Hi friends, hope you are having a good week! This week is kinda crawling by for me, but I am happy to report that I got a good tempo run in today and did it properly this time. I ran 4 miles on the treadmill, and did the first and last mile a little slower than my ‘normal’ pace and the 2nd and 3rd faster than normal. Although my normal pace varies day to day based on how I am feeling. I am always surprised that running one day can be so much harder than the previous for no apparent reason. Sometimes I have to scale my speed back quite a bit because I get tired after about a minute (I use the term ‘speed’ very loosely here). Today, I had a really good run though.
On to food….Ever since I ate guacamole last week, I had been wanting to have it again. I didn’t have any avocados and was too lazy to go to the store so at first I thought I was out of luck. Then, I remembered a recipe that I had tried awhile back that used peas (the canned kind) in place of half the avocado. I actually didn’t really like it when I tried it…although to be fair to the recipe, peas are not one of my favorite vegetables so maybe that was why (probably shouldn’t admit that based on this blog name, huh?). I searched around online a bit and saw that some people tried to use edamame in place of the avocado. And just like that Edamole was born!
I don’t think it is a true substitute for guacamole because it just isn’t the same taste, but if you don’t have an avocado on hand, and are in the mood for guacamole it proves to be a pretty good swap (and better than peas in my opinion). While I did a total swap originally, I later tried with one avocado and would recommend using edamame in addition to the avocado and not totally in place of it. That way you would get the best of both worlds. Edamame or soy beans, are low in calories and fat and have a ton of protein and fiber (11 g protein and 9 grams of fiber in 1/2 cup) so I think it is best to use them for some of the avocado, but not all.
1/2 cup edamame, shelled and thawed (if using frozen)
1 medium avocado
1-2 t olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 clove garlic
1/4 t salt (or add more to taste)
1/4 t srirachi – optional
1 large tomato
1/4 white onion
Combine the first 7 ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl and add chopped tomato and onion. If you don’t have a food processor, I think that you could just use a potato masher or something similar to mash up the edamame and avocado. The reason I say I think is because I have done this with avocado and it works fine, but haven’t tried it with edamame, it might be a little harder to do.
If you try this, let me know what you think of it compared to normal guacomole. Normally I don’t really like food ‘swaps’ that use healthy food and try to be another thing (not that avocado’s are unhealthy by any means, just sayin). What do you guys think of food swaps like these?
You can also make your own tortilla chips to enjoy with the edamole as seen here.
On another exercise note, I just checked out The Women’s Health Big Book of Exercise from the library to see if I liked it before buying it and I think it is definitely a great book for updating a weight routine, or forming one in the first place. It separates the book out into all the different body parts that you would work while lifting (chest, shoulders, quads, glutes, abs) and gives a ton of exercises for each section as well as detailed descriptions and pictures for each exercise. It also gives suggestions for which exercises to combine to get a full workout. (They also have a men’s health version since I know this blog is very high on the men readers )
I really like the book and I think I will buy it so I can have my own copy and not keep re-checking out the libraries. I was just thinking that I have kind of gotten into a rut where I do the same stuff over and over again, so I plan to incorporate some of this stuff into my weight routines. The format is really easy and there are a lot of ’at home’ variations, so you could easily do a lot of what is in the book without being at a gym. At first, I thought that it didn’t give any full body workouts, but I realized it was just at the very end of the book. I think that would have been my only gripe, so overall a win!
A final thing….remember how I mentioned a giveaway awhile back? Well I wasn’t just trying to fool you, we will have a giveaway coming your way tomorrow! It took awhile to find the product in stores but that is because it is brand new so the winner shouldn’t have a problem in the coming weeks. Check back tomorrow to enter!