Did you know that red and yellow bell peppers have 3 times as much vitamin C as an orange? Crazy, huh?
As a matter of fact I’ve found out in the last couple of days that there are lots of foods that have more Vitamin C than citrus fruits, like broccoli, brussel sprouts and cauliflower.
My cold symptoms hit me with full effect yesterday and I was feeling miserable, especially after I spent the entire morning out in the cold, grocery shopping with my 4-year old. So I’ve been making myself these “Feel Better Juices” …
I pulled out my handy dandy juicer that I bought last December after I watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead …
1 1/2 Yellow or Red Bell Peppers
1 inch of Ginger
Makes 2 servings.
I actually left out the grapefruit today and liked it a little better, but its still totally a “chug it! chug it!” kind of drink.
Here’s hoping it works. I do think I’m feeling a little better after my homemade concoction remedy, some healthy food and some rest time.
Tomorrow I’ll be back at it either way. My Health & Fitness Challenge at CrossFit Intrigue begins tomorrow. I’ll be weighed, measured and body fat percentaged <— totally technical term there. And then I’ll perform one timed WOD.
On Monday, I’ll perform a CrossFit Total which is the sum of the amount of weight for a 1 rep max deadlift, back squat and strict press.
On Tuesday the participants will do another timed WOD.
Six weeks from now we will repeat the CrossFit Total and both of the WODs to measure improvement. We will also be re-weighed, re-measured and re-body fat percentaged. (Yeah, I’m gonna keep saying that).
These change in numbers in addition to our daily food log and our accountability by signing in to class when we come will help the judges determine the winners for the challenge.
I’m kind of excited. I obviously like challenges.
Aaaaanyway, speaking of bell peppers and oranges and vitamin C and such … I had a double dose today because they were also a part of our dinner.
Garlic Grilled Flank Steak with Peppers and Onions and Baked Beets with Fennel & Oranges from Practical Paleo.
I’ve never cooked or eaten fennel before, mainly because my husband told me it tasted like licorice. But it was on the meal plan for tonight, so I decided to give it a try. I actually really liked it! The mixture of the beets, fennel and oranges just screamed to be on a salad though so I put it on a bed of spinach with a drizzle of Balsamic Vinaigrette.
One of the things I really love about the Practical Paleo book is that it has several 30-day meal plan options that you can choose from for different focuses …
I thought this time around I’d try out one of the meal plans to help me branch out and get a good cross-section of some of the recipes in the book. I had a hard time choosing between Squeaky Clean Paleo and Athletic Performance, which incorporates much more starchy veggies. Ultimately I decided to start with Squeaky Clean and if I’m feeling like I’m dragging on my runs or at CrossFit I’ll change.
It’s kind of nice to be able to look ahead and see what I’ll be eating soon. In addition, there are printable weekly grocery lists for each plan online at Balanced Bites as well as a printable pantry item list.
It made my grocery shopping in the cold, sick and with my 4-year old a little more bearable than it would have been otherwise. 🙂