What I Love Wednesday: The Healthy Edition

This edition of what I love Wednesday is dedicated to all things health – health in love, emotional and physical well-being! My husband and I recently celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary – yeah us! We were able to sneak away for 3 nights and 3 days to Rotorua for a couple only weekend thanks to my inlaws and sister-in-law who took turns watching the kiddos. Though we returned to Little Miss developing a slight ear infection 2 days later, the downtime and peace and tranquility of being “alone” while together with each other was so positive.

Mud pools at Hell's Gate in Rotorua

The weekend was relaxing, rejuvenating and just plain fun! I can’t remember the last time Mr BAM and I had more than a couple of hours alone together, let alone days. It hasn’t always been easy with both sets of grandparents not always in the same city or even same country. The extra sleep, a little too much chocolate and 42 Below Vodka was just the kickstart I needed before the official start of my Auckland Half Marathon training. I’m following a 12 week plan over 14 weeks giving myself a little leeway with upcoming trips and possible “bad” weeks brought on by illness or heaven forbid injury (knock bloody hard on wood!) – I’ll share my half marathon plan with you later this week.

So  with week one of my half marathon training down and week 2 off to a fantastic start, here is what I am lovin’ right now!

A rainy hour in Auckland followed by rainbows // training for a half marathon // running hills //going to the gym! // running with Mr P // conversation about “in true life” with Mr P…makes me wonder what alternate world he lives in :) // runs pushing a stroller with Little Miss // green grass and colorful trees // running in the rain // feeling strong // Trialing Motivate Me NZ, an inspiring virtual place for women //extra cuddles with poorly kiddos (don’t like the sick part, but love the cuddles // more sunshine than not in recent days // Super moon photos throughout my Facebook Newsfeed // early nights in bed //crater gazing and beautiful beaches and landscapes in Auckland //and I could go on…

Check out one of Auckland's many volcanoes on a lazy Sunday

Lucky to call St Heliers "my" beach


How’s your week shaping up?

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Everything You Need to Know About Fruit Infused Water

It seems everyone is talking about infused water. Their are special bottles to take your infused waters on the go and jugs and pitchers that also make it easy and pretty to display at a dinner party. Truth is, from a health perspective infused water is good for you and tasty too! And even better, you don’t need any fancy glasses, jugs or pitchers – a simple mason jar or 2 will do the trick.

We all know we are supposed to drink 8 glasses of water a day, but did you know that if you are exercising you should double that number?

Ninety percent of the time I don’t have trouble getting my daily dose, but their are times that I am hard out working out that I find it a bit more difficult to stay hydrated. This is where infused water comes in – these tasty little numbers make drinking water fun!

The combinations are endless and the benefits are many. Water on it’s own has been proven to speed up weight loss. No matter what your weight loss regime, water is surely part of it so why not boost your H20 with fruits, herbs, and flowers that can detox and flush your system at the same time.

mint infused waters help digestion

Roasted Sweet Potato Hummus Recipe

Hummus is one of the easiest spreads to make yourself at home. The number of ingredients are minimal and generally you can add or remove a few spices depending on how punchy you want the end result to be. You might need to make a special trip to the store for chickpeas and tahini, but once you’ve done that prep time is a mere 5-8 minutes. This includes the time it takes to chuck everything in your blender and then turn it on. With my Optimum 9400 Blender, it’s super simple.

The most time consuming part of creating this tasty hummus is roasting the Sweet Potato. Truth be told, I’ve made this a handful of times and forgot to roast the sweet potato once. It still came out just as creamy and tasty, but there is a definite stronger sweet potato flavor when it is roasted first. A small sized sweet potato takes about 20 minutes to bake depending on your oven…and its not like you have to sit there and watch it roast. So I consider this time negligible.

Bake sweet potato in the skin and then peel before adding to blender

Training Week 1: The Bumpy Road to Auckland Half Marathon

So excited to be running the Auckland Half Marathon again! I ran it nearly 4 years ago just before we decided to try for number 2 (who is now Little Miss).  Running over the bridge from Devonport back into the city was exhilarating, I’ve always loved that view. It was my first road race, my first half being an offroad in Hanmer Forest. I then ran my 2 main bucket list races in New York city – the women’s 10K and the MORE Fitness Women’s Half Marathon.

I can only wish that the last few months while I should have been building my base miles would have gone smoother, but they were anything but. I suffered an ankle injury (again!) that kept me off the road for the better part of 2 months. This injury overlapped with a nagging sinus infection – also taking over the better part of 2 months of my life. The 2 combined to zap me of energy and send me into a bit of a downward spiral exercise wise.  I tried Pilates for the first time and integrated stretches into my daily routine to help with my ankle injury. But the pounding sinus headaches and on-again-off-again dizziness associated with the sinusitis made it hard for me to do even the Bikram yoga I had picked up again and was doing religiously 3-4 times per week. I struggled to breathe, bend and spent most of the last class I did on my back in Savasanas rather than getting into pose.

What I Love Wednesday: Sunshine and Blue Skies

Can’t believe we are well over halfway through the year! The rain is easing at least for a few days, sun is shining and it’s Wednesday! Here’s what I’m loving :)

The smell of laundry drying in the sunshine // sunshine sparkling on the ripple water at the beach // beautiful views near my house // snuggles in bed with my favorite kiddos // post workout bliss // singing in the car // burning sunshine on my cheeks through the glass of the car // blue skies and crisp morning // homemade soup with lots of carrots // 

Though we’ve got a winter vacation planned for September down to Wanaka, I feel like spring is just around the corner.

My favorite view of Rangitoto Island just minutes from my house.

How’re you staying upbeat through winter?

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Rainbow Popsicles: 100% Fruit and Veggie Recipe

Who doesn’t want to get more vegetables into their kids? My Mr 6 is relatively easy to feed, he’ll eat anything. Dinner is a little more drawn out then usual when brussel sprouts and spinach are involved, but in the end he chokes it down. Little Miss who is 2 and a half has proved to be a much pickier eater. She will eat broccoli and carrots and loves to dip them in hummus. Tomatoes, potatoes and just about any fruit she will devour no problem, but that’s about it. Somehow we haven’t managed to evolve her little picky palette beyond less than a handful of different veggies. She sniffs and nibbles on the tip of a yam before making a grotesque face and spitting it out. I’m hoping that she will grow to be more agreeable with vegetables, but for now I have to get creative.

I’m not a big advocate of sneaking vegetables into food, or tricking my kids into eating foods that are good for them. When I make my amazingly chewy chocolaty black bean brownies they are fully aware of the main ingredient. But with these 100% fruit and veggie popsicles the kids love the look of them so much they don’t even ask what’s in them. I mean, who doesn’t love a popsicle! I’ve found in the past that if you can make foods colorful, and in fun itty-bitty shapes, kids will love them (and adults too!)

These bright popsicles are layered with pineapple, blueberries and spinach – your perfect immunity booster for the kiddlets no matter what the season. I don’t know about you, but my kids don’t feel the cold so a popsicle in the winter is totally normal in their world.

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You can make these with just about any combination of fruit and veg, but I find these 3 layers work really well for a mix of sweet from the pineapple, tart from the blueberries and the milld almost non-existent flavour of blended up spinach.

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