Good news, I finally completed my long run today and the weather was perfect for it! But I first enjoyed lots of coffee, a Vega smoothie and lounging with my furry friends enjoying the Sunday paper and fireplace since the house was very chilly this morning.
Shadow was a bit doped up on his catnip toy, can you tell?
All 9 miles of the run actually went pretty well, I trekked a new route around nature trails to change things up and I had to detour once because it’s sheep grazing week here where sheep are brought in from local farms and let loose around the huge, grassy fields to eat extra grass – sort of natural mowing/wildfire prevention. One of the nature trails I was running was blocked partway with a herd, so I hung a U-turn and detoured through a neighborhood to pick up the trail again.
After the run, I had another Vega smoothie and a big, salty bowl of popcorn for lunch – odd? That’s because I have strange food cravings after long runs. And somehow I still had energy to take the dog for her long walk and enjoy the wonderful weather more, not hurting for vitamin D today!
Many of the trees here are already blooming and it’s gorgeous.
Plenty of these guys buzzing around too.
For snack I broke out an old friend that I just don’t use as much as I should, my Breville juicer.
I juiced broccoli stalks, carrots, small beets, apple and ginger which only created one glass of juice.
A beautiful, vibrant pink glass of juice though. It was a bit too spicy thanks to the ginger, but I still liked it. And my pee will probably be pink for a week now, TMI? :-P
One of the reasons I don’t use my juicer too much is I hate wasting the pulp, so I always have to plan to use pulp in something too. Today it was Gena’s Juice Pulp Crackers because they’re simple and I had time at home to load the dehydrator.
But I didn’t have ground flax seed and had to grind some quick in the Vita-Mix dry blade container.
Then I threw the rest of the ingredients into the food processor and processed until the juice pulp chunks were blended into the mix.
Spread onto a dehydrator sheet and after 3 hours of dehydrating, I had pink crackers.
If you have a juicer, Gena’s recipe is a great way to use the pulp because the crackers taste a lot like Wheat Thins to me with a hearty Triscut-like texture. It’s relatively fast and easy to make a huge batch at a time to store and enjoy for a few weeks. I like the crackers as salad croutons, hummus dippers or making mini sandwiches with them.
And for dinner I was feeling pretty lazy, the long run was catching up with me. I whipped up a stir fry sauce in the Vita-Mix using carrots, ginger, garlic, agave nectar, soy sauce and a little water. And stir fried it with tempeh cubes, broccoli, red cabbage and green onions for a quick dinner.
After successfully dirtying every appliance in my kitchen today, I think it’s time for a hot bath!
Do you have a juicer? How do you use the pulp?