FEARLESS FITNESS WEEKLY UPDATE 6/27: SEASONAL EATS!

1.) Lululemon Athletica GRANT AVE Store Events this week:

*** Join lululemon rockstars Jessica Iyer and Clay Turk for Run Club Thursday nights at 6pm. Beautiful 5K and 10K routes around the city with a great group!

*** Sunday Morning YOGA! Please join us in our store at 9:30am for a complimentary yoga class! Sean Haleen is an Anusara-Inspired yoga instructor and has recently relocated to San Francisco from Vancouver, BC. Sean’s classes are playful and light, yet challenging and introspective. Sean invites all abilities, ages, etc., to his class so don’t be shy! We have extra mats!

*** Are you a fan of lululemon grant avenue on facebook? Check out their PAGE for more upcoming events and exciting updates.

2. FEARLESS FITNESS TIP OF THE WEEK: Seasonal Eats!

There is nothing quite like biting into fresh strawberry when it is PERFECTLY ripe. Or enjoying a juicy tomato in the summer heat. But Americans live in a static supermarket world…. where any and everything is available anytime of the year – even “fresh” mangos mid-February. This week, I’d like to challenge you to EAT SEASONALLY. Because nothing beats eating fruits and vegetables at the peak of freshness—when they taste their best and are fully packed with health-promoting nutrition. Eating seasonally can change the way you eat or even think about food. Want to get started? Here are some tips on getting the most from each season’s eats!

1. READ UP! Looking for seasonal food guides? Find out what’s being grown in your state using the Seasonal Food Guides on Eat Well. Epicurious has also recently launched a complete Farm to Table Guide on their already fabulous site. Check out their Peak Season map, where you can learn about seasonal foods as well as recipes and tips for cooking with them.

2. To Market To Market…. Go to your local farmer’s market. For the most part, small local farmers will be producing what grows best in your region during that season. It’s a great place to learn which fruits and vegetables taste best when. A farmer’s market can also be helpful for teaching you about quality, because usually the people at the market know a lot about what they’re selling, and sometimes you can even speak to the farmers themselves. FarmersMarket.com is a good place to search for a market near you in the US, and the Open Air Market Network provides a list of markets in countries all over the world.

3. Make Friends with the Produce Man
– ask a knowledgeable employee in the produce section. At my neighborhood Whole Foods, there are some employees I know I can count on to answer ANY produce question. Often they have delicious recommendations on how to prepare something as well. Don’t be afraid to ask about what’s in season, or go further by asking what they think is really good at that time. Sometimes one farmer can have a good year and another won’t, and the people who work in the produce section are your best bet for this kind of information.

Change the way you grocery shop by eating seasonally! Your body (and wallet) will THANK YOU. And who knows, maybe you’ll enjoy learning and developing your knowledge of seasonality. It will be fun… and you’ll never be bored in the kitchen 🙂

3. FEARLESS FITNESS CHALLENGE of the week: Summer Recipes!

Your challenge this week is to create THREE meals from some of this summer’s  harvest. Below is a recipe to get you started featuring this summer’s surplus of CHERRIES! Make it a party and invite some friends over to get cookin – summer is the best enjoyed with good friends, good food, and great weather!

Recipe: Thanks to WHOLE FOODS MARKET

Salmon with Caramelized Cherries


Serves 4

Broil quick-cooking vegetables like sliced red onions or bell peppers with the salmon, if you like, and serve over steamed kale. Or flake the salmon over spring greens and baby spinach and toss with the caramelized cherries for a gorgeous salad.

Ingredients

3/4 pound (about 3 cups) cherries, pitted and halved
3 tablespoons lemon juice, divided
1 tablespoon agave nectar
2 teaspoons chopped thyme
12 ounces salmon fillet, cut into 4 portions

Method

Arrange a rack about 8 inches from the heating element and preheat broiler. In a large bowl, toss together cherries, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, agave nectar and thyme.

Arrange salmon skin-side down on a large foil-lined baking sheet. Scatter cherry mixture over and around salmon and broil until salmon is just cooked through and cherries are juicy and caramelized, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to plates, drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice and serve.

Nutrition

Per serving (about 6oz/178g-wt.): 210 calories (60 from fat), 6g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 55mg cholesterol, 45mg sodium, 19g total carbohydrate (2g dietary fiber, 15g sugar), 20g protein

If you need anyone to taste test your recipes…. you know where to find me 😉  As always, THANK YOU for being an amazing Fearless Family.  If you have any comments and questions – feel free to email me.

Thanks again and have a great time cookin!

Caroline

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