Marathon Monday—Whether You Do 26.2 or 2, Run with Nike+ Today for a Great Cause

NikeBoston_final_(1)_detailLast year’s tragic events aside, the Boston Marathon has always been a big deal in Massachusetts—it’s a state holiday! Growing up, it meant a day off from school, and since getting older and moving to Boston, it has meant a day of getting together with friends at house parties or bars along the marathon route and cheering on the runners while day drinking. It’s the best.

This year will, of course, be a little different. It’s going to be emotionally charged; the heightened security will be felt; last year’s horrific turn of events will undoubtedly be on everyone’s mind. But I can already tell by the happy buzz of runners and Bostonians out and about all weekend that the spirit of the day has by no means been broken. And what better triumph and tribute to all the lives lost and marred by last year is there than that?
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On Friday I was invited to the re-opening of the Nike store on Newbury Street (the line of sneakerheads outside the store was insane—some people camped out overnight???). The store looks amazing, but the best sight isn’t a piece of décor or pair of kicks—it’s the two treadmills set up in the middle. All weekend long, for every mile run on those two treadmills, Nike has been donating $100 to the Challenged Athletes Foundation, which provides support to people with physical disabilities. To kick it off, Gronk, Shane Victorino and Sarah Reinertsen hopped on the treadmills to log the first mile. (Not gonna lie, I was super excited to see Gronk there haha.)

Today, in honor of the Boston Marathon, for everyone who can’t make it into the Nike Boston store, you can still contribute to the cause by simply going for a run and logging it using the Nike+ smartphone app. Literally anywhere. For every mile run WORLDWIDE today, Nike will donate $1 to CAF. How amazing is that?? Just be sure to tag it with #strongereveryrun in the app. I know a bunch of you readers are runners, so get on that!

As for me, I’m off for a quick run around the Charles before today’s festivities begin (using the Nike+ app, obviously!). One day I’ll run a marathon, but for now, I’m much better at drinking beer. :) I hope everyone in Boston has a wonderful, safe day and best of luck to all you badasses running the marathon!
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Kiwi Wheatgrass Juice

Kiwi Wheatgrass JuiceJuice might not be the typical Sunday Funday beverage, but I’ve got another yummy green one for you today! This week I made the fatal mistake of going to Whole Foods hungry and left with five trillion bazillion dollars worth of produce that I’m determined to not let go to waste. Oh, hello there, juicer.

Kiwi Wheatgrass Juice

Kiwi Wheatgrass Juice

Yield: 8-10oz

Kiwi Wheatgrass Juice

Ingredients

  • 1 small apple
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 2 kiwis, peeled
  • 3 kale leaves
  • 6 parsley stalks
  • 3 chard leaves
  • ½ cucumber
  • Wheatgrass (a clump about a dime’s width)

Instructions

  1. Run everything through your juicer. Ball up the wheatgrass into a little knot before putting through the appliance for the biggest juice yield.
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Kiwi Wheatgrass JuiceAfter a green juice and some breakfast, I’m off to teach a couple classes at Btone today. A nice healthy start to my Sunday that I’ll probably completely cancel out later on with some real Sunday Funday drinks. ;)

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Crock Pot Tomato Soup with Popcorn “Croutons”

Crock Pot Tomato Soup (Vegan) with Popcorn "Croutons"When I was out in Colorado a couple months ago, a restaurant we ate at had soup on the menu that was served with popcorn instead of croutons or crackers. Maybe this is a common thing and I’m just behind the times, but it was a total why didn’t I think of that?? moment.

Crock Pot Tomato Soup (Vegan) with Popcorn "Croutons"

Popcorn (real popcorn—not movie popcorn slathered in butter or caramel chocolate popcorn or cheese-covered popcorn) is a low-calorie snack option, and its texture makes it pretty flippin’ perfect as a healthy soup topping (especially if you’re gluten-free!). In a recent post, I mentioned that Clean, Lean & Sexy had sent me some of their healthy snacks to try out, and I couldn’t wait to put their popcorn to use.

Crock Pot Tomato Soup (Vegan) with Popcorn "Croutons"

I got annihilated by allergies this past week (I’ve never had them this bad before—it was awful!), and my cold-like symptoms were craving some good ol’ tomato soup. This one is ridiculously easy to make (gotta love crock pots!) and vegan.

Crock Pot Tomato Soup (Vegan) with Popcorn "Croutons"

Crock Pot Tomato Soup with Popcorn “Croutons”

Yield: 11-12 cups

Crock Pot Tomato Soup with Popcorn “Croutons”

A vegan tomato soup made in the crock pot and topped with popcorn.

Ingredients

  • 2lbs fresh Roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped (= about 6-7 large ones)
  • ¼ cup packed fresh basil
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 small-medium onion, diced
  • 3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Popcorn (or topping of choice)

Instructions

  1. Over medium heat, sauté onions, celery and carrots in a little extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper until onions are translucent (6-7 minutes).
  2. Dump everything except the almond milk and popcorn into a crock pot, give it a couple stirs, and cook on low for 5 hours.
  3. Put it in a blender for a couple minutes until smooth (do this in batches).
  4. Stir in the almond milk.
  5. Top with popcorn and enjoy!

Notes

This is a thin(ner) soup. If you prefer your soup thick, leave out 1 cup veggie broth and 1 cup almond milk.

http://pumpsandiron.com/2014/04/17/crock-pot-tomato-soup-with-popcorn-croutons/

Crock Pot Tomato Soup (Vegan) with Popcorn "Croutons"

Have you ever used popcorn as a soup topping?

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P.S. Sorry for the lack of blog posts this week! Life keeps getting in the way, and I figure it’s better to just prepare awesome blog posts for next week rather than throw up a bunch of quickie junk posts this week.