cafe de olla <3

Currently laying in bed, typing this on my WordPress app, because the exhaustion is too real…

I made cafe de olla today! It was amazing. My roommate Kyle and my BFF Britt both approved! Holllaaaa.

I drank a lot of this in Mexico and got a bit hooked so I had to figure out how to make it myself… I compared a few different recipes and ended up with this:

FIRST, in four cups of water, dissolve a little less than 1/3 cup of  this:

 
Also throw in half a stick of Mexican cinnamon or whatever cinnamon you can find.

Bring that to a boil or at least cook it until all the sugar cane is melted in. 

  
  
Take the pot off heat and then use 4 Tbs of pretty seriously ground coffee and throw it into your sugary water and cover the pot to let the coffee steep for 5 minutes. Side note: I think a darker roast is a better choice than a breakfast blend because the stronger, more intense flavor of a dark roast would balance with the sugar in the drink. But if you just want caffeine and sugar, then by all means use a lighter roast!

Next is the hardest part in my opinion. You have to strain out the coffee grounds. 

  
I used a French Press for convenience! (Also please don’t mind the background… I was making lunch… More Mexican food!)

I know the coffee looks dark and scary and bitter but it’s actually so smooth and just sweet enough that coffee afocionados and “coffee” (aka milk) drinkers alike will love it!

Not the most nutritious drink ever, but whatevs. It’s tasty and amazing and should be made and shared every once in a while!

Come on over for breakfast some morning and I’ll make us cafe de olla and chilaquiles.

Food is a part of my love language.

Love,

Jules

To succeed.

I’ve been scrolling through Pinterest quotes for the last hour because I had two cups of coffee after 4… While I was reading, this quote caught my eye:

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And it bothered me greatly. Maybe it’s because lately I’ve talked to a lot of people about what they want to “do” with their lives. Maybe it’s because after every conversation I’ve realized how little I think about the money I’ll make when I graduate and get a job. Maybe it’s because I don’t agree with many’s definition of success.

Because what does it mean to succeed? To have the money to buy whatever your heart fancies?

To be honest, that sounds plastic.

I think that, yes, success is different for everyone. But I also think that it should not be defined monetarily. And I think that it’s completely up to you whether you’re successful. It shouldn’t be relative.

Sometimes I think about my major. I think about what my first job will be like. I think about the work I’ll do. I think about the people I meet.

I don’t think about my paychecks.

Maybe you think I’m naive.
But here’s the thing, here’s what I want to “do” with my life:

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I’m not going to school to be rich. To have a large house. To wear the fanciest clothes.

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I go to school to help cultivate my ideas. To figure out what I can do to help.

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I see my glass as half full. Being filled. Until my cup runneth over.

I can’t envision my future self. I can’t see numbers on a bank account. Because I’m too busy with the now.

I can do something every single day. And to me, that’s joy. And in my opinion, that’s better that any kind of success.

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

Breaking the rules…

Yo! I am mere minutes away from leaving for a two hour drive for my triathlon tomorrow!

I don’t know if I’ll have time to write tonight, so I’ll fill you in now:

This is NOT the half Ironman I’ve been training for. This is a quarter distance Ironman, so the distances are 1000m swim, 29 mile ride, 6.2 mile run.

I’m excited, buuuuuut I’m breaking all the race day “rules”. 😉

I’ll be camping tonight, so tomorrow morning my race day routine will be all out of whack. I normally have the same breakfast for every single race but tomorrow is TBD. Also, coffee. I’m not sure how I’ll get my hands on that tomorrow but I know that I will somehow.

Next, race attire. I’m trying out my tri suit for all three events tomorrow. I’ve swam and rode in it before, but I’ve never run in it.

NUTRITION! For being interested in becoming a sports dietitian I am really terrible at fueling myself during workouts. Tomorrow I’ll be trying a variety of things. Stay strong, stomach. Stay strong.

Finally, training. I know I can do all three of the components fairly easily, but putting them together will be the real challenge.

Nevertheless, I’m ridiculously pumped. I’m not looking for a PR of any kind. I’m just looking to finish strong! 🙂

It’s also my first solo race, so I’m going to have the opportunity to just focus on myself and not have to worry who is watching.

Wish me luck!

Love,

Ju

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Greens, Eggs, No Ham.

Today I have a “recipe” for you!

I say “recipe” because I like meals that are thrown together in the blink of an eye. Seriously. I like quick and easy with very little clean up!

I also really really like breakfast for dinner. And colorful meals. So, without further adieu:

Greens, Eggs, No Ham.

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I started by sauteeing about two and a half giant handfuls of organic kale in olive oil with pepper and a bit of salt. While the kale was getting a bit crispy, I cut up ~1/4 each of a red, yellow, and orange bell pepper and then those got thrown in with the kale. Finally, I cracked two eggs straight into the pan and waited until the whites and yolks were cooked enough!

And voila! It was so so good. So simple, so tasty, and so nutritious. A piece of toast slathered with hummus would’ve been an awesome addition to this, but I’m surprisingly all hummus-ed out at the moment! 😉

You should definitely try this out because it was amazing!

Love,

Juliana

P.S. In case you’ve been reading my blog for a while, I’m not 100% vegan. I don’t eat meat and I avoid dairy as much as possible, but I do eat eggs. They’re delicious and practically my only B-12 source. Also, I’m definitely NOT even vegetarian when I’m at my brother’s house because they cook awesome food and there’s no way I’m going to pass that up! 🙂

Simple Pleasures

Sometimes you find simple pleasures in a delicious (jar) of oatmeal for lunch.

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This was my first time actually making oatmeal on the stove! And of course, I had to use the rest of the almond butter.

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This is:
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
3/4 cup coconut milk & 1/4 cup water
After it was finished cooking and still in the pot, I stirred in:
Half a banana
Handful of blueberries
Shakes of cinnamon
Two heaping spoons of organic pumpkin
Then I just poured it all into my almond butter jar!

Dang, I’m just now realizing I should’ve added chia seeds! Oh well 🙂

Have a nice Friday and a great weekend!
Ju

Pumpkin in June?

Hello again!

Remember how I said I was planning on baking?
Well I did!

I made pumpkin muffins with pecans and pepitas! 🙂
I followed this recipe almost to a T.

I made one exciting swap though. Instead of brown sugar, I used organic coconut palm sugar. Whaaaat.

I’ve been avoiding processed sugars as much as I can because of the stress it puts on your body. I’ve been going for more natural sources, such as fruit and now this:

Check out the nutrition stats people

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Well hot dog. That’s some whole foods goodness I can dig!

Of course, like any health food, there’s controversy on whether or not it’s truly “a healthy alternative” to other sugars. There are doctors and nutritionists and so many others throwing out confusing scientific word vomit to sway people in their direction.

I chose to use this because it is so much more pure to me. It is not processed and mixed with other artificial carcinogens sweeteners.

Not to mention, I love coconut. Except for coconut butter, ew. That can stay far away. So many people avoid coconut milk or oil because of its high saturated fat content. What people don’t realize is that there’s different kinds of saturated fats! The sat. fat in your bacon you had for breakfast is different from the sat. fast my coconut oil had this morning! Coconut is full of medium chain fats, which are broken down and transported much more easily by the body. Which means that the fat can be used for energy and it’s less likely to build up in your arteries. Holllaaaa at that.

Anywayyyyy, you should go make these muffins. Trust me. I’ve already eaten two as a mid-morning preworkout snack. I plan to freeze the rest for future enjoyment!

Peace.

Fall 2014: The Semester Juliana’s Brain Exploded

Good morning!
I’m currently sitting outside my 8 a.m. attempting to will the caffeine in my system to actually wake me up. Hahahaha! Actually, I saved this as a draft and now I’m killing time before I clock into work for my 8.5 hour shift! :O

Only one more week of class and then finals. I have two final tests and a final essay, but I’m not too worried! I’m ready for Dead Days so that I can truly get in the study zone.

I am beyond ready for summer and freedom and fun.
However, just a couple days ago I registered for my fall semester.

6 classes for 16 hours + the class I’m an UGLA for. it’s going to be a busy semester. But I’m pumped!

Here are my classes:

NTR 312 INTRO TO NUTRITIONAL SCIENCE
Biochemical, physiological, and cellular functions of energy macronutrients, vitamins and minerals, and the scientific basis for current dietary and nutrient recommendations. Designed for science majors.

BIO 325 GENETICS
Basic principles of Mendelism, molecular genetics, structure and function of genes and chromosomes, populations and evolution.

NTR 306 FUNDAMENTALS OF NUTRITION
Essential food components and their functions in life processes.

CH 320M ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
Primarily for premedical, predental, life sciences, and pharmacy majors. Development of organic chemical structure, nomenclature, and reactivity.

NTR 112L INTRO TO NUTRITIONAL SCI LAB
Collection and evaluation of dietary intake data, nutrient composition of food, and survey of dietetic practice.

SOC 302 INTRO TO THE STUDY OF SOCIETY
The nature of human societies, social processes, social interaction, and the sociological approach.

+the UGS course that I’m an assistant for! I’m required to attend, but I didn’t have to register for it!

Aaaahhhh wish me luck! 🙂
Science science science science! Haha I think my brain will be stuffed by next Christmas!

I’m beyond pleased that I’m done with math though! 😉

Are you in school?
What’s your major?
And what’s your schedule like?

If you’re not in school, any tips to help me survive! 😀
On the plus side, I think I’ve got studying down now!

Love,
Ju

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In the beginning…

My healthy lifestyle is not even a year old. I’m not 100% sure of the actual date I decided to make the switch, but I’m going to go with somewhere in mid June 2013.

I’ve learned a lot since then and I’ve changed the way I eat and treat my body with the information I pick up on.

For example, I’m a firm believer that your body craves what it needs (to an extent, of course.) Last week, I unintentionally carboloaded because I was out of town and carby foods are typically the cheapest and most convenient. I kicked myself for it at the time, but that weekend I went on my 15 mile long run. Never hit the wall once. I had blueberries in my baby fanny pack and I didn’t need to touch them once. Heck to the yeah.

So today, I finally caved and made muffins. I had been wanting to make muffins to stash in my freezer, but I was too lazy until today. The muffins are fairly random but yummy. They are made with whole wheat, egg, milk, Greek yogurt, brown sugar, carrots, raisins, and nuts. As soon as they came out of the oven, I ate one. And then another. And then a third. An hour later, I are a fourth.

Along with a small cup of cereal with milk.

Um, what? The weirdest part was my stomach still didn’t feel truly satisfied. I didn’t get that urgh I’m full feeling.

I’m going to assume my body was in need of carbs and calcium. I know it wasn’t just a sugar craving, because I have 72% and 85% dark chocolate in my closet! Instead, my body chose to crave the wholesome muffins. No regrets.

This morning I ran 3.14 miles (hey it’s pi day!) at an 8:50 pace. That is insanely fast for me! Later, I ran the three stories of stairs by my apartment 5x. It wasn’t a whole lot of work to be craving carbs so badly, but my body knows what it needs better than I do.

Funny huh?

Anyway, back to the point. I initially started to eat healthy because I wanted to have bulging quads. No joke. That was my initial goal. I admire muscular legs more than anything else and that’s what I wanted.

Slowly but surely, that goal morphed into simply losing weight. I wasn’t counting calories, but i was very careful about what I ate. My only extra snack during the day was a pre workout snack.

Again, the goal morphed into losing weight and being muscular. So in order to do that, I started to ditch the pre workout snack. People, that is so dumb.

Thank the heavens, my goal shifted again to what it is now. Getting stronger every single day. I think what finally made that my goal was absolutely falling in love with running. And I haven’t looked back.

Now, I know to appreciate my body and everything it asks for. I’ve gained weight since officially realizing this goal, but I know it is from muscle.

To me, getting stronger and healthier is waaaaay better than just focusing on being skinny. I’ve developed physical and mental strength because of it.

I have one spectacular half marathon under my belt and now I’m so ready for more.

Rookie Tri -> Oilman Tri -> Ironman
Half marathon -> Marathon -> Ultra

You better believe it!

I know this post is pretty lengthy, but I felt the need to write this all out.

I dream of being an inspiration to many, because I know how inspiring some women for me (especially reading their blogs!)

Have a beautiful, wonderful, and healthy day!
Juliana

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