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January 2013

Corn Flakey French Toast and Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

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I am currently dying to share my new favorite appetizer with anyone and everyone: bacon-wrapped asparagus.  YUM.  Last week, a brunch celebrating my parents’ return from a car show in AZ was the perfect opportunity.  Next on the menu was something I had long been craving– french toast– and I decided to use up the corn flakes in our cupboard to make an ever-elusive crusted french toast (elusive because I had always meant to try it but would either forget or fail to have corn flakes in stock).  We topped our toasts with homemade whipped butter (just shake some whipping cream for a long, long time, shake again, and drain out any excess liquid), homemade simple syrup, powdered sugar, and sliced banana.  Since my mom had been fighting the sniffles, we had to have fresh squeezed OJ, ya know, for her immune health.  Although, I did just write up a current event arguing that vitamin C is not the hero in cold-fighting, but rather supplements healthy daily habits like good sleep, nutrition, exercise, etc.  Regardless, homemade OJ is something that few people hate.

The bacon-wrapping magically makes asparagus suitable for a french toast side dish.  This meal was the perfect blend of sweet, savory, crunchy, creamy, tangy, bitter, goodness.
Here goes…

Corn Flakey French Toast
 (for 6-7 slices of wheat bread)

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6 eggs
1 c. almond milk
2 t. vanilla extract
2 T. brown sugar
2 t. cinnamon
1 t. nutmeg
3 c. corn flakes

Preheat oven to 400F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment and place halved bread slices on top.
Toast in warmed oven for 3-5 min (very lightly toasted!).
Whisk remaining ingredients (except corn flakes!) in a shallow baking pan.
Crush corn flakes in a bag with a rolling pin, and pour into another shallow baking pan/pie tin.
Dip toasted bread into wet mixture (let soak about 1 min) and then coat with flakes and place onto lined baking sheet.
Bake in oven until bread is browned (about 10 minutes), remove and flip, and bake additional 5 minutes, or until browned on opposite side.  Flakes should be toasty! 
Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus 
(serves 3)

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6 slices of bacon
24-30 asparagus spears, rinsed with tips trimmed
2 T olive oil
1 T nut or seed oil (I used walnut oil)…or just use more olive oil!
2 T brown sugar
1 clove garlic, crushed or minced
cheese, shredded (optional)…parmesan or cheddar work great!

Preheat oven to 400F.
Line a baking sheet with foil, and place a wire rack on top of the foil.
Spray the wire rack with cooking spray.
Tightly wrap groups of 4-5 asparagus spears with strips of bacon (in spiral form) and place seam-side down on the rack. If using cheese, first sprinkle cheese on the bacon strip and then roll the spears at an angle over the cheesy bacon strip to trap cheese between the bacon and asparagus.
Mix remaining ingredients in a small bowl and brush on the outsides of the asparagus-bacon bundles.
Bake for 35-40 minutes, until bacon is crispy!
FFF: Ever wonder why asparagus has such an odd effect on liquid excretions?  click here!
and…want to know why vitamin C cannot single-handedly save your soul from a viral infection?  click here.


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A while back, I mentioned that my friend Sean has kindly hooked me up with some Fluid drink mix, including the Performance blend.  If you are looking for something to get your pre-workout glycogen stores stocked and keep your blood sugar up during workouts/races for immediate energy, Fluid Performance is a worthy candidate to fill your aero bottles/fuel belts/plastic cups/wine glasses (try it!).

Pre-ride Official Gear Inventory

Part of this Complete Breakfast

The product: Fluid Performance: Passion Fruit Tea

The serving: One scoop per bottle with water (200 kcal total)
The trip: 2.5 hour aerobic ride + (short break) + 30 min run with the boyfriend
The taste: I have actually never had passion fruit tea, so I can’t tell you whether it tastes just like the real thing.  I can tell you that it is sweet, yummy, and seems almost grape-like in flavor.  I would/will definitely use this in a race.  Personally, though, I prefer the raspberry lemonade flavor by Fluid.
The verdict: For this low-effort workout on a cold, dry, morning, 2 scoops was enough to keep me fueled and feeling good.  Had I been going harder or if the weather were more demanding, I probably would have needed an additional scoop or else a solid food product (I like gels, bananas, tangerines, dates, and homemade energy bars).  I love that this has a bit of caffeine.  Sometimes, halfway through a 3+ hour ride, it is good to keep the caffeine levels up, which are likely to have dropped since morning tea. Caffeine has proven itself over and over to be an excellent exercise tool.  It allows perceived exertion to go down, and thus athletes can see improved training and racing performances. 
Fun Fact: Fluid’s newest Performance flavor, Fresh Citrus, is now available, and tastes reminiscent of orange creamsicles!

Long Ride Fuel

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So far, this is my favorite homemade fuel for long bike rides.  These rice cakes have the perfect blend of sweet and savory, great carbs, protein, and a dash of fat for good measure.  Plus, they were created for Tour de France riders:

“Dr. Allen Lim’s Rice Cakes”

(print this recipe)

Makes about 12 cakes

2 c. uncooked calrose rice or other medium-grain “sticky” rice
8 strips bacon
3 eggs
2 T. soy sauce
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. chopped cashews
1/4-1/3 c. nut butter (I use almond butter)
1/4 c. raisins

Combine dry rice with 4 c. water in medium sauce pan.  Bring to a boil, and simmer with lid ajar to cook rice.  When all water is absorbed, stir rice.
Cook bacon in frying pan on medium heat until crispy.  Drain fat and blot pan with paper towel.
Crack eggs into pan and stir to scramble on medium/high heat.
In a large bowl, combine cooked rice, bacon (crumbled), and scrambled eggs.  Add soy sauce, sugar, nuts, butter, and raisins, and mix well.
Press mixture into 8×8” pan.
Cool in fridge.
Cut into 12 cakes and wrap in parchment or wax paper.  Store in plastic bags in freezer or fridge.

Tri Running

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I have been meaning to post on a topic very special to me for quite a while, but sometimes it is hardest to write about the things that are closest to you.  This is my long-overdue “thanks for so much more than I can even conjure up in my mind” to Brian and the Tri Running team.  Not only has Brian taken me under his “triathlon wing” through generously offering his time, skills, and wisdom–even allowing me to tag along on 90 mile ridiculous climbing rides–but he also welcomed me to be a part of the team at Tri Running, which he launched and opened in January, 2011.  Through this adventure, I have met scores of amazing, inspiring people, from the fun-borderline-crazy co-workers (jk), to the regulars who have become close friends, to the triathlon newbs (aka. “Freds” for the cyclists), to the casual-exercisers, to the aspiring professionals, to the random browsers…  I am so grateful for all of the relationships and opportunities that have come through this store and its team of fab people!  Thanks Brian, Josh, Bobby, and everyone who has roamed the floors of 2233 Ventura Blvd, Camarillo CA 93010.
The store: Tri Running
The city: Camarillo, CA
The goods: everything swim/bike/run-related, expert service, friends.
The team: Brian, Josh, Bobby, Brittany (me), and some guest stars…
(some of) My faves: The “Y” massage roller, KT tape (pink or green), pretty much anything Pearl Izumi, Fluid Performance/Recovery (Chocolate), Bonk Breaker bars, Asics socks, Garmin watches (210), Tri Running Purist water bottle, Tri Running tattoos, Lori’s Original Lemonade (seasonal), Tri Running t-shirt.
Fun Fact: There are so many fun facts about this place and its main characters it is hard to choose just one.  The first that comes to mind is that the owner (Brian) actually only has four fingers on one of his hands but still parades about doing Ultraman (double Ironman) and other crazy shenanigans like owning businesses, fixing bikes, patching wetsuits, playing professional air guitar, etc.
Britt and Brian at the Vendurance Turkey Trot, Ventura 2012