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Healthy Hump Day: Homemade Cheeseburger Pasta [GF & Vegan-friendly] + WIAW

Howdy Friends! It’s hump DAAAAAYYYY! Did ya’ll read my last post on showing yourself a little TLC?? If so, how’s that coming? Have you felt happier or more mindful of making sure you’re taken care of before you take care of others? One of the ones I need to work on is waking up early enough to have a relaxing breakfast! 😛

I come to you bearing a new recipe! Before I started eating right for my body, I used to looove Hamburger Helper. Or anything with carbs and cheese in it, really.

So at the IDEA World Fitness Convention, I got these noodles from a brand called Explore Asian. I don’t usually eat pasta (even though I miss it dearly!), I’ll usually sub it out for spaghetti squash or zoodles. HOWEVER, these Explore Asian bean pastas are changing the game. They are around/under 200 calories per serving, contain 10g > net carbs, high in fiber, and have 20-25 grams of protein. WHAT?! I just blew your mind. Go clean it up. I’ll wait.

Now that you’ve cleaned up your mess, you must be thinking “But Elyse! Pasta is carbs is pasta is carbs and whaaaaat????” Well, dear friends, as you hopefully know, grains are not the only source of carbohydrates, and meat is not the only source of protein. The noodles in question, my curious kids, are made from either mung bean, black bean, or adzuki bean and water. That’s it. Two ingredients. Seriously.

You’re probably questioning that if it’s not even real pasta, and it’s made from weird beans you don’t even know about, it probably tastes funny, right? Wrong, mostly. The mung bean fetuccini’s texture is slightly different than regular pasta..probably closer to that of whole wheat pasta. Other than that, it cooks fast and tastes great! My favorite is probably the adzuki bean spaghetti. I made it last night in a stir fry with chicken, butternut squash, peppers, onions, and Go Veggie! smoked provolone ‘cheese’. (Side note: I sauteed some Japanese Aomori Fermented Black Garlic in the pan prior to cooking. Yay for new and exciting flavor combos!) Sorry I didn’t provide a picture – I was too hungry to make it look pretty!

This past weekend, had a hankering for something cheesy, so I whipped up this recipe and now I’m going to share it with all of you lovelies!

Healthy Cheeseburger Pasta:


List of Ingredients


  • 1 lb ground beef or beef-style crumbles
  • 1 package of Explore Asia pasta (mung, adzuki, or black bean), zoodles, spaghetti squash, or your choice of pasta.
  • 1 t. onion powder
  • 1/2 t. garlic powder
  • 1/2 t. worcesterschire sauce (optional)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Paleo ‘Cheese-Sauce’

  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c. + 1 c. extra light tasting olive oil, separated
  • 1/2 t. mustard powder
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • Lemon or lime juice to taste
  • 2 T nutritional yeast

Or instead of ‘cheese-sauce’…



How to Cook

For the Cheese-Sauce:

  1. Combine egg, 1/4 c. olive oil, salt, and mustard powder in a bowl and blend using an electric handheld mixer or immersion blender until ingredients are completely blended.
  2. Continue to blend as you SLOWLY drizzle in the remaining cup of olive oil. The mixture should thicken and look more white in color.
  3. Blend in lemon or lime juice and nutritional yeast. Set mixture aside.

For the meat/pasta:

  1. Cook pasta according to your product’s directions. (If using spaghetti squash, bake at 425 degrees for 25-30 minutes) I usually add a little salt and olive oil to the pot of boiling water to add flavor and help the noodles not stick together.
  2. Brown 1 lb of ground beef in large skillet with onion powder, garlic powder, and worcesterschire sauce. Drain in a collander when finished.
  3. Add pasta, ground beef or beef crumbles, and cheese-sauce or cheese slices to skillet and stir until combined. Serve with fresh steamed veggies! 🙂

Hope you all enjoy that as much as I did! There’s nothing better than comfort food after a long day 🙂

What I Ate Wednesday

I haven’t done one of these in a LONG time! Here are just a few of the things I’ve been eating.


I’ve really been digging these Go Veggie! cheese slices ever since I tried them at the IDEA World Expo!



Grilled low-carb flatbread with Applegate Farms organic turkey, tomatoes, avocado, honey mustard, and smoked provolone Go Veggie! slices with rainbow carrots and a side salad with peppers, spinach, blueberries, and snap peas.



Hari Tea – jasmine & ginger green tea from a mason jar. LOVE mason jars 😉

That’s all for now folks! Feel free to email me at run2yourownbeat@gmail with any questions, suggestions for posts, or just to say Hi! 

Happy Healthy Hump Day!


Confession: I successfully failed at Whole30 – Part 1

I feel like I haven’t been blogging enough lately – and I want to! I feel like I’m in a weird place in life right now, in the sense that I feel like I’m embarking on a more intellectual and emotional journey as opposed to a the physical (and kind of emotional) journey that I have been on for the past year and a half or so. I’m finding myself less focused on how I physically feel, and more focused on how I emotionally/mentally feel. (That’s doesn’t mean that I’m ‘letting myself go’ though!)

On July 5th, I began a Whole30 experience with EVERY intention of sticking with it, and I knew that it was physically possible for me because much of my diet is already quite similar to the plan’s format. I wholeheartedly stand behind the philosophy of the program.

Of his own will, my boyfriend decided to do it with me as well. The first five days were fine for me – I struggled a little bit missing my after-dinner chocolate, but I could deal with it. Steve said he felt so run-down and devoid of energy the whole time he was on the plan. Quite honestly, I thought he’d be the one to crack first! You might think that it was the sugar cravings or the need for bread or legumes or cheese that broke me. Actually, it was alcohol.

Before you jump to conclusions, no –  I’m not an alcoholic and I do not/have never had a drinking problem. I turned 21 this past March, and am still enjoying the social aspect that comes with the privilege to go out with friends and have a drink or two. Not only did I feel the pressure with friends, but with family as well! They didn’t force me into it – but they would offer me a glass of wine, and when they’re all having it, it’s difficult to say no!

The first time I went off-plan was after the Spartan Sprint at Blue Mountain Ski Resort. It was just about five miles all uphill and then all downhill. Times ranged from 1 1/2 hours all the way to 10 hours – I finished in about 4 hours. (That also includes time waiting at obstacles, burpees, etc. Nobody was running this race.) By the end, I said to my boyfriend, “GIVE ME THE FREE BEER”. It wasn’t that I needed it physically, but..okay. Maybe I needed it. Not really. I shouldn’t make excuses. I wanted the beer after, and then I wanted to have a meal filled with protein and vegetables – which I did.


The following day, I was leaving to go to Georgia for a week to visit with family. I met my parents and brother down there, all of whom had just flown in from Denver after my brother’s lacrosse tournament. I was still determined to maintain this plan. I packed all my leftovers in my carryon bag, I went grocery shopping once I got there, I even brought a little arsenal of spices, coconut oil, nuts and fruit, and other Whole30 foods to make traveling on Whole30 a little easier.

I made it until Thursday – where it all went downhill from there. Not even two weeks, and I had been broken. I did, however, learn some things from this short, less-than-successful attempt at Whole30. Stay tuned for Part 2 to find out just what I learned!

In the mean time…

Have you ever failed at something you thought you could do?

What are your ‘eating philosophies’?

Heartrate Monitor Users: You might be ignoring one HUGE component of exercise…

Howdy and happy Thursday friends! I hope you’re all having a good week. We’ve had some great weather this week here in Eastern PA (except for today – it’s rainy!)


Um, so I decided I’m actually going to start on July 5th ….I was persuaded to indulge in July 4th festivities! Regardless, I promise that I won’t change my start date this time!

I’m still working my way through the book and will probably start working on meal planning this coming week and the following week. Stay tuned for updates!



I want to talk about running in particular. I ran a 10k in November and literally have not gotten my distance past that point yet. I sort of feel like I’m starting over in a way, so I decided to set smaller goals for myself to avoid getting discouraged by failure.

Yesterday, I set a goal to run 3 miles non-stop at a 9:30 pace on the treadmill. Once I had gotten to the gym, I realized that I forgot my heart rate monitor! Slightly frustrated, I went through with my workout anyway. I not only met my goal, but I felt great!! This was odd for me because typically I get very bored on the treadmill. I think I just needed to prove to myself that I could in fact run that distance without stopping. I did an upper body circuit after and left the gym feeling refreshed.

I decided to go sans heart rate monitor again today! I did a leg workout with some supersets of deadlifts, squats, and some leg press, etc. along with some cardio. I attempted to do 30 minutes of 30 seconds on/30 seconds off at 7.5 mph/6.0 mph. It was kind of a bust – I ended up only doing 20 minutes and my 30s off ended up just being a straight up rest at some points – and I even threw in some tabatas at 9.0 mph. The point is – I did what my body felt like doing because that is what gives me a feeling of satisfaction.

These two days have been quite eye opening. I realized just how much I was checking my HR monitor during my workout and how it basically dictated how hard I was going to push myself in that next moment. I’m no athlete. I am, however, very grateful for the body I was given and that I have the ability to move it as I please

The Problem: Not listening to your body enough.

If you frequently use a HR monitor, it’s easy to forget how much it distracts you from focusing on how you feel as opposed to what your heart rate is. While HR monitors are great – particularly for those just learning how to exercise or with a large amount of weight to lose – it can become sort of a crutch when exercising. When it comes to running, however, you really just have to go with how you feel.

The Solution: Set daily fitness goals that are feeling-based.

These goals should not be calorie-based. They should be be feeling-based. That means to run until feel reach a sense of accomplishment, lift until your muscles are reasonably spent, and wake up the next day and do it all over again.

Exercise, while it can be science-y times, is usually an emotional experience for many. I don’t mean that folks are sobbing while on the treadmill or giggling everytime they do a bicep curl. We all know that exercise serves as a great de-stressor and offers people an opportunity to clear their minds.

I conclude with this: heart rate monitor users, every so often, allow yourself the opportunity to remind yourself why you fell in love with exercise in the first place, before you ever got a heart rate monitor. Allow yourself to focus on the physical and emotional feelings that accompany exercise. 

That’s all I’ve got for today folks! Some questions for you:

How did exercise change for you after you got a heart rate monitor?

If you choose to go a day without it, post your thoughts/reflections/feelings in the comments on this post – I’d love to hear what you all have to say!!!