Happy weekend, everyone! What are you weekend plans?
This week’s reads and recipes is going to be heavy on the recipes and lighter on the reads. Between running my highest-yet mileage weeks and Ryan and I extending our hikes, I definitely am noticing an increase in my appetite. Honestly, I take that as a good sign, since decrease in appetite is one of the first warning signs of overtraining.
One food that screams summertime to me is pulled pork. I probably could never go vegetarian because of pulled pork (and bacon, and roasted chicken…). So of course Lindsay from Cotter Crunch’s Gluten Free Slow Cooker Raspberry Pork Stuffed Radicchio Wraps look utterly mouth-watering and enticing to me.
Who else has those days where they secretly wish they could just sneak all their vegetables into cake, pancakes, or something and call that good? Just me? Well, this Fresh Pineapple and Zucchini Skillet Cake from How Sweet Eats certainly makes the case for vegetables-in-cake consumption.
Naturally Ella’s Freekeh Salad with Sweet Corn and Arugula makes for the perfect satisfying summer salad. Take a break from spinach and give arugula a try, and don’t even try to resist the delicious sweet corn that’s so fresh right now.
Since the theme of “all-the-summer-fruits-and-vegetables” is quickly emerging in this post, I’ll just continue with it. This Peach Pecan Crisp from Sally’s Baking Addiction looks amazing. Like, I’d probably eat a quarter of it in one sitting amazing. Worth every calorie.
Hummusapien makes breakfast exciting with this thick and creamy Blueberry Cacao Smoothie Bowl. Blueberries and chocolatey goodness at breakfast? Yes please.
Another great combination? Chocolate and peanut butter, of course. Indulge your sweet tooth while staying healthy with these Healthy Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes from Fit Foodie Finds.
Peanut butter doesn’t always have to be served sweet, though! Embrace the savory side of peanut butter with 29 Savory Peanut Butter Recipes from Oh My Veggies.
These Paleo and vegan Maple Tahini Grilled Sweet Potatoes from Food Faith Fitness speak for themselves. Seriously, if you do not have tahini on hand, go and buy some, because it is meal-changing. (Note to self: stop forgetting to buy tahini every time you go to the store because you get distracted by all the fresh summer produce.)
Celebrating something special this weekend or just searching for that perfect summer cocktail? Try this no refined sugar Maple Whiskey Sour from Gimme Some Oven.
Go meatless without sacrificing flavor with Roasted Root’s Roasted Eggplant and Mushroom Curry. Ginger and turmeric are naturally anti-inflammatory foods, so this is a great meal to make if you’ve had a hard week of training!
From my recipe archives: this vegetarian Baked Falafel with Garlic Tahini Drizzle is an easy to make and healthy version of the delicious Middle Eastern meal. It’s great in a pita or over a Greek salad!
So many women are on the pill not just for personal reasons but also for medical reasons. Especially for those taking the pill due to hormonal imbalances or fertility disorders, they can face amenorrhea and the return of previous health problems when they stop taking the pill as medication. Brittany from Eating Bird Food shares an honest look into Dealing with Post Pill Amenorrhea that is definitely worth your read.
The sage elite runner Tina Muir explains why you should change your self-talk during running in her must-read post Why You Should Change Your Mantra (If You Want to Run to Your Potential). Speak positively to yourself, don’t be so hard on yourself, and your mental outlook (and in turn your running) will improve!
Suffering through your workouts due to heat and humidity? If it’s not possible to move to Seattle (my hottest and most humid run this week was in the 60s with 70% humidity), try these simple and super effective tips from Run to the Finish on how to Embrace the Struggle: Running in Heat and Humidity.
Training for a fall race and need a plan? Find out How to Choose a Running Training Plan that is best for your schedule, goals, and fitness from Running with the Sunrise.
Questions of the Day:
What are your weekend plans?
What’s your favorite summer fruit or vegetable?