Biking, Baking and Black Bean salad

It’s time for another round of What I ate Wednesday!  This month, we’re tying in fitness, something I usually do anyway, so I’m excited.  Let’s get started!

Biking: This month holds a new fitness challenge for me… my first triathlon! Eleven days to go.  I feel so lucky that my local blogging buddy Holly is letting me borrow her road bike- it. is. amazing.  I’m too nervous to race clipped in, so I walked it two blocks to the bike shop yesterday to get the pedals switched.  And then I couldn’t wait to take it for my first spin last night!

Wow!  I had no idea what I was missing- that 15 mile ride was the most fun I’ve had on a bike in years.  Now I just have to get comfortable with a little more speed outdoors and work up the nerve to grab my water bottle while riding… it’s a bit different from indoor spinning!

Baking: I was inspired by the six very ripe bananas on our counter top to do some healthified baking this week.  Lil helped me restock her banana “cookies” and then we used yogurt and applesauce to make an amazing chocolate chip banana bread.  In the chaos of baking with a 2 year old, I forgot to add any sugar and it was still delicious! I’ll share the recipe this week.

Black Bean Salad

Nothing says summer like sweet corn and fresh salads!  We’re having a BBQ with friends this afternoon, and I plan to bring this salad with us:

Black Bean and Corn Salad (print recipe)


  • 2 c. cooked black beans, or 1 15 oz can, rinsed and drained
  • 2 c. fresh steamed or frozen sweet corn
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • 1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, diced (optional)
  • 1/4 c. fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper


Combine salad ingredients (through cilantro). In a small bowl, combine oil, lime juice, salt and pepper. Pour over salad and toss gently to mix.

Happy 4th of July! How are you spending the day?

Do you have a favorite summer salad?

38 thoughts on “Biking, Baking and Black Bean salad

  1. That bean salad looks delicious! I’ll have to make it for myself sometime to take for lunches.

    I’ll be spending most of the day today packing, but some of it eating something from the grill and drinking a beer! Happy 4th!
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  2. Laura – Happy 4th and good luck at your tri!! I am very excited for you. I am glad you are enjoying biking outdoor!!! Definitely very different than spinning! Hope to see you soon. Take care!!

  3. laura…you will have no problem with the tri…it was really fun…especially after it was over, lol!! I think if I had practiced on the bike more than once, I could have even cut my time down further! but…it was just for fun 😉

    your food always looks so delicious in pictures!
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  4. I was surprised how much I enjoyed cycling, too. I struggled with drinking on the bike the first few rides, but It quickly gets easier. I think it’s smart to switch out the pedals. I had toe clips on my bike for the first several weeks. Just switched to clipless pedals and am prepared to repeatedly fall.
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  5. It is a mazing how much fun a “fast” road bike is. I love riding mine 🙂

    We make a similar bean salad but grill the corn and peppers first which adds a great taste and add some avocado, I could live on that stuff all summer!
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    • That’s good to know it gets easier- I just need to practice. I’m so glad I have extra time to get comfy on her bike. The second half of my ride was soo much easier than the first, in terms of knowing what position I like, pushing the pace more, etc.
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    • It definitely does take so much more time! I haven’t ventured into any sort of distance riding. The tri bike portion is only 16 miles, and that’s about the distance I’ve been going, which takes me an hour. Once I replaced my Sat long run with a long ride plus short run, and this week I did my outdoor ride in the evening, after dinner. It’s nice that you can ride with food in your stomach, so it’s a little easier to plan than an evening run! But I’m still figuring it out…
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  6. Glad you’re having fun on the bike. I’m finding myself really looking forward to my long weekend bike rides, and seriously thinking about tackling a century ride next year!
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  7. you have the best recipes! i rarely make anything people post in blogs, but yours are always great. (also, i love that you are baking with a two year old – it is my dream to someday cook with my daughter ;))

    keep up the great TRI training – sounds like you’re doing a great job!

    as for summer salads, here is what i combined to make our 4th of july a little more refreshing: melon (i used watermelon and cantaloupe), mint, arugula, lime juice, and bit of salt and pepper. i froze the extra and then threw it into a smoothie this morning with some vanilla almond milk. seriously delicious after a killer run in 100 degree weather.
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