Collagen Waffle Recipe

As most readers know, I’ve been a Vital Proteins Ambassador for just over a year now. Last month, I posted about the results I’ve seen in my own personal life.  I’ve also posted about my hair, skin, and nails as well.

There are some days that I’m lazy and don’t want to cook a fancy meal for dinner. Maybe I’m cooking for one, maybe I’m exhausted from work, or maybe I just want breakfast for dinner.

What the case is, I’ve found an easy way to sneak collagen into waffles. I haven’t tried adding collagen in a waffle for breakfast. I think it would be fine but I’ve had good luck with having the same waffle and peanut butter for years before running (or anything), so why change now.

If you’re looking for an easy waffle recipe and to get collagen to try this.  I’m not foodie, but I’ve been to enough diners to know I like a crisper versus soggy waffle.

Collagen Waffle Recipe:

1 cup flour
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 tsp baking powder
2 scoops Unflavored Collagen PeptidesVital proteins hot cocoa collagen


  1. Preheat waffle iron.
  2. Add egg and milk in bowl and mix together.
  3. Then add flour, oil, sugar, baking powder, and collagen powder.
  4. Spray waffle iron with cooking spray and pour mix.

How easy is that?  I topped mine with syrup, but there are so many options from peanut butter to yogurt, to fruit.

One of my goals in 2019 is trying to add it to various baked goods and breakfast items.

Questions for you:

What is your favorite breakfast? 

Have you tried collagen into any recipes? 

One Year with Collagen

One Year with Collagen

I can’t believe it’s been a year since it began taking Vital Proteins and Collagen. I’ve had success with collagen with many different activities including recovery from running, as well as in personal life with my hair, nails, and skin.

I started taking collagen initially for my hair and skin, but after taking Collagen Whey after workouts, I noticed I was recovering faster and running better too. It’s not the only reason, but I do believe it’s one of the reasons I stayed healthy through 2018.

me smiling vital proteins

I like to see people’s before and after posts, but admittedly, I haven’t done many (or maybe any?) myself.  I thought to start 2019, I would share the major reasons I take collagen and the success I’ve had.

I’m a Vital Proteins ambassador.  In exchange for a post or two per month, I do get to try the newest products. I’m not paid to promote them, and all thoughts are my own.

Here are the Major Reasons I Take Collagen:

Better Skin:

I’ve never had great skin. In high school, I suffered from cystic acne, and I’ve had flare-ups through my adult life too. There was a period in my early 20s; I wouldn’t go out in public with a full face of cover-up or concealer. I wash m face frequently, but it never seemed to be enough (even with derm prescriptions).
After taking collagen for about a year now, I’ve noticed my sin is much more “glowy.” I’m not saying Collagen cleared up my acne, but my skin doesn’t look as rough as it once did.

It’s been a small change, and it’s not like I went from rough teenager skin to supermodel, but my skin has improved more this year than ever. I still have minor breakouts but nothing compared to a few years ago.

Nail and Hair Growth:

I never started taking collagen because of nails, but my nails grow like talons. I’ve never had long nails before (between swimming and just not liking long nails) but I’ve found my nails growing faster and longer than ever.

Same with hair growth! My hair hasn’t been this long in years, and many people have mentioned my hair length. I’ve always wanted to grow my hair longer, but patience is not a virtue I have.

Vital proteins hot cocoa collagen

Joint Health:

Running is hard on your joints, and my goal is to make running lifelong. Collagen helps to preserve your joints. How? Collagen helps maintain the integrity of your cartilage, which is tissue that helps to protect joints.

Recovery from Workouts:

I’m adamant about having a serving after every run: whether it’s an easy run, hard, or even race. I’ve found the extra protein helps me recover faster and feel less fatigued.  I normally make a smoothie or even hot cocoa (this week has been cold) within 30 minutes of a workout.

vital proteins collagen

This is just my personal experience with Vital Proteins. While I am a Vital Proteins Ambassador, I’m not being paid to tell you about it. It’s clear to me the positive results I’ve had, and I’m looking forward to using more products in 2019 and possibly experimenting with more recipes.

Questions for you:
Have you tried Vital Proteins?
What is something you had success in the last year?

When Your Body Physically and Mentally Match

When Your Body Physically and Mentally Match

As most people know, I took a 6-week break after the Atlantic City Half Marathon.  It’s been the topic of discussion on this blog because it’s the only thing I’ve done running related.  I was not injured, but both physically and mentally exhausted.

I asked myself: at what point do I just mentally rest and refocus?

On the drive home from the race, I knew I was at that point.  Thinking out loud, I never anticipated taking as much time off from running as I did but my body did not recover well from a season of hard training or even the race itself.  One week turned to two, then three to six.  As I continued to rest, I was still burnt out and in no mood to run.

After a while, the running bug bit me again and I decided I wanted (key word: wanted) to get back into running again.  Along with beginning to run again, I decided to get my blood analyzed again with Insidetracker.

Recently, InsideTracker has been a popular topic amongst running blogs.  As someone who graduated with a health degree, I do believe blood tests and results should be more accessible to those who would like the information. Another aspect people don’t realize, is you can send your Insidetracker results to your doctor as well.  Instead of making multiple appointments, you can come in with bloodwork results in hand.

It is not a replacement for a doctor, and they don’t claim to be. The biomarkers tested are endurance athlete focused.  For the average person, results might seem extremely high in a routine blood test.  Endurance athletes typically have skewed results.  Depending on your lifestyle, individual blood results can always be skewed.  For instance, people in upstate NY might have a Vitamin D deficiency, where those living in Florida might not have that issue.  Physical Environment plays a key role in results.

InsideTracker gives simple recommendations that anyone can benefit from.  If a result needs medical attention, they tell you and highly recommend you see a doctor.

It was my third time getting Insidetracker done.  Each time, I chose to pay extra and get the entire process done at my home.  First, I’m not the best with needles. Second, driving into Philadelphia during rush hour, after fasting for 12 hours isn’t a situation I’m comfortable with.  It’s the best situation for me!

Just as the previous sessions, the process went smoothly.  After a few days, I received my results which confirmed everything I felt.

My blood indicated I was both physically and mentally fatigued.

There were a few things that popped up that directly matched how I was feeling.  It was “nice” that my blood confirmed I was mentally and physically fatigued.  (So I didn’t feel like it was “all in my head”)

All three of my AST/ALT/GGT liver enzymes were elevated.

So what does this mean?

One enzyme elevated could mean you were tired but the fact that all three were up meant by muscles were extremely fatigued.  My blood essentially showed that no wonder I was exhausted.  It was overtrained and fatigued.  Before getting the blood work done, I had thought that it was possible I was overtrained, but I didn’t think results would be as high as they were.’

I don’t have a liver disease, but all three remained elevated due to the stress training caused to my body over the past year.  Like most things, it takes time to recover!

How Have I Been Fixing the Problem?

Are having elevated enzymes, the worst thing in the world?  No.  In fact, it justifies why I felt the way I did.

After getting the test, I waited another two weeks and decided to slowly start running again.

I’m not running every day and I’m not running nearly the volume I was previously.  Right now, I can truly say I enjoy each run.  I don’t run for pace, time or speed (unless it’s a race), but just run.  As I mentioned on Monday, I’ve ultimately decided to use the summer as down time too.

With my schedule, running is taking a backseat.  It’s allowing my body to relax even more.  I’m doing many of my runs mid day on the antigravity treadmill at work.  My options are outdoors in 85 degrees, indoors on a treadmill, or indoors on the antigravity treadmill.  If I’m not training hard for anything, why stress my body hard during this period?

Rome wasn’t built in a day and your body doesn’t heal overnight.  Using the summer to run casually, will allow my body to continue to physically and mentally recover.

I’m also taking both a probiotic and liver enzyme which I feel has been working well for me.  It’s only been 4 weeks since starting to take the enzyme but once I go through the entire bottle I’ll discuss it more.

Finally, the last piece of the puzzle is I am also striving to eat proper recovery foods.  As my husband trains for another marathon, we’ve made it a focus to work on both proper recovery foods for both of us.  Neither of us has a terrible diet, but we do treat ourselves a few times a week or go out to eat more than the average couple.  For now, we limited eating out (our budget has also thanked us) and focused on cooking more foods together.

Nutrition wise, another aspect I appreciate about InsideTracker is they give personal food recommendations for your own needs.  A few recommendations including peanut butter, wheat germ, and eel.  (I don‘t know if I’ve mentioned but I really enjoy eel, octopus, and squid ;).

Eel tubes

I’ve been incorporating several of these foods into my diet and I’ve felt better and stronger because of it.

I do plan to get my blood tested again sometime in late July or August to see how I’ve progressed. I’m happy to have gotten the test done.  It’s a good feeling when both your mental and physical mindset line up.  When I scheduled InsideTracker, I wasn’t sure what it would show but I’m relieved that it provided answers and is allowing me to recover even more.

I would consider this time for myself, the off season.  Or maybe even the off year.  Relaxing, recovering well and building for a better training cycle is going to allow me to PR at a later time when I’m ready to train again.

Questions for you:

Have you ever gotten bloodwork done?

What are some of your favorite foods?

Marathon Nutrition

One of the major reasons I posted so extensively about my first marathon training cycle was so I could eventually go back and reread those posts.  I could reread posts and see what worked and what did not work (the internet never forgets).  Sure, I could have written in a diary instead but with blogging, I also received a lot of feedback that helped shape my marathon planning for the Phoenix marathon.

Since the New York City Marathon was 18 months ago it’s hard for me to recall exactly what worked and didn’t.

In 2013, I found nutrition to be one of the key factors I flopped during the marathon.

I categorize the changes I needed to make into two main topics (The week before and actual racing nutrition)

The plan for the week before the marathon: 

Here is what I did for my first marathonCarb Depletion Post 

Long story short: I think I overdid the carbohydrates. In 2013, I depleted my glycogen stores a few days before and then ate carbs to “top them off” until the marathon.  It wasn’t that I went crazy with carbs but my body wasn’t used to that situation. In hindsight, I broke a golden rule of changing something before a race.  I think it changed my digestive system. 

One of my favorite meals

pancakes every meal


I understand this method works for some people but I do not think it was the best thing for me.  I hadn’t practiced it very well and I don’t think I got the the benefits that were intended.

For this marathon I have continued to eat more normal.  I haven’t changed a lot and I haven’t depleted my carbohydrates.  Throughout this training cycle, I ate better all around.  I ate less fried food as well as less junk food.  I didn’t do it to lose weight (I haven’t), I did it because I felt better. My eating is nothing strict or crazy (I did a post about here) but I think I will eat closer to my normal intake. I will do some minor tweaking by adding more carbohydrates towards the end of the week. I’m not going to go for another carb depletion then overload.  Instead of eating only carbohydrates the last few days I am going to up my carb intake but still stay more similar to my normal diet and routine.

The race is on Saturday.  On Thursday and Friday I will eat more bland, easily digestible food.  This will be more difficult since I will be traveling but it will involve planning (and we all know I’m not a planner).

Race Day Nutrition: 

For my previous race,  I was up 7 hours beforehand and I know I didn’t take in enough calories. I had to wake up at 3:30 am to make the logistics of the race. On a normal day that would be like running a marathon at 1pm. On a normal day at 1pm, I’ve already had 1200 calories, if not more. I only had about 800 calories before the marathon.  In hindsight that was a huge mistake.

Phoenix is different because I’ll be able to race about 2 hours after waking up. This is my normal running schedule and it makes it much easier for me.  I’m a morning runner and I like to eat about 2 hours before I run.  So this race time works out exactly how my training runs normally do.

Race nutrition will be the easier of the two sides to attack. I can eat a normal breakfast and then fuel accordingly with gels.

Race plan:
Breakfast 2 hours before (500 calorie waffle with peanut butter…this is what I eat before most races)
4 Cliff Gels (every 45 mins)

My favorite gels right now are the cliff chocolate cherry.  I don’t have a sensitive stomach and have never had issues with gels (unless I mix gel and gatorade). This race I’ll be more fueled prior to the race and take one more gel.

cliff chocolate cherry

Hopefully this is a better plan of attack for the marathon.  Since it is my second marathon I am still very much in the experimenting phrase.

Questions for you:

What do you do for marathon nutrition? 

What is your favorite prerace meal?

Do you have a sensitive stomach? 

Articles: Feb 6

Is it just me or did this week fly by?  I guess it is because I spent the first half of the week in Rochester.  The second half of the week was spent catching up on sleep and assimilating back into real life (which is something that never really happened).

I spent some time reading articles in the airport and on the airplane.  I found a few that I found were pretty interesting.   Other then that getting back into the grind, there was nothing too exciting going on with me.

I recently discovered!  This isn’t sponsored but you can edit your photos from your computer.  It’s like the instagram for computers…now I can edit myself ten times and look glamorous every blog post!

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Tracking your budget without feeling overwhelmed For me, starting anything seems overwhelming but I always enjoy how easy Ashley makes it seem.

16 Ways to Pay it Forward 

This Girl Can (Response)  Loved this post from Jess.


Branding Your Blog 


8 Toxic Believes People Thought were real 

Food Fear (A personal post by Sarah talking in depth about overcoming her eating disorder.  Sarah is such a strong woman who I’ve had the honar to hang out with several times.  I couldn’t be more proud of everything she has overcome).



8 Running Injuries No one talks about 


Health Benefits of Beer As if this needed any caption…



Football Musings If you watched the Super Bowl with me…

Five Types of Runners And yes, I’m working on part 2 soon!

Question for you: What are some interesting articles you have read?  (Feel free to post links!)

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