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Vegetarian Macaroni Pie

This has to be one of my favorite "creations" that I have put together. It came out super yummy and Karel didn't even mind that it was vegetarian. Lucky for me, he eats whatever I prepare for him, which is something creative every night.
When you are in the mood for pizza, pasta or both, use this recipe to satisfy all your carbohydrate cravings. The healthy serving of pasta in this pie is matched with lots of veggies and you will find plenty of protein in this recipe. Most of all, I think this meal is total comfort food and without tons of calories and fat, you can feel absolutely healthy with every bite.
Enjoy!

Vegetarian Macaroni Pie
*To make this non-vegetarian, keep the tofu but add 1 cup ground turkey or your choice of lean meat. To keep with the vegetarian recipe, you can also add 1 cup vegetarian Boca crumbles with the tofu mixture.

1 cup macaroni noodles
1 egg
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/3 cup each sliced veggies: green peppers, mushrooms, onions, roma tomatoes
1/2 can chili…

Hammer Endurance Aminos

If you've been reading my blog for the last four years, you know how passionate I am about Hammer products. It wasn't that I was opposed to Hammer Nutrition four years ago, but I was just getting into long distance sports around the age of 23.
Since graduate school, I have come across countless studies on the benefits of amino acids during endurance exercise, specifically branch chain amino acids. You probably know how much I am obsessed with whey protein and glutamine on a daily basis, in addition to complete protein foods in my meat-free diet.
Many people wondered how I was able to stay focused and energized during the 112 mile bike ride of IMKY with only 3 x 28 ounce bottles of my Hammer mixture, in addition to 20 ounces of water for a 5 hour and 44 minute ride. So long as I met my hydration needs (most athletes need around 20-24 ounces per hour) I knew I was in good hands with my endurance aminos to preserve my glycogen stores and keep my brain focused. I also took Liquid …

US100K Pro Cycling Classic

This is one of our FAVORITE events of the racing season. Karel has raced this event for the past two years and placed 34th his first year and 14th last year. This race is open to Pro Teams Only and if you aren't on a professional team (full-time Pro) then you must be invited. Although Karel was in the money for both years he had a few of his team members with him last year. This year, Karel was all alone, racing for an overall place and a possible position for the $15,000 overall purse prize (largest single-day pursue for GA). This race is known as the fastest cycling event in the US and with a downhill finish, I always get chills watching the finish.
Last year I ran the 10K which is in conjunction with the cycling event. The event also has an incline skate division, walk division and wheelchair division. The whole course is closed to traffic and the course is NOT easy. You are either going up or down (as you can see in my pictures...if they do the course justice).
We left for Mar…