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.
As you can probably gather on your own, this is not a preposterous or surprising occurrence. Think about it: two healthy living bloggers and runners who schedule workouts together on an almost weekly basis. The topic of smoothies is almost inevitable. In fact, I'd say there's about a 75% chance it will come up. But I digress.
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.
Smoothie bowls are all the rage right now. Well, at least according to my Instagram feed. I'm not really sure exactly when they began to become a "thing," but I do know that they are in fact a thing that many health and wellness influencers love to share gratuitous photos of (and of course, eat).
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.