Groove is in the heart

Feeling better, getting my groove back. It’s so funny whenever I think of a title for a post one word will trigger a song. Today it’s groove. Random, yes. Welcome to my brain. Maybe I’ll start a game, name the artist who sang that song. Anyone know this one?

This weekend involved a simple equation, increased energy + sun= run.  With the help of Rock My Run’s Banging Beats mix, I actually completed 6 miles . I will not tell you my pace since it is embarrassingly slow. I also welcomed back the carb cravings this weekend hehe. Solution: sweet healthy dip.

Remember when I posted yummy Chick Bars, the perfect post workout snack? If not click here to refresh your noggin. Today I made a similar recipe but did not make it into bars.  Chocolate Covered Katie’s Blondie Dip, still a great refueling snack or dessert, now in spoon form. I made a few changes, just for variety.  What remains the same is how quick and easy it is to make!  You have carbs, protein, healthy Omegas from the Chia Seeds, and take care of a sweet craving all in one shot. Only if life were so simple.

Blondie Dip

1 1/2 cups Garbanzo beans (AKA 1 can chickpeas)

1/8 Tsp salt

1/8 Tsp baking soda

2 Tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/4 cup plus 3 Tbsp almond milk

1 tsp Stevia

1 Tbsp Chia seeds

1 Tbsp Sugar free instant  vanilla pudding (just throw the powder right in)

1 Tbsp Cinnamon

Place all ingredients in a medium size bowl and process with a hand mixer. I sprinkled some dried blueberries on top. Easy and delicious!

Intro to body Tips!

So I’ve been thinking with all the great food blogs out there how do I find my niche? What can I bring to the table that’s different? Then I had a “duh!!” moment and decided- hey I can use my 8 plus years of education and over a decade of experience on the body!

So, now I’d like to formally introduce “Body Tips“.  Some days you will receive a refueling recipe for the nourishing the body, or  you will either receive a preventative wellness, or a general rehabilitation (rehab) tip for aches and pains. Other days like today you will get both! We will see how this goes. So if you have any feed back or suggestions please let me know.

I’m going to still through in the music bits here and there since this is just naturally ingrained into our lives.

Now onto the Body Tip and  a delicious healthy sweet snack for today.

Body Tips:

What’s Better- Yoga or Pilates??

I’ve been getting this question for years. It doesn’t matter if I’m a Personal Trainer, Massage Therapist or Physical Therapist, I’ve been asked in all scenarios. And I’ve been doing both for years. My answer- drum roll….

Neither. Or at times Both.

It depends on your body, and goals.

Yoga                                  

has been around for centuries, and even the Americanized versions are wonderful. There are many types: slow and rejuvenating, hot, or strengthening, and of course meditative. I can highlight the differences in future blogs. You should research a class before you hop in so you know what you are getting into. Yoga is perfect for you if you are “tight”. However word of caution, there are a lot of classes that do not provide individual instruction. So, if you are tight and it is uncomfortable to stretch a tight area, you will move through and unconsciously stretch areas of the body that do not need to stretch because you will naturally avoid pain. (Whoa, that’s mind boggling thought) So use mirrors, and really listen to the teacher’s instruction. And always follow the philosophy if it’s painful don’t do it.  I actually see a good number of people in pain at the physical therapy clinic from a yoga injury.

Downward dog- sorry couldn’t resist!

Pilates                                                                                                   

has many forms and versions as well. There are the mat classes, or classes using the reformer or one on one sessions using the reformer, Cadillac or chair. Pilates is wonderful for strengthening and stabilization of your joints. Good for loosey goosey people like me. The one downfall is to get really good instruction it usually comes at a high price. I guess you get what you pay for here. Some videos for mat pilates are great, some not so good. Either at home or in a class, just be careful not to overdo.

Then of course there is the hybrid combo of yoga and pilates, which I find awkward and forced at times. So what is your goal- to relax and unwind your mind and muscles, or lengthen while strengthening? Answering this question will help you decide- yoga or pilates for today? Yes, it’s not always I’m a yogi. Well I guess you are always a yogi, but this is a whole other conversation. Anyways, this is where you can follow the philosophy of living life in moderation. I am a student of both, switching it up week by week depending on what my body needs.  If you swing the pendulum too far to either side you can end up in trouble.

Ok, time to refuel!

Chick Bars

This bars are from chicks to chicks, and as a bonus males enjoy as well! These are super easy to whip up, and are a great post workout snack. They are naturally a perfect blend of carbs and protein. It is also a great sweet craving filler without the excess sugar and fat. You can substitute for days when you just want cookie dough and not feel guilty (plus no raw eggs!!). @#4% What? Hold the phone.

Yes, I admit when I first viewed the recipe on Chocolate Covered Katie my original thought was, yeah I bet that’s a good healthy snack but could never replace the cookie dough attacks. Whoa, was I pleasantly surprised. I liked it so much I couldn’t decide between just keeping it in it’s “dough” form, or baking. So I did both ;). This time I modified and went a sweet almond/cinnamon route because I wanted a low sugar snack, but next time I am going to try the chocolate chips. The amazing thing with this recipe is there is so much you can do with it the options are endless. You can add applesauce, bananas, peanut butter and peanut butter chips. It’s up to you and how calorie dense or healthy you want to make it.  PS still working on the pics….. It’s a large learning curve for me, apparently.

Chick Bars

2 Cans Garbanzo (chick peas) rinsed and drained

1 cup oatmeal

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp cinnamon

2 tsp almond extract

2 tbsp sugar free vanilla syrup

If it is too thick you can add in splash of almond milk.

If you want to make into bars set oven at 350. Then, throw everything in a food processor and start blending. Scrape out of the processor and put in a bowl and enjoy if you just want the dough. Or, place into a small 9×9 baking pan.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. If you decide to bake only half like I did cut the baking time down to 20-25.  Let cool for as long as you can keep your hands away ;). Enjoy after yoga or pilates!