On Sunday morning, I volunteered for the PT 8K running race in Brunswick. It was really cold and while I was waiting to start my task at the finish line, I got the opportunity to take this photo that shows the first frost of the season.
I missed my long run with the "Ladies" but being cold out there gave me the excuse to go for a 15 minutes run before the race started. That was actually not such a great idea because I had to stand at the finish line all sweaty and freezing even more than if I had not run.
It looks like a big white carrot but it tastes a lot like the small red radish, except that the flavor is milder. It was my first "encounter" with Daikon - also known as Japanese Radish, Chinese Radish, Oriental Radish, Icicle Radish and Satsuma Radish - and I had to find out how to prepare it.
I have learned that Daikon can be eaten raw in salad, pickled, grated for use as a condiment, or in stir fries, soups and stews. For my first trial, I chose to mince it and to make a stir fry combining Extra Firm Tofu, Chery Tomatoes, Kale and Pine Nuts. I served with Red Quinoa.
Nutrition Information - Daikon is very low in calories. A 3 ounce serving contains only 18 calories. It is rich in vitamin C (34% of the RDA recommendations), and also contains active enzymes that aid digestion, particularly of starchy foods. Too bad my Daikon didn't come with leaves because they are know for also being rich in vitamin C, beta carotene, calcium, and iron; definitely worth using instead of discarding, no?
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and I like it to be tasty, "clean" (whole foods = less refined as possible), filling and nutritious. This is one of my "Super Foods" to start my days the right way!
It may vary from day to day (I like to alternate different grains and fruits) but this morning, I had three Weetabix Biscuits (Whole Grain Cereal - one serving is 2 biscuits), fresh Organic Strawberries and Blueberries (rich in Antioxidants), Walnuts (for the Omegas = good fats), Whole Goat Milk (provides Calcium and Vitamin D - much more testy than cow milk) and Wheat Germ (extra Vitamin E and Folic Acid) - the "healthy sprinkles" like my kids call it - to top the all thing.
Now, I don't count my calories anymore but this breakfast provided me the energy I needed and kept me filled up until mid-morning snack (10:00am)
Pumpkin Sale to the benefits of TJ's school's PTO. It was fun to help a good cause and also to meet people from my community!
Circus was in town this weekend. I have never been a big fan but when it comes to please the family, you gotta do what you gotta do, eh?
I don't like shows that use animals, but acrobats were pretty good.
Personally, I got my suppa duppa blast the day after running the Marathon Relay. That was definitely one of the most amazing... thrilling... exciting... exhilarating experiences of my life, and I am comparing to skydiving here!
A Parent/Child Relay Run Race - in the rain - to the benefits of Kids with Type 1 Diabetes. Read Cole's story(As written by Cole and his mom 4 weeks after diagnosis as part of a presentation to his 1st grade class.)
And some homemade Harvest Pumpkin Bread, with raisins and walnuts.