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Las weekend - at a friend's birthday party we discovered Charlie Bird's Farro Salad. It's freaking amazing. We could not get enough of it!
Now farro is not stranger to our kitchen, but the flavors of this salad were different from any other we've ever had. Probably because of the number one essential step of cooking farro, which is to cook it with enough salt and aromatics so that it delicious in of it's self before combining it with the rest of the ingredients.
This healthful whole grain has about 8 grams of cholesterol-lowering fiber, is full of minerals, including magnesium, which may relieve tension and menstrual cramps, and it's complex carbs break down slowly, keeping your energy level stable. The grain also has cyanogenic glucosides, a type of carb that may boost the immune system.
So Try this salad warm or cold because you can't got wrong!
Even though Fall has began - there is always hope in the air for an Indian Summer. We love sipping on some fresh lemonade later into the afternoons even when they are starting to get cool. So here's a crisp lemonade recipe from Smitten Kitchen that will make you hope that summer will linger just a bit longer.
Inspired by Mimi Cheng’s
A few notes: I made this the first time with the cucumber skin on. As only surprised me, this makes for a very green juice, as in your guest will ask “You made me green juice?” Of course, no harm in that. The second time, which yielded the finished lemonade you see here, I peeled the cucumbers, which led to pale pastel green tinge to the lemonade. You can use any variety of cucumber; in the first batch, I used one of those large English cucumbers. In the second, I used 4 kirby cucumbers from a Greenmarket (each weighed 4 ounces). Flavor and concentration-wise I prefer a tart lemonade that’s a little bit on the concentrated side because we almost always finish ours off with a small glug of seltzer. For a sweeter, but not excessively sweet lemonade, use 1/2 cup sugar. If you’re not going to finish yours with sparkling or mineral water, use it for a cocktail or pour it over a glass of ice, you might find that you’d prefer this with 1/2 to 3/4 cup extra cold water. Finally, I find making simple syrup a pain (it’s a whole extra step!) and upon reading this over the summer, was reminded that you can totally skip this step and just add the sugar directly. Shaken a few times, within 15 minutes it will be fully dissolved, far more quickly than it would take to cool simple syrup. My lemonade feels so free!
Makes just over 1 quart (4 cups). Serves 4 to 6 and up to 8 if you like a lot of fizzy water in yours.
1 pound cucumber(s), peeled or unpeeled, cut into large chunks, plus a few extra thin cucumber slices for garnish
1 cup lemon juice (from about 7 to 8 lemons, although juiciness will vary)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 cups cold water
Run cucumber through a blender or food processor until pureed, then run it for a full extra minute to ensure that it’s as processed as possible. Set a fine-mesh strainer ora regular strainer lined with a couple layers of cheesecloth or a coffee filter over a pitcher and pour cucumber puree through it, stirring to help it move along faster. Discard solids. In the pitcher, you should have about 1 cup cucumber juice.* Add lemon juice and sugar to it, then water. Give it a good stir or shake, and let it sit in the fridge (to get it started chilling) for 15 minutes, after which a couple more stirs or shakes should leave the sugar fully dissolved. Taste lemonade, adding more sugar or water if desired. (See Notes up top about concentration and sweetness.) Serve chilled over ice, with or without a splash of seltzer on top. You can fancy up the glass with a garnish of cucumber slice, if desired.
Can we put gin in this? Of course you can.
* Of course, if you have a juicer, you can use it here to the same effect.
Today's #WednesdayWorkout is one of of our favorites because we've been lucky enough to take a class at this studio. This Cardio Pilates work out from Burn San Francisco trainer, Lisa Corsello, weaves Pilates core exercise with classic lifting moves and cardio bursts. This workout is so varied that you will never get bored.
It's pretty much all mental - you make the decision to get out there and get your sweat on.
And remember we're here to help you get your butt in gear when you need a convenient work out option:
Ok we discovered this recipe on The Chalkboard and we are intrigued! Donuts have never been in our diet but that doesn't mean we don't secretly want to try everyone when we walk by those amazing smelling donut shops. So this donut makeover by Alexandra Dawson of In My Bowl on Cameron Diaz’s blog, Our Body Book has got us intrigued. It's packed with superfoods and – yes, protein! These healthy sweets can also be delicious, so give these “pronuts” a try.
Made with chia seeds, creamy coconut milk, speckled banana, antioxidant dense raw cacao, and chocolate protein powder, these baked, vegan, grain free, and refined sugar free donuts are protein packed and insanely fudgy. They are a guilt free indulgence that’s perfect for breakfast or as a post-workout recovery snack!
COCONUT FUDGE PRONUTS
Makes 6 donuts
6 tablespoons light coconut milk
5 tablespoons chia seeds
½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar
½ cup chocolate protein powder (like Vega One all-in-one)
¼ cup raw cacao powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons coconut sugar
1 medium ripe banana, mashed
¼ cup coconut oil, liquid
We love nut butters - while growing up there was really only one option, peanut butter, now there is an assortment of different flavors and butters to choose from. You really can't go wrong testing out different nut butters in smoothies, but we especially love an almond butter smoothie. This recipe is packed with protein and makes a delicious breakfast or post-workout snack.
Feel the burn with this #WednesdayWorkout! Try the high rep non-stop Juggernaut workout and prepare to get sweaty!
Bringing back the old school mantra #NoPainNoGain for today's #MondayMotivation - fight for it, you got this!
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