Green Num Nums and Bike Rides for Kids

Wow, the weather is just amazingly beautiful right now, but you knew that already – not too hot, not too cold… perfect! With that being said, I think it’s about time we spent more of our hours outside. Now, if you know me, I HATE cardio, and I will find any excuse to avoid it at all costs {I’m more of a yogi, if you will}. One of my most famous excuses is that it’s difficult to do with children. Well, I no longer can use that to my convenience, because we have this thing for kids called “bikes.” Yes, bikes.

My husband started running a couple weeks ago, and that’s always motivation for me to work on my body and spend time together – double whammy. Well, we had the boys, so I had the glorious idea to break out the bikes and take them with us…

Not so glorious. As it turns out, Jacob can ride his bike… every 20 feet, then comes the inevitable fall. Jason was in charge of him, so I thought I was in the clear with AJ and his magnificent training wheels – that worked for about three minutes before the training wheels starting bending up and making him fall down.

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So, we failed. But I was determined, and the next morning Jacob was at school and I said, “AJ, we’re doing this.” So I pulled out the pliers and the gorilla glue, and – you guessed it – I glued those suckers on. For good.

It’s so important {especially this time of year} to be in the “wilderness”. We have to enjoy it while we can. They say Colorado has 300 days of sunshine, and I would acquiesce, but that doesn’t mean that we have 300 days of warm. And for someone who literally SHIVERS at the thought of 65 degree weather, that doesn’t really seduce me. So get out there while the sweat can still drip and the trees are still green.

And speaking of green trees, I have truly been inspired and mildly obsessed with brussel sprouts. I have even made them yummy enough for husband to SAVOR – not just eat – actually enjoy! That says a lot for someone who complained about it when he noticed what was for dinner. Here’s the recipe I used – it’s fairly simple, and the little green veggies are extremely forgiving. You can also mix and match veggies – it’s absolutely delish with asparagus, too:

2 Cups of Fresh Sprouts – or however many you want {I could eat a lot}, halved

2 Cloves of Garlic, chopped coarsely {I found the most GINORMOUS garlic ever, and only used about half a clove}

Olive Oil

Paprika

Salt

Pepper

Italian Seasoning

With a large stove top pan,  put it on a little higher than medium heat {the 6 notch on my stove}. When all of the sprouts have been halved, place them in a bowl and toss them in about a table spoon of olive oil {not a lot – depending on how many. Just use it to lightly coat for taste}. Add spices to taste, and toss them in the hot pan, and place a lid on top, stirring about every 3-5 minutes. Chop the garlic, and when the sprouts are about halfway cooked, throw the garlic in, too {because it cooks/burns faster}. Keep the 3-5 minute stirring going on until they have been on the stove for about 15-20 minutes, or until the middle is tender and the outside is a light brown and has a teeny bit of crunch – not too much.

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And how easy and HEALTHY is that? I suggest next time you go on a run with your kids and their bikes, serve this up after. Everyone will feel better.

Approximate Stats {serving size: 1 Cup of Sprouts}:

Nutrition Facts
User Entered Recipe
  2 Servings
Amount Per Serving
  Calories 107.7
  Total Fat 7.2 g
  Saturated Fat 1.0 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.8 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 5.0 g
  Cholesterol 0.0 mg
  Sodium 2,930.2 mg
  Potassium 392.8 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 10.1 g
  Dietary Fiber 4.1 g
  Sugars 2.1 g
  Protein 3.4 g
  Vitamin A 24.4 %
  Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
  Vitamin B-6 13.8 %
  Vitamin C 127.8 %
  Vitamin D 0.0 %
  Vitamin E 8.1 %
  Calcium 5.1 %
  Copper 4.6 %
  Folate 13.7 %
  Iron 10.5 %
  Magnesium 6.3 %
  Manganese 21.1 %
  Niacin 4.2 %
  Pantothenic Acid     3.1 %
  Phosphorus     7.1 %
  Riboflavin 6.1 %
  Selenium 2.7 %
  Thiamin 9.1 %
  Zinc 3.2 %

*These statistics were found using Sparks Recipes Recipe Calculator: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp

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