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Carrot muffins with pineapple cream cheese frosting & French Fries

What a great weekend for some creations.
For all of my Jewish friends (and my family), potatoes and Matzoh can get a little boring near the end of Passover. I decided to make French Fries and wow..it's been a long time since I've had a REAL french fry. However, my homemade french fries were super delicious that I don't think even the restaurants can compare to my latest healthy creation.

For those celebrating Easter (or for anyone who enjoys a healthy muffin), I took a spin off carrot cake and created a fiber-filled muffin with a super delicious pineapple topping.
I find the muffin delicious due to the scrumptious-sweet topping.

Enjoy and happy holidays!

Passover French Fries
2 Idaho Potatoes (peeled)
1-2 tsp olive oil
Pepper and additional spices/herbs

1. Cut potatoes in half and slice into fries. Continue slicing until the fries are thin.
2. Soak fries in cold water for 30 minutes to remove starch.
*Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
3. Place fries on paper towel and let dry for 10 …

Transitioning to vegetarian athlete

I love being a lacto-ovo vegetarian-athlete. It's been a little over 16 years since I ate meat/fish (I think the last thing I ate was a chicken patty) and I'm still going strong on my meat-free life. I am 100% certain that I will be a vegetarian for the rest of my life. I plan on raising our kid(s) as vegetarians until they are old enough to make a personal decision to continue choosing vegetarianism. I know exercise does wonders for the human body but I can honestly say that I feel SO healthy on the inside. Next month, on May 31st, I will be 28 years old (OH MY!) and I still feel like I am 20 years old. Good thing I have long-distance triathlons to train for because I don't know how I could possibly bottle-up all of my energy.

I have received many great emails (and blog comments) regarding transiting to a vegetarian (or more plant-based) diet. I am so happy that I have inspired so many people to love fruits and veggies and non-meat protein! But I'll be honest, this bl…

Downtown Tampa Criterium Race Report

Sorry...I'm a few days late posting Karel's race report from Sat night. Hopefully you enjoyed some of my healthy creations in the meantime.

After my run/ride on Sat morning, I was busy on the computer for a few hours while Karel took a little nap on the couch. After I finished training plans and nutrition write-ups for my athletes, I took Campy for a long walk and before I knew it, it was time to head to Tampa.

Karel drove alone to the race so that he could get in a good warm-up. My parents, Campy and I went down to Tampa 20 min later. For some reason (although I'm not surprised) I was super nervous for this race and my tummy was tingling. I find it so funny how nervous/excited I get for Karel's races... and I'm not even racing! To think, my parents spent almost 8 years watching me in swim meets and now they have triathlons, running events, Ironman's and cycling events to watch. I just think it is so special to love someone and to support them in whatever makes…

Eggplant Parmigiana & Healthy blueberry and walnut muffins

Thank you for such wonderful comments on my last blog! I love reading your comments.

For the majority of our society, I think it is unfortunate that people can't truely enjoy/look forward to a meal on-the-go (restaurant/fast food). Perhaps you enjoy it while you are eating it but I think most people would agree that if you eat out more than 2-3 times per month, there is generally some feeling of guilt, uncomfortable fullness, bloating or unhappiness. Although I agree with many people that eating out (on occasion) should be a time to enjoy something new or different (even if it is higher in calories, fat and sodium than your normal foods) without feelings of guilt, there is no reason why you can't create restaurant-style meals at home. For people who feel as if you don't have time to cook, think back to the last time you ate out/ordered out and how long you waited/stood in line for your food. Also, think about what you paid for your meal? Sure, it may seem as if restaurant/…

Do you eat out?

I love preparing my own food. 99% of the time I do not enjoy waiting in line or sitting down and waiting for someone else to make my meal. Since Karel and I only eat out when we travel (although whenever I can, I like to bring along some of our favorite foods) I enjoy new places and trying new things, especially if it is a vegetarian-friendly place.
If you eat out 1-2 times a month, it's likely that your meals will not affect your performance and/or weight loss/maintenance so long as you are still being conscious of what you are eating, how much you are eating and making wise choices based on your current training/exercise routine. However, if eating out is a daily/weekly occurrence, it is likely that the fat, sodium and/or calories in your on-the-go meal is a limiter in your quest to live a healthy and balanced life....even if you are choosing the "healthy" options.

The problem with restaurants and fast-food is that food-items can be deceiving. Because so many places of…

Sweet-treat popcorn

Half of my friends have babies right now and the other half are pregnant. Ok, maybe not everyone I know but thanks to Facebook and blogs, it sure seems as if everyone I know is popping out a baby. That day will come for Karel and me...down the road. I wonder if she/he will be a slowtwitch athlete like mommy or fast-twitch like daddy? :)

Well, regardless if you have kids, are pregnant, don't have kids or consider yourself a doggy/kitty-mommy (am I normal for thinking that Campy is my "child" right now?) we all deserve a sweet treat every now and then.

Enjoy my homemade popcorn with a little sweet twist.

Sweet-treat popcorn
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1 tsp canola oil

2 tsp melted dark chocolate
1 tsp natural peanut butter
1 tbsp raisins
1 tsp cinnamon
Drizzle of honey

1. In a large pot (with a lid), combine kernels and oil and mix until coated.
2. Turn heat to medium and pop kernels (about 5-7 min.). When you hear kernels popping, lift up the pot (which is covered) and give a shake ev…

Just Cruisin'

Although it was strange traveling alone with Campy on Thurs, I wanted to come a day early to visit my parents. First I visited my good friend Kelly in Tampa to see baby #2, 7-day old Alex. Campy was super excited to run around in Kelly's backyard but was 10x more excited to see his grandparents at his mansion-resort (aka - a house w/ a pool in the backyard). On Friday morning I met up with one of my athletes, Andrea, at the Gills YMCA and we had a great 1-hr tempo run on the treadmill (chatting away), followed by a good core session and a 30-minute swim in the chilly outdoor pool (they just re-filled the pool and turned on the heater.....brrrr).
Karel and our friend Tyler came in late to my parents on Friday night and I was super excited to see Karel. My good friend Mallory was supposed to come with Tyler (her BF) but she is sick :( Get better soon Mallory!!
My alarm went off at 6am on Sat morning and I was SO excited for my long run. Almost 2 hours of running on the schedule and I…