The Emperor’s Vegan Dessert Bars

Hey hey!

Coming to you live with a fun little recipe I’ve made a few times this fall!

It’s basically this recipe with a few adaptations!

Instead of brown sugar, I used organic coconut palm sugar. Instead of the oil, I used a splash of almond milk. And instead of applesauce, I used one and a half mashed ripe-ish bananas!

You guys, it’s so so so good. Please make these. 🙂

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They’re vegan (yay for health, the earth, and animals!) and just so good.

MAKE THESE NOW. And then watch The Emperor’s New Groove like my roomie and I are doing right now haha.

Have a happy week!

Love,
Ju

P.S. Less than a week until 70.3. Y E S!

Boring Sentences

I’ve never been incredibly good with words. Typically I have so many thoughts and ideas running through my mind but I just can’t find the words or elegance to fully express them. It bothers me on occasion because I have so many things I want to passionately write about and wholeheartedly share with others, but I just can’t get the words right. Nonetheless, I try. But maybe it’s because elegance just really isn’t my style? I find myself nearly bursting at the seems with excitement and innovation and I just can’t keep trapping that in neatly worded sentences and period marks. I think that passion NEEDS exclamation marks and capitalization! I don’t want my thoughts to blend in; I want them to stand out as much as they do in my mind! I’m very good at being calm. I like to be amped and active and looking forward to what’s next while still fully embracing the present! I like that my thought process isn’t always linear because then I get to see things in many different ways, even if it is frustrating at times!

You guys, I want to end world hunger but you better believe that I will not solely tackle it in fancy suits and important meetings. I want to be in the field. I want to get down to the nitty gritty. I want the exclamation points.

If you know me AT ALL, you’ve probably picked up on the fact that elegance isn’t used to describe me. Reservation isn’t what I do. Poised and perfect is kind of a joke to me.

I like to walk with purpose. I rejoice over inner strength and beauty. I like to keep my mind open to people and ideas. I like to smile and I like to make people laugh. I love uninhibited, passionate people. Time is not money — time is ideas.

Do the things you actually like to do. Be the way you’re meant to be! DON’T EVER APOLOGIZE FOR EXCITEMENT!

Go get ’em. Every single day. Be a mover and a shaker.

Stop trying to be “fancy.” Embrace your mess. It’s awesome.

International

As many of you know, I am a nutrition major. Up until recently I was on track to become a registered dietitian because the major I truly wanted was supposedly not offered anymore. On Sunday I found out that it actually IS!

International Nutrition.

I love when people ask me what it is or what I’m going to do with that degree because I answer it in three words:

End world hunger.

I dream big and I care a lot and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Happy Wednesday friends,
Juliana.

Greenbelt Adventure Run

Holy guacamole guys. I just had so much fun! Yesterday I headed to the Greenbelt here in ATX for a trail run, but I was getting eaten up by mosquitoes so I called it quits after only 1.8 miles. So today I headed there again covered head to toe in sunscreen and bug spray (welcome to TX)!

I ended up getting pretty lost, running into some obstacles, stumbling onto some homeless camps, seeing some beautiful stuff, and STILL getting attacked by mosquitoes…

Nonetheless, it was awesome and I swear I will know the trails like the back of my hand by the time I graduate UT.

Rather than try to ramble on what I can remember, I’m just going to throw a bunch of pictures at you and comment on them!

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The Greenbelt! The way you access it is important because it’s different everywhere you go!

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Awesome rock painting!

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Rock face.

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Lost selfie. I had just climbed up that “path”… And by climbed, I really do mean climbed! It was way steep.

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Not 100% sure what this was, but I think this is what I free climbed for a bit.

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THIS BRIDGE. Oh my word. Okay, I was seriously lost on what I thought were trails  – word of advice: Just because it looks like trail DOES NOT MEAN IT IS ONE. 😉 I crossed it once, ran for about a half a mile until I dead ended at a homeless camp. I filmed it the second time I crossed it but the video is blurry because it was on my phone. The smart thing to do would have been to climb down into the ravine and then climb back up the other side (it was about 4-5 ft down) but instead I did what any reckless adventurer would do and decided to cross the dang bridge. It rocked.

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Some flowing water yo.

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I LOVE seeing these things! They crack me up.

It was an awesome time! If you’re ever in Austin and want a Greenbelt adventure buddy then just hit me up! We can run or hike or whatever! 🙂

Love,

Ju

On My Mind

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” -Anne Frank

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” -RWE

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” -John Holmes

“Non nobis solum nati sumus. (Not for ourselves alone are we born.)” -Marcus Tullius Cicero

FRIDAY!

Good morning and happy Friday! It’s the weekend! 

I don’t have much on the agenda which I am insanely pleased about. I was going to do a brick workout with Texas Triathlon this morning, but I woke up and ate breakfast and went back to sleep. My whole body felt droopy and I ended up sleeping for two more hours, so I guess I needed it! Last night I swam 2200 yards at Greg! That’s a little over 1.2 miles. It made me even more excited for 70.3 in a couple weeks!

Also, if you know me you know that I am addicted to coffee. Well, yesterday I went caffeine free all day! Coffee didn’t sound very appetizing in the morning and I felt pretty great all day, so I went without it! However, today, as I write this my pot of coffee is finishing brewing. 😉 I am weaning myself off of so much caffeine though. My coffee is half-caff!

I’m in the mood to cook and bake today, so maybe I’ll have a recipe later!

Have a wonderful day!

Ju

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The race pictures from the Kerrville Tri are slowly but surely being released. Here are some running ones! I don’t look like I was suffering too much! 😉

Endorphin High!

Yo wazzup! Remember that time I was freaking out about my running? 😉 Well, I mentioned that I should pay more attention to my mile splits and blah blah blah.

Today I went on a run and did exactly the opposite. I didn’t track it whatsoever. I just listened to the music on my phone. Not even my running playlist! It was so amazing.

Seriously it reminded me why I love running so much ❤

The weather was perfect and my legs felt so fresh! I got pretty hungry about halfway through but I managed.

Also, I live in Austin and I was passing by ACL while Iggy Azalea was performing and it was SO AWESOME. It put a huge smile on my face!

I ended up running 10.5 miles when I thought that I had maybe done 9!

Then I ate this dinner again while typing this! 🙂

It’s been a ridiculously good day.

Thank you carbs, legs, and running shoes. ❤

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Love,

Juliana

Running Woes

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I’m getting confused.

My running has been all over the place lately.

During running class I can crank out 8:15 min/miles. I ran with my dad last weekend and I felt chatty , using little effort, and completely nonwinded during a 5K at 9:40 min/miles. And yet, when I go out to run by myself I’m hitting the 10:30 range.

WHY.

I’m not too worried because I know I have it in me to run further and faster, but I’m just struggling to reach it.

(Maybe I should invest in a fancy schamncy Garmin to stay more aware of my mile splits?)

This week I had two back to back rest days (purely from busyness) and last night’s run was still an effort.

I know that the temperature plays a huge role in my pace, so I can’t wait until it cools down.

Also, I’m really excited for the Oilman coming up (SO SOON) but I can’t wait to start marathon training afterwards. Running is my love. And my training plan has me running 5 times a week with 2 rest days.

Sunday morning I am going to aim for an 8-9 mile run considering I have been majorly slacking on my long runs. Honestly, I think I am in desperate need for a running buddy.

Any volunteers? 😉

Best,

Juliana

Going Wrong

“When things go wrong, don’t go with them.”

School is giving me a hard time. Well, to be specific, BIO 325 is giving me a hard time. I’m in a situation that I’ve never been in before and thinking about my options makes me want to cry no matter the time or place. However, I absolutely refuse to allow this unfortunate circumstance to ruin my life. At the end of the day, I’m so happy with the life I lead and I know for an absolute fact that there is more to who I am than the grade I do or do not get in one class. Classes can be retaken but this moment cannot be relived. My well-being and mental health is important. Living is important.

Love,
Juliana