTD: 995.4 mi

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WholeCatch_SeafoodBurgers_YellowfinTuna-475This dinner was actually inspired by the outside of the tuna burger box, haha.  One night I was walking around Whole Foods trying to figure out what do I make?  So I decided to try a new kind of burger.  I stopped in the frozen seafood aisle and saw my options of salmon, mahi mahi or yellowfin tuna.  I’ve had salmon burgers before, and I thought mahi mahi burgers would be pretty whatever, but I’ve never seen yellowfin tuna burgers before.  So I just went with it (on an English Muffin “bun,” of course).  My last question was, what do I make with this?  I saw the edamame on the box and thought that was a great addition for an “asian inspired” dish, and then decided to do a light and refreshing take on a traditional slaw.  Here was the result: yellowfin tuna burgers with edamame and summer slaw.

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Yellowfin Tuna Burgers
Serves 2-4 people
INGREDIENTS:

4 Yellowfin Tuna burgers
4 English muffins
2 romaine lettuce leaves
4 Tbsp. Teriyaki Sauce, divided
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cook burgers according to directions.  Meanwhile, slice and toast the English muffins.
  2. Cut each romaine leaf in half.
  3. Divide teriyaki sauce and spread 1 Tbsp. on one half of each English muffin.
  4. Stack everything and serve.

Summer Slaw
Serves 4
INGREDIENTS:
6 oz cole slaw (or broccoli slaw)
1 hass avocado
1 navel orange
1/2 cup walnuts
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Peel and cut orange into segments and cube avocado.
  2. In a large bowl, toss everything together.

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London and I are at it again!

Last week Kelli offered up her own beach bungalow to host a little DIY Happy Hour Made Healthy. We’re not quite sure she realized just what she was getting herself into, or that we were going to take over her kitchen and hijack her Friday night. Muahaha.

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Planning the menu, we wanted to highlight peak summer herbs and fresh ingredients without being totally #basic. Along with hefty handfuls of fresh basil and cilantro, our drinks featured Bon Affair, a lighter calorie and unique wine spritzer filled with health benefits thanks to electrolytes and grape seed extract. To compliment the light cocktails, we took the party to the grill for simple skewers and a fresh summer panzanella salad.

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Refreshing cocktails, goofing off with the girls in the kitchen, and a warm summer breeze…the recipe for a perfect al fresco happy hour! Stick with us for our inspired menu and four new summer recipes.

On the menu –

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Peach Basil Fizz
Serves 3-4
INGREDIENTS:
2 white peaches, pitted
3 basil leaves
1 bottle Bon Affair Sauvignon Blanc
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Blend peaches and basil until you reach a nice and smooth consistency.
  2. Pour in the bottom of a glass. Top with Bon Affair.
  3. Serve with straw and garnish with basil leaf.

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Cilantro Cucumber Boozy Lemonade
Serves 3-4
INGREDIENTS:
½ cucumber, sliced
1 handful cilantro
2 lemons, halved
1 bottle Bon Affair Sauvignon Blanc
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Divide cucumber slices and cilantro leaves equally into glasses.
  2. Squeeze fresh lemon juice into each glass.
  3. Top with Bon Affair.

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Summer Panzanella
INGREDIENTS:
Arugula
Rosemary olive oil bread loaf
Pearl-size mozzarella balls
Cherry tomatoes
Zucchini
Yellow zucchini
Avocado
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cut bread into crouton-sized chunks; slice zucchini and yellow zucchini; halve tomatoes; dice avocado.
  2. Brush bread with olive oil and place on the grill until toasted. Repeat for zucchinis.
  3. Assemble all ingredients into a large bowl and toss.

Pineapple Shrimp Skewers
INGREDIENTS:
Pineapple chunks
Shrimp
Grill pan
Skewers
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Wash and clean shrimp. Assemble the skewers alternating between pineapple and shrimp.
  2. Place on the grill until grill marks begin to form and the shrimp starts to cook.
  3. Flip and repeat.
  4. Cook until the shrimp is fully cooked.
  5. Remove and serve.

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Don’t forget the: lemon juice. Add it to anything and everything to brighten and bring out the flavors.

Take away tip: Grill summer ingredients for a unique flavor that’s very seasonal.

Stay tuned for the next Happy Hour Made Healthy!

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About a year and a half ago, my shoe of choice was the Lunarglide.  I remember watching a video describing it as a shoe for “heel strikers.”  I thought, “yea! I do that, that’s perfect for me” (thinking that heel striking was a good way to run).  Eventually that changed.  My form has improved, and now here we are today.

The Lunarglide 6 is a complete upgrade.  They are light and provide stability, but not overwhelmingly corrective.  I do not feel like they “encourage” a heel strike, like their predecessor.

Let’s get into the details:

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What do they feel like?
The Nike Lunarglide 6 is light but cushioned.  They make running pain free (for me).  The first run I ever did in these was a quick one, and I completely forgot I was wearing new shoes!  They make me want to run on a treadmill (and when have I ever wanted to do that?!)

How do they fit?
True to size.  They’re comfortable and I would even consider wearing them outside of running (such as a long day of walking, or working out at the gym).

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What would I use them for?
Tempo, recovery and treadmill runs.

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Unique features?
There is an outsole design on the bottom of the shoe that maps the pressure path of running, allowing your foot to move more naturally.  Plus I love some of the new colorways (like Jade and Grape).

The Nike Lunarglide 6 running shoe is now available at FinishLine.com.

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Disclaimer: I received the Nike Lunarglide 6 running shoe from Finish Line in exchange for this review.  However, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 
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