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|How to Build Bone Mass (Tacos)March 29, 2014
Impact exercises like jumping and running build bone mass.
I don’t mean to suggest eating tacos builds bone mass–these are simply the two (unrelated) topics of this weekend’s post.
What does build bone mass is impact exercises like jumping and running. This was explained in two recent articles from theNew York Times (registration required):
Maintaining bone mass is important as we age. Studies are finding that weightlifting and non-impact exercising like biking and swimming don’t add bone mass, despite their many other health benefits.
Those who need to build bone mass most might not be up to impact exercises:
This suggests starting impact exercises before bone loss becomes an issue. The articles don’t mention jumping jacks, a staple of physical education classes, but I reckon that sort of low-impact routine would work for those fit for that sort of exercise (and be sure to get checked out before starting any new fitness regime).
Though none of the studies cited mention hitting a heavy punching bag, I would guess martial-arts-type punching and kicking activity would count as impact exercise.
OK, on to tacos. When the 12-hour days pile and and we’re exhausted, tacos offer a quick homemade meal for a few nights. Cook up a pot of Mexican-style beans (a pressure cooker helps speed the process considerably) on Sunday and the leftovers can be heated as needed. (Cocina De La Familia: More Than 200 Authentic Recipes from Mexican-American Home Kitchens is a good source for Mexican-style recipes.)
The great thing about tacos is the flexibility of the ingredients; they’re especially easy for vegetarians and those avoiding gluten, as corn tortillas are the foundation. Possible toppings include lettuce, avocado, leftover steamed veggies, red and green peppers, tomatoes, salsa, sriracha sauce, cilantro, flavored firm tofu, any type of cheese you favor–the list is long indeed.
Tacos can be elaborate or simple, a meal for guests or one tossed together in a state of famished exhaustion.
Here’s a taco composed of beans, stir-fried zucchini and onions, avocado, salsa and feta and parmesan cheeses:
Here’s a taco meal assembled in a few minutes at the end of a crazy-long day. The tacos are just beans, avocado, lettuce, cilantro, sriracha and some thinly sliced sharp cheddar. The two vegetables are also quick: steamed asparagus and chard from the garden which was leftover from the previous evening: From the Garden to the Table in 20 Minutes (February 22, 2014)
Not only is it easier to eat at home at the end of an exhausting day (if you have some leftovers and corn tortillas), it’s healthier and tastes better, too.