Before we sit down to eat, let’s talk groceries! Isn’t there a saying, “don’t shop while you’re hungry”? Let’s add to that list, “don’t shop right after you run” (I showered, don’t worry). Post-run on a hot morning, with tired legs, usually leads to a note of impatience in my step. We made it out alive! But, just take that warning.
On that note, I have another piece of advice: don’t “explore” (too much) on an Easy run day. Per SU&R’s interview with Dean Karnezez (go read this!), I’m trying to make each run “new” by taking similar routes but different turn-offs and detours. Keep things interesting! I ran around curvy neighborhood streets, hitting hill after hill, for 4 miles. Finally ending up at a city park, I came up on an enormous flight of stairs that seem to serve as a workout in themselves for lungers going up and down. There must be water at the top somewhere right? Right! Stairs, done. Water, guzzled. Run on!
Lemon Basil Vegetable & Chickpea Salad
1/2 c chickpeas, rinsed
1 cup mixed salad greens
1/4 c cucumber, cubed
1/4 c grape tomatoes, quartered
2 tbsp red onion, diced
Fresh Basil Leaves
Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
With a side of Lime “Food Should Taste Good” Tortilla Chips, for crunch!
Chop up your veggies! Place them atop a bed of mixed salad greens, and next to a serving of Chickpeas. Squeeze lemon juice generously, and garnish with Fresh basil leaves (yes, fresh, it will make all the difference in that flavor explosion!).
I saved a few grocery purchases for the afternoon Farmer’s Market browsing. The other Heather met up with us, food date! We saw some beauties…
A batch of peaches, corn ears, Apple Empanadas & Sundried Tomato Noodles later, it was time to plug in the self-control and exit the premise.
I cannot wait to bite into one of our fresh, juicy peaches. And that Apple Empanada is calling my breakfast taste buds…
What are your favorite fresh buys this summer?
P.S. My recipe page is finally alive and updated!