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Banana Curry

 

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Bananas are a healthy way to naturally sweeten your curry dish. In this yellow curry made from scratch, I use coconut milk, curry powder, turmeric, bananas and chicken drumsticks, carrots and spinach. Serve this healthy curry dish over basmati rice or your other favorite Indian side dish. Save the leftovers for lunch the next day.

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Banana Curry Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 14 oz can coconut milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup spinach

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Sprinkle the curry powder over the drumsticks and brown in the pot.
  4. Add the turmeric and coconut milk.
  5. Blend 1/2 of the banana with the chicken broth and flour in a Magic Bullet cup and add to the pot.
  6. Slice the other half of the banana and add to the pot along with the carrots and bring to a boil.
  7. Turn the heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  8. Add the spinach and simmer for 5 minutes.

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Congratulations to Blue Benadum, winner of the 2012 Lake Tahoe Triple Marathon and Team Leader of our very special running team Team NutriBullet at this year’s ING New York City Marathon!

Blue ran 26.2 miles each morning, for three consecutive days during the Triple Marathon, the equivalent of a complete loop around lake Tahoe and a little more, coming in 1st place overall. The marathon times for each day were 2:48:25, 2:48:27, 2:57:47, for a total of 8:34:39, the third fastest Triple Marathon time in history.

The ING New York City Marathon will take place on November 4, 2012. We’ll be cheering you on, Blue!

-Magic Bullet Team

If you think about it, we all want to look and feel good. Being healthy is built-in to our instincts; we have to be physically fit to survive in the natural world. And though we’ve managed to make day-to-day life safer, and perhaps a little easier, than it was for many of our ancestors, we seem to have made staying healthy harder in the process. So what do we need to do to stay fit? Let’s make it all really simple.

We know that we need enough calories and nutrients to stay healthy. We also know that being active is a key ingredient in the recipe for health. That’s why the most important takeaway becomes finding the perfect balance between diet and physical activity.

When it comes to diet, each person will have different caloric needs throughout their lives. Levels of activity, metabolism, and other factors all play a part. This means there is no diet that fits everyone all of the time. We have to be smart and pay attention to how we fuel our bodies at each and every meal. As for exercise, it’s common sense that exercise has health benefits and staying active is important throughout life.

So, what do we do?

The answer: Turn the study back to yourself. Look at your daily lifestyle. Where are your energy demands coming from? Are you fueling those demands or eating meals based on your social or professional schedule?

Try making a map of what you do in a day and what the cost of energy is. For example; you burn through about 500 calories while sleeping, those calories need to be replaced to maintain optimal energy throughout the rest of your day. Consider your work needs; being a lawyer may not have the same demands as being a construction worker does, but there is still a caloric cost. If you’re planning a workout, you must have enough energy to insure the best quality workout. And don’t forget the importance of post-workout recovery nutrition. This restores your depleted energy. Make a list, edit as needed, and start the study of one.

Committing to the process is perhaps the best thing you’ll ever do. It takes time to find the foods that work best for your body. It takes trial and error to figure out how much you need to make the most our of your energy. And if you really want to take it to the next level, get a resting metabolic test. This test will show your daily caloric needs at rest, so you can formulate a specific plan for your body. At the end of the day, becoming the best version of ourselves is a journey. Enjoy the process and you will continue the process. Follow your instincts, live healthy.

-Blue Benadum

We here at the Magic Bullet LOVE to hear about all the marathons our fans have run in (especially if they have one of our ING New York City Marathon Magic Bullets…), but we understand that not everyone does. So when we read this article by The Onion, we couldn’t help but share!

We’ve all been there. Maybe we’ve even been the ones going on and on. Arbitrary-sounding finish times, cliche phrases, “I never thought I could do it, but I did,” even segues about juice cleanses and carbo-loading. And the poor guy who has to sit through it! You know they’ve never run anything like it and probably couldn’t care less.

So don’t annoy your non-runner friends with stories about your best time or how you thought you might quit halfway through and then didn’t – tell us! And read this for a great laugh before you start today’s training…

http://www.theonion.com/articles/im-truly-sorry-for-this-but-youre-about-to-hear-al,28995/?ref=auto

Do you listen to music while you run?

It’s hard to spot a runner who isn’t wearing earbuds as they bob up and down the street. From making time go by faster to providing a smooth rhythm at which to run, music can be a godsend as you practice for 26.2 miles of hardcore endurance. Smooth jazz can calm your quickly-beating heart, dub step can pump you up and give you the energy you need, and Eye of the Tiger can turn you into a record-shattering Rocky Balboa. Though not everyone listens to music as they run, so many people do that Shape released a playlist of the 10 best remixes to run to, rounded out by Avicii’s Levels. Is your favorite on the list?

What are you listening to as you train for the ING NYC Marathon?

 

Can you imagine having run 123 marathons in your life? That’s just what 69-year-old John Farah’s done, but incredibly after his first marathon, he was sure he’d never do it again.

Farah outlines his story in this CNN article, where he tells of the frustration of his first marathon and gives advice on what to do to make sure your first marathon isn’t your last.

It’s all about pacing and taking occasional walking breaks, he says. Even talking to your fellow runners helps in getting your mind off of the pain.

These are things he didn’t know when he ran the first time in the Detroit Marathon. “I was young, cocky, and pretty stupid,” Farah said. Now, decades later, Farah continues to go strong and not even his 123rd marathon is likely to be his last.

 

I recently ran the San Francisco Marathon for the third time. Though I hadn’t trained specifically for the race, I had a complimentary entry and did well the year before, so I figured why not take a weekend trip and do the race. I had no reason to expect good results based on the fact that I had taken a month off training prior to the event. On the flip side, I was confident in my ability to run hills, something San Francisco has a lot of, and was up for a test. I also wanted to try and lower my previous year’s time by a few more minutes, which is always a goal in any race. So I toed the start line in less than ideal physical condition and the gun went off on an early foggy morning in the city. After 20 miles of holding a steady pace over hills and bridges, through parks and city streets, I was able to drop the hammer, increase my pace and come across the line almost seven minutes faster than my last year’s time. At first thought it seems to be a fluke in training and preparation but, the thing is, this isn’t the first time I’ve had an experience like this. And, of course, it got me thinking about the power of the mind in physical performance and fitness.

In one of my favorite books, “Brain Training for Runners,” Matt Fitzgerald talks about the human brain being the central governor, or control center, of the body and the importance of training the brain to allow the body to do what we are ultimately trying to make it do. The thing that I think many of us commonly forget, especially those with a scientific approach to fitness and training, is how important it is for the brain to want to do something and the belief that it can be done. For example: without the desire to run your fastest race, together with the confidence you can sustain that given pace, the chance that you will achieve your best is greatly reduced. Whether it’s conscious or subconscious, the mind has to first have the desire and belief that it is physically up to the task.

At the end of the day, the proof is in the pudding. Try it for yourself and see if a stronger mental game reaps greater rewards for you. You can begin by simply training as usual. Except that you will start to make a connection between your body and mind and log the confidence from each workout. This confidence builds over time until you whole-heartedly believe you can accomplish that which you set out to and want to do. Try using a mantra, a short inspirational phrase, to keep you focused and inspired during training and/or competition. I use mantras to invoke all of that stored up confidence from previous training and to keep out any thoughts of doubt or negativity.

Ultimately, our brains need to be trained and mastered as much as our strength, endurance, balance and skill. The beauty is, it’s actually the easiest thing to add to your training. As a matter of fact, you’ve already begun the process by reading this blog. So carry on, healthy people, and utilize the power of your mind in performance, training and overall fitness. I think I can… I think I can… I think I can…

Did you see Chinese Olympian Liu Xiang stumble on his first hurdle in the London Games earlier this week? Even if you didn’t, chances are you’ve heard about it by now.

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Liu Xiang, who won gold in the 2004 Athens’ 110 meter hurdles event (a 12.87 world-record performance), suffered an injury to his achilles tendon shortly after, rendering him unable to compete like he once did. In the 2008 Olympic games, he walked off the track after a false start by one of his competitors, dashing China’s hope for a gold. He was back now in London, with the weight of his country on his shoulders, and as soon as the gun went off, Xiang stumbled, knocking over the first hurdle and clutching his leg in agony.

Xiang struggled to get up, but finally did, hopping on his good leg off the track. But just as he was about to go into the locker room, Xiang returned to the track, hopping alongside it all the way to the finish line – stopping first to kiss the final Olympic hurdle he never got a chance to jump over.

Though China’s hopes for a gold medal in this event are once again out the window, the entire world has joined together in support of Xiang and his inspirational hurdle performance. At the end, two of his competitors ran to him, Great Britain’s Andrew Turner and Spain’s Jackson Quinonez, and put their arms around him, helping him walk off the track.

He may not have won a medal, but Xiang has won the hearts of athletes and runners everywhere.

Read more about Liu Xiang here.

Cuban marathoner (and former mailman) Félix Carbajal
Photo: Britannica.com

America’s first Olympic Games were, by far, one of the strangest the country has ever partaken in and the Olympic Marathon event was no exception. Including a Cuban in trousers, 10 Greeks who had never run a single marathon in their lives, and two barefoot tribesmen from South Africa, the marathon event was more of a sideshow than anything else.

The 1904 Games were undoubtedly tied to that year’s World Fair, which not only included athletic events of its own, but was imbued with less-than-subtle racism. American Imperialism was all the rage, but French historian and Olympic Committee founder Pierre de Coubertin disapproved, calling the racist events at the World Fair an “outrageous charade.

The Marathon event was as ridiculous as the rest of the Games; a runner from California nearly died during the first mile, and “cracked stone was strewn across the roadway, creating perilous footing, and the men had to constantly dodge cross-town traffic, delivery wagons, railroad trains, trolley cars and people walking their dogs,” according to Smithsonian Magazine.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, there were only two places where men could get fresh water: a water tower at mile 6 and a water well at mile 12.

The Olympic Games have come a long way since then, and thank goodness. Not that our runners aren’t well-trained, but having to ward off wild dogs while running should be an Olympic event all its own.

Read more on the 1904 Olympic Games here.

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The ING New York Marathon isn’t just for professional runners. Dexter‘s Jennifer Carpenter said she’s trying to keep her head outside of work by training for the marathon as well.

Though she said acting’s an addiction (“I just can’t get enough of it,” Carpenter said), she also knows the importance of having a life off stage. “I’m trying to get out of my house,” Carpenter said. “I run, I started taking some new classes, I joined LACMA [Los Angeles County Museum of Art], I want to take a painting class. I’m trying to stay busy.”

How are you keeping busy? Does running help get your mind off of work or other stresses in life? Let us know and read more about Carpenter in this US Weekly article.