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Where The Hell is Sweet-Tooth Friday!?

No, you didn’t have one of those weird dreams where you think it’s Friday and then halfway through the morning you realize it’s not.  So where’s Sweet-Tooth Friday?  Well, I just got back from vacation, and figured you might be mad if I didn’t at least say “hi.”  So don’t worry, STF isn’t over; it’s just going to be STS this week.  Sweet-Tooth Saturday.  Come back tomorrow for a no-wheat treat.

Vacation = Not Long Enough

Well, vacation is over and it’s back to the real world. Erin and I had a great time in Hilton Head, so thanks to all the guest posters for making it easy on me! I actually only spent about three hours at the beach the entire time, but that’s just fine with me. The rest of the time was filled with running, biking, swimming, and relaxing at the pool and on the deck watching alligators in the lagoon. I managed to finish three of those books that I brought with me, and I even got in a 17-mile run on the island! Erin was nice enough to ride along with me on the bike for that one, so for the final seven miles I had drinks, food, and good company. But why only the last seven miles? Erin intended to ride with me the whole time, but we got separated when she went into the store to get stuff for me, and it took her an hour and a half to find me again!

As far as vacations go, we managed to eat pretty healthily on this one, aside from a few milkshakes and some cake. We had orzo with citrus-cooked veggies, lentil burgers, portobello bistro burgers, smoky black bean burritos, and a really nice dinner in Savannah at a restaurant called Cha-Bella that uses only organic, local, and seasonal ingredients.  The restaurant was dark, so most of the pictures didn’t turn out, but here a few of our cheese plate and my salad with Georgia peaches:

[cheese plate photo]

[salad photo]

30-Day Challenge Update and Thrive Diet Day 1

We got a TON of 30-Day Challengers, you can see the full list here.  How is everyone doing with them?  I’ve been doing my foam rolling (and I’m positive that I wouldn’t have done it if not for the challenge!), and on Wednesday we had the first of many Thrive meals.  Erin, saddled with shopping and cooking duties since she had the day off, chose the approachable Chickpea Curry Pizza for our first foray into the world of vegan and near-raw food.  You know that first shopping trip on a new diet where it takes forever to find all these strange ingredients you’re not used to buying?  Yeah, that one.  That’s what Erin did.  She got sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast, sesame seeds, hemp oil, and hemp seeds, and that was just for this meal!

It turns out that this meal isn’t actually raw; it’s cooked low and slow at 300 degrees.  Furthermore, to call it pizza is a big stretch.  True, there’s a “crust,” made from sunflower seeds, chickpeas, hemp oil, and some seasonings.  And there’s a bell-pepper, basil, hemp pesto “sauce,” and a boatload of vegetables as “topping.”  In that sense, and only that sense, it’s a pizza.  Nonetheless, it was pretty tasty!  Lots of fresh, somewhat unfamiliar Indian flavors.  Definitely better than we expected, and knowing how healthy it is just makes it taste that much better.  For me anyway.  (I think for some people the opposite is true!)

[chickpea curry pizza photo]

The book calls for sprouted versions of lots of the ingredients.  Supposedly, sprouting is easy to do at home, and we’ll get there, but come on, two days ago we were drinking pina coladas in our underwear!  So no sprouting for us yet, but soon.  Anyone tried it before?

I found a recipe for a very similar Thrive “pizza,” Curry Lentil Rice Pizza, on the blog I Like Granola.  I’m not going to post the Chickpea Curry recipe today; there are a lot of steps and this post is too long as it is.  But check out I Like Granola and try that one if you’re interested!

Ok healthy foodies, that’s all for today.  As great as vacation was, getting back to the routine is always nice.  I have lots of new stuff to post over the weekend (like my radio interview), plus a big surprise I’ve been waiting a long time for!  Have a great weekend, and be active!



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  1. Hey! Glad you two had fun. Hilton Head is just the best 🙂 Instant relaxation. Again, love the running/biking trails there. I am looking forward to STS!
    .-= Erica´s last blog ..Pro Bars, Twlight, Eggs =-.

  2. My beginnings on this challenge are going alright so far! I’ve cut down on grains by eating sandwich fillings in lettuce wraps. Tasty crunchy goodness.

    The “pizza” looks fantastic. I haven’t tried sprouting things but that sounds like fun!
    .-= Sagan´s last blog ..Life Lessons: Running Challenge comes to a close =-.

  3. Glad you both had such a nice time! And it sounds like you ate well on vacation- not an easy thing to do.
    Sprouting really is easy and you can sprout so many things. Broccoli sprouts are my fave!
    .-= meatlessmama´s last blog ..Herbed Baby Redskin Potatoes =-.

  4. I’ve been doing great on the challenge… It called for a bit of creativity when we went out for brunch this morning, but I worked around it by ordering salad instead of a veggie burger.

    The real challenge will be on Sunday when we’re going to the in-laws for lunch. I’ll miss the wine and dessert! But I will stay strong!
    .-= Hanlie´s last blog ..Friday Linky Love =-.

    • Hey Hanlie I’m glad you’re going strong with the challenge. My very least favorite part of such commitments is when they affect social activities. It’s like I can handle any amount of sacrifice when it’s just me that suffers, but I hate letting down my friends or family because I can’t share in a certain meal/drink with them on a rare occasion when I get to see them. I guess it’s a matter of prioritizing, figuring out what’s most important to you at this moment.

  5. You must be mysterious Matt who corrected my soccer poster, yes? Hi! I love your blog– will be a regular reader.

    Glad I stumbled upon it! Happy running 🙂
    .-= Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn´s last blog ..Product Review: Nike Flight Headphones =-.

    • Hey Mel, not the same Matt that corrected your Brandi Chastain poster, but I do like your blog! You and I are on the same wavelength with the coffee, knowing it’s not good for us (or our running) but finding it hard not to drink it.

  6. I have tried sprouting, but I don’t do it on a regular basis. It takes planning ahead, like for days… which I’m not very good at doing. However, I do sprout my own alfalfa and mung beans using a sprouting jar I bought at the health food store. I kind of feel like a hippie doing it, but they’re great for topping salads and sandwiches, super fresh and crunchy. I’ve heard horror stories about bacteria in store-bought sprouts.

    • Yeah, the planning is the thing that concerns me. I guess one could just have a bunch of stuff going at once, and if some gets wasted, then so be it. It does seem like it could save a lot of money, so I wouldn’t feel too bad about this.

  7. I just made a pizza from that book and it tasted good but doesn’t really give you a pizza “experience” so to speak. I think the crust could hold up better if less sauce was put on in order to dry out the crust more….

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