Friday, February 3, 2012

The BEST breakfast for the morning after derby practice...

So, I love oatmeal; real oatmeal. So much so that I crave it.  Pathetic I know, but so true.  I love how versatile it is.  You can transform it into any kind of flavors you desire.  Me, I LOVE bananas and peanut butter together.  So, I figured, why not throw it all together with some warm and wholesome oatmeal, especially since I needed the protein and potassium after some kick ass derby last night!


Photo borrowed from Crumbs and Chaos
What you'll need:
3/4 cup rolled oats (not the instant kind)
1 cup of milk (I used almond)
1 banana
2 tablespoons of good quality (non processed) peanut butter
2 teaspoons of brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of good quality vanilla extract
food processor if available
and a craving for something delicious!

Directions:

  • Take about half the rolled oats and put into the food processor (this will help make the oatmeal super creamy.) When finished, add them back to the whole oats.
  • Take half of the banana and put that into the food processor.  You want a nice puree.  This will infuse the oatmeal with the banana flavor.
  • Take the banana puree and the peanut butter and put that into a small pot.  Warm them up until they both melt and fuse together. Add your milk and wisk/stir all the goodness together. 
  • Add your oatmeal and brown sugar and stir away. Before it's all ready to eat, add a half teaspoon of good vanilla extract, brings the oatmeal to the point of a forbidden breakfast : )
  • And last, slice up the rest of the banana and add it to the oatmeal and ta-da! you're ready to enjoy.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

How to improve the dreaded 25 in 5...

25 in 5 dun dun dun!!! Every derby girl knows what that's all about.  We must be able to complete 25 laps in 5 minutes. It's hell on wheels, and it hurts like no other.  For 5 minutes straight, your inner thigh is on FIRE! You feel like it's going to explode by the time you're done.  For many skaters, it's one way to constantly challenge ourselves and measure our improvement. 

Back in 2009, when I tried out with Detroit Roller Derby Girls, I was able to do 27 in 5...in those crappy rental skates! That's pretty good, and if you've ever skated in those skates, you'd agree with me too.  I went on a skating hiatus for two years and decided to come back last year.  After two years of not skating and a gain of...mmm...15 pounds (gasp!), I was able to complete 27 laps, but this time in my own speed skates.  Not too bad considering I hadn't skated in all that time. By the end of last season, I was able to do 30/31 laps in 5 minutes.  That's a huge improvement in a small amount of time, and while I'd like to think it was solely because I developed my skating abilities, I know a huge factor is how I changed my diet.

Prior to the end of the season, to an extent, I ate whatever I pleased.  I finally read a book called "Skinny Bitch" and it changed my life and eating habits forever.  I realized that I ate way too much dairy and in return, it made me feel sluggish and sick.  I slowly cut back my dairy and meat consumption and increased my whole foods intake.  I started feeling better, having higher energy levels, and thus the weight started to fall off.  I also noticed my endurance and agility picking up too!

I have lost about 15 pounds since the end of the 2011 derby season.  Many people ask me "what do you eat?"  My answer is simple; unprocessed and "real" foods.  I tell my co-skaters, if you want more energy and endurance, change your diet, it will make the world of a difference. 

On a typical day that I have derby practice, my menu looks a little something like this:

Breakfast:
2 pieces of sprouted grain toast with raw almond butter and pumpkin butter OR 3 eggs over dry toast OR overnight oatmeal with banana and/pumpkin puree, almond slices, and spices.

Snack:
Hummus and oyster crackers (I could eat this stuff all day!)

Lunch:
Some sort of complex carbohydrate (quinoa, brown rice, lentils, ect) plus some type of bean (black, white, chic peas, ect) and veggies.

Snack:
Apple or grapefruit

I must admit, I don't like eating dinner before practice, so I usually eat something that contains protein and/or complex carbs after practice. 

If you want your skating to improve, or for that matter, your speed and agility for whatever sport you play, change your diet up.  I promise you won't be disappointed : )

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Here Goes...

Blogging, ugh it's nerve-racking I tell you.  There are so many things to be perfected before that first initial post: background, fonts, pictures, the name, oh my gosh the name! I have changed my blog name three times in the last year.  I finally feel that this one, Happy Feet & Happy Eats, fits me perfectly.  So in short, this blog is about my trials and tribulations with my relationships with food and the sport of roller derby and how they have shaped me (literally and figuratively) into who I am today.

Through trial and error, I have begun to develop my own food culture.  What is food culture you ask?  Well, if you're asking, you most likely don't have your own and I'm hoping to help with that : )  I define food culture as a system of beliefs and practices one instills in their everyday eating habits.  Me for instance, I try to eat whole and real foods, nothing processed, little to no dairy and as much local foods as possible.  Beyond that, I believe a true food culture should be one that you're proud of and willing to share and bestow upon your loved ones.  Lately, I have been obsessed with vegan food blogs and I have been experimenting in the kitchen at least two times a week.  This week, for the first time, I made coconut lentil curry with quinoa and almond milk rice pudding. They were both amazing!  

So, what's a girl to do with all this excitement for new foods and recipes?  Share it!  Last night, some friends and I got together and shared an A-mazing meal.  Everything was vegan or vegetarian.  For appetizers, we had savory puff pastries stuffed with shiitake mushrooms and butternut squash.  For the main course, we tried a recipe from a blog my friend and I follow, 15 Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta from Oh She Glows.  It was beyond delicious, even my truly carnivorous friend went in for seconds, now that's a compliment!  For dessert, we had my home-made almond milk rice pudding  from Cheap Healthy Good, served with sprinkled cinnamon and almond slices, and let me tell you, I am proud of my first batch of rice pudding : )  Of course, every dish was savored with red wine, some of which was home-made by my friend's parents.  We ate like Europeans, we sat around eating and drinking for hours and talking about anything and everything.  This is how I want my food culture to be indefinitely. What do you want yours to be like?