Savory Chickpea Flatbread

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While visiting the Czech Republic earlier this year, I had a taste of something new and delicious and automatically fell in love. It was a flourless chickpea pancake, made for a friend who is gluten free due to a diagnosis of Celiac’s Disease. I tried the pancake completely plain, which was enough to make my mouth water, but kept dreaming of various combinations that could adorn the top of the flatbread. I could hardly wait to get back to my kitchen in the USA and start experimenting. I’ve tried peanut butter & bananas along with a more savory spin of turkey, tomato, and avocado pictured above. It really depends on my momentary craving to say what combination is the best, but I have come back time and time again to the savory flatbread.

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Misconceptions of a Gluten-Free Diet

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Among all the fad diets that this world has to offer, one that is growing in popularity is that of a gluten-free diet. It is not shocking to find out that a new celebrity, athlete, or neighbor has discovered that they have gluten intolerance; now allowing them to fit into their skinny jeans and run a marathon. Claims of weight loss and increased energy levels identify the gluten-free diet, making it no surprise that people of all dietary needs are experimenting with this way of eating. So what are the benefits? Are there any? While the media may suggest that gluten-free diets provide extraordinary health benefits, it is wise to take a step back and see the reality of what eliminating gluten does for the body.

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Lemon Pepper Avocado Delight

 

3:00 drag got you dreaming of food jumping over the moon? Same here. Sometimes you just need a snack to keep your brain functioning during those last couple hours of productivity before it’s time to unwind at home. Here’s a quick 1 minute idea of a tasty bite to tide those hunger pains away.

I first learned about the lemon pepper + avocado combination on a family vacation to Lake Powell. Aunt Marianne fed us very well throughout the entire trip, but this particular snack was a favorite of mine. The freshness of the avocado with an added zang of lemon juice was unforgettable.

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Post-Run Recovery Smoothie Bowl

 

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Wake up. Get out. Sweat your heart out. Finish strong. Go to school. Go to work. Work out round 2. Spend time with family and friends. Sleep. Wake up and start again.

The routine of an athlete can be demanding, no matter what level of athleticism you are striving to achieve. We live in a fast paced world where we rarely get to stop and breathe. Recovery can be a second thought most days even though it’s a vital part of performance.

One of the most important aspects of recovery is what you put back into your body after you break it down. Studies have shown that performance is positively impacted when a proper recovery regime is maintained. Eating something small within 20 minutes of exercise and then something larger and more substantial within 2 hours of finishing is the ideal range of time to refuel. Meals should have a proper carbohydrate to protein ratio of 3:1 respectively.

One of my favorite meals to recover with is this chocolate peanut butter green smoothie bowl. Greens only add color but don’t distract from the taste in the slightest. And what can go wrong with a melt in your mouth combo of chocolate, peanut butter, and bananas?? The bananas provide your main source of carbohydrates while the peanut butter and chocolate protein powder provide that essential element of protein needed for refueling. This particular bowl has about 60 g of carbohydrates and 20 g of protein, a perfect 3:1 ratio.

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