almond date bites and why I love running


I did it!  I signed up for a half marathon!!!  The Zooma Cape Cod half marathon on September 28th, which leaves me 6.5 weeks to train…gulp!

I used to run a lot…hours on end.  It’s my moving meditation.  Running clears my head, gives me energy, grounds me and helps me to remember how lucky I am.

I was born with a congenital dislocation of my right hip.  My hip-joint was deformed leaving my thighbone to “slip” out of the socket.  When I took my first steps as a baby my mom knew something was wrong.  It took years of doctor’s visits, traction, hospitalization and multiple surgeries to repair my hip-joint and return the bone to the socket.  My worried mom asked the surgeon if I would be able to walk without a limp.  He assured her I would, but stated “she won’t be a marathon runner.”  Kids are put on this planet to prove adults wrong and I did just that!  In 2005 I ran my first marathon, the San Diego Rock and Roll marathon.  I didn’t break any records, but I finished and that was good enough for me!  Since then I was hooked.  Every time I start out for a run I remember how lucky I was to be born in a time of modern medicine and in a place where healthcare was accessible.  If I didn’t, my life would be very, very different then it is now.

My love for running started as a teenager.  In high school I was on the field hockey team.  I was bad downright horrible!  I was granted the “best team spirit” award each year which translates into “the coach feels bad she never played you and needs to give you some kind of award to make up for it.”  I didn’t care that I didn’t play.  My best memories are from the friendships I made (and still have!) from that field hockey team!

Since field hockey wasn’t my thing, I tried cheerleading.  Big mistake.  I knew I wasn’t athletic, but I soon found out that I sure as hell was not coordinated!  (thank you to my friends and family who supported me in that endeavor! I know it was painful to watch!)  Simply put, I can’t dance.  My best and only dance move, the chicken dance comes out at weddings after one too many drinks (ok,  it only takes one drink).  It’s ugly.

I knew I couldn’t play sports and couldn’t dance, but I could run!  One foot in front of the other and you’re doing it Peter!  I’m not fast, I’m not graceful, but my two feet can cover some miles!  Since becoming a mom, it’s hard to find time to run.   I haven’t clocked many miles since before I was pregnant….I miss it.    Some days I’m too worn out from chasing Noah around to even think about going for a run!  But, when I do, I feel great!  That’s why I signed up for the half marathon.  I’m setting a goal for myself, leaving no excuses as to why I can’t go running.

I’m super excited for this event!  I have my “crunch-time” training schedule all planned out and I checked a 7 mile run off the list this past monday…it feels good to be back!  The Zooma event benefits a charity called “every mother counts” which was started by Christy Turlington.  Maternal wellness is something that I am very passionate about.  Proceeds of the event will help mothers around the world get the care they need for a healthy pregnancy and delivery.

Every two minutes, a woman around the world dies from complications due to pregnancy or childbirth, creating a rippling effect that devastates children, families, and communities. But 90% of those deaths are preventable.  

I’m not one to ask for donations, but if you have a little extra to spare you can donate here

And, if you don’t have money to donate download this app and get moving to raise money for a charity of your choice!  For my training, I will be running for every mother counts!

Ok…enough about running!  Here is a recipe for almond date bites!  The combination of carbs and protein make them a perfect pre-run snack!

almond date bites ~raw, vegan, gluten free~

Almond Date Bites

6  dates, pitted

dash cinnamon

12 raw almonds

dried shredded coconut

-Place pitted dates and cinnamon in a food processor and pulse until a paste is formed.

almond date bites ~raw, vegan, gluten free~

-Use your hands to cover an almond with a small spoonful of paste, mold into a ball.

almond date bites ~raw, vegan, gluten free~

-Roll in shredded coconut and store in the refrigerator.

almond date bites ~raw, vegan, gluten free~


chocolate pumpkin chia seed cookies

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  These cookies made mine a bit sweeter!

chocolate pumpkin chia seed cookies ~vegan, gluten-free~

A little pure maple syrup and a few vegan mini-chocolate chips make these cookies irresistible!  They are the perfect evening treat to have with a cup of tea.  Ok, I’m not going to lie, I had them for breakfast too!  Next time to make them a healthier breakfast treat I will substitute the chocolate chips with walnuts…but for now I will have chocolate with my breakfast :)

chocolate pumpkin chia seed cookies ~vegan, gluten-free~

Chocolate Pumpkin Chia Seed Cookies

1 1/2 tablespoons chia seeds

1/4 cup almond milk

1 cup pumpkin

3/4 cup GF old fashioned oats

1/4 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 tablespoon coconut oil (melted)

1/4 cup mini-chocolate chips (vegan)

1/4 cup raisins

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees, line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

-In a small bowl, combine chia seeds and almond milk.  Set aside for 10 minutes or until a gel is formed.

-In a large bowl, combine chia/almond milk mixture with the rest of the ingredients.  Stir until all ingredients are well incorporated.

-Using a tablespoon, scoop dough onto parchment paper.

-Cook for 15 minutes or until tops are lightly golden, remove from oven, cool and enjoy!

chocolate pumpkin chia seed cookies ~vegan, gluten-free~

blueberry parfaits ~raw dessert~

raw blueberry pie parfait

I made these little treats last Sunday to celebrate the completion of the Spring Renewal Yoga and Nutrition Series.  These Blueberry Parfaits are a guiltless raw /vegan/gluten-free dessert that tastes sinful!  You can prepare them a few different ways.  For the class I put the crust into mini muffin cups.  In this variation I layered the ingredients in a small bowl.  Other times, we even ditch the crust completely and eat the pie filling like ice cream!

I promised the group I would give them the recipe, here it is!!!

Blueberry Parfaits


1 cup dates, pitted

½ cup coconut or almond flour

1 ½ cups unsweetened coconut flakes

2 tablespoons grated lemon peel

juice of one lemon

1 tablespoon vanilla

water as needed

~This produces a LOT of crust!  I used a third and refrigerated the rest for later use~

raw blueberry pie parfait 1

Pie Filling

1 ½ cups frozen blueberries, partially thawed

3 tablespoons agave syrup

1 tablespoon vanilla

¼ cup cashew butter

½ cup coconut oil (liquid)


-Put crust ingredients into a food processor and pulse until combined.  Add water a tablespoon at a time until a fluffy consistency is achieved.  Remove from food processor.  If making mini-bites, press a layer of crust into the bottom of the cup and place in freezer.

-Place pie filling ingredients into a food processor and blend until a smooth consistency is achieved.  Add layer to the mini-muffin cups and freeze or layer in a parfait glass.  My favorite, simply enjoy directly out of the bowl!


So, we’ve been getting a lot of grief from certain family members (no fingers pointed) to cut Noah’s hair.  Shaye and I know we will be heart-broken if we do, but we are starting to think we may be growing his hair for our own selfish reasons.  Help us out!  What do you think???