Little Miss Sunshine, or "Sunny" for short, managed to wriggle her way into our car during the Mountain Masochist Trail Run 50 back in early November. And by that I mean, I rescued her out of the middle of the road and absolutely could NOT leave without her ;)
Sunny has spent the past few weeks getting healthy by gaining some much needed weight, getting her doggie vacines and going through a round of antibiotic treatment for the Lyme and Ehrlichia (both tick-borne diseases) followed by yet another round for kennel cough (yuck). That being said, she has adjusted well and wasted no time whatsoever making herself comfortable in our cozy household!
It's always interesting to see how the body and mind reacts to having a much lower training load than normal. What's a girl to do with all that extra energy??? For me, I've been coping by putting extra time and energy into some much needed household organization (dear coach - my husband thanks you very much :) and indulging in a random assortment of crafty projects. The biggest of those projects came with my decision to break out our power tools and build myself a new "bike trainer desk." YES I know how to use power tools and YES it's a desk dedicated soley to my riding my trainer ... because I love riding my bike inside THAT much (??) Really though, I was tired of my old setup which simply featured using a small bookcase to the left of my bike. That worked just fine except until I became a little too inept at knocking it over (oops!) I LOVE my new rig, which was built to include plenty of storage space for gear and to also double as a standing desk (winning!) It took plenty of grit, perserverence and elbow grease to make, so in a sense made for a perfect off-season project that I can use for many seasons to come!
That's enough life updates for now. Let's get to the good stuff, shall we??
If you've been keeping up with this blog (or know me personally) then you KNOW I love chocolate in any shape or form. This peppermint bark recipe is actually a creation from last winter that I never found the opportunity to post! It features TWO layers of chocolate, juicy pomegranate arils and touch of peppermint. Not only is it oh so pretty to look at, you get a nice bonus of antioxidants with every bite. I'd say it's "guilt free" but all chocolate is guilt free in my household... so yea. Go make yourself some, and don't forget to share the joy with others!
1 pkg white chocolate*
1 pkg dark chocolate (60% cocoa or greater)*
1/8 tsp peppermint extract
1/2 c. peppermint candy pieces
1/2 c. pomegranate arils
Additional dark chocolate for drizzling
9x13" baking pan
*I used Ghirardelli brand, 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate and classic white chips
Kristen Chang is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and endurance athlete residing in southwest Virginia alongside her husband and dog. Through this blog she aims to share favorite fueling recipes, general wellness and sport nutrition tips and stories from her athletic endeavors.
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