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Mini Football Snackies!

I’m actually thankful that today is Monday. New week = fresh start.

Which football games did you watch this weekend? Even the unsporty-est of the people can find something they enjoy about football season.  You get to plan team-colored outfits, prepare fan-friendly appetizers, maybe some drinks or cocktails, tailgate parties, house parties, sports bar parties, trash-talking the opposing team. I don’t want to hear about Ray Rice anymore, let’s talk about the actual players and games! Or food. That’s cool too.

Mini Football Pretzel Snackies from Stronglikemycoffee.com

My weekend was spent working at our home-opener football game. (I’m a sports marketing intern for our athletics department). After working 2.5 hours at a volleyball tournament, I spent 7 hours on the football field. Our boys stepped out in brand new uniform designs and we kicked off brand new game-day traditions. I’m sad to report that I didn’t have any glamorous or “wow” jobs during the game. Typical intern grunt work. But the boys kept me entertained with touchdown after touchdown, killing the opposing team. Brought home a W and that’s all a fan can ask for, right?!

Sports marketing interns on game day (stronglikemycoffee.com)Okay moving on….It’s not really a secret that I like to make things pretty. Why have pretzels when you can turn them into adorable football pretzels? For some reason, I will use any excuse to make DIY crafts and recipes that have a theme. Just appease me.

Peanut-butter filled pretzels + chocolate = BOOM. 2 ingredient recipe. (Not to mention the best flavor combo EVER.)Mini pretzel football ingredients (stronglikemycoffee.com)

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Melt your milk/dark chocolate, and dunk the tops of the pretzels into it.
  • Set them, pretzel-side down onto the paper-lined baking sheet.
  • Place the sheet into the freezer for ten minutes while you melt your white chocolate
  • If you don’t have a piping tool that is thin enough to outline the laces onto the pretzels, you can just use a ziplock bag. Push a toothpick through the corner to create a tiny whole, and fill the bag with your melted white chocolate.

Making mini football pretzels (stronglikemycoffee.com)

  • Pipe the laces onto the pretzels and place them back into the freezer. Store in the freezer until you’re ready to place in a dish for your party, because if you leave them out they will be G-O-N-E. ;)Mini Football Snackies Recipe (stronglikemycoffee.com)

They were a hit! And yes, they do taste better than regular chocolate peanut butter pretzels because they are made with love. Football love.

That’s just the start of weekend football festivities, we have a long season to go. More snacks and recipes to come!

Mini Football Pretzels Tailgate Party Snacks (stronglikemycoffee.com)

I leave you with his football-themed single by Chase Rice, who has replaced Hunter Hayes as my country crush btw ;)

Olympian-Worthy Track Workout

You know you’re a running nerd when you consider professional runners a celebrity sighting ;) I belong to a local track club, which happens to be located in one of the running Mecca’s of the country. So last night’s stormy track workout brought more than thunder. Olympians Ryan Hall and Shalane Flanagan as well as professional athletes Sarah Hall and Emily Infeld graced us with their presence!

Shalane Flanagan at Track Practice (Stronglikemycoffee.com) As an aspiring marathoner, meeting the fastest American female marathoner Shalane Flanagan was pretty darn cool. She is currently training for Berlin, where she hopes to break the American record. Which would equate to 5:19 miles (26.2 of them in a row…). I need to find out what that girl puts in her coffee to make her so stinkin’ fast! ;)

After we finished playing paparazzi, we had an actual work out to get to. Most of us amateurs were not-so-subtly trying to “impress” our elite onlookers (Ha! key word trying.)

The workout: (described as “simple, old school rep workout)

4 x 200 meter sprints (with 1 minute rest between)

immediately followed by

4 x 350 meter sprints (with 2 minute rest between)

immediately followed by

4 x 200 meter sprints (with 1 minute rest between)

Holy Heart Rate!

This speedy “All Out” effort workout is similar to HIIT because it pairs bursts of intensity with bouts of rest (although the rest in this situation was a bit long). The sprints make my heart pound faster than any long run can do. Such great cardiovascular strength building!

Fun fact: Emily and Shalane are members of the Bowerman Track Club. Bowerman, as in Bill Bowerman. As in track coach of University of Oregon in the 1970’s and subsequent co-founder of Nike, Inc. He created shoes for then-athlete Steve Prefontaine. Steve Prefontaine, as in the legendary long-distance runner who once held seven American records. Just a little running history for ya!

The rain is done! Muddy trails await :)

Flagstaff storm (stronglikemycoffee.com)

Farmer’s Market & Roasted Veggies

Yesterday, I had a lazy Sunday. I purposely did my long run on Saturday this week. Sunday I was able to sleep in and leisurely stroll to the local farmer’s market. I make a point to go at least once every Fall. The atmosphere is just so cute, very “small-town.”  Two old men had set up their lawn chairs near the entrance, just people watching as crowds of locals browsed the aisles of vendors. My favorite finds are the veggie-infused pastas (tomato basil pasta = doesn’t even need sauce) and the homemade jams and salsas.

Flagstaff Farmers Market (stronglikemycoffee.com)I buy TONS of produce every week, so it isn’t practical for me to do my major fruit & veggie shopping at the farmer’s market. Sprout’s is my main go-to. But it’s still fun to check out the selection for anything fun and different. :)

Farmer's Market jams and jellies (stronglikemycoffee.com) The unique flavors made picking out a jam really difficult. I tend to like trying weird and funky flavors, so the Habanero Raspberry Jelly and Blueberry Jam caught my eye. But I went with Prickly Pear Jam and then a Banana Nut Butter. I asked the jam-maker lady what to put the banana butter on. Her one and only suggestion? Cheesecake. Thanks but no thanks. I’m sure the banana-walnut-puree will be equally delicious on some toast. ;)

After walking around sipping my coffee, I did some real grocery shopping at Sprout’s. My roommate and I just had a conversation about being “veggie-snobs” because fresh really is the only way to go. Completely understand that for cost and convenience, many people have to go with canned or frozen veggies. But there really is no comparison.

Farmer's Market produce (stronglikemycoffee.com)

Obviously dinner had to include some mega produce: sweet potato, broccoli, baby carrots, and zucchini. I kicked them up a notch with a little inspiration from this seasoning (found at Sprout’s).

Asian Seasoning for veggies (stronglikemycoffee.com)

The recipe, if you want to call it a recipe because it’s so simple:

  • 1 small jewel yam or red sweet potato
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1/2 head of broccoli
  • 10 baby carrots
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. honey
  • 1 Tsp. Bragg’s liquid aminos
  • 1/2 Tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 Tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 Tsp. cayenne pepper

1. Slice and dice your veggies into about 1″ chunks. Size is really up to your preference. Toss all veggies into a medium bowl.

2. In a little bowl, combine honey, aminos, ginger, cumin and cayenne pepper.

3. Add olive oil to bowl of vegetables. Then add the seasoning mixture. Toss the vegetables until they are evenly coated.

4. Spread veggies out onto a foil-lined baking sheet.

5. Bake in the over at 415 degrees for 40 minutes, stirring once after 20 minutes.

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I served the roasted vegetables with scrambled egg whites for some protein. :)

What’s your favorite thing to find at a Farmer’s Market?

 

 

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