Gosh, I am writing about eating. I love to eat and I know I carry some unneeded weight with me because of that. Those darn love handles will simply not disappear even during my training for a marathon. That is so wrong in my opinion, but I guess it is proves that I love to eat some good food. As a matter of fact, I am actually a “junkie” for bread, but not just any type of bread. I am talking about high quality, fresh baked bread – not the fluffy stuff you get at your local supermarket. I grew up in Germany and the bakeries over there are simply awesome with all the different types of bread and pastries that they make. That is one part I might be missing about not living in Germany anymore, but then again – there are solutions to this problem.
Of course I know that bread is not an optimal food for an athlete or runner who is in training for a marathon. I read the excellent book “Racing Weight” written by Matt Fitzgerald a while ago and if you have not, do so. I found the book for free at my local public library and it has been very helpful to read this book. If you are training a lot for a race event you want to be careful to not jeopardize your efforts by eating wrong or by trying to lose weight by not eating enough. On the other side, there are ways to eat so that your training is paying off and you still lose some weight along the way. Read the book, you will love it.
So, lunch time came around and I was hungry. I had already eaten my fair share of bread in the morning and so I needed something better. A quick look into the fridge and I decided to make some fresh salad from Yellow, Red, and Orange Bell Peppers mixed with fresh cut Avocado. I always make my own dressing for salad; often using Balsamic Vinegar and Avocado Oil as well as Salt and Pepper. My wife likes to substitute the Vinegar with Lemon Juice in some cases and it can be a great choice, too. I am not a big fan of the salad dressings you can buy at the store. My stomach cannot handle all the artificial stuff that these salad dressings have – no matter how “natural” they are supposed to be. Fresh salad – be it green salad, cucumber salad, or whatever salad – tastes best with less artificially mixed dressings. Meaning, if you keep it simple like I do you actually taste the taste of salad. Otherwise the dressing simply overwhelms the flavor of fresh greens and all you taste and smell is dressing. The food industry is “great” in messing around with our foods and I just find it scary how many processed foods are out there and how much high fructose corn syrup is used to “sweeten up” food. If you would take away the high fructose corn syrup from most foods, the foods would taste blunt and disgusting. The reason is simple, these type of food combinations did not exist many years ago the way they do today. I was born in the late 60s and the meals my mom used to cook simply tasted good because of the ingredients being used. High Fructose Corn Syrup was not used in foods back then. Coca Cola even had normal sugar in it and Coca Cola back then actually tasted really good. Whatever they sell today is just junk in my opinion. Disclaimer: I have not had a soda in years.
Anyway, I was hungry and so I prepped some salad as shown in the pictures here. Bell Peppers are great in taste and the health benefits are awesome. Peppers have significant antioxidant abilities. This means they can help neutralize free radicals in your body. Those free radicals can damage cells and as a runner you want to avoid this – especially when recovering from a run. Bell Peppers have a lot of fiber and are loaded with Vitamins – specifically Vitamin C and E. Vitamin C helps your body to fight off infections like a Cold and Vitamin E helps to protect your cells from damage, but also helps to keep inflammations under control – very important if you are a runner. I made a big bowl of this as you can see and I felt stuffed for quite a while. This type of salad is also easy to prepare if you need lunch to go for the office. You can cut everything the night before and put it into a Ziploc bowl. You can even add the dressing at that time and let the Bell Peppers and Avocado soak in the flavor. Bell Peppers and even the Avocado are great in not getting mushy and you still get that crunchy feeling when biting on the peppers the next day. This mix of Bell Peppers and Avocado can also be the foundation for other meals. You can simply add some Feta Cheese to increase the flavor and to add some extra protein or you can put some of this salad mix onto a slice of really good bread or a bun. There are a ton of variations possible. Give it a try.