Thursday, April 28, 2011

Would you like a side of fries with that?

Today's low-key workout was just what I needed; yoga in the morning with a great group of women, and 30 minutes of strength training in the afternoon. Tomorrow I'm planning for my second brick: riding the Columbia Triathlon course, followed by a run around Centennial Lake, and this time I will remember the fuel!

I hope everyone stayed safe today with all the tornado watches/warnings in the area and around the country. My thoughts today are with the people in Alabama as they begin their journey to rebuild and recover.

If the stress of these events and others is getting to you; take a few moments to breathe. One full minute of deep, focused breathing (inhale for the count of five; exhale for the count of five) has been reported to greatly reduce cortisol levels.

Tonight I've been given the gift of a "free night." Due to the wet fields, the scheduled lacrosse game has been cancelled. So now, with the sun shining and the snack an homework chaos behind us, we are enjoying a leisurely afternoon. (I'm trying not to think about what next month's calendar will look like when all these cancelled games are rescheduled!)

Our dinner menu will feature a simple veggie & cheese omelette (or egg & cheese sandwiches on the yummy High Five Fiber breaded picked up at the CSA yesterday) and potato fries that are "better than McDonald's," according to my kids.

By the way, the High Five Fiber bread, which is baked fresh by Great Harvest in Columbia, one of our CSA's partners, has 5 g of fiber and protein per slice and is made with the following ingredients: 100% whole wheat flour, water, honey, flax seeds, millet, oat bran, sunflower seeds, wheat bran, yeast and salt. That's it. (Unlike my store-bought 100% whole wheat bread that contains high fructose corn syrup!, soybean/canola oil, "enrichment", and at least six ingredients I can barely pronounce.) As a side note, while I'm on the topic of CSA's, the local paper had a timely opinion column on the subject:

After that, I plan to enjoy a new episode of Grey's with a glass of red. Cheers!

Homemade Potato Fries
(I may have posted this before, but it's so good and easy it's worth another mention!)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with foil and brush with olive oil or spray with non-stick spray.
Slice potatoes of your choice into fry-size pieces.
In a large bowl, toss with olive oil.
Add seasoning (sea salt, pepper, and any other spices you like) and toss again. (We use cinnamon and/or nutmeg when baking sweet potatoes).
Spread potatoes in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets and cook for about 15 minutes (or until preferred crispiness), tossing half way through.

Enjoy guilt-free fries that are "better than McDonalds!"

Favorite quote of the day: "Quit apologizing for your greatness. If people can't handle your light, hand them a pair of shades." --Lisa Nichols

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