• Serena Marie RD

Strawberry Coconut Parfait & a New Home in the Citay

Summertime in the city!


Happy Day-After-Memorial Day!! I am ONE happy gal over here. On Saturday, the boyfriend and I FINALLY found an apartment to inhabit. I cannot tell you what an incredibly huge relief this is. Guys… I am PICKY. I had an idea of what I wanted, a budget, and a very specific neighborhood in mind… and I somehow found MANY of the things I wanted (not all of them, but hey, its NYC).


Ah. I AM SO EXCITED for my new apartment.


Anyway, its summer! This time of year I always decrease my mileage and focus more on strengthening and lifting. This summer, I am trying a new approach to lifting, which I am hoping will prepare me better for fall races, by utilizing lighter weight/bodyweight movements combined with calesthenics/HIIT to build strength... instead of lifting heavy weights.


What's this mean for my food choices? Lower mileage and no heavy lifting means shifting my diet to a lower-carb lifestyle. I’m kind of excited to “mix it up.” I feel like whenever I mix things up, I get super creative in the kitchen which means more recipes for you finnneee people.


Speaking of getting creative in the kitchen, my goal this June to create a FREE 5 Day Meal Prep Challenge for Runners. You guys, I can’t tell you how busy I am (Actually, one of my friends put it best, “I assume every weekend you’re either busy racing or busy being a bridesmaid.” LOL which is so true)… and I know that a perpetually busy schedule is common for us runners. We have a real life. We have relationships. We have deadlines. AND ON TOP OF THAT… we have a hefty training schedule.


I feel your pain and want to teach you my tricks for taking complex meal prep and Keeping It Simple, Speedy!!


So do me a favor and lemme know if you’d be interested? Or just whatever hiccups you have when it comes to meal prepping by shooting me an email, commenting below or DMing me on Instagram.


So here’s my faveee low carb breakfast RN. BTW, if you’re a runner reading this blog post, and you’re not already on my email list, ya gotta join cause I send you SO MANY AMAZING FREE resources to make this year your best year ever for running.





Strawberry Coconut Parfait

serves 1


¾ cup plain greek yogurt

1 tablespoon shredded coconut

1 cup frozen strawberries

1 ounce milk/almond milk/coconut milk (optional)

1 drop of vanilla stevia (optional)


1. Microwave strawberries until soft (about 1 minute). You can also use fresh strawberries but make sure they're soft and sweet!


2. In a small bowl, combine strawberries, yogurt, and stevia*. Mix well. If the mixture is too thick add a little milk to thin in out.


3. Top with coconut!


* You can skip the stevia if using sweet strawberries!! I love NOW brand of liquid stevia however to sweeten foods without spiking blood sugar.

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