June – 21 Day Challenge

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I’m super excited! I’ll be doing round two of the 21 Day Challenge starting June 10. Last time I lost 9 pounds and inches all around. It’s time to put together a challenge group because summer is closer than we think. And we all need encouragement and support along the way.
The challenge will be 21 days. You will be given a meal plan to follow with portion control containers to measure out your food. You will be doing 30 min workouts. You will be drinking Shakeology every day to curb your cravings and keep you from eating between meals. This will all be done in a PRIVATE Facebook group and the goal is to help you stay accountable and to make your 21 day journey FUN!!!
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Comment below with your email address or email me at runningtozen@gmail.com for more details. Excited to work with those who are ready to COMMIT!!
*U.S. & Canada only
 ** Last day to apply/order June1st (to insure arrival time)

Parsnips & A Recipe

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ROASTED AUTUMN VEGGY DELIGHT
INGREDIENTS
1 pound small red-skinned potatoes, quartered
2 cups peeled butternut squash, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
2 large carrots (purple or orange), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick diagonal slices
2 parsnips, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick diagonal slices
1 rutabega, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 to 3 cups packed kale, rinsed and chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 cloves garlic, minced
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat the oven to 450°F. Lightly oil two large, rimmed baking sheets.
Combine the vegetables, olive oil, rosemary, garlic, salt, and pepper, to taste, in a large bowl and toss by hand to coat. Spread the mixture evenly onto the baking sheets and bake for 15 minutes on separate oven racks. After 15 minutes, stir the vegetables with a spatula and return to the oven, switching the rack position of the sheets. Bake for 15 minutes more, or until the vegetables are tender and browned.
YIELD: Makes 6 servings.

Figs & A Recipe

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Dried Fig and Apple Butter

Ingredients

  • 10 dried figs, stems removed, coarsely chopped
  • 4 apples, peeled, cored, diced
  • 1/2 cup apple cider or juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped crystallized ginger

Preparation

1. Combine figs, apples, cider and ginger in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until apples soften, 10 to 20 minutes.

2. Partially cover and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until apples are mushy and falling apart, 20 to 35 minutes longer. Puree in batches in a blender. Cool completely, transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Source: Yummly

Potatoes & A Recipe

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In the U.S. there are more than 100 varieties of potatoes. Each of them fit into one of seven potato type categories: russet, red, white, yellow, blue/purple, fingerling and petite. If you want to learn more about potato varieties, follow the link below!

The Potato Association Of America

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Vegetable Quinoa Croquettes

Makes 16 croquettes

Ingredients:
1 cup dry quinoa
8 oz. sweet potato, peeled, diced, steamed, mashed
8 oz. white potato, peeled, diced, steamed, mashed
1 cup red onion, finely diced
½ cup red pepper, finely diced
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tbsp. olive oil plus 1 tbsp. to brown the croquettes
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
14 oz. white beans, drained and rinsed
1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
1 tsp. ground cumin
Juice of one lime
1 tsp. sea salt

Directions:
1. Cook quinoa in 2 cups water, yielding 3 cups cooked quinoa, cooled.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, mashed sweet potato, and mashed white potato.
3. Sauté the onion, red pepper, and crushed garlic in 2 tbsp. olive oil for 2 – 3 minutes until translucent. Allow to cool, then add to the mixing bowl.
4. Add remaining ingredients to the bowl. Stir or combine by hand.
5. Heat olive oil in sauté pan over medium heat. Form mixture into croquettes and gently turn into the pan.
6. Heat through while browning gently on both sides. Remove from heat and slide directly onto a dining plate. Repeat until you have enough for you and your dinner crowd.
7. These patties are tender and fragile, so handle them as little as possible by turning them onto a dinner plate directly from the sauté pan if possible for the nicest presentation.

 

Yams & A Recipe

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yam noodles with sweet sauce, marinated mushrooms & sesame seeds
serves one
marinated mushrooms:
4 mushrooms
1 teaspoons sesame oil (optional but recommended) 
1 teaspoon tamari
sweet miso sauce:
2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon agave/maple syrup/raw honey
1 tablespoon miso
1 tablespoons hummus (not raw, too bad)
1 peeled garlic clove
2 tablespoons mustard
3-5 tablespoons water, as needed
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
Yam noodles:
1 peeled yam
To make the mushrooms: slice them really thin then rub in the oil and tamari. Put them in a warm spot (I put them in my oven at its lowest temperature) and forget about them for a minute.
To make the sauce: blend all ingredients except sesame seeds together until smooth. Add whatever else you want. Then toss in the sesame seeds by hand. Set aside.
To make the noodles: put the yam through your spiral slicer (spirooli) or slice on a mandolin  Then cover them with the sauce and them get to know each other for a few minutes. The noodles will soften and pick up more flavour. Now remember your marinating fungi friends being warmed somewhere? Add those on top, and sprinkle on some more sesame seeds and raisins. Yum. Yams, man.

Yams & A Recipe

 

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2 large yams or sweet potatoes, quartered lengthwise
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
crushed cilantro

Sunflower Seed Sauce
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds, soaked in water overnight
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon agave nectar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions
Preheat oven to 425 F. Toss yams with maple syrup, 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, and red pepper flakes. Season generously with sea salt and black pepper.
Heat a cast iron skillet or any oven safe skillet over medium-high heat with remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Once skillet is very hot, place yams cut side down and allow to brown for 3 – 5 minutes. Flip yams to other side and place skillet in oven. Roast for 25-30 minutes, until yams are fork tender and well browned on all sides.

Sunflower Seed Sauce
While yams are roasting, combine all ingredients for the sauce, in a high speed blender. Blend until very smooth, approximately 1 1/2 minutes. Place sauce in the refrigerator and allow to cool as it will be warm from blending.
To serve sweet potatoes, transfer to a serving platter, drizzle liberally with sauce and garnish with cilantro. Serve warm.
Remaining sauce will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Adapted From:Almost Vegan

RunJunkEes® Tip Of The Week

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Diet and Nutrition for Runners  By:Christine Luff

As a runner, your diet and nutrition are important not only for maintaining good health, but also to promote peak performance. Proper nutrition and hydration can make or break a workout or race, and also greatly affects how runners feel, work and think.

A balanced diet for healthy runners should include these essentials: carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Here are some basic guidelines for a nutritious, healthy balance:

Carbohydrates – The Runner’s Best Energy Source

As a runner, carbohydrates should make up about 60 – 65% of your total calorie intake. Without a doubt, carbs are the best source of energy for athletes. Research has shown that for both quick and long-lasting energy, our bodies work more efficiently with carbs than they do with proteins or fats. Whole grain pasta, steamed or boiled rice, potatoes, fruits, starchy vegetables, and whole grain bread are good carb sources. More…