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Hello Sweat Pink community,

I am so excited to be a part of this awesome community! My name is Sydney and I am studying nutrition as a college freshman at UC Davis!

I absolutely love to cook. I use food as a creative outlet where I can create new and healthy recipes for my family, friends and I to enjoy! When thinking about eating, one word comes into mind…Moderation. I am a die hard veggie lover, but at the same time know that every once in a while pizza and ice cream are a must! I would be a very sad girl without the occasional scoop of mint chip or, my all time favorite, banana almond fudge ice cream.

When eating indulgent foods I always remind myself that the sixth slice of pizza, or the third scoop of ice cream will taste no better than the first!

Everything in moderation!

That’s all for now!




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35 Healthy Snacks for You and Your Family

By Christine Ardigo MSRD

Want to know the best snack to eat? That’s easy. One that’s nutritious and you enjoy. I know, you’re thinking, well no duh. But for many of us it’s not that simple. Choking down a dry rice cake or a bag of potato chips seems like the norm. Sure they’re quick and easy but what are you getting out of them? Nothing.

The Problem with Most Snacks

The majority of snacks fool you into thinking they’ll cure your grumbling stomach, but an hour later you’re searching in the fridge again, never really satisfied . Why? Most snacks lack fiber and protein, or any nutrients at all. Fiber and protein take longer to digest, therefore keep you feeling full longer. Plus you’re wasting calories on junk food and leaving little room for the foods your body needs. Snacks are a great way to sneak in the foods you might have missed at your regular meals.                                                              .



What Should you Eat?

This is a superb time to get those 5-9 fruits and vegetables in that you missed during the day. The night before work or school, you can cut up raw peppers, pop some cherry tomatoes in a bag or toss in a few baby carrots. You can buy small mini fruits like plums, tiny apples, little bananas. Your kids will love when they open their lunch boxes and find cool fruit kebabs. Cook up some edamame to pop into your mouth as well.

Great Snack Ideas for your Whole Family

Here’s a list to get you started:

  • Fresh strawberries drizzled with chocolate syrup
  • Banana coins and peanut butter skewered onto pretzel sticks
  • Frozen grapes
  • Broccoli and cauliflower with Tzatziki dip
  • Baked pear sprinkled with brown sugar
  • Grilled pineapple
  • Sliced kiwi on top of lime sherbet
  • Carrots and hummus (or Edamumus- see recipe below)
  • Two graham crackers, almond butter and smashed banana Smores
  • Strawberries and a handful of pecans
  • Apples dipped in peanut butter and covered in almonds
  • Cheese stick with raspberries
  • Mango and pineapple smoothie with coconut milk
  • A bowl full of juicy cherries
  • Banana, cut lengthwise, smeared with peanut butter & mini chocolate chips
  • Goat cheese with blackberries
  • Cucumber coin sandwiches stuffed with feta cheese and walnuts
  • Rainbow fruit parfaits topped with whipped cream
  • Vanilla Greek yogurt with fresh blueberries added
  • Apricots stuffed with blue cheese
  • Orange slices sprinkled with cinnamon
  • Make your favorite fruit smoothie but freeze it into ice-pops instead
  • Dried cranberries and walnuts with a glass of milk
  • Chopped fresh tomato topped with feta cheese and a little lemon juice
  • Toasted pumpkin seeds with a small Bosc pear
  • Assorted melon balls over cottage cheese
  • A plum tomato halved, and sprinkled with parmesan cheese and bread crumbs
  • Figs stuffed with ricotta and sprinkled with cinnamon
  • Red, orange and green peppers sliced long ways
  • Whole wheat English muffin topped with avocado and tomatoes
  • A handful of air-popped popcorn sprinkled with cinnamon and a small apple
  • Fruit kebabs with red grapes and tiny cheese wedges
  • Walnuts and bananas added to your Greek yogurt
  • Celery stuffed with almond butter
  • Clementines

Edamamus Recipe
(more nutritious than hummus on its own)

Like hummus? Like Edamame? Try homemade Edamamus!


1 1/2 cups cooked, shelled Edamame cooled
2 TBSP fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 medium cloves fresh garlic chopped
1 TBSP fresh flat leaf parsley chopped
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
3 TBSP fat-free plain Greek yogurt

In a food processor combine Edamame, lemon juice, garlic, parsley and salt. Process until mixture is paste-like and Edamame is finely chopped. Drizzle olive oil and blend until well mixed. Add yogurt and mix. Serve immediately or refridge for up to 3 days. Makes 2 1/2 cups.

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X-Ray Reveals…


Last August I wrote about thinking my foot had a stress fracture, here, but after running on it for several months without further injury had summed it up to something else… ‘Arthritis,’ said the chiropractor. ‘Bone spur,’ said he physical therapist. ‘Plantar fasciitis,’ said a fellow runner. Well with this Sunday finally being the CDA Marathon, I went to every doctor I could think of for a cortisone shot, even having co-workers help with trying to get this arranged, but to no avail.

Finally, I contacted my primary care doctor, he said he would only do the shot if I would FINALLY get the x-ray… Ignorance could no longer be bliss… There you have it, the moment of truth… So yesterday afernoon, after spending the day working at home with a sick kid, I went and got the x-ray. Today, got the call with the results, it is indeed a stress fracture. So no shot is going to help. Running will make it worse and could lead to a much worse break and healing takes 6-8 weeks of reducing the load, i.e. no running… Do I plan to stop running? No. Do I plan to skip the marathon this weekend? No.

What am I going to do? No idea… I continue to run on this fracture and it continues to get worse and even causing more stress fractures in the foot. Eventually the foot bones break, and that is a year off of running. But the only treatment is rest… And right now, it is 11 weeks until the Portland Marathon. Right now I have eight other runs that I want to run before Portland… Not to mention a pretty significant desire to CrossFit again…

Is it totally unrealistic to plan to race all the races and plan for Portland to be my last run and take 8 weeks then? Will my foot last that long? Is it worth the risk? Too many questions. Not enough answers…


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