Thursday, July 31, 2014

Vega Sport Electrolyte Hydrator: Why I Can't Tell if itDoes #FuelYourBetter

Recently, I was selected by Sweat Pink Ambassadors to review Vega Sport products. I had chosen the Electrolyte Hydrator as my product to review because I figured it would be great for these hot Florida summers, especially since I have just returned to running again.

Although I received Vega Sport products in exchange for my review, all opinions are my own. 

One of the questions we are asked to address in this review is how we used the product to #FuelYourBetter. I first used the Electrolyte Hydrator after a particularly sweaty run where I felt run down and my energy levels were low when I returned to my house. I mixed one packet with 16 oz of water and sipped. I have to be honest: I did not like the taste of the powder. I figured that it was because I wasn't used to mixing my water with anything and decided I would have to try it again. I did feel better after I drank it, but the product was hard for me to force down.

I tried Vega Sport Electrolyte Hydrator again a couple more times while I was doing walks in Costa Rica. Because I was in the tropics, the weather is incredibly humid and I sweat more quickly. This time, I couldn't even force the water down. I mixed the powder with more water than I did the first time, and it didn't help. Because I couldn't get past the taste, I cannot give an honest opinion about whether or not Vega Sport Electrolyte Hydrator really does #FuelYourBetter

While I am grateful for the opportunity to review a Vega Sport product, I will not be purchasing these products in the future for myself. The powder itself tastes very artificial to me and the taste was not appealing. I did feel like I had energy and was replenished after my first use of the product, but I honestly cannot tell you if that was because I had drank the water or the powder. 

Have you tried any Vega Sport products? What is one supplement that you cannot force down, even if everyone else enjoys it? 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Great Adventure: Berlin

FINAL Europe Recap (I promise for real). Just in time for me to go to Costa Rica and the BIG MOVE!


Berlin is definitely an old city, and it has so much history. I spent the first evening walking around and getting a feel for the city. I stopped at Checkpoint Charlie, the Currywurst Museum (where I got the best potato salad ever), and just took in the sights! Also, it was incredibly hot.

Vegetarian Currywurst 

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

This was by far one of the highlights of my trip. I felt as though my soul had been ripped from my body as soon as I stepped foot onto the grounds and even after my visit, I don't think I can fully comprehend what it means to not have freedom. Truly, a humbling experience. 

I would have gladly payed 10+ Euros for the experience I had... it was so amazing and so worth it. 

Rest of Berlin


And that, my friends, concludes our return trip to Europe! Back to our regularly scheduled programming...eventually!

Where is your dream destination? What is your favorite type of chocolate?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Why I'm (Probably) Not Running the Princess Half

If anyone still reads this blog (it's really gotten away from running since my injury and trip to Europe), I figured I'd share why I'm not running the Princess Half this year.

I'm feeling great in terms of my hamstring and I am SLOWLY (but surely) building my mileage back up. In fact, I cannot wait to start training for another half marathon. However, I'm not sure that Princess will be the half marathon I sign up for.

Don't get me wrong, I LOVED running Princess the last two years. I had the BEST time and it holds a special place in my heart -- it was my first half marathon (and race) and I set my most recent PR there. But, I don't love the price, and last year, I had some complaints with post-race activities (particularly when workers were rude to me and refused to give me a space blanket although I was visibly shivering). I can't really afford the race right now, as I spent most of my money in Europe, went without working for six weeks, and work at a job where I don't make a lot of money. However, that's not the biggest reason why I'm (probably) not running the Princess Half this year.

This is:

I have been offered, and have accepted, a position as a sea turtle researcher in the Bahamas! It's scary and exciting, and I honestly don't know what it will bring or where I will be in terms of finances/work in February, so there is a chance that I could run Princess. However, I'm counting myself out of the race this year and will be busy living a new adventure! 

As for this little blog, I'm not sure what's going to come of it. I leave for Costa Rica in about a week, and if you read my blog at this time last year, I didn't have internet for most of the trip. And besides, I was terrible about blogging in Europe. 

I want to bring everyone along with me on my adventure, so I might just end up changing the name of this blog. It's still going to be fitness, food, and weirdness, but it'll have an island mix in it now! My little fitness blog has become quite the little travel blog this summer.

Where is your dream job? Is anyone running the Princess Half this year?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Great Adventure: Munich

I went to Munich not thinking that I could love Germany anymore than I already did -- I was wrong. Munich was GORGEOUS and I am SO upset that I only allotted one day to it. I'm already planning a trip back to Munich (München to the Germans) so that I can do everything I didn't have a chance to do. I walked EVERYWHERE in 90+ degree heat and thought I was going to die, but it was so, so worth it!

 What's your favorite way to explore a city?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Roasted Veggies with Raw Summer Squash "Noodles"

In the midst of all of the vacation recaps (just in time for me to leave for Costa Rica), I have another recipe to share with you! This one is easy peasy!

Roasted Veggies with Raw Summer Squash "Noodles"

1/2 medium summer squash, peeled
1/2 cup brussels sprouts, halved
1/4 white onion
1/2 cup small, portobello mushrooms 
1/4 green pepper, diced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp parmesan cheese, for garnish
1/2 tomato, diced
salt and pepper to taste

Peel 1/2 summer squash into strips using the potato peeler and place in a bowl. Preheat oven to 350*. Coat vegetables in olive oil and place on a greased pan. Place into heated oven for 15 minutes, or until tender. When finished, place into a colander to drain excess liquid. Place vegetables on top of summer squash "noodles," season with salt and pepper, top with tomato and parmesan. Enjoy! 

If you need a sauce, this would be perfect with tomato sauce or an olive oil/lemon sauce. I thought it tasted great without sauce, but that's just me! 

What is your favorite substitute for pasta? What vegetables do you like to roast?

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Great Adventure: Bodensee

Time for photos from my favorite country of my whole trip! I LOVED Germany so much; I would love to have spent 4 weeks there alone. The weather was gorgeous, the sun was shining, and Germany looked exactly how I pictured it would. I loved all of the food, the beer, and the people! 

The area that I first visited was Bodensee, the Lake Constance area. GORGEOUS and right on the Swiss border! 

My absolute favorite beer

I tried really hard to get this photo with all the boats

The best food ever. Mushroom pastry, with artichoke, eggplant, and some weird thing (I'm a good food blogger?)

Butterbrezel. The BEST pretzel I've EVER eaten

I have a ton more pictures from the Bodensee area, but I figured that I shared a lot in here, so they'll have to be shared at another time ;) Recaps will be ending eventually...I promise! Probably just in time for me to go to Costa Rica. 

If you drink beer, do you like light beer, ales, dark beers, or stouts? What do you like on your soft pretzels?