One goal I have for 2015 is to continue to find easy yet healthy meals that fit into my fast-paced lifestyle. Sandwiches are often a great go-to for lunch, but I don't care for deli meat and PBJ gets old after a while. This Chickpea-Avocado Sandwich is a great source of protein, fiber, healthy fats... and of course, flavor! Banish brown bag boredom and add a little variety into your usual lunch with this recipe:
Once you find success in the small things, you are encouraged to continue the habit of working towards a healthier lifestyle. Baby steps, small bites-- it's all the same!
1 (15oz) can chickpeas (rinsed, drained)
1 whole avocado
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, to taste
Place chickpeas and olive oil in a food processor and process until coarse. Do not puree! Remove from your food processor and place in a bowl. Alternatively, if you do not own a food processor, you can use a fork to smash your chickpeas (a little more challenging).
Combine chickpeas mixture with avocado and mix together / mash with a fork. Juice lemon into the same bowl and add your spices. Continue to mix to desired consistency and until flavors have combined.
I enjoy pairing this with some toasted ezekiel bread and fresh spinach as a sandwich, or for a lighter fair, serve over a bed of spinach greens as a salad.
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Kristen Chang is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and triathlete residing in southwest Virginia with her husband and dogs. Follow along as she shares favorite fueling recipes, general wellness and sport nutrition tips and stories from her athletic endeavors.
Another year has flown by, which means it's time to sit back and reflect on the past season. It has been a season of challenge in many regards, and most definitely not the season I had hoped or planned for. Thinking back to my coaching meeting in January, coach Jim and I had discussed taking things to the next level and I set some pretty high goals for myself. That remained the plan through June, until I through a complete 180 by dropping Chattanooga and deciding to focus on my health. I can vividly remember that day, sitting next to the pool after a short workout when coach asked if Chattanooga was still in the cards. I don't remember whether or not I actually responded, but I do remember the emptiness and defeat I felt in that moment knowing in my heart that the answer was no. I consider myself a "fighter"... being Italian makes me stubborn to the core and I am very loyal to the commitments that I make. However, in that moment God was calling me to let go of my own personal plans and trust in Him instead. As humbling and difficult as it was to walk away from Ironman training this past season, I'm incredibly glad that I did.Hearty Miso Soup
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