Burgers and Trolls

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Today I biked from Verona, Wisconsin to Mt Horeb. Mt. Horeb is called The Troll Capital of the World. We have all seen them in front yards, gardens, even on television commercials. Some people have gone as far as kidnapping them and sending pictures from different locations to the bewildered owners.   Crazy kids.

The bike ride over was beautiful! After about twenty minutes of pedaling, I was outside of town and into rural farmland.

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Country roads galore, farms, ponds and creeks.

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Yeah , you could say it was a sweet ride. Some of the route was on the Military Ridge Trail, partially paved and some dirt.

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As soon as I got into the heart of Mt Horeb, the trolls made their presence known.

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Trolls of all shapes and sizes adorned yards, businesses, and of course T shirts.

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It seems as if they have their own mayor holding the key to the city.

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One of the largest gatherings of trolls was inside Schubert’s diner. I was directed there when I asked about a good local spot to eat. I was not disappointed.

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It was a step back in time. Burgers, malts, pies, you name it. However they put a spin on it. Not your typical grilled cheese or hamburger here. I ordered the Schubert Burger.

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A beef patty served over Gorgonzola, hash browns and bacon, with a sunny side up egg over the top. Okay, I had found The Grail. This monster was a foodie masterpiece! I did second guess my choice about half way through, thinking about the bike ride back. But those thoughts diminished as I continued devouring this concoction of genius.
Probably the hardest decision was to pass on dessert. An old fashioned malt, A&W Root beer float, or a flaky, sugar sprinkled Rosette with a drizzle of chocolate syrup? Tough call to make.
So, I jumped on my bike and made my way back. This was an awesome trip, and I can honestly say that the Schubert Burger was incredible!

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So if you’re ever out biking around the country and happen to see a troll, and run across a burger topped with an egg, you may find yourself in good company.

In fitness, Bob

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Glaciers and Food Trucks

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This week I am fortunate enough to be in Verona, Wisconsin with my wife while she is at EPIC’s Intergalactic Headquarters.
Since she had to come up for some certification schooling, I took the opportunity to bike some trails in the area.
The beautiful rolling hills that were left after the glaciers came through, make for some awesome country.
The area between our hotel and the compound at EPIC is very bike friendly, so I ventured over.

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The roads are for the most part lined with bike lanes and intersect with these paved trails.

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It was only 10 miles to EPIC and my wife was breaking for lunch when I got there, so she was able to show me around a little.
We came across a couple of food trucks so I decided to grab a bite before I headed back out to continue biking.  There was a Thai truck that caught my eye instead of the usual brats, potatoes, mac n cheese style offerings.

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This was an excellent choice! The Curry Tofu rice bowl had mango on top and was sprinkled with a chilie salt. The pork Bao had a cloud like texture, and it was all washed down with a Thai iced tea.

In fitness, Bob

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5 Fitness Myths Busted – Infographic

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I saw this post from fellow blogger Tony and thought it is very worth while to pass on to you. Too many people have misconceptions about exercise and this explains some of them.
In fitness, Bob

One Regular Guy Writing about Food, Exercise and Living Past 100

Since bad information is worse than no information, I thought I would pass this along.

Must say I was gratified to learn that running on a treadmill is not helpful. Something about those machines gives me the willies.

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Tony

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Choosing Sides in War on Sugar

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This article raises some very valid thoughts and questions toward the new labeling for ‘Added sugars”.

Cooking with Kathy Man

Justin Fox wrote

The people at candy-maker Mars Inc. have something to tell you: Stop eating so much sugar! According to the Wall Street Journal, the manufacturer of M&Ms, Snickers and Twix has thrown its weight behind a U.S. Food and Drug Administration push to include measures of added sugar on food labels. Non-candy food manufacturers such as Campbell Soup Co. are opposed to the change, but Mars figures that people already know their candy bars are full of sugar. From the WSJ story:

“It might appear to be counterintuitive, but if you dig down a bit more, we know candy itself is not a diet,” said Dave Crean, global head of research and development at Mars. “It shouldn’t be consumed too often, and having transparency of how much it should be consumed is actually quite helpful to consumers.”

In a comment letter submitted to the government Thursday, Mars also…

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Basil Smoothie

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When I saw this smoothie recipe from Kelly Toups, RD, LDN, I new I had to try it. The refreshing flavor of fresh basil stands on it’s own. Everyone uses mint, and I suppose you could add some to this recipe, but why? Three simple ingredients that are healthy and natural. Give this a try for a refreshing twist.
In fitness, Bob

Kelly Toups, MLA, RD, LDN

Basil Smoothie

My basil smoothie post on Instagram last week prompted several inquiries, so today I’m sharing a full recipe post. Since I’m now the proud owner of an organic basil plant (thanks, Ashley!), this smoothie has been on heavy rotation during the beautiful, 80 degree days we’ve been blessed with in Boston lately. The Sweet Basil Smoothie recipe from my Giada at Home cookbook inspired this recipe, but to add creaminess (and cut the added sugars), I omitted the sugary simple syrup in favor of a frozen banana. Sophisticated, yet unfussy, this 3-ingredient masterpiece is the ultimate warm weather refresher!

Basil Smoothie

Basil Smoothie (inspired by Giada de Laurentiis)

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana, frozen in chunks
  • 3/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil

Method: Add all ingredients to blender and blend until combined.

Nutrition per serving: 180 calories, 1g fat (0g saturated fat), 32g carbohydrates (3g fiber…

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Berry, Protein Smoothie

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IMG_20150506_080525_869       This breakfast smoothie is a good mix of carbohydrate, protein and fat. I also added instant oatmeal to keep me feeling full, (satiety). The healthy fats in this are from the farm fresh eggs that I get. You could easily substitute avocado, nuts, or coconut oil.

My main protein source in this, is natural Banana flavored, grass fed,  whey protein from True Nutrition. I am not sponsored by them, nor do I get any kick back, but I like their prices, I can add flavors, they are sweetened or unsweetened, and I can get about any kind of protein source that I want. They have a Java Mocha that I add to my coffee and it is amazing!

IMG_20150506_075646_305      Into the Ninja went 1 fresh egg, 12 ounces Almond milk, 1/2 c rolled oats, 1 scoop protein powder, 1/2 c black berries, 1/4 c blue berries and 2 ice cubes. I did not add any sweetener due to the fact that the protein powder has Stevia in it and the berries added their own sweetness.

This came out to be 434 calories, with 13 g fat, 37g carbs, and 37g protein. For those of you interested; 245mg cholesterol, 350mg sodium, 113mg potassium, 10g fiber, 10g sugars, 21% Vit A, 25% VitC, 83% Calcium, and 19% Iron.

In fitness, Bob

Blueberry, Chia Oatmeal

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IMG_20150505_073411_492      Blueberries were on sale yesterday when I picked up a few things, so I happily grabbed some. My wife wanted oatmeal for breakfast, so instead of her usual brown sugar and sunflower seed that she likes, I asked if she would like blueberry. She of course opted for the switch.

You will need; 3/4 c water, 1/4 c instant steel cut oats, 1/4 c blueberries, and 1 Tbsp chia seed.

I used steel cut oats, since she prefers the texture, and made them per the instructions. 1/4 cup oats and 3/4 cup water. I placed half the berries in the water and gently mashed them with a fork when the water began to boil. I then added the oats and chia seeds, stirred, and reduced to a simmer stirring occasionally until done, about 10 minutes.

When the oats are at your desired consistency, add the remaining blueberries and serve.  You could sweeten this with your choice of sweeteners.

This balanced out at 228 calories, 7g fat, 36g carb, 7g of protein. The use of chia also brings the fiber count to 11g.

In fitness, Bob