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Sweet Potato Pancakes

I just stumbled on this recipe and think this would be a tasty camping treat. It’s fairly simple as long as you have a grater with you.

These babies are loaded with vitamins A and C and are great served with a simple salad, applesauce or sour cream and some bacon and/or eggs.  Instead of olive oil, fry up some bacon and cook them in some of the leftover bacon fat. Talk about a taste sensation!

Now that it’s getting to be that time of year again, season up that cast iron skillet, fire up the stove and get cooking!

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Aging and Diet for Continued Vitality

More and more often I am seeing older climbers, like myself, out there climbing. Some still climb 5.13 and others climb 5.8, with many others somewhere in between. The bottom line is, no matter the grade, they are all still at it, keeping fit and active. This article was written by my workout guru, Tony Horton. It’s a great snap to reality for those of us who want to continue to eat healthy and stay strong as we age.

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Tortellini Soup Post-Climbing Carb Boost

A lot of climbers want a high carb meal following a strenuous day of climbing.

Why? Carbohydrates fuel your muscles and brain and are used to provide energy during exercise. Excess carbohydrate in the system is stored in the liver as glycogen for use when fuel for exercise is needed later on. So, after a long, hard day of exercise with little food or carbohydrate intake, the body will need to replenish its stores of carbohydrate. Nothing like a big old bowl of pasta to take care of that!

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Delicious & Easy Blueberry Coconut Almond Energy Bars

I was helping my husband out yesterday at a workshop he was running at the local climbing gym. This was a 4 hour workshop that ran until 7 pm. Being the foodie I am, I thought that the attendees might get hungry during that time. So, I bought some fruit, power bars,  and decided to make some energy bars to try out on them. As it turned out, everyone in attendance tried the homemade bars and absolutely raved about them.  Even gym staff came over looking to try them.

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Cold Brew Coffee Hits the Spot

coffeeThere has been some talk about the health benefits of coffee, some of which are protection against diabetes, liver damage, and Alzheimer’s disease. Some researchers have also found that coffee makes the mind more alert and thus, can help the body react faster and become more alert to react in situations that cause excitement, such as climbing. Well, I am not here, however, to debate all the differing theories on the cons and pros of coffee. I am a coffee lover and thought I would add few positive qualities of this robust and delicious beverage to support my recipe for a cold brewed coffee concentrate.

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Nature’s Bounty Recipe: Ratatouille

This is a wonderful time of year when nature provides us with fresh vegetables that are full of flavor and nutrition. As a Chef and Fitness Nutrition Specialist I find this combination to be blissful! For climbers who are still getting out there camping, this will warm your souls and fill your hungry bellies with warm goodness.

This is a simple recipe that can be made at camp or made at home in advance. I have adapted it from an old Moosewood Cookbook, and it is the best ratatouille I have tasted. Served with some brown or white rice, it makes a hearty vegetarian meal. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and I do.

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Fast & Easy Soba Salad

With hot weather arriving in many places (except for Colorado, it seems), it’s nice to have a simple, cool dinner or lunch. To prepare for the weekend, I made this soba noodle salad, which is very easy to make, is filling, and tastes so good. This recipe is a good lunch size for two, but I would double it if you want larger portions. It’s also really easy to make at camp, requiring very little cleanup.

soba salad

Apparently the edamame I added had sunk to the bottom of the bowl for this photo op!


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Good Camp Falafel Recipe (perfect meal for when my cook stove was stolen!)

We recently got to Rifle, paid for our camp site and placed our cook stove and water bottles on the table to let others know the site was taken. This task accomplished, we set off for the remainder of the day to climb. Upon our return to the campsite we were good and hungry and ready to cook dinner, but to our dismay, our stove and water were missing. Our neighbors told us that a very nice group of people set up a tent and partied for the day, apparently leaving with our stuff. Great. What to do? Being the wimpy camper that I am, I was put off for a bit, but then realized we could manage this just fine.

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Magnesium Fire Starter Fun

firestarter2Never leave home without a magnesium fire starter (or toilet paper).

OK, I know I probably watched too many Bear Grylls survival shows, but I was recently at the Coleman tent sale and picked up a magnesium fire starter. I know it’s because I saw many people on that tv show trying to start fires with flints, often failing miserably. I just had to try.

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Garlic, A Love-Hate Relationship

garlicAhhh, garlic….aromatic, tasty, heady…..sticky, stinky, and a real pain to work with. I don’t know about you, but I love it and hate it for these reasons, especially when I am camping. Just because I’ve worked hard at climbing all day and I’m camping, doesn’t mean I have to deprive myself of fresh garlic and have a stinky, sticky mess. Yuck.

Aside from making everything taste good, garlic is an excellent source of minerals and vitamins and is a rich source of potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and selenium. It contains anti-oxidants like carotene beta, and vitamins like vitamin-C and also has been shown to decrease risk of coronary artery disease, stroke, and stomach cancer.

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