Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Spelt Bread & Ragnar update

Happy Monday! Hope you all are great, what a wonderful weekend--I did SO much and felt like I achieved SO little!! That's a good summer's day aka beach time & workingout!

Righteous Raisin and Spelt Bread 

After tweeting about my fiasco with wheat the other week, the nice folks at the Berlin Natural Bakery sent me spelt bread to try!! I have greatly reduced my carb intake, but there is no denying it, I love bread and it's a staple of my pre-race breakfasts! I am SO pumped because I have TWO great loafs to try! 

Nutritional goodness: 
1 Slice 120 calories
1g fat
2 g fiber
8g sugar
3g protein

Spelt is an ancient grain that offers a broader spectrum of nutrients compared to other whole grains! It is an excellent source of vitamin B2, a very good source of manganese, and a good source of niacin, thiamine, and copper--LOADED! I love it, I had a slice and it was SO good, I took 2 bites before remembering to snap the pic! 

I drizzled this with honey and cinnamon but it was great alone as well. To learn more about spelt, check out Worlds Healthiest Foods! 

Ragnar Update: 
My training for the Ragnar relay is going to fall nicely into my marathon training! The 3 legs I am running in the overnight race equal about 18 miles and it falls perfectly on my 18 miler long weekend run for the marathon...Nice work! I am still working hard on my strength training routine though as well--it's important for runners to keep building and maintaining muscle! 

Back and Biceps day, two days before my long run--there's my LONG face!

I am using Hal Higdon's Intermediate Marathon training program. It had me logging my first real LONGISH run yesterday at 7 miles. It was a good run, not too hot, not too hard. I am pumped because this means my weeks look like 3-4 days of shorter tempo and pace runs and cross training! I am taking full advantage of the power walks, rollerskating and biking in this beautiful weather! 

Do you cook with spelt or other whole grains like barley & quinoa? 
Send me your fave whole grain recipe with a pic and I will post them next week!! mary@fitthisgirl.com!

Recipe: Quinoa Summer Salad!

Happy Tuesday!
I had a great weekend hanging with my girlfriends and celebrating FREEDOM! 

We got our nails done,  went to the beach and then went for a bike ride! Alyssa from Goal Getter Gurl and I found 1/4 pound cookies! (but didn't have any!) 

I opted for an orange and a Raw Revolution bar! 

THEN, we went back to Alyssa's place to make our 
Quinoa Summer Salad from Gluten Free Goddess! 


  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • About 1/2 to 2/3 cup cooked quinoa per person
  • 1 generous cup washed organic baby spinach leaves per person
  • A handful of organic grape tomatoes per person, halved
  • 1 scallion per person, washed, sliced
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • Sprinkle of nutmeg
  • Sprinkle of fresh or dried herbs- parsley, thyme, basil, or mint
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice 

Gently heat a large pan (I used a wok). Pour in some extra virgin olive oil. Add the garlic; stir and warm the oil for a minute. Add the cooked quinoa and heat through. 

Alyssa with her HUGE fresh basil leaves!

This is how you chop basil--roll it up and chop to get those long little bands of sweet goodness! 

Add the baby spinach leaves, tomatoes and scallions. Season with sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Sprinkle with nutmeg and herbs. Stir to mix. 

Sprinkle with lemon juice and stir. When the spinach begins to wilt remove from heat (I don't like soggy spinach so I cook this very quickly).

It is SO light and wonderful, it was an easy summer dish to make and enjoy, especially on a hot July night! THANKS Alyssa and Thanks Gluten Free Goddess! 

What is your Favorite healthy whole grain? 
Did you know that quinoa, soy and hemp are the only complete plant proteins, rich in amino acids? Now you do! Have a WONDERFUL week and check back for some great posts upcoming: 

A race announcement
A spelt bakery review
Detoxing after that RICH weekend
A GIVEAWAY... (it's been a while) 
And update on Ragnar training..... 

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