Here’s a quick wrap-up of some highlights in the news this week.
1. Sabores Sin Fronteras, Flavors Without Borders.
Was just thinking about my dad’s comments about the suddenly ubiquitous chipotle pepper, and heard this on the radio about recipes moving back and forth across the border.
Americans’ view of the U.S.-Mexico border is pretty narrow these days — basically, drugs and illegal immigrants.
Of course, there’s more than that if you live there. There’s the area’s tasty food — Baja California fish tacos, Tex-Mex fajitas and the newest cross-border concoction: The Sonoran Hot Dog.
2. There’s no problem getting enough sun in the summer time, right? Not so fast.
As you continue to train and race for the remainder of the season, learning about your vitamin D status and focusing on your vitamin D intake from food and supplements might actually improve your performance. While there is limited data on vitamin D status in athletes , (let alone cyclists), some experts believe that poor vitamin D status can often be a problem among athletes, and affect your overall health and ability to train.
3. No tomatoes for your pizza? Then how about blueberries?
The Weirdest Pizza I’ve Ever Made, at Bitten.
When Kerri sent me this picture, right, I said “but was it good?” She said “terrific.” I said, “send it.” It’s gorgeous and bizarre, and it qualifies as “pizza,” but … check it out. —MB
4. Are your kids getting enough water? Or, are they drinking too much crap?
No one suggests that, outside of fields or courts, sports drinks are wise. “These are not health foods,” Clark says. “They’re fancy sugar water. You see kids having them with their pizza at lunch. That’s not a good idea.” Sports drinks have been linked with obesity and tooth decay. They’re also expensive. Finally, consider nagging, an underutilized means of improving young athletes’ hydration status. When the kids at the sports camps were asked why they didn’t drink more often, one of their most common responses was, “I forgot.”
5. Simple fitness test: how long can you hold your breath?
Breath-Holding Time is a simple test that measures the overall function of the diaphragm. It’s simple to perform. Take a deep breath and see how long you can hold it. This test is best performed while standing and with an empty stomach. Anyone in good health should be able to hold the breath for at least 50 seconds. If you can’t, it may indicate some functional problem, as discussed below.
6. Summer salad dressing: Cilantro and Green Chili. Mix, enjoy, repeat.