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Giveaway: A Simply Organic Fall Spice Set!

Fall Spice Set

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To celebrate the release of our Purely Fall Magazine and all of the delicious Simply Organic spices that we put to use in making it… We are giving away a Simply Organic Fall Spice Set!

ONE lucky winner will receive 1 (one) Fall Spice Set, including:

Pumpkin Pie Spice
– Cloves
– Cinnamon
– Cardamom
– Ginger
– Nutmeg
– Vanilla Extract

Meet Simply Organic:

Simply Organic®, an all-organic brand from Frontier® Co-op, offers an extensive and growing selection of certified organic spices, seasonings, and baking flavors while supporting organic agriculture around the globe. By providing the best available organic seasonings and donating one percent of sales to organic agriculture and education, Simply Organic genuinely offers “Pure.Simple.Joy.”  Find out more about Simply Organic at www.simplyorganic.com.

The giveaway will commence 10/14 and end 10/17 at 11:59pm MST. To enter, visit our Facebook page on 10/14!

Plus, learn how to “Refresh Your Spice Cabinet” from the experts!

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Not your Regular Tailgate

So many mouthwatering recipes for entertaining with friends for your football Sunday. Take tailgating to a whole new level with 8 healthy dishes from our newly released Purely Fall Magazine.

Let the games begin!

Chili Spiced Chickpeas

Chickpeas and Beer

 Baked Sweet Potato SkinsSweet Potato Skins

 Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower Buffalo Cauliflower

Southwestern Nacho Skillet 

Southwestern Skillet Nacho

Mesquite Grilled Pizza

with butternut squash and caramelized onions

with butternut squash and caramelized onions

Margarita Pizza

Margartita Pizza

Veggie Chili with Skillet Baked Corn Bread

Chili and Cornbread

Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes

Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes

Say Hello to the Purely Fall Magazine!

Purely Fall Magazine

Just in time to savor fall’s bounty, say hello to our Purely Fall Magazine!A peek at what you’ll find inside:

- Over 30 gluten-free, seasonal recipes
– Purely Chatting, a interview with Food Network star Aida Mollenkamp
– Gourmet Tailgating, a healthy twist on 8 football classics
– Fall Harvest Dinner, 9 dishes + 3 cocktails for an intimate fall feast
– Crafting a Fall Cheese Plate 101, from the cheese gurus at Cow Girl Creamery

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Magazine Giveaway!

We are having a Simply Organic Giveaway 10/14 – 10/17! 

We <3 all spices, but Simply Organic has a special place in our heart. Not only do their spices taste utterly delicious–adding flavor and depth to any and every dish– the company also has an admirable mission and upstanding business practices.

Meet Simply Organic:

Simply Organic®, an all-organic brand from Frontier® Co-op, offers an extensive and growing selection of certified organic spices, seasonings, and baking flavors while supporting organic agriculture around the globe. By providing the best available organic seasonings and donating one percent of sales to organic agriculture and education, Simply Organic genuinely offers “Pure.Simple.Joy.”  Find out more about Simply Organic at www.simplyorganic.com.

To celebrate the release of our Purely Fall Magazine and all of the delicious Simply Organic spices that we put to use in making it… We are giving away a Simply Organic Fall Spice Set!

ONE lucky winner will receive 1 (one) Fall Spice Set, including:

Pumpkin Pie Spice
– Cloves
– Cinnamon
– Cardamom
– Ginger
– Nutmeg
– Vanilla Extract

The giveaway will commence 10/14 and end 10/17 at 11:59pm MST. To enter, visit our Facebook page on 10/14!

As if you needed any extra incentive to enter… We used our Simply Organic fall spices to make these Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes : )

Donut Holes

Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes Recipe

Baked Sweet Potato Skins + Mag Sneak Preview

Fabulous news! Our Purely Fall Magazine comes out tomorrow. Here’s what’s in store …  

- Purely Chatting with Aida Mollenkamp, the Food Network Star dishes on the hottest foodie cities and trends right now

- Crafting a Fall Cheese Plate 101, from the cheese gurus at Cow Girl Creamery

- Fall Harvest Dinner, 9 drool-worthy fall recipes for an intimate dinner with friends or an unforgettable Thanksgiving feast

- 2 Savory Oatmeals and 3 Sweet

- Squash 5 Ways + much much more!

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To hold you over for now, here’s a sneak peek at our Gourmet Tailgating feature–a healthier twist on the classic football foods we love, so there’s no need to feel guilty after game day!

Baked Sweet Potato Skins

 

Buffalo Cauliflower

Chickpeas and Beer

Mesquite Grilled Pizza

Chili and Cornbread

This Weeks Training Tips

Hi everyone! I’m Cassie, the blogger behind Almost Getting it Together. After talking about clothes all day at my job in social media, I wanted an outlet to talk about my passions other than fashion – traveling, running, living a healthy lifestyle and of course, food!

I love sharing my knowledge and encouraging others to be the best that they can be. To do just that, I’m bringing you a three part series to talk about training for races in the height of marathon season. This is the third part in my series – race day and recovery. Check out my previous post on training tips and what to eat before, during and after a race.

Before the Race
After months of training the big day is fast approaching – race day! Even though it is important to taper (running less miles to let your legs rest), it’s necessary to still focus on nutrition, hyrdration and getting enough sleep the week before a race so all your hard work pays off.
-Girls – let the high heels have a week off this week. You don’t want your calves to feel tight!
-A day or two before the race, decide how you are getting to the start line. For big races, many roads are closed off so you may have to plan an alternate route than normal. Check the weather to be sure you’re wearing the right clothes.
-Make a plan with your family and friends on where you are going to meet them after the race as well incase you don’t run with your phone – finishing areas are often crowded!
-The night before race day, set out everything you will need for the race, including pinning your race bib to your shirt. You’ll be waking up super early so you want to be prepared.
-Pack a change of clothes (including what you’ll be wearing under your clothes), a snack, your race nutrition (gels, etc.), baby wipes, deodorant, a little cash (always be prepared!), your watch and whatever else you think you may need. You can leave all your extras in the bag check.

During the Race
You got this! Remember, you’ve spent months training for this moment so you are prepared – don’t think otherwise.
Have fun, smile for the cameras and enjoy the experience.
Be sure to keep listening to your body to know when you need water or fuel during the race. If you start to feel tired or have negative thoughts, drink more water. If your legs are getting heavy, have some fuel.

After the Race
Once you cross the finish line, the hard work is over but you’re not quite finished. If you don’t take proper recovery steps, walking might be a little harder than normal for the next few days and you won’t be as strong as you were on race day.
-Rehydrate! You lost a lot of fluid and electrolytes during the race. Don’t rely on just water – replenish with electrolytes. Try Nuun or coconut water for the most nourishing effects.
-Refuel. You just ran a bunch of miles so you’re more than likely very hungry. Try to stick to a 4:1 carb to protein ratio to rebuild your muscles and replenish your carb stores. Two of my favorite ways to refuel are with my gluten-free breakfast quesadilla and my peach, goat cheese and almond butter pancakes.

A perfect refuel after a run

-Stretch and foam roll. Take the extra 10 or 15 minutes and stretch out and foam roll your legs. It doesn’t seem like these two things will make a big difference but they will.
-Schedule a massage. It sounds a little indulgent, yes, but do it. It make a serious difference when you get the lactic acid worked out of your muscles.
-Go to yoga. Don’t push yourself too hard but take a class and focus on stretching those tired muscles!

What is your next race? Do you have any other race day tips or tricks?

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Breakfast Ideas that go way Beyond Oatmeal

An amazing review from Cool Mom Picks featuring our Ancient Grain Oatmeal.

“Everyone’s always talking about how hard it is to get a good dinner on the table, but I find that breakfast is way more hectic, with less time and no delivery options! There’s always cereal, but unfortunately most cold cereals completely lack what we need to start the day off right. There’s oatmeal too—these oatmeal recipes saved me last winter—but I still need more. These tasty, quick-cook hot cereal brands and recipes are the answer.

Purely Elizabeth has been around for a little while but I just wasn’t so into their products when they first came on the scene. However Ms. Purely Elizabeth and her team have been making serious improvements since I last sampled them. I just tried the latest line of granolas and hot cereal and I admit, I am now hooked.

Purely Oatmeal Inspiration

All Purely Elizabeth cereals are certified gluten-free, vegan, and made without refined sugar; the four hot cereals are organic, too. My boys agree with me that they’re also incredibly delicious. Most take a while to cook—these are real grains, mamas—but the original cooks up in just two minutes. Oh, and the original: a lifesaver. While other quick-cook cereals can be skimpy on nutrients, this stuff has seven grams of protein, five grams of fiber, and a healthy dose of omega-3’s. Skimpy does not apply here.

I’ve been keeping this hot cereal simple and preparing it the same way that I make the Coconut Chai Oatmeal recipe from my site. What will you make with it?”

Visit the Purely Elizabeth website to purchase their hot cereals and other products.

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What to Eat Before, During and After a Race

Hi everyone! I’m Cassie, the blogger behind Almost Getting it Together. After talking about clothes all day at my job in social media, I wanted an outlet to talk about my passions other than fashion – traveling, running, living a healthy lifestyle and of course, food!

I love sharing my knowledge and encouraging others to be the best that they can be. To do just that, I’m bringing you a three part series to talk about training for races in the height of marathon season. This is the second part in my series – nutrition. Check out my previous post on training tips and be sure to come back next week to learn about race day and recovery.

The most important thing for nutrition while racing is that you need to practice how you will fuel before, during and after your run with your training runs. Make sure you have enough carb stores to get through your run and that you are eating enough protein to recovery properly. Find out what works best for you (everyone is different!) and replicate that on race day to ensure you have a successful run.

6 Grain Oatmeal and Bananas Booklet

Pre-Run

Depending on when you run, you might need a light snack before you head out the door. I always keep a batch of homemade energy bites in the fridge so I can have one or two if I’m doing a run of 6 miles or more first thing in the morning. I make mine with dates or figs, nuts (typically almonds or cashews), Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Oatmeal and then fun add-ins like unsweetened coconut, cacao powder or nut butter. These are a great way to get natural sugar, carbs and protein to fuel your workout.

Before a long run (10 miles or more), I always eat oatmeal with fruit and nut butter. You have to do what works best for you, so experiment – maybe sprouted toast with peanut butter and banana is your jam (pun intended) or you can’t stomach anything more than a little bit of granola and almond milk. Be sure you know what works best for you so you can do the same thing on race day!

During Your Run
Many people use energy gels when they run. I do when I am running a race for ease but during training runs I use my homemade energy bites. I try to eat 50 calories or so every 45 minutes. Your carb stores are depleted after 90 minutes (all that yummy oatmeal is gone!) so it’s important to keep fueling your body because if not, you will begin to feel fatigued and your legs will tire.

Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Bites

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If this is your first distancee race, be sure to try out how you are going to fuel for race day during your long training runs. If you don’t want to use energy gels at all, I also suggest dates with nut butter or even honey packets – you need sugar and carbs to keep those legs moving.

Post Run
It’s natural to want to eat everything in site after a long run – or nothing at all if you are so exhausted from all the hard work you just did! You need to replenish all the carbs you just burned as well as eat protein to fix all the tiny tears running puts in your muscles. The magic ratio you are looking for for optimal recovery is a 4:1 carb to protein ratio.

Personally, I want nothing sweet after a run since I had so many sugary things to fuel my way through. I crave salt (see below: hydration). Lately, my go-to post run food as been sauteed kale, mushrooms and onions with eggs and a carb like quinoa or brown rice. You could also add a little Ancient Grain Oatmeal for a savory dish. I’ll usually have a little Greek yogurt with peanut or almond butter as well.

If I’m meeting up with friends for a late brunch or lunch after my long runs, I’ll make a quick smoothie like my Cherry Chocolate Recovery Smoothie. Cherries help fight inflammation caused by running and are a great recovery food. I add protein powder to help repair my muscles and lots of green leafy vegetables to get a good dosage of vitamins and minerals.

Cherry Chocolate Recovery Smoothie

Hydrate
This goes without saying – drink water! Invest in a water bottle made specifically for running if you are running in hot weather or running long distances. When you begin to feel dehydrated during a run you will feel tired, sore and even begin having negative feelings about your run. When I randomly start to develop a bad mood during a run I drink more water and it always helps me snap out of it! Remember to drink water even when it’s cold out… your body will still get dehydrated!

When running long distances, sometimes water alone isn’t enough. It’s important to get electrolytes as well, especially pre and post run. I use Nuun tablets since they are all natural and don’t have any added sugar and it’s easy to pop them in my water bottle. Coconut water is also an awesome source of electrolytes and potassium. If you find yourself bloated after a run, be sure you’re replenishing electrolytes.

Runners, how do you fuel for your training and races? New runners, do you have any questions?

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Running a Fall Race? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Fall running

Hi everyone! I’m Cassie, the blogger behind Almost Getting it Together. After talking about clothes all day at my job in social media, I wanted an outlet to talk about my passions other than fashion – traveling, running, living a healthy lifestyle and of course, food!

I love sharing my knowledge and encouraging others to be the best that they can be. To do just that, I’m bringing you a three part series to talk about training for races in the height of marathon season. Check back each week for a new installment on nutrition, race day and recovery and today – training tips!

Are you a seasoned runner who is ready to take the next step and running a longer distance race or are you new to the running world? Either way, you’ll have to have time, commitment and a plan to reach your goal. From choosing your race to staying motivated and injury free, here are some of the best tips from an eleven year distance runner!

Choosing a Race

One of the best ways to stay motivated with your running is to have a race on the calendar so you can build your training plan. While there are opportunities for 5Ks, 10Ks, half-marathons and marathons year round, the main seasons for half and full marathons are in the spring and fall.

  • Determine how much time until your race. If you’re a beginner, you’ll need eight weeks to train for a 5K or 10K, 12 weeks to train for a half-marathon and 16 weeks to train for a marathon. Be sure you take this into account when you are choosing a race!
  • Decide where you are going to run your race. Will it be close to home or would you like to do a destination race like Disney or a Rock n’ Roll race? Each has its advantages and disadvantages. It’s nice to wake up in your own bed on race day but it’s also fun to run somewhere completely new.

Staying Motivated

Training for a race isn’t always easy or fun. There will be days you want to stay in bed instead of going for a run or head out to happy hour instead of spin class. There are a few ways to break up the monotony of running.

  • Join a running group. Don’t worry if you think you’re too slow – there are people who run every pace who will be there! This is also a great way to make new friends and learn more about running from seasoned running veterans.
  • Make a playlist that you use only for running. Save your best pump up music, the newest album from your favorite artist, or old school jams for your runs so you look forward to them even more.
  • Buy new workout gear. Don’t go out for a 10 mile run in brand new shoes, but buy a new top or shorts every now and again to get you excited to go outside.
  • Vary your route. This is important for injury prevention as well. You don’t want to see the same thing day after day and your legs need to run on different types of surfaces – trail, pavement, track – switch it up!

Staying Injury Free

Many people are afraid to begin running because they have lingering injuries or are worried about hurting their joints. Yes, both are possible, but if you take the right precautions, you will be able to get across the finish line injury free on race day.

  • Get fitted for the proper running shoes. Many people will choose shoes based on whatever they like aesthetically – bad move. There are different types of shoes for different types of feet. Go to a specialty running store, tell them what you are training for and they will help you choose the best pair of shoes for your feet. They do this by watching you run, measuring your feet and looking at your old running shoes – don’t forget to bring those if you have them!
  • Foam roll. Ever see people at the gym rolling over a cylindrical piece of foam? Yes, that’s foam rolling. It helps stretch the muscles and release lactic acid for a quicker recovery. It’s not always pleasant… think more, “it hurts so good”.
  • Cross train. Don’t go out and run 7 days a week. Run 3-6 days a week, whatever works best for you, and go to a spin class, swim, do a strength workout or go to yoga the other days. Your legs and joints need a rest and you will become a stronger runner by getting your heart pumping in different ways.

Are you currently training for a race? What other tips do you have for aspiring runners?

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