Greens, Greens, and More Greens! 3 Quick & Easy Ways to Add More to Your Diet

Greens are so important to incorporate into your daily diet — they are nutritional powerhouses, and rich sources of minerals (plus, they are super low calorie)! (And… they were named one of the 10 most essential types of foods for endurance athletes by Triathlete Magazine)

Here are my three favorite ways of incorporating greens into my daily diet:

Kale Juice

Even if you’re not trying a cleanse, kale juice is a great way to fill up on some greens during the day. I like to have some in the morning and after workouts.

Some kale juice after a run last week! We buy locally from a place called Nectar Cafe in my town.

Some kale juice after a run last week! This juice is bought locally from a place called Nectar Cafe in my town.

Kale Chips

Make your own… they’re super tasty and SO healthy! The only ingredients are kale, sea salt, and olive oil.

Easy & Yummy!

Easy & Yummy!

Simple Salad with Bella Dressing

I try to have a mixed green salad with my favorite dressing every day. (Bella’s balsamic dressings are AWESOME… I like the pomegranate and strawberry flavors. They only have 10-20 calories per serving, and 2-5 grams of sugar). Simple salads are a great complement to a meal if you’re really hungry and need a quick fix — and can serve as its own meal if you add some protein (like chicken or steak) and other toppings (I like strawberries, almonds, and raisins)!

Best. Dressing. Ever.

Best. Dressing. Ever.

What are your favorite ways to incorporate greens into your diet?

Tri Hard,

Caity

#NothingToHide

The motto of one of my favorite healthy snacks — TrueBar — is applicable to so much more than just the ingredients in their product. Nothing to hide.

The motto inspired me to think about the ways in which I have “nothing to hide” in my life.

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My favorite flavor – coconut cashew. Loooove that it’s dairy and gluten free 🙂

We can all have nothing to hide in countless ways…

Nothing to hide when it comes to training.

Nothing to hide when it comes to commitment.

Nothing to hide when it comes to being who you are.

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Rockin’ the neon tank at the gym/trying (read: failing) to take a selfie while on the bike without anyone noticing… haha

Being an open, happy, an honest person, and hiding nothing about your true self is of paramount importance — especially when it comes to training. Don’t hide your strengths or your struggles — be honest with yourself about what needs to happen going forward, and how you can learn from the past. It’ll make a huge difference with goals going forward.

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All the colorful truebars 🙂

I think that it’s important once in awhile to take a moment, reflect, and make sure that we really have nothing to hide in our own lives. That we’re being who we want to be. No excuses. 🙂

Try the yummy, nothing-to-hide TrueBars above here.

How do you have #NothingToHide in your life?

Tri Hard,

Caity

Some Favorite Healthy Snacks

Proper snacking is an important part of a daily balanced diet –especially when training! I have a lot of favorite healthy snacks that I stick to on a daily basis.

See below for some of my go-to favorites!

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  • Erewhon Gluten Free Rice Cereal & Almond Milk (about 140 calories/bowl)
  • Hummus & Think Healthy Rice Thin Cakes (2 tbsp hummus – 70 calories/3 crackers – 54 calories)
  • Just Great Stuff Powdered Peanut Butter (2 tablespoons – 45 calories)
  • Pure Organic Wild Blueberry Bars (200 calories)
  • Quick & Easy Salad – mixed greens & raspberry vinaigrette (30-60 calories)
  • Fruit – usually apples or pineapple (80-110 calories)

What are some of your favorite simple, easy & go-to snacks? Let us know and you could be featured on the blog! info@youngtri.com

Tri Hard,

Caity

{Tri Treats} Healthy and Easy Options on the Go: Food Trucks

Sometimes when it comes to eating healthy, one of the hardest parts can be sticking to your caloric goals when you’re on the go. If you were in a rush and weren’t able to have a sizeable breakfast or just find yourself starving after class, it’s easy to “give in” and eat whatever’s near or convenient — which can often lead to unhealthy choices.

One of the awesome parts about bustling Harvard Yard in the fall is its wide selection of food trucks. It’s easy to overlook them on the walks to Government or Psychology, but during the day the sides of the Science Center Plaza are packed with yummy food trucks — ranging from Whole Foods on the Go to Bon Me (vietnamese cuisine) to taco trucks to dessert trucks and more.

Until recently, I hadn’t taken advantage of these myriad food trucks that I pass literally every day… and didn’t really consider them a healthy snack option. But this week I decided on whim (and an empty stomach) to give the trucks a shot.

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Bon Me – One of the yummy food trucks in Harvard Yard!

I ordered a gluten free rice bowl/salad at Bon Me… and it was DELICIOUS! The coconut-braised chicken and Vietnamese flavoring to the vegetables added a nice touch. It was a low-cal, flavor rich snack — just what I was looking for. Some food trucks can be junky (as in unhealthy food), but others like Bon Me are filled with healthy options!

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I got a vietnamese gluten free salad!

I ate the salad so quickly that I didn’t get a chance to photograph it — but believe me, it was so good.

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Always love finding healthy/gluten free options on the go!

It definitely made my afternoon (hey, good food can definitely make a day a little bit better 🙂 ) to find such healthy options right near me. Especially with my dairy and gluten free dietary restrictions, it can become an arduous task to find healthy and varying options on a daily basis.

Even if your school/town doesn’t have food trucks, keep an eye out for them next time you visit a city or large town! They’re becoming very popular.

Want to find a food truck in your area?

You can download the Roaming Hunger app, a blog that circles cities to find the best local food trucks. Yum!

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The Food Network also created an app called Eat St. that allows viewers to track down food trucks near them.

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Food truck healthy options — deemed by some as “overlooked treasures” — can be a great post-workout snack. If you’re looking to treat yourself there are usually also dessert options or trucks nearby :).

Have you ever eaten at a food truck? Do they have them in your area?

Tri Hard,

Caity

Fearlessly Fitt: Two SDSU Students’ Solution to Staying Fit and Healthy in College

About a month ago YoungTri Member Andrea Nunez-Smith and Jessie Aarnold started running together in preparation for a half marathon in November in San Diego. They had recently met at their new college San Diego State University and quickly became best friends. They found that they both have a passion for fitness as well as nutrition and staying healthy. They are both nutrition majors and hope to one day own a business together to help others achieve their fitness and nutrition goals.

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Andrea and Jessie!

The two girls thought of creating an Instagram account to help promote and educate others around the world on how to stay fit and healthy in college! We all know and fear of the “freshman 15,” and know that living in college on a budget can make it quite challenging to maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle. But with these two girls creative recipes and workout ideas,  you can stay and become not only fit but healthier — and most importantly happier!

Follow them at @fearlesslyfitt on Instagram for all their tips, workouts, recipes, and motivation throughout your day. It’s a perfect way to stay fearlessly fitt for life 🙂

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My Experience with the BluePrint Cleanse: Update (and advice for the post-cleanse!)

For part one, check out this article: https://youngtri.com/2013/06/17/3-day-blueprint-juice-cleanse-worth-it-a-triathletes-perspective/

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Kaitlin and I love our juices! haha

I did the BluePrint cleanse (3 day) again this past week — and it went a lot better than the first time! This was becase I followed the post cleanse advice than the first time.

My advice for tackling the BluePrint cleanse: for awesome results that stick, make sure you eat lightly for 1-2 days before and after the cleanse. Especially afterwards, pay attention to your body and learn what the cleanse taught you — that you don’t need to be eating 24/7 to survive! My recommendation is to stick to mostly fruit & salads & juice for the post-cleanse to really work.

Have you tried a juice cleanse? What’s your experience with the days immediately after a cleanse?

Tri Hard,

Caity