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Oakley spotted and good LAVA magazine reads

The July 2012 (issue 14) LAVA magazine was filled with fantastic info.....no surprise - it is one quality magazine with amazing photo's and brightly colored ads.

The issue featuring Lance Armstrong was wonderful and I am sure I'm not alone when I report how sad I am about the recent USADA allegations, which is now causing Lance to be banned from triathlons. I think Lance has done wonders for his own sporting career as well as helping the lives of so many cancer survivors and families of those who fought a hard fight. But most importantly, in relevance to the current media frenzy of banning Lance from triathlons, this makes me incredibly upset because I think Lance is doing amazing things for the sport of triathlons - not only for the professional and sponsors but also for inspiring people around the world to take part in this amazing lifestyle of swim-bike-run. I'm trying to not to spend too much energy on this issue but it really does make me sad as the human body is an …

Going green-er: A guide on salads

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In the June 2012 issue of Tufts University Health and Nutrition letter I was so excited (no - more like super duper excited) to see a 2-page spread on lettuce!!

It's really the little things in life - like a pink chain for my bike, Campy's hugs and kisses, watching Karel try my "creations" and fresh produce - that make me happy ;)

Before I share sme of the amazing varieties of lettuce - to inspire individuals to "break out of the iceberg box", here's a little from the article:

"If not for lettuce and salads, many Americans would hardly eat any green vegetables at all. Lettuce ranks behind only potatoes and tomatoes (technically a fruit) among the most popular vegetables. A nice, big salad can go a long way toward the two to three cups of daily veggies recommended by the federal government's My Plate, though you should count every two cups of raw, leafy greens as one cup toward that goal."

"Plain lettuce, after all, contains…

Cherry, pistachio and amaranth stir-fry

Amaranth - a whole grain, kinda like quinoa.



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Used in soups, dressings, breads and baked goods, I was really excited to get creative with a new whole grain....

Here's the nutrition facts of Amaranth:
Ingredients: organic whole amaranth grain (from Arrowhead Mills bag)
Serving size 1/4 cup (47grams)
Calories: 180
Fat: 3g
Potassium: 170mg
Carbs: 31g
Fiber: 7g
Sugars: 1g
Protein:7g

About Amaranth:
"Amaranth has been cultivated as a grain for 8,000 years. The yield of grain amaranth is comparable to rice or maize. It was a staple food of the Aztecs, and was used as an integral part of Aztec religious ceremonies." - Wikipedia

Many people fear whole grains....because they are "carbs". Others, because they have "calories". Knowing that most people need at minimum 1500 calories to support daily living and activity, where are you getting your calories from??

It is very common for individuals to justify eating "this" or not eating "that&q…

Inspired by whole grains - Spelt Berries

There was a great article on whole grains (pg 14) in Today's Diet and  Nutrition magazine (Thanks Jennifer P. for sharing with me!) and I was so inspired, Karel and I went to Whole Foods to stock up on some whole grains (and other fun stuff) after we recovered from our morning training on Sunday.
I typically shop at Wal-mart, Publix and Winn Dixie (depending on specials, deals and staple items) so I couldn't wait to bring some new foods home and get creative in my kitchen.

This recipe is brought to you by: Spelt Berries




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Not a berry...but a whole grain! According to the Bob Red Mill package
"Spelt is a non-hybrid primitive relative of our present day wheat that dates more than 9,000 years. Spelt has a unique nutty flavor and because of its high water solubility, its vital nutrients are quickly absorbed into the body. Bob's Red Mill Spelt makes a pleasantly chewy hot, whole grain cereal and can be used in place of rice and other grains for a wide array of …

It's your life...focus on YOU

A bit before leaving work at Baptist Medical Center Beaches on Friday afternoon, I got word that Nick Vuijicic was speaking at the hospital. One of the case managers googled his name and up came a video that kept us all from working for a few minutes....


Every Saturday and Sunday morning as I am enjoying my coffee, water and pre-training snack, I enjoy searching for motivational quotes to give me the motivation and inspiration to get me out the door with the right attitude to see what I can accomplish for x-hours with my morning training session. I was having a hard time leaving my computer because I was so engaged in Nick's story as well as the message he sends to others. On Sunday, my friend Lindsay with USAT Triathlon posted something on her facebook page that I couldn't wait to share with my Trimarni facebook readers;

60 quotes that will change the way you think.


With Saturday being my last day of an enjoyable week of unstructured activity, following my half ironman…