FOODIE FRIDAY: Carnitas Tacos w/Chimichurri Sauce

FOODIE FRIDAY: Carnitas Tacos w/Chimichurri Sauce

If you are a vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, or really any other ‘tarian, this post may not be for you. If you could eat bacon with every meal whether sweet or savory, then READ ON! Do you remember those infomercials for the RONCO 4000 where the tagline was “Set it and Forget it”? That will be the focus this week! You always need a meal (or 4 meals, in this case) that you have to do little prep for but get HUGE yield. Look no further. You are … [Read more...]

FOODIE FRIDAY: Artichokes….yes, please!!

FOODIE FRIDAY: Artichokes….yes, please!!

It’s time for this fabulous vegetable to shine for the next couple months. Take advantage right now of artichokes because when they are in season (March ­ May), they are amazing!! If you have been intimidated by them, now is the time to conquer that fear. Maybe you are training for your first triathlon, your first half Ironman or your first marathon? This word fear has no place in your life, right?! But shouldn't food be easier than this, should … [Read more...]

ISU Tri-Birds Set to Compete at USAT College Nationals on Saturday

ISU Tri-Birds Set to Compete at USAT College Nationals on Saturday

Three of Illinois State University’s best triathletes will be competing this coming Saturday in Tempe, Arizona for the USAT Collegiate National Championships. Senior Rosie Fasching, Junior Nate Filers, and Freshman Michael Braun are out to set PR’s on race day. Grim Reaper Fitness was pleased to have trained these students and we are excited to see the fruits of their labor. You can watch all the action yourself, with USAT’s live streaming … [Read more...]

FOODIE FRIDAY: You CAN have your cake and eat it too!

FOODIE FRIDAY: You CAN have your cake and eat it too!

Don’t eat this, stay away from that, too much of this killed lab rats in a double blind, peer-reviewed study….I get it. Food can be so confusing sometimes. All natural, 100% natural, Free-range, organic, NON-GMO, Grass-fed, Vegetarian fed, Cage-free, Gluten free, Vegan, Honey Vegan (wait, what?!). I can hear the screams loud and clear...“Why, why do they do this to me?” I hear you and I am not even going to address any of these labels right … [Read more...]

FOODIE FRIDAY: It’s Getting Hot In Here!

FOODIE FRIDAY: It’s Getting Hot In Here!

Time to spice things up! Did you know that eating spicy food may actually be good for you? Music to my ears cause this spicy girl, like’s it hot! I have never been able to wear khaki pants, they just don’t work on my Gilbert quads (given to me by my amazing father...love you dad, I promise to use them for good and not evil). Khaki pants bore me...as does bland food. I want my mouth to have a little dance with every bite and ain’t nobody … [Read more...]

FOOODIE FRIDAY: Who you calling SARDINE?!

FOOODIE FRIDAY: Who you calling SARDINE?!

Is it too early in our relationship to get this weird? Have we developed trust yet? I feel like you get me and might not be as shocked about this post as you could be, after all, we have been through butternut squash, beets and chia. Safe to assume we weren’t going to talk about apples just yet. So, sardine it is. But, they are still very under-utilized and a bit of a secret, so let’s just keep it between us, huh. Food has many functions, … [Read more...]

NEWS & UPDATES: Splash Mash Dash

NEWS & UPDATES: Splash Mash Dash

Grim Reaper Fitness is a proud sponsor of the 3rd Annual Splash, Mash, Dash indoor triathlon. Whether you are a new triathlete looking to get your feet "wet" or an experienced athlete prepping for the upcoming season, this race is for you. The weather has been awful and 4 Seasons offers the perfect indoor environment. Sign up today and kick your 2014 race season off right! … [Read more...]

FOODIE FRIDAY: Cookies for fuel….say WHAT?!!

FOODIE FRIDAY: Cookies for fuel….say WHAT?!!

So, it’s your long training day. You GET to put in 4-5 hours on the bike or hit the trail for a 20 mile run. Its likely that you are waking up at the crack of dawn to make this magic happen cause you still have a life outside of training (oh, wait….no you don’t cause last night was Friday night and you were in bed by 8:30pm so you could get up at 4am and be on the bike by 5am to get your 80 miles done before the rest of the world wakes up, so no … [Read more...]

FOODIE FRIDAY: My Heart “BEETS” for you!

FOODIE FRIDAY: My Heart “BEETS” for you!

Sorry, I couldn’t resist...and really, I am not sorry at all! I almost chose...“And the ‘BEET’ goes on!”, or “Can I get a ‘BEET’?” or “Just ‘BEET’ it”. But, because of the cardiovascular focus of this article, I landed on the heart title. So, you’re welcome. Let’s talk about em...beets, the pickled red thing at the end of the salad bar that only the “old” people put on their salads who have clearly lost their taste buds, right? Well, think again … [Read more...]

FOODIE FRIDAY: Meet my friend, DARK chocolate

FOODIE FRIDAY: Meet my friend, DARK chocolate

I want to introduce you to someone…meet my friend..., DARK chocolate. He keeps to himself at times, doesn’t always mix well in crowds and is silent in a world of overly obnoxious imposters. The “big business” of chocolatier has released some sad forms of chocolate where sugar rules and the amount of actual chocolate is laughable. When you say, not all _______ (fill in the blank) is alike, this couldn’t be more true for dark chocolate or really … [Read more...]