5 Ways to Bounce Back From Daylight Savings Quickly

The older I get the more daylight savings seems like some sort of sick joke. Right when we start getting a little glimpse of the sun back for early morning runs, daylight savings kicks in and snatches all hope away. I’d enjoy the extra time in the evenings if I wasn’t almost passed out on my couch…

Winter Base Phase Recap

Where has the time gone! Last time I wrote about my running I was a week out from wrapping up my winter base phase. I survived my last 70 mile week and topped it off with a monster 11 mile marathon paced tempo/long run pacing a couple friends who are training for Boston. I’ve never…

4 Must-Try Spring Races In Kansas City

You’ve wrapped up winter training and somehow managed to stay consistent through the colder months. Now is your time to shine. Show off those new fitness gains this spring at the races that’ll give you the most bang for your buck. Kansas City’s race scene has blown up in recent years but combing through pages…

Pulled Jackfruit Street Tacos

The last couple months I’ve been having a blast experimenting with jackfruit and a few the recipes I’ve created are quickly reaching obsession level. For instance these tacos. The jackfruit is easy to prepare and takes on the appearance and texture of shredded pork or chicken seasoned with my favorite taco spices, smoky chipotle powder…

Quinoa Tabbouleh Wraps

I owe most of my ethnic food knowledge to my mom who prepared and taught my siblings and I to appreciate diverse flavors from a young age. Some of my fondest food memories were when our family hosted internationals in our home over the summers or holiday breaks. We’d take these students grocery shopping and…

Superfood Slaw

One of the best parts of being vegan is experiencing so many more tastes, colors, and textures. As a die hard foodie, an exceptional dish, in my opinion, needs to be both flavorful and also display a range of contrasting textures and colors. That’s why I created this slaw. My weeknight go-to dinner usually includes…

Easy Vegan Pancakes

We love our lazy Sundays around here and what goes better with sleeping in than a tasty batch of fluffy pancakes! For a long time I thought vegan baking was a hopeless feat without eggs. Substituting dairy is easy but eggs are what is often known as a leavening component giving baked goods their fluffy…

White Bean Tahini Green Goddess Dip

I’m fortunate to live just a little over a mile from where I work and one way I like to spend my lunch hours when I’m not runching is seeing what I can whip up in 10-15 mins with what I have around my kitchen. It’s like a creative brainstorming exercise away from my computer…

Swimming To Strengthen Your Running

One of my biggest weaknesses as a runner is cross training and I feel like most of my runner colleagues can relate. We use it as a last resort once we’re injured or a once-in-a-blue moon alternative to running after hard races. As painful as it is to get out of our running comfort zone,…

Everything You Need To Know About Matcha

Coffee is by far America’s #1 choice for caffeine but what do you drink when your stomach can’t handle the acidity?  Most folks I know conclude there’s no good solution other than to settle for lesser forms of caffeine and move on. Oh the horrors! I used to be a coffee addict and, although my stomach can…

Simple Red Lentil Soup

Ask anyone what deters them from creating better eating habits and 9 times out of 10 their excuses will have to do something with the time it takes to purchase and prep healthy food. They’re technically right but in comparison to what? Feeling terrible and under performing in everything you do? Wouldn’t it make sense to…

Navigating Your Social Life As A Vegan

For the most part leading a vegan lifestyle isn’t difficult. It takes planning and commitment but I look at it as a lifelong investment and an insurance policy on my body. So how do you take this lifestyle out on the town Friday night? Well, there’s the catch. Being openly vegan in a social setting…

Easy Vegetable Broth With 3 Exotic Variations

“A soup is only as good as it’s broth”. Truer words have never been spoken. I’m a serious broth/stock nut and have been known to drink it straight up out of a mug over tea or coffee on a cold day. I love that I can pack it full of high antioxidant spices and inflammation…

Lean Meat’s Dirty Little Secrets

“Eat cleaner today with our light and fit grilled chicken breast option”, “Clean and simple protein for rapid muscle tone”. I’ll be the first to admit, I ate up the lie just like everyone else – the promise of health and vitality through the consumption of lean meat. I’m an athlete, of course I wanted…

Creamy Kale Salad with Lemon and Cannellini Beans

  First Quick & Easy recipe, here we go! Honestly, the majority of things I cook would fall under this category but by the time I think to write it up I’m practically done scarfing it down. This is what I like to classify as a “meal salad” because of how hearty and satisfying it…

5 Trails in Kansas City That Will Make You Fall Back In Love With Running

As much as I love living in the city, it sure grates on my nerves having to stop every other minute at intersections and yelling at distracted drivers in crosswalks. Nooo thanks. On the bright side, being located in midtown places me in convenient proximity to Kansas City’s best trails for distance runners, making it…

Reflecting and Refocusing

Twenty seventeen marks 13 years on this crazy running journey. It’s always fun to take a moment each year and reflect on how far you’ve come, what needs to change and new goals for the coming year. 2016 was a crazy whirlwind: being laid-off, job hunting, acclimating to my new job, traveling every month, getting…

Eating to Reduce Oxidative Stress

As a competitive runner I spend a great deal of time and money trying to relieve the effects of training stress on my body. Hard running and strength training continually break down your muscles and create toxic byproducts being released into your bloodstream stressing your organs and immune system. Although being active is perceived generally…

Reinventing Tofu Scramble

As an athlete I usually have two breakfasts, one before an early workout, usually a banana and dry cereal, and a second more substantial one after my workout. When I used to eat eggs my favorite post run meal was 2-3 fried eggs or an omelette with some avocado and hot sauce. Nothing beats a salty,…

Winter Running in Kansas City – A Survival Guide

Fall races have wrapped up, the holidays have begun bogging up our schedules and daylight is scarce. With my substantial endurance athlete build of 13% body fat, winter is my least favorite time to be a runner. Currently, in my twelfth year of tackling this season of training, I’m feeling pretty prepared to put in some…

The Backstory

My life has always revolved around food. Growing up in a lower-middle class household with healthnut parents, we never ate a lot of meat, sugary or processed foods – mostly because they weren’t cost effective options. Procuring a tasty treat meant that you pulled out a cookbook and made what you wanted from scratch. I…