Out of time? Out of money? Heading to someone’s holiday feast with nothing to bring? Ms. Fit is ready to rock your world with these fast, easy, vegetarian, gluten-free, and cost effective holiday recipes.
What and When to Eat to Fuel Up for Fitness
“Can I get a protein shake? With extra protein?”
I glance at the guy beside me, drenched in sweat. He swipes a gym towel across his forehead. His arms are knotted with so much muscle, his biceps billow at his sides, as if gripping two giant beach balls. Randy from A Christmas Story comes to mind, and I can’t help but wonder if he ever whines, “I can’t put my arms down!” The woman he’s with looks at the smoothie menu and orders the same thing.
“If you want to get big and strong, you have to get your protein after you workout,” he says. “Whey protein is the best. At least 50 grams in this shake. It’s awesome. With skim milk. And maybe some egg whites tossed in for extra protein.”
She nods, her head bobbing maniacally, as she nervously sips the giant brown drink. He has muscle, so he must know what he’s talking about, right?
She tastes the mixture and winces. “Won’t this make me bulky?”
“Not if you’re eating enough protein and restricting carbs.”
I tune out at this point, biting my tongue until I feel the bitter tang of blood.
What’s better during the long, lazy days of summer than packing up a basket with yummies and heading out to a favorite park with a few buddies, the family, a sweetheart, or just a good book, and enjoying a leisurely meal al fresco, beneath the summer sun or stars?
It seems like almost everyone loves a good picnic, but the French have a special affinity for the summer tradition. French food is typically not associated with the vegetarian or vegan diet, but here we present three delicious vegan and gluten-free traditional French recipes perfect for enjoying au plein soleil. What makes these dishes especially great for a picnic is that because they have no dairy products, you can keep them out of refrigeration for a long time without worrying about spoilage.
On a recent trip to the market, I discovered a new legume I’d never seen before: Ivory Lentils.
Gorgeous, aren’t they? So small and pearly, I just had to put them in my cart. I tend to be one of those MacGyver cooks—I like to buy new foods and see what I can make with them, so after flipping through some recipes and a stroll through the produce section, I came up with this recipe for a lovely, simple Ivory Lentil salad. It’s a perfect side for an outdoor picnic or a great light meal when it’s too hot to turn on your oven. Plus, these little babies pack a great nutritional punch. They’re a great source of iron, fiber and ¼ cup dry provides nine grams of protein!
It’s finally summer, and in Chicago where we’re headquartered, that means the farmer’s markets are finally open again, and teeming with bounty from the earth. To celebrate the arrival of fresh, seasonal and local goodness, we’re dedicating this week’s Friday Favorites to our top five late spring and early summer veggies. Which are your faves?