It’s a big week. I’m having trouble blogging the recipes you are all waiting for only because 1) I need a night home to make them again to take my legendary awful food pics 2) my fingers are crossed so tight it’s hard to type.
It’s been a BIG week here in the HAPPY home, & it’s not over. I am waiting on BIG news regarding tri, on a BIG test result for school, I had a BIG month of Oct with #smilenaturally, I was recovering from a BIG muddy run last Saturday so focus is BIG time on recovery protocol this wk…. (I’ll be blogging about my recovery routine & which supplements I take soon, seems to be a hot topic in questions I get!).
So as I linger in an extra hour of daylight savings time this AM, I am sharing my favourite things, for Fall. The 2 posts of my fav things this summer were a hit with u awesome readers, so I’m sharing what I am using & loving as the seasons change to brrrrrr. Enjoy!
Gut health. You can’t deny the supers powers good gut health gives. And key to a happy gut, is a good poop. Yep, I said it. Now I’ll say no more except that if you want to increase your super power potential, get a Squatty Potty. You’ll bring joy to your gut, and add time to your morning as you’ll poop faster than Superman in a phone booth. *sound effects not included.
Get yours Squatty Potty here
Coffee Ginger Chews. By the Ginger People. Awesome. These quick to eat little ginger bites are not only tasty, they warm you up. Need a quick pick-me-up when you are out running or riding in the cold, these little perfectly portioned chews make everything about life better. & they have coffee in them. No more explanation needed 🙂
I buy mine at my local organic-bio market store. Buy 2 packs while you’re at it! Thank me later!
Root vegetables. The cooler weather brings new harvest to farmers fields. Generations before us didn’t eat strawberries in winter, they ate pickled and fermented foods, root vegetables and apples they had stored in the cold room. I invite you to be kind to your body, learn to love the seasonal harvest. Our bodies are meant to change with the seasons, as is our cooking. Root vegetables are delicious, and although they might take time to prepare, a roasting pan and a slow cooker can do the bulk of the work for you in creating delicious and nutritious meals. Canning beets & carrots might be an afternoon well spent to provide you with organic, power packed foods throughout the winter month.
My favourite, simple & easy:
- Turn the oven to 375. Put a TBSP of coconut oil in a roasting pan and place the pan in the oven as it warms.
Meanwhile wash & peel beets, carrots and 1 small butternut squash.
- Quick chop veg to similar, chunk size. Throw into hot pan, spread evenly.
- Roast for 20min. Move veg around. Cook 15min more.
- Sprinkle with sea salt. Grab a fork. Thank me later.
BEETS: good source of Vitamin C, Iron and Magnesium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Folate, Potassium and Manganese. Runners, beets are also nitrate-rich!! 🙂
CARROTS: good source of Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate and Manganese, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Potassium. Carrots are awesome with both high carotenoid and polyacetylenes content, Hi 5 to eating phytonutrients!!
BUTTERNUTSQUASH: good source of Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium and Magnesium, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Potassium, Manganese, and beta-carotene.
^^^^^POWERPACKED LUNCH RIGHT THERE^^^^^^
Beautiful Fall Jewelry at Horn Rimmed Harriet. I love the art this Canadian girl is creating. Besides being a girl who feels pretty, oh so pretty in my Betty gear & trucker cap more than anything else, I love simple, natural looking accessories that do not overpower my very stylish, athletic looking outfits. I also have completely embraced the powerful benefits of aromatherapy in my spaces & my life. After years of not wearing perfume for not wanting to spray my skin with chemicals, I have discovered that pure, from the Earth essential oils smell heavenly and can be mixed & matched to reflect my mood or my need (an energy boost, some balance, some focus & clarity). The beautiful collection at Horn Rimmed Harriet also let’s me add a drop of essential oils to my jewelry, allowing me to look great, smell great and feel great about what I purchase. Simply stunning pieces, I want this girl as a sponsor- Triathlon needs more girlie pretty!!
Raw tahini. For dressings, vegan cream sauces, spread over a banana for a pre-ride breakfast, on a spoon straight out of the jar- I have always loved tahini. Now I am tastebuds over tummy over raw tahini. The texture is brilliant, smooth yet a bit grainy for a little substance. The color is stunning compared to other imported brands, and it’s uses are plenty.
It’s a great source of vitamin E, some potent B vitamins, vitamin A, magnesium, potassium, and calcium! Yep, get on it, or rather get some on whatever you eat, it’s full of good things!
Yoga. I love yoga, not so much for the purpose to get better at yoga, but to get better at being me. Yoga is a workout to the many parts that make me strong, hopefully fast, always happy. A strong body is a strong mind is a strong smile for this triathlete. Keeping my head & muscles in proper alignment both physically and spiritually is priority in recovery. Yoga gives me time to focus on making sure my range of motion isn’t compromised (could lead to injury) my flexibility is improving (riding is aero for hours requires smooth flow in my upper body) and my core gets it’s needed workout as well. Core is key, build it, speed will come.
Like many Mommies and time-crunched athletes, I don’t have time to get to a yoga studio. I am a yogi in my PJ’s at home in the pain cave. I diffuse Balance blend, and I get to work. After years of DVD’s, a new website has changed my routine forever. I can choose my instructor, choose the class my body needs that day, turn on and turn off on my own time. Brilliance. In Francais and in English, My Virtual Yoga… Making the indoors winter months that much more awesome & productive!
There you have it, some awesome things that I am loving this fall. That I will love all winter and probably to infinity & beyond.
What are you loving? What is keeping you HAPPY and empowered this winter? Sharing is caring! Thanks for reading, you are the most awesome!
Eat well, train safe, be awesome….& yes, there’s a oil to diffuse for that!