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Kitchen On Fire and Basic Nutrition Principles
What do Luna Chix like to do other than run? We like to eat! Before Luna Chix Summit officially started at the end of March, a few members of Team Luna Chix NYC Run were lucky enough to participate in the preparation of a 5 course lunch at Kitchen on Fire in Berkeley, California. Four of us (Alicia, April, Emilie, and I) were part of a group of other Luna Chix, Luna Pros, and members of the media who were lucky enough to participate in this wonderful and educational event. Before we rolled up our sleeves and got to work making some delicious appetizers, entrees, and dessert, Chef Olive explained each recipe to us. He explained simple techniques like how to cut an onion and he talked about finding good, wholesome ingredients like seasonal locally grown vegetables and grass-fed beef. The class helped reiterate some basic principles of nutrition for all of us active ladies.
Many runners get swept into the idea that since we run (and burn many calories) that we can eat whatever we want. We may have a little more leeway with some treats now and then, but we have to make sure that our body gets all the nutrients it needs to keep running strong and to keep up our daily activities. It’s important to realize that we need to make those calories count! Eating nutrient-dense foods like whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and lean protein is just as essential as picking the right running shoes or stretching. Carbohydrates are our body’s main source of fuel when running – be sure to include plenty of whole grains, fruits, and starchy veggies each day. Protein is essential for muscle repair – great sources include beans, fish, skinless chicken, and lean beef. Don’t be afraid of fats! They are essential for heart health – reach for the plant-based fats like avocado, olive oil, and nuts. When it comes to vitamins and minerals, eat the rainbow! No, I’m not talking about Skittles. I’m talking about different colors of fruits and veggies. Try getting those that are seasonal – they are cheaper, taste better, and have better nutrient profiles. Below, I’ve shared a recipe from Kitchen on Fire that served as one of our appetizers, but it can also make a very easy one pot meal with all the essentials.
Tuscan Style White Bean, Greens & Rice Soup with Fresh Pesto*
Ingredients for Soup
Ingredients for Pesto
*Recipe from Kitchen on Fire LLC (http://www.kitchenonfire.com)
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