Untraditional but Healthy Thanksgiving Menu

A few of my favorite healthy thanksgiving recipes. Untraditional maybe but still a delicious add to your holiday table.  Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

I am known in my family for getting creative around the holidays. Creative with food that is. I tend to stray from tradition and surprise friends and family with things like pumpkin lasagna, thanksgiving nachos, sweet potato gnocchi, kabocha squash pudding and the list goes on. It is especially fun because sometimes I am the only person eating these delicious dishes = more for me! 

aaaaaand Thanksgiving is just one week away!!!

Unfortunately this year I will be away from my family. I will be staying in Colorado and celebrating the day with the family I live with but… ONE OF MY FAVORITE COLLEGE FRIENDS IS COMING TO STAY WITH ME! 197326_439484262765371_120464568_n

Can you tell I am excited?

I am also excited to contribute some healthy thanksgiving dishes to the table. 

Here are some of my favorite untraditional but healthy thanksgiving recipes from around the web: 







The countdown begins!

Healthy Regards, 



What is your favorite holiday dish? I am all about the sides! Another very unconventional one but a dish I will be contributing to both thanksgiving and christmas is my sweet potato gnocchi. 




WIAW: A typical day of eats

The snow has arrived.  IMG_0775

Yesterday I woke up to this. The major highway closed down and all schools were closed. I had to do my bike ride on the trainer but made it out later to swim. 

The family I live with spent the day building this fort/igloo.  IMG_0778

Pretty cool, huh?


I am pretty much an eskimo these days (except for that fact that I was dragged out to take this picture while typing up this post, hence the bare feet). 

But anyways, let’s talk about food.

If I were to do a WIAW post every week, it would look very similar. Monday-Friday I pretty much eat the same thing every day. With busy days it is easy to keep things similar and consistency+habits make me happy. 

Here is snap shot into my eats from yesterday. 


WIAW breakfast

Honestly, my daily breakfast is not at all pretty or exciting. I eat plain oats and a banana almost every single morning. If I have a workout right away I don’t like to get creative with my oats. When I eat oats at another time of day I will get more creative, but typically they are pretty plain jane. 

Snack:  IMG_0728

Smoothie brain usually starts sometime during my first workout. I love coming home and getting busy with my Vitamix. This smoothie was a combination of almond milk, frozen banana, frozen mango, ginger, spinach, turmeric and cinnamon. 


WIAW lunch

The lunch I ALWAYS fall back on. Peanut butter sandwich and an apple/orange or carrots and celery. 

People, I have tried to switch things up and honestly this is just my favorite lunch. I think I look forward to lunch more than any other meal. I don’t even like to go out to eat lunch because there is something about the consistency of a pb sandwich and fruit or carrots that makes my day complete. 

Snack: WIAW snack

Post-second workout/mid afternoon snack really depends on how hungry and what my workouts consisted of that day. If it is a bigger training day this snack could resemble another meal, if it is a lighter training day I will often just have some fruit. 

After a swim yesterday I snacked on an apple and my festive pumpkin pie clif bar, that tastes like candy, while running some errands. 


During the week my dinners are typically a big bowl of everything. Since I am just feeding myself and usually don’t have a ton of time to cook dinner at night. Monday-Friday dinners look like this.   IMG_0724

I do usually do some prep work earlier in the week and cook in big batches so I have greens, veggies, a grain of some sort and protein ready to fill my bowl come dinner time. Here we have spinach, bell pepper, quinoa, black beans, avocado, hummus and sprouts topped with Sriracha and nutritional yeast. 


Like my mid-afternoon snack, an after dinner snack really depends on what time I eat dinner and what my training load was that day. Some days I finish dinner and am still pretty hungry before bed and sometimes I am not! Yesterday I sipped on some tea and was good with that! 

And that is a wrap on my meals and snacks from a typical weekday.

Healthy Regards,



Do you tend to eat the same things or is every day a bit different?



Training Recap 11/9 – 11/15, not all smooth sailing

While I wish I could say that training is always a straight line, that I get to check the box on every workout, that every training peaks workouts turns green upon completion and my training diary looks exactly like my training plan, that is just not the case. 


We have probably all seen this image in one way or another because it is so true. Sometimes you are climbing high and sometimes you are underwater (quite literally in triathlon training). 

This past week I had to back off of training. Many workouts were left undone and my training peaks calendar is driving my OCD athlete self crazy as multiple workouts have turned red (they turn green when you complete them right and red when you don’t complete them). 

My hip started hurting last week and then was concerningly aggravated after a Tuesday workout of 200’s on the track. For those of you who don’t know, I was diagnosed with two stress fractures in my hip last year, spaced 10 months apart so when I felt like I was finally coming back from the first one, the second fracture happened. During that time I also found out that I have low bone density which means I am especially susceptible to bone injuries. All that being said, 2014 was a really tough year and I want to stay as far away from going back to that as possible. 

After Tuesday, my coach and I decided to take the rest of the week easy and no running except for a very easy “test run” of 15 minutes on Sunday.

Frustrating? Yes totally. 

But at the same time, I know that this is a part of running. I think back to any chunk of time where I have been building my running mileage and there has always been a week or two that I have had to step back because of a niggle. It has always allowed my body some extra rest and a renewed approach to running after. I’ll admit, the fact that this niggle is in my hip is concerning but I know I am doing everything I can and I have faith in that. When I am ready to run again this niggle has brought up some modifications we (my coach and I) need to make to my training. Believe it or not, I actually feel at peace with all this. I truly believe that it is just a niggle, that it is my body’s way of telling me, “Hey Hayley, let’s change some things with your running, let’s keep finding new ways to take care of me (your body) because I want to keep running for another few decades at least.” 

Believe me, this is a weird place for me to be at. It almost feels like an out of body experience that I am not seriously loosing my mind over this. I have never felt so OK about any sort of pain in my body but I truly have very few doubts that I am going to be back running smarter soon enough. 

So to that training, shall we?

Monday: Swim 1 hour 10 minutes 

Tuesday: 1 hour run workout with 12 x 200 on the track, 2 hour base ride, 20 minute swim 

Wednesday: Rest 

Thursday: Swim 1 hour 20 minutes, strength 1 hour 

Friday: Ride 1 hour 30 minutes, swim 1 hour 

Saturday: Long base ride 4 hours

Sunday: Elliptical 10 minutes to warm up, easy “test run” 15 minutes, Strength 50 minutes. 


  • Swim: 3 hours 55 minutes
  • Bike: 7 hours 40 minutes
  • Run: 1 hour + 10 minutes elliptical 
  • Strength: 1 hour 50 minutes

14 hours 45 minutes total


Healthy Regards, 




Let’s catch up

Hi, friends!
Thanks for following along with Healthy Regards, Hayley. Blogging has been an interesting road for me. I started following many blogs about 4 years ago. I fell in love with reading blogs and thought of starting my own for quite some time before I finally took the leap. My first couple months of blogging I posted almost every day! I was so into it and just like any new skill, I felt a sense of accomplishment with every post. My favorite part about blogging was how my blog connected me with people from all over.

As time went on and 2014 became my hardest year to date, I moved away from the blog. I didn’t feel as though I had anything beneficial to share and was not feeling inspired in any area. It took some time but I finally started to post again as I felt more stable in my own life. I decided to not put any expectations on the consistency of blogging and to truly treat it as another hobby. As I give myself to other areas of my life I find myself lacking the energy and creativity that it takes to maintain a blog. I still truly love when I do have the chance to create a recipe or take time to create a post on health, fitness or general well-being but right now, those chances are rare and I am ok with that. However, I am enjoying a new newsletter format as a way to keep my followers up to date on general life stuff. It is an easy way to share in a less formal way for those people who are interested! 

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Healthy Regards,