Sometimes the best snacks are the most simple to prepare. Give this a try: slice up your favorite apples and drizzle some caramel over them. Great family treat. Yum
~ Coach Lora Erickson
This is an easy and fast dinner (and a great way to use up some food storage). It’s pretty healthy too!
~ Coach Lora Erickson
I love to garden and often have excess fruit and vegetable but also don’t grow everything. I thought it would be a great idea to create a group where we could exchange produce with each other if we have extra of something and wanted something else we don’t grow so I created a new Facebook page. We can also share gardening ideas and tips. If you have a garden and live in the Bountiful area, please join us. Learn more
Some time ago I wrote a review on The Feed Zone cookbook (read the review) and was impressed with the book. I was delighted when I saw that the same authors came out with an on-the-go portables cookbook. I’ve always been a big believer in consuming real and fresh food over processed products and I am also a bit of a do-it-yourself’er (DYI’er) so this book just makes sense for me. I also really like how they went into the sweat rates for fluid replacement, when to eat vs drink, the science of foods and the digestive process in this book. I believe people will be much more motivated to eat real foods if they understand the benefits so I was pleased to see that they took the time to do this in the book. The various charts included throughout the book are helpful and I especially like the Est. Calories Burned per hour of Running/Walking including pace particularly valuable. This book makes it easy to calculate your calorie needs. Also, if you are having a lot of GI issues when exercising then the information in this book can help you figure out what things you may tolerate better. There are also a lot of gluten-free and vegetarian recipes.
The simple small packaging makes it realistic to eat real foods or “portables” for the typical busy-on-the-go lifestyle that many cyclists/athletes (and athletic moms) have. This book was written for the everyday athletes to the elite pro. I know eating real foods increases my level of enjoyment with more variety and flavors. With great recipes like baked pasta, pizza rolls, sweet & sour chicken and cinnamon rolls how could you go wrong? Here’s another great one:
Feed Zone Portables
Blueberry & Chocolate Coconut Rice Cakes
TIME> 25 minutes
3 cups uncooked sticky rice
4 ½ cups water
¾ cup coconut milk
¼ to ½ cup raw sugar to taste
juice of 1 lemon (about 3 tablespoons)
1 ½ teaspoons coarse salt, or to taste
6 ounces chocolate chips (half of a regular bag)
1 pint fresh blueberries
- Combine rice, water, and a dash of salt in a rice cooker and let cook.
- Transfer cooked rice to a large bowl and add coconut milk. Add sugar and lemon juice.
- Stir thoroughly and salt to taste.
- Let rice cool then spread half onto a 9” x 13” baking pan. Press flat.
- Sprinkle chocolate chips and berries evenly over the rice.
- Gently press the remaining rice over the berries and chocolate.
- Let sit for 5 minutes, cut into squares and wrap.
per serving› Energy 249 cal, Fat 6 g, Sodium 194 mg, Carbs 45 g, Fiber 2 g, Protein 4 g, Water 65%
If you are looking for some great recipes for your on-the-go lifestyle, I highly recommend this book. You might even find your mouth watering as you read and view the recipes and full-color pictures. Click here to purchase your own copy. This would be a great addition to any athletes’ kitchen library.
Coach Lora Erickson
Velo Press puts out a lot of other great books for athletes. Click here to take a look.
The book can also be found locally at Bountiful Bicycle (tell them hello for me).
One of my Team Blonde Runner (TBR) tri-athletes shared this with me. She uses this as a race recovery food along with raw almonds, fruit and other proteins. Enjoy (thanks for sharing Tracy).
1 C flour (1/2 white flour, 1/2 wheat flour)
1/2 C yellow cornmeal
1/4 C oat or wheat bran
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1-1/2 C low-fat buttermilk or regular milk
1/2 C mashed ripe bananas
2 TBS butter
2 tsp honey
1 large egg
Mix it all together. Add fresh blueberries or strawberries over the top and use a light syrup. They’re yummy and filling.
So, the kale I made last night for dinner was a big hit – even with the kids. All but one of my four children asked for seconds of the “kelp” LOL
Here’s what I did.
I took a few pounds of kale and removed the ribs and then coarsely chopped them and sautéed them lightly in canola oil and steamed them covered in about a cup of water for a few minutes (just until they turn a bright green). I think it took about 2 or 3 minutes. Then I thinly slices about 5-6 peeled cloves of fresh garlic and added a dash of salt and pepper. I continued to steam them covered over low heat for 13 or so minutes and added a splash of red wine vinegar just before I served them. The only trouble is I should have made twice as much. My kids LOVED it – and the best part is – it’s healthy!
Keep Cookin’ Healthy,
Coach Lora Erickson
Health Benefits of Kale
Kale is knows as one of the superfoods because of its great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties as well as its cholesterol-lowering benefits. Kale is considered a cruciferous vegetable (as is cabbage and broccoli) and should be part of your weekly diet. Most people steam it which enhances its cholesterol-lowering ability. Kale is packed with vitamin K, vitamin A and vitamin C along with many other nutrients such as manganese, calcium, and potassium. It is also a really good source of many B vitamins along with providing natural fiber. Kale is also well known for its anti-cancer nutrients in the form of glucosinolates. Be sure and include it in your diet weekly.