Bear Creek Trail //

adventure hiking May 30, 2018

Five years ago, before we were Colorado residents, my hands would sweat just looking at mountains. 

Now here I am, voluntarily going on hikes that require you to hug cliff walls. 

No big deal. 

Bear Creek Trail was hands down the most breathtaking hike I've done in my time here in Colorado. 

If you aren't afraid of heights and have a decent level of fitness built up, this is a must-do trail in the San Juans. 

With a roaring river, multiple waterfalls, mining caves and canyons that make you feel like you're on top of the world, this trekk was one where you simple couldn't capture the vastness with a camera. 

We stopped as often as we could to just be in the wilderness and let our senses take it all in. 

Looking out into the valley at the dark green pines contrasting with the light green aspens and deep blue sky could almost bring you to tears. 

On our way back, we met a couple who has been doing this trail every year for the past 20...

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ARUGULA BREAKFAST SALAD //

This past Sunday the Pearl Street Farmers' Market had it's opening weekend and I was more than eager to fill up my bags with their spring goodies. 

Arugula, eggs, radishes, spring greens, goat cheese, asparagus, kombucha and corn tortillas made it home with me. 

So much of the "health" world is focused on tracking macros, better abs, bigger biceps and low-calorie foods. But I think we miss the best teacher of health, which is nature. 

What if health is simple getting back in sync with food and movement that aligns with our bodies and the seasons?

What if the foundation of "nutrition" isn't counting macros after all but learning to eat foods without labels that can be sourced in our very own communities?

What if the key to optimal gut health isn't found in buying speciality food products and supplements and shakes but actually comes from consuming foods in their appropriate seasons?

Arugula and radishes and micro-greens in the spring. 

Tomatoes...

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Tucson sunrise hike + yoga //

 

As I sat down to write my goals for 2018, the one that kept coming to mind over and over was hosting regular outdoor adventure events. 

And the more it came to my mind, the deeper I grew attached to the idea of creating a space for women to explore the outdoors together via monthly gatherings. 

Our local Summit Fit community in Denver gets together regularly for hikes, 14ers, dinners and more, but I am committed to bringing this lifestyle to the masses outside of our city. 

As we have a few SFers (Summit Fitters) in the Tucson area, it seemed like a perfect place to host our very first pop-up event. 

And since the temps can be so warm during the day, a sunrise hike + yoga seemed like the right activity. 

A total of 12 women joined us a 5am in Tucson last weekend to hike 3 miles on the Tumamoc Trail and do a yoga session at the summit. 

I can't tell you how sacred this time was. To have the privilege to create a space where women can get outdoors...

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Creamy Dreamy Peanut Butter Protein Shake

smoothies May 19, 2018

My dad used to make these amazing vanilla peanut butter malts for me as a kid (and well into college, who am I kidding). 

Blue Bunny ice cream, whole milk, peanut butter (no, not the natural kind y'all), and malt. 

Most of you probably don't even know what malt it.....but that's besides the point.

Even after years of eating a whole-food diet, I still crave the malts from my childhood. 

Being 95% dairy free these days to reduce the chronic nasal drip + gunk I had going on in my sinuses for 20+ years, i've resorted to alternative foods (that taste darn good, I might add).

Yes, I can have my "malt" and feel good about it inside and out. 

It's as creamy and calorie-dense and delicious as those good ole' shake days and packed with 30+ grams of protein as well as healthy fats and carbs and very low in sugar. A perfect post-workout or hike meal to give your body the calories and fuel it needs to restock your muscles with energy. 

Creamy Dreamy...

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simple, go-to snacks to reduce sugar cravings //

recipes snacks videos May 14, 2018
 

Guess what, when you eat sugar, you crave more sugar. 

It's the body's way of keeping things balanced.

And what happens is you become dependent on that rush of sugar to give you the energy to keep going.....which eventually turns into diabetes if the cycle gets too out of control. 

So now what?

Keep eating pastries and hope things fix themselves?

Actually, it's possible to eat really tasty food and put a stop to both sugar cravings and fatigue. 

Check out my short video for my favorite go-to snacks + education on how balance your plate to keep sugar cravings minimal. 

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4-Ingredient Tropical Green Smoothie

drinks May 09, 2018

During the warm months, I pretty much make a smoothie once per day. 

It's my version of fast food. 

(You'd think my kids would start throwing large objects at my head when I begin throwing green stuff in, but they seem totally aloof). 

Also, our backyard is my happy place. Which is where smoothies get consumed. 

I do yoga, drink smoothies, nap in my hammock, have morning coffee by the fire, eat tacos with neighbors, grow veggies and roll around in the grass with my kiddos back here. 

I'm working on making back-yards famous again.  

Here's my tip with making smoothies: just throw some stuff in. 

To this recipe you can add a protein-powder of choice and different fruits, etc if you choose. The beauty of a smoothie is that they are completely versatile. Just make sure they have lots of protein and fat and low-sugar fruits so you don't overload your system with sugar! 

Tropical Green Smoothie

+ 1 handful spinach
+ 1 cup...

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Homemade Vanilla Cashew Milk

dairy free drinks May 08, 2018

I'm obsessed with this milk.

Think creamy, rich and whole-milk-like. 

I put it towards the back of my refrigerator so it's extra cold and then pour a glass, sprinkle a bit of cinnamon or nutmeg on top and drink straight. 

Grab my top 12 simple + gut-healing recipes here!

This milk also makes my morning Matcha Latte equally as awesome. 

The key to making the milk extra creamy is soaking the nuts before blending. I used to skip this step and when I finally started doing it it made a world of difference in the texture. 

I make a batch of this every weekend as a part of my food prep and it lasts me through Friday for my smoothies and morning drinks. 

If you make a lot of smoothies, I would recommend making a double batch. 

Make a batch and tag the picture with #SummitFitEats! 

Enjoy. 

Homemade Vanilla Cashew Milk 

+ 1 cup raw cashews, soaked 4-6 hours (or overnight)
+ 4 cups filtered water
+ 3 dates, pitted
+ 1 tsp vanilla extract (omit if you...

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Peanut Butter Cherry Breakfast Cookies

hiking food snacks May 07, 2018

Anytime a blog post begins with peanut butter, you know good things are coming your way. 

I'm a sucker for a good breakfast cookie. 

I don't like super sweet cookies. I like them to have a subtle sweetness and be loaded in whole grains, seeds and good fats.  

Because these cookies aren't loaded in sugar and they are super filling, I love making them for my boys to have as snacks for school and hikes. 

If you're looking for a healthy, go-to cookie for summer-time adventures that will give you and your kiddos lasting energy, this is your guy! 

Pair them with some full-fat plain yogurt for a gut-healing treat. 

Peanut Butter Cherry Breakfast Cookies
**makes about 18 cookies 

2 ripe bananas, mashed
2 eggs
1 small carrot, shredded
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 T avocado oil
2 T maple syrup
1.5 cups rolled oats
1 cup almond flour
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
2/3 cups unsulphered, unsweetened dried cranberries1 tsp cinnamon

1. Mix bananas, eggs, carrot, PB, oil and...

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Sweet Potato Breakfast Salad

breakfast gluten free Apr 25, 2018

Mornings usually find me with legitimate hair dreads...because long hair, ya'll.... and my kids wake up way before the roosters have even hit their REM sleep cycle. 

But despite whether or not my hair has been bathed in the past week, this mama shows up to make breakfast. 

If there is one thing I'm showin' up for in this life, its cooking good food. 

Can I get a collective amen? or maybe a hands-high kinda hallelujah?

You can only do so many things well as a mom, and getting school projects in on time, clean fingernails and Pinterest-level birthday parties just ain't in the cards for me. 

But food. 

My followers probably imagine me as Martha Stewart over here, staging my food with great care for a picture while patiently breaking up toddler arguments, but I'd say we look more like a hot-air balloon that's been untied and can't figure out which direction to go. 

Yes, the food looks pretty once it gets there, but there's a lot of...

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Things Most Trainers Won't Tell You //

fitness lifestyle workouts Apr 24, 2018

Can we talk about waffles?

Ya'll....waffles are life.

Once upon a time I took a program for some nutrition + fitness accountability and was introduced to the world of macros. 

I was told exactly how many grams of carbs, proteins and fats I was allowed to eat each day. 

If I wasn't feeling the protein amount I was suppose to consume for the day, I was told to eat it anyways. 

That's the "healthy" thing to do.

If you want those 6-pack abs, you better ditch that waffle and eat another chicken breast. 

(P.S...I eat waffles like once per week and am in better health than ever in my life. Moderation, ya'll. M-O-D-E-R-A-T-I-O-N)

Needless to say, I ditched all macro counting.

I'm a personal trainer and nutrition coach and I often cringe at what goes on in my industry. 

Lies. A lot of freaking lies. 

A lot of manipulation. 

A lot of taking advantage of people to make a buck. 

And unfortunately, damaging the physical and mental health of...

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