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May 16, 2006

chickpea curry (crockpot)

this recipe is super easy to make. start it cooking in the evening and you have lunch ready to go in the morning. start it in the morning and you have dinner when you get home. replacing the coconut milk with 1.5 cup nonfat yogurt and 3 Ts coconut oil gives a slightly higher protein version. don't add the yogurt until 20 minutes before finishing to prevent it from curdling.

in a crock pot, combine and cook on low for 8 or so hours:

  • 2 cups dried chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 5 cups water (5.5 if you are going to use yogurt instead of coconut milk)
  • 4 or so chopped fresh tomatoes (or a can of diced)
  • 1 can lite coconut milk
  • 1 chopped onion
  • two bay leaves

about an hour or so before serving, add spices. consider green or red thai curry (with fish sauce as a salt source) or any other curry powder that you pick up.

twenty minutes before serving, add: 1 C white rice.

other great additions include bamboo shoots, baby corn, cauliflower, okra (briefly sautee before adding it at the very end, available frozen) or spinach, wilted in right at the end (consider that this will contribute liquid).

makes six 369 calorie servings:

  • fat: 9g, 20%
  • net carbs: 76g, 63%
  • fiber: 14g
  • protein: 17g, 17%

with yogurt, makes six 420 calorie servings:

  • fat: 9g, 19%
  • net carbs: 79g, 62%
  • fiber: 14g
  • protein: 20g, 19%

May 7, 2006

supplements

i've typically been rather sceptical of supplements. i'd heard (and been inclined to believe) that most hard packed supplements won't dissolve properly in the digestive system. i've read research to that effect as well. furthermore, the endurance athlete's supplement needs are different from the "normal" person and need a different supplement altogether.

when you go down the supplement road you can end up taking a lot of pills. i recommend two hammer products: premium insurance caps and carlson norwegian fish oil. the premium insurance cap is a powdered multi-vitamin designed for maximum potency and absorption. it is also specially formulated for the endurance athlete. the carlson norwegian fish oil is an excellent and convenient source of essential omega fatty acids. they are also the highest quality, tested and free of contaminants that can plague fish oil supplements. the benefits of the fish oil are numerous, including:

  • Increased absorption of the important energy-producing substrates CoQ10 and idebenone
  • Prolonged endurance from increased fat utilization and enhanced oxygen utilization
  • Cardiovascular system protection from reduced blood pressure and lowered cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • Support for body fat regulation
  • Aid in improving brain function
  • Anti-inflammatory properties to reduce post-workout soreness