You THOUGHT I was kidding when I mentioned green shakes yesterday.
(I’m not going to lie…I was kind of hoping I was too, but nope).
Aaron has been reading ultra marathoner Scott Jurek”s book Eat and Run and has decided that we are going to start trying some of his crazy so-healthy-it’s-scary recipes.
He looks like he knows what he’s talking about…right?
So, he made a list on a billion little post it notes (we have far more appropriate list making paper, but whatever) and we headed on what turned out to be a health food expedition to Sprouts, Whole Foods, and Smiths (our Kroger store). This shopping trip took us a really long time because we had no idea where to find most of these things like miso (tip, not in the Asian food aisle).
We also ran into my uncle at Whole Foods who I thought lived in Boulder, Co (?). He and his wife (who are experimenting with true barefoot running) have been vegan for about 15 years. He knew all about Scott Jurek’s book and I think he seemed pleased that we were picking up an entire bag of quinoa (I left out the cheesy enchiladas I ate for lunch yesterday). And apparently he’s working here (living in my neighborhood) and flies home to Boulder ever weekend. So that was an unexpected run-in.
Anyway, Scott Jurek uses a lot of weird stuff in his food. What the heck is a aduki bean? And spirulina powder? I can’t say that it smells very good, although Giuseppe seems to dig it. A quick google search tells me it is green algae. YUM.
So, why am I subjecting myself to this?
Apparently it aids in weight loss, is an excellent source of protein (good for building muscles), boosts the immune system, and is an excellent source of nutrition for endurance runners.
I guess we’ll see.
If you too would like to have your algae boost in the morning, here is the recipe straight from Jurek:
- 2 bananas
- 1 cup frozen or fresh mango or pineapple chunks
- 4 cups water
- 2 teaspoons spirulina powder
- 1 teaspoon miso
Aaron also added in wheat grass.
In honor of Halloween, I have deemed this Green Monster Juice!
Bottom’s up! (For the record, it actually tastes pretty good).