While in Winchester for a dentist appointment for the hubby, I had the opportunity to have my VO2 max tested by one of his old professors. It's a neat experience but tough!!
The next morning (Saturday) we ran a 5k in the area (Front Royal, VA) where I FINALLY set a new 5k PR. My old PR has remained untouched for about 8.5 years, so that's a big deal for me!!
On Sunday, we hit up the Appalachian Trail for a quality (hilly) long run. I climbed 5400 ft in 20 miles, a new "personal record" in itself. Not bad for someone who has notoriously avoided any sort of elevation in the past!
After traveling Friday and Saturday followed by Sunday's long run, we made our way to church and the weekend was over. Usually I take time on the weekend to grocery shop and do food prep, but this weekend I wasn't able to. That means this week of eating may involve clearing out the freezer... Not always a bad thing :)
In the mean time, I have this soup recipe for you:
Sweet Potato Soup
4 cups butternut squash (~1 butternut squash), diced small
4 cups sweet potato (~3 medium potatoes), diced small
1 cup leeks, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp coconut oil
4 cups vegetable broth
1 can (13.5oz) light coconut milk
2 squares of golden curry mix
In a large soup pot, saute leeks and garlic over medium heat w/ coconut oil for 2-3 minutes. Add diced sweet potato and squash and saute another 2-3 minutes. Add 2 cups vegetable broth and 1 can light coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Simmer 20 minutes or until sweet potatoes and squash have softened. Add the curry squares and stir until completely mixed. At this point, you can use a food processor or immersion blender to puree the soup, or you can enjoy it as it is.
Pairs well with some rice or focaccia bread !
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.
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