Happy Friday, everyone! I’m looking forward to kicking off the first race in my fall line-up, a 7 mile trail race on Sunday, woohoo! The last trail race I did was a half marathon, and I totally shanked it. It’s my last long run before my half marathon, and I’m looking forward to mixing it up. Plus, you get a lot of swag and beer/cider afterwards – score! 😉
Let’s get right into what I’m feeling this week.
Dr. Bragg’s Nutritional Yeast
At first, I was totally freaked out by nutritional yeast. But now that I’ve gone entirely plant-based, it is an invaluable addition to my pantry. I use it to make my Vegan Cheeze, Roasted Kale and Butternut Squash, and Leek, Mushroom and Lemon Risotto. It really gives a nice cheeze-y flavor, and it’s loaded with B12 – a nutrient that you really need to be aware of, if you follow a vegan diet. I’m planning on sprinkling some on popcorn later tonight (with a little spritz of olive oil and sea salt) for a snack.
2. Bootstrap Compost
This is my favorite thing ever. Operating in the Greater Boston area, Bootstrap Compost is a year-round service that picks up your kitchen scraps for composting, diverting thousands of pounds of organic material that would otherwise end up in landfills each week. You can choose your service to be weekly or bi-weekly, and they service both residential and commercial locations. Basically, they drop off a 5 gallon bucket, which you fill with compost, and then they pick it up and leave you a new one. GENIUS! I love this. You have no idea how sad it made me to throw away food scraps that I knew could be composted, but when you live in the city, it’s hard to compost without attracting nocturnal visitors that you don’t want to see rooting through your food scraps at 5 am when you’re walking to you car to go to the gym. This service is only available for the Greater Boston area, but if you are interested for composting opportunities in your area, I highly recommend Googling to see what’s out there. Awesome idea – I just signed up! 😀
So, I’ve heard rumors that this stuff is the best out there for roasting, adding to dressings, veggies, grains, beans – pretty much everything. It’s an herbed sea salt-based seasoning that you can use in place of salt. The raw ingredients (herbs & vegetables) are literally used immediately after harvesting: organic vegetables are brought in from the fields and finely chopped, mixed with real sea salt and allowed to marinate and then dried to create this seasoning. The sea salt retains all of the herbal and vegetable flavor, and includes organic celery leaves, organic leek, organic cress (water and garden), organic onion, organic chive, organic parsley, organic lovage, organic garlic, organic basil, organic marjoram, organic rosemary, organic thyme, kelp (with trace iodine). I’m so stoked about this! You can get it off Amazon, or at your local natural foods store.
4. Brooks Seamless Arm Warmers
I usually run hot like a furnace when I’m running, so I picked these up on sale for the perfect in-between temperatures of 40 – 50°F (~7°C) when you really don’t know what to wear. I despise carrying extra layers (or sticking them in the bushes – in Boston, they won’t be there when you turn around to grab them on your way back). These are perfect to scrunch down around your forearms, or completely remove them and shove them into your pockets. They were made for indecisive folks like me.
5. Lululemon Pace Rivals
I am so jelly pants of all you gals in Canada, because you got these pants in Lulu’s upload this week and all of us in the US have to wait another week or two. I am obsessed with this pattern, I tried it on in store in a different pair of pants and they are thick, opaque and REALLY DAMN CUTE!
This article about Fugly Fall Fashion by Jezebel made me LOL a lot. Check it out if you’d like a good laugh.
7. New Music!
How Deep Is (Remix) – DJ Fleek
This song is going onto my running playlist.
And Calabria – Firebeatz Remix/what is even going on in this video:
What are you guys up to this weekend? Tell me all about it in the comments. For me, it’s bike ride, trail race, late summer/early fall BBQ, and watching the Buffalo Bills game! YAY FOOTBALL!
Hope you all have a great weekend.