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Nordic walking poles do push you along

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I walked to a little local grocery store, For Good Measure. It turns out to be 0.741 miles round trip, and though I felt I was walking briskly enough — certainly as rapidly as my morning walk — my odometer showed a speed of 2.8 mph for this little trip vs. 3.2 mph for my walk this morning. Subjectively, I felt I was walking at the same pace, though I did notice my walk to the store seemed to require more effort. The push on the poles propels one along and lightens the load on the legs.

Update: Today (2021-08-11) I walked downtown, a longer walk, and I could clearly tell that walking without the Nordic walking poles is definitely harder — and, as a result, I walked slower (and became more tired). It’s surprising how much using the poles helps reduce the effort and increase my pace and walking speed.

I went to pick up some San Marzano tomatoes (my haul pictured above) — that’s the variety, but since they are grown locally (just up the road in Saanich), they don’t benefit from the terroir of authentic San Marzano tomatoes, grown in a volcanic topsoil. Still, these are very nice: two-chambered, and thicken well when cooked. (I generally cook tomatoes so the lycopene they contain will become bioavailable.)

I also picked up a few things to make this recipe. I’ll skip the cacao nibs and chocolate wafers, and I’m using unsweetened natural (i.e., not Dutch process) cocoa powder. Update: I’ve made it, and I’ve revised the recipe for next time. Note: The revised recipe is 77 WW points.


• 2 1/2 cups water
• 1 cup raw cashews
• 5 soft dates (preferably Medjool), pitted and chopped
• 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
• 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
• 1/2 cup raw cacao powder (or use regular unsweetened natural cocoa powder)
• 1/2 cup chia seeds (white or black) – [originally 1/3 cup]
• 2 tablespoons maple syrup – [originally optional]
• 1 cup frozen blueberries or mixed berries – [my addition]

If the dates are hard, soak them in hot water for an hour to soften, then drain before chopping.

Make Ahead: The pudding needs to be chilled for 2-3 hours before serving. It can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Put into a blender the cashews, dates, vanilla extract, maple syrup, salt, and chia seeds and add 1-1 1/2 cups water. Then puree until very smooth. Add cocoa power and the remaining water and blend to mix thoroughly.

Pour into a glass storage container and mix in the berries. Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours, until set.

Written by Leisureguy

10 August 2021 at 3:26 pm

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