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Marissa Rodriguez
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Photography. Plant-based Food. Fitness.
Photography. Plant-based Food. Fitness.

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When I first started running I spent a lot of time (and money) researching and trying different pre-workout powders, potions and pills to help me, you know, run and stuff. Most of them made me feel like I could happily bounce off walls only to find myself trying to prevent a serious face plant a few hours later (face plant= hitting the floor face first, Justincaseyoudidn’tknow).
 
Instead of dealing with caffeine related withdrawals I should have simply looked to the Aztecs and Mayans because well, it just sounds cool right? But really, I’m fascinated with the fact that chia seeds were an important component of their diets. They used these tiny seeds for increased stamina and energy over long periods of time and the word chia even comes from the Mayan word “strength” or “strengthening.”
 
So if an Aztec warrior used these little guys for endurance then they are definitely good enough for my short and stubby frame. I’ve slowly replaced my concoction of pre-workout powders with more natural options like chia seeds and fruit and I find that the face planting urges are non existent (unless it’s after a marathon of course).
 
Mango and coconut milk make this sweet and creamy chia pudding seriously addicting and a great option for breakfast or a pre workout meal. You’ll feel full, energized and you might secretly imagine yourself as some kind of ancient warrior while enjoying this snack. Or not. Either way, warrior or not, this coconut mango combination is delicious and so easy to make it’s definitely a must try! http://marissarodriguez.com/easy-coconut-mango-pudding/
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Powerful plant-based chia seed goodness...http://marissarodriguez.com/easy-coconut-mango-pudding/
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Mango coconut pudding, easy vegan breakfast....http://marissarodriguez.com/easy-coconut-mango-pudding/
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Plant-based, vegan toasted almonds, apple & kale salad!...

I usually feel awkward in situations that involve meeting a lot of people but somehow my nonchalant attitude about most things allows my awkwardness to go unnoticed (at least that’s what I’d like to believe but the reality is probably definitely very different). Sometimes my ambivertness is off balance and my supposedly controlled-awkwardness quickly turns into distress when I can’t find at least one familiar face in a crowd of 2+ people or exit signs near-by.

That’s pretty much the same feeling I had when I started changing my eating habits and didn’t recognize any of the ingredients in most healthy vegan recipes. Kale, nutritional yeast, tempeh, tahini, hummus, raw cacao, greens, greens and more greens… what!? So when I would find a recipe with familiar and “normal” ingredients I’d let out a sigh of relief and convince myself to try it. If you’re wanting to add more greens and nutritious foods to your life and feel overwhelmed please know that I totally understand and I want to help change that (that’s part of the reason this website exists).

So while you decide whether you’ll be making this delicious Toasted Almond Kale salad I hope you consider the Fuji apple the familiar face you need to remind you that you can master the art of eating healthy. Apples can help control blood sugar levels and protect against diabetes and when combined with other nutrient packed foods like kale and almonds you can be sure munching through your reservations about meeting new foods will be worth it.

Full recipes... http://marissarodriguez.com/kale-salad-with-apples-toasted-almonds/ 
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Plant-based vegan kale salad with apples and toasted almonds... mmmmmmm! http://marissarodriguez.com/kale-salad-with-apples-toasted-almonds/
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Plant-based, vegan 7-day juice cleanse review, a different perspective of what it's like to drink only juice for one week... Full post at... http://marissarodriguez.com/review-results-jason-vales-7-day-juice-cleanse/ Absolutely loved Juice Masters Juice Detox Challenge- 7lbs in 7 days.
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Juicing and cleaning. Juicing and cleaning.... typical stuff when on a juicing cleanse (juice detox). Posted my review of the Juice Master Cleanse 7lbs in 7days here... http://marissarodriguez.com/review-results-jason-vales-7-day-juice-cleanse/
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Review and results of Jason Vale's 7lbs in 7-days juice cleanse...
http://marissarodriguez.com/review-results-jason-vales-7-day-juice-cleanse/

Sometimes I think I like juicing programs for the same reason I like to run marathons… pure craziness. And although I know running marathons and drinking only juice are not things I plan to do for long periods of time I really do enjoy the process, challenge and benefits of such craziness. Besides that, I wanted to complete Jason Vale’s 7-day Juice Cleanse because I love the idea of enjoying an overabundance of fruits & veggies for a week, I wanted to document my experience and I wanted to highlight what I think are good reasons for going on a juice cleanse...
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Almond, Banana, Dates and Cinnamon Chia Pudding. Vegan, easy and delicious! http://marissarodriguez.com/almond-banana-chia-pudding/
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When I go on long runs, but specifically when training for a marathon, I have a never-ending stream of random thoughts. Usually it’s after mile 5 and before mile 13 that I think to myself ok first of all, what is the point of this!? and second, I can’t wait to finish so I can eat all of the cake. and brownies. and cupcakes… Fortunately by the time I make it home I feel pretty accomplished and remember that I don’t have any pastries in my house. And that’s not because I have great willpower, that’s simply because I don’t trust the sugar loving beast within me to NOT devour a box of cookies in 18 minutes.

You gotta’ know what you’re working with I guess.

And that’s precisely why I love this sweet banana & date chia pudding. Yes dates and bananas have fantastic amounts of sugar in them (that’s why we are adding cinnamon, to help stabilize your blood sugar) but one, they are so much better for you than the sugar in any store-bought pastry and two, they contain fiber and potassium. And combined with the health benefits of chia, pssshhhh, don’t even get me started.

But seriously, potassium is an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure, heart function and muscle recovery. And the fiber in banana, dates and especially chia seeds is beneficial for regular bowel movements, a.k.a. poop, and overall health making this chia pudding a perfect SWEET pre or post running meal.

So let’s tame our inner sugar-loving beasts one sweet banana at a time with this Almond Banana Chia Pudding. Full recipe at.... http://marissarodriguez.com/almond-banana-chia-pudding/
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