TEAM ARIANA MISSION
Team Ariana is a collaborative effort to inspire, motivate and empower children and adults to live a healthy lifestyle, find a passion, pursue it and give back to others in a meaningful way to effect social change with selfless resolve, humility and integrity.
A LIFETIME PASSION
The early years when I was figuring it all out
WHEN THE TROPHY IS BIGGER THAN YOU
One of my favorite late season races – The Old College Tri. This year I won the individual and team event.
One of my hardest races when I was 11. It consisted of a 5 mile hilly trail run, 16 mile bike, 2 mile trail run and then a race straight up the top of Enchanted Rock.
SMALL, BUT STILL OPEN WATER CHAMP
Contrary to assumption, I got my dad into the sport WITH ME when I was 12. The inaugural year of the open water Spring/Fall Classic.
ONE YEAR INTO MY CAREER AGE 8
My mom still was allowed into transition. Looking down at the setup now, I must have anticipated staying the night with all that stuff.
Percentage of Homeless Population Who Are Children
Percent of Unemployed Parents Who Utilize Vogel Alcove
Percent Of Dallas Children In Poverty
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
The homeless epidemic among children is real in every major city in every state in the U.S. It is heart wrenching to meet these most innocent victims of circumstance who do not have their own room, bed or special pillow to call their own. It is our duty as human beings to pause for a moment and do what we can to give back. Each one of us has a voice. Let’s work together to make a difference. To date, Team Ariana has raised over $300,000 for the benefit of homeless children across the country…and we are just getting started.
Homeless Children in U.S. Each Year
Public School Children Who Are Homeless
Number of Homeless Children Served by Vogel Alcove
Percent of Homeless Children Under Age 5
Some of my favorite recipes
My all-time favorite post-workout snack! Trader Joe’s gluten free/dairy free pancakes popped in the toaster, smothered in @wild_friends chocolate coconut peanut butter, and layered with yummy bananas!
HEALTHY PROTEIN BARS
Healthy. Delicious. Protein. Bars. Enough said.
1/2 cup vanilla flavored protein powder
2 TBS coconut flour
1/2 cup creamy almond butter
2 TBS smooth peanut butter
4 TBS coconut oil
2 TBS maple syrup
2-3 TBS chocolate chips for melting
1. Combine protein powder and coconut flour in mixing bowl. Set aside.
2. In a small pan over medium heat, add almond butter, peanut butter, coconut oil, and maple butter until smooth. Remove from heat and pour into dry mixture.
3. Place chocolate chips in microwave safe bowl and nuke until melted. Mix periodically.
4. Drizzle and spread chocolate over fudge. Place in freezer for 30 minutes.
5. Remove from freezer, cut into preferred size, and store in fridge. ENJOY!
GREEK YOGURT BARK
A favorite sweet tooth snack with a healthy twist: Greek yogurt bark filled with blueberries, strawberries, coconut flakes, pretzels, dried apricot, and drizzled with dark chocolate, then frozen to perfection!
YUMMY COCONUT MACAROONS
Delicious 6 ingredient coconut macaroons: Gluten-free, vegan, and dairy-free! The use of coconut oil improves skin health and brain function. #SnackingwithTeamAriana
7 oz (3cups) unsweetened shredded dried coconut
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 tbs virgin coconut oil, melted
2 tsp vanilla extract
1.Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2.In a food processor, shred the coconut until consistency is as desired. Place coconut, cocoa powder, and salt in bowl. Add maple syrup, oil, and vanilla. Stir until combined.
3.Form into balls. Bake for 20 minutes.
4.Drizzle melted chocolate and top with pistachios for decoration.
GLUTEN FREE CHEX MIX
Cheerios, rice/corn Chex, gluten free pretzels, Fritos, almonds, and cashews + homemade tabasco/worcestershire sauce. Bake for 2 hours and voila!
POST-WORKOUT RECOVERY SNACK
Who said fudge was only a dessert? This recovery fudge is definitely my new favorite post-workout snack.
Place 1/2 cup almond butter, 2 tbs peanut butter (optional), 1/2 cup protein powder, 1/3 cup coconut oil, 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, 1 medium-sized banana, 1 tsp vanilla, and 1 tsp cinnamon in a blender and blend until smooth. Fold in 1 cup quinoa puffs.
Divide mixture among approximately 24 mini-muffin cups, or an ice cube tray. Sprinkle 1 tsp flaky salt (i.e. fleur de sel) over tops. Place tray in freezer until set, about 1 hour. The fudge cups will remain fairly soft and won’t freeze solid. Unmold fudge cups and keep in an airtight container or zip-top bag in the freezer for up to 1 month.
Photo courtesy of Rocket Fuel by Matthew Kady, RD
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO MY SPONSORS
You all make the mission possible. You believed in me at a very young age and provided the platform for tackling the epidemic of homelessness among children. Thank you for your continued support!