Bicycle In Tulum, Mexico For Travel and Health

I was pleasantly surprised to see how many people used bicycles in Tulum, Mexico. They were parked everywhere in both the Pueblo (town) and down at la Playa (beach).

Tulum is really two different towns connected together by a 5 kilometer (ish) road down to the beach. The pueblo is where most people stay or live and where most of the restaurants are. La playa is where you can spend your days, enjoying the sun and the beautiful sand.

The road down to the beach has a well-maintained bicycle path that runs parallel to it, which was great! I did find though that once you got down to the water, it became a little dangerous for cycling. The bike path ends and you have to share the road with vehicles (often speeding).

In Tulum you see bicycles everywhere and they are (one) of the preferred methods of transport. Cabs were plentiful as well in the area and quite affordable, but I love the freedom and health benefits of a bike. Plus, it fits well with the idea of sustainable and environmentally friendly tourism. Our hosts provided free bikes to their guests, but there were also many places to rent bikes in town.

It took us approximately 20 minutes to cycle down to the beach and it was definitely refreshing to jump in the ocean after the ride!!

Do you have any other favourite travel spots around the world where bicycle travel is encouraged for both locals and travelers alike?

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Lemon Quinoa with Dates

Lemon Quinoa Recipe with Dates – An Easy and Healthy Snack

Lemon Quinoa with Dates

A quick nutrient shot for your body and easy to prepare. A great way to incorporate vitamins and minerals into a snack!

Lemon Quinoa Recipe with Dates contains only 4 ingredients, all healthy!!

Recipe

1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1/2 to 1 lemon
Handful of Dates

Boil water, add quinoa. Simmer and cover for 10-15 minutes
Let cool slightly, add freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Top with a handful of dates.

Nutritional Value

Quinoa is high in protein, dietary fiber, several B vitamins and dietary minerals.
Lemons are very high in vitamin C. Lemons also contain citric acid, flavonoids, B-complex vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and fiber.
Dates are high in fiber and potassium. They also contain copper, magnesium, manganese, vitamin B6, niacin, pantothenic acid, and riboflavin.

Read about the nutritional value and history of quinoa

Great snack

Lemon Quinoa Recipe with dates is a great nutritious snack loaded with many essential vitamins and minerals. With only 4 healthy ingredients, this lemon quinoa recipe is simple to make. It is also easy to take with you as a snack on the run.

The Health Benefits of Kiwi Fruit

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Everyone tends to think of oranges as the best source of vitamin C, but a single kiwi fruit packs twice the vitamin C as an average orange.

In addition to their vitamin C, kiwis contain a rare, fat free form of vitamin E. They are also rich in vitamin A, K, B, copper, folate, magnesium and fiber. Kiwis are also high in potassium, with two average sized kiwi fruits providing as much potassium as a banana.

For those of us who need some help waking up in the morning, kiwis are high in serotonin, which promotes alertness. Serotonin also boosts learning, memory, and mood, therefore setting you up for success throughout the day!