The Pulse

Feb 1, 2006
Outside Magazine

Express Train with Chris Carmichael

The bell pepper may be one of the best foods you can eat—that is, if you munch on the yellow, orange, and red ones. Compared with the younger green bells, the riper, vibrantly colored ones provide eight times more disease- and infection-fighting vitamin A and beta-carotene and more than twice as much vitamin C. Put them in a salad, grill them, or try the recipe below. It's a perfect meal for two to three hours after your workouts, providing carbohydrates for energy replenishment, fluids for hydration, and fiber to fill you up quickly so you don't overeat.

Mellow Jean's Yellow Pepper Soup
6 small yellow peppers, cored, seeded, and diced
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 medium carrot, diced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup vegetable broth
4 cups water
2 tbsp honey
1/2 cup sour cream
(regular or nonfat)
3/4 tsp curry powder (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

Place peppers, onion, carrot, olive oil, broth, curry, and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 35 minutes. Remove from heat and puree in a food processor until smooth. In a bowl, blend the sour cream, honey, and half a cup of the soup with a whisk, then heat the rest of the soup over medium-high heat for ten minutes, stirring in the sour-cream-and-honey mix. Season to taste. Makes four servings.

Chris Carmichael coached Lance Armstrong to seven straight Tour de France wins.

When facing a predator in the wild, don't get scared; get angry. You might improve your chances of avoiding harm. In a recent study conducted by Carnegie Mellon University, students attempted to answer math problems while being verbally harassed for making wrong answers and for not working quickly. Those who visibly expressed anger scored higher and experienced less stress, based on blood pressure and hormone levels, than those who showed signs of fear. "This isn't to say you should attack a bear," says study co-author Shelley Taylor, of UCLA. "But anger may better enable you to make the right decisions in a stressful situation."

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