Hello folks! Another Friday, another weekly meal plan for y'all. Nothing too out of the ordinary in the coming week. On Wednesday a dear friend and colleague is celebrating a milestone birthday so a group of us are heading out for lunch to celebrate. There's a great 'food studio' near our office that does a noodle lunch. Think ramen, udon, and other classic noodle bowls but done with a Scandinavian twist. For the rest of my lunches this week I'm bringing back my Hallelujah Bowl, but since I did a cupboard inventory the other day and discovered an excess of quinoa, it'll be with quinoa instead of brown rice.
I've realized lately that Friday is my least favourite dinner of the week. It's the only one we don't really plan out in advance. Well, we don't plan Saturday's either, but since Saturday is a day off we can flip through cookbooks at our leisure, shop for ingredients, and produce a nice date-night-in style dinner without the exhaustion of a work day behind us. On Fridays we usually get home from work and enjoy some wine and conversation, but I'm rarely in the mood to cook something, let alone have to decide what that thing should be, buy ingredients, and then cook, which is what usually ends up happening and it means quite a late dinner.
The thing is, our Friday dinner is very often structured around whatever training / racing Paul might have going on the next day. If he's got a race or a mega workout planned, he might need a specific meal, and that can be hard for me to know a week in advance when I write out these plans. So the Friday meal will continue to be unspecified for the most part, but I'm going to work on ways to better plan around this. Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions, or favourite Friday meal inspiration are very welcome!
1. The New York Times is doing some seriously good myth busting with this great article about habits: Turning a New Year's Resolution into Action With the Facts.
2. Speaking of busting myths... will a gluten-free diet really make you healthier?
3. How to make sense of the constant onslaught of nutrition studies. It's tough to sift through so much conflicting information even as a nutrition professional. This is a good guide!
4. Crazy news! (<-- sarcasm) Turns out nutrient addition to vitamin waters and energy drinks offer little or no benefit.
5. Interesting new research on cocoa flavanols and cognitive function in the elderly. Note this refers specifically to cocoa flavanols, NOT to chocolate. Also note that this study is backed by Mars. However, it's also published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which is the highest ranked nutrition journal, so I'm not sure the disclosed funding by Mars is a conflict of interest.