Posts tagged ‘chia’

July 5, 2011

born to run

I recently read Christopher McDougall’s book, Born to Run.  My sister read it first and told me that I would really like it, so I started off my summer reading with it.  Well, I am probably one of the last runners to read this book, but any runner (or want-to-be runner) who has not yet found the chance to read it, I urge you to do so this summer.

It was so entertaining and I rarely wanted to put it down.  It is not a how-to explanation of running, but reads like fiction and is entirely true.  It gave me an overwhelming urge to go out and run which is awesome motivation :).  It also made me want to go out and eat like the Tarahumara, mainly to see if I could feel any difference when I used their main ingredients in foods that I prepare.

Luckily, I didn’t have to create any recipes myself because No Meat Athlete has a download with a few recipes focused around Pinole and Chia, two of the main ingredients in the Tarahumara diet.  Chia is definitely not new to me, I easily eat it every day but I had never heard of Pinole.  It is basically toasted corn meal (there are instructions on how to prepare it in the book as well).  I made the Buckwheat Pinole Pancakes (as waffles instead) a couple weeks ago for dinner and they were absolutely delicious and filling because of the ingredients.  I’m not going to give away the recipe here because I want to support NMA’s cookbook he put together.  I have learned a lot about running and nutrition for running from the NMA’s website and if you are interested in Fueling your Run the Tarahumara Way, definitely check out his ebook.

So go out and get the book from the library, order the ebook, and be ready to run.

June 22, 2011

what i ate wednesday #5

Welcome to the 5th edition of What I Ate Wednesday!  I had a super productive day today and it was also filled with a few surprises!


Steel-cut oats + chia topped with a little coconut butter, a little peanut butter, a ton of blueberries and some peanut butter granola (I’m addicted).  Also had a cup of green tea with soy milk (I made it one full week without coffee and only one caffeine headache!).

After breakfast I started two loads of laundry, cleaned the bathroom and cleaned a few windows before my friend Emilee came and picked me up to go workout by the bluff at my [former] college.  We did the stairs a couple times and walked around campus.  It’s kind of ridiculous how many renovations/additions are going on – making it nicer when we’re not there to enjoy it anymore…  I was definitely up for a snack when we returned.

Mid-Morning Snack

Fruit bowl – grapes + cantaloupe!

After my snack pick-me-up, I continued to clean – my room, the living room, dining room, and finished + folded the laundry.  Oh, and I also mowed the front lawn.


I got to lunch a little later than usual due to my high productivity!  Lunch was leftover quinoa salad with green beans, sun-dried tomatoes, kidney beans and oregano with a glass of almond milk and carrots :).

Also had some not-so-lemony gluten-free lemon chia bread.

Around this time I saw a posting on Facebook for a small part-time job a local bakery was hiring for.  I emailed in my resume and they emailed back shortly thereafter asking if I was available today for an interview!  Jeesh, so I finally jumped in the shower at this point and got ready.

Afternoon Snack

Ate some rice cakes w/ homemade Honey Almond Butter + TJ’s Organic Blueberry Preserves (the raisin-looking dollops) while getting ready to go.

I also had an apple on the way to the interview.  The job would be throughout the summer and would be a fun addition to my schedule – I’ll find out by tomorrow if I got it or not!


Kinley made dinner when I was at my interview.  Vegan Tamales (recipe here!) with broccoli and homemade guacamole with blue corn tortilla chips.  Yum!

After dinner, Kin and I took Crosby on a “Freedom Walk”.  AKA when he is really good and doesn’t need to use a leash.  He loves being able to wander around and not be weighed down by the heavy collar haha.

He just loves it, hope your night was as good as his was!