Last weekend a group of us from my local comic shop got together for a hike, and, being the geeks that we are, we joked about wearing cloaks and eating lembas bread just like the Fellowship of the Ring.
Because I’ve gotten into making my own energy and protein bars, I thought I’d look into a recipe that, based on Tolkien’s description, is nutritious, sustaining for long periods of activity, and will hold together in a pack. I have the Oh She Glows cookbook, so I looked at the recipes in the “Power Snacks” chapter and came across “Super-Power Chia Bread.” The description for the recipe is:
“Chewy, hearty, and dense… Packed with 9 grams protein and more than 7 grams fiber per slice, this bread will keep you going for hours…” (page 229, 2014)
Sounds like a perfectly practical interpretation for lembas bread, right? (I’m pretty sure we’ve all eaten sugar cookies or shortbread as lembas, but those aren’t exactly filling or nutritious.) The recipe is incredibly simple, and I already had all of the ingredients in the house, so I didn’t have to run out to the store (Yes!). Within 30 minutes I had this lovely loaf ready to be eaten!
I highly recommend the cookbook, so you can get the recipe there. (Don’t be alarmed by the “vegan” on the cover. I’m a happy omnivore and I find the recipes to be a great way to incorporate more plants into my diet.) Or if you want to try out this recipe, and others, found on the Oh She Glows blog before committing to the book, you can do that at this link.
Our three hour hike was beautiful with views of the city and local wildlife (we saw a hawk glide past us!), but, MOST IMPORTANTLY, everyone liked the lembas bread. Sometimes trying new food can be weird, but, when you’re in the middle of an adventure why not fully commit? And we did!
Embracing a sense of adventure with health and fitness has lessened the pressure I put on myself to meet a certain weight, look or eat a certain way. There are so many different exercise modalities (some of us lean towards yoga and Pilates and others to heavy lifting) and nutritional options (vegan, gluten free, vegetarian, omnivore, etc.) available to us in our health and fitness journeys. It can be comfortable to pigeon hole ourselves into one of these modalities and options, which limits the experiences we have with our bodies and mind. We often hear that “our bodies are capable of more than we think they are,” which is an encouragement in each individual workout and in life.
If we don’t challenge ourselves and our bodies beyond what we expect of ourselves, then we’ll never know if we like a new recipe (vegan or not), an exercise style, or how positively our bodies may respond. (For example, I spent my first couple of exercise years ignoring a weight room for group fitness classes, only to find that the results I’d been working so hard for came when I started lifting heavier weights.)
Anyway, I hope that your upcoming week is filled with adventure, whether that be climbing a mountain or trying a new recipe.