Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Winner of the Pure Via Summer Fit Kit Giveaway

Hello friends and happy hump day!

As you all know, I hosted a Pure Via Stevia giveaway which required the participants to send me their favorite Pure Via recipe. The winner is then awarded a summer fit kit, which includes a Lipton Iced Tea can, Pure Via Stevia sweetener, two Pure Via Stevia liquid sweeteners, chap stick and a Pure Via cup.


The winner of the giveaway, Ms. Lisa, sent me this fantastic recipe:

Coffee Cake for One!

For the batter:
  • 3 tbsp spelt flour (or white. For gf: a commenter had success with 1 tbsp rice flour and 2 tbsp almond flour.)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/16 tsp salt
  • 1 stevia packet (or 1/32 tsp pure) or 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 tsp water
  • 2 tsp oil or melted margarine or applesauce (I prefer the oil/margarine, but that’s simply because I’m not a fan of fat-free baked goods.)
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
For the streusel: (If you like a lot of streusel, feel free to double all ingredients below.)
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 and 1/4 tsp sucanat or brown sugar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp oil or melted margarine (once again, use applesauce if a fat-free version is desired)
  • tiny, tiny pinch salt
  • 2 pecan halves (or walnut halves)
(If using an oven, preheat to 330 F.) Combine batter dry ingredients and mix well. Add wet and mix until just mixed. In a tiny bowl, combine all streusel ingredients. Fill a greased muffin tin 1/2 way with the batter (or a ramekin or mug, if using the microwave). Sprinkle on two-thirds of the streusel, then spoon the remaining batter on top. Finally, sprinkle on the rest of the streusel. Cook 12-13 minutes in the oven, or around 1 minute in the microwave. (Microwave times may vary.)



THANK YOU LISA FOR SHARING THIS WONDERFUL RECIPE WITH US! CONGRATS =)



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Friday, June 27, 2014

Blood Orange Iced Tea with #PureVia

Hello Friends and Happy Saturday!

I don't know about where you all live, but the commencement of summer in Miami has been hot, humid and quite disgusting! A gallon of water doesn't even seem to satisfy my thirst. Anywho, today's post is actually a follow-up to my Pure Via Stevia Giveaway post that I put up a few days ago.

Here's a mouth-watering and thirst-quenching iced tea recipe you must try. It's low in calories and it actually tastes sweet.

Ingredients:

1 liter cold water (~4 cups)
2 large cold brew tea bags
1/2 cup orange juice
6 packets Pure Via sweetener
Orange slices (optional)
Lime slices (optional)

Directions:

1. Pour cold water into a 1 liter pitcher.

2. Add tea bags. Let steep for 20 minutes.

3. Remove tea bags.

4. Stir orange juice and Pure Via sweetener into tea.

5. Serve tea.

6. Garnish with orange and lime slices.

 
And don't forget about my Pure Via Summer Fit Kit Giveaway!
 
 Here's how to win:

Send me via email at Huerta15560@gmail.com your favorite Pure Via recipe and the reason(s) why you love using Pure Via. Also, make sure to "LIKE" Pure Via on twitter and Facebook. I will then choose the winner, by the end of June, and you will be given a tasty kit for your enjoyment. I will announce the winner on a future blog post along with their recipe.

Please note that Pure Via can only award one kit per person/household, and winners must be limited to U.S. only.
 
 
 
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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Pure Via Stevia Giveaway

Hello friends and Happy Monday!

As a FitFluential ambassador, I was chosen to review a sweet and healthy product called Pure Via Stevia. So what's Pure Via Stevia you may ask? Pure Via is an all-natural, zero calorie sweetener that's made from the Stevia leaf. What's great about Pure Via is that the ingredients it contains are not bioenginnered- think NO GMOs!

Here's the Pure Via Summer Fit Kit they sent me:
Lipton iced tea, Pure Via Stevia all-natural sweetener, Pure Via Stevia liquid sweetener, chap stick and a to go iced tea cup..YUM!!

Fun Facts:
Pure Via comes in two forms, the liquid kind and the "sugary" powdered kind. Here's what's great about the liquid kind:

  • Sweet tasting
  • No drip lid
  • May be used in hot and cold drinks
  • There's a vanilla flavor and hazelnut will be coming out in July
  • 1 squeeze is the same as 1 tsp of sugar
  • It's considered Kosher Parve (hey!)
  • Diabetics may consume it
  • You can take it anywhere!

The "sugary" powdered kind also has many great benefits. Here's why it's great:

  • It's a good alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners
  • The ingredients are non-GMO
  • It may be used in hot and cold drinks, including fruits
  • It's considered Kosher Parve
  • It's suitable for people with diabetes
  • It doesn't have a fake sugar taste
Personally, I use Pure Via on my coffee and oatmeal. I absolutely love the taste it gives my coffee because it tastes just like sugar and not like the fake artificial sweeteners. I'm also a big advocate of consuming all-natural products with no GMOs.

That's my 800 count box

Now for the fun part....

You too may win a Pure Via Summer Fit Kit. Here's how to win:

Send me via email at Huerta15560@gmail.com your favorite Pure Via recipe and the reason(s) why you love using Pure Via. Also, make sure to "LIKE" Pure Via on twitter and Facebook. I will then choose the winner and you will be given a tasty kit for your enjoyment. I will announce the winner on a future blog post along with their recipe.

Please note that Pure Via can only award one kit per person/household, and winners must be limited to U.S. only.


Stay tuned for my favorite Pure Via recipe...
Have a fun and sweet day!









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Monday, June 2, 2014

Twilight 5K Race Re-cap

Today's Workout:
4 easy-paced miles

Hello everyone! Hope you all had a fantastic weekend. I had a pretty relaxing weekend overall. The hubs and I went out on Friday night and met up with some friends in Brickell, then we went to the Miami Zoo with Myles on Saturday (click here to see the pictures of us!).

Sunday seemed like such a long day. I woke up early as usual, but I didn't want to do anything too tiring so that I wouldn't be exhausted for the race at night. So, the hubs, Myles and I went to church in the morning and then we spent the rest of the day at the house.

I did some sensory play with Myles, which included homemade play dough and homemade goo.

From left: cotton balls in water, dried pasta, play dough and goo


Play dough


Goo



After a few hours, I got ready and headed to the Twilight 5k race. I got there a bit early and did a 2 mile warm-up. The race started at 7 pm. 


At the start line


Taking off (I'm wearing a green neon jersey)


Getting to the finish line


Passing the finish line

The race went pretty well and I finished in 19 minutes and 24 seconds and I was the 2nd place female. It was hot and humid and it rained during the race, so it made the race a bit challenging. I am very happy with my performance, however.  I felt strong and confident. 

Stay tuned for my next 5k on July 4th! I'm going to beat my time of 19:24!!!! 

How was your weekend?


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Some running and the zoo #latepost

Hello friends! Happy Saturday to all. It's been a fun and busy day for my family today. First, Myles' and I went for a short 4 mile run and then we went to the zoo.






We had a blast! Myles saw all kinds of animals for the first time, such as lions, bears, hyenas, wild dogs, goats, Lamas and wild sea animals.

Now it's time to rest up as I get ready for the Twilight 5K tomorrow night. 

How has your weekend been? 

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Updates about Me

Today's Workout:
8 mile run

Hello my dear friends. It's been about a week since I've written and all I could say is that life has been quite busy. For starters, I've been training like crazy and I've ran a few races. In the midst of all that, I got a really bad stomach virus, which only lasted 24 hours, but it lingered for about 2 weeks. Anyhow, I ran the Tour of the Gables 5K three weeks ago and I ran the Memorial Day Weston Classic 5k on May 26th. 

My number and medal at the Memorial Day Weston Classic 5k

It was a fantastic race with amazing competition. Although my finish time was less than in my first race, it was a more difficult race because of the weather conditions. It was terribly hot and humid, but I felt stronger and faster than in the Tour of the Gables. And so, next up is the Twilight 5k in South Miami. 


Make sure to stay tuned to see my results!!

Anyway, besides training and racing, I also have had mommy duties. I enjoy my time off with Myles whether it's running with him on the Ironman BOB stroller or going on our nature walks. 

Myles in his stroller


Myles watching a peacock in our backyard

Myles grabbing a palm tree

I'm also teaching him to read..

So, as you can see, I've been a bit busy, and here's another reason why... I recently began working at Swire Realty in Brickell Key (Miami). It's a new venture for me and one that will allow me to spend time with my son while I work at the same time. 

Are you training for any races?

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I am grateful for the
ability to grow and step outside 
of the box. 




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Friday, May 23, 2014

I'm at it again!

Today's Workout:
8 mile run

Hello everyone! So guess what? I'll be running another 5k this weekend! Look out for me at the Memorial Day Classic 5K in Weston, FL this Monday at 7:30 am. 



This will be a great race to train in, but most importantly, compete against other great runners. Stay tuned for my results and my post-race re-cap. 

What are your plans for Memorial Day?

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

After a FEVER, comes a RUN

Today's Workout:
6 mile run

Hello friends! As you've heard me complain about my wretched fever which was caused by a stomach virus, thankfully I am feeling a lot better today. Anyway, I had a terrible stomach ache on Sunday, but I woke up on Monday morning feeling a lot better. Needless to say, I went for an easy 4 mile run with baby Myles. 


It was quite challenging to run with him for a couple of reasons:

a) I had never used the BOB Ironman stroller before and 

b) It actually takes some work to maneuver the stroller (stay tuned for a review of the stroller!).

Anyway, Myles appeared to love the ride. He completely fell asleep while I ran. 


So, my humble suggestion is that a simple cold or stomach virus should not scare you from running. It is best to take it easy if you feel really ill and have a fever, but when that's gone, I think exercise is a great way to restore your health and immune system. 

Besides running a few miles, I am also taking vitamin D with D3 for immune health and glucosamine for the pain in my joints.


I am also drinking a lot of water and eating as clean as possible. Cheers to running out your cold!

Have you ever ran with a cold?

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I am grateful to be feeling better.


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Monday, May 19, 2014

I Finally Did It!

Today's workout:
30 min easy-paced run

Hello everyone! As you all know from last week's post (click here to read it), I ran my first race since giving birth on Saturday morning. The Tour of the Gables 5K turned out to be a great race. The weather was ideal and the crowd was eagerly cheering for all the runners. 

So, I woke up early on Saturday morning and began my racing preparations at around 5:30 am (this is what happens when you have a baby). My coach and I decided this would be a "training" race, so I literally ran to the starting line of the race from my house. That was basically my warm-up. 

After a 2 mile warm-up, I arrived to the start of the line and I stretched out my legs. I also did some running drills to get my muscles warmed up and moving. At exactly 7:30 am the gun was fired and off I went. 

At the starting line with Myles


By 7:49 am, I was crossing the finish line. My finish time was 19:12 minutes and I was the 2nd female overall to cross the finish line. I was very pleased with my performance. 

Receiving my medal

My mother-in-law and Myles greeted me after the race

My friend Ashlee ran the race as well

Myles wearing my medal

I'm very excited with Saturday's outcome. I am very optimistic for my future performances, so wait and see me at future races!!!

How was your weekend?

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my improvements in running.



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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

My First One This Year!!

Today's Workout:
3 mile warm-up,
12 sets of 200 meter sprints,
2 mile cool-down

Hello friends! Guess what??? After three months of training I have decided to run my first race this year. I'm so thrilled and excited! I'll be participating in the Baptist Health Tour of the Gables 5K. 


The race is this Saturday, May 17th at 7:30 am in Coral Gables, Miami. Stay tuned for my results and race re-cap. 

Send me some motivation and cheers on the comments section below!!


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I'm grateful to be finally
racing again!

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

I Haven't Gone Anywhere

Hello friends! I know I know, it's been about two weeks since I've blogged about my training and life in general. It's been a busy couple of weeks for me. For starters, as you all might know, the hubs and I went on a 10 day trip to California. We started off in Arizona and ended in San Francisco.

So, we left on a Friday to Tucson, Arizona and we visited my husband's grandfather. While I was there, I enjoyed a nice 13 mile run on the desert city with massive rolling hills. I was stricken with amazement by the altitude and by the size of the hills. I had never seen anything like that nor had my body ever experienced that before.



Needless to say, my stride trickled down to a 14 minute pace while I struggled to the top of the mountain. All in all, it was an interesting experience. I mean, I could do without a desert city, but the weather was awesome! 

After we left Arizona, we took a plane to LA and began our California expedition there. First, we rented a nice convertible Camaro (we looked like such tourists!). Then, we drove to San Diego. The hubs was stationed 4 years in Coronado while he was in the Navy, so he wanted to show me his stomping grounds. San Diego was indeed a beautiful city. It reminded me of a somewhat quaint beach town with the most beautiful beaches and the freshest smelling air.



While in Coronado, we lodged in the Hotel Del Coronado, which has a lengthy list of celebrities and Presidents that have stayed there. If you're into old movies like me, then you might recognize the "Del" from Marilyn Monroe's movie "Some Like it Hot." "Hot" indeed it was!



After San Diego, we drove back to LA and we visited the famous "Rodeo Drive." It was really nothing to brag about. It reminded me of Miami's famous "Washington Avenue" where all the big brand stores are located.



We also visited the infamous "Hollywood Boulevard" where aspiring artists/street walkers attempt to get discovered. It was quite interesting to see their motivation and drive I must say. While at the Boulevard, we got to see the big Hollywood sign from a telescope. What a view! It was spectacular. For a brief second I felt like Kate Hudson in "Almost Famous." I suppose Hollywood Boulevard makes you feel that way :).



After LA we packed our bags and headed to Napa Valley. It was a rather long drive, but the scenery totally made up for it. We drove up the Pacific Coast Highway and then through some local vineyards. 

While in Napa, we rode a hot air balloon. What an amazing and breath-taking experience. I had always wanted to experience that despite my fear of heights. I didn't budge towards my fear and I just went for it and thank God I did! Our pilot was pretty seasoned so I felt safe until he landed the balloon on a chain-linked fence. Then, he proceeded to land the basket in a middle school parking lot! I suppose it was quite comical to see the kids all excited and amused. Oh and talking about amusement, we got to see two men in their boxer briefs while we were passing through some houses. Classic! :)



While in Napa, we did the typical wine tasting adventures. We visited the famous "Robert Mondavi" vineyards and some other local ones too. It was actually a very educational experience. 

After Napa Valley, we ended our California trip in San Francisco. We visited the Golden Gate Bridge (mouth-dropping!), the Fisherman's Wharf and the Giants' stadium. It was actually the city I liked least from all four, but it was nevertheless very beautiful.



I was very happy to take this trip with my hubs. I had never been to Arizona or California, so I was able to scratch off some bucket list items while I was there. 

Anywho, the week after I returned, the hubs, baby and I got wretchedly sick with a cold. It's somewhat subsided, but not completely yet. 

Now y'all, check in tomorrow for some cool news I want to share!!! 


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I am grateful that my husband took me 
On such an amazing trip. 
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Disgusting Fact About Me

Today's Workout: 12 mile run
3 mile warm up, followed by
6 "steady state" miles (about 20 seconds less than marathon pace),
followed by a 3 mile cool down

Hello friends! Today I want to share an interesting and rather disgusting, for lack of better words, fact about me: I have runner's toes. Ever heard of that? Runner's toes is basically a collection of blood underneath the toenails. It's caused by the downward pressure of the nail plate from the nail bed. Basically, a runner's toe turns red and/or black because of all the pounding their feet suffer from running. It's extremely normal and quite common. 

Although it may look like fungus, it's actually an injured toenail. The injured toenail usually ends up falling off or, like in my case, it gets ingrown. Well, guess what? I had that on 3 toenails! Ugh!!! See for yourself.

There it is. My left big toenail fell off and my podiatrist, Dr. Yanira Salas, cut the other one off because it was ingrown.


My face when Dr. Salas ripped off my nail...


I know I know, too much information, but hey, it's the price of being a runner and quite frankly, I love my feet. They are definitely not the nicest, but they allow me to do what I love most: RUN!



Have you ever experienced runner's toes? You don't have to share pics ;)


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Friday, April 18, 2014

California Dreamin

Today's workout: 
Easy paced 6 mile run

Hey y'all! TGIF! Any fun plans for Easter weekend? The hubs and I are planning to lay low for the next several days a) because I'm running a bunch of miles early in the morning and b) because we are going to California next week! 

We are so excited. The furthest west I have ever been was to Nevada a couple of years ago, so needless to say, I can't wait for next week to arrive. 

Anywho, Milo and I are planning on renting a Fiat 500 (that's what we did when we traveled the northern part of Spain) and driving on the Pacific Coast Highway. Our destinations? Not quite sure yet. Wanna give us ideas? Here's our tentative route: 

We definitely want to go to San Diego to visit Coronado (that's where he was stationed when he was in the Navy). We also want to go to LA (that's a must- hellllooo, Beverly Hills!) and we want to go to Napa Valley to taste some exquisite wine. Our first pit stop will be Tucson, Arizona and we'll head off to Cali from there. We were thinking of stopping in San Fran and perhaps Santa Barbara. Here's how the route will look like:


The itinerary is sort of vague for now, but that's ok, because we are not going to be on a tight schedule. We just wanna drive and visit places and people. I invite you all to follow me and the hubs on our week long journey through California. Send me some love through FacebookInstagram, or Twitter. Can't wait to hear from you! 

Happy Easter

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I am grateful for the 
exchange of smiles with strangers.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tasty Thursday: Spring Veggie Medley

Today's Workout:
Easy paced 12 mile run

Hello friends! Spring is finally here so say hello to Spring vegetables and fruits. Here's a list from A to Z of this season's most delicious crops and harvest:

1. Artichokes
2. Apricots
3. Arugula
4. Asparagus
5. Beets
6. Cardoons
7. Carrots
8. Chard and other greens
9. Cherries
10. Fava beans
11. Fennel
12. Fiddleheads
13. Garlic scapes/green garlic
14. Grapefruit
15. Green onions/scallions
16. Greens
17. Kiwi
18. Kohlrabi
19. Kumquats
20. Leeks
21. Lettuce
22. Lemon
23. Mint
24. Morals
25. Navel oranges
26. Nettles
27. New potatoes
28. Parsley
29. Peas
30. Radishes
31. Ramps
32. Rhubarb
33. Spinach
34. Spring onions
35. Strawberries
36. Sweet onions
37. Turnips

Here's a recipe I tried a couple of nights ago for dinner:

Sauteed Asparagus, Peppers and Onions

Ingredients:
asparagus
yellow peppers
sweet onions
coconut oil or balsamic vinaigrette 

Directions:

1. Heat about 1 tbs of coconut oil in a frying pan on medium-high. 

2. Stir in yellow peppers and onions and cook for about 3-5 minutes or until crisp and tender. 

3. Add asparagus; cover. Simmer on medium-low heat for about 5-7 minutes or until asparagus is crisp and tender. 

4. Enjoy!

Note: You could make this recipe with either coconut oil or balsamic vinaigrette. It just depends what you're in the mood for. 

Cut up yellow peppers, asparagus and sweet onions.


First, add the peppers and the sweet onions in the pan with the coconut oil. 


Then, add the asparagus to the mix.


What are your favorite Spring veggies?


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Product of the Week: Garmin Forerunner 220

Today's Workout:
Easy paced 8 mile run

So, my Garmin Forerunner 310xt finally kicked the bucket after several years of wear and tear. She was good to me and she endured many miles, rain showers and drops of sweat. Needless to say, I had to buy another Garmin watch. My coach suggested that I buy the Garmin Forerunner 220 (click here to see image and more information Garmin Forerunner 220 - White/Violet) because it's light weight and easy to use.

Here's why I love my new watch:

a) It has auto pause. This means that the watch stops when you stop. It may seem like a silly feature, but believe me, it's a good one. If the watch doesn't stop, then your times will get altered because the watch will think you're running really slow when in fact you're actually stopped.

b) You can get a free training plan through Garmin Connect. What's cool about that is the fact that you can get real-time coaching on pace, time and distance. You could also track all of your workouts and you could share your progress with friends.

c) It keeps track of your personal best records. The watch will let you know when you've hit your best times.

d) It's light weight.

e) It's a simple watch without any added complexities. It has the essentials: it calculates the overall time of your run, the lap time, the overall pace, the lap pace, your running history, etc.

If you're interested in this watch and you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a message. Here's where I bought my watch: Garmin Forerunner 220 - White/Violet.

That's my Garmin Forerunner 220


Which watch do you use to run?

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