Look Mom. I Can Feed Myself!

I don’t do much for myself in the kitchen, and my ineptitude in this room has reached embarrassing proportions. Since my wife and daughter have gone gluten free, the ingredients in the cupboards have become even more baffling. Scott Jurek’s book, Eat and Run, is inspiring me to become a bit more adventurous and start trying to be more self-sufficient with my food. This is especially important for my heavy training for the 50k ultra-marathon I hope to run later this year. Jurek is probably the most accomplished ultra-marathoner of all time, and swears that his plant-based diet has made him more competitive and lessened his recovery time after hard workouts tremendously.

I enjoyed this Green Power Pre-Workout drink today, and I really think it gave me a boost for my 20 mile bike ride today (especially considering I couldn’t shake my sluggishness beforehand). I mixed the following in our high powered blender called a Blendtec. The spirulina, by the way, is a green algae that is said to have been carried into battle by Aztec warriors. How cool is that?

2 frozen bananas, 1 organic apple, 1 organic kiwi, 1 cup apple juice, 3 cups water, 2 teaspoons spirulina powder, and 1 teaspoon miso

The spirulina gave the mix a shocking green color. I’m accustomed to “green” from the spinach based smoothies my wife serves up almost daily, but this was a seriously dark bodacious green. Anyhow, it was yummy and I made it myself. I don’t get to say that very often, so it felt good in the same way my seven year old daughter must feel when she makes scrambled eggs. I think the blender is a good place to start since it’s so darn easy.

originalphoto credit: http://www.readwave.com/life-according-to-isabelle-aztec-warrior_s3058

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