Zucchini Pizza Boats

3:36 PM KyannaSimone 0 Comments

Pinterest is where the home of all the recipes are located, swear. I’ve heard about these a while ago but I haven’t given them a try until yesterday. I really wanted some pizza for a while now and I didn’t want to buy a pie or even a slice, I wanted to find a way to make my own pizza, a healthier version and that I did.



Ingredients:

Zucchini
Olive oil
Garlic (I used powdered garlic)
Salt and pepper
Pasta sauce (I used classico tomato and basil)
shredded mozzarella cheese
shredded parmesan cheese
Mini pepperoni slices
Oregano

I didn’t follow the measurements for the recipe and I kind just winged it to my liking and to how much I felt like cooking that point.



I started of with three medium sized zucchini, cutting both ends off and then cutting them in half. I poured a ¼ cup of olive oil and some powered garlic in a mixing cup and spread that on the tops of the zucchini after I added some salt and pepper on the tops of that.



Afterwards I added the pasta sauce on top.



Depending on how much cheese you want on each zucchini is the amount you put. I wanted a decent amount but also remembered that two cheeses needed to be added so I made sure I left room for the mozzarella and parmesan cheese to both fit on the zucchini.



Next I added the pepperoni, just enough to cover the zucchini. No special amount, so some slices have four and others have three. Again, add as much or as little as you like.

Stick them in the oven for about 12 – 18 minutes at 400 degrees. I originally was going with 15 but I didn’t set my alarm and I ended up over cooking them just a tad, but it was fine. When you take them out of the oven sprinkle some oregano on top and let them cool down before you eat. Then, enjoy.





So these came out very well, I must say and a much better alternative than eating regular pizza. I ate a zucchini and a half yesterday and felt no type of guilt what so ever, I just knew I was getting my vegetable intake in and that was that.

Are you going to try these? Do you have any cool and unique recipes? I would love to know. Also, if you do try these, I want to check it out. 

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40 Days of Lent, Goodbye Sweets

12:17 AM KyannaSimone 0 Comments

Lent started yesterday, which is that time of year where Christians go on a fast for 40 days leading up to Easter. Some use lent to give up some bad habits that they’ve developed and/or some use it to be more in tuned with God.

I’m usually not good with Lent in years past, I say I’m going to give up soda, or junk food, or maybe even candy and it never works. Usually about a week or two in I end up giving in and just go right back to eating what I was supposed to be giving up.

So this year, being older being more determined and focused, I’ve decided to give up “Unnecessary sweets.” What does this mean? It means I’m putting down the candy, soda, sweeteners, chocolate of any kind, ice cream, frozen yogurt, milkshakes, basically anything that isn’t going to be beneficial to me and this journey.

However, in there 40 days I am also picking up more fruits and vegetables. I have to have a well rounded and balance diet and I can’t do that by shoving candy and chocolate every time I see it. I remember how I felt when I ate more fruits and veggies and I want to go back to that. Maybe I should call this 40 days of fruits and veggie to hold myself accountable of having at least a fruit or a vegetable a day.

Now, during this time, it doesn’t have to be necessarily have to be some type of food you give up, this period is all about YOU, so you can give up whatever bad habit you have whether that might be cursing, alcohol, television, just whatever. Use this time to restrain yourself and since it takes 21 days to break a habit, you’ll be more than fine after this.

Since I told you guys I’m eating more fruits and veggies for the 40 days (and continuing) here’s my fruit for the day.



It’s grapefruit, which has a very bitter taste, yes my first time and I don’t know how I feel about them just yet. If I feel like I cant eat them then I’ll just blend them up with carrots and coconut water and call it a day.


Are you giving up something for lent? If so, what? Let me know.

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The Running Mojo!

11:08 PM KyannaSimone 0 Comments

Its winter season in NYC has really put a damper on running and just finding the time, place and mojo to get out there and run. I even have running friends who are currently training for races, but just don’t have that spark to kick them into gear.

I was in this rut a couple of weeks ago and I had to find a way to pull myself out of it. I had all the thoughts of running and my training plan ready to go, but I myself didn’t actually do the running. Between the snowstorms and lack of commitment, I just didn’t get it done.
And then, I changed it up, changed my routine and my mindset and got myself to run. How? Here’s how.


 I changed up my playlist. I haven’t done this since November. Anytime I did run, I was bored and I changed the song playing more than I concentrated on running. Listing to different music while I ran kept my energy up and me excited for the next song.


 “I can and I will,”  “If I don’t run, I can’t race,” and “It’s time to start moving.” Why these three? Because there are what’s motivating for me, I realized that if I don’t push myself, if I’m not working hard enough, then I’m either going to A) have a horrible race, or B) just don’t end up running at all. And for me, either of those aren’t an option.


 Gather a group of friends and challenge each other to run weekly mileage and whoever finishes in the least amount of time buys lunch, or make it a group effort where each week you and your friends set to complete a certain amount of miles together. Whatever it is that can involve you and you’re friends to get up and get moving.


 Sign up for a race and then start counting down the months, weeks and days until the event. No one likes to feel unprepared for a race, so prepare yourself for a race. More importantly sign up for a race you’ve never done before, that’s a surprise to yourself.

I hope these tips have helped and inspired my friends who are currently stuck in a running “funk” to get out there a run again. And to you all who are on the east coast hang in here and use the treadmill because we all know this winter season hasn’t been too kind to us runners.


When you’re stuck in a running funk, how do you get yourself out of it? What sorts of things do you tell yourself to start running again?

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NYC Half 37 Days Away! Training?

10:48 AM KyannaSimone 2 Comments

One of the reasons I hate NYC in the wintertime is the snow and ice on the ground. Why? Because I find it so hard to train for upcoming races in these type of circumstances. Since NYC was hit with our first snowstorm last week, it has been difficult to head out and run because of the ice on the ground.

And sure, I can run on the treadmill for hours, but that’s boring and quite actually that’s also difficult for me to run so many miles on the treadmill. On my Asics training plan I was supposed to complete a couple of long runs and short runs last week, but the snowstorm set me back.



So, I’m trying to find a way to make it up this weekend, the problem is there is still ice on the ground and the last thing I want to do is slip and fall. Any suggestions?

Right now I’ve been doing a lot of cross training. Yoga and strength training to be exact, but I want to run! I do see more flexibility in my movement in my legs and arms, but is thing going to be enough to help me run 13.1 miles? The United Airlines Half (NYC Half) is 37 days away and I know I am not ready to PR, I know I can run the distance though.

What should I do? Should I stick with my training and just run the miles on the treadmill or should I focus more on cross training and whatever happens, happens?


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Body & Pole: Intro to Hoop

12:43 PM KyannaSimone 0 Comments

Everything HURTS!

Arms, legs, back and abs. OMG, I haven’t felt this much pain in awhile, but it’s all for a good reason.



Sunday my friend and I look an “Intro to hoop” class at this studio in the city called Body and Pole. They offer different types of classes such as pole, hoop and silk classes. Each apparatus has an intro class and after the intro class you can go on to take level 1, 2, 3 etc..

Getting used to my weight on the hoop


This was a very difficult class. I mean I loved it because it requires you to use muscles that you’re not accustomed to using on a daily basis and I think that’s great for us who are looking to tone and build lean muscle. However, everything hurts and that’s ok.

For anyone who is looking for a challenge and isn’t afraid to try something new, this is the class for you. I mean you can also try anyone of the other apparatus’ but this one is so far my favorite. (I haven’t tried silks yet.)

In the hoop. Look at those guns! 

So, here’s a video that my friend shot of me on the hoop. I had a  bit of difficulty getting up but once I was up there, it was almost comfortable to be up there.

video



How did I do for my first time? If you decide to try this class, I want to know! Or have you done and class outside of running? Tell me.

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