Good morning lovelies!
How’s your day going so far? Firstly, I want to say thank you so so much to everyone who has downloaded my brand spankin’ new e-book already. If you missed my post yesterday introducing Living the Whole Foods Lifestyle: A Complete System for Fast (Clean!) Food, feel free to check it out. I really hope this will be a valuable resource for you, whether you’re just starting down the path of eating clean, or if you’ve been on it for some time now and just need a little extra motivation.
Now, over to our usual subject matter!
1. Recipe of the Week. One of my favourite things about spring and summer is potlucks. My friends and I do them regularly, and I love the surprise of seeing all the different types of dishes that people bring to share. Many of my friends are vegan, vegetarian, gluten-intolerant, or lactose intolerant, so sometimes making a dish that will please everyone takes some thinking. As an advocate of all vegetables (except for a select few, like turnips, which I think taste like farts) you can usually count on me to bring some sort of salad.
Dietary considerations aside, another tricky thing about potlucks is food safety. Depending on how long you’ll be sitting around chatting before dinner, some foods really should be refrigerated in order to avoid any nasty bacteria growth. Rather than counting on the host to have ample fridge space, I like to use plant-based protein in my salads, which can sit outside or at room temperature. (On the other hand, if your chicken or other meat gets a little too warm, watch out!) One of my go-to plant-based proteins:
Beans! White navy beans to be precise. On the weekend I found an enormous bag of these in my kitchen cupboard and felt inspired to turn them into a big, shareable salad. With a couple of other ingredients….
I turned them into this:
Arugula is one of those greens that I treat myself to occasionally because buying some usually means buying a rather expensive plastic box of it. Ignoring the price though, it’s so good for you. In addition to containing plenty of chlorophyll (which helps to create a more alkaline environment in your body – a very good thing!), it’s a naturally detoxifying, inflammation-fighting, cancer-fighting food. Superhero? I think so!
Oh, and a little note in case you’re reading, Mum: This is the ‘spicy leaf’ that you don’t like. Sorry, I just couldn’t resist. If you’re like my mum and don’t enjoy slightly spicy greens, feel free to sub in spinach, mesclun mix, or watercress. All of them would work!
2. Skechers GOwalk shoes. If you’re one of my long-time readers, you may remember that last summer, I was all about Skechers GOrun shoes. I was dealing with a weird case of achilles tendinitis at the time which lasted about 3 months, and was completely out of commission running-wise for 2 of them. I was sent a pair of Skechers GOruns to try out, and much to my surprise, I was actually able to run without pain.
I was recently contacted by the company again, this time regarding Skechers GOwalks, a new style in the Skechers sport shoe family. Since I’d had such a great experience with my GOruns, I happily agreed to test a pair. They come in all sorts of cool bright colours, and as you may have noticed in the various shots of my running shoes on the blog, I’m all about the neons!
Unfortunately none of the brights were available in my size, so I received a pair of black ones. (The exact model can be found here.) Upon first look, I was a little underwhelmed because they didn’t look super exciting. However, knowing that you should never judge a book by its cover, I took them for a walk to the grocery store after work yesterday and my mind was very quickly changed.
As I head into half marathon training, I’m very conscious of the fact that I should be protecting myself from injuries in my feet, knees, and hips. I LOVE wearing ballet flats and sandals (and hey, it’s summer!) but let’s be real: they’re not the most supportive option, nor are they very comfortable if you have to walk long distances in them. I can honestly say though, that Skechers GOwalks, are incredibly comfortable. They feel so cushioned throughout the sole, but they’re super light at the same time (only 3.5oz or 100g per shoe!) I found the shoes really easy to slip on, and I’m pretty confident that I could walk for hours in them.
Oh, and if you’re a big fan of wearing ballet flats, I’m sure you’ve noticed that they get stinky over time? Like, really stinky? Yeah, me too. Another awesome thing about the GOwalks is that they have an anti-microbial sock liner that helps to reduce odour, so you don’t have to worry about that any more! I’m definitely going to be using them as my post-gym shoes because after a long run, one of my first priorities is getting my sweaty socks off!
So tell me…
- Do you have any great summer potluck recipes to share? Let’s start a link-up in the comments. I’ve got some get-togethers scheduled for the next couple of weeks and I’d love to hear some of your ideas!
- Have you tried GOwalks yet, or do you have a favourite walking shoe?