Last night I had a disappointing run:
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Not great considering I averaged 9:06 minute miles during at my last 5K. I was tired from a run two days prior and the 95 degree heat was getting to me. If it wasn’t for the awesome springdance mix I was listening to, I probably wouldn’t have gotten that far. My goal is to average 9:20 minute miles by the end of this month and continue to improve as I get closer to the half-marathon in October.
For lunch I created a time consuming avocado-tahini salad that was rich and creamy, perfect break from the stressful day.
It was actually a therapeutic break from the day’s insanity to create this masterpiece, my lunch hour was just not long enough to take a mental vacay from the open issues that awaited my return to the office. For the dressing, I blended a small avocado, about 2 tbsp. of tahini, 2 tbsp. or lemon juice, fresh ginger chunk and kelp granules in the Vita-Mix. Oh my, I ate an entire avocado today! But it was a really small one! :-P
One of my favorite hemp sauces/dips is the nacho cheese dip from Kristen’s Hemp Recipe book because it has a lot of kick, is versatile, great source of hemp protein and I almost always have all the ingredients readily available to chuck into the Vita-Mix for it. And if I’m feeling frisky, I might up the cayenne pepper a bit and cover a salad in it.
Yeah, that’s fresh cauliflower, zucchini, kale, tomatoes and carrots completely coated for a filling, fiery dinner salad. I’m thinking if I up the spice more, maybe chuck in a couple of habaneros and multiply the amount by 48 times, I might have the first raw vegan challenge for Adam Richman to tackle. Probably not. But, I highly recommend trying this fiery salad if you’re feeling daring.
When we first planted our garden, I was very careful to label all the crops. Well, about a week after, we had a huge wind storm that relocated all the labels. One of the squash vines has been growing like mad since and I figured it was zucchini or yellow squash, but the forming squash looks like neither.
After a little research, I remembered I planted a butternut squash vine there which happens to look a lot like zucchini. Anyway, it’s snaking all around the planter beds and has about 6 squashes forming now, I can’t wait! And I need to tie up this tomato plant again this weekend because it’s taking over one of the beds!
Buried under all that is an artichoke plant, stevia plant, cilantro, watermelon and zucchini.