Monthly Archives: June 2016

Best Day in Boise Yet

Hiking to Chickenfoot Lake Mammoth CA

First, I have to wish a public Happy Father’s Day to my Daddio! I can always count on him for dorky puns, reminders to fill my gas tank, a faithful hiking buddy and the best dang homemade pizza ever. Our Father’s Day included bacon, iced coffees, new hiking trails, and baseball tickets. Solid Sunday in our books.

Bacon Egg Avocado Toast

I have one more recap-style post for you before I bring back some healthy recipes and killer workouts, because last Tuesday was too perfect of a day not to share.

Like most days here now, it started with a sunrise run in the foothills of Boise with my new running team. I grabbed a cup of coffee at home and made standard breakfast: oats with flax seeds, cinnamon, banana slices, almond milk and blueberries. Maybe I’m a creature of habit but this combination never gets old.

Berry Banana Oatmeal

I’ve been working as a personal trainer since I moved to Boise, so I finally got dressed in something other than spandex for the first time in a while because I had my second interview with a local marketing agency.

It was a rainy and gloomy June day, just my luck. Curly hair + rain = poodle. I ducked and covered best I could until I reached the office and had a great meeting.

About 20 minutes after my interview, I was offered the position and happily accepted immediately. I am so excited to have a full-time job that utilizes my marketing and communications background for a company that I’m really excited about! Personal training for a big gym taught me that I do not have any interest in sales so this “project coordinator” position will be perfect for me :) I’m most excited to meet the rest of the team since I’m still pretty new in town!

Idaho Trails

Afterwards, I spent some time at the gym I work at while snacking on a Quest Bar and decaf coffee. That was my fuel for the strength and plyometric workout with the Boise Elite running team. One of the coolest parts of joining this team is the free personal training sessions we get with a local gym Jack City Fitness. Our trainer takes us through some Olympic-style lifts like deadlifts and bench press, along with plyometric exercises like box jumps and kettle bell swings, finishing with a core circuit. Even personal trainers like having a personal trainer every once in a while! :)

Empty Gym

We quickly changed out of our gym clothes and I threw on a sundress and denim jacket for a team dinner downtown at Bardenay’s. I got the Oriental Chicken Salad (again) and got to meet even more local runners around my age with similar running goals. We swapped numbers and set up some running dates and I drove home feeling like I had such a productive day. Two group workouts, a successful job interview, a new career to look forward to, and my first fun social outting since moving to this new town. It’s been one full year since I graduated college and that time was punctuated with major ups and downs and surprises and life changes – moving across the country was a little bit of a risk, but less than one month in I feel like it was absolutely the right move. I love it here :)

Idaho Lakes

Now that we’re all caught up on major life events, I want to bring back some of the health and fitness highlights that this blog was intended to focus on! Happy Monday xoxo.

Wine Tasting & Giraffe Sightings in Idaho

I’m torn between recapping my amazing Idaho weekend and taking advantage of my free afternoon for a nap…..I’ve woken up at 4:45am for the past three days so that I could run with the Boise Elite team during sunrise. The trails and the company are so worth it! But by 3pm, I’m dragging.

Idaho Countryside

Fortunately it’s “Double Punch Wednesday” at one of the local coffee shops so I just finished off my – wait for it – sugarfree peanut butter iced americano. I saw the flavor and I HAD TO. It was amazing and would probably be even more killer with some mocha thrown in too. Let’s see how far this caffeine will carry me into this recap post because I have a lotttt to share.

Mother's Day

I was still living in California on Mother’s Day this year, so I never properly celebrated with my mom. This weekend, we found a local winery and vineyard to spend a girlie afternoon. Ste. Chapelle winery is about 30 minutes outside of Boise, sitting in the hills above Caldwell, ID. We drove through miles of farmland with different types of crops, white fences, horses and barns before winding up through the vineyard and parking in front of the rotunda-style winery.

Mothers Day Wine Tasting

We started with a tasting. We each got to pick out 5 different wines from the wine list. Just for fun, we decided to separately check off our five picks and then see how many same flavors we chose. We ended up with four of the same wines! I usually stick with sweet white wines, so I decided to be adventurous and order a glass of the Petit Verdot, a sweeter red. My mom ordered a glass of the Chenin Blanc and a Pecan Brie plate with apple slices and multi-grain crackers.

Vineyard View

We sat upstairs in the loft with our wine and snacks and gorgeous views for a couple of hours. We rounded out the belated Mother’s Day celebration with manicures and iced teas.

Idaho Spud Candy

Now that I have a running group to train with again, I’ve been prioritizing my running workouts over strength training and HIIT. Last week I tried out my first “speed work” in months with a set of ten 60-second sprints with equal recovery. I ended up running my long run by myself, but it’s a complete 180 from my long runs in Riverside. Boise is such an active community, so my 10 miles along the Green Belt (a paved bike path that runs along the Boise River) was filled with joggers, walkers, strollers, and bikers.

Idaho Photography

It was about the 8-mile mark that I ran into something unforgettable. As I looked up to my right, I saw two moving shapes among the trees. I could NOT believe my eyes when I saw a pair of giraffe heads staring at me. I had to snap a few pictures and share on Instagram. Otherwise I think my friends and family would think that all the running was starting to affect my head….giraffes aren’t native to Idaho ;) I had run along the backside of the Boise Zoo!


A tall solid fence with some barb-wire on top attempted to conceal the giraffe exhibit, but two of the zoo animals were enjoying their view of the Green Belt and peeking out at me while munching on their leaves.  That is definitely one of the more memorable things I’ve seen on a run.

Lake Cascade

On Sunday, we tried a popular brunch spot in Eagle, Idaho called Joe Momma’s. It’s been very obvious for us Californians that the pace of life up here is much slower. But the two-hour brunch took slow to a new level. We had looong wait times for a table, for our coffees, for our food, and then for the bill. My side order of oatmeal could feed a family of 5!

Car Window

With full bellies, we hopped in my dad’s 4Runner and followed the Payette River up north. We drove out of Boise and into the rural small towns that line Highway 55 to Cascade, Idaho. The river was full of kayakers and tubers, and we pulled over a couple times so that I could snap some pictures.

Scenic Idaho Drive

Once we got to Lake Cascade, we just parked and took in the peaceful views. Afterwards, we drove the entire perimeter of the lake which was a dirt and gravel road. The electric fences next to the road kind of freaked us out. It reminded us of the sci-fi show Wayward Pines (which actually does take place in Idaho!) and we wondered just what the fence was keeping out….

Back Roading

We made it to Donnelly, and it was only a matter of time before we were all ready for some iced coffees. There aren’t any coffee chains in this little coffee town, which is fine by us! We found a little yellow house that has been converted into a coffee and gift shop.

Cascade Idaho Coffee Shop

We sipped our americano’s for the rest of the 90 beautiful miles back home.

Payette River

Monday morning was another early morning, beginning with a sunrise run in the foothills with my new Boise running team. I absolutely love starting my day this way. Afterwards, I had back-to-back clients at the gym again which left me exhausted. But Tuesday was one of the best days I’ve had in Boise thus far. I’ll save that for another post though ;)


Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry

Back at it again with the 4:30am wake up calls. The local running group was meeting in the foothills for a sunrise run at 5:15 yesterday, and it was so worth climbing out of bed so early for! The foothills are still green, with a single-track path and rustic wooden fences. The sky was cloudy but bright pink and I wanted to take pictures the whole time! Having a group of runners here to meet up with also makes this new town a little more home-y :)

Although my eyelids were burning by 9am. I had back-to-back clients at the gym (I’m currently working as a personal trainer at a local athletic club and this is my first week of having actual “clients”!) otherwise I would’ve had my first ever pre-lunch nap.

Sweet Potato Curry Recipe on

Tonight I’m making my infamous Sweet Potato Curry for dinner and I haven’t shared the recipe on the blog yet (which is surprising because I make a huge batch every other week typically). So here is my vegan, clean, vitamin-packed, sweet and savory favorite homemade curry recipe:

Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry:

Makes 6-8 servings

Sweet Potato Curry Recipe

  • 1 small sweet onion, diced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut in chunks
  • 1/2 cup baby carrots, cut into circles
  • 1 tart apple, cut into chunks
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 can of tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. Garlic
  • 1 Tbs curry powder
  • 1 Tbs. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. cayenne or chili powder
  • Pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 can light coconut milk (13.5 oz)
  • 1 cup water

Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry Recipe

1.) In a large pot, heat olive oil. Add onions, bell pepper, carrots, apple, sweet potatoes and tomatoes. Cook on medium-low for 10 minutes.

2.) Add in chickpeas and all spices/seasonings. Stir to combine, and cover with a lid. Simmer on low for 25-ish minutes, or until the sweet potatoes and carrots are softened.

3.) Pour in the coconut milk and additional cup of water. Place the lid back on the pot and allow to simmer/lightly boil for another 20 minutes at least, but the longer the better.

Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry

You can play with the spice  measurements too, depending on how spicy or ginger-y or salty you prefer your curry. I topped this bowl with toasted pumpkin seeds for some aesthetics ;)

Boise is in a heat-wave right now with uncharacteristic temperatures in the high 90s, but I drink hot coffee all summer long and hot curry too. One of the things I’m still not used to about Idaho is how LATE the sun stays out! Since we are so far north now, the sun is up well past 9pm, and dusk is getting closer and closer to 10pm. But it’s great for late dinners on the balcony or late night walks around the neighborhood :)

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