If you’re anything like me as soon as the stress levels start to rise, I crave ALL THE SWEETS! Normally, I would say go for it and eat that cookie but sometimes, it’s just not ideal. Here’s a few of my favorite recipes from fellow bloggers that will satisfy your sweet tooth without going completely off the rails.
These make and take energy balls are perfect for busy days when you’re running around town and still want to eat healthy. Make a batch of these energy balls on a Sunday and you’ll be set for the week. Well, that is if you can keep yourself from eating them in one sitting!
Who doesn’t love cookie dough? I don’t eat cookie dough by itself but it’s very tempting. However, this recipe makes it very easy to eat the whole bowl in one sitting. The great thing about this recipe is that you can eat it with whatever you’d like!
What are some of your favorite desserts that are healthy and easy to whip up?
This past weekend I had the opportunity to finally try out cryotherapy. I found The Athletic Room through a friend. Before that, I had been interested in cryotherapy but the selling point for me was the fact that they offered compression therapy as well. As soon as I learned about this, I booked an appointment for my husband and me!
You’ve probably seen football players and athletes standing in these super cold chambers. That’s basically what cryotherapy is. You’ll spend 2-3 minutes in a chamber that is cooled with nitrogen vapor. It’s completely safe and pain free. There’s different levels that they can set the machines to so they get as cold as you can stand.
During Cryotherapy, nitrogen vapor passes over your skin stimulating the cold sensors and prompting survival mode in your body. This response moves blood and other resources to your core organs. There blood is enriched with oxygen, collagen, erythrocytes and other nutrients. Once you exit the cryo chamber, the refreshed, nutrient-rich blood moves throughout your body, back into the skin, muscles and soft tissue. Other chemical responses, like the release of endorphins and adrenalin, create bursts of energy that can last for hours.
Athletes tend to favor cryotherapy because it promotes blood circulation and speeds up recovery. It’s interesting to note that the week before our session I had harder workouts and was pretty sore. Shortly after my session in the chamber, my soreness was reduced and the mobility in my arm (which I could hardly move beforehand) was DRASTICALLY improved. The best part of it is, you are literally in and out in about five minutes!
The Athletic Room is set up as an open environment where you can walk in and get compression therapy, a stretch-mobility session, or cryotherapy. One thing to note is that you don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from all this. We put our bodies through a lot of stress daily but I’m inclined to believe that sitting at a desk for the majority of the day leaves you feeling tight and sore. The Athletic Room recognizes this and welcomes people with all backgrounds. They work with you and try to find out which therapy will benefit you the most!
When Jordan and I arrived, we had a quick tour of the area and we were promptly seated in the lounge to receive our compression therapy. The NormaTec sleeves are very popular with professional runners and athletes alike. It basically delivers a pulsating air massage up and down your legs. Our session lasted for 20 minutes and it was great! By the time our session was up, my legs already felt less sore.
After compression, we were shown the Cryotheraphy chamber! Since we were the first ones to receive cryotherapy for the day, they had to prime the chamber for us. Jordan was the most nervous about it so the tech, Shane, explained that the first session of the day usually wasn’t as cold so Jordan should probably go first.
We were given some quick tips and we scurried into the changing rooms. There’s no metal allowed in the chamber so no jewelry and we basically stripped down to our underwear. They give you gloves and socks to protect them from the cold.
Once we changed, we went to the chamber in our robes and Jordan was the first to go! Shane made sure the chamber was at the right temperature (I believe he was around -30 degrees) and then opened the door for Jordan to get in. They place a cover on the top of the chamber so only your head is out the top. This is so all the nitrogen vapor stays in and you stay cold.
Jordan didn’t know what to expect but he really loved it! His three minutes went by pretty quickly and he was actually sad it was over. Of course, if you want to get out because it’s too cold, they can hit the button to stop the vapor from coming in and let you out. However, Jordan and I were both intent on finishing the three minutes. Once Jordan was out, the temperature kept dropping in the chamber. I was pretty nervous since I get pretty chilly in 60 degree weather and this stuff was COLD.
As soon as I was inside and my robe was off, I started shivering. Because Jordan was in the chamber previously, it was already cold and it was only getting colder. The temperature was about negative 40 and I was definitely shivering. I focused really hard on the music that was playing and moving around so I didn’t freeze too much. Once my three minutes were done, I got my robe on as fast as possible and ran out of there!
While it was pretty chilly, I do see why people like it so much. Like I mentioned before, most of my soreness was gone soon after. I believe it truly sped up my recovery and I really enjoyed it! Jordan already wants to go back. We felt amazing for the rest of the day and full of energy!
The Athletic Room is a great place for a hardcore athlete or a weekend warrior in the Houston area. They help you recover faster with many different therapies and can help you device a plan to help you achieve your goals. With easy online scheduling and drop in appointments, they take the hassle out of recovery. Their staff is very knowledgeable and will guide you through the process. I would recommend The Athletic Room to everyone!
Another month has passed! It feels like it went by so slowly and then sped by. My month has been busy with so many changes but it’s been great. I think I’m finally settled in to my routine and getting the hang of it!
Ah, coffee! Most people need at least a cup before they can be productive. Others, use it to get through college and pull all-nighters. Wherever you go, there’s a big chance there’s a Starbucks near by. Basically, it’s everywhere and a big vice for some.
What a weekend! While the weather was cloudy and rainy here in Houston, I still had a blast!
After my blog post on Friday, I had so many wonderful messages and comments left for me here and on Instagram. Thank you all so much! I was determined to have a great weekend and come out much happier. Continue reading Memorial Day Weekend!→
What a week it’s been! From heading back to Crossfit and celebrating birthdays to spin instructor try outs, it’s been a wild week!
My weekend started with celebrating one of my favorite spin instructors and friends, Riley. Parties at our spin station are always a blast! However, Friday was my fifth day of working out without any breaks so my legs were definitely trashed. Continue reading Trying New Things!→
As we’re heading into the summer months, I’m reaching more for the fruits and the veggies! I like to cool off from my morning runs with a smoothie. Another great hidden gem for smoothies is beets. Beets are a GREAT veggie if you’re a runner or just want to round out your diet!
This weekend has seriously been such a blast! Our trip to Albuquerque was a much needed break and I’m glad we booked it. It was a bit last minute for a neurotic planner like me but we did it!
Jordan and I hadn’t been on an airplane together before this trip even thought we’ve been together for seven years! Luckily I’ve been to Albuquerque before for work so I knew my way around the airports. We flew out of Houston Thursday morning and left Albuquerque on Sunday.
We had an early flight and I was EXCITED. Having Jordan with me made me virtually stress free. Going through security was a breeze even though it was on the busier side. We arrived in New Mexico at 10am so we had some time to kill before heading to our hotel room. One thing I really wanted to do for this trip was to avoid any food we had at home. We wanted to eat what the locals eat! By the time we got our luggage and our rental car, we were ready for an early lunch. We found a local Southwest restaurant. Here’s where I learned that the “Mexican” food in New Mexico is NOTHING like what’s in Texas. It was different but DELICIOUS!
After lunch, we found a trolley tour around Albuquerque. It was super touristy but the weather was so nice and we had time to kill so we did it! New Mexico weather was nice and dry in the low 60s so the open trolley felt amazing. I’m really glad we did this tour because we ended up finding some spots we would visit later in the weekend. Not only did we learn about the area but there was so much history of the city that was shared. Our tour guide Mike was awesome. If you’re in town, I would definitely recommend ABQ Trolley Tours. He pointed out where many movies and shows were filmed around the city. I thought Jordan’s eyes were going to pop out when he found out that The Avengers was filmed just a few blocks from our hotel! They also offer a tour just for Breaking Bad filming locations since it was filmed and set in the city.
After our tour, we went to the hotel to take a break and relax a bit. Naps were a major part of our trip! During our tour, Mike told us about a summer music festival held at the Pueblo Cultural Center called Party on the Patio. For only $10 you can have unlimited tacos and pizza while listening to live music. We couldn’t resist! Here’s where I got my first taste of the green chili phenomenon of New Mexico. I had some on my pizza and it was SO GOOD. It was also a fun way to see the sunset on the Sandia Mountain and watch the mountains light up bright red when the sun shone on them. Our first day was a success!
One thing my body never got used to was sleeping in. Without fail, I would always wake up around 4:30 before the alarm would go off. You win some, you lose some! We definitely rolled around and watched some TV before going out for the day.
Our morning was spent at the ABQ Bio Park. Albuquerque’s zoo, aquarium, and botanical gardens are all close together and connected by train. We chose to start our day in the zoo and check out all the other parks of the park afterwards. Jordan loved the weather because even though it did get to the low 80s, there was a nice breeze and no humidity. I wore a long sleeve (dri-fit) all day and he was surprised that I didn’t complain once about being hot, haha! It’s all about layering when the weather is in the 50s in the morning.
There were so many baby animals at the zoo, I was obsessed! The twin chimps were so full of energy and jumping all over their enclosure. The baby orangutan was just as cute! They currently have three giraffes that are pregnant. After following April’s pregnancy, it was neat to see these in real life!
The Bio Park also had a Bug-arium. While I’m not the biggest fan of bugs (who is?), it was neat to see their Leaf Cutter Ants traveling throughout the building. If you’ve never seen those up close, it’s a really interesting sight!
By the afternoon, we were exhausted! After wandering all around the Bio Park, my fitbit left me know we had walked over 12,000 steps. We were off to the hotel room yet again for a nap!
Our evening was spent at the Sandia Resort and Casino. It was a beautiful resort that we got to walk around and get a beautiful view of the mountain. We tried our luck at the penny slots. Jordan really likes one type of slot machine so once he found it, he was set. We aren’t really the gambling type but it’s still fun to play the penny slots. We broke even for the night!
Yet another early wake up call thanks to my body! When we arrived, my husband was obsessed with the Sandia Mountains. They are absolutely beautiful and they just so happen to have a gift shop at the peak. Of course, my husband wanted to drive up there so off we went!
On our drive up the mountain, there were so many cyclists! I’ve heard so many awesome benefits about training in altitude but riding a bike up a mountain that step is not something I can just pick up and do. Those people are tough!
Once we reached the top, I definitely felt the different in the air. We hiked a bit and I was so winded that it was ridiculous. Two miles above sea level is hard for this girl! However, it was worth it for the view of the city below us. There were patches of snow that hadn’t melted so it was cool to see. Needless to say, it was quite a bit cooler at the peak than the city below.
After our adventure on the mountain, we were off to the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History. This stop was mostly for me since I recently became enthralled with The Manhattan Project and the creation of the Atomic Bomb. New Mexico played such a major role in our nation’s history and it was so cool to learn about it!
Another nap was taken before trying our luck again at the penny slots! It was such a pretty evening and I’m glad we got to see another sunset on the mountains.
We flew back home on Sunday and got ready for the week! Our trip was such a blast and we will definitely be back. It was great to learn so much about New Mexico and it’s rich cultural history.
Now Jordan and I are looking forward to our weekend getaway in June to the hill country for our anniversary!