Monday, August 19, 2013

Monday Morning // Infinite Hunger

This past week fellow Bay Area outdoors blogger @thegearcaster posted something on twitter that I have been thinking about a lot recently.

Every summer, for the last two or three years it’s happened to me too, the infinite hunger. That devour a burrito then scarf down another and still want more hunger. Having a few hours after work means getting out for bike rides in the hills or long runs on the trails and that’s hungry work. Throw in all-day play on the weekends and things start to ramp up. Once I’ve strung together about 3 or 4 high-energy weeks I’m in the infinite hunger zone and It’s both amazing and horrible at the same time.

That kind of hunger is a good indicator that I’m taking advantage of the summer (since my metabolism is running wild) - it’s also really uncomfortable being hungry all the time. It’s nice to be able to eat more of my favorite foods - but I really need to be more diligent usual in making sure that’s good healthy fuel I’m putting in and not crap. Its good for my health to be getting out a lot - but since most of it is pure cardio I’m not actually losing any weight (which I should be).

Ultimately I think I’m more excited than not when my metabolism goes crazy, I’ve come to think of it as a sign of the season.

Here are 4 of my favorite recipes to fuel all-day summer play:

  1. Cilantro-Lime Rice and Beans - Like Chipolte, but delicious.
  2. Snobby Joes(Vegan Sloppy Joes) - I sub in red lentils for a spicy flavor and less chunky texture.
  3. Chickpea Mash - One of our fastest and most delicious meals.
  4. Beylah’s Green Smoothies - A absolute staple of our mornings.

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