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Snacks- How do you get your protein?

January 6, 2017

This week, Molly from My Name Is Yeh, has been popping up on my social media feeds. If you take a look at her site, you will know why.  When I went to check out her blog, I saw beautiful creations that I will never attempt to make such as the Vegan Chai Cheesecake With Earl Grey Fig Sauce. Embracing my own culinary skills, I will share with you one of my favorite snacks… that I am sure your dog could make …WHILE BLINDFOLDED! As always, I am setting the bar nice and low.

How do you get your protein? 

When I mention to people that I do not enjoy consuming animal meat, the above question is what I am usually asked. One way is through nuts! However, when I go to our local Target and see trail mix, I am always discouraged by the price. As a way to save money and better control my snacks, I will create my own trail mix. Below is one of my favorite mixes and the recipe I used as a guide.

Sue’s Camp Mix (Original Recipe) 

2 cups canola oil
1 tsp dill
1 pkg ranch original or spicy dressing

Beat oil + dressing in a measuring cup. Microwave mixture for 1.5 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine:
1 small box cheese crackers
1/2 bag of butter pretzels
dry roasted peanuts to your liking

Pour dressing mixture over snacks a little at a time. Stir well to coat. Let mixture dry until no longer shiny. Stirring occasionally. Store in covered container. 

And my version…

Snack Mix – Jess Remix

2 cups canola oil

1 pkg original ranch

1 pkg spicy ranch

Beat oil + dressing in a measuring cup. Microwave mixture for 1.5 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine the following items (many of which I don’t know the names of):

Pour dressing mixture over snacks a little at a time. Stir well to coat. Let mixture dry until no longer shiny. Stirring occasionally. Store in covered container. Eat the entire container in one sitting when you decide to give up on your 2017 resolutions. 


Running without pain.

December 8, 2016


I couldn’t walk without pain.

I trained responsibly for the Fargo Half Marathon. I followed a training plan, actually rested on my off-days, cross-trained, and did strength training. However, after the Fargo Half, I was in quite a bit of pain. Although my entire body ached, my shins were screaming the loudest.

After a two-week rest, my shins were still wounded. I wanted to begin running again but I didn’t want chronic shin pain throughout the summer. In a last-stitch effort to save my favorite hobby, I visited our local running shop, See Dick Run, to get a running analysis and shoe recommendation.

(Before going to See Dick Run, I was running in the Brooks running shoes. Specifically, the Glycerin 11s.)

When I arrived at the shop, the salesmen, Adam, did a quick ipad recording while I ran down the sidewalk. Afterwards, we analyzed the clip, chatted about my goals, and he suggested I try on the ugliest running shoes I had ever seen… The Hoka One One Cliftons.

I wanted to hate these shoes because I couldn’t imagine wearing them in public. They make me look like I am trying to add two inches to my beastly height of 5’2 (and ¾… can’t forget that ¾ inch.) Nevertheless, when I laced them up and went for a run down the sidewalk, my outlook changed.

These shoes are magical. They made me feel as though I was walking on clouds! In the following months that I wore my Hokas, I was finally able to run a full marathon (26.2 miles). This was a goal I had previously never accomplished due to injuries.

A few weeks ago, my shins started to hurt again and I knew it was time to visit See Dick Run. This time, the owner, Richard, was in the shop with his adorable daughter. I tried on a few different types of Hokas but ended up sticking with the Hoka Cliftons.

If you haven’t tried the Hoka brand of shoes or have not been into our local running shop, please give them a shot. See Dick Run has a treadmill in the shop so you can even try running in them before you make your purchase. The staff is very welcoming and supporting a small business is one way to help your community!

Who: Richard, Adam, and YOU…treat yourself!
What: Hoka shoes
Where: See Dick Run
Why: Because Cinderella is proof that a pair of shoes can change your life.

Running Gear – Staples

October 28, 2016

When I was in high school, I felt chest pain every morning I woke up and knew I had a race that day. I loved running but hated racing. Thankfully, a trainer from my gym introduced me to one of his professors who offered sports psychology consults. After a few consults, we came up with a game plan to help my race anxiety. One of the things she encouraged me to do was to set out my running clothes the night before a race. This is a habit I have continued for the last 8 years.

I am going to run a 10k tomorrow and as I was laying my clothes out, I realized how much my wardrobe has changed over the years. Finding the perfect race gear is a lot of trial and error. What works for one person, my not work for another. These are my current staple pieces:


 // Hat // Socks // Bra // Long Sleeve // Pants // Blister Guard // Shorts // T-shirt // 

Links provided for the convince of my Secret Santa! Ho ho ho! 🙂

Brand: Nike
Why I like it:
Ok… I lied. This is the only thing that hasn’t changed over the years. This nike hat I have is over 10 years old and it still fits great, washes easily, and protects my dark hair from the hot summer sun.

Brand: Asics
Why I like it:
These socks have a tab on the back that protects your skin from the back of your shoe. That is a place I normally get blisters so this is a simple way to prevent them.

Brand: Moving Comfort
Why I like it:
The straps are adjustable. Before the race, I strap “the girls” down by simply tightening the straps. After I am done running, I will loosen them. As a breastfeeding mom, this also comes in handy.

Long Sleeve
Brand: Nike
Why I like it: 
This top is a favorite because….1. it doesn’t ride up 2. the half-zip makes it breastfeeding friendly 3. there are thumb holes which are great in the fall when you forget to wear gloves

Brand: Nike
Why I like it:
The pants are high-rise which helps support my middle-region. They have enough stretch so they are easy to get on and still allow you to breathe. They are not too loose so they don’t fall or sag during the run.

Blister Guard
Brand: Baid-Aid
Why I like it:
They have a great seal! I never have to worry about them falling off during a race. I actually wrap each toe with a bandaid before half and full marathons so my toe nails don’t fall off mid race.

Brand: Lululemon
Why I like it:
These shorts are high-rise and once again, I love that middle-region support.They are also long enough so that my athletic thighs don’t rub when I run. As with most running shorts, there is a little pocket that allows me to hold my car key while I run.

Brand: Lululemon
Why I like it: 
This is a thin top which is perfect for the summer months and also for layering. It does a great job of staying in place and does not ride up when I move.
(TMI: It is nice and long so if I pee my pants while running, I can pull my top down to cover it up!)

What gear would make your list?