3/5/10

Fun Food Facts + Kiwi-Cranberry Salad + Crock pot vegatable soup

Over the past 8 years of my "healthy vegetarian athlete journey" I have learned to have a really healthy relationship with food. I love how it makes me feel during my workouts, I love how food makes me feel during the day and I just love the look and taste of wholesome and healthy food. I can't say that I've always had these thoughts and I can't say that 24/7 I feel comfortable with my food choices. I am normal just like you and I have my ups and downs with food as I attempt to find out what exactly works for my body. However, I am 100% certain that my passion in life is nutrition and if I truely want to understand how food can make me a better athlete and healthier woman, well, I just need to eat good, healthy food as often as possible.

I thought I would post a few fun facts about food and drinks
(http://www.funfactz.com/food-and-drink-facts/)
*I didn't do the research to see if all of these facts are 100% true so don't hold me to them...
1. 50% of US pizzas are sold with pepperoni on them.
2. A coffee tree yields about 1 lb of coffee in a year.
3. A company in Taiwan makes dinnerware out of wheat, so you can eat your plate!
4. A hard boiled egg will spin. An uncooked or soft boiled egg will not.
5. 1-ounce milk chocolate (bar) has 6mg of caffeine.
6. A peanut is a legume, not a nut.
7. A recent study at Harvard shows that eating chocolate actually helps you live longer.
8. Almonds are part of the peach family.
9. Americans eat nearly 100 acres of pizza every day - that's approximately 350 slices per second!
10. Among older men, vanilla is the most erotic smell.
11. An apple, potato and onion all taste the same if you eat them with your nose plugged.
12. Apples are 25% air.
13. Avocados are poisonous to birds.
14. Banana's contain a natural chemical which can make a person happy. This chemical is also found in Prozac.
15. Budweiser beer is named after a town in Czechoslovakia (No wonder Karel is a beer drinker...but he doesn't like Budweiser!)
16. Buttermilk doesn't contain any butter.
17. By recycling just one glass bottle, the amount of energy that is being saved is enough to light a 100 watt bulb for 4 hours.
18. Canola Oil is actually rapeseed oil but the name was changed for marketing reasons.
19. Chewing gum while cutting onions can help a person from producing tears.
20. Chop-suey is not a native Chinese dish. It was created in California by Chinese immigrants.
*And that is just A-C facts!



Kiwi-Cranberry Salad
Handful spinach
A few cranberries
5 whole almonds (chopped)
1 kiwi (sliced)
A few baby carrots (sliced)
1 celery stick (chopped)
1 roma tomato
A few pear and apple slices




Crock pot Vegetable Soup

(Another Karel masterpiece!)

Red potatoes (cooked in hot water until soft, before cutting)
Celery
Red beans
White beans
Rice
Cilantro
Basil
Pepper
Vegetarian soup flavoring powder(small pinch)
Water
Zucchini
Yellow Squash
Garlic
Onion
Carrots
Corn

Cooked in slow cooker for 6 hours but 10x better the next day.