Silkie Chickie Update

This post is long overdue, but it’s time.

R.I.P. Olive ❤

She was taken by a hawk on May 30th, 2018. She was so sweet and taken too early from this world. She is always loved and kept in our hearts.

We brought home Sweetpea, so Chickpea could have a friend. Chickens are very social animals and they need companions! They immediately bonded and grew very close.

They used to play-fight all the time growing up. Sweetpea established dominance very quickly – she was super sassy and loved running very fast. Catching her was nearly impossible! Chickpea was a bit more mellow and laid back. She was always ready for bed first.

They got increasingly fluffy every single day. Soon it became hard for them to see because of their poofy heads! They kept on bumping into things so we eventually trimmed their eye feathers. After a long couple months, they grew long silkie manes and super fluffy feet. They were fully grown after 5 months.

One day I heard a loud screech coming from outside. I thought my chickens were being attacked by a dog (because that has happened before). I ran outside to find nothing wrong. It turns out it was a little cock-a-doodle-doo. I didn’t realize it at the time, so I got really worried. It happened again the next morning so I ran save my chickens, however they both acted completely normal. It wasn’t until weeks later that I realized Sweetpea was a boy!

Chickpea started cock-a-doodle-doing a little later because he is the less dominant male. So yeah, this whole time I thought they were girls, but now I have two roosters! They wake me up at 6 AM everyday… and 7 AM and 8 AM…

Their favorite snacks through the seasons have been: cherries, grapes, avocados, strawberries, watermelon, tomatoes, plums, persimmons, pomegranates, pears, squash, worms, beetles, dandelions, clover and eggs!

Every night at sunset, they huddle by the door to be let inside. They sleep in a bin with bedding inside our house to be protected from predators.

I love being their mom, but now they are all grown up and too cool to be seen with me. They still love to cuddle, however they are aggressive toward certain family members.

Now that it is winter in Minnesota,

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Best Pre & Post Workout Snacks

Best Pre and Post Workout Snacks: How to slay your workout!

A question that I get asked frequently is what you should eat before and after you workout! Knowing when and what to eat can make a big difference in your fitness performance. It is important to listen to your body and fuel it properly with the right foods. If you are properly nourished, you will feel good from the inside out and have a killer workout!

The key: Protein and Carbohydrates

It is important to eat both protein and carbohydrates pre and post workout. Glucose is the main source of fuel for out cells. When we eat carbohydrates, our body converts the energy into glucose and stores it in the form of glycogen. When we exercise, our bodies use glycogen and ATP to get our muscles moving!

Since our bodies only store a small supply, it is important to replenish with good food. Studies suggest that eating or drinking carbohydrates before exercising can improve fitness performance and allows you to workout for a longer duration or at a higher intensity.

After a good sweat session, your body restocks glycogen and repair muscle proteins. Eating protein after a workout helps increase muscle synthesis, enhance recovery and restore glycogen in the body. Fueling yourself with the right nutrients is very important to ensure optimal fitness performance

Best Timing: Eat 45-60 Minutes Beforehand!

Eating too much or too little can make you feel sluggish or lightheaded when you exercise. It can also give you stomach cramps in the middle of a workout. I recommend that you eat a small snack 45 minutes before and after working out. Try not to go longer than 2 hours without eating if you are planning on working out that day.

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants – Michael Pollen

Here are some snacks that I recommend. They are easy, portable, budget friendly, and will help you get through a fantastic workout.

  • Apple & peanut butter
  • Banana & almond butter
  • Plain greek yogurt w/ granola
  • Smoothie (check out recipe on my blog)
  • Nuts or trail mix (dried nuts & fruit)
  • Hummus & carrots
  • Oatmeal w/ fruit
  • Avocado
  • Eggs
  • Sweet potato
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Protein bar (make sure you read the ingredients! Look for good quality bar with no refined sugar snickers bar)
  • WATER!!! I know this is not necessarily a carb or protein, but water is often overlooked. Staying hydrated is key to ensuring a good workout. If you sweat, replenish with lots and lots of water.

Snack Examples: 

Greek yogurt, granola & fruit

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Avocado, Egg, Sweet potatoes, Raspberries

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Brown rice cake, avocado, egg, orange

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Ginger kombucha (fermented tea) & bar

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Overnight oats w/ fruit & granola

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Egg, veggies & hummus

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Peanut Butter Energy bites: Full Recipe Here

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