Healthy Andes Mints & Training Update

By Alexandra Caspero on January 20, 2014


I spent most of last week in bed. While it was fabulous to catch up on Netflix favorites (30 Rock, The Killing & Lie to Me) this year’s flu totally rocked me.

Since I didn’t have much of an appetite, I craved only two things: sweets & soup. As much as I wanted sugar, I also knew that probably wasn’t the best choice for someone home with the flu. Enter these healthy andes mints. Crispy dark chocolate with a creamy mint layer. Easy enough for someone under the weather to whip up, and perfect with a cup of tea (Tazo Wild Sweet Orange Tea The. Best.)

Make them! 

DK-0071In addition to having to call off clients & work, the other downside to being sick was not being able to continue my training. Fresh off the energy from the new year, I was so excited to begin a new bootcamp class and take advantage of the warm weather with runs outside. Instead, the only cardio I got was getting out of bed and downstairs to the kitchen.

I am planning on easing into workouts this week, focusing on recovery and getting back in the game. In addition to the 1/2 marathon that BL and I signed up for in March, we just entered a duathlon in April. (I run, I bike but I sink like a dead fish.)  I’m excited for another event to keep us motivated.

We both decided that we wanted a goal to work towards before the wedding. I love the idea of training & sweating together as I think it’s important for us to focus on something that isn’t the wedding. Run in march, bike/run in April, and tie the knot in May.

This week’s training schedule [8 weeks until the 1/2]:
Monday: Nothing, more tea & rest.
Tuesday: 3 mile run
Wednesday: Bootcamp &  Yoga
Thursday: 3-4 mile run & Yoga
Friday: Bootcamp
Saturday: 6 mile run
Sunday: bike ride & yin yoga

I think this schedule is nice to ease back into distance running and giving me enough breaks with yoga and a light bike ride to end the weekend.

Are you training for anything this Spring?


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Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, Plant-Based Chef and Yoga Instructor. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.

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    1. Hannah
      January 23, 2014 AT 7:32 pm

      Oh my god, I can’t even tell you how much I used to love those Andes mints! My grandma would keep a big dish of them on top of the piano when I was much younger, so I would always pretend to go play the piano, but in reality, I was just pressing keys while covertly smashing chocolates into my face. Thank you for including the link and reuniting me with that treat!

      1. DK
        January 24, 2014 AT 8:38 am

        Yes! Me too! There are few candies I miss more than Andes mints. This vegan version is a delicious, healthier alternative! Enjoy!

    2. Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog
      January 20, 2014 AT 10:18 am

      All the yoga in your schedule looks perfect for easing back into the swing of things. I’m not currently training for anything, but I’m getting the itch to start. The past two summers I’ve trained for halfs, but I’m not sure I want that big of a commitment. We’ll see!