Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Hydrating Spring Rolls

A pressing issue with spending time in a dry, arid desert is keeping your body hydrated. In addition to bringing an abundant supply of water, here is another tip for when you’re out exploring: eat your water! Fruits and veggies such as watermelon, lettuce and cucumber have over 90% water content, which is absorbed by your body when eaten. Water-rich fruits and vegetables also provide you with natural sugars, amino acids, mineral salts and vitamins that are lost in exercise.

High Water Content Fruits

Watermelon and strawberries contain about 92 percent water per volume. Other fruits with high water content include grapefruit with 91 percent, cantaloupe with 90 percent and peaches with 88 percent water. Fruits containing 87 percent water by weight include pineapple, cranberries, orange and raspberries. Apricots hold 86 percent water, while blueberries and plums contain 85 percent water. The water content for apples and pears is 84 percent. Cherries and grapes contain an average of 81 percent water. And, a banana’s composition includes 74 percent water.

High Water Content Vegetables

On top of the vegetables list are cucumber and lettuce, consisting of 96 percent water. Zucchini, radish and celery are comprised of 95 percent water. Ninety-four percent of tomato’s weight is water, and green cabbage is 93 percent water. Vegetables that contain 92 percent water include cauliflower, eggplant, red cabbage, peppers and spinach. Broccoli is 91 percent water by weight. Additional healthy hydrating foods include carrots with 87 percent water and green peas and white potatoes with 79 percent water.

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Dining on Spain's Camino de Santiago

In the fall of 2014 my dad and I undertook the journey of walking the Camino’s most popular route, Camino Frances. When we started walking, I was surprised by how different this journey was compared to any other type of backpacking I had done.  I had a bed and a hot shower at the end of every day, the trail was well marked, and there was drinkable water everywhere.  But, the most luxurious part of the Camino was the food!  I was spoiled by the easy accessibility to great food along this route.  Restaurants and cafes were everywhere.  The furthest I ever walked without seeing food for sale was five miles.  Five miles!  The Camino is a foodies dream.

On the Camino we were able to experience a wide range of regional Spanish cuisine.  Soups, cured meats, cheeses, local bread, wine, fruit, everything we ate was indicative to the various parts of Spain we visited.  A day in the life of a pilgrim revolves around eating, walking, and eating again.  A pilgrim walking the Camino has many options when it comes to dining.  Depending on your budget and the amount of time you have to complete your journey, you can find a Camino dining option that works best for you. 

Here is a quick overview of the tips you will find in this episode of Adventure Dining Guide's "Walking the Camino: A Culinary Journey"

7 tips overview:
1: Budget
2: Pilgrim's Dinner
3: Tapas
4: Plan Ahead
5: Relax
6: Try Everything
7: Sundays

Watch the episode to learn how to make your Camino experience more gourmet:

Buen Camino!!!