I have a love-hate relationship with salads. Do I always want to choose a salad at lunch or dinner? No. Do I usually end up enjoying them? Yes. And I especially enjoy them when they have a lot of extra crunch and both sweet and savory flavors all mixed in, like this honey-roasted almond and honey crisp apple salad. Whenever I whip this recipe up for lunch, I'm always satisfied afterward. In fact, because of the combo flavor palette I even look forward to it!
Mark and I just got back from a hike in Valley Forge National Historic Park. Today was quite literally a perfect summer day here in the Philly the area. Sunny, not too cloudy, almost no humidity and a high of about 75. We couldn't let a day like that pass by without spending most of it outside. Plus, we just genuinely love Valley Forge and there are so many great trails to explore there. Today we hiked about 3 miles on the Mount Joy trails. Could I ask for a better summer Sunday? Nope, don't think so. In addition to exploring new things here in Philly, we've also been exploring new recipes. One of them being this slow-cooker eggplant and cauliflower vegetable curry recipe.
Mark and I finally got a slow-cooker. As anyone with a slow-cooker knows (or anyone who's even heard about slow-cookers knows), it's a game-changer in terms of easily putting together a meal of substantial size. Basically, you just throw your ingredients into this big tub, turn it on and a few hours later your meal is ready. Honestly, I'm mad this thing wasn't a part of my life sooner because that's about as much effort as I'm ever willing to put into preparing a meal. My only beef with it is that it's not a fast-cooker. If it could all be that easy and you could have your food ready within minutes, well that my friends would be an ultimate dream come true for me.
Cookies, stuffing, pie, and more cookies ... Can we all just agree that holiday recipes are the best kinds of recipes? Honestly, what types of food, aside from maybe pizza, are more enjoyable? And because they're mostly reserved for this special time of year, they're just that much better.
One of my favorite things about summer is all of the in-season, fresh fruit you can find at the grocery store.
And sure, it's great for eating all on its own — few things are greater than sinking your teeth right into a juicy, bright red slice of watermelon or popping a sweet, succulent strawberry right into your mouth — but personally, my favorite thing about fresh summer fruit is turning it into smoothies.
Some people claim they "don't have" a sweet tooth, but I really don't see how that's possible. I think they're lying to themselves and the world. Personally (and many of you already know this), I have a very large sweet tooth and I'm not afraid to show it, but I like to satisfy it with healthy snacks as often as possible because not only is that strategy most beneficial to my performance as a runner, but also for my overall health.
It took me a pretty long time to truly understand just how important nutrition is when it comes to maintaining a balanced, healthy and strong running routine, and especially when you're intensely training for a long-distance race like a half marathon. Recently I shared my 2016 half marathon training plan (and my NYC Half Marathon Race Recap — the race that I was using the plan to prepare for) which I was extremely pleased with, given it did end up helping me reach my goal! In sharing my training plan, I mentioned that I was also taking my nutrition/eating habits pretty seriously and promised to share my half marathon training nutrition strategy, which I feel had a very positive impact on my training and overall running performance.