We survived South Sister!! It was cold, cloudy, windy, treacherous and glorious! We didn’t make it to the summit due to intense cloud cover (which burned off as soon as we got down, of course) but we get dang close! Personal victory was doing it all Paleo style!!
Here’s a summary of what I took to eat:
Turkey, bacon, tomatoes and avocado wrapped in red leaf lettuce
Organic Butternut Squash Soup
Paleo Banana Bread, banana, almond butter and hot coffee :0)
Apple, sweet potato (actually an amazing hiking food!)
Lunch on the mountain:
Albacore, tomatoes and a hard boiled egg
Dinner in Bend:
Salad with chicken, avocado, mango (not my idea) and cucumbers
Carrot Cake Lara Bar (iffy on the Paleo side because of raisins), cucumbers/carrots, zucchini hummus and beef jerky.
I had so much energy and felt so great! I noticed that even though we gained 5,000 feet in 6 miles, my soreness was like a 1 on a 10 scale!! I’m thanking the Paleo lifestyle for that!!
So, after having my butt handed to me @ Crossfit this morning and spending almost 5 minutes on the floor gasping for air, I was suuuper hungry and wanting something to help my poor muscles recover! And this is what I came up with!! I hope you love it is as much as I do!!
Leftover Kale Salad (If you don’t have any, chop up some veggies and kale and mix together)
Chicken Breast (I like to saute mine in 1 inch of water for about 4-5 minutes on each side)
1 heaping tablespoon Nutritional Yeast (or more if you like it cheezey!)
2-3 teaspoons red curry powder, to taste
1-2 tablespoons olive/coconut oil (omit if using leftover kale salad)
Cook chicken (bake, saute, grill) and cut into strips. Add to kale salad. Add nutritional yeast and red curry powder (and oil if using fresh veggies) and mix thoroughly. Put on your plate and dive in!! (The heat of the chicken help soften the kale a bit, which I like).
I added a cooked sweet potato too. They are so easy to make fast!! Wash (I leave the skin on) and poke with a fork a few times. Wrap in a paper towel and microwave for 2.5 minutes. I like to wrap mine in tin foil after to let it cook a little more. Just be careful not to do it too long or you will end up with a flat, dry lump.
The health benefits of sweet potatoes are numerous to be sure! Though the primary nutrient in a sweet potato is carbohydrate, they are also good sources of fiber, beta carotene (vitamin A), vitamin C, and vitamin B6 — and despite being primarily carbohydrate, some studies have shown that sweet potatoes can help stabilize blood sugar levels and lower insulin resistance. They are high in fiber and have a lower glycemic index rating (50).
Research has also shown that phytonutrients in sweet potatoes may be able to help lower the potential health risk posed by heavy metals and free radicals. This is helpful not only for digestive tract problems like irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis, but also for anyone who wants to reduce the potential risk posed by heavy metal residues (like mercury) in their diet. Other benefits of sweet potatoes may include anti-inflammatory effects.
Have an amazing day!!