Hungry Runner

"A bottle of juice can be a more portable source of vitamins than, say, a half-eaten banana. But whenever both are viable options, pick the fruit. The fiber will fill you up, the nutrients are intact, and it still tastes like nature’s candy. Nom."

One More Reason You Should Eat Fruit, Not Drink It (via greatist)

buzzfeedfood:

No offense, pie, but sometimes we’re in the market for a lower-maintenance option (or 28 of them).

Sometimes? I’m ALWAYS in the market for the lower maintenance option. Always.

Fitness & Health Bloggers Conference Photo Recap: Part 2

Click here to read Health & Fitness Bloggers Conference Photo Recap Part 1 

New York welcomed me home with a downpour of rain. Can you tell I’d rather be in Colorado still?

Here’s what went down during the second half of the 2012 Fitness & Health Bloggers conference:

Call me Chef Hungry Runner. The Anschutz Health and Wellness Center on the University of Colorado’s Medical campus has the most epic organic bistro with a to-die-for menu and I, Hungry Runner, got an exclusive healthy cooking lesson from the bistro’s head chef. I can only hope that one glorious day my kitchen will look half as organized and nice as this. It usually looks something more like Matthew Inman’s kitchen in Why I Don’t Cook at Home.

I know, you’re wondering… What did we learn to cook? Oh, just Lemon-Thyme Grilled Chicken and Char Grilled Scallions with Curried Yogurt Sauce & Fennel and Watermelon Salad with Fresh Mozzarella Cheese. Yes, it was just as amazing as it sounds. Yes, I have the recipe. And yes, I promise to share it with you all so your taste buds can die and go to Healthy Heaven.

Snack time is the best time! Pure Canada Maple Syrup handed out Maple Energy Snack Squares for an energy boost between lectures. You guys ate these up on Instagram. So many of you asked me for the recipe, which at first, I didn’t have. But I ran into some Pure Canada Maple reps on my way back to the hotel and they tweeted me the Maple Energy Squares Recipe. So, now you can make your own! Which, trust me, you’ll definitely want to do. (P.S. I’m planning on trying out a vegan version of the recipe soon so stay tuned for that!)

You know that epic, organic bistro I was just telling you guys about a few paragraphs back? This is the Mediterranean Flat Bread sandwich from their menu (Grilled Flat Bread, Organic Vegetables, Black Bean Hummus, Avocado, Goat Cheese.) Ask anyone who ordered this for lunch during the conference, it’s the best sandwich you will ever have. PERIOD. EVER. YOUR ARGUMENT IS INVALID.

My inner nerd is about to really shine through here. So, this is Dr. Iñigo San Millán. He has completed a great deal of groundbreaking research in the field of exercise physiology. I got to watch him test a runner’s blood lactate levels (mid-run), in order to most accurately determine at what exercise intensity level she burns the most fat. You’re probably expecting me to conclude that the coolest part of the whole conference was something that I ate. But no, it was this.

On Saturday night I got my Spin on with TechnoGym. Hey, I gotta sweat it up, even on vacation. OK, so it’s a lot easier to stay motivated when you’re at a FITNESS conference and part of the planned schedule is exercise. But still, working out is working out. You either do it or ya don’t!

After spinning, I met Jamie from Fit Approach and she gave me some sweet Sweat Pink swag. Thanks, girl!

Our last night in town, I ate this enormous ice cream sundae and immediately both regretted it and didn’t regret it, all at the same time.

Driscoll’s kicked off our Sunday morning session with a Berry Bonanza! When I tell you that at this conference, there were more berries than you’ll ever encounter in your berry-less, little life… Like, you just don’t even understand. 212 Berries in the cylinder alone.Thanks, Driscoll’s, for filling my belly with berries!

Reluctantly, on Sunday afternoon I boarded my flight back to New York. Since I’ve been home, I’ve been to work at the gym, I embarked on a humid and sweaty 5.5-mile run, and now, I’ll be blogging away for the rest of my Hungry Runner life so that I can share all of the amazing information I learned over the past 3 days with all of you!

Get ready for tons of posts to help you get fitter, healthier, and just overall, a lot more awesome!

One last photo:

What a beautiful bunch of bloggers! See you at FHBC 2013!!

Fit Tip: Pack breakfast when you’re on the go!
It’s much easier than trying to navigate the mostly unhealthy, highly processed, Dunkin’ Donuts/Starbucks/McDonalds menus! 
I’ll be running bright and early at 5AM tomorrow morning and work starts at 6! At least work and the gym are the same place. What a nice convenience! But, breakfast for after my workout is packed and ready to go. Having a busy schedule is one of the biggest challenges when it comes to eating healthy, but that DOESN’T mean it’s an excuse! It means you have to PREPARE.

Fit Tip: Pack breakfast when you’re on the go!

It’s much easier than trying to navigate the mostly unhealthy, highly processed, Dunkin’ Donuts/Starbucks/McDonalds menus!

I’ll be running bright and early at 5AM tomorrow morning and work starts at 6! At least work and the gym are the same place. What a nice convenience! But, breakfast for after my workout is packed and ready to go. Having a busy schedule is one of the biggest challenges when it comes to eating healthy, but that DOESN’T mean it’s an excuse! It means you have to PREPARE.

The organic section of my local grocery store is constantly expanding. Recently, there’s been new organic produce every week, which is awesome. Really awesome. Except, can we get these prices to go down a little bit please? I mean, more than $5 a pound for bell peppers and $6 for a case of strawberries… Yeah, that’s a bit much!

The organic section of my local grocery store is constantly expanding. Recently, there’s been new organic produce every week, which is awesome. Really awesome. Except, can we get these prices to go down a little bit please? I mean, more than $5 a pound for bell peppers and $6 for a case of strawberries… Yeah, that’s a bit much!

Breakfast: Steel cut oats with mashed banana, strawberries, kiwi, and cinnamon. This was my first time trying Steel Cut Oats and it’s only because I bought them on accident. (Didn’t read the label, just grabbed ‘em from the shelf. Oops!) They taste the same as traditional rolled oats, the only difference is that they take much longer to cook. Which is kind of a problem for me, because as you may know, I’m a, “I want my food and I want it now,” kind of girl. I’m over it, though. Anyway, try this out for breakfast. In my opinion, everyone should be eating oatmeal for breakfast at least 2 or 3 times a week! (That is, unless you don’t like it. In which case, WTF?)

Breakfast: Steel cut oats with mashed banana, strawberries, kiwi, and cinnamon. This was my first time trying Steel Cut Oats and it’s only because I bought them on accident. (Didn’t read the label, just grabbed ‘em from the shelf. Oops!) They taste the same as traditional rolled oats, the only difference is that they take much longer to cook. Which is kind of a problem for me, because as you may know, I’m a, “I want my food and I want it now,” kind of girl. I’m over it, though. Anyway, try this out for breakfast. In my opinion, everyone should be eating oatmeal for breakfast at least 2 or 3 times a week! (That is, unless you don’t like it. In which case, WTF?)

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