I missed yet another Fuel Friday yesterday. I had planned a post, created the recipe and made the dish (which was actually a dessert), and then ate it. But I never got around to sharing it. In part because I didn’t like one of the aspects of it. Knowing it could be better, I decided to wait. If I give it another go and think it is worthy to share, I’ll pass it along. In the meantime, I’m asking for your forgiveness. ; )
It has been an interesting food-related week in my house. Whenever there is a somewhat of a health “crisis”, the first thing I do is look to our diets. For that reason (and for the record, it’s not really a crisis per se, but an opportunity to be more aware and mindful of what we are putting in our bodies), we’ve been experimenting a little bit. Nothing too crazy but it never hurts to mix it up. Especially if it means adding more fruits and vegetables, super foods, etc.
Sure I love my coffee, chocolate, and wine. But I’m a firm believer in the magical healing power of whole, plant-based food. Holistic nutrition is such a huge passion of mine. For many years I wanted to pursue it as a career even. (I still do but it has fallen on the priority list for the time being.) Anyway, being that I have a marathon coming up (TOMORROW!!!) and I know how dangerous it can be to stray from ones “normal” diet too close to a race, I’ve tried to be extra careful. There was a steamer clam incident last night though. Balance, right?
So today, I thought I’d share some link love. Here a few things I’ve found recently that have caught my attention.
:: Just today I came across this article: What to Eat the Week of a Marathon on Runner’s World that I haven’t seen before and thought I’d share. I stumbled upon it on Stuft Mama’s website. (Lots of other inspiring stuff on her site too!)
:: Lately, whenever I’m lacking some kitchen motivation, I’ve been turning to this website: A Whisk and Two Wands. Have you seen it? Simple, healthy meals, snacks, smoothies, and desserts. It has been such an inspiring source for ideas as of late. Everything on there is drool worthy!!
:: Clif Dark Chocolate Mojo Bars. Need I say more?
:: One of my food obsessions is popcorn. I can’t get enough of the stuff. I would estimate that in the past three weeks, I’ve ate popcorn at least 18 out of 21 days. My flavoring/topping preference seems to change somewhat seasonally but right now I’m on a major nacho “cheese” kick. The cheesy flavor comes in the form of nutritional yeast.
Nutritional yeast is a member of the fungi family. It sort of has a yeasty, nutty, cheesy flavor and is popular among vegetarians/vegans to mimic the flavor of cheese though it has no dairy in it. Nutritional yeast is high in, you guessed it, nutrients! I will say, in my experience, that it is an acquired taste. I wasn’t crazy about it the first couple of times I had it but now I crave it often.
Back to the popcorn! Pop up a serving. I make mine on the stove in oil. (Balance, right?) One tsp. of oil to three tbsp. popcorn kernels. For this version I pop mine in olive oil. After it has popped, I transfer it to a bowl and add more olive oil, nutritional yeast, chili powder, fresh cracked black pepper, and a touch of salt. I add enough oil so that the yeast and spices adhere to the popcorn. You don’t want to skimp on the oil but remember that you can always add more so ease into it.
And look at that! A little bonus recipe!
:: I’m super excited to try out a new product from Nuun that launched just recently! I’ve been hearing awesome things about Nuun Energy! It contains caffeine, B vitamins, and of course, electrolytes. I’m a little behind the times so I haven’t sampled it myself yet (it’s on its way though) but who couldn’t use a little kick of energy? I’ll keep you posted once I have it in my hot little hands!
Okay, I’m off like a herd of runners with a race tomorrow! (And to go make some of that popcorn!!) ; )
Have a great Saturday!!