Ok seriously, that storm was a disappointment. NYC didn’t get hit nearly as hard as we thought, but it was still a bit rough on Wednesday morning so I headed to the gym to run on the ‘mill and avoid falling on icy roads. Of course, I fell on the sidewalk on the way to the gym. Walking disaster I am…
But I got in 5.5 decent miles with a few pick-ups, and took advantage of being at the gym and did some lifting.
This morning I braved Central Park only to find the roads almost completely clear – nice work NYC Department of Sanitation! So I got a great 6.5 mile progression run in, with an average pace of about 8:38/mile.
It’s been a while since I talked about my favorite super foods, so as a follow-up to my breakfast post a while ago, I thought I’d share my favorite brunch/lunch superfoods.
I mentioned last week I’m a huge fan of sweet lunches and favor fruits, yogurt, peanut butter, oats and nuts. I’ll break it down…
I truly believe Greek yogurt is a MAY-Jah superfood and if you haven’t tried it, you absolutely must! Better than regular yogurt because it contains twice the amount of protein without any extra calories, it’s also thicker, creamier and more delicious. It can be eaten alone, with fruit and nuts (check out my favorite recipe with caramelized figs here), used as a veggie dip, a baking substitute… the possibilities are endless.
Like most yogurt, Greek yogurt also contains probiotics, or healthy bacteria, which help keep the gut healthy and promotes regularity (and who doesn’t need that??). There’s also some research out there that supports the possibility of probiotics enhancing the immune system, so if you’re prone to illness or haven’t caught your winter cold yet, stock up on some yogurt already!
An amazingly flavorful nut, and one of the most healthy thanks to the omega-3 fatty acids they pack. Like all nuts, walnuts do have a decent amount of fat (and therefore calories), but it’s mostly healthy, unsaturated fats. Enjoying them in moderation is a must in my book – I usually sprinkle them on top of yogurt or oats, or incorporate them into a homemade trail mix.
Speaking of nuts…
Ok, I seriously die for nut butters. Peanut butter is definitely my favorite, but sometimes it’s nice to spice it up with almond butter, or even cashew or sunflower nut butter. Luckily, nut butters are as healthy as they are tasty.
They provide tons of vitamins and minerals that can help the immune system and promote cardiovascular health, pack protein for muscle repair and healthy fats to help keep you full. Even though nut butters are calorie dense, I honestly believe they are one of the best foods out there to nourish your body and an important component to my daily diet.
Sprouted grain bread
Grains and seeds in these breads are sprouted before baking, which enhances vitamin content compared with normal breads. I think sprouted grain breads taste better too – grainy, nutty and crunchy. In fact, peanut butter and jam on sprouted grain bread are my favorite pre-race fuel 🙂
Do I really need to explain why dark chocolate is one of my superfoods? Besides being a delicious morsel sent from the heavens, they contain flavanoids, which help the body resist damage from free radicals and can even enhance vascular health by helping reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and improve blood flow.
I usually try to incorporate fruit into my lunch, and pears have been a recent favorite of mine because they’re so abundant at the supermarket. Pears are delicious and juicy, and just one small pear has around 5 grams of fiber and a great variety of vitamins. They’re great eaten raw or even grilled like I did a few weeks ago in this post.
Question: Is there anything you MUST have for lunch every day? I don’t know what I’d do without my Greek yog…