Sunday, June 8, 2014

A running playlist and a treat

I ran the multi-use trail in Camden Hills State Park this morning, from Lincolnville to the campground in Camden (water bottle refill!), past the ski hut twice (pee break!). It was 10 miles total, my longest run this year. Extremely slow pace, slower even than the black flies. It was all about the mileage.

I don't always listen to music, but today I was glad to have it going, and a few of these kicked my ass right up some of the steeper hills.

Name Artist
Ain't Too Proud To Beg Temptations
All Good Zeroleen
Always Like This Bombay Bicycle Club
American Idiot Green Day
Baba O'Riley The Who
Barton Hollow The Civil Wars
Basket Case Green Day
Bedlam Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Beercan Beck
Brick House The Commodores
Calamity Song The Decemberists
City Livin G. Love And Special Sauce
Could You Be Loved Bob Marley
Diane Young Vampire Weekend
The Distance CAKE
Domino Van Morrison
End of the Line The Traveling Wilburys
Give Peace A Chance Aerosmith featuring Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
Gypsy Girl Nate Currin
Hanuman MC Yogi
Happy Pharrell Williams
Heaven Los Lonely Boys
Heavy Soul The Black Keys
Home Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Hooked On A Feeling Blue Swede
I Don't Give a Fuck Boss
I Fought The Law Colin Farrell
I Got You Mocean Worker
I Like To Move It Will.I.Am
I Love You Like a Madman The Wave Pictures
I'm Alive (Life Sounds Like) Michael Franti & Spearhead
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) The Proclaimers
I'm Too Sexy Right Said Fred
Impressed by You Spouse
The Impression That I Get The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Kick Drum Heart The Avett Brothers
Kondaine (Dixon) The Very Best
Let's Go Get 'Em Rebirth Brass Band
A Little Less Conversation Elvis Presley  (JXL Radio Edit Remix) 
Little Lion Man Mumford & Sons
Little Talks Of Monsters And Men
Lonely Boy The Black Keys
Ma Ya Hi (Dragostea Din Tei)  Dan Balan, Lucas Prata & O-Zone
Magic Carpet Ride Steppenwolf
Mr. Mastodon Farm CAKE
Murder (or a Heart Attack) The Old 97s
Mysterious Ways U2
Nadas Por Free Ozomatli
None Of Your Business Salt-N-Pepa
On A Night Like This Buckwheat Zydeco
Paris Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Peace, Love and Happiness G. Love And Special Sauce
People Don't Get What They Deserve Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings


And now about that treat. 

Every week I make a batch of raw bars--super delicious treats that include some protein, lots of carbs, healthy fats, and all kinds of valuable micronutrients. I keep them in the freezer and grab one when I need a quick snack that's nutrition dense and delicious. They're different every week, but they all have a date base and some combination of nuts and seeds. This one is my new favorite...It might be a little too good. I ended up not eating dinner tonight because I snacked so hard on this during production. It's like cookie dough. It might also be illegal except in Colorado.

Cherry Chia Hemp Bars

Adapted from Gena Hamshaw's no-bake cranberry almond snack bars

1 lb medjool dates
2 cups california walnut halves and pieces
1 cup raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds
1 cup crunchy almond butter
2 cups rolled oats
3t coconut butter, softened (check out Artisana brand)
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup hemp seeds
12 oz dark sweet cherries, cranberries, or other dried fruit
1T vanilla
~1 t salt, to taste

Soak dates for a few hours or overnight. Drain well. Chop walnuts very finely in food processor; remove. Coarsely chop the pumpkin seeds in food processor and remove. Pit the dates and puree them in food processor. Mix all ingredients well in a large bowl. Press into a 9x13 (ish) pan lined with parchment or wax paper. Freeze, then cut into 36 bars. Or form into little bite-sized balls and freeze. 

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