Easy, High Protein Breakfast Scramble

scrambleOne of my goals this summer was to eat more protein — and for me, the most reliable meal of the day is breakfast. I NEVER skip breakfast. My parents always made sure we ate the “balanced breakfast” they always advertised in the cereal commercials growing up, and I took that lesson through college and into my adult life.

Funny enough, I didn’t actually eat eggs until I was an adult, living in NYC and completely broke. I knew I had to start eating eggs because they were healthy and cheap – and definitely better for me than $1 street-cart bagels and off-brand cereals. I had a former roommate make me every kind of egg around, and as an egg beginner, settled on scrambled. (As a aside, my now-favorite is poached, hence my love for eggs benny.)

Scrambled eggs were not enough, and this quickly turned to a new breakfast routine as I was able to afford more and more throughout my time in NY.


Add some protein to your day with this quick and easy scrambled egg breakfast, recently edited to be easy, low calorie, and super high protein!

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Iced Coffee Protein Shake


If you read my summer checklist, one of my goals this year was to eat more protein. I’ve started a wedding diet that includes tracking my macros alongside a heavier workout schedule (like teaching 7 spin classes a week!) – but in truth, I’m using the wedding as an excuse to live a just a bit healthier and ease into my newly-strict gluten free diet.

Turns out, eating more protein is REALLY HARD! I was doing some research around Pinterest and came across a coffee protein shake recipe put out by Blender Bottle. I am an iced coffee hound, so this one really struck my eye. It looked good!

It was not.

Seriously, it was terrible. The shake was at once watery and thick, with way too much banana and none of the taste of coffee.

That’s when we started playing around with our own recipes. Every Sunday, we make about 3.5 gallons of iced coffee to keep in the fridge for the week in giant mason jars. The process is a bit of a pain, but it saves us so much time, and we get to try beans from all the trips we take around the country! (Currently, we’re drinking a bean made for a coffee company in Lancaster, PA that we picked up on our road trip to the Taylor Swift concert in DC.)

I used probably 2 jars full creating this recipe, but we’ve finally settled on something we like that tastes like coffee (not water or protein) and has a smooth, shake-y texture. Plus, each scoop of powder has 25 grams of protein, which SIGNIFICANTLY amps up my protein intake for the day.

We did the hard work for you — so get drinking!


Iced Coffee Protein Shake
Serves 2
3 cups chilled coffee
1-2 scoops protein powder – we use Ascent Protein, it’s gluten free and has zero artificial ingredients
1/2 to 1 cup almond milk
1 handful ice cubes

Put all ingredients in a blender and mix until ice is crushed. Enjoy! (with a metal straw, because the otters of the world love you)

Looking for more breakfast ideas? Check out my recipes for:
Eggs Benny Bonanza
Yummy Acai Bowls
High Protein Breakfast Bowls (coming soon)
Scrambled Eggs with Summer Corn Salsa



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NYRR 18M Marathon Tune Up

43 days to go.


Mike and I after a long 18 miles through Central Park

When I look at this countdown, it feels like forever ago that we started training for this race. It’s scary! I can’t believe we’re up to 18 mile long runs already – and what’s scarier is the two weeks I had to take off before this 18M race due to a (cause unknown) hip strain. But here we were, ready to go this past Saturday morning in Central Park, alongside 6000 other future (and former) marathoners.

I have always loved NYRR races – despite the long bathroom lines and the crowded Mile 1’s, their races are always full of so much energy. The Central Park starting lines and the traditional pre-race speech by Peter Ciaccia always gets me nervous and excited. This particular day was no different.

I was particularly nervous since this was a looping route – 3 loops around Central Park, which meant 3 times up Harlem Hills, 3 times up Cat Hill, and 3 times through the rolling hills of the lower park. BUT, my goal was to go in with an open mind and take the race as it went, running each mile as it passed. (See my previous training post for more on this new, positive racing outlook.)

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Yikes! (Harlem Hills, miles 6 and 12)

Central Park isn’t unfamiliar terrain to me — I’ve done the MORE Fitness Women’s Half Marathon twice, among countless other NYRR races that loop through the park. Since this tune-up wasn’t exactly a race, I thought this might be a nice way to people watch in the park while moving around. Since I wouldn’t hit the same spot twice without about an hour break in between, my hope was that each loop would be different, with a different scene playing out while we ran.

We got to the start near 102nd street around 6:40 am, 20 minutes before the start, to get our bibs. The race counted towards our 9+1 goal to qualify for next year’s marathon, so we knew we couldn’t quit early with our bibs on! Then we found our pace group – somewhere around a 4:30 marathon time, slightly slower than we aim to run the actual race. We barely made it to our corral – we had about 30 seconds to spare – having underestimated the registration lines for the morning!

Then, we were off….

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TCS New York City Marathon – Training

After the Marine Corps Marathon last October, I was pretty discouraged about running. My knees were shot, my spirits were low, and my excitement about running another race anytime soon was essentially non-existent. So I took a break! 6 months off of running to strengthen my knee with quad exercises and a 12 week round of Sweat with Kayla to tone up for a trip to California.

Given my discouragement (and newfound love for circuit workouts), I wasn’t planning on running a marathon this year. Instead, Mike and I were going to participate in the 9+1 program through New York Road Runners – running 9 races and volunteering at 1 to guarantee our spots in the NYC Marathon in 2018. We also entered the lottery for this year’s race, which I thought was futile — this would be my fourth lottery entrance, and I’d never gotten in in the past.

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2017 Blessing of the Fleet

On July 28, I ran my second Blessing of the Fleet 10 miler in Narragansett, RI. I had always wanted to run this race during high school and college, but could never work up the nerve to tackle 10 miles! So, when I moved back to RI last year, one of the first things I did was sign up for this race, and I loved it so much I decided to do it again.


One improvement on last year – THE WEATHER. While last year’s race was a humid hellscape, this year was slightly less humid, nice and cloudy, and 10 degrees cooler, which made for a much more pleasant race.

This year, I also had my own personal cheer team! Last year, I had only just moved back to the state, and though I ran with an older (mom aged!) friend, I didn’t have my own personal support system. Lucky for me, Mike’s good friend from DC who was also part of my Marine Corps Marathon cheer team was in town, so I had two handsome men high fiving me at 2-3 points during the race. I also had a former-coworker-turned-friend and his wife watching too – a couple whose outdoor shower I could not be MORE thankful for, not to mention they were even nice enough to feed me cheeseburgers, craft beer, and margaritas after the race.

Cheer squad and weather conditions aside, the Blessing of the Fleet has become one of my favorite nights of the year. For anyone not familiar with the tradition, the Blessing of the Fleet is actually a centuries-old tradition in Catholic Mediterranean fishing communities, blessing the local fishing boats to for a safe and bountiful season. In Rhode Island, it’s actually grown into a 3-day festival including a 10 mile road race, a decorated boat parade, and a seafood festival. It’s an absolute blast.


Sporting my Team TAPS jersey at the race

10 miles is a pretty long race, even during marathon training. The week before the race, I had to drop out of a 14 mile long run because my knees were hurting so badly, and went to a few PT sessions to build some strength in my quads. For that reason, I hadn’t planned on racing this race – simply trying it out as a long run and using it as a gear check run for my Team TAPS marathon jersey.

When I got there, however, my race brain took over, and I took this as a chance to complete theĀ Grateful Nation Challenge that I had signed up for with Team TAPS. At the start line, I decided to run this race faster than my training runs – keeping the average pace under 10 minute miles.

At the starting gun, I was excited, but still feeling sluggish – and I continued to feel that way for approximately the next 4 miles. My pace was fast, but mentally, all I could do was will my knee to start hurting so I could drop out. In my brief moments of positivity, I kept telling myself to run the mile I was in and make it just a LITTLE farther to see if things started to look up.

Sure enough, they did – just as I reached the part of the race that I had been dreading for months. Miles 4 1/2 to 6 are along a straight, long highway with plenty of people cheering us runners on in the crowd but not a speck of shade or an interesting view in sight. Nevertheless, I slugged on, running through the fire hoses and sprinklers set up to cool us off along the way. When I reached 7, the most glorious part of the run, I hadn’t stopped yet!

Blessing-Fleet Race.cdr

Miles 7 to 8 are through a winding, shady, wooded neighborhood that brings the ultimate relief after 2 miles of sunny straightaway. What’s more, my knee hadn’t hurt yet, and I got a big boost of motivation by the time I reached this point. To my surprise, I also got to see Mike and our friends a second time, since the course passed the same spot again and they were still there watching the race.

It’s been a long time since I finished a race feeling so strong. As soon as I got to the final 800, I kicked into sprint mode, and though it felt hard, I actually felt happy.

This race was a great kick in the ass despite a long road to knee injury recovery and my lingering discouragement from my last marathon. Having run it, I feel more motivated and more mentally tough that I have in months – and I feel so lucky to have people supporting me along the way.

The best part? I reached my Grateful Nation goal! 9:44 minute miles. Even though this isn’t my best 10 mile time, I’m grateful my knees held out and I made it through this race so energized.

Here’s hoping I can keep this kick going for the next 13 weeks!