What’s an athlete blog without a cookie post?

It’s the holiday season and while that can mean time out of a normal routine and the chance for a longer training day or two, it’s also a time for good food!

Enter: Orange Pecans Cookies!

This recipe is very scrumptious and very simple with pecans and orange zest flavors leading the way.  By default the recipe is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, low fodmap, and has very few ingredients which is always a good thing!

Our thanks to Julie at Calm Belly for allowing us to post this recipe, albeit with a small adaption. Her recipe was adapted from this one at Self magazine, which was adapted from somebody’s grandmother’s mother’s aunt years ago. 🙂 But seriously Julie, thanks for the great recipe.

Orange Pecan Cookies – Yum!

Prep time: 15 mins (plus chilling)
Cook time: 15 mins Total time: 40 mins
Makes: 14 to 15 cookies

INGREDIENTS
2 cups (225 grams) pecans
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 large or extra large egg whites
1/4 cup white rice or brown rice flour*
Zest of 1 naval orange
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp sea salt
Cooking spray or coconut oil for lining parchment paper/baking sheets

*For paleo option omit flour, see Julie’s recipe

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spread pecans on a large rimmed baking sheet and bake until fragrant and lightly toasted, 7 to 8 minutes, stirring them around about halfway through. Cool completely. You can do this ahead of time. Keep in the freezer if not going to use them for a couple of days. Continue reading “What’s an athlete blog without a cookie post?”

Can you teach an old dog new tricks? The power of persistence!

As many athletes in the northern hemisphere are beginning their off-season, the months ahead can be a great time to work on technique and focus on skills.

Looking for some motivation to show that we can all learn new skills? Looking to change your swim stroke, learn to nordic ski, or change your run form this winter? This video demonstrates the power of persistence in changing the neural pathways in your brain to learn new skills, or re-learn skills!  Enjoy the video…

Wonder if any camp athletes could ride a lap of the Meadowlark Inn on a backwards brain bike next spring!!?!

Peter Reid’s top 5 reasons for training in Solvang during the spring

Peter all smiles on the Tepusquet Ride

Peter Reid, 3 X Hawaii Ironman Winner, 10 X Ironman Champion, and Ironman Hall of Fame Inductee, is returning to Solvang this March to be part of our coaching staff. Peter, now a pilot by day, is excited about this coming race season where he is hoping to be competitive in the masters category at marathon mountain bike events and cyclocross. No pressure for the other masters athletes hey?!! Last summer Peter won the Axel Merckx Gran Fondo in Penticton, so has great form! 

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