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1) As mentioned earlier, I’m cheating on Trader Joe’s. That chain of stores has skipped over Colorado, but Sprouts Farmers Market stepped in to save the day. I did my research; I knew it would be love, and I knew that Sprouts + my wallet would be very good friends.
We stocked up for a grand total of $80 (i.e. $40 per person); and will definitely have more than enough to last through the week. In there, you’ll find some amazing deals. These are just a few of them:
- Red Bell Peppers & Avocados – $0.88 ea
- Dried Cranberries – $2.99 / lb
- Organic Whole Carrots – $0.49
- Cage-free, Organic Large Eggs – $0.99
- Fresh Corn Ears – $0.19 ea
- Peaches / Nectarines – $0.88 / lb
I’ll spotlight more of these products, as I marvel at their short ingredient lists and fresh tastes.
2) After days of eating on the road and out of the kitchen, D & I were both craving something fresh, healthy and light. Somewhere in Kansas City, my Dad insisted we stop at Gates Bbq. There may not have been a meat-free menu option (Subway to the rescue!), but that did not stop me from picking up some classic Kansas City sauce that added some spice to this meal:
Roasted Corn, Asparagus (topped with freshly squeezed Lemon juice, salt/pepper),
and Sweet Potato Chips (drizzled in Canola Oil, Cumin, and Pepper)
Once prepared (chopped, seasoned, etc), pop everything in the *425 oven for 15-20 minutes.
Then, use your sauce!
Butter, step aside. If you have never topped your corn with spicy Barbecue sauce, please do so as soon as possible! Fresh summer corn is in abundance right now, don’t miss out. 😉
3) I tackled another 5 mile run this morning. This time, I ran solo and with music.
I did an “L-shaped” out-and-back; turning down a new road, I found myself going West towards the mountains. There is something so peaceful about having that backdrop right in front of you. I totally zoned out, and my legs took the opportunity to go a little faster than was planned.
The middle miles averaged 8:20 m/m; I felt great, until I approached mile 4 and noticed my breathing was getting heavier and my HR was at 190. Ugh. Altitude, let’s speed up the acclimation thing!
Suffice to say I’m a little nervous about 18 tomorrow; they will be slow miles, to say the least.
To satisfy your requests, I took this quick picture leaning out of the car window (on the passenger side, don’t worry) of our neighborhood scenery. 🙂