Venus de Miles pumped up! #rideVenus

Venus-2014-BloggerBadges-KiaLast year the Venus de Miles annual fundraiser for Greenhouse Scholars did not take place in Colorado due to the flooding devastation that was experienced in mid-September. Last year was going to be my first year riding (finally not volunteering) for this race. I am back… and so is the race. Please take advantage of registering with a $5 discount with the code BodhiBear.

To kick off the event and get the riders psyched Venus de Miles held Venus Night Out gathering last month with an inspiring talk by Marianne Martin, winner of the 1984 womens Tour de France. TOUR DE FRANCE!!!

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The evening was also an effort to highlight the Greenhouse Scholars program that is the beneficiary for funds raised from Venus de Miles.  It is the people who make it through the competitive process to be Greenhouse Scholars that are my motivation to ride.  Exceptional young people that are mentored beyond education.IMG_1524

Marianne was pretty remarkable as well.  She is a photographer in the Boulder-area and so extremely humble that people in attendance that have been her friend for a while did not even know she won the Tour de France in its first year of a women’s race.

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Here are a few tidbits that she shared with all of us as we prepare for the 34, 51 or century distances on 23 August.

15 minutes is better than no minutes.

You know those days when you don’t want to get on the bike? Getting on the bike makes the difference.

Smart miles. Go hard. Rest.

Visualization! Visualize strength. Take the pain and make it a positive thing. Breathe into it so you know your body is working and part of the process. 

Marianne rides a horse now. She was so effortlessly cool about her experience and truly motivating to put in the rides and make the effort.

 

fitbloggin’ #toughlove #justtrollin

Fitbloggin’ was a week ago and I am so grateful for every nook and cranny that people allowed me to be a part of. I went wanting to be vulnerable and just present. For the most part I was present. I am so grateful to people like Erin from DigDeepPlayHard for checking in on me when I confessed I was going in feeling broken and weak. Physically I had just recovered from a hamstring strain I got on Memorial Day and then sprained the heck out of my ankle shortly before the conference catching my preschooler from a fall on concrete. This post-partum comeback still has not been graceful. I am not freaking out over it (I really do believe in the two years to heal from having babies like a good aruyvedic person should), but it can be frustrating. However a lot of people did not know about all that going on with me and why should they? I am quiet and if you look at my blog, really quiet.

So there are still a lot of highlights and OMG moments to go over but I am going to keep this short since I just got back from four days at an epic yoga festival and want to post. My tough love to myself is to get back on my content creation, curation, and broadcasting. My roomies Steve and Sue held a Tough Love session and gave homework, to call ourselves out. This blog or lack of blogging is my call out to me.

Hell, my husband has designed a new logo for me, bought me a new domain and I am slacking on even those gifts.

In my own #toughlove I am challenging myself to 31/31 in July. So here is 3/31 on day 7. I got some stuff to do.

And as far as Fitbloggin’ – I’ll post light and at least include a vlog. It is funny to think that 4 years ago I was really killing the vlogging thing. Ha! O.k., July – time to get back on the blog/content horse.

Wanderlust Revist – 5 years here we go

Five years ago I headed to the first Wanderlust in Squaw Valley…

then I got pregnant and had a kid, then another.  I have been on a little lockdown since then but here we are five years later and I am going back.

Wanderlust is in a number of locations now so the road trip to Cali will not be necessary – only a 3 hour drive to Snowmass.

I have also been a yoga teacher for five years and have watched the yoga hustle explode around me while I have chosen to watch from the sidelines with little ones as my priority.  I am curious to see how that has translated into whatever Wanderlust is now.

I’m back and covering for Yogadork again (there are three or four posts of coverage I did from 2009). Hit me up if you see me. Follow me on twitter and instagram as @kiamruiz. This is going to be fun no matter what!

Summer Fun with Blue Diamond

Almonds are simple for summer with the delights of being outside and on the go.  I thought the best way to show this would be with my trip to the East Coast over the weekend for Fitbloggin.  I packed up my tin of Blue Diamond Toasted Coconut  Almonds and headed out on an epic journey.

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First I am glad I packed them in carry-on luggage because when I got to the airport the restaurants were closed and I did not grab dinner.  This was a good alternative to the snack machine dregs I tried to navigate.

Then during the four-hour road trip to Savannah from Atlanta my tummy clock went off again and these little powerhouses were right there.

Finally I had to take the day further with four hours of kayaking including battling the incoming tide from the Atlantic.  I needed fuel! The tin packed well in my wet bag.

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The trip was not quite planes, trains, and automobiles but switch out the trains with the kayak and you are there.  This tin was versatile and compact along the way.

For those curious about the ingredients, for the most part they were wholesome with ingredients that I could identify.  I was sent a Toasted Coconut tin and a bag of Blueberry flavored almonds.  The Blueberry ones had blueberry juice and red cabbage juice but I opted to leave them home because the stevia left an aftertaste for me.  I liked the Toasted Coconut a lot with “caramel color” being the major question mark for me.  I generally like my almonds plain – so the flavoring was new for me.  I would consider getting the Toasted Coconut again as a treat while out on the road for sure.

FTC Disclosure – I was not compensated financially for this post.  I am a Tastemaker with Blue Diamond and was sent two regular-sized products to taste and mention in my social media channels.

Fairlife Review, Yoga and Denver

A couple of months ago I got to go to a really fun media event sponsored by fairlife purely nutritious milk™ at River Power Yoga. They were expanding into the Denver market and wanted some exposure.  We partnered up to play a bit in the studio…

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Stacked Plank with John Luciano

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Basic AcroYoga

Then we got to sample Fairlife on its own and mixed in delicious smoothies.  The Avocado, banana, chocolate milk one was easily my favorite because I love avocado and chocolate!

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Banana Chocolate Avocado Smoothie

Berry Banana Smoothie

Berry Banana Smoothie

Fairlife is a new line of dairy products on the market. They contain 50% more protein, 50% more calcium, and 50% less sugar than ordinary milks.  The husband and wife duo that created them are a dairy-farming couple looking to deliver a more nutrient dense product to consumers.   This product is available in Denver and Minneapolis with its launch with plans to expand into other markets as time goes on.

Fairlife is not organic but the cows are not treated with rBST growth hormones.  It is also lactose-free as the additional protein and calcium comes from the milk itself while some sugar is removed through the unique filtration and recombination process.

The chocolate milk is pretty delicious and as anyone who reads anything about sports science these days knows that it makes a great recovery drink.

Fairlife is going further into the Denver market and is a main sponsor of a HUGE yoga event in Denver tomorrow for everyone!  Check out the Fitness Fest at Mile High returning to Invesco Field for its second year with Tyrone Beverly and his team.

Come tomorrow for the yoga, fitness, Fairlife, and other vendors and experience of the great events that is keeping Denver strong as a health and wellness leader in the nation.

California Avocado Green Chile Gazpacho

In preparing for Fitbloggin’ this year I am undertaking the challenge by the California Avocado Commission to create an original avocado recipe for California Avocado Cutting-Edge Culinary Recipe Contest. Being a California native who now calls Colorado my home it seemed fitting to pair green chile with avocados. With summer knocking on our door gazpacho seemed like the perfect blend of these two regional foods (I hope you caught that pun).

I came to understand what California avocados really mean when I moved to a Southern and Eastern state for a few years that has a fruit they call an “avocado” but pales in comparison. I grew up with avocados and miss how available they are from the tree for many folks. Instead here in Colorado we have green chile. Technically New Mexico has green chile but Colorado acts like it is ours. Imagine the horror when you succumb to an urge for chili cheese fries only to be served some chile cheese fries. Green chile is king in this state and after six years here I gotta say I am hooked. California avocados and green chile pair very well in general but I thought I would add some crispness to this dish with a touch of fennel. Keep this amount small and consider some sort of pear and celery combo if the anise taste is not for you or hard for you to find.

This soup is simple, it mostly requires food prep and in that end only a small portion of the chopping prep needs to be pretty as a garnish since the rest is blitzed.

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Avocado Green Chile Gazpacho

ingredients

2 peeled and pitted California Avocados
2 peeled cucumbers
1/2 bulb of fennel
juice of 1 lime
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup cilantro
1 small can green chiles (or 1/4 cup diced chiles of your choice)

Coarsely chop and add all ingredients to a bowl except for some fennel shavings, 1/4 cup of cubed cucumber, and 2 tbsp. finely sliced cilantro. Add 3 cups of water. Blend to a fine consistency or whatever consistency you like and chill for an hour.

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Serve gazpacho and garnish with fennel, cucumber and cilantro. Add salt if you need it.

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