Fuel Your Force with These Yoda Cucumber Bites

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Star Wars Fuel Your Force is a commitment to finding your “inner Force” through an active and healthy lifestyle. Taking inspiration from the epic stories and powerful characters from the Star Wars galaxy, these nutritious recipes are good for you, full of flavor, and sure to bring balance to the Force and your inner well being.

Adventure. Excitement. A Jedi craves not these things. But what is craveable is a morsel filled with crunch, tang, and zest to help you harness your energy.

Make these cucumber bites in the shape of Master Yoda and with each bite you’ll be reminded that the Force is an energy that surrounds us and binds us. Feel the Force around you. Fill your body with healthy, mindful snacks, you will.

Yoda Cucumber Bites

Yield: 8 servings

Serving size: 3 bites

Guacamole ingredients:

  • 1 avocado, halved and pitted
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • Squeeze of half a lime (approx. 2 teaspoons)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 slices deli turkey

Step 1: In a small bowl, scoop out the avocado and add the garlic, salt, and lime juice. Mash together well.

Steps to make Yoda Cucumber Bites.

Step 2: Slice ⅔ of the cucumber into rounds. Use a round cutter to cut out rounds of turkey.

Steps to make Yoda Cucumber Bites.

Step 3: On top of a cucumber round, place turkey, then a spoonful of guacamole.

Steps to make Yoda Cucumber Bites.

Step 4: Slice the last ⅓ of the cucumber into half moons and place on both sides to create ears. Top with another cucumber round, to serve.

A tray of Yoda Cucumber Bites.

Star Wars Fuel Your Force continues through 2019. Find healthy recipes, fun activities, articles, and other information at StarWars.com and tell us about your own journey on social media using #FuelYourForce #StarWars.

Jenn Fujikawa is a lifestyle and food writer. Follow her on Twitter at @justjenn and check her Instagram @justjennrecipes and blog www.justjennrecipes.com for even more Star Wars food photos.

Fuel Your Force with These Yoda Cucumber Bites

Star Wars Fuel Your Force Gear Guide 2019

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There’s been an awakening. Have you felt it?

Each new year, we’re reminded that it’s the perfect time to restart healthy routines and refocus our energy to find a balance. And this year in particular, Star Wars Fuel Your Force is committed to helping fans harness the power of their inner Force through an active and healthy lifestyle inspired by the themes, stories, and characters from the Star Wars saga.

To help unlock your full potential, we’re rounding up some of our favorite equipment, tech, apparel, and accessories for wherever the journey takes you!

A Fifth Sun shirt
A Fifth Sun shirt
A Fifth Sun shirt

Fifth Sun

Feel the Force flow within you and celebrate characters who exhibit strength and a keen understanding of the power of training with shirts emblazoned with your favorite heroes and villains plus inspiring phrases like “The Force is strong with this one.”

Terez leggings

Terez

Rebel against boring black (sorry, Kylo) by pulling on these Terez leggings — with patterns, illustrations, and even a crystal stormtrooper helmet — before you head out to exercise.

A woman using a Han Solo yoga mat.Three kettlebells.

Onnit

Enjoy a yoga session as peaceful as perfect carbonite-encased hibernation on a Han Solo mat and collect a bounty of Star Wars-themed kettlebells with weights inspired by some of the most recognizable helmets in the galaxy.

A Garmin watch.

Garmin

Help inspire kids to get moving with colorful fitness trackers that include a fun BB-8 adventure game.

Stance socks.

Stance

Whatever your exercise of choice, a pair of comfortable socks are essential to keep you going on any terrain.

A Bioworld backpack.

BioWorld

Pack your gym essentials in a backpack that proudly shows your dedication to whatever Star Wars side or character you choose.

New Era

For those who find a baseball cap to be as essential to any outfit as Darth Vader’s helmet and mask is to the Sith Lord, a hat that honors both.

A Fanatics T-shirt
A Fanatics swatshirt
A Fanatics T-shirt

Fanatics

You must choose your path, but not your allegiance. At a glance, everyone will know both your favorite professional sports team and your Star Wars fandom.

A Performa meal prep bag.

Performa

Build your own refueling station with these protein shakers, meal prep bags, and vitamin containers.

A Tervis water bottle.

Tervis

Hydrating is the best way to keep you feeling fully operational.

FGX Sunglasses

FGX Sunglasses

Sun in your eyes? Try these shades instead of going out with your blast shield down.

Hypnotic hats No-Show Socks

Hypnotic Hats No-Show Socks

Show the younglings in your life that they’re stronger than they know with a subtle nod to their favorite heroes and villains tucked into their shoes.

A FanWraps arm band.

FanWraps

No more fiddling with your phone mid-run. Whether you’re rebel scum or a loyal subject of the Empire, the Imperial insignia on this arm band will allow you to move along without raising any suspicions.

An Otterbox phone case.
An Otterbox phone case.
An Otterbox phone case.

Otterbox

Protect your phone without sacrificing style with a rugged Otterbox case in a variety of Star Wars-themed designs.

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13 Star Wars Quotes to Help you Stay Motivated for the runDisney Rival Run

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You’ve signed up for the big day and examined the finisher medals. Now it’s time to train for the runDisney Star Wars Rival Run Weekend. And for me, the hardest part is…well, getting started. I’ve been running off and on for years, but getting motivated to begin a new training plan is always tough. Fortunately, Star Wars is filled with inspirational quotes to get you feeling like you could take on the whole Empire yourself.

Before you lace up your running shoes and hit the road, consider these 13 quotes to keep you going!

1. “Breathe. Just breathe.” — Luke Skywalker

When you’re struggling in those early training runs, it can be easy to forget the basics. If you’re gasping for air, take a moment to concentrate on slowing your breath, and make sure you’re not pushing yourself to go too fast, too soon. It’s a (half) marathon, not a sprint! Pace yourself.

2. “She’s strong with the Force, untrained, but stronger than she knows.” — Kylo Ren

Running has more to do with repetition than inherent skill (although some people seem to be naturally built for speed.) You’ve just started on this journey and, like Rey, you are stronger than you know.

3. “No! No different! Only different in your mind.” — Yoda

The first time I trained for a 5K, it felt like an insurmountable obstacle. Just over 3 miles? Without stopping? “That’s impossible!” I thought in a voice that sounded an awful lot like Luke Skywalker. But I set the goal at finishing, not beating out the other much-more seasoned runners and I did it. Since then, I’ve completed two half marathons, countless 10Ks and 5Ks, and one annual Turkey Trot that traverses a very hilly 9 mile course. And every time I shoot for a longer distance, I remember this bit of wisdom from Master Yoda. Because if you can run a 5K, you can probably run a 10K. And once you’ve run a 10K…you’re almost halfway to the half marathon! Each mile is the same. The distance is only different in your mind.

4. “Never tell me the odds!” — Han Solo

The odds are you aren’t going to be the first person across the finish line on race day, and that’s OK. For me, running is more about competing with myself, finding that balance of mind and body, than qualifying for major marathons or beating out the other runners on the course. I always try to be better than I was last year or on the last run or in the last race. Sometimes I manage a new personal best. Sometimes, well…I fail.

5. “The greatest teacher, failure is.” — Yoda

Sure, it’s disappointing to look back at my old race times and realize that a mixture of injury, age, and hibernating has drastically slowed my pace over the years. But knowing that there’s still room for improvement is, in itself, a great motivator! Sometimes you (quite literally) fall down. Pick yourself up, vow to do better, and then put the time in to make it happen.

6. “Hope is like the sun. If you only believe in it when you can see it…”

“You’ll never make it through the night.” — Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo and Poe Dameron, quoting General Leia Organa

Whether you’re getting back into shape after a holiday respite or training for the very first time, those early runs are bound to be a bit of a slog. Have faith that it will get easier, your time (and energy level) will improve, and if you keep going, you’ll see that finish line appear up ahead.

7. “Hurry up, goldenrod, or you’re going to be a permanent resident!” — Han Solo

When I started running, I favored a half-mile loop in a local park because I knew I was always no more than a quarter mile from the chance to call it a day. But the same short stretch can be as monotonous as working on a moisture farm on Tatooine, and as I added more miles to each run, I started seeking out quiet roads instead. The thing is, when you start to get tired and you’re halfway into a 9-mile training run, the fastest way to get to the finish is to run. Or as a certain X-wing pilot might say…

8. “Stay on target!” — Gold Five

Map out a training plan that fits your schedule and your experience level, then try to stick with it as best you can. I love early morning runs, but if you aren’t an early riser a post-work workout may be a better fit. Or use your lunch break to log some miles.

9. “I’m sure you’ll do it this time… Finish the race, of course!” — Kitster

If you’re doubting yourself, you need a friend as uplifting as good ol’ Kitster to keep your spirits high. And even if you’re as alone as a Jakku scavenger come race day, the course will be lined with cheering bystanders to help keep you going.

10. “Luminous beings are we…not this crude matter.” — Yoda

It comes down to this: Mind over (crude) matter. A long run is a great time to let your mind wander, consider the beauty in your surroundings, or chat with a running buddy. Whatever you do, don’t concentrate on how much you don’t feel like running and have patience with yourself.

11. “The Sith and the Jedi are similar in almost every way, including their quest for greater power.” — Sheev Palpatine

This is a rival run, isn’t it? There’s no greater rivalry in the Star Wars saga that the battle between Jedi and Sith. But no matter which side you favor, you and your fellow runners are all headed for the same finish line.

12. “I’m One With The Force. The Force Is With Me.” — Chirrut Îmwe

Getting tired? Busy your mind with a mantra. And finally…

13. “Run, Luke! Run!” — Obi-Wan Kenobi

Yes! Yes! To Obi-Wan you listen.

Star Wars Rival Run Weekend is coming to Walt Disney World Resort, April 4-7, 2019! Visit runDisney.com for more information.

Associate Editor Kristin Baver is a writer and all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Do you know a fan who’s most impressive? Hop on Twitter and tell @KristinBaver all about them!

13 Star Wars Quotes to Help you Stay Motivated for the runDisney Rival Run

Get a First Look at the Star Wars runDisney 2019 Medals

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Luke Skywalker could feel the conflict within Darth Vader, but Emperor Palpatine hoped that instead of saving his father, the two would become bitter rivals. In April, runDisney celebrates the competitive spirit of these and other Star Wars characters at the Star Wars Rival Run Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, when you can challenge yourself or a friend to go the distance and snag one (or more!) of the covetable finisher medals.

Today, StarWars.com has your first look at these finely-crafted depictions of some of the most enduring rivalries across the Star Wars saga!

runDisney medal for Star Wars Rival Run 5K | Finn and Captain Phasma.

Star Wars Rival Run 5K | Finn and Captain Phasma

runDisney medal for Star Wars Rival Run 10K | Han Solo and Boba Fett

Star Wars Rival Run 10K | Han Solo and Boba Fett

runDisney medal for Star Wars Rival Run Half Marathon | Rey and Kylo Ren

Star Wars Rival Run Half Marathon | Rey and Kylo Ren

runDisney medal

Star Wars Rival Run Challenge | Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader

runDisney medals for the runDisney Kids Races | BB-8 and BB-9E

runDisney Kids Races | BB-8 and BB-9E

runDisney medal for the Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon | R2-D2

Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon | R2-D2

runDisney medal for the Kessel Run Challenge

Kessel Run Challenge

Whether you line the streets to cheer on your fellow fans, tackle your first 5K, or plan to crush the half marathon like an Imperial going after the Rebellion, we’re excited to see you there! Meet Star Wars characters, enjoy music and entertainment before and after the race and along the course route, and dress up as your favorite characters! The races are designed for runners of all ages, experience, and abilities, including a mile-long race just for younglings. Race participants can collect these Star Wars-themed finisher medals and other commemorative merchandise throughout the weekend. It’s a new year and a new you, so fuel your Force and join the fun.

Star Wars Rival Run Weekend is coming to Walt Disney World Resort, April 4-7, 2019! Visit runDisney.com for more information, and be sure to register to get your hands on your own finisher medals.

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Get a First Look at the Star Wars runDisney 2019 Medals

Announcing Star Wars Fuel Your Force!

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A Jedi’s strength flows from the Force, a connection of mind and body found through the deepest commitment to finding balance.

Star Wars Fuel Your Force logo.

Today, we are pleased to announce Star Wars Fuel Your Force, a commitment to finding your own “inner Force” through an active and healthy lifestyle, taking inspiration from the powerful stories and formidable characters from the Star Wars galaxy to help inspire you to unlock your full potential and discover your best self.

Using the Force is more than just lifting stones and starfighters. With Star Wars as your guide, you’ll find inspiration in themes of mentorship, self-discovery and inner strength encouraged by every story and adventure. With patience and mindfulness, you can become motivated and focused on living a healthy life both physically and mentally.

In 2019 and beyond, Star Wars Fuel Your Force engages fitness and wellness enthusiasts through new and exciting product collaborations in gear, healthy living accessories, and more.

A runner jogs in front of a city skyline as part of Fuel Your Force.

As we embark on a new year, harness the power of your “inner Force” to discover a new you while inspiring family and friends to join in and become even more powerful as a community.

Star Wars Fuel Your Force continues through 2019. Find healthy recipes, fun activities, articles, and other information at StarWars.com and tell us about your own journey on social media using #FuelYourForce #StarWars.

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