Zing!

Today I went to the Boulder Farmers’ Market and saw lots of wonderful fruits, vegetables, and all sorts of delicious looking snacks. I tried the Quinoa from Keen One Food and it was AMAZING! It’s inspiring me to go out and buy some quinoa for dinner tonight. Nom nom nom. I don’t have any quinoa recipes but I’m sure I can create something with the few ingredients in my house. One stand (I don’t remember the name) was selling different flavored almonds. I tried the Chai almond and the Cherry Vanilla almond. Both were very flavorful but I like my plain raw almonds better. They captured the taste of Chai perfectly though. My friend and I have made it a pact to go every Saturday now since it’s a fun place to be. Everyone is just chillin’ on the lawn eating their lunches and having nice relaxing conversations. There’s an area for food stalls/trucks and so many ethnic foods were available. From Mediterranean gyros to Vietnamese noodles to Indian food. Even if you don’t buy anything from the food trucks, all the samples are great. It’s like Costco… outdoors. I bought some local peaches from Palisade, CO and I blended one up in my smoothie today – nice and fresh. Supporting local farmers is important to me but it’s definitely not the most financially rational thing to do. Why is produce so expensive!?

I just started reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan and the first few chapters are about why farmer’s only plant corn now. The government basically subsidizes corn farmers to encourage them to plant more corn and increase yield. Corn is in everything we eat now – it’s even in the wax put on cucumber skin! Farming technology has advanced enough so that farmers can use synthetic fertilizers to increase the yield of corn and efficiency of the land. Nitrogen (once introduced into the soil by planting legumes) is just added to the land and more corn can be planted on the same land mass year after year. It makes me angry that the government doesn’t subsidize other types of produce as much, if at all – we have to eat the rainbow to maintain a healthy body! Healthy food should be accessible and affordable to every family – we shouldn’t have to rely on fast food chains as the basis of our meals.

Peach, Pineapple, Banana Smoothie

So there’s a picture of my delicious smoothie today. Filled with so much energy and nutrients – love it. I should really try to be creative with naming my smoothies. Maybe I’ll call it my Zing! smoothie.

Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 peach
  • 10 cubes of ice
  • 10 pineapple chunks

That’s all she wrote. All natural and 100% delectable.

So last night after Insanity, Plyometric Cardio Circuit, I wasn’t too tired so I went on a slow run. I decided to deviate from my normal running route and I basically ran around the entire town; added another 2 miles to my normal run. It was the longest run I’ve ever accomplished – 7.1 miles (according to Google Maps). Yay! I ran without music and ran slowly so it was a nice relaxing time. Toward the end my energy was flagging. Slept like a baby!