What a glorious day for a long run! I got out a little later than I wanted due to stomach woes but it all worked out perfect. 12 miles in the books in just under 2 hours at an overall pace of 9:31. It was just a good run full of energy, strong legs and of serenity. It has been a while since I have been able to put it on auto pilot and just zone out and enjoy a long run. Insert happy dance here.
Refueling the body after a long run which according to the Garmin Forerunner burned 1423 calories is key to recovery. I followed the run with a Green Monster with Vega Shake & Go Smoothie with all of it perfect protein added to the mix and some healthy pancakes made with whole grain flour, chia seeds, flax and almond milk.
For lunch I tried something new. Eating Clean usually means no frozen meals but thanks to Kashi that is no longer the case. I’ve tried one or two flavors when they first came out and honestly was not impressed with taste. When I saw this flavor, Mayan Harvest Bake, I thought I would get it a try and I am so glad I did!
Can’t really complain about the albeit long ingredient list (some sugar as evaporated cane juice crystals which I course I try to limit). What I found I liked best about this meal was the plantains. Of course I’ve heard of them but not sure that I’ve ever tried them. My question then was are they good for you? This is what I found out.
Plantains tend to be firmer and lower in sugar content than dessert bananas. Bananas are most often eaten raw, while plantains usually require cooking or other processing, and are used either when green or under-ripe and therefore starchy or overripe and therefore sweet. Plantains are a staple food in the tropical regions of the world, treated in much the same way as potatoes and with a similar neutral flavour and texture when the unripe fruit is cooked by steaming, boiling or frying. – Wikipedia
OK, that is the basics, but any health benefits?
The good: This food is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. It is also a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and Potassium. The bad: A large portion of the calories in this food come from sugars. Read More: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/2031/2#ixzz0u3kWpFTn